THE SKUZZIES: Self-titled: CD

THE SKUZZIES are mates with Pete Doherty from THE LIBERTINES / BABYSHAMBLES and have him featured on the last track “On The Corner”. They play a mix of garage punk and punk circa ’76 – ’77 and put a lot of energy into their songs.

The band really has a definite love for their music and puts a lot of feeling and power into this album. The album has the sound of Britain all over it, from the accents, the lyrics and the influences that are mixed into this delicious melange. A hint of THE CLASH, MC5, and THE KINKS creep into the songs here and there, but all the while they keep the reins pulled tight to keeping their own identity. The album features hooks and big, catchy choruses, manic playing and snotty vocals mixed with slightly aggressive vocals to great effect. The songs that stood out were “Hungry As A Hound”, “More Than This”, “Dissatisfied”, “Shotgun Romance”, “Rich Girls” and “On The Corner”.

A great album filled with songs that will get you rocking as well as singing along with and will get stuck in your head. Nice job with the slightly sloppy playing, it really made it sound like you are in the studio with the band, not sterile and cold sounding at all, but full of life.

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