The second full-length from The Class Assassins. Released on Insurgence Records in 2010. Take a listen and read the reviews!
I have been giving this album a really good listen this past few days and it’s fair to say another killer release from Insurgence Records here. I guess they lay somewhere between S.L.F. and Bonecrusher though there’s hundreds of high energy punk rock bands to compare them with. When you hear songs such as ‘Crack Of Thunder’, ‘You’ve Got It All Wrong’, ‘Going The Distance’ and ‘A Generation Robbed’ you know you’re on to a winner here. I haven’t heard an album with this intensity coming out of North America in Ages. This comes well produced and nicely packaged too! 9.5/10 (Street Voice)
Since its ill-timed inception, punk rock has shared a similar philosophy with folk, where both styles serve as music for the people, and w…hen you look past the handful of vulgarity-or-gimmick-dependent acts, you can discover a group that thirsts for change and act as a voice for the victimized. Toronto, ON natives The Class Assassins execute that brand of blue collar anthems, in the vein of street punk predecessors such as U.S. Bombs, The Briggs and Sham 69. This sophomoric effort embodies the working class spirit and the gravelly vocal delivery is effective on the unapologetic “Empty Dollar,” while “Stop The World” makes for one of the album’s most powerful tracks. You’ve Got It All Wrong acts as a black flag in a time where political remodeling is in great need and these punks aren’t asking for it. They’re demanding it. (Brad Schmale/Exclaim Magazine)
Comprised of former members of such local stalwarts as Hockey Teeth and Chronic Submission, The Class Assassins is a living breathing piece of Toronto punk-rock history. Trading in shout-along working class anthems, this five-piece outfit knows a good sloganeering chorus when they see it – and boast thug-like backing vocals to boot, just so you don’t miss their meaning. This is tuneful punk in the vein of Bad Religion, with lots of familiar yet memorable hooks (sometimes so much that it borders on classic rock, but that’s a whole other socio-musical tangent). That any band can bring fresh energy to otherwise standard-issue mid-90’s punk is highly commendable, but The Class Assassins do so while adding their own chapter on ‘Songs to sing with a pint glass in one hand and a fist in the air.’ (Eye Magazine)
The Class Assassins present another album of “songs to sing with a pint glass in one hands and a fist in the air.” Several years after their last album, The Class Assassins still appear on top of their game with their new album, You’ve Got It All Wrong.
You’ve Got It All Wrong is made up of 13 shout-along working-class punk anthems, each dripping with fighting spirit. Empty Dollar chronicles in brief the life of the wage slave, fighting to get by. Stop the World criticizes the rapid depletion of the world resources, the path towards extinction being charted by those who pillage the planet unreservedly and promote a culture of rapid consumerism. A Generation Robbed takes on feelings that without change, there is no future for the younger generations.
To sum up, You’ve Got It All Wrong’s got it all right. Favourite tracks include Empty Dollar, Outside Looking In, Stop the World, and A Generation Robbed.(Rebel Youth)
I’m surprised to see this new full length because I thought the CLASS ASSASSINS broke up. Jamie Vella, a.k.a. Cactus, of SINKIN’ SHIPS, is doing double duty with the new CLASS ASSASSINS line up. The rest of the band is made up of CHAD formerly of BITTER GRIN, Chris formerly of HOCKEY TEETH, and Gary formerly from PROBLEM CHILDREN. As the lineage suggests, CLASS ASSASSINS are a hybrid of oi and melodic punk. And when I say melodic punk I am not talking about the crappy scene defined by bands like RANCID and BAD RELIGION. I am talking something more mid-paced and political in nature and a bit more DIY. They remind me of a more oi version of KNUCKLEHEAD. They play this style of pun because CLASS ASSASSINS were around in early versions of the hardcore scene. In fact, Chad’s involvement goes back to the first wave of the Toronto hardcore scene. He was buds with the guys in CHRONIC SUBMISSION and this association gives the band so much more cred. Think of the BUSINESS, ANGELIC UPSTARTS, COCK SPARRER, and the like. This bleeds through on the new material. (Equalizing X Distort)