Sidewalk – We Are Your Radio For The Night So Shut Up And Dance EP (’59SRS Records)

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We Are Your Radio For The Night So Shut Up And Dance is a secondary EP by the Dutch melodic punk rock quartet called Sidewalk, and our loyal readers, who are browsing our blog on a daily basis had an opportunity to read a couple of rows about their Here And Now EP we recently included on our pages. Unlike Here And Now, which is their latest recording to date that has been recorded in 2017, We Are Your Radio For The Night So Shut Up And Dance is an earlier and more unpolished recording by these exceptional skate punks that have been recorded and published back in 2012. By unpolished, I meant much more dynamic, energetic, aggressive and leaning towards a melodic hardcore punk sound that has been in its prime during the nineties. The band presented their version of melodic punk rock which will surely gather both skatepunk, hardcore punk, and pop-punk fans altogether because of their abilities to metamorphose four-chord progressions into anthemic mid-tempo compositions that outshine a lot of similar bands with dozen of impressive ideas. Sidewalk somehow pulls some innovative tricks from their sleeves and perhaps We Are Your Radio For The Night So Shut Up And Dance has been recorded seven years ago, but you’ll definitely change your thoughts about it as soon as you spin these tunes at your home stereo. The band has undoubtfully changed a lot of segments since then, but the essence of their music is still present on their newer recordings. There’s a lot of similarities between this particular EP and their latest releases, but somehow We Are Your Radio For The Night So Shut Up And Dance will be much more suitable for punk rock fans who are looking out for much shorter, catchier, cheerful melodic skate punk compositions played with a lot of confidence and attitude. At some certain point of view, We Are Your Radio For The Night So Shut Up And Dance is a great introduction into Sidewalk’s beautiful world of punk rock and an unavoidable lecture of the nineties punk rock properly played in these modern times. This EP has been published by the band in the spirit of the DIY ethics, but luckily enough, ’59SRS Records from Russia has managed to publish it all over again this year, so do not miss the chance to grab this astonishing piece of Utrecht’s finest.

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