The Clash, Ian Curtis, The Doors, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys – plus a close call with the police…

PunkOnline album review:

The Creature Comfort are a legendary missing band from Manchester who became lost in the void between The Stone Roses, The Smiths, Oasis and the plethora of talent that emerged from the Northern City. Having regrouped and more than making up for lost time they have delivered a powerhouse of a debut album which will see itself as much at home on a Punk website as any other mainstream music rag. On first playing this CD (in the car) two things happened to me; firstly, the hair on the back of my neck stood to attention and secondly, I was pulled over for speeding. (Honest.) logo

The album is an eclectic mix of psychedelic 70’s punk and funk mixed with Manchester swagger, the opening track ‘Sauce’ would fit perfectly in a 70’s Stranglers Hope and Anchor gig minus Hugh Cornwall, an ideal opener and a vision of things to come. ‘Sally Sucks’ is a late 70’s post punk dynamo John Peel would have drooled over, blistering Clash guitars and drum rolls with Ian Curtis monotones enlightening us on the explicit oral skills of ‘Sally’ as she ‘sucks and blows away’.

I Do Need You’ is a blistering 7 minute indie track reminisce of The Doors, with thumping bass, heavy drums and the story of a broken heart. ‘1,000 Miles’ is a psychedelic classic that is guaranteed to get people shaking, a great touch of sixties recall here with a modern twist. ‘Step Down from the Sky’ will see young(ish) pretenders like Kasabian and The Arctic Monkeys tip their hats to these ‘Manc’ lost Boys. ‘Windowpane’ is the bands insight into love and the edge of Moss Side, a rocking funky ballad that has “the world revolving around Love and Passion”. ‘Electric Eyes’ is modern New York cool funky, the crescendo of “Rockets flying outta this world and satellites orbiting space” gradually takes us into the heart of a brilliant track coupled with a female vocal that fits perfectly. ‘I Do Need You’ brings us to closure in what is highly credible first rate album.

It has a real classic feel to it similar to The Strokes first album, The Creature Comfort is a band that have simply been gone too long. Vocalist Ben Le Jeune states the album is about “an awakening from hibernation, true punk ethos, sticking to your vision, no compromise, DIY ethics”. That’s absolutely fine, keep it coming boys – keep it coming.

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Steph – PunkOnline