The Bone Idles / Danger!Man – Kaos Conspiracy Split LP (Rookie Records / Sonic Temple / Sjakk Matt Plater, distributed in UK by Boss Tuneage)
Norwegian/German punk veterans show the kids how it’s done.
Bone Idles open up this split LP with some fine European style hardcore punk that could have come through a time warp from the late 1980s – and that’s intended as a compliment not as a complaint!
Fast and furious drumming drives the tunes (which you can hear below) with lots of jabs and stops to keep it interesting, a slight metal influence on the guitar and some really crisp sounding lead breaks. Having recently dusted off my copy of the Disorder / Kafka Process split Lp from 1986 I was amazed to hear the similarity in vocal style between Bone Idles and Kafka Process. Thinking it was too much of a coincidence I did a little check on the internet and, yes, although Bone Idles hail from Germany, it’s the same Gunnar singing for them. Thank gawd for the internet, eh? In the old days I’d have had to write a letter and wait 3 months for it to come back to satisfy my curiosity. Gunnar also gave some memorable performances in So Much Hate as well, so we are talking about a Norwegian punk stalwart with a distinctive style here! If you like across either of those bands you won’t be disappointed.
Listen to The Bone Idles tracks off Kaos Conspiracy HERE.
Danger!Man strike out at you with “Nothing to Defend” like something you’d expect from the East End of London, New York City….or maybe Vancouver! Yes, they remind me of DOA big style but a teensy bit faster. They have the high octane tunes, the shouty vocals and some mean guitar hooks. Is their a tribute to the DOA track “Dangerman”? Maybe I’ll never know. As their tracks progress the recognisable melodic guitar and stop-start, tempo change stylings of Life…But How To Live It becomes apparent – they feature members of Life…But How To Live It and So Much Hate. The overall effect falls somewhere between early Propagandhi and The Restarts.
Listen to Danger!Man tracks HERE.
The CD version closes with bonus tracks from a limited edition single of 4 covers. Bone Idles kick in with a Svart Framtid track that starts off with such heavy production on the drums that it keeps reminding me of Motorhead’s Orgasmatron LP. Danger!Man knock out a New Pornographers and Yazoo track that have the combination of upbeat, cheerful & tuneful yet angry that the Propagandhi/I-Spy split 10″ exemplified and bands like my mates No Substance went on to make their own. The last track of the 4 is Bone Idles’ version of the Beastie Boys‘ “Tuff Guy” – they make it their own and they make it heavy.
All reckless enthusiasm by Nathan Brown. You can read more from Nathan on LTW here.