The Bru­tal­ists

The Bru­tal­ists

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Essi Bere­lian

Star­ing at the rude boys. Com­ing on like a louche and sleazy pub-rock band more at home in a dreary, dodgy Lad­broke Grove circa 1979 than in mod­ern down­town LA, The Bru­tal­ists are some­thing of a wel­come anom­aly with their ska-pow­ered take on bluesy, boozy punk’n’roll. For­mer Quire­boy Nigel Mogg’s de­light­fully yob­bish vo­cals bring to mind an ex­tra-cheeky Phil Daniels, giv­ing the sound a very English spin, and there’s plenty of fun to be had skank­ing along to Form & Func­tion and Jun­gle Nasty. It’s not hard to imag­ine the band pro­vid­ing the back­ground sound­track to some seedy pub scene in Min­der, with the old pi­ano-driven blues of Nut­ter the ac­com­pa­ni­ment to Arthur stitch­ing Terry up yet again. Make mine a dou­ble VAT, Dave.

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