Buzzbomb: Secondary Objectives (Self Released)
DL – Out Now, CD – 15th Aug
This is the second album of fuzzed up garage rock from Scottish trio Buzzbomb, following on from 2008’s debut, Eight The Hard Way. Joe Whyte’s been listening to it for us & has liked what he’s been hearing.
Opening with the blistering assault of Disconnected, the album is a non-stop, melody filled thrill from beginning to end. Nine songs of old-school, Ramones-ey, amphetamined headrush, with hooks to spare.
Stu Graham’s spiky buzzsaw guitar and nimble-fingered power chords lead the charge with little fat on the bones of the songs. Train Of Consequence has an SLF feel to its energetic train wreck pulse.
A cover of Scots lost punk group The Valves ‘It Don’t Mean Nothing At All’ sounds exactly as if it should belong happily amongst the other tracks. Fast, powerful instrumentation, lithe grooves, harmonic choruses and a thundering, precise rhythm section of Billy Ross and Dave Brett propel new life into the old classic.
Incidentally, in this scribes humble opinion, The Valves single, For Adolf’s Only, is one of the finest two and a half minutes EVER committed to plastic. It should be regarded in the same revered tones as GSTQ, White Riot, New Rose et al. If you don’t own it, do so. Soon.
I digress. Buzzbomb have a real poppy feel to their songwriting. By that, I don’t mean Cum 182 and Wank 41 or whatever they’re called. This is proper, grown-up punk rock of the highest order. Buzzbomb aren’t breaking new musical boundaries by any means. This is straight ahead pogo-a-gogo, but I defy you not to like the cut of their jib. Albeit they sound like they’re having a great time (and I hear they’re amazing live), there’s a serious side to the album. Witness Collateral Murder’s lyrics of war, death and futility. Poignant in these days, too.
With a bonus track of The Dead Boys Sonic Reducer rendered as a scything flash of guitars and drums, Secondary Objectives ends on a high note.
Buzzbomb. Perfectly named.
It’s also the artwork was done by Patrick Goddard of 2000ad / Judge Dredd fame?
The album can be downloaded from Buzzbomb’s Bandcamp here. They are on Facebook here. It’s also worth visiting the Buzzbombs website to check out the album artwork which was done by Patrick Goddard of 2000ad / Judge Dredd fame: https://www.buzzbomb.co.uk
All words Joe Whyte. More articles by Joe can be found here.