THE DELINQUENTS are a new band that comes from Italy, with members of IDOL LIPS and RAZORLIPS. They play punk in the way of DICTATORS, THE DAMNED, RAMONES, THE HEARTBREAKERS or THE SEX PISTOLS but with their own and unique 77 punk style. The album kicks off with the sound of a cowbell being thumped as the raw guitars riff like a motherfucker drawing from their influences before racing off into the distance with a mob vocal snarling ou tthe lyrics like they’re looking for a street fight.
What you have is eleven tunes dripping with the sweat of a band that love their craft and believe 100% in what they do and why they do it. The music pretty much does what it says on the tin here kids from the opener ‘Delinquents’ right through the punchy rampant sleazy ‘Burning’. They settle into that groove on the rockin’ ‘Fall Down’ with all the fills and guitar licks that have been neglected by many with the Thunders string drags and barre chords it’s a top tune. There’s enough genuine nostalgia here to bring a tear to any neckchiefed pirate lover who hankers after the good old days when giants walked the earth like prime-time Thunders and his Heartbreakers or those Dead Boys were offering danger whilst Hanoi were in full flight, this record offers a glimpse into that world and they do it really well like the rapid ‘Can’t You See Me’ which is full-on 77 punk rock with some muscle and ground happening.
‘Fix Me Up’ ushers in the hypnotic riff-a-rama of the Stooges but if they were to head down a Dolls path and were from the LES rather than Ann Arbour. ‘Make No Sense’ is something down in the dirt where Brian James took his riffs from the Rock n Roll gods. It has some of the more recent magic left behind in a trail of dust like The D4.
There are recycled licks and I love that ‘Love O’ and ‘Miss No Fun’ that remind me of Star Spangles and with a dash of The Joneses for good measure, what’s not to like? If any of the bands I’ve referenced pluck your heartstrings then this is an album you should seriously consider jumping around to. It’s a pretty full-on thirty minutes with no time to gob or take a breather not even on the way out its banger after banger of sleazy punk rock n roll. ‘Red Ruby’ and ‘What About You’ just chew out the rhythm and you can shut the door after I’ve left in a blaze of glory. turn it up kids and see you on the other side I’m heading out in a hail of rock n roll bullets with The Delinquents because these cats know what’s going down so turn it up and play on!
Author: Dom Daley