EP Review: The Damian Cullen Band – “Cracking Up”
Anglo-Finnish glam punks The Damian Cullen Band first came to our attention with their rather fantastic Paved With Good Intentions EP a couple of years back. It’s “Hanoi meets the Ramones with a sly nod to Stiv Bators” brand of rock ‘n’ roll made for a pretty intoxicating brew, and left us looking forward to their debut album.
Well, two years and one Pledge campaign later and here it is, although at just eight tracks and 25 minutes, it’s more of an extended EP really. All four of the tracks from the EP are here, albeit in re-recorded form, and they still make for good listening, especially the raucous I Don’t Wanna Play House, while the four newies are all up to standard as well, especially the Stiv-indebted Shangri-La America and the singalong swagger of Baby Don’t Go, while the group’s cover of The Sonics’ Have Love Will Travel is another indicator of their love for old school garage rock.
If there’s a slight complaint to be made about Cracking Up, it’s that a few more tracks wouldn’t have gone amiss especially for those of us who bought the Paved With Good Intentions EP a couple of years back and therefore will already have heard half the tracks on here (albeit in a different form). But for what it is, this is a good effort.
A solid effort - if you've not heard of The Damian Cullen Band before then this is a damn good place to start with eight good tracks, all killer no filler. However, like we said earlier, if you got the EP a couple of years ago then bear in mind that you're only really getting four new tracks proper on here so you may want to exercise a small amount of caution. If we're judging Cracking Up on the music contained within though, it gets a hearty thumbs up from me. Hopefully there'll be another new effort coming soon from DCB to help them build on their momentum further.