For decades Manchester has been a prominent source of some of Britain’s finest and most inspirational punk bands, among the more recent being Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man. Between their emergence in 2004 to their final gig in 2018, the outfit has been a potent part and inspiration in an ever fruitful punk landscape and they continue to influence new bands and experienced adventures alike. In tribute to their impact and rousing sounds, five bands have united on a 7” release; a quintet who has not only shared stages with Revenge of the Psychotronic Man but also embraced their inspiration and friendship.
Each of the five bands coming together for the 7” covers a Revenge of the Psychotronic Man track and it starts with Booze Time from The Domestics. Like the Mancunians, the band from East Anglia have a sound which flies from the traps with tornado speed and never relents in its hardcore attack and it relishes the canvas of a song which first appeared on a four way split release back in 2011 which saw Revenge of the Psychotronic Man alongside Mighty Midgets, Fist Of The North Star, and Broken Aris. From its initial guitar set lure, song and band surge through ears, the vocal incitement of James Domestic leading the uncompromising and captivating onslaught. From rhythms to breath, the track is a barbarous infection, the rousing insistence and swing of the original embraced and twisted in their own likeness by The Domestics.
It is a great start soon matched in temptation by Matilda’s Scoundrels and their take on Rrose Sélavy (To Make a Toast to Life). The Hasting hailing band similarly bring their own individuality to the table as they fuse their folk punk prowess with the 2016 released original’s antagonistic virulence. From its first breath, the track was into ears and hips, its instinctive swing irresistible even as Matilda’s Scoundrels uncage the track’s instinctive ferocity. Ever twisting and turning, the track is superb and like its companions sure to be an itch for a great many to explore both creators and EP contributors.
Ik Ben Frank is next up, the song unleashed by Dutch punk ‘n’ rollers Batwölf and a deliciously dirty and voracious encounter it is too with the band’s rock ‘n’ roll and punk instincts fuel to the contagious trespass which launches from speakers. The track takes no prisoners in its brief but fiercely magnetic moment within the release, arousing and gripping attention from first to last breath.
There is a feral and deranged quality to the ever rousing sound of Casual Nausea which just perfectly fits the original ravenous qualities of Fuck the Sea. If its creators uncaged a ravening senses devouring of punk antagonism, the song only relishes the delicious psychosis of the Ipswich outfit and their twin vocal insurgency. As a track it is barely a minute in its stay but firmly memorable and with the creative fury of Casual Nausea now quite irresistible.
The 7” is concluded by Danish screamer/songwriter Stöj Snak and a version of Another Way. Also featuring Troels from Mighty Midgets, the song gently coaxes attention before springing into energising acoustic life. It is an effortlessly arousing folk punk hued affair, getting under the skin immediately and burrowing deeper by the boisterous second as thoughts are further involved by spoken intimation.
Each band within A Tribute to Revenge of the Psychotronic Man involves the songs they adopt in their own invention and character to create fresh proposals without losing the essence which made the originals important to them and so many others. The 7” is superb, a real joy which as we suggested will surely urge new fans towards both Revenge of the Psychotronic Man and just five of the bands they have inspired.
A Tribute to Revenge of the Psychotronic Man 7” is released July 10th through Kibou Records, Autonomoster Records, and Toxic Wotsit Records.
Pete RingMaster 09/07/2020