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Everything At All Times And All Things At Once – The Irrational Library (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

When cd’s get delivered to me I usually have an A4 piece of paper to accompany the album, it’s normally PR spiel giving a brief biography and hints for the finished review, artists that the bands are likened too and often there are quotes and praise for former releases.

On the sheet of paper that accompanies this album is a word I’d never heard before, that word is;

“Goodtimerocknrollspokensoulboogieforyourbrainsfunkedupfreedompartyprotestmusic”

Not as catchy as the song title from Mary Poppins, but you get the gist; here is a band that is made up of more than your typical musical genres.

But after listening to the thirteen tracks a few times over it actually boils down to a much simpler term.

Punk with sax.

Punk, as a genre survives on energy and message. If either one is missing it falls flat, and, to the bands credit they have oodles of energy and the message is clear, varied and takes pot shots at a number of things from the state of the modern world, the educational system and social media, all delivered by a singer who doesn’t sing, but rather preaches.

This isn’t a bad thing because often lyrics and words are limited by having to rhyme, removing that limit means more concise words can be used. The lyrics still sit nicely within the music but there is little in the way of melody, but, again the melody isn’t the point, this isn’t Burt Bacharach, this is full-frontal, finger on the trigger, assault.

I do get the feeling that sometimes the album falls into a version of Blur’s ‘Parklife’, it’s easy to imagine the writer travelling down a street and noting things that are wrong with the young generation, but there is also the message that nothing gets done by keeping quiet about it. If you want something changed, point it out, make others see and start changing it. Punk has always done this, it’s the nagging conscience, the little voice that can grow loud if ignored.

There are limits in the music (the method seems to be get a groove, set it up and allow the vocal to sit over the top) but there is always going to be when the weapons at the disposal of the band are drums, bass and guitar OR sax (being that the guitarist is also the sax player), it would help massively to have a second guitar chugging away, but it’s raw, uneasy and unflinching in it’s presentation.

It won’t be to everyone’s taste, very little is, but if you like the idea of punk with sax, check it out.

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