IRISH HANDCUFFS: Comfort in Distraction: 10”EP

Sometimes the true test of a band’s mettle is how it copes with adversity, however minor. I once saw Irish Handcuffs play in front of no more than a handful of paying customers and rather than let this meager crowd get the band down, it pulled out all the stops, producing an excellent set of catchy punk rock which made for a fun night. This one-sided 10” is the German band’s first release in two years and is a continuation of the anthemic melodic punk it has previously produced on a host of singles and one album. English lyrics certainly aid my enjoyment as I get to singalong to a trio of tracks all played out with two guitars throwing down some huge riffs and memorable leads. I’ve made good use of these songs on my bus journey to work as they have the ability to make me feel on top of the world. That’s how infectious they are. –Rich Cocksedge (Fond Of Life, fondoflife.net / Shield, shieldrecordings.com / Get Party, getparty.bandcamp.com)