It has been a long seven years for Crazy Arm fans waiting for a new album and now it is only a week away from release, the 29th of January 2021. After listening to the last album from the Devon punk rockers, ‘The Southern Wild’ which was released in 2013 you can see the progression and maturity within Crazy Arm’s newest material. Even the band members have reflected on the new album and have stated that they feel over the years the songs effectively grew up, so the question that remains is has this record been worth the wait and will the new 14 track album fill that seven year black hole?
The answer presents itself almost immediately with the first track ‘Montenegro’, rough, ragged, and full of punk’s spiteful soul with catchy guitar sections, here we see a mature and grown up display with argumentative vocals which grab hold of your collar and drag you further into the album.
Then the second track, ‘Blessed & Cursed’ arrives and there could not be a more different style with a hint of low mood country about it but don’t be fooled like the rumble of a violent volcano the punk DNA of Crazy Arm wrestles and challenges to bring the track to its true destination. The same can be said for the song ‘Fear Up’ which has such great bass instrument sections it deserves an honourable mention within this review.
I know we are going to get a few shakes of the head when we mention our pet peeve here, but there is no need for an interlude within an album, we always worry that it can lose the artist’s momentum which is desperately needed for a better than good album. But luckily for Crazy Arm they pick up right away in the same direction and tempo when the next song ‘The Golden Hind’ hits the needle, the aggression and meaning of the drumming makes this track our favourite of the collection of songs.
Oh no you sinful bunch! After song five and after the first interlude, we have a second dose. However I can’t believe I’m saying this but we can forgive Crazy Arm for this interlude madness because when you have tracks like, ‘Howl of the Heart’ and ‘Demonised’ at the tail end of an album, you can’t help but forget and concentrate on being entertained with heightened dramatic punk rock. We can happily state that the seven-year wait was well worth it for ‘Dark Hands, Thunderbolt.’
Written by Kess Anthony