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PAPERTANK – ‘Playground’ Album Review

PAPERTANK – Playground

papertankPapertank is a half-Swiss and half-French punk band formed in 2015. Their debut album, Playground was released earlier this month and begins with Intro where a raunchy guitar comes into view after some clips of sirens, dog barks and radio snippets – the slow drum and almost spoken word vocals set us up nicely for Waiting For where the band go all in on a rocking number full of hooks and melody.

On Little Gun, Papertank treat us a rhythmic powerhouse with choppy bass and heavy drums supporting the power chords and angry vocals. Banshee is the fourth track on the ten track album and is a noisy, riotous affair with a rollicking chorus – it’s darn good!

Half-way through the album, the bass guitar introduces a Fugazi like beat before the band launch into a full out frenzy and The Flower And The Earth which builds into a powerful and melodic song. God Bless You, Wicked (see video below) is a faster effort with some dual vocal interplay and it’s followed by Cold War Circus, a full on hardcore punk effort that just rocks!

Run Away veers into math-punk territory with it’s beat led versus whilst Virus opens with a dirty guitar riff and then propels into a helter-skelter ride of punk rock bliss! The album concludes with The Weather Guy where I am again reminded a little of Fugazi as the band go all in on a punk/hardcore classic.

Papertank are fresh, powerful and have released an album full of muscular music with some sprinkles of melody to create a very good effort indeed.

You can check out Playground released on Division Records here: https://papertank.bandcamp.com/album/playground