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ZEITGEIST 77 – ‘We Are Zeitgeist 77’ Review

ZEITGEIST 77 – ‘We Are Zeitgeist 77′

zeitgeist77Hailing from the North East of England, Zeitgeist 77 are a punk band that take all of the diversity of the first wave of British punk, put in the mixer, shake it up a bit and produce a fresh new sound full of hooks and twists and turns. If you could imagine Stiff Little Fingers crossed with The Stranglers with some of the early Jam you might get a sense of the noise these guys crank out.

Opening the 12 track album with the superb Good Morning Teeside – it starts with the alarm calling the dock workers to their jobs (or is it signaling the end of the shift?) and then a great riff leads into a set of lyrics that dig deep into the fall of an area of the country that no longer has mines, shipbuilding and has lost its pride along the way. We recently featured this as our Video of the Week and it supports the song very well (so good we’ve made it available at the end of review below).

The Man With No Thoughts is up next, it’s sheer power featuring a view from a man who thinks he’s “little bit better” than others. This leads into Be Free, which sees the band exploring a more folk song feel.

Waste of Space introduces keyboards to overlay the funky bass showing even more variety as it builds into a melodic almost pop song before the bass and drums intro of Tony Archer Blues soon joined by some neat 12 bar blues guitar rocking along in a Cramps like rockabilly style. By now I’m hooked as Zeitgeist 77 simply encourage you to crank up the volume.

The next song tackles an abusive relationship from the perspective of the woman – She’s Coming Home is a broody and powerful anthem that holds nothing back.

The Real Price of Oil would make follow North-Easters The Angelic Upstarts extremely proud – the vocal treatment is Mensi like. A war veteran suffering from PTSD is the focus of this classic protest song. It’s almost six minutes long and I loved it and Tony Blair should be locked away listening to this on repeat!

Closing an altogether impressive album is Reevaluate – a song that like others beforehand, clocks in at over four minutes – a working class anthem that had me thinking of The Business and Cock Sparrer. The band are clearly accomplished musicians and they know how to write a really strong song. The extra length allows the songs to breathe and they worm their way into your brain in a great way.

 

Zeitgeist 77 are from Teeside and they wear their northern roots on their sleeves tackling the issues of living in an area that has been devastated by the recent economic events. They are accomplished and a very strong band indeed and they’ve released an album to be proud of – please buy it and support these guys – they deserve it!

Check them out here https://zeitgeist77.bandcamp.com/

 

Track Listing

  1. Good Morning Teeside
  2. The Man with No Thoughts
  3. Be Free
  4. Waste of Space
  5. The Tony Archer Blues
  6. Stranger Than
  7. She’s Coming Home
  8. The Real Price of Oil
  9. The Worm
  10. Mess in a Bottle
  11. No Soap Radio
  12. Reevaluate

 

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