The Bombs have been blazing a trail of fresh punk rock with old stylings since their debut release in 1996. This latest release is no exception. They have always been a slightly above average, reliable band. There have been few low points in their career.
This is reassuring because even though they will never make it, in the break through sense, they will always be there for their fan base supplying them with professionally crafted punk rock with feeling.
This well meaning and slightly rough approach to punk is a welcome treat in these days of commercial leanings in this genre. Therefore this records, along with the recent ‘Turbo A.C.’s release should be heralded as brave and enlightening attempts at doing something a little bit more fun and a little less by the numbers.
On the track called ‘The Gow’ there is a real hint of UK punks ‘King Prawn’, making it a rather accomplished and vastly interesting listen compared to some of the more customary tracks; that can’t really be faulted but also can’t be congratulated upon.
It would be extremely neglectful of me to not mention the obvious ‘Rancid’ influences; then again, nearly every band of this nature would be in the same boat, intentionally or otherwise. The vocals have that style leaning certainly; the music is slightly less complex but offers up that lead driven progression that you would expect. This is an adrenaline filled record that offers up enough pretty moments to make it appealing to those of a more hormone starved disposition.
Frankly I would recommend that anyone who likes the following: ‘Rancid’, ‘The Supersuckers’ and ‘Operation Ivy’ to go out and get this, and the ‘Turbo AC’s’ newest release as they make an interesting and complimentary musical partnership.
Standout Tracks: ‘Shot Down’, ‘The Gow’, ‘Art Kills’ & ‘In & Out’.