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Thrash Punk

The Manchester gutter punks The Battery Farm thrashed out against the indignity of modernity in ‘House of Pain’

From the offset of their career, The Battery Farm have launched aural assaults to elucidate the filth that lies in the stitches of our Tory sleaze-slicked social tapestry. Their most recent single, House of Pain, is no exception as it brings forth a new brand of furore while leaving the snarky antagonism by the wayside to deliver a necessitated depiction of the brutality endured by the working classes.

The protestive volition within the vocal delivery couldn’t make it clearer that the last straw has been drawn in response to the indignity of modern survival; it finds a feral way of communicating that shame shouldn’t be carried by the people doing what they need to get by; it should rot the souls of the late-stage capitalists forcing the masses into degrading subjugation.

With thrash punk drum fills hammering the discontent into House of Pain and Dominic Corry’s guitars carrying their signature kaleidoscopic with industrial dissonance effects to visualise the foreboding and unforgiving climate, the visceralism within the stark reflection of post-Brexit reality couldn’t be more affectingly astute.

If you needed any more convincing that the Manchester-based gutter punks have moved into their Motorhead era, the B-side single, Time of Peace, should suffice. The exposition of living in a time of perpetual crisis is all the more impactful with the atrocities of the conflict in Gaza playing out before our powerless eyes as even the Labour party leader condones the international war crimes.

Stream House of Pain on Spotify or watch the official music video on YouTube.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Oceans in the Streets – Effective Immediately: Guitar-Driven Thrash Punk

New Rock outfit The Oceans in the Streets have released their first ever single Effective Immediately. If you’ve ever wondered what you’d get if you spliced Billy Talent with Dragonforce, checking out the Oceans in the Streets debut single is one way to get an idea.

The progressively Thrash Rock anthem is driven by the soaring guitar riffs that almost certainly left the guitarist with blisters. The prelude to the track fools you into believing that Effective Immediately will be just your average muddy Rock, nothing can quite prepare you for the tightness of the drum rolls or the complexity in the instrumental breakdowns.

Whilst instrumentally I adored the track, I couldn’t help but feel that the sentimentality of the track was hindered by the lyricism. I’d put it as rule number one that you should never start a track with ‘I’m going to sing a song/and everyone sing along’. With such a playful Punk vocal style, there are so many directions that the Oceans in the Streets could take their sound. I’m still ridiculously excited to hear where the band take their sound next.

You can check out the latest single from the Oceans in the Streets – Effective Immediately on SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast