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THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS: 'NOISE AND REVOLUTION' (VINYL)
Release Date: September 2nd 2013
Originally released in May 2012 to critical acclaim including being voted as the album of the year by the readers of Viva Le Rock magazine, The Bermondsey Joyriders sophomore album 'Noise And Revolution' gets the vinyl treatment with a strictly limited pressing of 300 copies on a 180g red vinyl edition and comes in a super cool fold out sleeve and pictured inner sleeve. Just like the good ole days of yore.
The Bermondsey Joyriders are made up of the likely lads duo of guitarist and vocalist Gary Lammin, formerly of Joe Strummer's proteges The Little Roosters, and bassist Martin Stacey, once a member of punk legends Chelsea. Supplying the drumming for this album is none other than The Damned's Rat Scabies which ensures this album is full of punk rock pedigree.
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This is an album with a difference as it tells the story of an ever changing society in Britain with short narrative poetic introductions from the smoky voice of John Sinclair, the former MC5 manager and once a subject of a song written by John Lennon in protest at Sinclair's incarceration following a notorious set up by the Detroit police.
The music embellishes the sounds of Slade and The Clash with Cockney voices you'll find in the style of The Small Faces' Steve Marriott giving it a real hearty patriotic London feel.
The music is home made bangers and mash with piles of lumpy gravy poured all over it with most tracks running under the three minute barrier. Settle down with some rosy Lee and kick out the bread roll and jams with delightful ditties such as the wistful '1977' and 'Tru Punk' and the Union Jack waving of 'London Bridge' and the stomping 'Proper English'.
Never mind the bollox, punk ain't dead, it's just got sophisticated. The Bermondsey Joyriders have came up with a right knee's up of an album that will get you doing the Lambeth Walk... Oi!