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Reviewed on 31st March 2015.


Bullingdon Club

By Lux Lisbon

Before we begin, a confession: I am a Labour Party member. There I've said it. And it's probably not that shocking - it's hardly akin to a passion for toe sucking, or some other strange habit.

Politics and music have been always been inextricably linked and will be so eternally. The music I grew up with, Levellers; Oysterband; Billy Bragg, were inspired by eighteen years of Tory party rule which, to quote the wonderful MP Glenda Jackson, produced "the most heinous, social, economic and spiritual damage" to this country.

Admittedly, I only got into Bragg in the early 2000s, when he rocked up in my hometown of Dewsbury and played a gig at the local Socialist club in support of our Labour Party parliamentary candidate. (Number two in my list of all-time-best gigs).

Given my aforementioned political leanings, it is therefore no surprise that I was always going to look favourably on a track entitled "Bullingdon Club". Despite the title, it is obviously not a celebration of all things Tory, but instead is a damning indictment on the youthful history of the current ruling party members:
"So we'll rip this joint, just smash it up like you did when you were young, in the Bullingdon Club"..."When I was a Bulleman we were young and wreckless, we dressed to kill"..."We are, we are the buller boys in blue & ivory".
You get the drift.

The associated video, showing the band members with Boris and Cameron masks, is as brilliant as the song.

A group of five (four blokes one woman), making music with a lead singer, drummer, lead guitarist and two bass guitarist is nothing new. It's a tried and tested formula. But this is different; it sounds different, edgy even. It has the catchiness of a pop song, without ever being one.

The opening fourteen seconds sound like a Penguin café orchestra drone, but then the track kicks into life and the remaining three minutes fifty six seconds draws on influences such as The Killers and The Vaccines, which is no bad thing.

This is a superb track, regardless of your view of the associated politics. As Bragg said: "this deserves a wider audience".

If the other five tracks on Lux Lisbon's 'Get Some Scars' EP are like this (and I'm about to find out) then this lot are about to become a stratospheric force on the UK music scene. More power to their collective elbows.
Have a listen for free at: http://luxlisbon.com/free



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