Aaah, the smooth smooth sound of Leatherface… Sunderland-based 90’s punk, reissued at last for the eager fans. Mush is a typically direct Leatherface album, channelling the spirit of 80’s hair metal but with a slightly grittier touch. The reissued LP includes rare bonus tracks as downloads, is remastered, and contains detailed liner notes. On Fire.
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Remastered LP on Fire. Includes bonus material download.
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9/10 The Doc Customer review, 11th July 2016
What you're dealing with here is one of the best UK punk albums ever, by arguably the greatest UK punk band of them all. Intelligent. Articulate. Raw. Impassioned. Cathartic. Five words that perfectly describe this frantic gem.
Let's not mince words here, this is a complete motherf*cker of a record and is an absolutely essential purchase for anyone even remotely interested in anything that can even loosely be classed as punk. It's relentlessly fast and hard, tearing out of the blocks with I Want the Moon, on through the coruscating How Lonely, all the way up to the staggering closing track Dead Industrial Space, this is top quality stuff. Frankie Stubb's vocals sound like a Mackem Lemmy after a few too many Marlboros and a bucket of bleach for breakfast and it can sometimes be difficult to tell what he's singing, but once you get past it and decipher the lyrics, you realise he's an incredibly literate songwriter with an awful lot to say. Musically they're incredibly tight considering how frenzied some of the songs are, and the interplay between Frankie's guitar and that of the late, great Dickie Hammond (who died earlier this year) is amazingly complex at times.
They lose half a mark for him slipping into a James Hetfield snarl of "Not a damn day......." near the end of Not A Day Goes By, but otherwise this is absolutely perfect. If you can get hold of it, the 3LP box set reissue of Mush with Minx and Fill Your Boots is well worth having, but if not, this is worth fifteen quid of anyone's money. Wonderful.
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