Iron Chic: The Constant (Bridge Nine Records)
CD / DL
Long-awaited second album from Iron Chic – big punk melodies and a huge sound for the long cold winter ahead. Ian Critchley gets warm.
I take another sip of my beer and attempt to shake away the awful feeling of cold that comes with a typical English winter. I need something to take my mind away from the end of year chills and back to the baking sun of summer. I need something that will raise my body temp and spirits. I need Iron Chic.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of being introduced to their music, Iron Chic were borne out of the ashes left by the phoenix that was Latterman, a band that arguably changed the punk rock genre for good. Iron Chic haven’t strayed too far from the conventions that made their predecessor such a force, utilising an amalgamation of crowd chant vocals, mid-tempo hard-hitting riffs and enough energy to blow the roof off any small to medium capacity venue. If ever there was a record that epitomises the progression of punk, from its original gritty origins to that of modern day melody-tinged feel good, then The Constant One is exactly it.
Though its release has come out in entirely the wrong season – the album is a perfect example of a summer record much in the same way as The Dillinger Four’s C I V I L W A R was for me a few years back – it still works in these Arctic conditions. The band’s style hasn’t progressed much since their last outing, but it hasn’t really needed to. The sound is straightforward and no doubt intended to be enjoyed more as a group than solo. Iron Chic toe the line of punk rock bands destined to spend as much time on stage as humanly possible. Even their studio efforts show this, injecting an intense amount of energy into each four chord progression that, from personal experience, is all the more enjoyable in the flesh.
The Constant One doesn’t try to be groundbreaking in changing the shape of punk to come. This is open, honest and, most importantly, fun punk rock intended to set the mood for heavy drinking, live music, and good times.
All words by Ian Critchley. For more of Ian’s writing for Louder Than War click here.