Now Or Never

45 Adapters

Pirates Press Records, 2021

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen


The long-running Brooklyn street punks 45 Adapters are back with six tunes on a very eye-catching record that's UV digitally printed and looks as if it's printed on glass. Self-described as a “truck full of Cock Sparrer records crashing into a truck full of Otis Redding records,” my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Now Or Never brings the intensity of the early days of punk rock and matches it with some R&B ideas as well as plenty of rock 'n' roll spirit, too.

“Now Or Never” starts the one-sided record with a charged guitar riff as bouncy bass lines and both singing and shouting populate the nostalgic rock 'n' roll inspired fun. “Friendship” follows with brisk drumming, swirling guitars, and an old school punk energy that's complete with occasional gang vocals.

The middle tracks bring us the rugged and raw “Ready Blood,” which is a more abrasive tune, but certainly still with plenty of gritty melody in a Misfits sort of way. “Let's Play” follows with a rhythmic liveliness that makes it unclear if you should be searching for the nearest mosh pit or a dance floor.

The finals two tracks are among the best, and include “Shabby” and “Broken Men.” The former is a bit darker in nature but with an immediate sing-along quality, and the latter tackles the repercussions of broken homes amid their straight forward punk and timeless rock formula.

If you're somewhat familiar with the genre, similarities to Swingin' Utters and Dropkick Murphys might mean something to you, and if you're well versed in punk, think of parallels to Booze & Glory or Templars. 45 Adapters may claim that they dress well and drink heavily, but they certainly also put quite a bit of time into these heartfelt and lyrically smart/wise songs that even embrace bits of Oi! and even ska, too.

Rating: A-

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