Thirty years after they first came to prominence in the London underground punk scene Zounds return with ‘The Redemption of Zounds‘. It is an album of 80’s style anarchic punk that beggars the question, is punk still relevant and is anarchy still cool?
Going by this offering my response would have to be no. The vocals are out of time and droned. The instrumental is drab and not particularly catchy. The melody plays out at a lazy pace and is altogether un inspiring.
Punk has had its day in the sun, regurgitating the past with no evolution is always bad news. When punk guru John Lyndon himself decided to sell his morals and his dignity to the ‘Man’ and advertise butter you know glory days are long gone.
‘The Redemption of Zounds’ is a nostalgic punk album that is well passed its prime. I can’t see the target demographic being anyone other than those who appreciated the band 30 years ago. It certainly isn’t for me.