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Released: 11.8.17




2015’s Full Communism was a caustic yet life-affirming record that proved that there was still a berth for rage and innovation in the punk rock harbour.

Unfortunately, I’m left feeling a little underwhelmed by Cost of Living in comparison. While it’s an incredibly good record and hits all the right notes politically, any urgency seems to have fallen down the back of the mixing desk during the production.

A Wall is a prime example: with a beguiling brass section coupled with a throbbing, unrelenting rhythm, it’s odd that – given the subject matter – it all seems a little subdued. It’s a compliment to the power that this band have that I expected just a little bit more.

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