I know very little of RATTS, other than they are a three-piece from Whistable, Kent and London. They seem to have been back gigging this past month or so (June 2019), although they are currently finalising their debut album for release towards the end of year, so that could possibly restrict future live shows.
Their first two singles were released earlier this year and give us an indication of the spikey, punk we can expect on the LP.
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.
I have to credit this month’s issue (July 2019) of Wire magazine for prompting me to include this little piece.
There is absolutely no reason why I or anybody should be surprised at the fact that punk, and metal music are popular in Africa.
But it seems the case that I / we, are indeed surprised. In fairness, it’s more simply a case that we don’t often, if at all, have the opportunity to listen to those particular genres of music from that part of the world. It’s not promoted so much in the UK for instance, and indeed a Google search for ‘Afropunk’ or ‘Punk Africa’ etc doesn’t result in much other a few pages dedicated to the various annual festivals in USA and UK that do actively celebrate live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists.
This needs sorting right now! So, to add a little weight to the superb Wire article, and the short documentary made for German TV (see at the end of this piece) here’s what I can muster about Kenyan punk band, Crystal Axis.
The five-piece released their debut EP, ‘State of Unease‘ in 2012 when they were in their late teens. The music reflected the lads’ thoughts on the violence they witnesses during their country’s turbulent elections of 2007.
All went quiet on the band front for about five years as the the members graduated into further education.
However, they were to return mid 2017 with the release of the ‘Leopold’ a hard-hitting punk anthem, about King Leopold and the Belgian colonisation of the Congo. Although principally aimed at one person, the song is pertinent to all previous and subsequent colonisation.
This track shows how much the band matured in their time away. Guitarist Djae Aroni, who studied in the UK at Cantebury university, says the band are constantly gigging and recording with a view to releasing an album at some point in the near future.
Meantime, the band are to appear in the UK this summer. They will be performing in London, late June, at the brilliant sounding, Decolonise Fest.
Helpful Hint #1 for any budding music scribe: “where does your name come from?” is not a particularly good opening gambit when interviewing a band. In fact, it’s probably best avoid the question altogether. So I’m just going to dive straight in.
The name of this five -piece band from Burnley is actually a bit of a dichotomy, because nothing goes fast in Goa. OK – the scooters and cars do, but definitely not the trains.
Of course, ‘Express’ could refer to a newspaper, but that would put a real kybosh on my planned introduction to ‘The Day,’ the latest single release from The Goa Express.
Now based in Manchester where the lads are studying at Uni, Goa Express have honed their music and style over a number of years. And since moving to the ‘big city’ their development has benefited with support slots for the likes of Cabbage, Yak and The Orielles. They have also played with one of my favourite psyche bands, Moon Duo.
I absolutely love this track. It’s one of those instant songs. No build up, no faffing about – it’s in your face immediately. The vocals sound real snotty, with a ‘couldn’t give a tu’penny f***’ attitude to them; like a sleep deprived and caffeine overdosed Bob Dylan. Whirling Inspiral Carpets type organ, shrieking guitar and crashing cymbals prop up the song, which jumps out the speakers, shouts at you, then runs away. Just like that. Two minutes and fourteen seconds.
It’s a glorious hark back to the early days of punk. We need more of this.
(These lads have just taken over the mantle of my ‘new favourite band,’ from The Naked Party.)
‘Screams From The Suburbs,’ is the brand new EP from Adrenaline Animals, a three piece Punk Rock band from London. They have supported the likes of Pretty Vicious, Hoosiers and Trampolene and have also played shows in Germany and France.
Their new five-track EP, ‘Screams From the Suburbs,’ was released this week, two of which are featured here. As you can see / hear, the lads are full of energy and their music is punchy and aggressive – just the way punk was always intended.
I may get shot down in flames, but I sense a feel of Oasis on steroids – the attitude, the occasional sneer and apparent ‘couldn’t give a toss,’ attitude.
Whatever, it’s mighty fine, and I’m sure the live shows will be even better.