Revenge of the Psychotronic Man: In Session From Maida Vale – EP review
Revenge of the Psychotronic Man: In Session From Maida Vale (TNS Records)
Manchester-based punks Revenge of the Psychotronic Man release their latest offering. Leanne Durr takes a listen.
Revenge of the Psychotronic Man recorded this Maida Vale session during the summer of 2013 for the Radio 1 Punk Show with Mike Davies, recently releasing it as a 7” on their own TNS records.
At just four tracks it’s around six and a half minutes worth of extremely fast hardcore punk. ROTM are lyrically provocative and skip any metaphorical offerings for a more Bukowski-style approach that is accessible, succinct and bold.
As a live act they serve up relentless, ferocious punk – perfectly captured on this release. Scratch the surface, though, and we find a band that has taken heed of that all important lesson of not swallowing blindly all that you are told. What they’ve reaped along the way is reflected in the thought-provoking lyrics.
The first two tracks – An Aggressive Lecture and Million Merits – are taken from the band’s 2012 album Shattered Dreams Parkway. Third track The Suffering is a cover of a Bootscraper song and fourth cut Needles To Say can be found on Make Pigs Smoke (2010).
I’m a bit of a late-comer to Revenge of the Psychotronic Man after stumbling across them a couple of years ago – this year sees their 10th anniversary, so this Maida Vale session puts down a convenient marker in their uncompromising journey.
All words by Leanne Durr. More of Leanne’s writing for Louder Than War can be found here.