• adicts And It Was So! (CD, £11.50)

    More relevant than ever before, the classic kings of punk The Adicts have returned with astounding intensity. Genuine punk rock has always been based around sending a message but more importantly it’s about remaining true to your roots and for decades, The Adicts have never tried to become anything but what they truly are; raw, unadulterated punk rock.  First establishing themselves in Ipswich, Suffolk as early as 1975, putting out their first full length album on Dwed Records titled ‘Songs Of Praise’ in 1981, The Adicts have had decades to perfect their craft. Their motivation is tirelessly unending and they are entirely dedicated to purity of music which is rare in today’s scene.  Staying true to their personal taste is part of what caught the attention of Nuclear Blast / Arising Empire Records. Pete Dee explains: “When it comes to the music, we write what we want to. We’ve never been into the fashion of it all. There are no pressures. Years ago we were under pressure and none of us wanted to write because of it.” After signing to the label - and with new music ready and waiting to be presented to millions of fans all over the world - The Adicts are shifting into the craziness of our modern world and its influence.  The album is very diverse and there’s something on there for everybody; some politics, some tales and some tongue in cheek digs at the media. In a world saturated with corporate media influence and mass brainwashing The Adicts' message is just as relevant today as it ever was. Tracks like title track ‘And It Was So’ have a classic, straightforward message such as “we’re here, we’re not going anywhere” and “this is us, and this is what you’ll always get”. The track ‘Talking Shit’ is a classic reflection of going out, getting drunk, talking shit and pissing off those around you who are easily offended. The album also has some darker tracks such as ‘You’ll Be The Death Of Me’ or ‘Picture The Scene’ which talks about the artists of surrealism.  The Adicts remain very busy and constantly touring with as many as 50 shows booked every year. Their fans and following of hardcore punk rockers that are dedicated to their message are a prime motivator for the band, so much so that The Adicts just wouldn’t exist without them. Being so close to their fans at every show and opportunity, it doesn’t matter where they are in the world the band will always be out and about, walking around and meeting their fans face to face. They’re thrilled that so many generations attend their shows, though their old school fans always come out of the woodwork without fail; some stating they thought that they were too old to go to gigs any longer.  The Adicts aren’t afraid to jump back in when the time is right. Guitarist Pete Dee explains: “We’re writing some good shit. Hopefully the people get off on it because that's what it boils down to, isn’t it?” With their original line up still mostly intact, Pete Dee, Kid Dee, Monkey and Highko are not slowing down any time soon. “We’re very satisfied as a band; we’re very happy. This is one of our happiest times. We are what we are and the beautiful thing is: the kids like it. There’s a lot of positivity so we’re just going to keep on rocking... and enjoying it.”

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