The Clinch // Hearts and Diamonds [Single Review]

The Clinch // Hearts and Diamonds [Single Review]

September 21, 2018


Band: The Clinch
Release: Our Path Is One
Area: Melbourne
Date of release: 03/08/2018
Genre: Street Punk / Oi!
Record Label: Independent, I imagine
For Fans Of: GBH, Booze & Glory, Cock Sparrer, Sham 69, Cockney Rejects.
Next Gig: Supporting Uproar – Nothing Can Stop Us Tour – Reverence Hotel, Footscray – October 5th


"I wish I could be there with you, hearts and diamonds I wish I could be there, with all of you"

Yep. They got me.

The Clinch got me in straight away.
The intro riff to 'Hearts & Diamonds' is everything you want from an Oi! song. Classic clean guitar tones, overlaid with dirty drums and a thumping bass line.

It lured me in straight away.

Oi! is back.

The riff rings out, and palm muting and melodic screams ensue. And the story of nostalgia and longing takes off. Street punk is nothing without a story, and you can see where they are going with this one. It is, perhaps, a little clichéd, and I would like to see them push the boundaries on content a little further, but if you are listening to an Oi! song you are going in knowing what to expect – so, hard to argue.

The chorus, however, really shines through and sums up perfectly the Oi! impetus. It is exactly what any band in this genre hopes to achieve; a vibe. A vibe where you can imagine 4 or 5 blokes in tattered flat caps, one arm around the bloke next to him, the other with half drunk pint in hand, screaming along.

They nailed it, and I immediately regretted not currently holding a frothy one of my own.

All-in-all I really enjoyed this track. I would have loved to have heard the intro riff once more, maybe post-first chorus, but at the end of the day, I couldn’t help screaming along to all parts. More than once. I reckon that is exactly what these guys were looking for when they wrote this song, and they achieved it. And more.

Oi! is back. And The Clinch are going to be a part of it.

Street Punk has been getting a fair bit of airtime, and I will be very surprised if The Clinch do not make a name for themselves in the near future. A distinct lack of rock ‘n’ roll on mainstream radio, combined with a political environment bordering on insane, open the door for a revolution. And Oi! is all about revolutions.

Long live Oi! Long live The Clinch.


Vocals: 7.5/10
Guitars: 9/10
Bass: 8/10
Drums: 8/10
Lyrics: 3.5/5

Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST): 4/5
Mixing: 7.5/10
Production: 16/20
Structure: 16/20

Overall: 79.5/100
Personal Enjoyment: 8.5/10


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