Music is an entirely personal affair. What some people might stow on a pedestal, others might try and bury alive; it's entirely subjective, relevant to our own memories and feelings. We all have favourite artists, tracks and records that we hold close to our hearts: maybe it was a track that soundtracked a first kiss, or maybe a particular LP got you through some tough times. Maybe a certain band reminds you of a simpler time. We've all got opinions on what's the top album of all time, and 99% of the world is just bound to disagree. But that's fine. There are no right answers.

This weekly feature will see the 405 staff contribute their opinions and argue the case for what they think is the best music. It's also a handy way to get some recommendations of music you may not have experienced before - perhaps you'll create some new memories thanks to these delicious noises. It's not just the staff we want to hear from though; we want to know what you think. We'll ask around on Twitter and Facebook for suggestions and whack 'em in for the world to see. There might be a playlist or two as well slotted in for good measure. It's going to be a chunky collaborative periodical where we can all discuss how and why our favourite music is our favourite.

For the latest edition of No Right Answers, the 405 staff were asked to pick a song that made them want to punch someone. Disclaimer: violence is never the right answer, despite what the title of this feature suggests.



  • The Blood Brothers

    The Blood Brothers - 'Ambulance vs. Ambulance'

    [2003]

    Seattle's foremost post-hardcore troupe hawk all three of a bust-up's vital ingredients: controlled chaos, unadulterated aggression and noise. Full of dislocated screams and ferocious riffery, these now-defunct punks managed mayhem for a decade, and in that time secured their reputation for rage via 'Ambulance vs. Ambulance', the lead single from their major label debut ...Burn, Piano Island, Burn. Rammed with serrated licks and blood-curdling howls, it'll have you platelets boiling within the opening bars; it's a wartime anthem, channelling the fury of generation. Without even noticing, you'll probably have your fist clenched and elbow cocked, primed to unfurl some wanton, gratuitous violence; there's not been a catalyst for such unbridled, cynical, Clockwork Orange-esque bloodshed since these guys split. This is the reason people ran away from rock'n'roll.

    Larry Day

  • Name

    Death Grips - 'You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it's your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat'

    [2013]

    It's almost impossible for me to listen to this song without fantasising about smashing someone's teeth right down their throat. It's fight music, plain and simple. Right from the get-go it's pure insanity, with MC Ride commanding "GET SO FUCKIN' DARK IN HERE" and screaming like a complete fucking psychopath before the heaviest, hardest bassline in the world comes out of nowhere and tears your face off. Zach Hill's drums are at their most tribal and Ride is at his angriest, sounding as possessed as ever. One of the loudest, boldest album openers I've ever heard. If anyone wrongs you, put this on your iPod, arm yourself with a bat and go crack some skulls. DISCLAIMER: violence like this will get you arrested. Just saying.

    Luke Allen

  • One Direction

    One Direction - 'Live While We're Young'

    [2012]

    So I decided to think a little outside of the box with this one. Instead of picking a song that makes me want to fuck shit up and go a little crazy or one that has lyrics that remind you of something I instead chose 'Live While We're Young' by One Direction because it really does just make me want to punch someone in the face. The "lets go crazy crazy crazy" bit is just a bit too much to handle and the fact that it stays in your head for about six months just intensifies my wish to punch someone square in their stupid little faces.

    Ryan Cahill

  • Name

    Maxïmo Park - 'Apply Some Pressure'

    [2005]

    There are few bands, and few songs, that I find less interesting, less inspired, more annoying, more vapid, more obvious, more ripe, less brave, less alternative, less enjoyable and more ploddingly worthless than this. Plenty of songs make you feel pumped up in a good way. Plenty make you channel The Rock in Walking Tall, striding through your neighbourhood like Michelangelo's David with the world's biggest hard-on and a mini-gun, ready to slap down any naysayer or timewaster or happyclapper who gets on your cloud without permission. Over-zealous chugger? BAM! Little old lady who really isn't doing anything wrong except being slow in your way? SMACK! A little imaginary violence is perfectly fine. If it wasn't GTA just wouldn't work. We all dream of being able to blow our top without legal consequences. The only person Maxïmo Park makes me want to punch in the face is myself. Over, and over, and over again, for being part of this species. Worst thing is, it's also their best song.

