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‘Bang Bang Rock and Roll’ (Reissue) – Art Brut April 15, 2020

Filed under: Review — justwilliam1959 @ 4:13 pm
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This album, originally released in 2005, is described as a seminal record and it certainly lives up to its reputation. Art Brut are a Berlin-based English and German indie band with a strong following among the Indie faithful and beyond. The big brash opener “Formed A Band” is a firm fan favourite and sets out the stall in unambiguous style. The whole album gives off a definite feel of late 70s early 80s folks such as the Members but does so in a wholly original way.

Each track features the droll and biting vocals of Eddie Argos over some excellent driving indie guitar rock from the rest of the band. “My Little Brother” brings to the fore that punky late 70s feel. The effect of repeating the title of many of the songs helps to create strong statement pieces and is a key strength of the album. “Good Weekend” is equipped with a great riff and has a hint of the Buzzcocks about it which of course is no bad thing.

“Moving To LA” is a little different with a slower lighter feel and “Bad Weekend” opens with a complicated but catchy riff that will be stuck in your head for some time to come. This reissue comes complete with a shedload of unreleased material so you definitely get value for your money. This is one of those albums which inspires awkward indie disco dancing and long may it continue to do so.

Written by Paul Bamlett.

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