Defcon Zero - Music For Gluesniffers, Terrorists and the Mentally Ill

Booze, balls and a smack in the chops is most likely all that's on the table for you but, if that's your bag, grab your nuts and let's get into it.

London punk rock band Defcon Zero have unleashed Music For Gluesniffers, Terrorists and the Mentally Ill onto Band Camp. If the title was not enough for you to clock the idea of what you're in for, you certainly will soon enough. This is not the sort of band that is going to offer up any loving ballad to serenade you with. Booze, balls and a smack in the chops is most likely all that's on the table for you but, if that's your bag, grab your nuts and let's get into it.

Although the mix is clear and audible and the playing is pretty well spot on, the tracks still contain all that raw passion and sound that make punk music what it is. Basically, there is no way that you could describe this album as anything other than rough as guts proper punk rock. The album steam rolls from start to finish without exception keeping up a hectic pace with absolutely no respite.

On the lyrical front it is in part born out of living it rough in the urban landscape of London and the mainstay anti establishment statements and self destruction of punk. This gives the music a real sense of connection to it's roots and even if you've never lived in London you get the impression of the love hate relationship that most Londoners have with the place. This is epitomized in lyrics such as "Welcome to London, welcome to hell!" and the us and them of "It's like that, we're all fucking rats! You run in circles, we run in packs!". As the album progresses, for those of you paying attention, you'll notice that the politics of the lyrics spread to a larger context and take up issues that are global. Once again a punk band that seems to a give shit about what's happening in the world in that special way that only punks can.

If you're into punk it's well worth passing up a couple of cans from the Off License for the meager price of £3 for a download of the album. If you're really that skint, you can always just stream the tracks for free. Anyway, what are you waiting for!? Grab yourself a copy from Band Camp.

Written by William Riever, 2014-07-24