US protest punks continue to impress on album three.
The inaptly named Downtown Boys (two of the group are women) operate at the political end of the US punk spectrum. On their previous two albums, this Providence-based quintet, led by singer Victoria Ruiz, have offered a bulldozing, bilingual assault on everything from prison overcrowding to racism. If that sounds like hard work, it isn’t. The band’s simmering anger – here inevitably focused on the Trump administration (particularly on A Wall) – are leavened by a sophisticated musical backdrop utilising brass and keyboards. That’s not to say that their ferocity is dimmed, just that on songs such as Tonta, they seamlessly blend X-Ray Spex and Fugazi and sound all the more thrilling for it. JAMES OLDHAM Listen To: A Wall | Tonta | Promissory Note