An anticipated album from a band that’s shaping the modern British post-punk scene, bringing with it the old school guitar and vocal influences of the 70’s and 80’s such as The Clash, The Fall, and The Stranglers: Songs of Praise is a beautiful mix of British punk and modern post-punk.
‘Songs of Praise’ features singles such as ‘Gold Hole’, a bluesy punk rock track in which the guitars provoke a tone of West Coast post-punk/garage rock bands like FIDLAR and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – but with the grit of a South London punk band. Another single featured, released in 2016, is ‘The Lick’, where Josh Finerty’s bass line is an enticingly 80’s groove throughout – marking their influences from the golden years of British punk.
The five-piece’s latest single, ‘One Rizla’, will also be included. Charlie Steen’s lyrics joke about the music industry’s obsession with image and reputation, “My nails ain’t manicured/My voice ain’t the best you’ve heard/And you can choose to hate my words/But do I give a fuck”. The lyrics throughout the album may have tongue-in-cheek overtones, but they call out real issues and cut deep. In the song, ‘Tasteless’ – in which the riffs and licks of the guitars inspire head-banging throughout – it includes the lyrics, “Sodomy had a place in the past/But now it’s fashionable”, and talks about the tastelessness of celebrities, musicians and politicians who get called out for it, “internal crisis glued to an ego’s need”.