Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
The Cramps : London Astoria
...a welcome reminder of what real rock'n'roll is all about...
Sensibly, they opt not to play many songs from so-so new album 'Fiends Of Dope Island', instead making like an alternate reality Happy Days jukebox with the voodoobilly schlock of 'Human Fly' and neanderthal stomp of 'You Got Good Taste'. Then, during a totally feral, feedback-soaked version of The Count Five's '60s teen-frustration classic 'Psychotic Reaction' Lux rolls around on the floor, spanking himself and licking guitarist Ivy's bondage boots, before putting one on his head and stumbling about breaking stuff with his pasty old man's arse hanging out of his skintight trousers. As if this isn't enough he then snatches Ivy's curly red wig off her head and puts it on, kicking over the drumkit and howling like an ECT patient while climbing up on the speakers and smashing bottles. His behaviour is so deranged even the fans take a step backwards. Cramps are a welcome reminder of what real rock'n'roll is all about.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin