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DOWN AND OUTS – ‘Double Negative’ Album Review

DOWN AND OUTS – Double Negative

Down and OutsLiverpool band Down and Outs have just announced that their new record Double Negative is out on February 14.  The 13-track album opens with Astoria with its raw and fresh approach bringing both an accessibility in terms of huge hooks with a great Stiff Little Fingers energy.

Basingstoke continues the momentum with pounding drums, booming bass and serrated guitars supporting some great melodic vocals. There is a touch of The Vaccines about the Down and Outs but they are a little edgier and this shows on the runaway rocker, Shot. The piano introduction to You Can Have Country Back leads to a slower paced, vitriolic pop-punk classic that reminded me of fellow scousers, The La’s and The Icicle Works. On Tea and Sympathy the band continue to mine the melodic punk genre as they do on You’re Still Here.

The entire album gets you thinking and moving your feet with the excellent What Did You Do In The Culture Wars driving up the pace and Free keeping up the hooks with a powerful bass guitar prominent. The Down and Outs have produced a great album with not an album filler in sight and if you like your punk rock full of melody, irony, power and pace, Heartbreak Radio will not disappoint!

More keyboards open up I Think I’m Falling Apart but, this time, they stay present throughout the ballad full of longing and pain. The last three songs begin with About Time and this one is a treat in the spirit of Gaslight Anthem and leads to the power pop/punk of All In This Together.

The album concludes with Norah Marie where cascading riffs lead to a mid-paced melodic rocker full of sing-along sections and Sum 41 style songwriting. Loved this one!

You can get yourself a copy of Double Negative by the Down and Outs here: https://downandouts.bandcamp.com/

 

 

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