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Not Wired Up Right

STP Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Spunk Volcano, guitarist and prolific songwriter from punk rock legends Dirt Box Disco, branched out with his other project back in 2012 along with his backing band The Eruptions, that includes two of his fellow alumni from Dirt Box Disco, now five years later Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions have released their third album, Not Wired Up Right, that follows on from last year’s full length, Shit Generation, and the Ram Raid EP that was released earlier this year. When you consider that Dirt Box Disco have also released five albums in this time frame, then somehow describing Spunk Volcano as prolific doesn’t come close to describing the consistent output of this foul mouthed outsider.

Not Wired Up‘s title track kicks things off in brutal style and gives you the feeling that Spunk Volcano has taken things into a heavier direction with this album, every track seems to be a more muscular and pumped up than their previous releases. Tracks like Fuck This For A Game Of Soldiers are pure in your face old school punk rock that owes a debt to scum punks like the Anti Nowhere League and Dwarves, whilst You’re The Bastard and the borderline melancholy track Purely Medicinal channel the spirit of the much missed Motorhead frontman Lemmy like no one else I’ve heard since his passing. There are tracks on Not Wired Up Right that hark back to the style of his Dirt Box Disco compositions, but for the most part Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions are very much becoming their own beast.

Not Wired Up Right takes the trademark style of Dirt Box Disco and the previous releases by Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions and amplifies them, taking in influences from the likes of The Exploited and Motorhead to create their heaviest, and for me their best, album to date. Rather than just being a side project of Dirt Box Disco this album indicates that Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions have become a monstrous entity in the own right, with their own confrontational style that blends old school punk rock, hardcore and touches from the raw and ragged end of rock to create an album that, as one of the tracks on Not Wired Up Right says, will deliver a heavyweight Smack In The Teeth.

Not Wired Up Right can be pre-ordered from STP Records here

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part Four

Rebellion 2017 April2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

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Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions

Ram Raid

STP Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

If you were expecting Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions to have mellowed then you’re going to be in for a disappointment, the Ram Raid EP is if anything even more hard edged than their sophomore album, Shit Generation, that was released last year. The self styled purveyors of spunk rock have now unleashed their first recording of 2017 and will, as usual, be bringing their profanity strewn high energy larger than life live show to venues up and down the UK, including a return to the Rebellion Festival after their unforgettable appearance last year. The Ram Raid EP is available from today, the 31st March 2017, via STP Records.

The Ram Raid EP opens with the title track and it delivers three minutes of straight up brutal punk rock that proves that Masked Intruder don’t have a monopoly on being a masked punk band with criminal intent, Stop Looking At Your Phone ups the ante with a hardcore riff that’s an angry blast against the iPhone generation. Hanging Round The Shops is a return to more catchy punk rock that populated much of their debut album, this time it’s an ode to teenagers trying to get someone to buy them booze and cigarettes. I Think Her Name Was Tracey returns to the hardcore attack of the opening duo before Snap Backbone, the EP’s finest moment, delivers the kind of song that Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions do so well, a perfect number that captures the essence of spunk rock, a catchy riff that is married to a singalong chorus, a track that i guarantee will go down a storm at their live shows.

This is a taster of what’s to come from Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions, this picks up where Shit Generation left off, it’s a mix of pop punk and UK82 hardcore, whilst that sounds like an unlikely marriage it’s what they, and lead vocalist and guitarist Spunk Volcano‘s better know act, Dirt Box Disco, do, and they do it well. If you want subtlety and political insight then this is not the band for you, however if you want a band that write catchy punk rock and hardcore, and doesn’t take itself too seriously, then Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions are band you need in your life, and if you get the chance to see them live you should, as that is where they are truly in their element.

Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions Facebook presence can be found here

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Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions

Shit Generation

STP Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

This is the full length debut from Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions, the eponymous singer is better known as the guitarist and singer in Dirt Box Disco and this is the other outlet for his prolific songwriting. There are elements of oi, street punk and good old fashioned punk rock to be heard on this release, but it’s all done with pop sensibility, albeit a quite a noisy sweary one. This is not an album for the easily offended but that should be pretty obvious given the band’s name and the album title.

From The Fall tinged opener, Massive Mistake Masterclass, there is a clear theme to the album, this is not politically correct in the slightest, in particular on the title track and DNA Failure, although it must be noted that the tongue is firmly in cheek throughout the release, although who’s cheek I’m not sure. Shit Generation doesn’t just feature the offensive, there are pop culture references, reminiscences abut random items from past, has anyone else ever written an ode to a Ford XR3 before? These sit alongside romance, relationships and even quite tender love songs, admittedly all of these themes are done noisily and without too much subtlety.

