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Album Review: Moshiach Oi! “Better Get Ready”

When I listen to Moshiach Oi, I feel like I am eighteen again, hanging out with my friends at the skate park, watching DIY punk bands break their gear, pour through power chords with sweat and blood on their fingers, … Read More

By / September 23, 2009

When I listen to Moshiach Oi, I feel like I am eighteen again, hanging out with my friends at the skate park, watching DIY punk bands break their gear, pour through power chords with sweat and blood on their fingers, and feeling like the world is already healed, we just need to look around!

Moshiach Oi! blows me away with their new album "Better Get Ready." It’s a blistering punk rock siddurim that effortlessly ties together Black Flag and Rambam, 7 Seconds and the Rebbe, The Casualties and the Kabballists.

The opening track "Baruch Hashem" gets my fist in the air, ready to mosh. Two and three minute hardcore anthems to Moshiach, Avodah, and the yeshiva system tear through me like a hurricane and leave me weak and on my knees, like Moses with his face in the sand.

It’s a damn good feeling when you fall in love with a record.

It’s also a great example of something I have always believed in: there is nothing that separates our artistic love from our emotional love of Hashem. Punk, hip hop, spoken word, visual art: these are the tools that G_d gives us to create the World To Come.

I pray that 5770 is the year of Moshiach Oi! But from the looks of it, and the sound of it, they don’t need any help at all.