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bfdcapLast year we reviewed the debut self-titled album by The Band For Disease Control and Prevention and we were made up when their latest offering, Human Versus Devil, hit Punk Online’s doormat.

The five piece, female fronted, alt-punk band from the North East of England combine old school punk with a unique mix of their own to generate a powerful unit and tidy album.

Kicking things off is the title track, Human Versus Devil, which immediately introduces us to vocalist Marcia Mackman with her inimitable and almost spoken word delivery. The vocals break out into a more melodic approach for the chorus before a guest appearance from famous British actor Phil Davis (of Quadrophenia, Poldark plus many more) joining in with “He’s only the fucking devil sweetheart”. It’s a strong track which clocks in at over five and a half minutes and is one of the stand outs from the album.

Heavy Stone picks the pace up a fraction and fellow musicians Antony Bircham (guitar), Andy Cooper (guitar), Mick Emerson (bass) and Charlie Radford (drums) provide compact and tight accompaniment to the vocals which again mix more spoken word and tuneful choruses. The Band For Disease Control and Prevention are a bit different from the norm and it’s easy to understand why they are attracting attention on national radio as well as various media outlets.

With All Their Christmases Came At Once the band deliver a more upbeat tune with catchy chorus which had me bouncing everything in unison. There is a certain X-Ray Specs and Poly Styrene similarity not only with the vocals but in the whole song too which is noticeable throughout the album.

A short burst of bells before neat guitar work opens up Caution Anxiety Attack, another stronger song of the ten. By now I’m getting X-Ray Specs meets Poison Girls especially with the drum roll chorus and excellent bass and guitar feedback bringing it back into the next verse, great stuff.

The Band For Disease Control and Prevention advocate a no guitar solo policy which again demonstrates their originality and non-conformity to the usual verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo etc approach.

Some more neat drum work kicks off Sparky Time and Charlie Radford’s skills are especially apparent throughout this song and the band pull another strong tune from the bag before Don’t Push Me wraps up an impressive album with more neat musical interplay and those now familiar vocals.

You can catch The Band For Disease Control and Prevention at this year’s Rebellion Festival and you can grab a copy of Human Versus Devil right here:



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