Genre: Classic Punk Rock Label: JPT Records Released: Out Now Members: Paul Cook , Drums Tom Spencer , Guitar \ Vocals Toshi JC Ogawa , Bass Tracklisting: Easily Lead Gold and Truthful Spike Me Baby Punk Rock and a Hard Place M’Ashes Heartburn Never Say Never So No Go The Elegant Art of Falling Apart […]
It seems that time is only improving their approach and guile to their abilities. I am blown away by the musicianship on this album and I will say that this is a modern-day classic!
I am impressed by the mix of styles they employ to push their message and there are some absolutely banging moments which I know will set circle pits off with wanton abandon.
There is a beautiful light-hearted humour running throughout the album as can be seen from the videos they have thoughtfully created. The influences run clear through the album yet, it is hard to completely pigeonhole the band to a particular style, thus ‘stonerpunk’ was born.
There’s no posturing, no “image before music” as would have been the case in the old days, just 12 tracks of immense class that will stand the test of time and be the benchmark against which other bands will be measured in the future.
Drawing influence from bands such as ‘Fucked Up’, ‘Leatherface’ and ‘Protest The Hero’ to name but a few, this band, with their incredible work ethic and ferocious live performances.
If the earth could speak, it would probably be disappointed in us as a species right now. We don’t think about it, we think about ourselves first. This album presents a world that is, according to Gary, “disillusioned and heartbroken it is now fighting back.
Chock full of driving anthems and softer moments that will garner them an army of fans, the guests are also supplemented with one Travis Barker, best known as the drummer for Blink-182, who makes a handful of appearances as well.
There aren’t many bands that can show so many different influences and degrees of separation between each song yet somehow, they all feel connected, they all work in isolation as well, yet together it feels like the most unusual yet unbreakable family tree. It’s the Heston Blumenthal approach to making music… this shouldn’t work but by god it sounds glorious!