If you enjoy the music of bands such as Dropkick Murphys and Rancid, you’re sure to like the latest single from Houston punks Steadfast HTX.
An elongated hum then boom. Pedal to the metal full frontal assault on the eardrums. Thunderous good time driving punk guitars and bass with drummer Charlie Price pounding several shades of shit out of his skins.
The earnest gruff lead vocals from Jason Bancroft are backed up by harmonies from Andrew Wupper (bass) and Travis Smith (guitar) and lament the times where life hasn’t gone the way you want it, you haven’t said or done the things you should have. Having said that the song is ultimately an uplifting chant-a-long anthem, the woah-ohs in the refrain perfect for the live arena, when that comes around again…
The band have an album Transmitters due to drop later in the year, I for one will be looking forward to that.
Steadfast’s most recent album Transmitters was released July 10, 2020, but as noted, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted its distribution and coverage. Had it received the distribution and coverage that it deserved last year, it no doubt would have become one of the year’s top new independent and punk rock albums. That is proven in part through its featured arrangements. The arrangements in question are punk rock at its purest. Throughout the course of the album’s 11 songs, the arrangements immediately lend themselves to works from the likes of Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, and to a lesser extent, Green Day. As a matter of fact, if audiences were to hear any part of this album without knowing it was Steadfast, the vocals alone would lead listeners to believe they were hearing DKM co-vocalist Al Barr or even Rancid front man Tim Armstrong. The addition of the catchy guitars, driving time keeping, and rich bass line does just as much in each song to make the arrangements bear such a close similarity. Even with all of this in mind, the arrangements do still bear their own identity separate from those of the aforementioned bands. That is revealed through a close listen. It is just that the similarities are that close between Steadfast and its more well-known counterparts. All in all, the arrangements featured in Transmitters prove to be reason enough in themselves for audiences to hear the album. They are collectively just one part of what makes Transmitters successful. The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements add another layer of enjoyment to the album.
- Philip Sayblack
Maybe it’s not shocking given the surreal nature of the past year, but when I was approaching an album from mid-2020 called Transmitters, particularly one with song titles such as “Just Disbelievers” and “One Shot,” I envisioned something completely different from the one Houston punk band Steadfast created. Happily, I dare say that this polished and energetic album full of toe-tapping rhythms, sizzling guitar, and plenty of sing-along chorus parts is often even hopeful, a breath of fresh air in our troubling times.
- Andy Armageddon
Steadfast‘s debut album is an album of propulsive melodic punk rock ‘n roll, it’s anthemic, hard edged and recalls the less Celtic side of Dropkick Murphys or maybe fellow punk ‘n rollers such as The Briggs, The Ducky Boys or The Kingcrows, the latter of which who could well be their brothers from anther continent. “Transmitters” is an album of upbeat hopeful and adrenaline pumping anthems that need to be heard live, the only moment that punctuates the full tilt rock ‘n roll is the melancholy opening of the superb ‘Just Disbelievers‘, but even then there is a reassuring increase in decibels as the track progresses. “Transmitters” is a life affirming album that stands as a poignant reminder of what was lost a year ago, but also of what we have to look forward to.
Read the whole review: https://www.thepunksite.com/reviews/album-review-steadfast-transmitters/