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Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Battlecat: Bullshit Live EP

Reviewed by Stu Edwards

Battlecat: Bullshit Live EP

Hamilton punk band Battlecat have only been together just over a year but in that time they’ve mustered all the creativity and vigour of seasoned unit clear in the path to success. With a dozen songs written and gig tested, their debut release ‘Bullshit Live E.P’ showcases four of the fresh cuts. The four-piece includes three previous members of Hamilton metal band The New Kill plus a new member in guitarist Chris Vallett. Anfem reeks of attitude and careless disregard of authority with a visceral and heartfelt delivery from vocalist Mark Saunders. Unpunk follows with a punk-by-numbers approach showing nothing fancy, just aggressive grit. The lo-fi budget approach to recording is not in vain as the finished product delivers perfectly for the genre. Vallett’s raw guitar tone cuts through the mix and makes its presence known from the first bar. Bromance breaks the mould of short, sharp punk length and clocks in at just less than four minutes. The band’s ability to transition between explosive bursts and brooding moments is commendable considering the short length of the play list. The DIY approach with live recording and the album sleeve’s quirky art work brings their debut together as a well marketable product. Battlecat have a genuine punk attitude and hold no regard for those who don’t see it their way. Just the way punk should be!

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