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THE SWINDELLS – ‘Fear Is The Gun’ Album Review


The SwindellsThe third album from Leeds UK based The Swindells was recorded in one day at Czar Street Studios in Leeds, with no budget, using borrowed guitars and no overdubs, Fear Is The Gun is a raw Punk Rock album.

Opening with the title track, Fear Is The Gun the band deliver a mighty slab of punk rock power and anger with pace and power aplenty!

The bass intro to Born To Fail sets up another raucous rocker with gravel throated vocals added with backing vocals and some muscular riffs. The band has a raw, street-punk sound akin to The Blitz and fellow Leeds band Abrasive Wheels. All I Know is a super Oi!/punk track with hooks and melody and a soaring chorus whereas The Price is a little more Stiff Little Fingers meeting The Exploited!

The urgency of the recording is evident throughout the album with the rawness always present yet polished enough to create the Pogues like shanty The Wretches Ballad and the rollicking Static with its UK82 vibe.

The thirteen-track album showcases punk credentials throughout with East Street seriously upping the tempo for two minutes of Oi! power and the excellently titled, Tory Bastards channeling thirty-one seconds of sheer anger. On Bullshit, The Swindells showcase a truly angry vibe that is followed by the headbanging Cockroaches with its nod to The Business and Cock Sparrer!

The superb Something To Believe is a punk rock masterpiece played at pace and delivered with authenticity to be followed by These Streets reminding me again of the aforementioned Blitz with its Oi/punk/street-punk crossover approach. The band wrap things up with Same Old and they find an extra gear to up the pace for one-minute and 59 seconds of fresh punk rock protest!

This is an excellent raw and ready punk rock album with overtones of UK82 at its best – get it!


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