(One Man Mosh Pit)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
It has been a rather lengthy wait for ‘Shambolic‘ – the second album from Hertfordshire punk/rock three-piece Brocker – considering the band’s debut full-length came out back in 2013, and the offering was recorded in the spring of 2017, then put on a shelf for two-and-a-half years, which the collective stressed was their fault, so after all this time and anticipation, the release has finally seen the light of day.
Comprising of 13 tracks, ‘Shambolic‘ is a 40-minute sonic journey of fast-paced intensity packed full of heavy guitar riffs, chugging basslines, pounding drum beats, and anthemic choruses.
The sound, which has been described by the trio as “rock n’ roll with a punk attitude“, seems to be tailor-made for live sets, as every one of the songs are real crowd-pleasers, with melodies and rhythms that embed themselves into the minds of listeners.
A real strength of this album is the lyrical content, which showcases a more mature, thought-provoking side to the outfit, and covers a diverse range of relatable subjects, spanning from mental health (‘Inferno‘, ‘Mayday‘), the media (‘Outside The Box‘), and humanity’s increasing reliance on technology (‘The Machine‘), to generally just having a good time (‘Underworld‘), and a badger who behaves and lives very much like a punk (the humorous ‘Stoffel‘).
The differing topics are all effectively reflected by a layered vocal delivery (courtesy of frontman Pako Mugica) that, on the surface, comes across as harmonic, but dig a little deeper, and you will find a voice that has real bite to it.
All in all, ‘Shambolic‘ is a representation of a three-piece that, in the time since the release of first album, ‘Out Of Order‘, have seen the world around them more clearly, as they have grown as individuals, and as a cohesive unit, taken both positive and negative aspects of what they have found, and have set it to eclectically-influenced rock music delivered at breakneck speed, all to much effect, which should appeal to those who are looking for a band, like Brocker, that are not afraid to voice their opinions of contemporary society, but also have an enjoyable time doing so.
TOP TRACK: ‘Something About Devils‘
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