This record fucking rips. Ultra-melodic punk rock, like a sped-up Statues but with unmistakably European melodies, almost like slowed-down ‘90s Burning Heart skate punk at times. I don’t know if it’s a welcome comparison or not, but I even get a total Satanic Surfers vibe from some of these tracks and I am stoked. Don’t take that too literally, though—Idle Hands are straight-up ‘70s style sing-along punk from the Jam/Buzzcocks school, but there are elements at work here that avoid having the band too easily pigeonholed. Regardless, if you’re a fan of that post-power-pop, early Jam-influenced sound, I’m pretty damn confident this record’ll floor you. Pick up their debut EP while you’re at it; it’s a total slayer.
–Dave William (Hardware)