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“Love and hate and certain death. they’re the things that you connect with. They connect with me because they’re the only things that really matter.”

Grand words from Alex Kershaw of The Computers. You may be familiar with the Exeter-based rock’n’soul firebrands, but on first listen, you might not quite recognise them. Their blistering debut, ... Read more in Amazon's The Computers Store

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  • Vinyl (16 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B004VF66T4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Where Do I Fit In
2. Lovers Lovers Lovers
3. Blood Is Thicker
4. Hot Damnocles
5. Cinco De Mayo
6. Rhythm Revue
7. Group Identity
8. I've Got What It Takes (Part 3)
9. Yeah Yeah Yeah But
10. The Queen in 3D
11. Music Is Dead

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BBC Review

Eleven tracks in 24 minutes: The Computers know how to make their point quickly. And sharply, too – sharp enough to get right into the skin and stay there for a while. The Exeter band’s grit and gristle is clear enough, hoarse vocals and loud amps establishing themselves within seconds of opener Where Do I Fit In? – but they’re smart enough to combine such a snotty demeanour with some absolutely cracking tunes.

The band’s debut album was recorded stateside, at the home of John ‘Speedo’ Reis (punk legend; member of Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes and The Night Marchers, among others), in just four days, and straight to tape, too. (No computers were involved… nice.) The result is as expectedly breathless as such a background promises – at no point do these four take their collective foot off the pedal. It’s a performance that has Pulled Apart By Horses sounding like Bruno Mars. A lot rougher than the group’s 2008 seven-tracker for Fierce Panda, You Can’t Hide from The Computers, clearly touring has left an impression in two ways: the vocals have a greater growly quality to them, and the tightness is absolute. It makes a difference: sloppiness in such shallow water and the ship gets grounded.

Sure, it’s all fairly one-dimensional – but the best punk, just like the best pop, needn’t have a deep underlying message. Calling on cues from the scene’s past, from Reis’ crews right back to LA’s early hardcore outfits, and nailing their hooks with great focus, The Computers deliver a wholly satisfying sound that won’t go stale any time soon. Mainly because there’s so little substance to it, but in this case that’s no bad thing whatsoever. From the fantastic retro swing of Rhythm Revue (think Hamburg-period Beatles covering Black Flag) to Blood Is Thicker’s caught-in-a-mosh mischief, via a flurry of cheeky swears and choruses crafted for hollering, this is fare to scald the soles of one’s feet rather than nourish the soul. Not that anyone’s going to get too hungry in just half an hour, anyway.

--Mike Diver

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.Waugh on 29 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
Watched them support The Duke Spirit in Newcastle I missed there first song but could hear them from the next room and some people came out as I went in more fool them. Live this band are rock 'n' roll at its best it was like Refused meets Rocket From The Crypt and stomped on The Hives loved it. On record which I bought at gig from the singer Screaming Al Kershaw who kindly imformed me that the record was recorded live and takes nothing away from there live show which is pretty much what every band wants. What can I say 11 songs 25mins long of a prue master class in Rocking honest Roll well done 5 stars . Music has flatlined let The Computers pump the blood back in long live The Computers.
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By Shirley B on 31 Aug 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is a VERY early christmas present for our son, therefore not played. It was very prompt delivery and well packaged therefore am sure album will be a hit on Christmas day!
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By Nedj on 26 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD
The album kicks down the door, rocks the place with its raw mix of punk, rock and roll, garage, hardcore, James Brown and post-hardcore, and then quickly leaves, refusing to pay for the door. Not afraid to slow it down (like on the heavy blues of "The Queen in 3D"), but at its best when racing along, (like in boogie-charged hardcore number "Yeah Yeah Yeah"), it's a simple, fun album, but with a darker edge lyrically. Recommended for punk lovers old and new.
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