The current punk renaissance has brought to the fore The Touts from Derry, Proletariat from Manchester and now Liverpool is trying its luck with Generation.
Liverpool is not somewhere particularly famed for its punk heritage, but nevertheless Generation are blazing a spectacular trail for the city of jangly guitars with their first EP, Who Loves This Generation.
Front man Dean Carne snarls, growls, pouts and hollers his way through four blistering tracks, at times reminiscent of John Lydon. Generation is best described as a smattering of the New York Dolls mixed with the bass and drums of The Dead Kennedys, with a bit of the Stooges for good measure.
First up is ‘I Like It’, which I actually do. It’s all about brash bass lines, percussion and guitar thrashing. Coming in at a surprisingly and disappointing short 1.35 minutes was ‘Honey Mouth Girl’. Gone in a flash, it leaves us wanting more.
The title track asks ‘Who Loves This Generation?’ Potentially legions of people, and why not? They all have uniform good looks, and sound pretty good too. They certainly caught lots of attention at Liverpool’s Festevol, for choosing to remove their shirts on an outdoor stage on a very chilly spring bank holiday.
Rounding off the four track EP is ‘Wake Up Wake Up’ which would make for a very entertaining and effective alarm ring tone. “Wake up wake up and put on some make up!” A suitable line from a band that walks on the glam-rock side of life and would not be adverse to putting on some slap themselves.
Who Loves This Generation is out now. And, if you fancy checking out the next Generation of punk bands, why not go along to one of their numerous summer gigs?
15 – London, Sebright Arms
20 – Sheffield, West Street Live
22 – London, Dublin Castle
23 – Sheffield, Tramlines Festival
4 – Manchester, Jimmys
19 – Sheffield, Record Junkee
28 – London, The Islington