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Transplants: In A Warzone

US punk supergroup amp up the panic.

It’s all been rather quiet on the Transplants front since 2005’s Haunted Cities – after an extended break, they’ve been dangling this comeback album in front of fans’ noses since 2010. Now it’s here, two things are clear.

First, they’ve been watching a lot of rolling news in the intervening years, the title track and See It To Believe It blazing in on a wave of nuclear panic. And second, they’re the same people they were when they left, In A Warzone sounding comfortingly familiar.

Rancid’s Tim Armstrong leads with a cider-breathed drawl that speaks of a thousand nights listening to The Clash, punctuated by Rob Aston’s bark. Blink 182’s Travis Barker provides reliably propulsive percussion, and – while the diet hip-hop of Something Different screams, unfortunately, of early noughties jock pop – they’ve returned with a fun, pacey slab of entirely unthreatening rebellion.

Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.