When it comes to Lat Patrollie, skating is as synonymous with their lives as their punk-rock band shenanigans – to these guys skating and punk go hand in hand like nothing else.
To be honest, this track has been around for a while. One of those crowd-pleasing sing-alongs which sort of just begs for release but never gets one. “SKATE” finally got one though – accompanied by a hazy, rough-around the edges DIY-conglomerate of a video. An opening slot for Fokofpolisiekar early last year blossomed into a Francois van Coke collab and here we are.
It’s all growling rock contingencies and rollicking pace – fed off a manic, frenzied energy which never seems to fully run its course. The video is pivoted off beer, big beards and skate parks.
The band cluster around a table strewn with empty quarts before diving into a rip-roaring rendition between their dimly lit studio and a graffiti-scrawled skate park. Van Coke dives in to throw down the chorus lines. It’s a whole lot of a gritty wildness, packaged with classic punk rock ambivalence.