ALBUM REVIEW: Brilliant, breakneck poppy punk at its best

The Subways ANL-151103-094720001
The Subways ANL-151103-094720001

THE SUBWAYS – THE SUBWAYS – Out Now

The Subways have been building a big reputation all over Europe for the last few years and now I’ve finally had a listen to them I can understand why.

The Subways unashamedly borrow from all that is great about 70s and 80s British and American punk

This is exactly the kind of music that I love – 33 minutes of breakneck, poppy punk tunes, snappy punchy lyrics and great hooks. No nonsense, back to basics rock.

Lead singer Billy Lunn and bassist Charlotte 
Cooper’s voices perfectly complement each other and this really is the sound of a band on top of their game.

The Subways unashamedly borrow from all that is great about 70s and 80s British and American punk and they do it brilliantly.

Over three years since their last album this fourth effort hits you straight 
between the eyes from the very opening track, the frenetic My a Heart Is Pumping To A Brand New Beat.

Other stand out tracks are the Buzzcocks-like 
Taking All The Blame and the piano ballad Because Of You. We Get Around is another cracker – a snotty, rollicking rock duet.

Black Letter reminds me of Arctic Monkeys at their bombastic best and the excellent Twisted Game sounds like it’s dropped straight off a Beadtie Boys album. They finish with another cracker – Is That Enough. No it’s not enough. I want more and I’m off to buy the first three albums.

Jeremy Ransome – 9/10