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YOUTH GONE MAD/ FALSE ALARM - Split 7" {False Alarm} I think the YOUTH GONE MAD track here predates the album that appeared on the split CD these bands released a while back (review HERE). The track - the oddly named ‘Frogman (From Mars)’ - is a slow, blues-based swamp rocker, minimalist in every way and, as you can maybe guess from the title, pretty throwaway in terms of lyrical prowess. Flip the 45 over and the FALSE ALARM track is a much more satisfying slice of sleazoid, NYC Punk and is lifted off the CD mentioned above. The song, ‘Tell Me Who I Am’, is one of the songs the band recorded with DEAD BOY Cheetah Chrome and it cruises along on a ‘Not Anymore’ style pace with Cheetah providing his trademark guitar leads. Certainly NOT a record for the flaky Gasfart Anthem and Blink 18turd Punk fly-by-nighters, but something for those who have a penchant for late 70s Punk ‘n’ Roll sleaze should get a moment or two of pleasure from. (06.02.11)

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ZERO ZERO - s/t {DIY} Bosh!! Six primal blasts of twisted, gnarled Punk Rock that sprint past in eight minutes. In those few minutes, this Brazilian five-piece has accosted your senses, kicked you when you’re down and left the building. Yep, this is dizzyingly noxious Punk Rock that takes the dexterity of DEAD KENNEDYS, a COMMON ENEMY arrogance and the sheer unpredictability of DRIVE LIKE JEHU to create some scorching, uncompromising Punk. Highlights for me were ‘Kamikaze Girl’ and ‘Bombshell Surfers’ that both brought to mind an urgency akin to RITES OF SPRING in places. Lyrics are apolitical but well phrased with production raw and cutting shedding shards of discord outta all angles. Bosh indeed... (06.05.11)

ZOUNDS - The Redemption Of Zounds {Overground} This came outta nowhere!! Some 30 years on from the classic debut, ‘Curse Of Zounds’, Steve Lake is back with the follow-up. You get 10 songs that follow the traits of the debut but somehow sound fresh and equally appropriate to today’s world. Highlights are plenty, be it the plea of the asylum seeker that is ‘Deportee’, the opening ‘Cry Genie Cry’ that questions one’s position in the world or, my favourite, ‘Another Roadside Attraction’ that rails against TV culture and has a wonderful, plaintive vocal. Lyrically Steve is still as observant, acerbic and witty as before and the vocal delivery is equally as effective as it was 30 years ago when he sang ‘Subvert’. Packaging is multi-coloured with a few nods to the band’s history, contains all the lyrics and I’m glad to see this has been released on a label as genuine and as fitting as Overground. Like so many ‘comebacks’, this could’ve been a real duffer; thankfully it’s just the opposite. Highly recommended - genuine Top Zounds!!

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