REVIEW: The Bermondsey Joyriders – Brian Jones (The Real True Leader of The Rolling Stones) / Johnny Thunders Was A Human Being

They’re back! The punk rock blues booze hounds that are the Bermondsey Joyriders return with this double A-Side celebrating the lives (and deaths) of two of their own idols....

They’re back! The punk rock blues booze hounds that are the Bermondsey Joyriders return with this double A-Side celebrating the lives (and deaths) of two of their own idols.

We here at the Black Flag love the Bermondsey Joyriders and both of these tracks highlight them at their very best. True it’s a slight departure from the social commentary of their last album ‘Noise and Revolution’ but perhaps a new direction is a good thing as nobody want to keep treading over the same ground and transferring their gritty blues punk sound away from the subject of social decay highlights just how versatile and great a band the Bermondsey Joyriders really are.

Both tracks really shine, especially Brian Jones (The Real True Leader of The Rolling Stones)  where the bands raw instrumentals and  Gary Lammins almost Ferrell growl will suck you in and spit you like a piece of half-digested vindaloo. You could almost be fooled into believing that you’re in the Soho bar that he sings about at the beginning of the track, listening to the song being performed for the first time, which is one the bands real strengths that shone out on their previous album.

All in all both tracks showcase an incredible band doing what they do best and proving that they can follow up the runaway success, that was Noise and Revolution with two great tracks that are sure to be classed as classics in due time. Roll on the new album. The Bermondsey Joyriders are back with avengence….

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The Bermondsey Joyriders will play a bargain-priced launch bash at The Black Heart in Camden on April 8th, to mark the release of their upcoming double a-side single ‘Brian Jones (The Real True Leader Of The Rolling Stones) / Johnny Thunders Was A Human Being’.  Out on 7” white vinyl on April 14th, the new single pays tribute to two of the Joyriders’ favourite late, great guitarists – The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, and New York Dolls / Heartbreakers icon Johnny Thunders. 

Punters at The Black Heart party will have an exclusive opportunity to pick up copies of the 7” prior the official release, and will also be the first to hear The Bermondsey Joyriders air material from their forthcoming third album ‘Flamboyant Thugs’, which is set to follow the single on May 26th through Fuel Records.  Completing the bill, and offering attendees even more rock ‘n’ roll action for their mere £3 admission fee, are fellow London punks Bubblegum Screw and The Healthy Junkies.  It all happens at;

Tues 8th April – LONDON, The Black Heart (1-3 Greenland Place, Camden, NW1 0AP)
w/Bubblegum Screw & The Healthy Junkies
Doors – 7.30pm.  Admission – £3 on the door

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