Album Review: Duncan Reid and The Big Heads – “Bombs Away”
Third solo album from Mr Reid since his departure from 77 punk originals The Boys, and dare I say it, probably his strongest effort to date. While both of Duncan’s previous albums (2012’s Little Big Head and 2014’s The Difficult Second Album) were fun slices of pop-punk with plenty of enjoyable moments, it always felt as if he was kind of holding back a little bit. With Bombs Away though, he’s very much upped the ante.
Aided and abetted by former Jonny Cola & The A-Grades and current Godfathers guitarist Mauro Venegas, this album is the sound of Reid cutting loose to deliver a big 40 minute blast of sunshiny pop-punk, with attitude, riffs and earworms to spare as the fast-paced Can’t Stop kicks things right into gear from the get-go. Bombs Away melds an almost 70s glam style stomper of a tune to some political anti-war lyrics before C’mon Josephine kicks in with a pure bliss Ramones style vibe allied to some cheeky nudge-wink Steve Marriott style songwriting. Great stuff, which is followed by Reid taking the tempo down a notch for the quite lovely almost 60s psychedelia style Confetti.
The kicks keep coming thick and fast after that – Let’s Skip To The Good Bit is a great singalong tune with the whole “can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em” lyrics in there, while Man On The Desk and Hey Frank Sinatra are just as toe-tappingly catchy. I Can Fly is a lovely summer pop song about escapism, while Just Because You’re Paranoid could almost be early 80s Madness and let’s face it, that’s not a bad place to be at all.
All in all, this is a fun and varied album guaranteed to put a smile on your face. And with the sun currently out, you’ve really got no excuse not to give it a listen to keep the good times rolling.
After a couple of good albums from Duncan, Bombs Away is a genuinely great album. With plenty of variety and stuffed to the gills with great summer tunes, this really does deserve to be the soundtrack to your summer adventures. Get it added to your collection ASAP, and let the good times commence.