Jarrow’s Crashed Out seem to have been around longer than the Tyne Tunnel and in their long and illustrious(?) career have consistently re-invented their brand of street-punk.
The earlier more brutal Oi! sound became the more commercial singa-long-a punk of the predecessor album ‘Pearls Before Swine’ and that genre is where many of their fans hoped they’d stay, but no, with ‘Crash & Burn’ they’ve adopted a more hard-rock approach. Sure it’s still punk but take a bit of AC/DC and Motorhead and mix it with some Argy Bargy and Stiff Little Fingers and you’ll get the idea.
The best tracks are ‘Cut My Teeth On You’, ‘Just Call Me Jack’ and ‘The One And Only’. There’s a ridiculous version of the traditional Geordie anthem ‘Cushy Butterfield’ but the track that best sums up the album is ‘Dare To Be Different’, which Crashed Out are on this album. They deserve to be bigger than the Angel Of The North. Good luck to ‘em! 8/10