Delinquents – ‘About Last Night’.
Dundee, a place I don’t think I’ve ever been, in a country called Scotland that I also haven’t been to. This is relevant because Delinquents, a Punk-Rock band who this year released their debut full album via Violated Records, are from Dundee.
Imagine would you can collectively call classic British Punk, merge that with the up-beat nature of the genre and its early days, then infused with the melodic and more recent across-the-pond rendition of this British wing of the sound and you have Delinquents. If it helps, think of a cross between Rancid, the Ramones, Dag Nasty, The Adolescents and early 90’s Pop-Punk, all plied with classic British humour.
With ‘Ctrl Alt Defeat’ you can help but hear tones of The Clash and Rancid in unison and with the following ‘Acne’ it’s certainly not left proceedings but this time alongside vocals recalling vintage (The) Adolescents. This is very much classic Punk distaste, serious in content but humorous in delivery.
‘Not Your Problem’ is your old-school Hardcore anthem crossed with modern Skate Punk. Think Minor Threat if they had formed and invented their legendary craft twenty years later. ‘Keep on Chokin’ is far more inclined with Post-Punk and Dag Nasty’s latter material and despite being so very different, may well be the best on the release. The band’s songwriting really shines here away from their apparant trademark humour.
Speaking of which, the semi-acoustic story of a young Punk in the ‘The Fuck You Song’ is lovingly apt. and likely relatable in a song that although serious, really can’t help a small jab of bleak-Punk humour. Delinquents are trying to touch on as many of the punk stylistic bases as possible and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t work. ‘The Fuck You Song’ is also a contender for the top spot.
‘Valentines Day’ is the 90’s Punk track you’ve been waiting for. It’s the Pop-Punk song that all the purists will jump about too but won’t admit its status as a hell-of-a Pop-song. This album just gets more and more enjoyable.
For an underground band the conviction and dedication is clear and what is even more important is that Delinquents clearly had fun writing this record. It is admittedly over quickly but the flow from track to track, despite the drastic move towards a more Pop-Punk orientated sound in it’s latter half, is hard to negatively comment on.
‘Waste Of Time’ channels the mid-to-late 80’s Dag Nasty-esque sound once more as the band let the maturity surface just enough before ‘Next Generation’ chimes in and sounds like something of cross between The Germs, The Who, The Clash and The Adolescents as well as various other “thes”.
This a very enjoyable Punk album, it is what it is and has no need to even try to be otherwise. Now, about last night…
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