SpünDay – Shock Wave Gang Bang (album review)

I am a fool! All of this lockdown bollocks has left me content in my own lackadaisicalness, putting off the interesting little wormholes I could’ve been sucked into during my free time, in place of cheap thrills and junk TV. I was asked to review this album back in December and one month later, we eventually got there, locked and loaded, ready to introduce you to the bizarre majesty of SpünDay.

The album begins with the eerie squelching sounds of opening track “Once Upon A Time In Essex”, leading into some Public Image Ltd-like guitar noodling that sounds like a malfunctioning robot fighting with a slide whistle. I am instantly hooked! Vocally the track is deep and distorted, really adding a certain edge and abrasiveness of the musical soundscape they’ve created.

“There’s A Hole In My Arm Where All The Money Goes” opens with a sample and a tasty guitar lick, reminiscent of that slick 90s indie slacker vibe. Don’t get me wrong, slackers they are not. There is so much raw energy here it makes The Stooges sound like Status Quo in comparison. The track fades out with some sweet acoustic guitar riffs that I really wasn’t expecting, but also kind of backs up the slacker comments I also just made.

Another sample and cathartic noise containing the ‘C word’ and some chunky bass punches, gives us “BBB”, their next audible assault. This song is pretty harsh. It sounds like a Sonic Youth instrumental if they’d broken all of their fingers during a live show and the Sleaford Mods jumped onstage, taking over on vocal duties in a special brew fuelled rage. Loved it!

“Avoid Unemployed French Horse Butchers” has a solid build up and some more angsty curse words on a fast-paced hardcore Rock & Roll bullet train. Slowing down for a bit of dub-inspired bass and math rock “potching” on the old electric guitar. I’m really diggin’ the vibe from these guys and I pray that they’ll bring these deranged tones to the live arena when the world starts turning again. All of the tracks so far contain a sense of urgency to them, but also appreciating the calmer moments here and there before kicking back into overdrive.


Echoes of Public Service Broadcasting creep into next song “Junior’s Speedball Blues” with its unique instrumentation and use of sporadic vocal lines and samples. This being the longest track on the album so far, it has a kind of evil surf-rock vibe to it that I’m really enjoying. “Weekend Dads” kick off with a little synth and further chaotic axe swinging, keeping the alternative pace well and truly enthusiastically up-tempo for this psychedelic romp.

I wish I had the gall to try and take the lyrics apart to make more sense of the themes and topics they are raving on about, but that’s not where the brilliance of this album lies to me so far. “There’s A Pimp In My Boots” loops a vocal sample alongside a foreboding chug until bursting in with untamed menace and metallic influence. The guitar sounds absolutely mind melting, backed up with precision drumming, vicious bass lines and more naughty words, oh my!

Things get a little funkier on “The Bull Wins” which harks back to that more experimental post-punk PiL meets Captain Beefheart sound, but in much more scattered and excited outbursts. “Show Me Your Speedface” is a bit of a shorter onrush with it’s cool repeated refrain, but it’s just as bonkers as the rest of the album, paving the way for the final track “Stuckness”. A change of pace and a surprise moment of calmness with harmonica, more ominous vocal samples and a serene but hooky bass line. No surprise bursts of noise or chaos here but an exquisitely carefree nuanced way to end the album.

This is one hell of a debut album with flashy layered effects and the use of unique/experimental sounds, confident but sometimes macabre vocal lines and a tight blusterous rhythm section. I’m super glad that I gave my time to this album and I will admit I am really excited to eventually catch the band in the far off distant post-apocalyptic wasteland of the mythical “live music venue”. In fact, fuck it… I’ll put them on for a show myself sometime if they are interested! Get in touch guys, I look forward to hearing from you!

“Shock Wave Gang Bang” is out now. You can find it here on Spotify, but if you’ve had enough of that, it is also available on Bandcamp, with the option of purchasing the album, which we would always recommend!

Mitchell Tennant – 18/01/2021

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