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PADME – ‘Bugün’ Album Review

PADME – Bugün

PadmePadme, another super punk band from Istanbul, Turkey who hang around with some of our favourites from that city, Asperger and Hedonistic Noise, have sent us their new album Bugün (it means “Today” in Turkish). The band mostly sing about their boredom, crooked politics and not being able to eat enough.

The opening track is the superb Drones with it’s fast paced punk rock DNA full of melody and hooks, I was transported to the West Coast of the USA as the band channel NoFX. The reggae/ska of Annem Etegimi Vermedl is next reminding me of Yr Anhrefn of Wales with the song building into a melodic punk rock classic.

Padme have me hooked with their refreshing approach and Sattin Kendini (Remastered) is much rawer in sound and recording displaying a strong DIY approach with the vocals and guitar introduction sounding like they were recorded underground and then the song breaks out into a crisp punk rocker. The next remastered song is Porntakal where the band showcase a pop-punk melodic tactic that just works – these boys are good, very good!

The twelve-track album continues with Pellnsu with a Social Distortion vibe whilst TTNET is faster hardcore. On Palali the band return to a reggae beat intro with sorrowful vocals before launching into a skate-punk effort. Minions is sung in English over an acoustic guitar beginning before the ‘punch the air’ vocals kick in and the song bounds along. Mauer is a punk rock pleaser whilst Save The day slows things down just a tad with a hint of math-punk and hook laden chorus.

The title track Bugün is a short 95 seconds full on pace, power and punk attitude and leads to the acoustic guitar and spoken word intro of H.E.S. (Hisarustu Ev Sahibi) that continues throughout displaying a restraint that plays well.

Bugün by Padme is a super album which is well worth a download – grab it here:




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