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Review: 'Popes of Chillitown'

-  Label: 'Criminal Records'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '5th May 2023'

Our Rating:
As their bio points out, they may have emerged from the UK ska/punk scene, but ‘Popes quickly established themselves as keen to break conventions and incorporate wider influences into their sound. Impossible to tie down and with enough energy to power a small city, their songs drag you through punk, two-tone, rock, hip-hop, reggae, drum & bass, dub, metal and more.’

‘Crashmat’ shows residual vestiges of ska, with its buoyant, insistent groove and occasional blasts of brass, but it’s a thoroughly postmodern hybrid that ultimately is best described as electro-punk.

Sure, it has that bouncy roustabout party vibe going on – which often proves to be quite irritating – but countered with an edge that’s got some grit and aggression, ‘Crashmat’ proves to be quite a different beast, and the result is not without merit: in fact, it’s fun but fierce, and that’s hard to argue with.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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