Guns On The Roof - New Frustration
We don't get much in the way of rock stuff here at CD Times, so it makes for a nice change to bang on something like New Frustration and just crank it up, despite the fact that Guns On The Roof ply a fairly standard brand of beefy street rock, part-Rancid, part-Stiff Little Fingers.
Here's a terrible confession: if I'm stuck for something to write about an album, I sneak a quick shufty at other reviews to see if I can be uh ... inspired into action. According to another scribe (who will certainly remain anonymous), GotR could "... easily become the UK punk saviours that the Sex Pistols once were." Think about that for a moment.
Back in the real world, New Frustration has all the components in place: fast tempos, fat guitars, singalong choruses. It's what the genre demands and after a few beers it's perfect punk club fodder - without succeeding in delivering a standout that might allow them to crossover to Zane Lowe-level recognition.