Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions – ‘Not Wired Up Right’ (STP Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 04:00

Spunk Volcano - Not Wired UpAs co-owner and editor-in-chief of this esteemed site for little under a year now (fuck me, time doesn’t half fly when you’re having this much fun), and a contributor to same before that, I am of course extremely familiar with the name of Spunk Volcano. After all, Über Rock has a been a big supporter of the man and his various projects – including, of course, those punk rock anarchists Dirt Box Disco – since virtually day one. Now, to be honest, punk isn’t really my bag, so since taking over the site anything of this ilk has been passed directly to those who know substantially more about it, and its creators… until now. When this third album from Spunk’s “other band”, The Eruptions popped through the letterbox here at URHQ, I decided to see for myself what all the fucking fuss is about…

 

The first thing that strikes me about this self-recorded album is that Spunk and his bandmates – this incarnation features guitarists Tom ‘G Force’ Batterbee and Stu Page (replacing Ste Lingard), bassist Daedbeatz Chris and DBD drummer Maff Fazzo, with the one and only Ginger Wildheart (for some reason his name is in inverted commas in the accompanying press release) also popping up on three tracks – definitely live up to its title: they most definitely are not wired up right, and have a few screws loose into the bargain.

 

‘Not Wired…’ is 11 tracks of pure DIY punk fury which provide hit after hit of punchy retro-drama in a series of appropriate short, sharp shocks (only three of the tracks stray over the dreaded three-minute mark). They are raw and visceral – and filled to the rafters with bad language (as a radio DJ, thanks Spunk for pointing out that all but two of the songs are “explicit” in their lyrics). At the same time, the lyrics are very clever, with the expletives not used for shock factor but as an integral part of the individual and collective messages: there’s a great sense of irony and sarcasm spitting from Spunk as he delivers his words with venomous intent that immediately make you pay attention to what he is saying…

 

Personal favourites on this third album are the totally OTT ‘Nobhead’ (which I immediately dedicated to the resident FEB down our local pub) with its instantaneous singalong of a chorus the wonderfully danceable ‘Gatecrash’ (I can just imagine that one ripping up the dancefloors at the Rebellion festival this past weekend), the huge bass rumble at the beginning of the almost thrash metal ‘Fuck This For A Game Of Soldiers’, the pure Motörhead-driven fury of ‘Your the Bastard’ (sic), the thumping (literally) anthem that is ‘Knuckledusters & Scars’ and the terrific closer of ‘Purely Medicinal’, which is just Spunk and a guitar and contains some of the most honest lines I have heard on any album for quite some time: “I can’t be bothered with shit/I can’t be bothered with lies/Can you give it a rest/Because I’m too fucking tired/Tell you what I wanna do/I wanna drink ‘til I can’t think straight/I wanna drink ‘til my bones don’t ache/For it’s purely medicinal purposes/And this overdose is great…”. Yep, I reckon most if not all of us all of us can identify with those sentiments right there.

 

A volcano of spunk has just erupted all over me, and I’m licking it up baby. Now let’s get pissed and put it on repeat.

 

‘Not Wired Up Right’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

 

Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions play the Boat House in Cambridge on Sunday 19 August.

 

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