Paranoid Visions  album review

Ged Babey does us a punk round-up in Vive Le Rock product placement style for some newly released stuff available now in a politico-punk vein.

Paranoid Visions – Escape From the Austerity Complex (Overground Records)
16 track CD OVER130CD / 12 track LP + CD

Track Listing Austerity Crusade / On The Run / Outsider Artist / Politician / Poles Apart / All Systems Go / Statement Of Intent / Dangerous Rhythm / Split Personality / Tainted Ink / Rising Tide / (Don’t Let The) Rot Set In / Beatenhovans Symphony / Problem / Nuclear Victims (The Bombsong) / Recession Klub

According to the press release this album has already broken mainstream barriers by having two Top 10 Irish singles Politician (from Der Election EP) and the follow-up Outsider Artist (featuring TV Smith both of which, in a huge leap of public support, broke through the X Factor barrier and nestled at No. 6 in the charts).

Paranoid Visions are a thorn in the side of the Irish music scene it seems and have been around for decades – and I’ve been oblivious to them! They seem to be Ireland’s finest anarcho-punk pranksters ”“ like Crass with a more obvious sense of humour, or Chumbawamba with a penchant for gothicky gravel-voiced rawk instead of dance-music. There’s celticy folk bits, some Virgin Prunes-type goth-metal guitar and a healthy hatred of Bono and Co in their work.

Then there’s the guest vocalists on here; TV Smith, the Shend (from The Cravats), Zillah Minx (from Rubella Ballet) and Steve Ignorant. A veritable Who’s Who in protest punk and quite possibly the best album Paranoid Visions have ever produced, lyrically and production-wise.

A varied and powerful piece of work, but perhaps a bit too doom-laden for repeated listens.

All words by Ged Babey. You can read more from Ged on LTW here.

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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