(DL39) ZOOPARTY - Lardass
Having graced Blackpool’s Rebellion
Festival five times and with an 11th UK tour scheduled for June, Zooparty have
only gone and dropped an A-Bomb of a new album entitled Lardass. Don’t let the
title fool you into thinking there’s a display of comedy on show, as Zooparty
specialise in catchy pop punk, and I ain’t referring to the likes of Blink 182.
This Swedish ensemble are more akin to The Bouncing Souls and pogo friendly
tunes are their forte.
The title track sums up everything you need to know about Zooparty in a 2 minute
and 40 second blast. It’s all schoolyard chants over straight-up melodic punk
rock, right down the vocal coda of “na-na-na-na-naaaa- na.” You want high energy
singalong stuff? You got it!
As with previous outings, special guests are aplenty with Glen Matlock of the
Sex Pistols offering bass duties on You Don’t Know Me and Everything I Failed To
Be. Brian James of The Damned also adds licks to the latter as well as on Wake
Up. If that’s not enough then mid 80s to early 90s KISS guitarist Bruce Kulic
takes the lead on Hardcore. One thing’s for sure – vocalist Erik Petterson’s
little black book has paid dividends. Production kudos must go to Chips Kiesbye
too. The Nomads, Hellacopters, Michael Monroe knob twiddler makes the whole
thing sound huge.
If you like your punk with a pop edge and relish the classic Fat Wreck Chords
period, then with these 12 infectious slabs, Zooparty may well have created your
favourite album of 2018. Pogo, pogo! Ginge Knievil
(DL39) ZOOPARTY - Lardass
"Zooparty is back and as usual, there are guests like Brian James and
Glen Matlock, but this time, Bruce Kulick from Kiss have joined too.
Chips has produced and I can hear that because there are significant
Sator influences, but it does not interfere in any way. Musically, it is
the same nice style that ZooParty usually has and the title song
sometimes sounds like a tantalizing melody somewhere in the middle of
the song. There are also cool choirs and here are 77-punk, surf and
power pop mixed in a wonderful constellation. Set the world on Fire is a
punk is a song in early Boys spirit, I really like and I really like
ZooParty's attitude in the songs. You become really happy by the 12
songs on the disc and the one who does not buy this disc is probably
stupid in their head I think. There are no long songs just but it's no
longer necessary when you have quality. You don't know me sounds like a
Professionals song and I do not know if Matlock is on this (he was not
is that group at all). But it's a 12-piece album and I think everyone
can find their own favourite here. 27/3-2018"