RIPCORD: Poetic Justice: 2 x LP/CD

One of a pair of timely reissues, both featuring a hefty number of bonus tracks from a band which, at the time of writing, is just two weeks away from its first gig in twenty years. (I was fortunate to secure a ticket for the event.) Such was the interest for that live return that the gig sold out in minutes, which gives an idea of how well Ripcord was, and still is, regarded. Poetic Justice is the band’s second album and it’s easy to hear the influence that American bands were having on the U.K. and Europe back in the latter half of the 1980s. A noticeable increase in the speed was something that Ripcord made great use of, becoming part of a new wave of bands pushing punk in a new direction. The result was that the slightly slower UK82 style was gradually usurped by the desire to play faster and shorter songs. Amongst the forty-five tracks is a recording of a live show, which has increased my anticipation levels for the upcoming reunion show. –Rich Cocksedge (Boss Tuneage, bosstuneage.com)