Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions - ‘Shit Generation’ (STP Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 29 January 2016 03:00

SHIT GENERATION - COVER ARTFor the first year since their inception in a test-tube and subsequent meteoric rise to the position as everybody’s favourite singalong punk rock ‘n’ roller act, Dirt Box Disco have decided to break their album-a-year streak which started back in 2012 with ‘Legends’ to take a much needed break from destroying the collective vocal chords of the collected masses of the UK. This of course leaves one hell of a gap in the market for anthemic rock ‘n’ roll in 2016, threatening mass panic and rioting at the deadening realisation that this year’s catchiest record could well come in the form of a new Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj or fucking Nickelback single. A bleak prospect indeed, and a threat that couldn’t go unanswered by Dirtbox’s alter-ego act and all-together brilliant side project Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions who make a triumphant return following the double whammy excellence of their initial EP and debut album ‘Injection’ from 2014.

 

Boasting one of the best (and let’s face it, most punk) names in rock ‘n’ roll and led by the baraclava’d cycloptic beast himself, Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions take much of the groundwork of Dirt Box (massive choruses, abattoir worthy hooks, Punk with a capital “P”) and filter it through Mr. Volcano’s harsher vocal for a sound that’s rougher than a 20p hooker, and twice as catchy. Kicking off with a bassy build up on ‘Massive Mistake Masterclass’, the song opens like a 90s TV show from hell, before roaring to life in a way that’s heavier than anything Dirt Box (or The Eruptions, for that matter) have done before, a snarling, flailing first step in carving a new path for the band and giving them a more distinct personality.

 

Follow up ‘Shit Generation’ brings things back to the core formula which has thus far served the band so well - a meaty riff meets a massive chorus, with Spunk’s vocal typically growly with trademark singalong vitriol providing something of an insta-classic. Much the same can be said of ‘XR-3’, a petrolhead’s anthem if ever there was one, and a number one contender for the newly unrestrained Jeremy Clarkson TV vehicle, with a grinding riff that makes the Allman Brothers sound like Belle & Sebastian, such is its unrelenting, revved up, lawn killing quality.

 

Obnoxious as you like and with more sneer than a John Lydon publicity stunt, Spunk Volcano and The Eruptions certainly ramp up the punk element established in Dirt Box, taking social grievances and giving them angry mob worthy rebukes. Take for instance ‘DNA Failure’, which takes a swipe at the welfare state (much as the Spunk led Dirtbox track ‘Fat Twats and Scumbags’ did before it), mixing righteous indignation with bleak referential humour for a track which winkingly points out just how shit its subjects are; no institution of brainless wonder escapes Mr. Volcano’s ire with Jeremy Kyle and more notably X-Factor getting a righteous kicking (the latter of which is given its own eponymous song).

 

Don’t get the wrong idea though - Spunk hasn’t given up on writing brilliant punk rock love ditties, and ‘Tattoo’ is every bit as sunny and energetic as ‘She’s The One’ or ‘Sellotape’ were before it, keeping things manically, maniacally sweet in true Spunk Rock style. It’s not just lyrical genius that propels the band right into the brain of the listener though, and often-times throughout the record Spunk and the boys really let loose to show just how well they can play. Take for instance the homicidal charging riff of ‘TV God’ which is every bit as dangerous as a reverse mermaid Jaws, relentlessly sending massive shockwaves along the nerves.

 

As subtle as a sledgehammer and rammed with rock ‘n’ roll goodness, ‘Shit Generation’ is nothing short of brilliance in a 14 track Spunk Rock package. The players really fuckin play, and the infectiousness of the record is nothing short of an epidemic. Taking the Ramones sense of energy and fusing it with Wildhearts sized hooks and riffs ,with a straight-talkin’ lyricism straight from the book of Lemmy, approved image lrg 2013Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions are more than up for the challenge of producing the most rocking album of the year, satisfaction guaranteed.

 

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