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Boomkat Product Review:
Released by the wonderful Acute label (a subsidiary of Carpark who brought us the awesome Ike Yard collection a few months back) this re-issue is from short-lived Scottish post-punkers Fire Engines, a band who's biggest claim to fame is that they can count Franz Ferdinand, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream among their fans. Well that's quite some following, especially when you're cited as the primary influence for these bands forming in the first place, and listening to 'Hungry Beat' which collects up all the recorded material from their 18 month long career I can see why they hooked in such devotees. Post punk is something of a blasé term right now with everyone from the Gossip to Madonna laying claim to the genre, but what these guys were doing was not only of the time but definitely of the genre (and quality) to stand the test of time - a 'f*ck-it' punk attitude combined with the kind of musicality that stood them alongside contemporaries The Fall and predecessors Joy Division. They might not have the poppish catchiness of Orange Juice or Talking Heads but what they do have is that rough-around-the-edges punk bite which is so sadly missing from much of today's supposed post-punk music. Just take a listen to the jangly pre-Smiths stomp of 'Meat Whiplash' or the angular scream-fest of 'Get Up and Use Me' - this is powerful stuff and without the smirk and trendy haircuts of so much of the 'new generation'. There might not be any obvious pop hits on here but connoisseurs of great punk music should snap this up instantly, it's one of the richer delicacies on offer... huge recommendation!