COLD ONES/MR. MIYAGI “Double Trouble” SPLIT 7″

No limited vinyl colors, no alternative covers…just a black vinyl and a folded paper sheet with all the artwork and lyrics.
When it comes down to Mr. Miyagi, what you see is what you get. But actually with this record, I got more than I was expecting.

First of all, this 7″ has an uncommonly big number of tracks. Nine tracks for 3£ is a real bargain, even having in mind that these bands deliver nothing but fast tempo tunes.

But the best surprise in this split is actually on the side A. The only thing I knew ’bout Cold Ones (CO) was their name, but as soon as their music started roaring from my speakers, I turned into a close listener, and after 2 songs I was  already into it. Very into it.
In their 5 tracks on this split, CO manage to bring out what I like in punk music (and I’m not a big fan of the genre) and mix it with a very distinctive groove, with some clear hardcore influences. I got particularly pleased with the singer, who delivers intensity and gives life to the rocky riffs, making you want to sing-along in every single track…in some parts he reminded me of both Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) and John Joseph (Cro-Mags).

Mr. Miyagi, the reason why I bought this record in the first place, bring 4 new songs filled with their crazy guitar riffs and insanely fast drums, but right on the first track came my second surprise: a sample from Scarface and some 2-step grooves? Could it be? Yes, and it sounds good.
Following the first track, they turn on the rage discharger even higher and the fast rhythm almost never stops. The attitude is identical to the LP (reviewed here): pissed-off lyrics, a big fuck-you to the world and a skateboarding obsession. All the ingredients that originally made me a fan of this band.

Bottom line, it’s a very solid release. Musically both bands deliver great tracks, and you really feel you payed a cheap but rightful price for the 7″. Another positive aspect is the artwork, simple but effective and completely reflecting the spirit of both bands. The illustration on the cover kicks ass.





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