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Album review: Violent Soho – ‘Violent Soho’ (Ecstatic Peach/Universal)

Un-original Australian grunge: as tiresome as it sounds

Abandon hope all ye who enter here: if moaning Brisbane grunge wankers Violent Soho had existed back in ’91 they’d still be written off as unoriginal. Today, the charmless drone of ‘My Generation’ and ‘Muscle Generation’ is unforgiveable, as the parade of clichés (whinging lyrics, quiet/loud guitars, bum-tighteningly obvious riffs) conjures images of a band locked in a Silverchair B-side for all eternity, unable to do owt else except repeatedly puke bad poetry over themselves. Having said that, they have achieved something – as an album this is abject but as an affront to God it’s nigh-on perfect.

Rob Parker
1 / 10

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