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Adolescents: La Vendetta

OC punk royalty return.

Despite enough line-up changes to make Mark E Smith go on a sacking spree, frontman Tony ‘Reflex’ Cadena and bassist Steve Soto seem newly galvanised in driving these Californian hardcore survivors.

This is their third release in as many years, and here their middle-aged hackles have been raised by perennial punk bugbears such as police brutality, as on A Dish Best Served Cold, about the murder of homeless man Kelly Thomas in their home town of Fullerton. More importantly, tunes like 30 Seconds To Malibu and Talking To Myself boast the kind of vim more redolent of a bunch of snotty 22-year-olds.

In fact, it’s only when the tempo moves down a gear on Silent Water that it gets a bit forgettable, but for the most part the energy doesn’t let up, and the Buzzcockian pop harmonies of Let It Go make for a suitably triumphant ending.

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock