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The Revenge of the Psychotronic Man/The Fractions

Split EP
by: The Revenge of the Psychotronic Man/The Fractions

January 31st, 2009 · post by tommy · 1 Comment

Record label: TNS Records

This EP embodies everything I love about split releases, two bands playing exciting and enjoyable songs, without overlapping musically, or clashing at all for that matter. The key ingredient here is speed, both bands play fast, really really fast.

However, similarities between the bands don’t extend too far past the velocity at which they play their songs. Manchester’s ‘The Revenge of the Psychotronic Man’ play old school sounding punk with a distinctly modern edge, rather like if the Ramones had listened to Kid Dynamite in their youth, and not the other way round.

They have managed to write four catchy and enjoyable songs without compromising any of the power and aggression that you’d find on any strict hardcore record. This is a very enjoyable piece of music, which I would happily recommend to fans of None More Black or The Steal.

After 4 tracks and less than five minutes of ‘The Revenge of the Psychotronic Man’ we are privileged to three slices of ska-punk excellence from ‘The Fractions’. All three songs are enjoyable, featuring a powerful brass section, melodic vocals and some intensely satisfying guitar and bass work.

This is not the most original few songs, but they are varied and entertaining, and done very well. The Fractions are definitely at their best when they play with a harsher edge, but I also enjoy their poppier, more standard ska songs. If they develop their sound, as I’m sure they will, they are certainly a band with the potential to become very very good.

On the whole, this split has been on repeat since I received it, and I eagerly await future releases from both bands. Highly recommended.

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  • Andy Psychotronic posted:
    Feb 5, 2009 at 12:15 pm. Comment #1

    Awesome review, thanks loads, it means a lot!