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GBH
PERFUME & PISS

 

 

The early British punk and NWOBHM crowds were like warring tribes, which says a lot more about social under-cultures of the late seventies and early eighties than it does about the music – in hindsight, generally the biggest differences were production quality, practice time and the belligerence of the vocals and lyrics.

 

GBH, along with Anti Nowhere League, The Damned and their ilk always had a lot more in common musically with the Motorheads of the world than with the “oi” skinhead crowd, and as my three year old daughter said halfway through this CD “it sounds like rock n’ roll!”. Further proof that sub genres are for marketers and not music fans!

 

Ignoring the old divides, GBH 2010 are a blistering presence on CD and haven’t changed dramatically since the early 80s.

 

Title track ‘Perfume & Piss’ is pure Motorheadish vitriol, and through the rest of the 13 tracks we have metallized rockabilly (imagine the Stray Cats after 2 days without sleep in the pub), punk protothrash (‘Dead Man Walking’), and track ‘Ballads’ old school britpunk at its best – jaunty and rollicking, simple & catchy.

 

By playing to their strengths on “Perfume & Piss” GBH make it easy to see their influence upon Rancid and many other younger punk bands, and this is a worthy addition to their collection.

 

Shane Pinnegar