Boasting a well-renowned line-up of figures from past musical revolutions, punk-rock band The Mutants – featuring Chris Constantinou (Adam Ant, The Wolfmen) and Paul Frazer (Black Futures)- are breaking out into the 21st Century with their debut album, Rhythm And Punk Review.
Once you realise that The Mutants host a wealth of knowledge and experience from the past few decades, not only from its founding members but also from the plethora of iconic punk/rock musicians that join them on Rhythm And Punk Review, you begin to pick up on the hints of different genres and styles dotted throughout the album.
With tracks such as ‘How Dare You’ and ‘Two Tone Girl’, the bounce of ska music and the familiar beats of ‘80s 2-Tone ring out, whereas the album’s stand-out single ‘Walking Wounded’ has a gritty, underground garage-punk sound which sees Wayne Kramer (MC5) and Wilko Johnson (Dr Feelgood) reunited in the studio for the first time in years.
While we also hear hints of post-punk, which probably stem from Chris Constantinou’s time working with post-punk/new wave musician Adam Ant, there are also unmistakable blasts of pure punk as legends such as Rat Scabies (The Damned) and Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers) come together to work on the album.
There’s a real classic sound to Rhythm and Punk Review and, while it doesn’t really crack any new ground in terms of today’s modern music industry, it could certainly teach the younger generation a thing or two about the birth and evolution of punk rock and the many subgenres it’s seeped into since.