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Angels & Airwaves: “Lifeforms” Album Review

Europhic with such a love of driven electronica and synth to push it across the line, Angels & Airwaves “Lifeforms” – the first album from A&A where Delonge is no longer a formal member of Blink-182 – is a highly driven, highly powerful pop-punk album of vindication.

Similar to that of the Da-Vinci inspired artwork, Lifeforms is a direct impasse to the theory of The Virtuvian Man where –

“everything connects to everything else.”

Drawing on DeLonge’s past project-influences with Automatic something out of Barker’s side project of Box Car Racer, Restless Souls feeding on a roaring number charting hope and escapism, Time Bomb straight out of the debut-on of We Don’t Need To Whisper and power-house standout Europhia sneaking out of the B-sides of Blink-182’s 2011 album of Neighbourhoods.

Unlike anything released before, this album comes with a gratifying purpose and a cocksure approach to writing larger-than-life songs that weigh up well against one another. Despite a lazier tact by sticking two pre-singles from 2019 on the backend of the album with Rebel Girl and Kiss & Tell, it’s something that can be let off as the album is impressive as it is power-hungry with very little flaws of execution.

Despite upset among Blink’s fans since DeLonge’s departure in 2015, it was certainly a educated ploy – especially if we were to receive Lifeforms off the back of it …

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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