All In Vinyl / Bombed Out (2017)
From the very second album opener "My New Home" starts off, it's immediately apparent that Giantnormous is going to be my kind of album. I could really use one too as 2017 has been stultifyingly mediocre over all for new records. I'm not saying there hasn't been anything worthwhile, but as a whole we're way behind on the amount of good records that have been released at this point in the year than I can recall in a very long time. Luckily Giantnormous shakes things up a bit.
Zapiain is plying the trade of my UK punk rock heroes. A little Hooton 3 Car mixed in with some Leatherface and maybe just a bit of the Great St. Louis join together into a potent blast of melodic rock and roll. Each of the albums first four songs blast forward with a scorched earth guitar blast tempered ever so slightly by the sheer amount of toe tapping hooks crammed into every chorus. Once we get to "Shotgun," the band takes it down a notch showing a mastery of a slower tempo song similar to how Broccoli was able to do with one of their masterpieces "Defence."
From there Giantnormous just keeps rolling along and building momentum. It's absolutely my kind of punk rock and I couldn't be more thrilled that it was sent over to me to check out. The best part is that it's the band's second album, so now I have an older album to go hunt down. It's worth your time to listen.
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