The Adicts – ‘And It Was So!’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 04:40

The Adicts And It Was So ArtworkWhilst the Nuclear Blast label is more commonly associated with rock, metal and doom, in recent times, they’ve done a fine job in resurrecting old punk bands, giving them a decent budget, and producing a cracking new album. Last year saw Discharge produce a storming return to form with the outstanding ‘End Of Days’ album, and this year saw Oi! stalwarts Peter & The Test Tube Babies work similar wonders with their first album in five years, ‘That Shallot’. So has the Nuclear Blast magic rubbed off on the new album from Ipswich clockwork punks The Adicts, also their first in five years, ‘And It Was So!’?

 

The Adicts are a band I have history with. Vinyl copies of their classic first two albums, ‘Songs Of Praise’ and ‘Sound Of Music’, have nestled in my record collection for well over 30 years now, and I once turned up at a fancy dress day at school dressed as lead singer Monkey, complete with white face paint and bowler hat, such was my obsession with them at the time. I also remember avidly watching their infamous appearance on ‘Cheggers Plays Pop’ performing the ‘Bad Boy’ single under the more child friendly ‘Fun Adicts’ moniker. My obsession didn’t last that long though, and we parted company around the time they changed their name to ADX and had a crack at the big time.

 

So with the Über Command centre passing this new album my way, it feels like I’ve met up with an old friend I haven’t seen for donkey’s years, and I’m pleased to say it’s been a pleasant reunion – they’ve changed a bit but you still recognise them.

 

Opener ‘Picture The Scene’ has all the crunchy, punchy pop punk elements, with a twist of glam rock, that I remember from the Adicts and is a cracking starting point. ‘Fucked Up World’, ‘Wanna Be’ and the excellent ‘Gimme Something To Do’ are the album’s more straight ahead, frantic punk efforts, but retain that irresistible catchy, anthemic quality, whilst ‘Talking Shit’ is a more light hearted moment with a Glitter-inspired chorus harking back to the aforementioned ‘Bad Boy’. ‘If You Want It’ and especially ‘I Owe You’ are instantly recognisable old school Adicts pop punk tunes that are catchy as fuck, and old fans will recognise the vibe of the classic old single ‘Chinese Takeaway’ in ‘Gospel According to Me’.

 

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Title track ‘And It Was So’, and ‘Déjà Vu’ are probably the two tracks that sound that little bit different to me, both powerful and slightly darker efforts, with the latter having a bit of a psychedelic tinge and reminding me a bit of Gary Lammin’s Bermondsey Joyriders.

 

All in all ‘And It Was So!’ is a fine effort, highly recommended to fans past and present. The Adicts are back with a bang.

 

‘And It Was So!’ is out now. You can get your copy HERE.

 

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