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Sunday, 30 April 2017

CAPT CRUNCH & THE BUNCH - CRIMINE BEAT (Area Pirata Records LP, D/L).

New from Area Pirata Records, the home of Italian Garage Rock, comes the long awaited debut album from Rock ‘n’ Roll reprobates Capt Crunch & the Bunch. Crimine Beat is a proper, good old fashioned Garage Rock album that melds together mid 60s Freakbeat with a dash of Soul and smokin’ R&B evoking the Stonesy raunch of the Flamin’ Groovies and the sweat and snarl of classic, Down By The Jetty era Dr. Feelgood. Everything is in place……………a tight as you like swingin’ bottom end driven by choppy rhythm guitar, slashing lead lines and some wailing mouth harp from the good Captain, singer Frank Crunch…….it’s a linage that goes way back to the Yardbirds and the Stones tearing it up at the Marquee in the early 60s and recorded with a fully analogue sound, Crimine Beat does not fuck with the past but embraces the warm, fuzzy sound of classic Garage Rock……

Split into two distinctive sides (side 1 sung in Italian, side 2 in English) the album is an amalgamation of the band members tastes and influences that mix together in a potent sonic stew. Short but very sweet, Crimine Beat is a 38 minute, full on head rush of some of the most sweaty, raw and raucous 60s inspired Garage Rock you are going hear this year. With a bunch of great tunes on both sides of the record with the stand out tracks having to be the Bluesy squall of ‘Sputare Sul Format’ and the Motown inspired R&B stomp of ‘Dormire Sulle Spine’ from the Italian side with the supercharged Maximum Rhythm and Blues of ‘Revelations’ and Dr. Feelgood-esque ‘Don’t Build Your Dreams Too High’ (which is loosely built on Wilko Johnson’s urgent riff from ‘Keep It Out Of Sight’) along with the Psychedelic swirl of ‘Bride Of Satan’ from the English side. Adhering to the philosophy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” Capt Crunch & The Bunch have taken a load of familiar influences and crafted a superb album that is way more than the sum of it’s parts. Check it out People and PLAY LOUD.

Out NOW on Area Pirata Records, Crimine Beat is available on limited edition vinyl (300 copies) direct from the label’s on line shop or Bandcamp page here
https://areapiratarec.bandcamp.com/album/crimine-beat where you can also buy the download. Also available from the usual groovy on line traders and perhaps some very tuned in record stores.


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