THE LONDON UNDAGROUND - BEAT AFTER BEAT The London Undaground have a style all of their own. Their sound mixes aspects of 1980's Capital new wave and post punk vocals with perhaps a little nod towards Joe Strummer with glaring electro riffs that are so bright they almost stuff you ears with acid pink neon tubing. This is cross-genre music at its finest, stealing, borrowing and chewing a corner off everything that's either had or got an edge in the last 30 years of music. Fronted by Jimmy Scott Free, this Southend Band are a hard working bunch of lads who don't need to be judged on the number of years they've put into the game of fame, especially not when you hear their music. They've been pushing it hard in the clubs, tempering their high voltage sound in an atmosphere where you can lose the crowd in a heartbeat if you're not careful. These guys know what they're doing however, and once they've plugged you in there's no letting go. Their new album, Beat After Beat, represents a high voltage synthesis of the creative pulse combined with modern club culture at its most leering. To use a cheap adjective like swagger would be to undersell the sheer sneer of this sound, which roughs you up with every single slamming lick of electric funk. All the tracks are especially good and as with any album what you've got here is a musical journey. Any over-riding themes? Well, you'd be hard pushed to come away from this album without appreciating the tongue in cheek nature of The London Undaground. The whole production makes it clear that whilst this band isn't afraid to take the mickey out of themselves, they're none the less very serious about their music. Kieran Bain ...
Tha London Undaground
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