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CD Review – The Bermondsey Joyriders: Noise & Revolution

There are times when a CD lands on your desk that you just feel the need to bump up the review queue (yes these do exist), the press releases, artwork or content can make them almost essential listening and you can’t help it. No harm to those ahead in the pile, but sometimes needs must. One such release is this one from punk luminaries The Bermondsey Joyriders.

With a long list of punk credentials to their credit founder members Gary Lammin, Martin Stacey and (newcomer to the band) Chris Musto are perhaps the best trio to create a blues punk concept album such as this. They do after all have super group written all over them.

What we have here on Noise & Revolution are a collection of raw blues/punk tunes that showcase Lammin’s guitar work. We also get to hear MC5 icon John Sinclair in full on poetic form as he keeps the momentum going, his spoken word interludes linking each track nicely.

Punk/blues is a fun genre to listen to, the songs can be exciting, fun and aggressive all at once and here we get a nice linking dialogue thrown in too. Concept albums can be difficult to pull off, but The Bermondsey Joyriders have done it with ease here.

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