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IRON BASTARDS - BOOGIE WOOGIE VIOLENCE - ALBUM REVIEW

BLACK N PURPLE RECORDS | Release Date: September 11 2015

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The French after all gave us the roots of the word ‘Bastard’ so it seems fitting that these Motorhead-worshiping upstarts hail from that part of our Rock N Roll planet. Whilst some bands out there take a template and then deny their appropriation the refreshing thing about Iron Bastards is that they want us to know where they get that crushing sound.


The trick of course is when you pull your catalogue together (this release is made up of the bands last two EPs, six new songs and 3 live tracks)  a little variety goes a long way. These guys don’t seem to have read that memo as good as this is from the off by the end you are almost pleading for either a change of pace or a cover duet with Girlschool…


On the plus side singer David Bour could be a young Lemmy and the guitars and bass do echo those days when a three piece Motorhead bothered everyone over a certain age.  On the minus side everything here kind of sounds the same to a degree and even the pace is set to one speed – ‘bloody fast’…


Like Motorhead of a certain vintage there’s a real punky side to Iron Bastards which is just as compelling now as it was back in the seventies, when along with AC/DC, Motorhead was about the only Rock band out there the Punks could stomach.


I know we often say it but here it’s very true if you place the needle anywhere and like it then you will like the rest of the album. In a way it’s like having 18 black t-shirts in the wardrobe – it doesn’t really matter which one you wear only you will appreciate the subtleties of their weave!


If we are pushed we’ll single out a few: try opener ‘Jungle Speed’; ‘Pancho Villa’ and the poetically-titled ‘Bastards are the future of the World’ a song that perhaps isn’t a post-modern statement about the breakdown of the institution of marriage in the Western World… Rather by chance than design they also happen to be the three live tracks included so it does go to show even in a wardrobe of 18 black t-shirts some do stand out…


If you love those you’ll probably lap this up and to be honest we enjoyed the ride too.

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

 


 

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