Punk

Introducing – Universal Law.

Every so often, I’ll feature an unsigned band I reckon people should know about. Here’s the first.

Introducing – Universal Law.

universal law logo

Lincoln based punk/funk/rock/hip hop crossover act Universal Law are a little like a Jamie Oliver recipe. Combining the finest moments of Rage Against The Machine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, chucking them into an industrial sized blender with white hot riffs, a ton of explosive energy and a bucket of personality and serving the whole lot millimetres from your face to create one of the most exciting live acts to come out of the east midlands backwater.

Sod your identikit shoegazing indie bands that litter every pub on a Friday evening, catch a Universal Law gig and you KNOW the party is just getting started. *Slightly* unhinged frontman Will delivers his expertly crafted rhymes with an irresistible conviction and confidence that’s hard not to get caught up in, and he’s not shy to get the audience involved either – which he achieves without anybody in the room cringing, something I haven’t seen in any live band at all in recent years. Flanked by the effortless cool of supremely talented guitarist Ed unleashing the aforementioned orgy of white hot riffs and effortless funk and bassist Eddie, whose bass lines give funk overlord Bootsy Collins a run for his money, minus the dodgy dress sense. Behind the whole thing is local thubthumping legend Perks – one hell of a drummer, laying down complex offbeat grooves that try as you might, you will NOT be able to stop yourself moving to. The thing that unites all four of these guys though, apart from raw talent, is the sheer love of what they’re doing. None of them hide it either, a welcome change in a world of po faced frontmen and drummers who look like they’re about to shit themselves.

I’ve not even got on to the best bit yet. The tunes. Sweet jesus, the tunes. Whether it’s the mid tempo funk of future anti-establishment anthem ‘Freedom’, the catchy riffing of ‘Fighting the Virus’ or ‘Running Round All Day’ or the tailor made for sing-alongs ‘Universal Law’, there’s something here for everybody to love. No, really – everybody.

Don’t believe me? Check the guys out for yourselves on their Soundcloud Page: https://soundcloud.com/universallawband

Like what you hear? You can follow the guys on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universallawband

I know, I know, it’s only September…

…but the news that veteran US punk legends Bad Religion are set to release a Christmas album is frankly far too exciting to keep quiet about. Set to include interpretations of classic Christmas carols, it’s sure to be the perfect antidote to those of us who are sick of the usual endless repeats of Slade, Wizzard et al. It’s due for release on October 28 through (who else?) Epitaph.

In the mean time, here’s ‘Broken’, from 2002’s ‘The Process Of Belief’:

Bad Religion – ‘Broken’

Earworms for August.

Something I intend to post on a semi regular basis (i.e. when I can be bothered) are five tracks I’ve been listening to repeatedly at a given time. Here’s August’s…

Garbage – Automatic Systematic Habit.

From 2011’s post hiatus ‘Not Your Kind Of People’, this relentless track melds squelchy basslines with irresistible drums and features frontwoman Shirley Manson at her acidic ‘f**k you’ best.

Garbage – Automatic Sytematic Habit

Deadmau5 ft. Gerard Way – Professional Griefers.

More infectious than a nasty case of genital warts, one of the standout cuts from ‘Album Title Goes Here’ also features a snotty, cryptic vocal from former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way.

Deadmau5 ft. Gerard Way – Professional Griefers

The Primitives – Crash.

If ever a song could be described as perfect, this comes pretty damn close – a three and a half minute mix of scuzzy guitars and immaculate pop hooks that’ll stick a dirty great grin on your face. Just try and remove this one from your cranium before the dawn of the next millenium. It’s impossible. The band are about to embark on a tour to mark the 25th anniversary of ‘Lovely’, the album this track is taken from – I suggest you check them out.

The Primitives – Crash.

Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted

A track from forthcoming LP ‘Hesitation Marks’, skittering along on an insistent drum machine rhythm and bleepy synths with an immediate, anthemic chorus, Came Back Haunted proves Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails are still as vital as they always have been. Few acts have this much longevity.

Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted.

UB40 – Getting Over The Storm

One of the highlights from the band’s upcoming album of the same name. Lively horns abound on reggae-tastic Getting Over The Storm cements UB40 as kings of the genre.

(Irritatingly, this one isn’t available on YouTube – so no link for the moment!)