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tmtwnbbfnThe Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing will release their new album, Double Negative on the 9th of March, 2018.

Formed ten years ago, but with hearts rooted firmly in “1888”, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing (the name derives from a chalk inscription found in Whitechapel near the bloodied apron of Ripper victim Catherine Eddowes) are a band who have been closely associated with the Steampunk subculture but they are tired of those labels.

As bassist/vocalist Marc Burrows points out, “Our songs are set in a realistic 19th century. A grimy dark underbelly of Victorian London which actually existed.”

Double Negative is the band’s fourth studio album and is arguably the band’s least ‘steam’, and most ‘punk’ album yet. It opens with the lead single, Supply & Demand about the body-harvesting of Burke & Hare and delivers an Oi! like punch to the gut with a Cockney Rejects group vocal chorus and power chords a plenty.

Baby Farmer is next and is about Amelia Dyer, the purported foster parent who actually drowned unwanted babies in the Thames. The track has a Misfits meets SLF sound with the cockney tinged vocals prominent. On the four-plus minutes of Hidden, the band focus on magic with a mid-paced horror-punk vibe that is both engaging and unsettling at the same time.

The fourth of the nine tracks on this album, Disease Control celebrates science and scientific discovery through John Snow’s discovery that the Soho cholera epidemic of 1854 was waterborne and this is a direct attack of those who ignore science today. The track opens with some spoken word and matches two vocal approaches with a powerful rhythmic guitar and is as powerful as anything I have heard this year.

Obscene Fucking Machine deals with the depravity of Queen Victoria’s grotesquely overweight son Prince Bertie, who had a special chair made which supported his bulk while enabling him to have sex with two people at once, and whose son was rumored to be embroiled in the Cleveland Street Scandal involving child prostitutes.  The song is clearly targeted at history but also at today’s income inequality and it is delivered over an Oi-like sound with The Business coming to mind as well as Blyth Power.

On Occam’s Razor The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing take on Jack The Ripper with a fast paced punker whilst God Is In The Bottom Line takes on child labour with 94 seconds of hardcore punk rock as history is used to attack today’s economic atmosphere. The penultimate track, The She Glows, returns to celebrate experts, in this case, Marie Curie with a storytelling approach back by a Cramps style guitar.

The only entirely fictional song on the album is the closer, There’s Going To Be A Revolution the band channel early Joy Division and The Fall with a spoken word effort backed by rhythmic guitars. The track builds and builds and burrows its way into your brain and is a fitting end to a terrific album.

You can get Double Negative by The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing right here:





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