Ok Review time, and I’ve been upsetting the posh couple next door making sure I took in this new album carefully by listening to it very very loud. Which is of course the only way to listen to Punk Music, it’s written in scripture… somewhere. So when I pressed play on the first track of Essex Based, Tattoo Sporting Punk Trio Zen Motel’s follow up to their early year EP, I was compelled to crank up that sound. Their third studio release We Want Your Blood, featuring the same crunching Punk sounds we loved in their last two albums,sees the boys hence fourth and smash their way through 28 minutes of true Punk Rock.
Giving us a welcome break from the usual weekend rockers we’ve become used to in recent years, skipping gayly and merrily through album after album, Zen Motel produce a refreshing, meaty group of songs designed to make us bang our heads as hard as we can. Listening to each song you get the sense that the guys wrote tracks that they really felt passionate about, ear bashing music that they would buy themselves. There’s no meat on this stuff, no post-production tweaking or clever filters to make the singer sound distressed, just pure talent.
Opening track Superhuman Colosseum is a loud crowd pleaser, begging to be cranked up loud and sung along to, a tune that cries out to listeners to get up and join in the party, and follow up The Pit doesn’t lose that momentum as you shout along to the roaring chorus.
Guitar screaming hits Death Rock City and Cut and Run cry homage to classic rock heroes The Wildhearts and Punk masters AFI keeping themselves firmly at the top of their game and leading nicely into the softer, more melodic and lyrically engaging Bone Deep in Trouble.
The White Zombie-esque Curse of the Girlfriend, with it’s creepy intro is my favourite on the album. The comedic lyrics create an atmosphere that the pounding guitars take on and run with it well. The last two tracks on the album continue in the same bone-crunching classic Punk we started with and hammer us home nicely to the end which comes all too quickly.
All in all the album is true Punk Rock delivered with class and precession by musicians who love their craft and believe in the value of real music. Successfully hanging the competition out to dry the boys from Essex deliver a solid and timeless album.
Words: Machine Steve