Original 70’s Punks Menace have a new LP interestingly titled Social Insecurity, which we at RR have the pleasure of reviewing. “Information Overload” is the opening track and is a powerful, brooding entry point. The moody sounding vocals match that huge bass and speedy guitars while the bridge is noodly. Noel’s (drums) hitting is powerful throughout this layered opener and its a great start. “Monkey” stays in the same vein, similar hitting and an anthemic chorus. Brutally honest lyrically with another noodly bridge with that brooding bass just sitting in the background. The vocals are dark on what is by far the standout track on this collection.

“Social Insecurity” is kind of says it all really – more inter-band honesty put to song. The chorus is delivered somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion – “used to be Anarchy, now it’s about you and me” is rather poignant for a band with their longevity. A live favourite in the making methinks. ‘On My Mind’ sees Harv (guitar/vox) take the vocal lead. Fast-paced, powerful and bass-heavy with an in-yer-face vocal which reminds me of The Wildhearts. It’s a wonderful Rock/Punk fusion with a sharp ending.

“Judy” isn’t so much a love song, more an ode to a powerful lady. Huge, powerful drums with a frenetic beat running through it. It’s a song us blokes can relate to! “Test of Time” takes the tempo right down. Clear and audible it’s a simple storytelling song with an honest appraisal of their career. I’m tempted to say it’s MOR and yet there’s an element of humour in there too. However (IMO) it’s overlong at the end, but one imagines a good song to end a live set with.

“Hypocrites” is anything but – more brutal honesty here on this slightly American sounding song. Some cussing enters the fray here (wouldn’t be a Punk album without it)! Lyrically simple with a passionate vocal from Finn, “we’re not just fucking Hypocrites, we care a lot” – hits the spot. “London Girls” owes more than a passing nod to early Jam. A powerful drum intro, another anthemic chorus and an ode to a lady. Possibly more to do with experiencing London Life, its happy go lucky in its delivery.


“Clash Bar” is more of an RnR number, again with the USA in mind. Autobiographical or fiction it works either way. It’s a feel-good song with a bouncy anthemic chorus. “Wotta Ya Say” returns to the power/Punk, delivered with a Cockney swagger that is passionate and blunt. Throbbing bass, big hitting and a chunky guitar.

“Angels and Demons” closes this collection bringing the tempo right down. A slightly downbeat appraisal of life today – observational and honest. It perks up somewhat halfway through, becoming more positive as the song builds. The drums become more powerful as the vocal delivery becomes more passionate. It’s a great LP closer.

With a 40 year history, it’s great to see the passion for writing original compositions is still there. And while those of us of a certain age will remember the outrage and anger within songs like GLC et al, it’s refreshing to hear they can still write a decent tune for the current climate. With a now firm line-up Menace don’t seem ready to throw in the towel anytime soon, long may that continue. Not only is this a great LP, it is also packaged with great detail about the band as well as a lyric sheet. No complacency here, this is the real deal. Well known for their live shows this album shows there’s still plenty in the tank while in the studio.

Track listing
Information Overload
Social Insecurity
On My Mind
Test of Time
London Girl
Clash Bar
Wotta Ya Say
Angels and Demons

Menace are
Noel Martin – Drums and Vocals
Finn Panton – Lead Guitar and Vocals
Harvey Hark – Guitar and Vocals
Rob Menace – Bass



Review by Ross A. Ferrone.

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