If the job of the reviewer is to persuade, or dissuade, the reader into parting with their hard earned cash for a product then I fear my job here may well be redundant. I mean seriously, the band’s called Kosmik Boogie Tribe and the album’s called ‘We're Not Here to Fuck Spiders’ for gods sake, you already know if this is your sort of thing surely?
For those amongst you who are still undecided you may not be shocked to learn that this isn’t exactly a nuanced, thought-provoking prog epic. Instead you get an infectious, foul-mouthed blast of punk ‘n’ roll that’s not a million miles away from fellow Scandinavians Royal Republic, if instead of studying at the Malmo Academy of Music they’d learnt all they needed to know about playing guitars by listening to Ramones and AC/DC records in a dingy basement somewhere in Oslo. And if we’re being honest it sounds like that’s where they recorded the album too, possibly in one take for about £12.50 and a crate of beer. But therein lies the charm, this feels like a proper underground, old school blast of fun-loving punk. There are hints of GBH and Snuff in there, a bit of gang chanting and the odd proper guitar solo thrown in for good measure. The fuzzy, scuzzy guitars and rampant drums give it an energy that a more polished album could never do.
It isn’t cerebral by any means but what it lacks in brains it makes up for in big-balled bravado, songs such as ‘We’ve Got The Cash’, ‘Looking Out For Number One’ and ‘I’ve Had Enough Of You’ have a swaggering arrogance to them not seen since Bon Scott’s heyday. It would be wrong to class it as retro, it just feels like its ethos is from another era.
They blast through eight c-bomb strewn songs in about 34 minutes, although it almost feels like half that, the pace not quite breakneck but unrelenting nonetheless. Then just when you think you’ve got a handle on them they slip in an almost early-Kinks style refrain to keep you on your toes.
We’re Not Here To Fuck Spiders is unlikely to make many album of the year lists; it’s not big or clever, nor is it startlingly original but by the time it reaches its gloriously titled finale, ‘Piss, Punk and Pie’ - with its Buzzcocks verses and its crowd pleasing chorus - you’ll be wearing a great, big grin. And if you’re not then maybe this album was never really for you and you should have probably just stopped when you read the title.
If you’re still not sure maybe this’ll clinch it for you: you can currently pre-order the album from Bandcamp for seven Norwegian krone, which is roughly equal to 65 of your English pence. So what are you waiting for? Go get a little Kosmik Boogie in your life.
Release date: 6th April 2018
Kosmik Boogie Tribe are:
Thomas Brenna - Vocals
Morten Lunde - Guitar
Magne Vannebo - Drums
Eirik Melstrøm - Guitar
Vegard Strand Holthe - Bass
Creatures of Habit
We’ve Got The Cash
Pablo Was Here
Looking Out For Number One
I’ve Had Enough Of You
Piss, Punk And Pie
Pre-order the album here: https://kosmikboogietribe.bandcamp.com/
Follow the band here: https://www.facebook.com/kosmikboogietribe/