Eight Rounds Rapid (UK)
Rooted in the famous Canvey Island R&B tradition, Eight Rounds Rapid channel the raw fervour of Dr Feelgood, Wire, Gang of Four and Public Image Limited with their gritty tales of the underworld that lies beneath the kiss-me-quick kitsch of their hometown, Southend-on-Sea. Providing a blast of no-frills, bullshit-free excitement that is deadly live, the English four-piece will take you back to the edgy, drugged-up thug punk of the 1970s — but they’ll remind you of nobody but themselves. Enigmatic singer David Alexander commands the chaos with an outsider intelligence and nutty humour that shines through in barbed verse worthy of Mark E Smith — always delivered with a thick Essex drawl. To his right, guitarist and R&B ruffian Simon Johnson leads a sonic assault, his unusual style of thrashing out rhythm and lead simultaneously often leaving his scratch plate splattered with blood making for incendiary live performances. Geezer-rock rhythm comes in the shape of a cut-and- shut Mk1 Ford Capri as bassist Jules Cooper and drummer Lee Watkins wildly push each other to furious speeds. With quality lyrics and an erratic sound, the band have found a devoted following of fans that sing along to unique songs like “Steve”, “Dostoyevsky” and “I Like It”. Eight Rounds Rapid released both of their LPs, “Lossleader” and “Objet d’Art” to critical acclaim in the UK music press. They’ve played prestigious support slots at The Royal Albert Hall and Koko Camden and have performed in England, Wales, Scotland, France and Germany. They now have their sights on more gigs in Germany and beyond. We give you Dirty Photographs, the album, you can provide your own filth. 
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