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IDLES – “CRAWLER” Album Review

The fourth studio release sees IDLES in a brand new texture – with all the colours we’ve come to love already.

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With a striving lunge forward, CRAWLER strives for a stronger indulgence of reflection. It hones in on a more inclusive approach to delivering songs with moments of interlacing beauty and anger within one another.

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IDLES have never been one to take a step back and reflect on their angsty actions – especially from that of an idled punk band. But ever since frontman Talbot left therapy, he realised he was angry at all the wrong people. Since then, he has been able to create more thought-provoking dramatic ballads that certainly have more depth and feel to them. Forerunner pre-single, The Beachland Ballroom is a prime example of this. Understanding where they are as a band – rather than running through the motions and living in it – they’ve been able to create an album with vivid stories, wild imagination and a sense of escapism into their ever-fixing worlds.

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“It was writing selflessly that helped make it possible. Reflecting. Telling my own story. Not trying to tell everyone else’s story. Not trying to fix the world – just talking about how I am fixing mine.” -Joe Talbot

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Although not featuring the usual raucous rock anthems that shake the walls like we saw in Ultra Mono, it is a refreshing texture to a band that seemed far too brazen-faced to change. It puts the band in a better – and far stronger – place as a sharply-dressed outfit in the world of punk rock music.

You can catch IDLES perform their fourth album works as they strive for a mega UK/Ireland tour in January 2022.

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POORSTACY – “Party at the Cemetery” Album Review

Cathartic works of the devil, POORSTACY’s latest stitch-in-the-vest is beautifully timed, and themed, all in time for Halloween weekend.

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Tilted and crooked in places, Party at the Cemetary has moments of heretics of the well-versed punk anthems with the self-titled and Jump. But then jumps to moments of gelatinous mess as walls of sound take over the mix. Although not nearly as rehearsed or thought-out as other comrades in the genre of punk, it still packs a mighty wallop and as always, is fun to listen to.

As if it is perfectly written for spooky season, the theme of album is perfectly poised around dancing demons and celebrating amongst the Day of the Dead. Although a disappointing result with some stand-out tracks awash amongst fillers, I figured it as a good blog discussion as any, considering it’s October!

Have a blast of this bad boy below and let me know your thoughts. *Also, don’t dig too deep into the lyric side of things … *

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes: ‘Sticky’ Album Review

Unapologetically chaotic, ‘Sticky‘ is a pressure release sharing talks on the dirty and the depraved during lockdown.

With accommodating – and somewhat feral – guests, enter Frank’s town … if you dare.

Carter and Co are back with their fourth studio album out of the door. Where their last album, End of Suffering was an outcry to mental health and toxic masculinity, this one is more of the good ol’ punk classic of f*ck you and everyone around you. In other words, it’s a fantastic familiarity from this echoic band.

Among Bona fide – and soon-to-be- punk icons of Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, IDLES’ Joe Talbot and electro-punk rapper Lynks, we are slowly entering territory of raw, unequivocal talent as Your Town and Go Get A Tattoo become album highlights championing diversity of rock and slab-stone punk.

This album is just as raw as any – as any IDLES and SLAVES album before them or since. Certainly standing on the shoulders of their punk adversaries, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes are paving their own journey.

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My town, it looks like yours
Run down, worn out, all shut doors
Broken windows, empty halls
Where no one gives a fuck at all

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[Note: It’s important to note that during this music video, Frank Carter and Dean Richardson are seen throwing away their prior album End of Suffering. Has the suffering started all over again? Or is it case of simply being fed up with it all and anarchy being the only solution?}

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You’re so punk rock: IDLES

Both personal and universal, punk rock and punk music in general has a way of causing mass hysteria and worldwide followings throughout the industry. Known for his chaotic truths and political attacks …

punk music is a genre that anyone can get behind with (or without) their own beliefs.

Never trust a man with a ‘stache

This does not ring more true than with the darkly crowned breakthrough act of IDLES. Amongst a world of political correctness and safe correction, this passionate eclectic of the dirty and robust, are basically here to trample all over that.

Both debut, Brutalism in 2017 and Joy As An Act Of Resistance in 2018 saw the band rise to chart stardom and infamy among the punk’s world best. Talbot’s unique depravity in his voice drives this band to creating just fantastic music. Their third art piece of Ultra Mono is another quip of rock revelry that is a joy to listen to. I’m sure I turn into a little jumped up kid whenever I listened to these Bristol lads.

I recommend giving them a playthrough – start with Never Fight A Man With A Perm. I don’t think any other song will perfectly reflect the sounds and styles of IDLES. Enjoy, my friends.

You look like a walking thyroid
You’re not a man, you’re a gland
You’re one big neck with sausage hands
You are a Topshop tyrant
Even your haircut’s violent
You look like you’re from Love Island
He stood and the room went silent

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Song of the Day: Bad Nerves ‘Palace’

If listening to ferociously fast distorted pop songs with seriously addictive melodies for a hook and sinker, I’d recommend having a listen to Bad Nerves, and their impressive quota of sticky floors, sweaty rockers and knackered earholes from their gigs. With their debut set to land in November, get used to their profile of raucous singles before they release as whole load more. This also one of those songs that I love drumming to. An instant relish in enjoyment and a release of fury whatever I’m feeling that day. Perfect.