PROUDFLESH - Proudflesh (Wired Gnome Records) - Now take this the right way because it is meant as a big big compliment: this is what Motorhead would have sounded like back in the classic Fast Eddie days of 79 if they'd been from Oakland California rather than the filthy streets of West London. This is goooooooooooood.
Yes indeed, Proudflesh have that righteous Overkill period sound flowing naturally through their dirty punk rock veins - that hard-edged blues mixed right in there with that take no shit, we don't care what you think, streetwise suss.
This is very much an American album/sound though and Proudflesh are no mere Motorclone wannabes re-hashing refried moments of past motorglory.
Indeed Proudflesh have a rich history of their own - "From Reagan's near apocalyptic vision to Bush's war on terrorism..."
A three piece who feature one time CRUCIFIX man SOTHIRA on bass/vocals, ERIK LANNON on drums (MORDRED amongst others) and last but by no means least, JIMMY CRUCIFIX himself on mean low slung Guitar (he's as good as anyone out there and yes there are hints of Y&T alongside those classic Fast Eddie licks).
They sing of epic battles against colonialism, of the arrogance and stupidity (and not the glorification) of war, ambitious street songs with big things to say. Hey look, what more do you need to know?
Oakland made and Motorhead flavoured - righteous punk rock 'n roll for scumbags, filth hounds and mohawks everywhere - a highly recommended ten track beast (and on their own D.I.Y label, doing things the right was as well).
This is the good shit, one of the best albums of the year so far and nailed down in terms of wholesome raw production as well.
Go grab a slice, go warn your next door neighbour (if this album moves in then their lawn is going to die). You all need some Proudflesh -
this review has now almost come to an end. http://www.myspace.com/proudflesh is where you get to hear some for yourselves, percussive violence and a sky full of bombs, only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud - Rockers, punks hellraisers, call them Proudflesh rock n' roll.
-ORGAN MAGAZINE LONDON UK
Like Bill Cosby introducing Fat Albert cartoons by saying, "and if you're not careful, you might learn something," the debut album from Proudflesh blends a rocking mix of punk and hard rock to accompany their anti-war message. Proudflesh is a logical continuation of Crucifix, one of the first US bands to embrace the anarcho-punk style of British punk bands such as Crass and Conflict. Vocalist Sothira Pheng and guitarist Jimmy Schmith favored a blistering sound heavily influenced by early Discharge and talked up anarchy, nuclear disarmament and the peace movement in interviews and liner notes. While many punk bands mentioned like-minded themes, Pheng's family leaving Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge for California gave Crucifix's message an added weight.
In Proudflesh, Pheng and Schmith embraced their inner rockers and joined forces with drummer Erik Lannon, releasing a ten song self-titled CD that betrays quite an influence to Overkill-era Motorhead. The songs are powered by heavy, catchy riffs and generally avoid the basic verse/chorus/verse structure in favor of repeated riffing. While not exactly a concept album, the disc focuses on the futility of war and colonialism, with a special focus on Indochina, as in "My Lai My Love," "French Indochina 1954" and "High in the Clouds." The funky drum breakdowns on some of the later songs are a nice surprise and the production is clean and crisp. In fact, a case could be made that a muddier production might have made the album sound a bit more menacing, although with songs like "And Not Fashion," which ranks with one of the best Motorhead songs Motorhead never wrote, that is a minor fault. Filled with catchy, memorable hooks and impassioned vocals, the debut from Proudflesh heralds the beginning steps of a great band.
Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) mentions Proudflesh in a recent
interview when asked "What’s the last great album that you bought (or were given)? -WGR