There have been times over the last few months that I haven’t even wanted to listen to music, let alone write about it. I’ve watched as albums get released, I’ve even bought a few of them… but to actually get round to playing them and appreciating them has been difficult.
The question was, where to I start when I finally get down to it again?…
Well I was struggling until, quite by chance, I heard this EP by London band The Chisel (originally from Blackpool and Merthyr Tydfil apparently)… all of a sudden the crap was cut and I was into it again… a kick in the teeth to any apprehension I might have and straight down to brass tacks… nailed on the end of an industrial strength baseball bat.
Punk was pretty much the crucible in which my love for music was forged… there was an alchemy in its simplicity, but it really is nothing if you don’t play it like you mean it… and so while I harbour a love for punk there’s not much of it that really hits me… The Chisel hit me straight between the eyes and I fucking love it.
This five track EP of political anger and sheer fucking attitude sounds like it was made a band who really mean it… even listening to in the isolated lockdown of my own home I can visualise that visceral feeling of being bombarded with sound and bodies in a gig… this is proper raw stripped back punk/ hardcore/ Oi! whatever you want to call it, but while it harks back to a previous time it also feels bang on contemporary.. Like the late 70’s the world feels bleak and the outlook looks even bleaker… there’s feels like no escape… there old solution is to kick down the door of life… this is massive boot to do it with!
Punk’s not dead if The Chisel have anything to do with it…
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