I truly got what I expected from this CD. With a front cover containing Union Jack covered DM’s what else would blast out of my speakers?? British punk in red, white and blue of course!
The band formed in ’77 and then disappeared until now with this being their latest release. I’m too young to remember 1977 but I imagine this CD will be a time machine for many people. Looking at the album sleeve before I listened I was unsure how serious the album is as its released on Bin Liner Records with its catalogue number being RUSBBISHCD 012.
The first track When the night falls is a great first track and worthy of opening the album. Solid rhythm, good build up with distortion and overdrive ringing through your stereo. Lyrics leave a bit to be desired as do the vocals. The drums drive the song and it plods along at a steady pace.
Pop is an interesting track. Around 4 seconds in length. It’s simply a ‘pop’ noise! Hmmm! Not sure if it has a purpose
Minute Man is up next and picks up the pace a bit. The vocals again have an effect on which disappoints me. They don’t seem to carry the raw edge that ’77 punk is known for. The drums come across quite tinny in sound and lack bass drum thumps. The guitars have a very rock n roll sound and compliment the song well.
Every Dog moves away from the punk side of rock using open chords on the guitars and more swing to its rhythm, it’s a good sing-a-long track yet again the vocals make me uncomfortable with the effect that distorts lead singer Riff’s voice.
I was concerned with the title of the next track. Rebecca is a name I’ve never heard used in a punk song, love song or in fact any song. Please correct me if you know of one! I’m pretty sure it’s because the name doesn’t suit the song. Musically the song is great with a brilliant solo on guitar from Steve showing what he’s capable of. The chants spelling out “R-E-B-E-C-C-A” don’t work for me at all and quite honestly make the song seem like a joke.
The next song keeps the tempo of the album going when the band perform Animal Attraction. A very repetitive song with the title being repeated several times in every verse. Lyrics are witty in places describing the girl. “Walks like a model, kisses like a slut” being my favourite I think!
Like it never happened reminded me of 90’s Britpop from the likes of Blur rather than the punk sound that the 70’s provided us with.
Finally I hear Riff Regan’s real voice on Celebrity Crash and the punk edge coming flying back to kick you in the face. Broken guitars, bass and thumping drums driving the song. This is without a doubt my favourite song and finally I find something to really like about this band. The guitars go missing for 20 seconds in the middle of the song where maybe a drum solo would have been better than drum a constant beat to fill some time but again this is their top song for me.
Standing Alone comes across again like a 90’s Britpop track. More experimental with the music side and again the vocals are clear. It’s now almost like the first half of the album is an entirely different band from the one who finished the album. This is a great song. Reminds me a bit of Madness with Suggs singing another one of those off-beat bubblegum pop records he writes so well. Love this song!
Get Out Of London is a party track and it’s gggrrrreeeaaatttt! Nice pace, good solid melody and lets face it who doesn’t want to get out of London?!?!
The final tracks returns us back to ’77 with sound and style and it’s called 77 Dreams but don’t be fooled, it’s not about dreaming of ’77 but in fact about having 77 dreams and one of them coming true.
I wonder if their next album will take another 30 plus years to write........