Barn Burner : Bangers II – Scum Of The Earth

They Say :- With the volume, technicality and intensity that embodies heavy metal and the overarching catchiness and longevity of stoner and classic rock, Barn Burner capture a signature sound that cannot be easily placed or categorized. Cultivating the principles of partying and the ever lasting might of the riff, Barn Burner creates a live atmosphere that render an audience incapable of standing still. Whether it is giving your best friend a well-deserved swill of beer or lovingly smashing the bottle over his head to the sound of a ruthless riff, Barn Burner will fulfill the demands of its listeners. Having finished their second record and follow up to the critically acclaimed Bangers, Barn Burner are prepared to unleash something more fierce…

We Say :- One of the cool things about paddling around in the shallowest bits of the shark infested waters of music writing (I hesitate to call it journalism) is that you do get to hear an awful lot of stuff that you may not otherwise come across. PR companies want to get their band’s name out there, which results in new music arriving in the CackBlabbath mailbox almost every day.

The issue is the volume of stuff we need to listen to, we do try to listen to everything but for something to jump to the front of the queue it really has to grab the attention. Step forward the upcoming second full-length album from Barn Burner which goes unter the snappy title of  Bangers II: Scum of the Earth. Perusal of the track listing turns up such gems as Dark Side Of The Barn and, most impressively, Skid Marks The Spot. Sounds like fun…

Now the desperation to avoid writing cliches like “riff machine” or “monster riffing” does make this a difficult thing to describe based, as it is, on an impressive display of, erm, riffage from guitarist Cameron Noakes and vocalist / guitarist Kevin Keegan. From opener Scum Of The Earth through to the closing strains of Ghost Jam this album is a veritable feast for aficionados of no-fucking-about, solid guitar driven rock’n’roll. It’s not about widdly, virtuoso musicianship though, oh no. Where Cameron does break into a solo (which he does on occasion) it’s kept simple but effective and doesn’t get in the way of the chugging juggernaut of the songs.

This is very much “proper” rock music with a slightly fuzzy stoner feel, but on top of that in places it draws on a proper punk vibe while all the time they channel the grove-laden riff-heavy spirit of the likes of Thin Lizzy. OK, so it’s not particularly original and it could be argued that even within the album there isn’t much in the way of variety but there are times when that just doesn’t matter. Times when you want just to cruise the interstate with the roof down and your foot to the floor. Or, if you’re in the UK, go and sit in a traffic jam on the M1 in the rain.

Subtle it isn’t but it’s good fun, bloody well done.