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CHILDSPLAY – ‘Generation Automation’ Album Review

CHILDSPLAY – Generation Automation

childsplayLast week, I got to spend some time in Vancouver, BC – one of Canada’s great cities. As I was reminiscing about the great DOA and Joey Shithead as well as the Canadian version of The Subhumans, I received the latest eight track album from Childsplay who hail from the same city.

The band produce a mix of hardcore, ska and straight forward punk (and Generation Automation is a cracking album that had the Punk Online team in awe). From the ‘in your face’ opening to Next Generation with it’s interplay of vocalists, melodic punk rock in the realm of Bad Religion and angry lyrics urging resistance it has the listener sitting up and leaning in.

Diary is up next with a ‘happy’ riff and pacey approach – this is a circle pit pleaser and displays some pretty spectacular musicianship from the band. Great song, great vibe and leads into Witness where the Rancid style vocals are joined, somewhat surprisingly by some organ which certainly enhances the song.

We are Strong is an Oi! Style song with a distinct hardcore tinge – Childsplay flirt with that territory between the aforementioned Rancid, Stiff Little Fingers and The Bouncing Souls and all of this is on display on One More Day.

Love Walmart begins with an almost parody of heavy metal tracks and then literally assaults the senses with a land speed record effort before pivoting into a ska beat….all on one song…wow!

The second to last track of the eight, Meltdown is underpinned by a ska beat at times but adds some significant power backing to some angry as hell vocal delivery. Great track. Ending all too soon with Get Off My Cloud the band treat us to a punk rocker that had me smiling as it kinda covered the Stones classic but nailed it to the ceiling!!!

Childsplay are good, very good and this album is well worth grabbing – get it here: https://childsplaypunk.bandcamp.com/