Label: Big Scary Monsters
Released: 19th May 2023
It’s one thing to build a reputation for putting on unmissable chaotic and raucous live shows; it’s another to channel it onto a record that hits with the same impact and meaning. Lambrini Girls have made it look easy here with a series of searing and biting feral punk tracks that hit like a nuclear shockwave.
With a flaming turd for artwork and song titles like ‘Help Me I’m Gay’, it would be an easy (but foolish) mistake for the uninitiated to dismiss the Brighton band as anything but a serious force. From the opening rumble of ‘Boys In The Band’, a track that acts live as a lightning rod for the rightfully pissed-off survivors of abuse in local music scenes around the country, that misconception is trampled underfoot. Punching through the speakers like IDLES at their most furious, it carries the added weight and power that only comes from living a shared experience on the scene.
‘You’re Welcome’ is a breathless race through songs about terfs, love bombing, toxic lads and queer culture. Equal parts withering putdowns and a wickedly funny sense of humour, it rattles along in a way that manages to be as much about the pure chaos as it is uncompromising in its look at the shitstorm of modern life. An exciting and vital new force in punk music has arrived here.