PHINIUS GAGE - Seek Out Your Foes And Make Them Sorry

Phinius Gage - Seek Out Your Foes And Make Them Sorry

12 songs
31:47 minutes
***** ****
Fond Of Life


A year ago, I was introduced to the rocking street punk sound of Brighton’s Phinius Gage, and now, a good year later, they are back with their fourth full-length album which is a huge step forward. The predecessor suffered from uneven recording quality. This time the CD has been recorded in one studio only, even if the songs were not always performed by the same band members. Fortunately this doesn’t impede the quality of the album. A dozen songs in just a good half hour means that there are hardly any long tracks, but this works absolutely in the band’s favour. The pace of the album is generally fast, but never unmelodic, mostly due to the juicy lead guitar that really knows to sets itself into the foreground. Vocalist Ade sounds purely English, reminding of an angrier Kevin Rowland turning his Dexys Midnight Runners into a pure bred street punk band.

Alone the opener Battered And Bruised combines despair and hope with a chorus that will be stuck in your mind for days without end. Apart from the slower and longer The Young And The Restless, Phinius Gage only deal out catchy punk rockers that makes you wonder how a band can still come forward with so much fresh material after so many albums out. It’s the combination of perfectly interacting guitars, very British sounding vocals and a feeling for writing hits that makes Seek Out Your Foes And Make Them Sorry one of the best punk albums of the year. Phinius Gage never sound like snotty brats, instead they transport the legacy of The Clash into the twenty-first century and make a definite statement that punk rock was always intended to come from the United Kingdom.

Although the album can be purchased nearly anyway, Winged Skull are again responsible for distributing it in Luxembourg. Get it while it’s hot!

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