This is one of those albums that sounds even better when you’re drunk, even when sober you cant help singing along to this, although you might not want to do this in polite company. It’s anthemic sing-a-long choruses are infectious and reflect the quality of the songwriting that might be lost under the swearing and power chords. Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions serve up straight up scum rock, fans of Snuff, The Dwarves, Anti-Nowhere League and obviously Dirt Box Disco, will adore this album.

North West calling 2016

North West Calling 2016

The Ritz, Manchester, England

4th June 2016
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

It seems appropriate that on the 40th anniversary of The Sex Pistols playing the Manchester Free Trade Hall, a concert that changed everything for Manchester’s music scene and inspired many of this town’s most beloved bands to form, the annual North West Calling festival is taking place. Now in it’s third year it showcases the diversity of the punk scene and always boasts a generation spanning line up. Sadly both The Ruts DC and The Anti Nowhere League had to pull out of this years event but there are always bands willing to step into the breach.

By noon a healthy queue has already formed outside The Ritz, on what is an unexpectedly warm sunny Saturday in Manchester,  whilst other less dedicated souls have ensconced themselves in the bars opposite the venue and are enjoying some early alcoholic refreshment. As people are still filtering into the venue Criminal Mind take the stage, the opening slot is always a difficult one as you’re playing to a sparse and sober crowd, despite this they take the stage and play like they’re headlining, their gurning acrobatic guitarist provides a visual keypoint and they play an intense set of politically informed hardcore tinged punk rock that blows away the cobwebs and provides as good a start to the day as you could wish for.

Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions are a different kettle of fish, their singer is a vision in his Captain America briefs, army boots and fluffy mohican topped balaclava They play hard edged pop punk songs that reminisce about the obscure items from the past and unrequited love. Their sing-a-long choruses and banter with the burgeoning crowd builds on the fine work by opening act Criminal Mind and by now things are starting to warm up in The Ritz, both metaphorically and physically.

Crashed Out are next and play a brutal set of street punk, I’m unsure whether its the fact that it’s now approaching melting point or because the first two bands provided such an incredible start to proceedings but the crowd seems to thin out. However, the dedicated fans of this band seem to enjoy themselves and they end their set with rousing cover of punk legends The Clash which is, as you’d expect, well received.

The Restarts take the stage and this trio deliver what for me was the best set of the day, this is a return to hardcore influenced punk and they wake the crowd back up with a  politically charged set, this is the first band of the day to get a frantic mosh pit going, amongst those in the pit is Criminal Mind‘s hyperactive guitarist. This is a band I am keen to hear a lot more of and a review of their last album will be forthcoming shortly.

The first of the old school bands, Vice Squad, are next to take the stage and have the unenviable task of following the incredible set by The Restarts. Beki Bondage has obvious stage presence and given she’s been a stalwart of the punk scene since the 1970’s I can only assume there is a truly awful picture of her in an attic somewhere as she doesn’t appear to have aged. They deliver a crowd pleasing set of highlights from their extensive back catalogue.

 NWC Beki Bondage  NWC GBH  NWC Restarts

Belfast’s The Defects are next, they have been ploughing the punk furrow since 1978 and provide an uncompromising set of old school punk rock that warm the audience up nicely for Dirt Box Disco, who have become a fixture of North West Calling and have been rising steadily up the billing as word of mouth about their antics has spread. Unsurprisingly the crowd has swelled by the time they take the stage and they bring North West Calling to life and energise the sweaty crowd. They are a visual spectacle to behold and their anthemic hard edged pop punk has the audience respond and when My Life Is Shit is played they almost blow the roof off The Ritz. Their set was eagerly anticipated and they haven’t disappointed.                                                 

The UK82 legends GBH playa pummelling set but this doesn’t seem to hit the heights I’ve seem them reach in previous years and they are followed by The Angelic Upstarts. Along with Dirt Box Disco these have become a perennial feature of North West Calling. Lead singer Mensi prowls the stag with an aura of restrained fury, it’s clear they have lost none of their original anger at societies inequalites and they deliver a charged set. I’m glad to see that they have already been added to the bill for North West Calling 2017.

The Cockney Rejects and the Sham 69 close out what has been a memorable and sweaty day. The latter have reformed with three quarters of the original line up for today’s show. They play a greatest hits set to round out the day, it’s good to see Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons and Dave Tregunna back together. They play a well received set  but but given the energy, creativity and commitment on display earlier their set seems to fall a bit flat.

 I can’t help feeling that the up and coming bands have stolen the thunder from the old guard and I can’t think of a better indication of how the punk scene has remained fresh and vibrant, in particular Criminal Minds and The Restarts made a distinct and lasting impression on me. On the basis of this year’s North West Calling it seems to me that tomorrow belongs to the next generation of bands, the passion and commitment on display indicates the punk scene is alive, well and relevant after it all started in Manchester forty years ago to the day.

Photography by Dean Unsworth (left to right Vice Squad, GBH and The Restarts)