The Crunch – Neon Madonna (Cargo Records)
Out: 23 March
After 2013’s ‘Busy Making Noise’ debut album, self-styled punk pop supergroup The Crunch are back with new single ‘Neon Madonna’ prior to releasing their second album ‘Brand New Brand’ in April.
Similar to the debut single ‘Down By The Border’, the lead single here opts for a slice of reggae tinged pop, but this time with the emphasis on pop. In fact, it’s probably all the better for it; it doesn’t sound so slavishly like The Clash, especially when the chorus kicks in.
The addition to the fold of live collaborator Idde Schultz on keyboards and backing vocals adds to the variety on offer here. Alongside Sulo Karlsson (Diamond Dogs), Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69/Lords Of The New Church) and Terry Chimes (The Clash), she broadens their palette. This is an easy-on-the-ears summery single, even if the lyrics talk about “mankind’s endless endeavour for something to believe in”.
March 25th sees The Crunch join the tribute to Joe Strummer when they perform at the UK premiere of Nick Hall’s documentary ‘I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run’ at London Koko. Expect a string of live dates to follow. Having had a sneaky preview of the new ‘Brand New Brand’ album, I can confirm it has some muscly rockers and some tender moments. More of that soon, folks. Summer starts here…
All words by Martin Haslam. More writing by Martin on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive.