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Various Artists - 'Southend Punk Volume One' (Angels in Exile Records - AIECD 004)
Various Artists - 'Southend Punk Volume One' - Album - Released December 4th, 2020
Artist: Various Artists
Title: Southend Punk Volume One
Format: CD
Label: Angels in Exile
Catalogue Number: AIECD 004
Release Date: Friday December 4th, 2020
Strutter 'Zine - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Gabor 'Strutter 'Zine' (Netherlands)

08.02.21

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Gabor
"...THE MACHINES kicks off and this is classic fast raw uptempo Punkrock the way it needs to sound..."

"...Punkrock all the way can be heard on the song of the band THE DECIBALLS, while the following THE PSYCHPATHS is also pure Punkrock with an obvious SEX PISTOLS similarity..."

"...‘THE KRONSTADT UPRISING is a real raw almost Oi! Punk sounding band in the style of classic BLITZ and a touch of SHAM 69...."

and

'‘...The additional booklet tells the stories of each and every band, so you have something to read while singing-a-long to these underground classic late 70s/early 80s punkrockbands from the small town of Southend!..."


Gabor, Strutter 'Zine
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Punk Rocker - News item on Southend Punk Volume One CD 'Punk Rocker'

06.02.21

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

News Item by Peter Don't Care
"... ‘Steve Pegrum of Angels in Exile Records has just put out a new CD album release ('Southend Punk Volume 1 - a history of Southend Punk bands 1977 - 1986)...."

"...The album includes a 16 Page colour booklet containing detailed text on the bands as well as rare photos and memorabilia, designed by Viki Vortex ..."

Peter Don't Care, Punk Rocker
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Fear and Loathing - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Andy P 'Fear and Loathing'

January - June 2021 Reviews

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Andy P
"...This album includes some great tracks, many of which haven’t been previously available, and there really isn't a bad song among them. A sixteen page booklet includes informative details about each band as well as great photos and artwork, illustrating the Southend scene as effectively as it deserves..."

"...Particular highlights ? The Machines, perhaps the first punk band in the area, who went on to play at legendary London clubs like The Roxy and The Vortex, as well as releasing a now highly-collectable EP..."

"...‘Bands like The Psychopaths and The Shocks deliver some great punk rock, whilst others like The Deciballs play a style that wouldn’t have been out of place on the ‘Farewell to the Roxy’ LP...."

and

'‘...This is a great overview of the original Southend punk scene and there may even be a second volume to come… If you think you know all about punk rock, this album will give you something new to consider. Don’t miss it!..."


Andy P, Fear and Loathing
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Ox (Germany) - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Kay 'Ox' (Germany)

#153: December 2020 / January 2021

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Kay
"..."Southend Punk Volume One" contains 14 mostly previously unreleased tracks by 14 bands from Southend and the surrounding area from 1978 to 1986. From powerpop, 77s punk to punk'n'roll, mod-beat, hardcore, anarchopunk (KRONSTADT UPRISING, here with the title “Blind people”, and SINYX even made it onto the CRASS compilation “Bullshit Detector Vol. 1”) to post-punk, wave and pop-punk - even with more than three chords...."

"...there is a lot to discover, such as the STEVE HOOKER BAND with “How did you know?”, 77 punk meets pub rock with harmonica..."

and

'‘...The accompanying 16-page booklet has beautiful pictures and plenty of information about the bands...."


Kay, Ox
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Maximum Rock n Roll - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Allan McNaughton 'Maximum Rock 'n' Roll' (USA)

#451: December 2020

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Allan McNaughton
"...MRR readers are most likely to be aware of the SINYX or KRONSTADT UPRISING for their appearance on CRASS’ Bullshit Detector comps, but this album demonstrates that the Southend scene was home to punk bands of every stripe..."

"...from the gothic post-punk of AFTERMATH to the NEUROTICS-sounding progressive punk of the PREY..."

and

'...There’s honestly not a dud on this whole record. A great collection, lovingly compiled...."


Allan McNaughton
, Maximum Rock'n'Roll
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Retro Man Blog - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Steve Worrall 'Retro Man Blogl'

#451: December 20218.12.20

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Steve Worrall
"...My favourites include “How Did You Know” by the Steve Hooker Band, mainly due to the pumped up R’n’B feel and the harmonica which seems to capture the very essence of the area’s sound. The Garage Rock vibe of The Vicars “Radio Roy” also impressed as does the closing track, an instrumental by the Armless Teddies that reminds me of The Damned’s “Smash It Up Parts 1, 3 & 4..."

"... It’s also interesting to hear The Prey as here they sound more akin to The Chords and The Jam..."

and

'...The compilation itself emerged as an idea after the success of the Southend Punk Rock History website, with many people asking to hear these bands whom hadn't had a voice for a long time...."


Steve Worrall
, Retro Man Blog
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Mojo Magazine - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Daryl Easlea
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#327: February 2021

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Aryl Easlea
"... Southend Punk Volume One contains shouting, Stooges riffs, Essex vowels, awkwardly taped drums and a surfeit of charm..."

"... Of the 14 tracks recorded between 1978 - '86 the most well known is that of Alison Moyet's here as vocalist of The Vicars, giving it full Siouxsie on Radio Roy. The Steve Hooker Band's How Did You Know? is a perfect example of his 'New York Punk and British Beat' combination..."

and

'...Southend Punk Volume One stands as a testament to all those bands who, emboldened by the era's DIY etic, had their go...."


Daryl Easlea
, Mojo
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Vive Le Rock Magazine - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Shane Baldwin 'Vive Le Rock!'

#78: Best of 2020!

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Shane Baldwin
"... an excellent compilation of 14 bands from Southend and the surrounding area. ..."

"... The Machines, who formed in 1977, weigh in the frantic 'You Better Hear', The Vicars had Alison Moyet on vocals, sounding more like Siouxsie Sue..."

and

'... The clattering 'Animal' by The Sinyx was included on Crass' 'Bullshit Detector Volume One', The Kronstadt Uprising's 'Blind People' is punchy, tumbling gem, and The Prey's Sleepless Nights' has The Jam written all over it....."


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Louder Than War - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Geb Babey 'Louder Than War!'

05.12.20

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Ged Babey
"... A must for collectors of Bored Teenagers, Killed By Death and Blood Stains-type obscure late70’s/early 80’s punk compilations – here’s one you haven’t got! Southend Punk covers 1978 -86 and it really is a great time-capsule of punk artifacts from outside the capital...."

"... For archive recordings the sound quality is very good indeed. The packaging is info-packed and old photos are superb..."

and

'... I can honestly say there’s not a bad track on the album – the best track to represent each band seemingly being chosen......"


Ged Babey, Louder Than War
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Fungal Punk - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Dave 'Fungal Punk!'

01.12.20
Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Dave
"... The Machines open here with the irritable delight known as 'You Better Hear'. From the off the band give warning, scuzz along and strive for attention with a bass laden sound that travels with good cruddy energy and that fantastic old style 45rpm effect. The guitar skids and scratches, the bass bumbles with tireless rhythm, the drums maintain the pace and the front gob is obviously relishing the task at hand - this is primitive noise making in all its glory - spot on...."

"... Blind People' by The Kronstadt Uprising'. This is a heavily minced tune done with a certain colliding clockwork effect that is pushed along through a quagmire of pushing and pressing application that in part has a militarised roll, a regimentation beneath the upper scuzzbowl. The essence is slightly rabid, has a good urgency and to be fair this is bread and butter punk many of us got wonderfully fat-headed upon ..."

and

'... Youthful hunger, sonic chancing and just having a go are all recaptured in this quite dazzling example of good vibrations that have been but should never be forgotten. The only thing I can say in summing up is that I am gagging for Volume 2 – I think that indicates how I feel about this great collection......"


Dave, Fungal Punk
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RPM Online - Review of Southend Punk Volume One by Dom Daley 'RPM Online'

20.11.20

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

Review by Dom Daley
"... This CD is ground zero with Volume One being the giveaway as every stone gets turned. Its fourteen tracks of original material plus a veritable feast of a booklet with a short but succinct summary of the band and the song which makes for a great read...."

"... The Bullies go for a more sophisticated sound and build into the song with some skank on the verse ‘The Fighting Continues’ is a decent song and might have been riding the curve from Strummer and his mob. with a decent arrangement and quite an intricate solo for its time. short-lived as were most of the bands at this furtive time ..."

and

'... You have to love the energy of Burning Idols who clearly had a lot of love for The Clash with ‘Give Me A Chance’. By now we’re well into the ’80s and production clearly has improved from the DIY demos of the late ’70s. The Prey had ‘Sleepless Nights’ which has a familiar melody and I like it. They’d had time to absorb all that had gone on in the previous decade and make use of what they’d taken on board and clearly penned a decent song......."


Dom Daley, RPM Online
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Vive Le Rock! - News item on Southend Punk Volume One CD 'Vive Le Rock!'

18.11.20

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

News Item by Gerry Ranson
"... As London’s nearest seaside town, Southend-on-Sea on the north bank of the Thames Estuary, was perfectly positioned for the onslaught of rock’n’roll and youth culture throughout the 50s and 60s, with its abundance of pubs, clubs and other venues. The arrival of punk in the late 70s was just as impactful, allowing bands to develop their own identity and following in splendid isolation while still allowing easy access to the thriving London scene just 30 miles down the A13....."

"... Southend Punk Volume One brings together 14 bands from the town and its environs, including THE MACHINES, THE STEVE HOOKER BAND, THE KRONSTADT UPRISING, THE VICARS (featuring Alison Moyet, pictured), THE DECIBALLS, THE PSYCHOPATHS, THE SYNYX, THE BURNING IDOLS and THE BULLIES featuring future Cure member Perry Bamonte. ..."


Gerry Ranson, Vive Lee Rock!
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Vinyl on The Net - News item on Southend Punk Volume One CD 'Vinyl on the Net'

15.11.20

Southend Punk Volume One - CD

News Item by John Esplen
"... ‘Southend Punk Volume One’ is a compilation CD of 14 Tracks of Southend and Southend area Punk bands, many unpublished before. Inspired by Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets, there is one track each from the bands...."

"... Key ‘Southend Punk Volume One’ CD features include: 14 songs, all original compositions, plus 16 Page colour booklet designed by Viki Vortex, featuring rare photographs and memorabilia. ..."

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