Revenge of the Psychotronic Man – Colossal Velocity
I’ve not reviewed anything in a while, mainly as there’s been nothing that ‘floats my boat’ as they say. Every now and again something pops up that I can engage with. This one is filed under crank the f**k up. A good healthy dose of proper punk. How could I resist?
To keep it interesting (for me only, I suspect!) I am going to write this review as I take my second listen to it. That gives me 22 minutes to try and communicate why this album is class.
Manchester based three piece have been around for over a decade and have their craft nailed down tight. On their upcoming release ‘Colossal Velocity’ they flex their musical muscles.
Seventeen compact songs hurtle by in just over 22 minutes. ‘To Be Frank’ opens the album and entices a mad grin upon my face.
‘Small Minded NIMBY Prick’ is a thrashing shout along! Losing my shit to this track.
‘The Establishment’ is evidence that RPM are much more than the average a four chord punk act, some cracking compositional work, which goes beyond the punk boundaries with a nod at rock ‘n’ roll.
Barnstormer ‘I Am Absolutely Fuming’ gives a modern take on the current social media rants that have become common place. In 2016 everyone has an opinion and a platform to share their views. At least that’s my take on this track, have a listen for yourself below.
Further displays of their musical versatility on the delightfully titled ‘I Wanna Be A Spaceman’.
The production is light and compressed, I’d love to hear a bit more bottom end in the mix. That said, I think this will sound terrific on vinyl, surely far superior to the MP3 version I have.
The musicianship is absolute class throughout the record. It makes me want to see the band live, that energy and precision is bloody great. Thankfully they’ll be playing Gateshead next month, 30th July at the Black Bull, where I’m sure they’ll go down a storm.
20 minutes in to my second play and my time is nearly up! To sum up the record; ‘Colossal Velocity’ is a relentless barrage of masterful punk, fucking brilliant! Very refreshing to here this proper hardcore/thrash punk in a sea of pitiful bland pop punk dross. This, ladies and gentlemen, is how it should be!
I’m going back in for a few more listens, I need to get my head around the lyrics, interesting themes and social commentary that I’d like to explore and try to digest. Punk rock for 2016. Modern, thrashy, intense and bloody refreshing.
Out on TNSrecords soon. Have a punt, you won’t regret it! ‘Share if you agree’
Pre-orders up on Bandcamp now