Transplants - In A Warzone (Review)
Review by Jack Foley
I WASN’T expecting to rate Transplants’ latest album, In A Warzone, as much as I did.
Genuinely ferocious at times, this still manages to deliver some solid tunes in amongst the anger and often successfully combines hard punk rock with elements derived from the likes of Fun Lovin’ Criminals and The Beastie Boys in places. It also doesn’t outstay its welcome.
Things get off to a kick-ass start with the shouty title track, which examines the implications of being in a war zone… admittedly giving rise to the suspicion that this might be a one-dimensional rallying call for the disenchanted.
But See It To Believe It manages to maintain that punk intensity with a chant-worthy chorus and an invigorating energy, while Back To You implores the listener to watch what you say and do amid dual vocals and blistering guitar blasts. It’s a riot – but in a good way.
Come Around is also a rollicking ode to hard living that drops another great chorus (delivered in hang-dog fashion) and some get behind them, shout-em-out lyrics (“well I don’t know where I’m going or where I’ve been”).
Evidence of their diversity, meanwhile, is found on another favourite, Something’s Different, which drops the kind of funky rap-meets-rock vibe that the Fun Lovin’ Criminals have made a career out of. It’s a good time listen and benefits from the addition of some rap guests.
Any of Them brazenly declares “I don’t give a fuck about you or any of them” and has an early Beastie Boys kind of vibe, It’s A Problem combines surf-rock riffs with some great rap-rock elements (and another great chorus) and Exit The Wasteland ends things on another heavily political note, taking pot-shots at everything from environmental policy to cell-phone dependence in blistering fashion.
There are the odd moments when the punk is allowed to run riot and the point-making becomes overly drowned out by the riotous guitars and pounding drums. But in the main, this is a boisterous return from Transplants that packs a surprising ability to appeal.
Download picks: Back To You, Something’s Different, Come Around, It’s A Problem