Review - Pirates City - "Fortunate Isles" Album (2019)

Updated: Apr 11

Review by Anthony Johns


"Pirates City" is a band based in Athens, Greece. Their sound fuses the styles of Punk, Rock, Ska, Reggae and Gypsy together into their own unique blend.They started playing music together in 2009 when their two guitarists met in the university which they attended. Afterwards they started recruiting the rest members from their hometown ,Galatsi.



The punchy, punky melodies of Pirate City are heavily articulated by a perfect balance of creatively distorted electric guitars. The multi-layering and harmonisation of these twin guitars produces a thick wall of sound, violently interacting with the listener and entwining with tightly-executed drum fills.

If we’ve been cast adrift into polluted, radioactive waters infested by sharks, giant octopuses and mountains of garbage, what better way to confront it than to give the finger to the lying, thieving oppressors who put us here?

The drummer’s meticulous employment of bouncing sticks on hi-hats ferociously provides a stark contrast with the vocalist’s heart-felt portrayal of the apocalyptic scenarios 2020 continues to throw our way. A heavy use of thick ride cymbal on tracks like ‘Fortunate Isles’ pays homage to previous revolutionary-themed punk bands.


If we’ve been cast adrift into polluted, radioactive waters infested by sharks, giant octopuses and mountains of garbage, what better way to confront it than to give the finger to the lying, thieving oppressors who put us here?


Interspersing ska and gypsy music with punk allows some respite from an aggressive backdrop of counter-culture themed riffs, allowing for a keen sense of equilibrium, blended with our heroes’ unique blend of anti-fascism. A strong tonic indeed for such a turbulent culture of algorithm- based boredom and hysteria that we find ourselves in today.






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