The Rakes – Capture/Release (CD Review)

Bristling with energy and bright with defiance, The Rakes launch their debut album with the punchy stomper ‘Strasbourg’ and maintain the energy for the duration if the eleven tracks on ‘Capture/Release’. The sound of The Rakes is like an amalgam of Sham 69, The Only Ones and Jilted John; commercial punk that has not divorced itself completely from the disaffected anger the drives many songs while still hanging onto the need for songs to sound good. That isn’t to say there is no originality here, there is plenty, but it is hard to ignore the similarities.

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‘Capture/Release’ is a fantastic album for its verve and style, its vibrancy and brashness, and most of all for its great tunes.

The Rakes are appearing at festivals in August and September, you can try and catch them at the following events.
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    Fri 26th – Leeds Carling Festival NME/Radio 1 Stage
    Sun 28th – Reading Carling Festival NME/Radio 1 Stage


    Fri 9th – Isle of Wight Bestival Festival

Label : V2

Release Date : 15 August 2005

Website :


  • Strasbourg
  • Retreat
  • 22 Grand Job
  • Open Book
  • The Guilt
  • Binary Love
  • We Are All Animals
  • Violent
  • T Bone
  • Terror!
  • Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)

The Rakes are: Alan Donohoe – Vocals, Matthew Swinnerton – Guitar, Jamie Hornsmith – Bass and Lasse Petersen – Drums

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