6_PANEL_DIGI_1_TRAY_RIGHT_DBXXX3XXDespite a distinguished history and a place in the Punk Hall of Fame, playing with Dogs D’amour, UK Subs and The Vibrators, Bath’s latest offering falls short of greatness.

Described in the press release as “punk-rock-blues”, Roll Up shows hints of all three but never quite hits them dead on.

The opening three tracks are almost indistinguishable, featuring the same measured guitar accompaniment plodding throughout.

‘Slimline Jim’ combines Bowie-esque, wavering lyrics with folky guitar that jogs along at a measured pace to its uneventful ending.

The pace does eventually pick up a little towards the album’s end, and we lose the sensation of being at a family Line Dance event but it is too little too late.

Muppets is lyrically embarrassing; like an afterthought at the back of a teenager’s notebook and, while I presume it is intended to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the delivery left me cringing slightly.

Perhaps the one positive thing I can say here it that, technically speaking, this album is flawless (as it should be given the calibre of the band). Unfortunately this is its only saving grace.

Die-hard fans of the UK Subs and the Vibrators will probably want this in their collection for the sake of completeness but its wider appeal is somewhat questionable.

Roll Up - Darrel Bath

Released: 2015

Record Label: Livewire/Cargo Records

Band Website:Facebook

Buy Album: Cargo Records Direct

2.0Overall Score

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Kate is an indie-aficionado with riot-grrl roots who took a brief, teenage detour through the murky swamps of Trad Goth. Nowadays she is equally likely to be found swaying to Nick Cave and pogoing to punk. If it's loud, with strong lyrics and a bass line you can feel in your teeth, then it's gotta be good!

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