The two bands that teamed up for the ‘Discipline’ split 5” back in 2018 (three songs each in less than a minute per side, lest we forget) are back. This time with something a little longer…
…OK, a lot longer. Despite both outfits being known for their short, hyper-speed songs, here each band turns in an eleven minutes plus epic on either side of this record. Yeah, you did read that right.
Here’s the lowdown:
THE DOMESTICS kick things off with ‘NO LIFE’, charging through the most dynamic and varied track they’ve released thus far (although ‘Ideal’ from the extremely limited ‘A Gift to Your Masters’ 7” may have hinted towards this eventuality). Amongst the usual tones we hear the occasional interjection of piano, synth and strings, which help to underpin James Domestics’ semi-autobiographical lyric and raw vocal. Don’t worry though, the track may be lengthy and somewhat experimental but much of it gallops along at the kind of tempo you would naturally expect from the band and it’s aggressive enough to rip your head off in the usual manner.
Flip this wax over and PIZZATRAMP get heavy and apocalyptic with ‘THIS IS YOUR LIFE’. A state of the nation address that pulls no punches whatsoever – taking in the rise of the political right and many other aspects of the Orwellian nightmare the UK is more closely resembling with every passing week. Chunky, powerful riffs and throat-shredding vocals abound, mirroring the brutality of the subject matter perfectly. It’s everything you love about this band, but on steroids.
These two songs channel the spirit of the classic ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ by UK punk legends, SUBHUMANS, but that was 1983 and this is 2020; these songs could be considered a pair of timely updates, documenting now in ways that truly resonate in 2020. This record is a highwater mark for both bands, hitting a truly inspired peak.