Leeds band 'Broken Arm' have been together since the mid 2000s, rising from the dead after the members played in other raucous bands like Sailors and Woman. 'Life is Short', though, is their first ever record, moulded out of noisy subversive punk and showing strands of hardcore influence. After releasing their debut single, the band is finally here in full-length form.
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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 17 September 2014
The debut LP from Leeds DIY stalwarts Broken Arm finally sees the light of day this week after being shelved for some time. With ex-members of the likes of Sailors, Woman, Like A Kind of Matador, Monster Killed by Laser and Mob Rules among their ranks, they blast out a snotty brand of noise-punk inspired by the Am-Rep/SST bands of the late '80s and early '90s with a healthy dose of Mudhoney-ish twisted hard-rock-ish grunge riffs that churn away repetitively in an energetic neanderthal clank'n'slice dirge.
In terms of contemporaries, Pissed Jeans are an obvious parallel, with a similar slightly sloppy mid-paced no-fucks-given quality to the crunchy, rumbling compositions, although singer Nick Jones's monotone holler keeps reminding me of Alex Greenwood of fellow Leeds DIYers The Wub, with whom they coincidentally share a bassist. When they up the pace on numbers like 'Someone Else' and 'Double Talk' there's a Wrangler Brutes-meets-Black Flag violence to the delivery that's really satisfying. If you're a fan of snotty noise punk business this'll be a welcome addition to your collection.
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