The Defects ‘Politicophobia’ – classic 21st century punk album from old school heroesThe Defects
Punkarama Records
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It shouldn’t really work this punk bands coming back from the dead thing.

Surely punk rock should have always been the preserve of the moment. Teenage bands riding on adrenalin and frustration writing songs that captured a moment in time forever. No way should they be able to come back years later and do it all again.

The Defects are the latest in a long line of bands who are breaking these rules.

And surely breaking the rules is what punk is about.

The Belfast based band retain the fierce authenticity that that city always gave its bands. The Defects may never have been on Good Vibrations but their raw punk rock saw them score a top ten indie album at the time with Defective Breakdown.

Thirty years later they have returned with what could be their best album, ‘Politicophobia’ somehow combining the raw power of their youth with a musicality of their middle age with album cut, ‘Riot Free Zone’ standing out as an anthemic classic.

Now that punk is an international language, The Defects are making music that connects with people all over the world and not just in the punk rock nooks and crannies like the first time round. This makes sense with a non-stop barrage of raw power and timeless punk rock anger that the Defects have delivered on this, a classic punk rock album which they have slipped out when everyone else was napping.

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