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    Hard-Fi revives classic punk sound

    Hard-Fi revives classic punk sound

    Music Reviews

    It’s kind of a hard fact to admit, but punk isn’t really dead. Even though most “”anti-establishment”” acts out there have clown voices and take their paychecks from the man, Hard-Fi’s recent debut is keeping it real.

    Stars of CCTV is a throwback to post-hair metal, Clash-era punk and will not disappoint fans who are still angry they aren’t making music anymore. While not much in the album is original, each tune is just as catchy and energetic as the music of the band’s ancestors.

    Like those who came before them, Hard-Fi sings about the mean streets of London and the obstacles of everyday life. In “”Living for the Weekend,”” singer Richard John Archer howls over thrashing guitar about working all week just so he has enough money to go out and party on Friday night.

    Lowdown

    Stars of CCTV
    Hard-Fi
    Atlantic Records
    Best Track: “”Cash Machine””
    Sounds Like: The Clash
    8/10

    “”When it gets too much/I live for the rush/got some money to spend/living for the weekend.””

    Songs like “”Cash Machine”” and the title track “”Stars of CCTV”” have the same recurring theme of working hard to get by and living on the edge.

    In fact, the album is all about releasing the energy and stress of your ordinary life by dancing and singing along to somebody with the same problems.

    And this time, the Sex Pistols can’t even get in the way.

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