C-30s – Shortage (Abused Records).C-30s: SHORTAGE – EP REVIEW


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Stripped back, bluesy, punky and speedy, Dorset’s C-30s are raring to go on their new EP. As long as they can get past that bleeding tractor and onto the open road. Nathan Brown reviews.


It was probably 10 years ago when I first saw these guys rip a Sunday afternoon a new one at a festival. Our best guess was they got their name from the shortest cassette tape you could buy back in the days of taping music, on account of the fact they could fit all their songs on a 30 minute tape. The C-30s play stripped back speedy and rockin’ punk with an American influence and plenty of energy.

Taking Seattle as a jumping off point, on this new CD I’m hearing the rawness of Texas punk bands like The Dicks and The Offenders.  With the garage feel, it’s tempting to compare them to New Bomb Turks and early Dwarves.  However, at their heart C-30s have a bluesy proto-punk 70s approach.

Listen to Sgt Wilko by the C-30s.

Dorset isn’t exactly motor city – it is one of the few English counties without a motorway – and your chances of getting stuck behind a tractor increase the further West you go, but the C-30s have Detroit in their hearts. Some of the guitar antics are pure MC5 and there is a touch of The Stooges. But, like, isn’t everyone influenced by them in some way? Consequently it makes perfect sense I hear the essence of Brian James era Damned licks as well.

The beauty of music like this is its simplicity. In that spirit I don’t want to over-complicate matters by using any more words. Strap yourself in and you’re off for the ride. It won’t even take one listen for it to feel familiar.

Download is available from bandcamp and you can ask the band via their Facebook page for details of how to obtain the CD version.


Words by Nathan Brown. More from Nathan can be found over at his Louder Than War Author Archive.


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