King Blues – Punk & Poetry Review

Firstly apologies for not blogging for a while…no excuse, just a lazy bastard….

Thought I’d write a review of the latest King Blues album, Punk & Poetry as I haven’t stopped listening to it for weeks…..love it. This is an album that has some of the most genius lyrics I’ve heard for a long time….many a Facebook status has been a lyric from this album.

The album kicks off with ‘Last of the Dreamers’….I have no idea what this is about 🙂 but the second track ‘We are Fucking Angry’ is Punk Rock at its very best. The bridge just about sums up everything thats wrong with the government today and is just so correct…..we should be fighting back.

‘Set the World on Fire’, track 3 is an absolute lyrical masterpiece with my favourite lines since ‘Jesus Saves painted by an athiest nutter’ in Going Underground by the Jam;

Some pay the doctor to be the snipper

We want bigger tits, bigger, bigger, bigger

This is how we use the greatest minds in science

Not a cure for cancer but a profit for giants

They blind their clients with advertisements

Insecurity heightens – that aint progress, its violence

Track 4, Dancehall…bollocks….sorry Itch

Track 5 is a skankin’ tune ‘The Futures Not What it Used To Be’. I absolutely love the bangin bit near the end, part rap, part rant…fantastic. Track 6 just shows my age….how the fuck old is Itch?….I thought he was a twenty something OAP, but with references to Robson and Jerome the guy could be my twin. Don’t let that put you off ‘I Want You’ is once again a brilliant song with lyrics that are thought provoking and humurous.

‘Five Bottles of Shampoo’, track 7, is an ‘I understand women’ song with some great advice for pro-lifers. This is followed by a realistic view of ‘Sex Education’ and the way the internet is influencing kids and the way that they perceive sex and love. I urge all parents to listen to the words.

‘Shooting Fascists’ is easily my favourite track…simple lyrics, simple tune, just Itch and a Ukelele, but what a powerful message….fucking awesome…..

If you like punkpop you’ll love track 10, ‘Headbutt’..fast enough to make you move and catchy enough to keep you singing it for weeks. ‘Does Anybody care About Us’ is back to the underlying King Blues message about how the under privileged and poor are looked down upon by the rest of society, and not enough people give a flying fuck…

The final track ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’ I don’t really like as a song but I understand that as a lyricist life events are inspiration, and having kids is one of the greatest things ever….its just that this tune is more Take That than King Blues.

As I said at the beginning, this is a fantastic album with just a couple of tracks I personally don’t like. I think the King Blues are one of the greatest bands around today and they have exactly the right message….

They are on tour this year….I’m going to see them in Portsmouth….and if you get the chance go and see them. They are a brilliant live band. If you can’t see them buy the album, read the lyrics and get the message……..

Album Review – Blitzkrieg; Everything is Lies

The latest album from Southports finest, Blitzkrieg, is a 12 track Punk Rock classic. ‘Everything Is Lies’ is a fantastic mix of noise, musicianship and anthemic lyrics.

Opening with ‘What is Truth’ it sets the scene for the rest of the album. ’21st Century Punks’ is thrashy, and ‘Bleed and Bleed’ has an amazing riff which reminded me of The Boys – don’t know why, it just did.

‘This is Not America’ is anthemic but I can’t help thinking of Bored in the USA when I hear it – not musically but lyrically. ‘I don’t Want’ begins with a great bassline while ‘TNT (In Yer Face Bitch)’ had me singing along immediately…you would have thought somehow I would have learned by now.

I would describe ‘Wolf’ as Adicts with attitude…listen to it and you’ll know what I mean..its the harmonies. ‘Murder’ is proper Punk, ‘We Fight’ starts with a great drum and bass, (not the dance stuff), intro and is 1.44 minutes of wonderful noise, ‘We Die Alone’ and ‘Destruction 08’ finish the album and are of the same quality as the rest of the album….top class.

However my stand out track is ‘Scream It’…probably the best track I’ve heard this year…I can’t stop singing it, work, car and in Tesco’s. I absolutely love this track.

If you want to support the band buy the CD from dumbdown records…

If you know the band get them to appear at Rebellion 2010…then I can see them live 🙂