TRACK REVIEW: HMRC – Boots on the Ground | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Boots On The Ground by HMRC delivers a ferocious blast from Newcastle’s post-post-punk scene, echoing the disenchanted spirit of the mid-1970s, one that almost thrusts us right back into the throes of the Cold War.

A must-listen for fans of brutal punk favourites Benefits, this track features blistering drum work and tantalising bass lines from the very start. HMRC narrate the grim tableau of a passive UK populace too subdued to challenge governmental control, that is until a cancelled holiday sparks outrage. The persistent warning “bombs are overhead” evokes a reflection on the current outbreaks of war in Europe and potential global conflicts. HMRC’s sound is a raw, powerful protest, articulated with a cynical wit, perfect for our troubled times.

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