It’s not so much the case these days, but in the 20th century certainly, recording a session at Maida Vale studios was on a lot of bands’ bucket lists. I can’t speak for Manchester punk stalwarts Revenge Of The Psychotronic Man, but it must have been a surreal and exciting experience for the trio, recording a session at one of the most legendary studios in the world.
The resulting four songs from ROTPM’s visit have made their way onto a 7” record, with the band choosing two tracks from their 2012 album ‘Shattered Dreams Parkway’ (if you weren’t already aware, they love their Alan Partridge references), one song from earlier album ‘Make Pigs Smoke’ and a cover of ‘The Suffering’ by Leeds folk punk ensemble Bootscraper.
ROTPM like to play short and brisk melodies – only the cover clocks in at over two minutes. They bridge the gap between ‘old school’ punk and more contemporary punk/hardcore crossover bands. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s fun, fast and furious.
Live releases aren’t often worth parting your money with, but with that warm, fuzzy vinyl sound and a cover track, ROTPM fans should invest in this record.