ALBUM REVIEW: Litterbug – Abstract Melodies Saying Terrible Things 

I first came across Blackpool punk trio Litterbug three years ago, when, on the recommendation of the bloke who runs the excellent All Ages Records shop in Camden, I bought their latest album, despite never having heard them.

That record, Your Perception Is Not My Reality, was their first ‘proper’ release after a handful of self-released DIY efforts, and it was a sound recommendation, as I liked it straight away.

I saw them live at Rebellion Festival in their hometown the following year, which confirmed what I thought – that this was a band to be watched.

Litterbug have been going about 15 years, playing their own brand of 77-style punk, with a few post-punk trimmings, and very good it is too.

Litterbug playing at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2018. Pic: Gary Welford.

Stu on guitar, Andy on bass and Toby on drums are a tight unit, who play no-frills punk, with most of their songs coming in at around the two to two-and-a-half-minute mark.

The 16 tracks which make up this album are rattled through in a little over 35 minutes; there’s no pissing about, just foot-to-the-floor punk rock.

Stu and Andy won’t mind me saying they’re old enough to remember bands like the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned, which are obviously a big influence.

Litterbug playing at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2018. Pic: Gary Welford.

But I’m hearing bits of UK Subs and the Dead Kennedys in there too, along with later bands like Killing Joke and even Husker Du.

Guinea Pigs and it’s chorus of “we’re all just guinea pigs, you’re just a lab rat, lab rat” reminded me of GBH, while there’s a nod to The Who‘s timeless Substitute in Time Machine with the line “you look young but you’re just backdated”.

The stop-start Let The Night Unfold (Part 2) takes off at breakneck speed, while Alienated has a Ramones feel, but heavier, with their own off-kilter vocal touch.

Litterbug playing at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in 2018. Pic: Gary Welford.

My favourite couple of tracks are deep into the album; the raging Cutthroat Capital, probably the heaviest song here, and Sludge, which features great time changes, and veers off towards grunge and even hardcore in places.

All in all, if you like your punk served up old school, with a refreshing modern twist, Litterbug are well worth investing some time in.

This album is available to download now on Bandcamp HERE, with the CD release following on April 24 and vinyl before the end of June. There’s also currently a great download deal on their entire back catalogue.

Gary Welford owner