So the concept is a wheeze but what of the actual music? As Burn It Down takes a two-chord swing at government, Johnny Rotten, conspiracies and ignorance, the duo wring out a ramshackle take on old-school pure punk rock. It’s played with tongue wedged firmly in a sneer-supporting cheek, but there’s also an authenticity that comes with genuine love for the form. Your Days Are Numbered and Citywide Shit bring in a touch of UK ’82 aggro, while Party Anthem is more melodic and Buy Something Every Day sounds like an unreleased B-side to Black Flag’s TV Party. The Internet Killed Me is fast and raw while the lengthy closer Hung, Drawn and Quartered sounds like Monty Python forming a sludgy doom band.
Nein is a curio then, but it has its worthwhile moments and is, at the very least, a big ball of knowingly rambunctious fun. Now, let’s see them get them out on the road with The Network...
For fans of: Germs, Sex Pistols, Fastbacks
Nein is out now via Velocity Records