delinqAlbum Review

Delinquents: About Last Night  (Violated Records)


Not out til 22nd September 2017 (But available at Rebellion from the band)


One of the 47 bands (!) playing the ‘Rebellion Introducing Stage’ this year, Ged Babey introduces young hopefuls from Dundee… Delinquents.

What are we gonna say? What are we gonna do?
Raise our middle fingers and say Fuck You!

(Next Generation – Delinquents)

In the olden days a measure of a punk bands ‘success’ was getting a Peel Session. These days it is getting a slot at Rebellion.

Apart from the big-name line-up this year there is the Introducing… Stage (again) where new bands get their chance. Enter, stage right,  a very excitable Delinquents.(no The) – and yes, there are probably a few bands of that name….

These Delinquents are a three piece from Dundee. All male, early twenties. This is their debut album after making a nuisance of themselves locally for  a few years.

What they lack in boy-band looks, they make up for in attitude and persistence (you can stop bombarding LTW writers with emails now!). They are a bit of a generic-sounding Pop-Punk-USA influenced band and Next Generation with its stipulation/nation rhymes can deservedly be called a ‘Green Day rip-off’. But they can write a good tune and crank it out with conviction when they want to.

Singer/guitarist Dave Henessey has a distinctive, if slightly whiney bellow of a voice and his lyrics are a bit scattershot and clichéd at times;  that said  ( I hate) Valentines (Day) is a catchy piece of pop-punk angst which calls for a boycott as he unconvincingly insists ‘I’m not bitter’…. seven times.

Acne is a song of self-loathing, Not Your Problem is a piece of hardcore Lite which is over in less than a minute and Keep On Chokin’ actually sounds a bit like the Smiths music-wise.

Their songs of teenage kicks and knock-backs are simple, self-explanatory and well-played, but I can see them maturing into a Foo Fighters style Alt- rock band as Deliquents are more Rock School than Reform School.

Never Gonna Fit In  is them as their best.  Nice, chunky guitar, a bit of a Skids/Manics feel makes for a perfect outsider anthem for the teen-rebel.

The ‘fans favourite’ on the album and mine initially, is the sing-along-a-Delinquents future classic, the Fuck You Song. 

Fuck. You. And Everyone to do with you. Fuck you and all your views.

Swearing and punk rock electric guitar.  Forty years on from 1977 and some things never change and can’t be beat.

A few weeks back I would have probably slated this album …. but having seen Skurvi again live… (Here we go again, mouth to the front. Whatchoo talking about you cunt! ) …and listening to five CD’s worth of the Lurkers  (Self-destruct! Gonna get Fucked! )  I am back in the mood for simple punk pleasures -which is exactly what you get with Delinquents.

Catch them at Rebellion and get hold of a copy of the album.  It’s nothing earth-shatteringly new and ground-breaking, but these juvenile delinquents are more fun than they look on the album artwork!

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And here are my personal recommendations for Rebellion 2017  – a cut out and keep guide.  (Ged Babey)

THURSDAY   –  DELIQUENTS –      3:00pm – 3:30pm
FRIDAY  –   FLIES ON YOU   –   2:00pm – 2:30pm
SATURDAY –   FIVE GO MAD    – 1:15pm – 1:45pm
SUNDAY –  DEMON SMILES   –    2:45pm – 3:15pm



SIMON WELLS & CAROL HODGE  5:10pm – 5:50pm Almost Acoustic
SKURVI   6:30pm – 7:10pm  Pavillion  
FREEDOM FACTION   7:30pm – 8:05pm   Arena
RUBELLA BALLET  8:25pm – 9:10pm  Opera House
CONTEMPT   9:30pm – 10:10pm   Pavillion
TV SMITH PLAYS THE ADVERTS  11:00pm – 12:00am Casbah
MENACE  12:30am – 1:30am   Opera House


HEAVY DRAPES 2:00pm – 2:40pm Empress Ballroom
MAID OF ACE      3:00pm – 3:40pm Casbah
PROTEX       5:25pm – 6:05pm Opera House
DRAGSTER      6:00pm – 6:40pm Empress Ballroom
JOHNNY MOPED BAND      7:30pm – 8:15pm Opera House
THE GODFATHERS     9:35pm – 10:25pm Opera House
THE PROFESSIONALS      12:00am – 1:00am Opera House


HANDS OFF GRETEL  1:20pm – 1:55pm  Empress Ballroom
V2.2       2:20pm – 3:00pm   Opera House
RADICAL DANCE FACTION    3:20pm – 4:00pm Casbah
THE PROLES      3:20pm – 4:05pm  Opera House
CITIZEN FISH     4:20pm – 5:05pm Casbah
TALISMAN         6:45pm – 7:35pm Casbah
RUTS DC         9:30pm – 10:30pm   Casbah
MISTY IN ROOTS   11:00pm – 12:00am  Casbah
THE DEFECTS    11:55pm – 12:45am  Arena
THE VAPORS    12:30am – 1:30am Opera House
THE VIOLATORS  1:00am – 2:00am  Arena
FANG            1:15am – 2:00am  Pavillion

INCA BABIES    2:40pm – 3:15pm Opera House
BRASSICK    7:50pm – 8:30pm   Arena
THE MEKONS     8:45pm – 9:40pm   Opera House
LENE LOVICH BAND    10:00pm – 11:00pm Opera House
THE SKIDS      11:20pm – 12:30am  Empress Ballroom

Full Line-up Details click 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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