The title-track blares like a terrace chant for the end of days, frenzied drums and air raid synths leading into a punk chorus aimed at uniting fields of rockers and ravers. The clash of styles is only amplified by guest spots from Bob Vylan and Indian rap force PAV4N, mirroring the cultural mash-up of Britain that is still seldom seen on rock stages, yet yields incendiary results on Menace.
Yet underlying Strange Bones’ sensory assault is a deep current of urban alienation. Sin City might as well be named Fear & Loathing In Blackpool, the bleakness threatening to make England Screams part of the very despair that Strange Bones strive to rise above. Far more exhilarating is Dogma, which starts in a haze of disoriented beats and Bobby's smoked-out drawl, before breaking loose into PAV4N’s capitalism-bashing tirade over a punked-up barrage. A tantalising hint of even stranger boundaries for this brotherhood to smash.
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England Screams is out now via FRKST/300 Entertainment