As the latest wave of US punk rock continues apace, Portuguese four-piece the Parkinsons speed into town with their raucous, adrenaline-packing debut mini-album--A Long Way to Nowhere
. This is primal, basic, hedonistic fun at its best--in thrall to Iggy
and all the sleazy rock & roll passion that entails. Not averse to causing mayhem when playing live, habitually antagonising the audience, and anyone else offended by intermittent verbal abuse and random violence, the Parkinsons are a riotous kick up the behind to any other band trading on so-called punk spirit. Led by the eye-bulging, wilfully deranged Al Zheimer, A Long Way to Nowhere
speeds through its brief, allotted 32 minutes, offering up fast, furious garagey punk rock. Zheimer affects his best, bored, nihilistic whine and songs have the good grace not to outlast their three-minute span. Songs such as the ferocious "Hate Machine" perfectly encompass simplistic, stripped-down punk rock. The band offer little in the way of innovation but for pure, unadulterated rock & roll, the Parkinsons are a blast.--Suzannah Brown
2002 album for Portugal's answer to The Strokes. Now based in London & with the addition of a British drummer they've fused punk, hardcore, garage rock & rockabilly on this their debut effort. Fierce Panda.