I know – I’m fickle. And impatient.
Which means that when wading through so much music and deciding what to feature here on Loud Horizon, a track needs to either grab my attention within the first twenty seconds, or at least intrigue me enough to play on. Of course, an interesting or thought provoking video will help too.
And with their new single, ‘Bury the Hatchet,’ as with the title track from their current album,’ Outsiders,’ Blackpool band The Senton Bombs, tick all the boxes.
You may notice I haven’t followed the usual reviewer’s convention of adding a descriptive style or genre before the word ‘band.’
From the opening drums, guitar riff and especially the very Rancid-like bassline, it seemed obvious that ‘Bury the Hatchet‘ was a punk song. But as the vocals kick in, I got more a sense of general classic hard rock. Then the chorus turns up, a big sing-a-long chorus that reminded me a little of say, Dropkkick Murphys, which in turn takes me back to the attention-grabbing opening scene of the video.
Eventually, I settled on ‘punk.’ The Senton Bombs are a punk outfit. That’s it.
Ah – but wait ….
I was curious to find out more of their music, so I checked out the video to the album’s title track and earlier single,, ‘Outsiders.’ This is about as far removed from ‘punk’ as you can get – the metronomic, thumping beat and guitar vocals / guitar perfectly match the video images of native American Indians and their struggles. This is a stomping rock track if ever I heard one. And one with a message that is pertinent in this day and age also.
Punk? Rock? What does it matter, so long as it’s good. And this better than simply that.
The Senton Bombs have been tipped for big things by likes of Classic Rock magazine amongst others. And I can totally see why.
You heard it here second. Ok – maybe seventh. Or eighth.