Punk on Toast release debut album: ‘We Abuse A Lot, So What?’
Punk rock bands in India are not exactly common, and good punk rock bands are rare. Gone are the days when punk was music for the misfits and the anarchists, back when the music actually had the element of danger attached to it. Once the 90’s were over, punk became mainstream and to me, became a watered down version of its original self. We need more punk rock music in India simply because it’s so accessible to performers and it gives a chance to everyone, no matter what their age or skill level to be in a band and express themselves. There’s a lot of indie music being released every week, but rarely is it something that’s truly underground, truly from the street and truly punk.
Which brings us to Punk on Toast. Their debut album is titled ‘We Abuse A Lot, So What?’, which I’m sure sounded a lot more badass in their heads than it does on the album cover. Musically, the album doesn’t really explore much outside the traditional sound of punk rock. It’s fun to listen to at first, channeling much of the same energy that a band like Skrat does. I’ve never had the chance to watch Punk on Toast perform but I imagine they sound great live and the album does a great job in capturing that vibe and energy. When it comes to songwriting, Punk on Toast plays it safe, which is pretty ironic. Punk rock is supposed to be about the rawness and the imperfections. It’s the one genre you can get away with being a terrible musician. I’m not suggesting that it’s a bad thing that the members of Punk on Toast are good musicians. I’m suggesting that the lack of a surprise element with their songwriting makes their music painfully predictable. The riffs are pretty generic and the songs don’t have anything particularly interesting to say.
Punk on Toast has their own take on punk on music which is a melodic, song-driven approach, akin to bands like The Offspring and Anti-Flag. They even have guitar solos on some songs which is usually not expected from a punk band. It’s this approach that shines through in songs like ‘My Friends’, which channels an emo side to the band and on ‘Waste of Time’ which has this irresistible head banging vibe and a really cool riff.
While ‘We Abuse A Lot, So What?’ is not exactly ‘Nevermind the bullocks…’ or ‘Dookie’, it’s still a decent album. Like I said earlier, there’s nothing wrong with it which I personally don’t like, but you might. So, give the album a fair listen and buy it if you like it. We need more and more punk bands and these bands need as much of your support as possible.
If you want to buy the album, you can get it from the following links:
Apple Music: http://apple.co/2icWCEM
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2ynLWaB
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