Sweet Jonny – s/t (self-released, 2018)

Sweet Jonny contacted me through Facebook sometime ago for a review of their s/t album. Apologies to Sweet Jonny – it’s taken me a good while due to various real-life issues and a great big back log of reviews. I feel really terrible about this. But sometimes life gets out of hand.

These guys are from an undisclosed “do nothing town” (apparently Brighton) and describe themselves as a gutter garage rock band. I’m saying this record is self-released, as I can’t find anything of note to indicate that it isn’t…

These guys certainly have a real thing for both The Clash and The Damned. Nowt too much wrong with that I suppose. I also feel like these guys might spend a bit too much time listening to The Cramps, as there’s that edge of punk goes psychobilly to this stuff, that to be honest I’m not mega keen on, but thankfully it’s not too hugely overbearing or owt.

If you dig on any of the above mentioned bands or Rocket From The Crypt and Hot Snakes you’ll probably get a fair amount out of this. It’s not bad, but it’s not for me though. Tony of Nurgle rating: 7/10

Have a listen for yourself:

You can buy the LP from the Sweet Jonny website

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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