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Not A Nightclub EP – 80s Violence Review

Not A Nightclub EP – 80s Violence Review

80s-violence-shotReleased: February 2014

With an EP entitled Not A Nightclub, you can be sure that 80s Violence are not a band who are comfortable with contemporary music used to deafen the eardrums of clubbing teens and gangsta DJs.

Despite the fact that way back in the 1970s punk and prog struggled to co-exist, to hear the two combined on record is a little strange but entirely welcome as 80s Violence have proved here.

Imagine Mastodon have taken a chill pill and reigned it all in a little bit, and you have the bones for this EP. The production is all very close and in your face but it’s not balls out metal that makes you grow a beard just looking at them like the aforementioned.

Much like the punk stalwarts whom they derive influence from, 80s Violence keep their tunes short and sweet, with the longest song – the opening title track, clocking in at just over the three minute mark. But in reality it doesn’t need to be any longer. The barrage of fuzz guitar and muddy vocals assault the senses enough in that time to make their point.

The closing statement of intent that is I Hear an Army will make for difficult listening to many with its eclectic riffing, much more difficult to absorb than the not-so-family-friendly EP cover which sees a young gentleman happily feasting upon an ecstatic lady’s chest, but when your band is called 80s Violence, Hannah Montana it ain’t.

The record rollicks past in four songs like a tidal wave without the hassle of weeks of flooding, which is a shame as a couple more tracks would have made Not A Nightclub the perfect length and perhaps a little more memorable. Nevertheless for those looking for a bit of meat to their background noise, 80s Violence will happily club your attention into submission for long enough to enjoy what they have to offer here.

★★★

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