Single Review: The Crunch – “Down By The Border”
I’ve always been very suspicious of supergroups and reformed old bands putting out new material, perhaps unfairly in some cases, but I always suspect that it’s never going to sit on a level with their best work. Case in point, the new Black Sabbath single that the radio is currently raving about – much as I love some of the early stuff, let’s face it, it’s just a turgid rehash of War Pigs.
With The Crunch though, I’m happy to report that on the evidence of this single, this project does stand on its own as something new with a lot of promise. Comprised of Terry Chimes (The Clash), Dave Tregunna (Sham 69 / Lords Of The New Church), Mick Geggus (Cockney Rejects) and with Sulo Karlsson of Diamond Dogs fame up front, The Crunch seem poised to knock out some damn fine music in the near future – and not necessarily what you might think either.
With Sulo’s rough-yet-smooth delivery, and an uncharacteristically ‘sunny’ guitar sound from Geggus, the overall sound brings to mind Social Distortion, with maybe a bit of the more polished end of Rancid’s catalogue. It’s all fairly upbeat rock n roll, and even if the lyrics aren’t necessarily all happy things, it’s laced through with a searing positivity that’s hard not to like.
With all other projects on hold, the band are currently in the studio recording a full album with a UK tour planned in the autumn, and if they can continue to deliver material of this quality, it could well be one to look out for.