Nottingham based Punk Rock band Trioxin Cherry released their debut album Let’s Take Off and Nuke the Site From Space via STP Records on 18th April 2014. The album opens with a 16 second spoken introduction to the song Baka Manko, both introduction and song are in Japanese. I don’t speak a word of Japanese but it sounded fluent. I looked up the meaning of Baka Manko and the closest definition is ‘Stupid Cunt’ a great song and it’s taught me something new. How to swear in Japanese! Rebecca has an aggressive edge to her powerful vocals, which suits the punk genre although I thought the music in this song had a bit of a Red Hot Chilli Peppers flavour. Fly Bill Murray a great song, very aggressive vocals and a good instrumental ending. The next couple are a little samey. Psycho Killer with a fast drum beat and sung with belligerence. Good Day to Die a similar start to Psycho Killer with bullet drumming and some interesting guitar effects. In Wrong Turn I picked up a Chilli’s vibe again with some added Magazine I’m thinking Can’t Stop meets Shot by Both Sides.
Half way through we come to the title track with a strong bass guitar start and a recorded voice countdown to lift-off part way through. Hell to Pay has a B-52s’ flavour, maybe Private Idaho it’s the kind of tune which would make a brilliant soundtrack to an action movie. Ratbiter has a good bass start, a bit Motorhead meets The Dead Kennedys, with added rat squeaking and some more aggressive vocals. It’s lyrics are fairly simple ‘Rats in the house. What am I supposed to do? I’m going fix/kill the rats for good. Ratbiter‘ some lines repeated several times throughout and the word Ratbiter repeated violently many times as if to enforce the title! The song ends with the words ‘Rats, rats, rats’ and some rat like squeaking. I liked it, sometimes the simple things are quite effective.
Hit Me a violent song with a violent undercurrent. The chorus ‘Hit me. Hit me like you mean it’ sung with aggression but with some gentle whoas whoas on backing vocals. You Belong to Me starts like an off key Stooges’ I Wanna Be Your Dog. The last song Rebellion and wanting to be at Rebellion Festival is a great song and homage to the annual festival in Blackpool, with good lyrics and a bit of a Scottish reel beat. Whilst it’s a good song it’s in two parts. The time shows it as being over 17 minutes long, yet it appears to end after about 3 and a half minutes and there’s a long silence. I just thought there was fault on the disc and would have left it there, until I read another review and realised that after about a 10 min gap there is an acoustic version of the same song, so I persevered until the end and the acoustic version is good but I just don’t understand the reasoning behind the 10 minute gap! 10 seconds would have been long enough and a mention that there is an acoustic version too otherwise most people will switch off! Particularly annoying when you’ve put it on your Blackberry and are listening to it when driving! I feel it would have been better to have the electric version earlier on in the track listing and maybe end the album with the acoustic. Or at least let people know that there is acoustic version too.
Highlight tracks are Hit Me and Fly Bill Murray. On the whole it’s well produced and apart from the 10 minute silence mentioned above, a good debut album Trioxon Cherry. I have it on good authority that these are a great live band, better than on disc so I will be interested to see them although I probably won’t get chance until the STP Xmas Special. They have got plenty of gigs lined up though, so check out their Facebook page for details, and it looks like their wish has come true as they will be appearing at Rebellion!
Fly, Bill Murray!
Good Day to Die
Let’s Take Off and Nuke the Site From Space
Hell to Pay
You Belong to Me
Rebecca Campbell – Vocals/Guitar
Pete Grady – Vocals/Bass
Nathan Hart – Drums
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/trioxincherry