Poison Idea have history right in the centre of London. All of their 90s appearances in the capital exploded in the centre; from that first incendiary performance with the Hard Ons at ULU in ’91, to the legendary Marquee and Astoria gigs, tonight Poison Idea returned to hit the centre dead-on again at The Borderline. With pretty much all of the rock n’ roll now flattened and demolished in Central London, the heart ripped out of it, it’s fitting to have Jerry A and his kings of punk return to the ruins and re-charge it once again with their vital metallically-charged hardcore punk.
As we climb down the stairs into the pit of punks crammed in to The Borderline, the first thing that hits you is the stench of puke and sweat, the deathly aroma of punk. The room is buzzing (and gagging on the smell) with anticipation for the return of Portland’s legendary Poison Idea who are very much back. Their new album ‘Confuse & Conquer’ is the best they’ve recorded since 1992’s ‘Blank Blackout Vacant’ and Jerry finally has a line-up that is committed, settled and does the music justice. Currently three-quarters through the longest and most gruelling tour they’ve done in many years, Jerry’s punished voice may be raw and ripped but from the moment the band hit the stage, they are bone-tight and packed full of power. With ’87 era-guitarist Eric ‘The Vegetable’ Olsen back in the band and stick-thin drummer Nathan Richardson pounding the skins with more power than his appearance might suggest, Poison Idea kill it tonight.
Yes, it takes a few songs for Jerry’s voice to settle in but once it does, it’s as snarled and powerful as it ever was. “This one’s for Nigel Farage,” he says as the band steam into ‘Discontent’ (“listen Nazi, never again,”) and the entire room detonates into a flurry of limbs and sweat. And the hits just keep on coming. They play pretty much every essential song you could want to hear – ‘Just To Get Away’, ‘Getting The Fear’, ‘Punish Me’, ‘Taken By Surprise’ and ‘Give It Up’ , all of which square up well with the sprinkling of new ‘Confuse & Conquer’ tracks the band play tonight.
At the end a woman’s boot is thrown onstage. Jerry picks it up, empties half a bottle of cider into the bottom of it and swills the contents into his mouth. “Tastes like a size 6,” his says before the band wind the set up with a double stab of Johnny Thunders and Avengers covers. A perfect punk rock night. We’re so fucking glad Poison Idea are still here.
The new Death Grips album has leaked well ahead of its proposed 31st March album release date which is kinda no suprise with this lot who cannot help themselves to a bit of unpredictability and controversy.
Jenny Death, the 2nd part of ‘The Powers That B’ is loaded with their traditional digital punk sound that we can’t get enough. Glad they didn’t call it a day!
01. I Break Mirrors With My Face In The United States
02. Inanimate Sensation
03. Turned Off
04. Why A Bitch Gotta Lie
05. PSS PSS
06. The Powers That B
07. Beyond Alive
08. Centuries of Damn
09. On GP
10. Death Grips 2.0
MGMT are planning to be back in the UK this October playing a bunch of shows from the 12th onwards. Expect a new album to be dropping too, we reckon it will be ready for September. Stream their latest Record SDtore Day tune called Alien Days here and read our interview with them before they were even known, the day after their first ever UK show at the Social.
10/12: Glasgow, UK – ABC1
10/13: Wolverhampton, UK – Civic
10/14: Manchester, UK – Apollo
10/16: London, UK – Forum
10/19: Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
If you were switched on this week and a Sebadoh fan, you would have noticed that their awesome ‘Secret’ EP that they dropped a while back suddenly became available to stream on Spotify. There’s a reason for this after all, as the wonderful trio have announced their first album in 14 years titled ‘Defend Yourself‘. Lou Barlow says, “We did Defend Yourself the only way it could have been done, on the cheap, and outside of the mixing of my 6 songs with longtime collaborator Wally Gagel, all by ourselves.”
The ‘Secret’ EP will be available on 10-inch black vinyl and 10-inch green marble vinyl through their OG label Domino Records this month and the album released on September 16th. This band have always been the real deal, never released any crap records and are back with a bang. Hyped is what Crossfire staff are today we tell ye. Get on it.
While Refused were intent on pushing punk rock forward, tearing and ripping up the rule book and starting again, frontman Dennis Lyxzen has both feet placed firmly in the eighties with the old school hardcore punk attack of AC4. ‘Burn The World’ is the band’s second album, released on both Lyxzen’s Ny Vag label and Converge’s Deathwish imprint, and continues their straight–up, high-speed, snotty hardcore attack.
Whilst AC4 offer nothing new or fresh to the musical world, who really gives a damn when it sounds this fun? It’s impossible not to get swept up in the band’s infectious joy as they obviously love and pay the utmost respect to the music they are aping. Energy and enthusiasm crackles from every single one of the sixteen tracks here. The production is powerful and heavy yet manages to retain an important fizzy garage feel that suits the bands energy and Lyxzen’s vocals are snotty and snarled, yet melodic.
Sweden has offered so many great punk bands over recent years. Bands such as Regulations, The Vicious, UX Vileheads and now AC4, have effortlessly taped into the life-affirming energy that legends like 7-Seconds, Minor Threat and the like laid out all those years ago. AC4 take the baton, and run with it at high speed.
Wu-Tang Clan have just announced that they will be playing the O2 Brixton Academy on July 26th as a part of the 20th anniversary of their debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which is in November. Being advertised as “The World’s biggest hip-hop group celebrate their 20th anniversary”, this will be a show that you do not want to miss.
Edit: Manchester’s O2 Apollo has now been announced too on July 25th. Tickets are on sale from today, priced at £39.99 each from here.
Psychedelic British 4-piece Wolf People are back with a brand new album of 70s inspired folk and psych via the JagJaguwar label. The album recorded in an isolated house located in the rainy countryside of Yorkshire Dales is set for release on April 29th. Have a taste of the first offering ‘All Returns’ here.
If you have been waiting for fresh material from Staten Island’s most notorious rap crew then maybe this year we will see a brand new full length from the Wu Tang Clan after all. This Friday at a show in the US, Method Man leaked news that a new record was in the pipeline leaving fans wondering what is coming.
The group’s seminal debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) will be 20 years of age this November so there’s a good chance that will be celebrated with some new tunes as a follow up to 2007’s 8 Diagrams. We expect there will also be a 20th Anniversary remastered re-issue with extra tracks coming too as a retrospective but who knows. Play this video for Method’s words and look out for more info soon.