‘Mass Vendetta’ released via 7Hard records.
So what do Robert Smith (The Cure) Nicholas McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand) and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) all have in common with the band The Senton Bombs? Did you guess correctly, yes, no, give up? OK I’ll tell you, they all grew up in Blackpool and went on to become musicians.
Formed back in 2004, these guys have gone through four line up changes, yet have managed to release four full length albums, along with a handful of EP’s in their earlier years. Once a four piece, then a three piece and now back to being a four piece, with this current line up looking set to stay the duration. The band currently consists of the following members, Joey Class – bass & lead vocals, Johnny Gibbons – guitar & backing vocals, Damien Cage – guitar & backing vocals and Scott Mason – drums.
As with any sea side town, you expect to find rock – sticks of rock that is but it’s not often you manage to find a band that literally ROCKS! I’ve only just stumbled across these guys and how I’ve managed to miss seeing this band play live, up to now is a complete mystery as the band have played many shows in and around the UK, grabbing the attention of all the right media outlets along the way. Reading through the previously written media reviews about The Senton Bombs, reads like a hit parade and courtesy of all the right people in the business, all of which put these guys up in lights, brighter than Blackpool Illuminations themselves!
From what I can make out, these guys have set about RnR domination in the right way, hard work and it appears to have paid off, slowly, but surely, with the bands popularity growing, with every release they put out. The band have also managed to rack up some impressive accolades along the way, of which they can hold their heads high. For example:
Hot on the success of ‘Gambit’, the Senton Bombs went straight back into the studio and produced another 11-track album entitled ‘Chapter Zero’, which resulted in many breakthrough moments. The album gathered label interest, with the band agreeing a deal with STP Records to release the album in September of 2013. Both TBFM Magazine and Pure Rawk nominated ‘Chapter Zero’ for “Best new album of 2013”, critics raved, with Powerplay Magazine calling the album “Somewhat of a brilliance”.
After the release of ‘Chapter Zero’ the Senton Bombs appeared in the national finals of Highway to Hell in Glasgow and then embarked on a seemingly endless tour schedule into 2014. Two tours of Denmark and a UK tour saw the launch of a new limited edition EP entitled ‘Phantom High’, again released on STP Records. A significant record deal was then signed with Holier Than Thou Records, taking the bands music into the digital market.
After countless live appearances in 2014 the Senton Bombs returned to the studio and completed their highly anticipated fourth album in June 2015. The band continued their vigorous live schedule with notable appearances at Lechlade and Breaking Bands festivals, as well as a feature on the Classic Rock cover – mount CD. Numerous endorsements were secured, including a full band endorsement from Vintage Guitars. A tour of Europe (Germany and Netherlands) and the release of the single ‘Mainstream’ would see out 2015.
So without further delay, I thought I’d see what all the fuss is about and have agreed to review the bands latest album ‘Mass Vendetta’ to see if we too agree with all the hype.
‘Trailblazer’ is the first track on this album and it’s a great choice, as it certainly grabs the listeners attention! Think early Quireboy’s vocals mixed with riff’s that wouldn’t be out of place on Velvet Revolver’s album ‘Contraband’! Incidentally, neither of these two bands feature on the bands ‘Influences list’ Isn’t it funny how everyone has their own opinion on music! I really like this track, it certainly gets my blood pumping!
‘Mainstream’, track two, continues in the same vain as the first track, and is a fist pumping RnR riff machine with this sentiment continuing into the albums first single ‘Train Wreck’ and I’m aware that the band made this track available free to download throughout the month of May. As I listen to this track it conjures up visions of Shakin’ Stevens, wearing one of Elvis Presley’s jump suits, rockin out on stage, smacked up on uppers – it really is that good!
My love affair with the latter part of this album starts to dwindle on the next track ‘Out West’ as their song topic doesn’t really inspire me but the tracks ‘Mass Vendetta’ and ’13 Days’ manage to bring me back up on a high!
‘Pretty Trick’ is another perky little number that manages to get the old foot tapping again, as does ‘Wedlock Horns’. Generally this album is a great Rock n Roll album, with some great lyrics and choice of song topics, with this track being a fine example of that. As for being punk, there’s nothing punk about this album that I can hear – these guys are as punk as the band Green Day!
All in all, this album has sparked enough of an interest for me to want to go see this band perform live – if only to see the guitarist reproduce the lushes riffs that have been masterfully created on this album. Many people that I’ve spoken to have assured me The Senton Bombs are a great live band, so I’ll be on the look out for these guys on the gig flyers I receive, to see if I can catch a glimpse of these guys for myself!
Stand out tracks for me were ‘Trailblazer’, ‘Train Wreck’ and ‘Wedlock Horns’ and as an overall score, I’ll give this album a 4 out of 5.
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Review by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)