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The Don Ramos Play­ers Ban­quet ★★ Three guys from var­i­ous parts of south-east Eng­land, each of whom has played in a zil­lion bands be­fore, come to­gether un­der an indie-hard­core-punk ban­ner, and de­liver an album of shouty, riffy tunes that fall into the cracks be­tween Min­ute­men, Mi­nor Threat and Stiff Lit­tle Fin­gers. The trio have been com­pared to punk icons Hot Wa­ter Mu­sic; there are cer­tainly flashes of in­ven­tion and in­di­vid­u­al­ity in such songs as Inkjets & Ton­ers, Sky­scrapers and Over, Un­der, Side­ways, but the gruff, splut­ter­ing vo­cals of John Wright and the dull, thud­ding drums of Daniel Smith start to wear you down af­ter a while. Ad­di­tional shout­ing from lo­cal hard­core he­roes Dave House and Mark Pavey add un­nec­es­sary plod. Th­ese songs should make you punch the air, but they just leave you drum­ming your fin­gers. www.hel­lodon­

KEVIN COURT­NEY Down­load tracks: Con­tretemps, Inkjets & Ton­ers

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