    Nicholas Glover

  • Gallows

    Gallows - 'I Dread The Night'

    [2009]

    When vocal juggernaut Frank Carter spits the vitriolic "Got an ache in my guts and my stomachs alight / So crack your fucking knuckles and straighten your spine" over such a raw blast of punk rock, what are you going to do, except for let the red mist descend? A slab of absolute chaos.

    Lyle Bignon.

  • Name

    System Of A Down - 'Toxicity'

    [2001]

    A logical first choice would always be any punk song; like Melvin Burgess says in his novel Junk, "Punk is like being beaten, except that it doesn't hurt." However, punk songs never made me want to punch anyone, just jump up and down like a monkey on X. Also, I'd like to point out that there are two kinds of wanting to punch someone: the bad kind and the good kind. The bad kind is when the singer's voice is so fucking annoying that the only way you can cope with the song (when it's playing somewhere and you can't avoid listening to it) is imagining a big boxing bag going straight against their teeth - this applies to vocalists like Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder and - God forbid - the guy from Creed. And then there's the good kind, the one that just fills you with energy that has to come out eventually and under any form - punching someone in the face is one of them. So I choose System of a Down's 'Toxicity', because besides doing that energising thingy to me, it also makes me want to punch Daron Malakian in the face - mainly because he looks like Frank Zappa.

    Ana Leorne

  • The Ghost of a Thousand

    The Ghost of a Thousand - 'Bright Lights'

    [2010]

    The timing of The Ghost of a Thousand's dissolution, right as they seemed to be hitting their stride, was a tragedy in itself, but the real legacy of their disbanding is that Britain is currently without any kind of prominent hardcore band that's happy to do things by the book, and stand out by no other means than sheer energy. The Brighton outfit left us with quite the manifesto in the form of the blistering New Hopes, New Demonstrations, and 'Bright Lights' is quite the individual mission statement; incendiary guitar work, breathless percussion and furious vocals all come together to form one of the greatest British contributions to punk since the Sex Pistols.

    Joe Goggins

  • Justice

    Justice - 'Stress'

    [2007]

    I'm usually a relatively calm and peaceful person, but if there is one time of day where you're likely to see me veering close to rage it's on the morning commute. If I'm not being squeezed onto a late-running train, or having to rearrange my commute due to cancellations, then some guy in a suit is probably shoving me out if the way because he can't bear to take the extra effort to walk around me. For this reasons I escape into the safety of my music, over-ear headphones blocking out most of the surrounding mayhem that is rush hour London.

    Most music works fine, particularly drone and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but if there is one song I avoid, for fear of it's effect on on me, then it's 'Stress' by Justice. Not only does it have a panic-attack inducing opening, but the entire song is a relentless aural assault. There's a reason why the Romain Gavras directed video of urban disorder suits the music so well, it's because amidst the beats you'll hear wailing sirens, traffic hurtling past and ominous drills. 'Stress' is cacophonous, all-consuming and a little bit terrifying - it's enough to make anyone suddenly turn violent. For the sake of my fellow commuters, I'd rather not take that risk.

    Robert Whitfield

  • Pianos Become The Teeth

    Pianos Become The Teeth - 'I'll Be Damned'

    [2011]

    Music is one of the only things that inspires aggression inside me, and within that, this album from Maryland's Pianos Become The Teeth is my biggest catalyst. I'm not sure exactly who would be getting the punch in the face, or if it'd even be a punch in the face at all. Maybe an aggressive hug. Whatever it'd be, though, Pianos Become The Teeth stir up the most aggression inside me with their cutting post-hardcore. 'I'll Be Damned' is especially crushing and makes me pumped like no other song. If I were to run a marathon (hah!!), this would be on repeat in the run-up.

