May 21, 2014

Stiff Little Fingers has been my constant musical companion for over thirty years and the band’s first album in over a decade has left me devouring the record for days now. It really is an outstanding release and for anyone who has kept in touch with the last five albums released since the band reformed, this one knocks spots off all of them—it’s also better than Now Then, the final album before the band split in 1982. It’s great to hear Jake Burns’ voice and distinctive guitar flourishes on these new songs whilst Ali McMordie still knows how to knock out killer bass lines to maintain a song’s momentum. The lyrical content is a mix of socio-political and personal themes, with Burns showing that he still has the knack for songwriting, resulting in a collection of highly memorable and catchy tunes. The band recorded and produced this record using funds obtained via a PledgeMusic campaign, having been disenchanted with discussions with various labels, and this approach has worked out well for the band. Even as an unabashed fan of the band, I hadn’t expected something as good as this. I’m tempted to give it album of the year status already. 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Rigid Digits,