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Paranoid Visions: Escape From The Austerity Complex
Dublin punks still kicking against the pricks...
Edwin McFee, 02 Oct 2012
Despite what some critics and self-appointed social commentators may try and tell you – punk rock isn’t, and never has been, a sub culture solely for those of a youthful disposition. It’s a movement dominated by people with probing minds, a penchant for pissing off the moral majority and a mutual passion for barbed riffs and ballsy choruses. Don’t believe me? Just look at Bad Religion and Siouxsie Sioux for proof that there are plenty of artists who still “mean it, maaaannnn,” well into their middle age. And the names don’t stop there of course. Infamous, iconic Dublin outfit Paranoid Visions are another band who have loyally stuck by their principles over the years and their latest effort Escape From The Austerity Complex is as fiery and frenetic as anything they’ve released in their career to date (which began back in the early 80s for those keeping score).
In the jarring, stomping, string-infused opener ‘Austerity Crusade’, lines like “What have they done to our language?/ The tongue of the devil we speak” are particularly relevant in an era of TXT SPK and wide-spread American-isms, and it sets us up nicely for the mayhem to come. Highlights include the blood-thirsty ‘Outsider Artist’ (featuring TV Smith from the Adverts) and the riotous ‘Split Personality’ (with vocals from Crass legend Steve Ignorant). But it’s the moody, bass-y rumble of ‘Poles Apart’ which really impresses, thanks to a menacing, Banshees-esque arrangement and gothic vocals from Deka Coppa, Famine RelAoife and K SarahSarah. Fans of the first, second and indeed third wave of punk rock should check this out.