THE GLOBAL BROAD BAND Freedom (Stone Premonitions)
These two EPs dropped through my letterbox the other week from my mates at Stone Premonitions, and are the first fruits of a new band put together by Tim Jones, Terri B, Paddi, and Dave Hendry. Waddya Want kicks off in tremendous style, being a full-on heavy rocker, taking in some heavily politicised lyrics over a churning rhythm section, and incorporating a great call and response chorus. Free Palestine wears its convictions on its sleeve, but as a song it works well as they have not forgotten to write a good tune to go with the sentiments. In The Image is a reworking of a track from the collectives last album together The Clowning Achievement, this time with a bit less emphasis on the guitar and more on the vocals. This England is another heavy political statement, and yet is backed by an eminently danceable rhythm. A Different Kind is back to the hard rock of the first track, and once again the lyrics demand attention, with the self-criticism of the offensive language hammering home the point. Perpetual Motion is another revisiting of one of the highlights from The Clowning Achievement, but this time the nine minute dance/rock amalgam is edited down to a more digestable length. Stone Premonitions bands have always had something of a political bent to their music, but the Global Broad Band have brought their views much more to the fore, and this could become a bigger part of the music of the collective in the future.