Cleopatra Records [Release date 06.09.19]
Following on surprisingly quickly from their superb debut album, The Brutalists have recently release new effort “We Are Not Here To Help”, and I am pleased to report that this follows on exactly as you would expect. Once again, the band deliver an upbeat album that blends nicely a mix of ska, reggae, pub rock and 60’s English pop.
“We are Not Here To Help” is an album that is easy to get into, with the likes of reggae tinged “Something To Say” and “Someone Like You” sitting comfortably next to the ‘60’s feel of tracks like “You Got Nothin’ On Me” and “It Was Never Meant To Be So Easy”. It is no doubt the high calibre of the musicianship here, the well-crafted songs and the at times witty and clever lyrics that make this mix the enjoyable melting pot that it is.
The two out and out highlights on the album, for me, are “Take It All Away” and “Price On Your Head”, the former having an almost disco beat to it and a feel that is Blondie meets Hanoi Rocks. “Useless Information” and “If I Just Do Nothing” will also require your listening attention but, to be fair, I would recommend putting this album on, turning it up and going with the flow.
The Brutalists have played a number of shows in the UK recently and if you can catch the band live then do. ****
Review by Nikk Gunns
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