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BLACK VOLVO – ‘Bad Driving’ Album Review

BLACK VOLVO – Bad Driving

black-volvoThe second album from Dutch punk rockers Black Volvo is available on vinyl (pink and black) as well as CD from TNS Records. Recorded at Big Dog Recordings in Antwerp, Black Volvo said “the recording sessions where so much fun! And that is what you will hear when you put the record on, 17 punk rock songs to bang your head to and leave you with a smile on your face! We can’t wait to play you all the new songs!”

Opening with the astounding To Shit Is To Live one minute and 45 seconds of sheer power, it is clear that we are in for 17 songs (yes 17!) of punk rock bliss.

The band can lay down a catchy tune with chunky riffs, loud bass, solid drums and right on the money vocals.  Paranoia opens with one of those heavy guitar riffs and then simply launches into a fast-paced punk song with the vocals almost like Dexter of Offspring. Punkrock Family displays the band sense of humour and boy, it’s fast and short!

Molly displays a sea shanty style punk rocker and then Hangin’ Johnny ramps things up for just over a minute. Black Volvo don’t mess around and they don’t waste any time. Most tracks are sub-three minutes with many hovering around the two minute mark.

When they do venture into three-minute territory with Pants On Fire they show a quieter verse/loud chorus approach and it works really well. That “dirty as hell” guitar is on display for Hilegom Hellbound and Eagle Mind. One of the stand-out efforts on the album for me is Lazy Bones, an instrumental for much of the song displaying the raw power that the band are capable of producing.

The lyrics suggest a Toy Dolls style sense of humour and that comes to the fore in Irish Man In A Scottish Pub although it’s fair to say that the band are more hardcore than Olga’s band. Closing the album with Rebel Revolution Red Wine Black Volvo neatly wrap up a great album full of hooks, power and punk rock attitude.

The band has an excellent live reputation and you can catch Black Volvo on tour in the UK in March. Here are the gigs they have coming up:

10-03-2017 – OJC Solution / Hillegom

17-03-2017 – Gebr. de Nobel / Leiden – RELEASE SHOW

22-03-2017 – The Lady Luck / Canterbury (UK)

23-03-2017 – Santiago’s / Leeds (UK)

24-03-2017 – Maguires Pizza Bar / Liverpool (UK)

25-03-2017 – Star & Garter / Manchester (UK)

26-03-2017 – The Smokehouse / Ipswich (UK)

08-04-2017 – JVC de Schuit / Katwijk

26-05-2017 – Patronaat / Haarlem

09-06-2017 – The Wagon & Horses / Birmingham (UK)

10-06-2017 – Private / Manchester (UK)

17-06-2017 – CAB03 / Leiden

29-09-2017 – TBC (UK)

30-09-2017 – Wotsit Called Fest / Hastings (UK)

 

The album is available from March 17th and can be pre-ordered here: https://www.tnsrecords.co.uk/?s=black+volvo

 

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