Billy Talent - Red Flag

Billy Talent in various guises toured and played for 10 years before the release of their debut in 2003, and sound a tight outfit on this single taken from recent album Billy Talent II. A snappy, punchy number with a hint of punk, particularly on the chorus where the words sound spat out rather than sung.

The lyrics are political in intent, matched against a driving guitar sound and a pummelling drum rhythm. Whilst not quite up to the quality of contemporaries like Green Day, there is some good stuff here. Shame though they feel the need to repeat the chorus a million times in a three minute song.

Billy Talent tour the UK this autumn:

September
7th - Southampton, Guildhall
8th - London, Hammersmith Palais
9th - Bristol, Academy
13th - Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall
15th - Glasgow, ABC
16th - Manchester, Academy

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Overall

5

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