I’ve been a fan of Frank Carter ever since hearing Gallows’ ‘Orchestra of Wolves’ album back in 2006 and on from there Pure Love. There was always some sort of snarl and attitude that you could relate to. A front man of a band who acted on stage the way you wish you could do in your job on a daily basis, telling people how it is and what you think of them.
When I first listened to Fangs (which is featured on Blossom) I have to say I wasn’t sold straight away, and I don’t even have an excuse as to why. Possibly as I had got into Frank possibly going down a more mellow style? Fuck knows, but after listening to ‘Blossom’ from start to end something just clicked and I got it.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes is pure punk rock and when I say this I don’t necessarily mean in the music style but more the attitude you get from listening to ‘Blossom’. This entire album is about playing how you want to play, saying what you wanting to say and not giving a shit what people think of it. Obviously all bands want to gain fans and for people to like their music but first of all making music is about making something that you enjoy and are passionate about.
With album reviews I usually pick out a handful of tracks that for me are stand outs but with this it’s a great listen from start to finish. From the opening of ‘Juggernaut’ to the ending of ‘I Hate You’, ‘Blossom’ grabs you instantly. I urge you to give this a listen no matter what genre of music you’re into. If you’re all about the riff then it’s for you, if you want song structure then it’s for you, if you want lyrics you can relate to then it’s for you. 8.8/10
‘Blossom’ is out this Friday (August 14th) and the band go on tour in October across the UK as well as playing a handful of UK festivals. I’ll be seeing Frank Carter and The Rattlesnake in Newcastle on October 22nd.