Friday, 27 July 2018

The Relitics - To Hell with Austerity

(photo Gazz Welch)

  A welcome return today for Durham punks The Relitics. Formed in 2014 they line up with Carol Nichol (vocals), Mick Hall (guitar/vocals), Steve Hoggart (bass/vocals) and Vince Ward (drums). They're back with a new 5 track ep, To Hell With Austerity. It's available on 10th August on Really Ticks Records and you can pre order it digitally here :

  Cds are available from the band's Facebook page :

  So the important bit, is it any good? The quick answer is hell yeah. Mid paced, female fronted punk rock with the band expressing their collective frustrations about life today. Somehow I doubt that the robotic Theresa May or any of her "strong and stable" cabinet will be on songwriter Mick Hall's Christmas card list. The usual comparison to bring up would be with with fellow north easterners, Penetration. This comparison is certainly still valid but on the song I'm highlighting below (the title track) an even more obvious comparison could be made to Brand New Cadillac (or maybe The Cramps). When I heard there was a video on the way I was half expecting a 2 minute clip of Wednesday Adams boogying on down with her faithful butler Lurch. It's a great rockabilly sound overlaid with lyrics slamming government economic policy. A heady brew indeed.

  This is To Hell With Austerity...

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