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DANNY CLEAVER – ‘Trapped Nerve’ Album Review

DANNY CLEAVER – Trapped Nerve

danny-cleaverFormerly of hardcore punk band CLEAVERS, Melbourne punks URGENT BLOOD and more commonly known as the cartoonist Wolf Mask (Courtney Barnett, Gnarwolves, Murderburgers, Epitaph Records) this is Danny Cleaver’s first solo effort & first new music since relocating to Leeds.

Trapped Nerve is scheduled for release on tape & various digital outlets on the 7th July via Grievous Angles records and packs eleven songs into twenty minutes! The title track opens up the album with a siren and that gives way to a dirty guitar riff that had me head-banging immediately – Trapped Nerve is a great punk rock track full of DIY energy, riffs a-plenty, some radio announcer breaks and, oh that guitar…wow!

Mario Balotelli (yep, the much maligned centre-forward) is next and is 92 seconds of sheer punk energy and it’s followed by the heavy bass driven Parasite (Gotta Get Away) where Cleaver adds some weird keyboard in a B-52s way to add to the variety on display.

Frying Pan Headache, jets along in a Rudimentary Peni fashion but with pace a plenty. On Drowning In Apathy Danny Cleaver really does channel the aforementioned ‘Peni’ with a slower, fuzz framed rock ‘n’ roller.

The sixth track of the eleven, Waste Away With Me continues with the fast paced approach and has a real DIY feel and weird chorus…the overall effect is a true wall of sound held together by the prominent bass throughout.  You’re Gross is just over a minute of Minor Threat style punk whilst the slightly longer Endless Static sounds a little like the Hives.

Bored Of Everything is one of the longer (over two minute) tracks with a churning, guitar and is followed by the breathless Silent Selfish. This excellent album is closed with Fluorescent Lights where the production produces a more prominent guitar sound and the song benefits from this – it is a fitting end to a truly great album…DIY punk rock full of energy and passion.

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