Album Review CLAMM - Beseech Me4 Stars
No needless experimentation, no ballads, no fancy time signatures, just ten classic punk rock stompers.
You can’t move for punk rock down under. Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide. You name the city, and it’s bursting with punk. CLAMM are the latest in line, following likeminded exports Amyl and the Sniffers, The Chats and A Swayze & The Ghosts to lay a boot in. Debut ‘Beseech Me’ is pure and simple punk rock, in the best possible way. There’s enough snark on show here to make Richard Hell shiver in his tight leather pants. From the whining feedback of ‘Liar’ through to the Metz-esque squalls of ‘Keystone Pols’, CLAMM are a group fully in control of their sound. There’s no messing around. No needless experimentation, no ballads, no fancy time signatures, just ten classic punk rock stompers. Usually, a record so one note would tire quickly, but when punk is done this well there’s nothing much better in the world. CLAMM may not be the first group to venture out into the fuzzy Australian wilderness, but with Beseech Me, they’ve shown they might just be the best.
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