Hated Til Proven ‘Songs For The Short Of Attention’ – album review

Hated Til Proven ‘Songs For The Short Of Attention’ (TNS Records)
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Warrington’s own Hated Til Proven describe their sound as”We play break neck punk with big choruses along with skankin’ ska” ”“ having listed to their first album, the rather wonderfully named ”ËœSongs For The Short Of Attention’ it would be difficult to argue with their own description… “break neck punk with skankin’ ska’ neatly labels the five piece band ”“ for comparisons think of Canada’s Leftover Crack, who cover similar lyrical ground, anti fascism, oppression and the like.
The ”Ëœpussy’ speech from Full Metal Jacket provides a short intro before ”ËœBlack Bloc’ let’s lose ”“ this is a demented thrash punk/speed metal/ska breakdown delivered at atomic speed, dual vocalists in a call and response style rallying anti fascists and anarchists. ”ËœSoldier Song’ is, I guess at best an anti-war themed song however the lyrics opening with “soldier, you stupid cunt” come across as an attack upon each individual soldier suggesting that their service makes them both “brain dead” and a “stupid prick…sucking on your countries dick” ”“ Hated Til Proven are fully entitled to their view and so am I ”“ the military is in my opinion a necessary evil, and a military will defend your right to express your opinion; the target should be the governments, not the individual soldiers; that said the music is good, full of flailing energy ”“ tight fast delivery, and for a small DIY label release well produced.

”ËœDon’t Go Breaking My Legs’ is delivered with the same breakneck intensity; raging punk rock that then breaks down into some neat ska with dialogue samples from (I think) a Guy Ritchie gangster movie.
Hated Til Proven have mastered what they do and pretty much stick to the formula, you won’t find a great deal on musical innovation here, but then that’s not the point ”“ these boys are clearly very pissed off with their lot and are intent on ramming their displeasure down the throat of anyone who will listen, the lyrical themes continue, ”ËœGoing To War’ (anti war) ”ËœPIMV’ (anti Police) though the writer really should learn quite which authority it is that both fines and jails individuals…’Festive Feeler’ somehow manages to equate Santa Claus with paedophiles; well at least all the hundreds of Santa Clauses who sit in shopping arcades every year “You’re thirty five…..she’s only five” ”“ I guess the Warrington Santa Claus will be a few customers short this year as HTP certainly won’t be allowing their kids to indulge.


We get a faithful cover of The Exploited’s ”ËœFuck The USA’ transformed into ”ËœFuck The EDL’ and ”Ëœ1945′ a measured punk onslaught dealing with the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bombings – these last two tracks are possibly the strongest on the album, though I am influenced by my preference to blisterring punk rather than ska punk.


Hated Til Proven have managed to capture their explosive live energy, this album has thankfully not removed their abrasive and very raw edge, and for fans of the band and ska punk in general this is certainly worthy of further attention.


1. Intro
2. Black Bloc
3. Soldier Song
4. Don’t Go Breaking My Legs
6. Media Control
7. Going To War
8. Scum
9. Festive Feeler
10. Nothing
11. Fuck The EDL
12. 1945

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.



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