Album Review: Riskee & The Ridicule – “Body Bag Your Scene”
Given that grime seems to be the new musical movement of choice for political dissence thanks to the likes of Stormzy, it’s possibly not a surprise that we now have a musical offshoot known as grime-punk fronted up by Londoners Riskee & The Ridicule. Body Bag Your Scene is the band’s third album and comes with their profile rapidly growing on the back of the first two.
As this is my first encounter with this band, my first impression is that this maybe isn’t as much of a new musical movement as people think – if you remember groups such as Senser and Credit To The Nation in the mid-90s then Riskee & The Ridicule definitely bear something of a resemblance with angry political rapping and cement mixer riffs on the likes of Accelerate and Kaboom! with the lyrics taking aim at everything from billionaires controlling the mass media to the sort of numptys who get offended about ridiculously trivial matters like Greggs making vegan sausage rolls. With the current state of politics in this country, it’s always reassuring to know there’s bands up there urging the youth to get angry about things and not accept the shit handed down to them on a plate by the odious creeps currently running our government.
They don’t quite keep these standards up throughout and there’s a few moments such as on the title track and Black, White And Grey which sound a bit pedestrian but the dark drug addiction lament of In The Dark We Dwell and the furious anti-gentrification rant of Sell Out are proof that this band can vary their sound out to keep things sounding fresh.
By the time Riskee & The Ridicule finish with the mournful For Old Time’s Sake and DIY which explodes from a gentle piano intro into a full-on defiant fist-in-the-air anthem, they’ve certainly proved that the hype they’ve been getting of late has been justified. Body Bag Your Scene is definitely well worth a spin for the curious.
Senser for a new generation? System of a Down raised on a Sahf London estate? Idles with the amps turned up? You could make a case for Riskee & The Ridicule being any of these, but ultimately "Body Bag Your Scene", while not quite perfect, is an impressively energetic and angry slice of punk/rap fusion which is thought provoking and with plenty of good hooks in there to keep you listening as well. Good stuff.