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Get in the Van by Outl4w

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Reviewed on 13th August 2006.


Get in the Van

By Outl4w

Just because they're kids with guitars, don't expect Outl4w to be in the same mould as McFly/Busted. You won't find any watered down rock for the teeny-bop masses on this album. This is 100 mph punk with a mature sound that wouldn't be out of place at the Marquee during punk's heyday.

The early punk influence is evident not only in the sound, but with the covers the band have chosen. 'Black Flowers for the Bride' by 999, 'The Kids are United' by Sham 69 are included along with the Sonics 60's garage rock classic 'Strychnine'. The self-penned songs are musically great, but their age becomes evident on songs like 'My Mum Says' and 'Television Addict'.

'Get in the Van' is a sound debut album. Throughout the album the band play to an exceptional standard, especially when you take into account their age. The adolescent vocals are a weak point as they can lack the power the backing is desperate for. It's difficult to see the album appealing to many people over the age of eighteen, but in a couple of year's time, as the lads get older they could be a real force.



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