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OUTCASTS, THE - Stay Young {Violated} PODCAST PLAYED Belfast City Punks are back with their first new material since, I think, 1986 and it’s a cracker!!  The band might have aged (considerably looking at the pics - me too!), but musically this still has the great youthful vibe of ‘Self Conscious Over You’. Lead track is a mid-paced, sing-a-long-a-OUTCASTS and obvious choice for the lead track. But it’s ‘Pressure’s On’  that is the highlight; kinda STIFF LITTLE FINGERS-ish, bit more urgent and could be lifted from either of the band’s original 80s albums. Of the remaining three tracks (which don’t quite live up to the two openers), ‘Rebel Rock Radio’ is a more relaxed saunter with acoustic guitar adding a nice percussive feel, ‘78’ has a good vintage feel to it while closer ‘You’re A Disease’ revives the spirit of ‘77 and had me thinking of THE DRONES for some reason. After such a hiatus, I wasn’t expecting much - especially given I rate their two albums highly. How wrong though - this will appeal big-time to old fans and has enough vitality to show some of the young guns how it’s done. (26.06.20)
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