Label: Damaged Goods Release Date: 8/11/10 Official Website: MySpace Punk is a genre which the British Isles has claimed as its own. Easy to play, easy to sing, for many nostalgic and a crowd-pleaser for forty-year-olds downwards, punk seems likely to stick around for longer than people would ever have imagined. Drawing on undeniably punk influences (their MySpace influences box is a trip back to the 70s, and even the record label website is in Sex Pistols' colours), Thee Spivs have created 'I Don't Want It' and 'She Said', two fast and fun songs with barely an ounce of originality between them. They're tracks straight out of the mid-to-late twentieth century, an unabashed frenzy of punk noise. It's difficult to avoid being derivative these days, however: to find something which has never been done before is often to find something which shouldn't have been. Thee Spivs embrace our rich rock history and don't try to pretend otherwise. 'I Don't Want It' powers in after a distorted riff with a few repetitive punk chords. Totalling at one minute thirty eight seconds, it's a bop-along gem. It never deviates from simplicity, but it's well done, raw but in tune, with traditionally bad grammar in the shouty chorus, "I don't wan' it, she don't wan' it, 'e don't wan' it, anymooooore". 'She Said' is a little more experimental, but only a tad, with bluesy guitar growls under a spoken tale of debauchery ("Why don't I tell you what it is? I went out last night and I got messed up." Fill in the rest yourself.) While the verses are of this gritty narrative, punctuated by Rocky Horror style ghostly moans, the chorus is more familiar quick punk strumming and inarticulate noise making. Thee Spivs, even from the name alone, are definitely out to have fun. How saleable it is in the current climate, who knows? That aside, single 'I Don't Want It' is an upbeat indie club mood-setter, the epitome of a punk album opener, and I recommend a listen. Photobucket