Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions - 'Injection' (STP Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 28 July 2014 03:00

Injection - CoverLet's not hang about with this here review, much like Mr Volcano who isn't hanging about because he seems to be busy busy busy: if he's not rocking out with his daytime job of Dirt Box Discoing he's busy with this, his flying solo squeeze.  

 

To be honest the first solo EP was pretty much the best thing I'd heard from the Spunkster, either solo or with DBD, and I was quite relieved when I heard the opening salvo off this rocket ride of a full length solo album. 'I Am Gonna Kill Myself' might not be an advertisement for Bebo or the Samaritans but it's full of, um, Spunk! He gets stuck right into it with a very aggressive track indeed. Dare I say it but this is tougher, more garage punk rock than anything he's played before. Also his lead vocals are decent too and he doesn't try to disguise his style or his playing just for the sake of being different. There is a very nice breakdown here with a very nice punchy bass line to boot as it really kicks the bollocks in on this opener.

 

Second song in is another rapid, punchy piece of punk rock as 'What You See Is What You Get' hits the nail right on the head. By the time track three, 'Platform Three', is ushered in you get a real Ramones vibe going on with the buzzsaw guitar and pop melody - this is great stuff. 'Another Nail In Childhood's Coffin' gives the impression that Spunk is growing up as he makes some decent observations about how times change, not always for the better either.

 

Listen, if you like Dirt Box Disco and what they pedal then this is a no-brainer, but there is a twist and when I mentioned earlier that Spunko is growing up I think further evidence is 'Agree To Disagree' - whilst it again follows the Ramones simplicity in the riff there is something of a britpop vibe to the vocals and the melody and to be fair it's done very well and I have to say this record contains some of his finest work thus far.

 

It must have been a bummer for the Dirtbox boys to hear this record (well Weab and Danny anyway) as I'm sure they'd have loved to have gotten their hands on some of these tunes: and it must have been a tough choice what to use for the solo album and what to use in the band, but saying that 'I Don't Have To Explain' might not even have worked any where else other than here. Again, it's not so much a change of direction but a sidestep and I'm happy to say this long player contains some very good songs indeed. 'It's Got Nothing To Do With Music' is a belter, full of energy and good lyrics and to follow it up with the heads down full throttle 'Failure Is Not An Option' wouldn't be out of place on an OFF! album.

 

approved image lrg 2013With thirteen tracks on offer, this is another value for money offering from STP and Mr Volcano - I suggest you check this out not for any other reason than, well because it's worth it: great record! Well done Spunkster... or is it Mr Volcano now?

 

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