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Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Members - InGrrLand (2012)



One of the things I always remember about The Members is that they wrote some pretty amazing tunes. Everyone knows 'Sound of the Suburbs' and other classics like 'Offshore Banking Business', 'Killing Time' and 'Working Girl' and some of those brilliant album tracks like 'Soho-A-Go-Go', 'Love in a Lift', 'Brian Was' and 'Gang War', so it's no surprise that JC Carroll (who has continued The Members great legacy) and friends have put together a mighty rocking album that sits quite well in 2012.

A few of the tunes have been around for a wee while - New English Blues Part 2 (which was my joint favourite single of 2011 along with The Godfathers brilliant track 'Back into the Future'), NW10, and M1DL1FECRi5i5
but they do sit nicely among the other 9 tracks. Musically it's not like The Members of old, but lyrically it is. Chris Payne and Nigel Bennet were of course part of the original band and it's great to hear them with the band again. On the drums there are two Punk Legends - Nick Cash (Not Lead Vocalist of 999) and Rat Scabies of The Damned (currently the live drummer for The Members and working with former guitarist of The Damned, Brian James).

Actually when it comes to the music at times there is almost a 1960's Psychedelic thing happening, especially on 'Ain' Goin' Be Yo' Bitch No Mo' and the brilliant cover of The Move's 'Fire Brigade', so mix that sound with Blues, Reggae and the Punky rock groove and it serves up a nice variation.

I could waffle on about it more. But I'll let the music do the talking:

New English Blues Part 2

M1DL1FECRi5i5

Album Preview

A Post-Punk Masterpiece indeed!

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