ALBUM REVIEW: Riskee And The Ridicule – Body Bag Your Scene (Bomber Music)
Riskee And The Ridicule are a four-piece from Ashford in Kent who play a highly politicised style of punk and hardcore, mixing in elements of grime. After a couple of DIY releases (debut Dawn Of The Dog in 2014 and 2017’s Blame Culture), this is their third studio album.
Made with the help of fans via the band’s own pledge-style campaign, it’s released by Bomber Music (who also brought us Petrol Girls and The Skints), and is different to anything I’ve heard in a while.
Scott Picking (vocals), Jimbo Aglony (guitars, vocals), Jordan Mann (guitars, vocals) and Matt Verrell (drums, vocals) have honed their craft over the last few years, touring hard in the UK, across Europe, and to the USA .
Musically, RATR meld their genre-spanning influences with their intent to challenge preconceptions, addressing dark subjects such as drug addiction, sexual consent and the tabloid media with dense, heavy music to match.
Opening track Accelerate is heavily grime-influenced, and a couple of clunky lyrics aside, gives a good idea of what to expect from the rest of the album, full of heavy but melodic guitars and a bruising rhythm section.
Kaboom! is more of the same, but even more urgent, while Our Time takes aim at the powers that be, and the record really kicks into gear four songs in, with the hardcore-powered title track.
In The Dark We Dwell could be prime My Chemical Romance, and the album really hits its stride with the insanely catchy Sell Out, which addresses the closure of pubs, clubs and venues.
Picking rages “for the last time, your favourite venue’s shut its doors, it took Paul McCartney to save the 100 Club, who’s gonna come save yours?” on what for me is the standout track of the album.
Cut Your Teeth is classic UK hardcore in the vein of Gallows, while the epic For Old Times Sake has a more emo feel to it, with a killer riff.
The closing track D.I.Y. ends the album in style, laying out the band’s manifesto with another catchy as hell chorus “DIY, DIY, DIY, ‘til I die, DIY, DIY, DIY, ‘til I sign”. 7/10.
Riskee & the Ridicule return to Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool this year, playing the Arena stage at 2.20pm on Friday, 2 August. See you down the front.