We’ve been a bit battered by the shitty British weather here at the flag the last few days so to make ourselves feel a bit better we decided to treat ourselves to a bit of fantastic new British rock. We slapped on the new Medusa album, slaughtered a pig and treated ourselves to a feast of greatness.
Headcase’s Handbook is the third visit to the studio for Medusa, who’s heavily 80’s influenced sound is a welcome tap on the skull to remind us there are still some young guys out there who can be influenced without being carbon copies. If you want to know what you’re going to be listening to before you grab a copy then all can say is think of a punk/rock supergroup created from members of The Cure, The Clash, Bad Religion and The Vandals, throw them in room with a few litres of Rum and what comes out may be something similar to HH.
It’s always nice when a band gives a heavy nod to a genre without being consumed by it, there is no denying this is a punk album but it has more substance than a simple scream fest. Frontman Julian Molinero doesn’t just chew the Gob Iron for 30 minutes, there is a definite purpose to each track, a different sound to match the feel of the song and that takes some talent. For me the standout track has to be Absinthe Minded but that’s purely down to personal taste, there isn’t a track here that misses the mark and everyone will find something to fist pump the air to.