    Will Richards

  • Refused

    Refused - 'New Noise'

    [1998]

    I was around 16 when Swedish punk outfit Refused's last album The Shape of Punk To Come was released. Full of teenage angst, hormones and Dr. Pepper - I had a lot of pent up frustration and needed to direct it somewhere. That was often at around 3am with headphones on enthusiastically air-drumming or punching the air. Even now listening back to the iconic opening riff on 'New Noise' still sends shivers down my spine and makes my palms sweaty in anticipation of Dennis Lyxzén's raw vocals. It just delivers - every time. CAN I SCREAM? This track never fails to get me so super pumped that I could punch my own sweet Nanna in the face. What's that Nan? Shut up you don't understand me!

    Stephen Bevan

  • Axel F

    Axel F - 'Crazy Frog'

    [2005]

    Not only does every single person who bought this monstrosity need to be punched in the face, they ought to be publicly flocked and left for the seagulls to bite out their eye balls and the rats to chew on their toes. Unforgivable.

    Woodrow Whyte

  • Sleigh Bells

    Sleigh Bells - 'Bitter Rivals'

    [2013]

    To be fair I could have picked pretty much any track from Sleigh Bells' visceral back catalogue for this feature, but I chose the opening/title track of their most recent effort based purely upon the unexpected feelings it evoked when I first heard it last year. 'Bitter Rivals' immediately hits you with a raw energy (albeit after some confusing dog bark samples), as Sleigh Bells seemingly throw everything they have at you instantaneously, a frantic romp through distortion heightened by Alexis Krauss' effortless change up between sweet, twee vocals and sheer ferocious delivery. The track's unrelenting intensity left me a bit frazzled at first, but then for some reason it really gave me the urge to go fight someone under a bridge in a cinematic blaze of glory (which needless to say isn't a regular occurrence in a sleepy village on the south coast). Thankfully, my therapy-tempting urge for bridge fighting has since subdued, but I do still listen to this track when I'm running, which is probably a lot safer.

    Elliot Mitchell

  • Deftones

    Deftones - 'Headup'

    [1997]

    Even though you know exactly what's coming from the intro alone, every time the offensively massive riff kicks in, it's like the whole band have just laid a headbutt on your face. You know it's about to happen, but you're powerless to resist. From thereon, it's just about the angriest song going and you can't help but develop an urge to start throwing punches at all people and/or inanimate objects in your vicinity. It's also a massive tune.

    Edward Clibbens

  • L7

    L7 - 'Shitlist'

    [1992]

    Never mind punching someone in the face, L7's 'Shitlist' is the perfect song for violence of any kind. Or destruction. Or driving really, really fast. If you ever need a sonic pick me up, this tune is pure adrenalin; snarling, driving, menacing. That all this rage and tightly coiled aggression comes from a singer who once removed her tampon on stage and threw it at a rowdy crowd comes as no surprise - what does is just how brutal a punch can be delivered in just under three minutes.

    Derek Robertson

  • Rage Against The Machine

    Rage Against The Machine - 'Freedom'

    [1992]

    "Anger is a gift". Taken out of context, it sounds like something a self-righteous Revolutionary Society member would gloat at their bi-weekly 'let's attempt to ban something' march. However, when Zack De La Rocha whispers it after a bludgeoning rant on the marginalisation of lower class Americans, even if you're twelve and don't quite appreciate his politics, the most passive of listeners are likely to feel it's impact. I can imagine my grandma sitting in her armchair happy as Larry, hearing this lyric and hurling her TV through the window, shouting "UUUGHH!" before telling her neighbours to fuck off. The sudden change in tempo rouses my blood pressure beyond comprehension and brings back memories of their encore at Reading 2008. Despite the ecstasy of turning seventeen and nailing my GCSEs, when I heard my childhood hero growling "FREEDOM!? YEAH RIGHT" over and over like a tortured Tyrannosaur, I began a flailing fists brawl (as any cider-saturated teen festival goer would). To put it simply, the track has it all; riffs, raps and Rage.

    Mike Walmsley