Never Be Quiet Records
Written By Mark Jones
Bournemouth punks Kill The Colossi formed in 2015 and quickly released their first E.P at the end of that year which is still available on most digital platforms. The band has various influences from older punks like The Clash, The Ramones, The Ruts, Sham 69 and The Specials to newer bands like Rancid, Dropkick Murphy’s, Booze & Glory and early Offspring which all come across brilliantly in their sound. Since 2016 the band has been playing regularly honing their sound which has been described as a “blend of street punk, dub, and ska”. ‘Herd Mentality’ is their debut album and the 10 tracks on here brilliant and after several listens just leaves me craving more.
From the first track ‘Outsiders’ it’s clear that this band mean business, a cracking melodic song which has 90’s punk sound and a killer chorus that you just can’t help singing along to. ‘Herd Mentality’ is next up and is full of short sharp riffs, brilliant lyrics which reminds me of early offspring which is no bad thing. Another slab of melodic punk comes next with ‘Another Bad Day’ which leads into the folk-punk of ‘Run For Cover’, an enjoyable acoustic track full of politically charged lyrics and other yet another brilliant chorus.
There really isn’t a bad song on the album and the killer tracks keep coming with ‘196 Walls’, a short sharp assault with a brilliant drum intro which sounds like gunfire blasting through the speakers. The next couple of tracks highlight the bands reggae influences with ‘Shotgun Shelly’ which is a melodic punk song which gives way to a bit of reggae at the end, while ‘Lion’s Roar’ has a Ruts feel to it and after about three and a half minutes turns into a full-on reggae dub song. I really don’t want this album to stop but I suppose all good things must come to an end, but with ‘Fuck The Taxman’, ‘What’s Punk?’ and ‘Better The Devil’ the band have quite possibly given me my favourite tracks.
What I like about ‘Herd Mentality’ is the diversity in the style of songs and on the first listen you just don’t know what to expect next. Kill The Colossi have given us 10 cracking songs and have shown that they have got a knack for writing a brilliant sing-along chorus. Check them out you won’t be disappointed.