The best example of embitterment directed at the Cambridge music scene ..EVER
First band up, Anti -Social Burn-Outs are excellent, if the 2 songs contributed is to be the spokesperson for the rest of their material. Its punk rock in its most familiar, and much loved role. Direct and to the point! Their first song No Looking Back is submerged in a taunting drum beat, shards of lead guitar and a vocal thats tailor made for such rants. But second song Suicide Mission is their genius, and this albums strongest point by a mile. Again its familiar punk, but with a directional melody and intelligent structuring. Its worth buying the record for this song alone! Cosy Cosy are next and sound more in the vein of 70s new wave/punk like maybe Richard Hell, Rezillos or Eddie and the Hot Rods. Its a completely different edge than that conjured up by Anti-Social Burn-Outs, but they do what they do remarkably well. The 3 songs they bring, Milk Tray, Desert Oasis and Seen The Light sound fresh and original still.
Third band, The Hope, are dirty rock and roll with political and personal views that work very well here. Of the 3 songs they contribute, This Machine has the strength and audacity to stick out! The Khe Sanh Approach are band number 4. Politically poetic and certain agitators of the peace. They lend 3 songs to the cause with British Theatre 1956-1959being their ace in the pack, and the best titled song ever! Again, its a rocky edge that runs through their songs, though its possible to pick traces of The Stranglers earlier sounds alongside, dare I say it, a Marilyn Manson vocal delivery? The album ends, stunningly, with a secret hidden track by Bomb Factory.
This compilation will be on sale for only £4...and thats a lot less than youd probably quite happily shell out for something of this quality! Great stuff, indeed!
By: Alan Baillie http://www.subba-cultcha.com