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The Jolts: 8%

Canadian punkers reveal hidden depths.

Specialising in relentless, skull- cracking punk rock, the Jolts’ turbo-charged assault on 8% is quite something to behold, bristling as it does with influences ranging from Dead Boys to The Damned.

Rejoicing in a fistful of daft monikers – Joey Blitzkrieg, Dr Dylan Danger, Joshy Atomic and Matt Von Dander – their one aim is, apparently, to kill through the power of decibels and riffs.

It’s all here from cartoon Satanism (The Dabbler) to grinding sleaze (Lips (I Want Your)). But, and this is the band’s trump card, they’re also pretty adept at a touch of pop subtlety when the occasion calls for it, and the likes of Veronica and Infinity Love suggest some interesting paths for progression in the future.

For the time being, however, 8% is a fine blend of bloody-nosed shock‘n’ roll and songwriting smarts that demands repeat plays at an unhealthy volume.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.