Originally signed to Fallout Records back in the eighties RAbid shared stages with the likes of Anti-Pasti, The Exploited, G.B.H. plus many more first time around. A couple of compilations of those heady days, the most recently being the rather appropriately entitled ‘A Bloody History’ released back in late 2013, were enough to finally tempt bassist turned vocalist Dean Grant out of retirement though, and with the help of Steve Ward on bass guitar, Colin Bennett on guitar, and Gaz Johnson on drums, this ladies and gentlemen is RAbid 2015.
The five track ‘All The Way To The Bank’ EP is the first product released by this modern day version of the band, and to be totally honest it is a fine introduction to the less than subtle delights of a band who, as I very quickly discover, don’t exactly mix metaphors or pull any punches. First thing you do have to get over though is the vocal stylings of Grant, he has an almost half spoken approach to his art that sits somewhere between Animal from Anti-Nowhere League and Trigger McPoopshute’s Darrel Sutton. Bizarre I know, but once you are past this possible Marmite moment the twisted full on glory of RAbid is there for all to enjoy. Okay granted they’re not going to suddenly be declared “the next big thing”, or be about to save rock ‘n’ roll as we know it today, but as I understand it that is not what RAbid are about anyway. This is the sound of four guys playing loud guitar based rock music and having a fucking great time in the process. Highlight of this debut EP is the lead track ‘Jubilee’, a track bristling with energy and a riff straight out of the Steve Jones book of guitar. Top notch stuff indeed.
RAbid Moving on to the just released ‘Frankenhooker’ EP and this one sparks into life via the title track, a tongue in cheek paean to the Frankenhooker horror classic containing a riff that Vim Fuego’s lawyers will be crawling all over. Elsewhere ‘Banned’ has that Pistols influence creeping out from behind the curtain once again. Whilst ‘Mr C.E.O’ has more than just a passing resemblance to the excellent Born To Destruct, and ‘K.N.T’ is the type of song that made the aforementioned Anti-Nowhere League public enemy number one for all of two minutes back in the early eighties. Ending with ‘Assassin’ and ‘Death Mad’ both of which being fine solid slices of British punk rock,buy both and make your own eleven track album. Tidy!
This is a top package, with top presentation, containing some top music. You can hit the RAbid guys up via the links below.
Artist: RAbid UK
Label: Underdogz Records
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Wow! If you’re a fan of good old fashioned hardcore style punk, then you need to pick up Frankenhooker, the new E.P. by punk legends RAbid UK. Having grown up listening to a multitude of musical styles and genres, one of the bands that I discovered along the way was “The Exploited”. I really liked the take no prisoners attitude of that style of punk and RAbid UK have that same type of vibe. It’s raw, it’s relentless and it’s in your face. The title track is a great listen and a fitting opener to this release. If you’re looking for nice, catchy pop punk, then you better look somewhere else. RAbid UK rips through these tracks like a buzz saw. I’m not here to bash any other bands, but I’ve always preferred this style of punk. It has a genuine back alley street quality that the latest “Hot Topic” punk-pop band of the week just doesn’t have. The lyrics throughout the Frankenhooker E.P. also bring that same sense of street-wise pride and social angst to the forefront. This is exactly what punk music should be. A ferocious indictment on society set to an equally aggressive musical background. If you’re already a fan of RAbid UK then you’ll be ecstatic to get this release. If you haven’t heard them before, where have you been? This is a great place to start as an introduction to a band that’s not only been around the block a few times, but also, much like a street gang, prove that they own it.