DEALING WITH DAMAGE: Ask the Questions: CD

Firstly, the track “Some Colours Never Fade” is one of those songs which immediately stands out as an instant classic. It’s got a great intro, where the guitar is not too dissimilar to that on Down By Law’s “Independence Day” and is extremely catchy, too. This London-based outfit includes members who have done time in The Stupids, K-Line, Done Lying Down, Chocolate plus a host of others and that experience shines through formidably on Ask the Questions. Despite showing variety across the fourteen songs there is a strong Dischord influence in evidence and I hear similarities to Soulside, Trusty, and Rites Of Spring along with some latter Government Issue at different stages of the album. Add some London grit and this makes for a compelling and, dare I say it, an essential album. –Rich Cocksedge (Little Rocket, [email protected], littlerocketrecords.co.uk)