Self Financed & recorded & produced in one month: This is their first release from their recent three album signing to ‘Golf Records’. One of the most prestigious punk labels in the UK. News of this some months previous left me with high hopes for one of my favorite UK punk bands. When I received this I was not to be disappointed. They always had a unique style, I mean truly unique. So when you first listen to any of their CD’s it can be an exciting 40 minutes. This one was of course no exception. You never know what to expect. The next song could be fast paced and vibrant ska or a haunting reggae metal ballad. This is a band that can make the hairs on your arms stand on end in one breath and have you laughing and tapping your feet in the next. These gentlemen have always been a rather underground outfit. Which has earned them a dedicated following. That said, it is time King Prawn got a chance to follow in the footsteps of ‘Less Than Jake’ and ‘Reel Big Fish’ not to mention other smaller ska bands like ‘Farse’ and ‘Capdown’. These bands are all good in their own right but in a potentially soon to be flooded genre King Prawn will be like a breath of fresh air is to an open window in an old people’s home. One of the highlights of this album is the blatant ‘RATM’ riff thievery in the song ‘The Dominant View’ This is so ear grabbing for anyone familiar with the ‘RATM’ song ‘Bullet In Your Head’. They pull it off and make enough of a sound change to make it their own and most of all at home in the track. Another interesting and amusing moment is the song ‘Smoke Some Shit’ lovingly dedicated to the use of marijuana and judging by the backing vocals in the chorus and outro the use of the aforementioned illegal substance by those of all ages. It is exciting that vocalists are still able to emulate so many different voices, frequencies and vocal rhythms. It is hard to find any less positive elements to this album. There is such variety and flavor from all kinds of cultures, countries and styles of music. I would say that at some points the horn section can become a little unimaginative, especially if you own previous albums. The saving grace is that these brass moments are at times sparse so you may not even notice if you aren’t really looking for it. King Prawn are one of the last true punk innovators, or perhaps they are yet to even try to. They are what ‘System of a Down’ were to 2001’s ‘Alt. Metal’ explosion, so far ahead of the competition that it was almost embarrassing. For the rest of the genre that is. Standout Tracks: ‘Bring Down The House’, ‘The Dominant View’, ‘Smoke Some Shit’, ‘Raise The Banner’, ’Satan’s Folly’ & ‘Viva Devi’.
I have a special press release copy of this album and it rules! starting once again with the trumpets its bounces straight into ska/punk/rock tunes that show much maturity from all the previous albums. As each of their albums has come out they have improved immensly and this album does not break the trend. I thought that after Surrender to the blender had amazed me that they couldn't top it, but they have! With songs like the fantastic "Caught inna rut", the brilliant "Lick of the flame" or the wicked new single "Dominant View" this ,hopefully, will bring King Prawn out of London and into the world. Stand back, this is the sound of the King Prawn!
A stunning classic album by this lot this album has two real classic songs on it and bunch of others XD that are also pretty good The band should have been alot bigger this c.d seems to be selling for a rather high price too so snap it up if you find it cheap
Top band; they seem to have the knack of mixing punk/ska/rap with a slight Asian influence. I first came across the band on a compilation CD "Compunktion" and have since bought up their back catalogue.
I must say, I'd never bought any KP before, but had heard "Dominant view" on P-rock and though it rocked, so I bought the album. Much to my delight the whole album, wih the exception of the inrumental track 6, was absolutley diamond! I would recomend it to anyone with an ounce of taste, buy it and enjoy it! Cheers!