Personality Cult – New Arrows (Dirt Nap Records, 2020)

Apologies to Personality Cult and Dirt Nap Records. This is mega late. I totally lost track of this after being sent it in I wanna say… February? It’s been a weird old year… This old hoss fell through the cracks, which is a real shame, as the previous Personality Cult LP, which came out on Drunken Sailor Records a couple of years back is one of the finest of recent years, scoring top marks from yours truly. At the time I made some speculation about whether mainstay Ben Carr was responsible for all the instrumentation on that album. Seemingly Personality Cult have subsequently fleshed themselves out into a fully fledged 4-piece.

So here we are a couple of years later, and once again we’ve been treated to a selection of barbed, pogo-tastic power-pop-punk blasts of short, sharp joy. If you are anything like me, you’ll find absolutely nothing wrong with this blend of awesome. The madcap antics of Devo-fanciers such as Liquids and Coneheads sutured to the spiky one-two of premium Buzzcocks cuts. It’s all finished off with that captivating style of harmonies that The Professionals mastered on their I Didn’t See it Coming LP. I apologise if that is a somewhat simplistic description, but I’m not as complicated a human being as I would sometimes like people to believe. What ya gonna do?

I feel like the only fault I can find with this (not that I habitually seek fault of course) is that it seems short at a mere 9 songs. It’s not up to me to tell anybody how many songs to write though, is it? I am of course left feeling hungry for more, like a starving man at a meagre feast. I’ll try and get over it though. Tony of Nurgle rating: 9/10

Available on opaque green or classic black vinyl from Green Noise Records

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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