A nice big update today. Ambition Demolition formed in 2016 and feature members from Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. They've just released a new album called Not Normal and this is a joint review by Slow Faction frontman John Youens and Ashley Colman (who contacted the band's drummer Al Stone to give some background info on the songwriting and making of the album). Thanks to all involved in making this update a good one. You can get the album on cd or digital download here : https://ambitiondemolition.bandcamp.com/album/not-normal
Ashley Colman :
After being sent the new Ambition Demolition CD, I asked Al Stone the drummer man, for a slice of background info which went into the songwriting and making of the album. Rather, I thought it maybe interesting coming from a pure DIY Punk band perspective, and not from me waffling through a gushing review, as you know i'm a big fan. Anyway's Al let rip....
Not Normal the 2nd album by Ambition Demolition!! Recorded at Berry Hill Studio, Forest Dean, (as was the 1st album) in Oct 2019 and released in Nov 2019.
All songs written by the affectionately known Alan and Alan writing team, but on the album booklet it says who wrote the music/lyrics to which song!! We always like to say it's a joint effort by the 3 of us, it just works that way, or maybe to the point, it wouldn't work any other way??!!
We would like Buff to write some more tunes, but he says himself he's not quite a songwriter like me and Alan are, so he's happy for the Alan and Alan writing team to carry on with writing stuff!!
But it has to be said that Buff is an underestimated bass player, mainly by himself!! But he really shouldn't as he's a grrrrreat bass player and sometimes we say that we just don't know where he finds all the notes he plays on the bass?!!! We all do our bit, which is why I think we've managed to release an ep and 2 albums in barely 3 years of gigging. Like the last album, the songs come from topics far and wide, with the uber catchy " Have you seen Dave"? To the dark matter of depression with " Black Dog". No topic should ever be off the table, and I like the fact that our culture can and does sing about such a variety of stuff, and that's no disrespect to any other musical culture, it's just the way it is, and following on from the aforementioned songs and their topics, we have our very own Punk Rock love song " You're The One" even though it's been re-recorded slightly different from the version on our 1st CD "Punk For Life" which is only available on the Bandcamp thingy through our website and Facebook pages!! We also have a song called "Punk Handbook" which is about people moaning that you're not punk because of this or that, what punk should or shouldn't be??!! Oh yeah?? Well what's in the Punk Handbook then???!!
We like to think that our particular style of punk rock appeals to the broader spectrum of our slice of rock 'n Roll and to prove a point, a very VERY happy point!! We've been asked to do Rebellion again next year, we didn't even have to officially put in for it!! We can't tell you just how flattering that is, talk about being over the moon!! So I guess we've appealed to enough people who want to see us there again, not to mention Daz Russell (and his girlfriend Ruth), who puts on Rebellion!! Humbled and flattered doesn't cover it!! The great thing about being on at Rebellion, is that their's punks and all-sorts of people from all over the world, and proving a point we had people from America, Germany, France and Brazil watching us!! So, along with that, we hope that this 2nd album will show people how far we've come in a short time, and that we're not standing still, the Alan and Alan writing team are constantly writing new material, and that we can share a stage with various styles of punk rock or even bands with a more metal or rock style!! Not gonna be down on anyone's age, but as we are all in our 50's, were just going to keep going for as long as we can!! My only regret, if you can call it that?! Is that I wish i'd have started this band sooner, but HEY! At least i'm doing it now!! And long may it continue, well it has to, I've got so many more songs that need to be jammed and recorded!! And I dare say that the other Alan has too, so watch this space.
John Youens :
Many thanks to Mick Fletcher for inviting me to submit a guest review for Just Some Punk Songs. My choice is from a brand-new album which has literally just dropped into my downloads folder this lunchtime. I’m no stranger to Ambition Demolition having all 3 of their releases to date; Punk For Life dropped at the end of 2016 and I was immediately struck by the great tunes, the vocal interplay and the classic, upfront punk rock sound.
Ambition Demolition only formed in April 2016, comprising Alan Cattermoul (guitars & vox), Clive Buff Cooper (bass & vocals) and Al Stone (drums). They’ve got to be one of the fastest-moving and hardest-working bands currently playing up and down this land. Following the 6 song EP Punk For Life came their first full-length album, Treason For Today. Recorded at Berry Hill Studios and produced by John David (well-known for his work with Status Quo and Shaking Stevens amongst many others) it confirmed that Ambition Demolition have a knack for great catchy riffs and tunes but also retain a great sense of humour and a sharp eye for the finer details of life (unlike some of these damn po-faced political bands – note to self).
They are just as active on the gig circuit and in such a short time have played an impressive array of gigs with such stalwarts as the UK Subs, 999, The Lurkers, Subhumans, Vice Squad, Chelsea, The Members amongst many others.
Their new album, Not Normal, has literally just been released digitally and the official CD release will come in December. Once again, recorded at Berry Hill studios, it shows the same commitment to fast, catchy songs which retain a punchy, exciting live feel. The album is available from Bandcamp at £10 and comes highly recommended.
The song featured in this blog is Eton Mess – a rollicking tune about the absolute chaos those Bullingdon Boys have brought down on these fair isles and with 2 weeks to go to the General Election, as topical as you can currently get.