Last summer Birmingham’s Blakfish chucked at us one of the snappiest, angriest and most accomplished releases of the year. Their EP, ‘See You in Another City’, combined slickly produced pop hooks with throat-shredding punk rock escapades and a weirdly intoxicating stop/start brand of hardcore. On their debut album, Blakfish have stuck with the general approach but trimmed the fat by tightening up their songwriting and avoiding overdubs during recording (the dual vocal assaults, luckily, remain). The result is an album that screams in your face, shoves you to the ground, picks you up again and gives you a tough-love bearhug. Because Blakfish care. There are references to the sorry state of British society, but this is not an incoherent rant. It’s one of the snappiest, angriest and most accomplished releases of the year.

By Matthias Scherer

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