Having been a staple part of the United States' underground punk scene for the last few years, Downtown Boys have seldom made an impression on the UK shores. Maybe because the band's chosen sound of 1977 punk is something we have been making for years, but either way, this new release from the group could soon see them become fully embraced in the nestled bosom on their spiritual homeland.
Their third album 'Cost Of Living' opens up with the single 'The Wall', a fully energised onslaught of guitars and brass that makes the statement of what this album represents. Coming through like a hot mess, the record sees them shift from a more traditional punk sound of bass-led anthems, all the way to a perky, more contemporary direction in the shape of tracks like 'Promissory Note' and 'Tonta', all within the noise-loving guise the band see themselves as.
It is certainly quite a listen for those with a soft-spot for the genre. Nostalgic at times but mostly likes to keep itself in the now, trying not to be too comparative to their influences. In all, 'Cost Of Living' is a largely enjoyable journey with plenty to peak your interests throughout.