How many albums get compared to Leonard Cohen, PiL and The Village People? The new eponymous album by The Awkward Silences is the answer (see first review below). The long-awaited follow-up to Outsider Pop develops the post-punk leanings of that album into sparser territory; the drums, bass and two guitars building interlocking angular riffs with economy and space to provide a taut canvas for the pointed musings of disability campaigner Paul Hawkins. In record shops now and from our shop here.

“a damn fine record; an indictment on the state of dysfunctional Britain. It’s good to have them back and on form; as unique and rebellious as ever.” MONOLITH COCKTAIL

“mischievous melodies…daring lyrics… this album has found a special place in my heart. 5/5”  ALTREVIEW