Lady Bird - 'WE'

8/10

Throughout the last few years, the UK's homegrown punk scene has been going through a bold and exciting revolution. With countless outfits emerging and continuing to impress to this day, there have been plenty of imitators looking to show that they also deserve a place at the table alongside these modern greats. But none have made an instant impact in the same way Lady Bird have, dropping one blistering anthem after another for the last few years. Now after plenty of waiting, they have dropped their long-awaited debut album 'WE', a record that continues their cacophonous streak to date.

The secret to their formula seems to be their nods to both the Britpop sound as well as a modern punk edge, giving them this distinctly British direction that looks to inject as much excitement and vigour as possible. Even after just a few songs into 'WE', you can hear the influence of Arctic Monkeys, Gallows, Shame and so many others threaded throughout their work. And while they wear their inspirations firmly on their sleeves from start to finish, Lady Bird have still managed to cultivate a unique and succinct aesthetic to pursue, something that churns out the goods again and again.

Politically-inspired and energetically performed, 'WE' sits as one of the more interesting and enjoyable punk releases of the year so far. The buzz behind Lady Bird has been at fever pitch for a long time now, and this new collection will only serve to build that momentum even further in the months to come.

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