MNSKA Single Review: “Blue on Blue” by Counting Coins

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Blue on Blue cover artwork

Single Review by MNSKA contributor Adam Vermillion

We received an e-mail the other day here at the MNSKA offices from some lads across the Pond going by the moniker of Counting Coins.  They asked us to review their new single “Blue on Blue,” due out for public consumption on 07/01/2013 (or for our friends in the UK, 01/07/2013).

You’ll definitely want to check these guys out.  Their single is catchy, political, and filled with raucous energy.



I’ve had the bridge/chorus (dammit, Jim, I’m a doctor not a musician, oh wait, I’m not a doctor either [though I play one on TV], just a reviewer) stuck in my head for the last day and a half.  I love me a good earworm and this song has it.

The mix of hip-hop lyrical delivery and ska-core is a nice combo that I can’t remember having heard before.  There’s a good “you got hip-hop in my ska-core/you got ska-core in my hip-hop” going on here and it’s aces.  Right from the opening “Go! Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey… YES!” Counting Coins pulls the listener right in for all of “Blue on Blue’s” run time.  I’m sure this is already a crowd favorite.  I’d love to catch them live, alas; distance is playing a factor on this one.  U.S. tour guys?  Minneapolis stop?  You know you want to.

I’ve listened to the song about a half dozen times now and if it’s an indication of what the rest of the EP is going to sound like we’re all in for a treat.  I can’t wait to hear more from Counting Coins and look forward to reviewing more of their material.

Life what you heard in the video?  Need to know more?  Swing on by Counting Coins Facebook page and give ‘em a like:

From the band’s Press Release:

“Counting Coins new single ‘Blue on Blue’ featuring Robin Leitch, (Random Hand) & Pat Pretorius (The Talks) is the eagerly awaited first single from their forthcoming EP ‘Reach for the Sky.’

The success of their 2012 release ‘What Gives You the Right’ with YouTube views in excess of 13,000 has helped to secure high profile slots at Boomtown Fair, Galtres, Tramlines and Rebellion Festival.

Having shared stages with names such as Sonic Boom Six, Melt Banana and The King Blues the bands popularity seems to be rapidly increasing.  Lead Singer Harry remarks ‘The shows seem to be getting far more raucous and sweaty and our online fan base has shot up since our last release’.  The new video for ‘Blue on Blue’ gives a snapshot of some of these shows taken from around the UK.

Counting Coins, based in Kingston- Upon-Hull (UK) have received great interest from promoters on the continent and with an extensive list of shows booked for 2013 will continue to deliver their Hip-Hop influenced Ska-Punk to hungry crowds far and wide.

Members say: ‘We can’t wait for festival season this year; we’ve got some huge stages booked alongside some of the artists that first inspired us to play these kind of tunes, not least, King Prawn and The J.B Conspiracy.’

‘Blue on Blue’ will be released on the 1st July as a digital download on All Our Own Records.”

Quotes on the band:

“Counting Coins pay more than passing homage to the angry, politicised Ska, Punk and New Wave of the late 70’s – energetic, ferocious and fizzing with unpredictability. I love it!” 

Katy Noone – Producer – BBC Introducing

“Reminding me of Operation Ivy and Capdown in their heyday… Counting Coins are the most refreshing band I’ve seen for years with the most amazing energy”

Pat Pretorius – Producer/musician – The Talks/Neville Staples/Bad Manners/The Beat

“They have fused together the attitude of Punk Rock with the diversity of modern day music mixing it up into a party we’re all invited to; this is revolutionary music for the people.”

Stew Baxter – Project manager – Warren records

“A high energy slap in the face live act who generally have a knack for writing catchy and original songs that mix elements of ska, reggae, hip-hop and punk”

Gaz Peacham – Revolution Sounds promotions

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