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The Adicts - And It Was So! album review

Droogy East Anglian punk veterans return

Cover art for The Adicts - And It Was So! album

Forty-two years into their career, evergreen Ipswich punks The Adicts still look pretty ageless in their Clockwork Orange-inspired droog costumes. Not much has changed musically, either, as evidenced by this first album since 2012, with its 12 pubby punk-rock chantalongs.

Even when Picture The Scene departs from the template by lasting five and a half minutes, it’s five and a half minutes of a boom-thump beat and a simple riff allied to lyrics such as: ‘Picture the scene, it’s so surreal… Picture the scene, know what I mean?

Still, no one’s expecting high art, and it’ll probably still do the business in front of a spittle-flecked mosh-pit, and blunt, verging-on-self-parody tracks like Talking Shit will sound positively profound with rhymes like: ‘So out your head, you had to go to bed… Shut up, shut up you, you always tell me what to do.

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