Label: Idle Hands Records Release date: 20/09/10 Link: Myspace Bay-o-net. Noun. A blade adapted to fit the muzzle end of a rifle and used as a weapon in close combat. Before you start to think that this is the ramblings of Steven Fry on Q.I., feel assured that this, is in fact, a review on the latest album from The Bayonets. This imaginative titled album, Bayonets, is a record which had me tapping my foot to the beat of every song, which then culminated in me prancing around my room, playing air guitar. Rock n’ roll? Hardly. Although many tracks on the album have all the right build ups, break downs, catchy riffs and the insistent croaky YEAH-E-YEAH-E-YEAH from vocalist Thom Craig, it did lack a sense of progression, in the sense that they haven’t really produced an album with ground breaking material, something revolutionary, pushing the boat our far and beyond, voyaging into the unknown, and any other strange analogy, which re-enforces the notion that this album is in fact, a little too generic. That’s not to say this record didn’t do it for me, it did, just for all the wrong reasons. With tracks like ‘The Joke And The Damage Done’ and ‘1996‘, which will have you singing along, out of key, with a Les Paul air guitar strapped around you, and of course, the album has its wind down moments, with ‘Honiara‘, doing the band more justice than some of their harder hitting tracks, but I just found it hard to differentiate this record from any other, nothing screamed out to me, separating them from a pool of generic sounding bands. For me, this record essentially celebrates the nostalgia in music which got me into the music I’m into now. I’d just hoped that a band which had so much promise would go out in a bang rather than just a muffled noise. Photobucket