A split CD with two bands, RASH DECISION from Falmouth, Cornwall, England and 2 SICK MONKEYS from Swindon, England who have different styles, but that’s o.k. because variety can spice things up.
RASH DECISION are the first ones up with eight short blasts of a mix of punk, thrash, hardcore, and metal. Dave Decision is lead vocalist and guitarist, James ‘Perky’ Perkins is the bassist and does & backing vocals, Simon J. Sky on guitar and backing vocals, and Tom Candy on drums. They start their side off with “Philthy’s Mattress”, that kicks off with some feedback, guitar playing and then the band comes in with both barrels blazing bullets at you. The bass guitar and drumming are highlights of this song as well as the crazed screamed vocals which made for a super catchy song. “Captain Tom” takes the vocals and makes them even more out of control and the band seems to step up their assault a notch, “Staines” is a blitzkrieg on your senses with the band barely keeping it together to the end of the song, “Learning Things About The World (Part 2) is fourteen seconds of mayhem. This band is just unbelievable, tight unstoppable and just about the best band at this chaotic mess that I’ve heard in a long time. “Metro” has the metallic onslaught continuing, “Bring Out Your Dead”, has Decision’s voice just tearing chunks out of his throat while the band plays a mix of thrash and punk behind him, “Seagull” is a thrash attack that gets your head banging so hard that you’re afraid that it might tear off, and finally, if you make it through the bombastic earlier tracks, is the final song, “Temporary Worker (Clause 4.1)” that has an announcer talking through it in the background, but is just as mental as all the other tracks and ends their part of the CD off with a high.
Here come 2 SICK MONKEYS with thirteen tracks of punk rock from members Fred Nus on drums and vocals and Pete Tower on bass and vocals. “Sayonara” is their first song and it’s a gruff vocalized, punk rock song that will have you up out of your chair and dancing around your living room before you know it and it has more Oi!’s in this song than on a skinhead album. “Bruce Brenda David Death” has a great bass intro then straight away into another catchy song with that great bass being in the forefront on a good part of the song, “Had Enough” is a great short song about getting away from everything, “Blurrr!! (Parts 1 & 2)” is basically an instrumental with the exception of yelling “Blurrr!!” every once in a while and has a bit of a surf sound, and “Number One Retard” is a super short song about being an idiot. For only two guys, this is so full sounding and full of energy that you would think that an entire band is playing on these songs. The songs are goofy and fun, just what you need after a day at work, something to put a smile on your face and something that when your friends come over, a CD with songs to get them jumping around too. Some of the other songs that got me going were, “Bullshitter”, “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”, “No Brakes”, and “I Love Booze”.
Even though you would think that these bands don’t go together, this was a great split single that I know will get played a lot. More or less, less isn’t more because now you’ve made me fans of both bands and now I need to get more!
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