The Bermondsey Joyriders – Flamboyant thugs

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On 30 May 2014
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Old school punk meets blues rock. A great album

The Bermondsey Joyriders - Flamboyant thugsIt’s only a month since The Bermondsey Joyriders released their double A side single “Brian Jones (The real true leader of the rolling stones)/Johnny Thunders was a human being”, and now they’re releasing their third album.  Surprisingly considering how recently the single was released, the songs from it don’t appear on the album – probably the first time in recent years I’ve seen a band release a single ahead of the album launch without the single being on the album.  Slightly unusual then, but that does mean that the album contains 12 new tracks rather than 10 new ones plus 2 that fans have already got on the single.

Whether or not you’ve heard of The Bermondsey Joyriders before, the members of this punk-blues trio are all experienced musicians – Gary Lammin (vocals / guitar) and Martin Stacey (bass) played  in the Joe Strummer-produced Little Roosters and Generation X precursors Chelsea respectively, while Chris Musto (drums) has previously played with Johnny Thunders, Joe Strummer and Nico.

Musically there’s a real old-school punk sound for some of the songs such as “Flamboyant thugs”, whereas other songs blend in more blues or rock’n’roll leading them to sound like a cross between the Sex Pistols and the Rolling Stones – strutting rock and roll with lots of punk power and attitude.

It’s a great album that’s well worth a listen.

Track listing:

1. Sonic underground
2. Black god daddy
3. Here come the people
4. John Sinclair intro
5. Flamboyant thugs
6. John Sinclair outro
7. Just like me
8. It’s nice to be important
9. Just a kid
10. Roll the dice
11. Gentlemen please
12. The message

Old school punk meets blues rock. A great album

About Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.