album review

Riskee and The Ridicule- Bodybag your scene lp - A Review

I must admit that this lot were new to me when I was given this album to review, and man was I missing out. Formed in Kent in 2014, Riskee & The Ridicule are an incendiary mix of grime, punk, politics and great song writing. Put simply, This lot are the band Slaves wish they were. Album opener “accelerate” sets the mood with a big sing-a-long na-na-na terrace chant style refrain which quickly accelerates (sorry) into a banger of the highest order, which is then followed by “kaboom” which utilises a similar motif but to much greater effect. Hooks that are catchier than the flu partnered with massive hardcore riffs and pop punk stylings are what this band trade in and they combine to make an album that’s infectious and memorable. The vocals and especially the lyrics on this release particularly stand out for me. As equally adept at singing as he is at spitting lyrics that are multi-layered, complex and political with lots of clever metaphors and wordplay Riskee gives 100% on this album.

Every song is a winner on this album, but if I had to pick standouts then they would be “Millwall brick, Glasgow Kiss”, (which quotes that “it wiz wan of ye’z, DISGUSTIN’ video that was doing the rounds on the internet a while ago), “Bodybag”, “Kaboom”, Black, white and grey and new single “In the dark” (which has a poignant video dedicated to the late, great Prodigy frontman Keith Flint to accompany it and is a powerful story about a couple and their struggles with their inner demons). If hook laden, powerfully played melodic music that is informed by grime, punk and hardcore with hard hitting, politically charged lyrics that deal with issues such as our relationship with sexual exploitation, racism, media generated fear and the threats to underground culture then this is the band for you.

If you’re going to Rebellion then go and check them out on the Friday at 2:20pm on the Arena stage. You’re missing out big time if you don’t. See you there!

Baz

ONLY THE MEDIA WHORES CAN SAVE US NOW: ‘A DECADE OF DEFIANCE’ - A C. T. Herron Review

ONLY THE MEDIA WHORES CAN SAVE US NOW: ‘A DECADE OF DEFIANCE’ - A C. T. Herron Review

I have in my hands a compilation of songs from a band that are reflected perfectly in the cover design. A collage of politics and punk, brightly-coloured and eye-catching, quotes from legendary musicians like Strummer and Guthrie, but most strikingly, emblazoned across the front in large letters, is the idiom “Stop making stupid people famous”. Something I can absolutely agree with 100%, in a world of Jedwards and Biebers multiplying like bacteria on a yoghurt that’s been left out in the baking sun, we need a band like the Media Whores! I’m not saying kill all the stupid people, but let’s remove the warning labels and let the problem take care of itself.

JACKAL TRADES - ‘TRIP HAZARD ADVISOR’ - A Review In Four Books - C.T. Herron

JACKAL TRADES - ‘TRIP HAZARD ADVISOR’ - A Review In Four Books - C.T. Herron

Andy Martin produced arguably my fave track from Need The Characters, ‘I Am The Fear’, and he provides here a wheezy, strange, unique beat for a humorous conversation between ‘Jack’ and some hallucination named the Trip Hazard Advisor he encountered tripping out to a Pink Floyd film, ‘Schemedelica’. Quality quaalude interlude! https://www.facebook.com/andymartin90beats/