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The Computers: This is The ComputersThis is The Computers (2011)
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The Computers are a band currently tearing up the U.K. scene, with their white hot blend of Bronx-ian hardcore and late '50s rock 'n' roll, great live show and singles that somehow got played on daytime radio getting more and more attention In 2011 they toured Europe, supported some of the best band.
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The Computers are a band currently tearing up the U.K. scene, with their white hot blend of Bronx-ian hardcore and late '50s rock 'n' roll, great live show and singles that somehow got played on daytime radio getting more and more attention In 2011 they toured Europe, supported some of the best bands around and released this great debut I'm reviewing here.

The west-country residents could be dismissed as a one trick wonder, wearing matching suits and playing raucous punk-charged rhythm and blues, but there's more to their sound than that. "Rhythm Revue" is one to dance to like a madman, with screeching singer Screamin' Al Kershaw's, erm, scream, coming across as more James Brown than Denis Lynxsen. But then, on the other hand, there's a modern feel to the album elsewhere. The trudging, angular, nasty riffage of "Hot Damnocles" gives way to a slowed down jive on the chorus, with Al's vocals now giving out aggression as well as swagger; it would be a better fit on The Shape of Punk to Come than Live at the Star Club.

Elsewhere, there is "I've Got What it Takes (Part 3)," sounding like the Kinks by way of modern hardcore punk, the mid-tempo rocker "Group Identity" with its simple, primal punk riff and barked refrain, the quick, sloppy hardcore of "Where Do I Fit In?" and the heavy blues stomp of "The Queen in 3D." In true punk fashion, despite the usually danceable nature of the music the lyrics have a darker edge to them, and are delightfully foul mouthed; "Lovers Lovers Lovers" tells of having "been down in the den of serpents and lions / closed my eyes and been to sleep with other liars," adding, "oh fucking hell it's impossible it seems like there are too many of you." This contrast between music to do a little jig to, and dissonance and upset, makes This isā?¦ compelling as well as fun; not that the Computers are miserable bastards though, the band maintains a sense of humor and tells us "it ain't no fun when you're just making do / spend a little time at the rhythm revue!"

The album's production and recording suits the music perfectly. The front cover states, "recorded in stereo, direct to tape," and the sound is suitably raw, without being overly lo-fi or muffled, catching the vigor and skill of the playing as well as the vibes and energy of the songs perfectly.

This should have been reviewed much earlier on here, as it's a great album, packing in what I love about rock and roll into less than half-an-hour; it's also fantastic that they've had a few spins on the radio, some award nominations and decent coverage. If punk is going to fall into the public eye again, then the Computers would be a great ambassador for the British scene.

 

 
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Crowbells (December 23, 2011)

AIHN; "I'm gonna smash that bitch's face in, find the cunt and stab the fucker".

Those guys got weird lately.

wearestillalive (December 21, 2011)

If we're talking "uk scene ambassadors" (which is a silly idea anyway) give me Apologies, I Have None any day.

Crowbells (December 21, 2011)

Ambassadors for the UK scene?

The Computers would easily trump the King Blues (who are not punk) any day.

Arteries and Bangers are very 'nice' but far too boring and generic personalities.

We need that guy from Cold Ones leading the way. He's crazy and his band rip.

nedsammy (December 21, 2011)

And I don't recall these missing words and pieces of punctuation one bit.

nedsammy (December 21, 2011)

The ambassadors comment was put there because along with the King Blues, the Computers are one of very few UK punk bands getting mainstream attention.
As for the first paragraph... yes, it reads pretty painful.

carlo_cabinetti (December 21, 2011)

Can't get in to these. Bit too schlocky for me.
As for ambassadors for the UK scene? Choose from Bangers, The Arteries, Dividers even

damo (December 20, 2011)

can't get into this. can see why some like them though. will prob get less shouty and turn into the hives in a few years

wearestillalive (December 20, 2011)

Big love for the Computers, not seen them for yeaaars unfortunately. This album is so good.

FromAbove (December 20, 2011)

The first paragraph made me think of The Baseballs. Now that's a terrible group of germans making music. The Computers are a-okey!

EchosMyron (December 20, 2011)

Leatherface is pretty much the only British punk band that I enjoy. The first paragraph reads like something that was pieced together by a semi-illiterate street teamster with a thesaurus program on his computer.

oldturds (December 20, 2011)

this is justin bieber

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