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SpünDay – Shock Wave Gang Bang

Firstly, if the name of this album doesn’t draw you in instantly with its explicit nature, God knows what will. An outfit that has only been releasing music since this year, SpünDay bring their own originality to the table. Marking their debut with memorable title ‘Shock Wave Gang Bang’, this release isn’t for the faint-hearted or your grandparents. Based in South Wales, this alternative rock band bring a whole lot of hysteria to the table with lyrical wordplay and charisma. 

Kicking the album off with grunge-esque visionary, ‘Once Upon a Time in Essex’ sounds like nothing you’d hear being created in Essex. Noise rock at it’s finest, the just under 5-minute track explodes onto the scene and refuses to be left for dead. Coated with vocals that sound like they’ve been put back and forth through a radio microphone, this cross-genre number exceeds all expectations you’d want for the first track on an album. ‘There’s a Hole in My Arm Where All the Money Goes’ is hectic and fast-paced. Like something you’d hear in a thriller film where the protagonist is running away from the villain, this experimental release is bathed in punk moments and grit.  ‘BBB’ begins with a delicate voice talking about god before a fierce amount of guitars make their entrance. Iconically original, this band will become of your favorite finds of the year if you’re into experimental punk with a twist of psychedelia. 

Before we move onto the next track, be aware that this album involves song titles longer than route 66. ‘Avoid Unemployed French Horse Butchers’ (I did warn you on the long titles) tells the wacky story of, you guessed, unemployed french horse butchers. Sounding like a soundtrack to a frantic video-game, the sound that SpünDay are creating can slightly get a bit repetitive after a while.  ‘Junior’s Speedball Blues’ has, probably, the most ‘normal’ arrangement on the album, and that’s saying something. Like something you’d hear straight out of the 90s, SpünDay are telling listeners that guitar music is far from over in this number. ‘Weekend Dads’ hears the outfit sticking with a 90’s sound. Filled with wah modulated guitars, it’s one of 5 tracks on the album that’s under 4 minutes long. ‘There’s a Pimp in My Boots’ is bathed in metal sensibilities and subtle hip-hop moments too. Engaging with it’s explicit lyrics, the track feels like it doesn’t want to be took seriously. 

The Bull Wins’ goes back to the band’s iconic soundtrack sound. With some chord progressions in the track sounding like The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’, this number is innovative to say the least. ‘Show Me Your Speedface’ doesn’t feature the most creative lyrics, but it gets it’s message across perfectly. Telling listeners to show your speed face, whatever that means, this track is filled with energy and aggression.  Album closer ‘Stuckness’ is totally different to the rest of the album. Armed with a speech on keeping yourself busy and staying active in your brain, ‘Stuckness’ is a relatable number that hits close to home, especially during this pandemic.