Chungin & The Strap-on Faggots: Chungin & The Strap-on Faggots

~ Saturday, 10 October 2009
Chungin & The Strap-On Faggots make you smile. Representing the sound of young Tallinn, Estonia and Berlin they pack a delicious post punk punch wrapped up in cool pop sensibility and sealed with a bubblegum kiss. Just a shame it isn’t 1979.

There’s a tremendous amount of charm and excitement and a good electro punk new wave sound. If you have to say which band in the record shop would they’d be close to obviously it would be a band beginning with C but musically, for easiness they sound like the Hives and The Buzzcocks.

On Cats of Destiny you could be mistaken for thinking a young Johnny Rotten was on vocals. In a perfect world, maybe the bygone days when DJ’s like John Peel championed bands like this, they’d carve out a decent career.

Tight Jeans sounds like a live favourite with a feel of early Magazine. Dogshit City is redolent of The Jam meets Killing Joke with the Damned dropping in with the drink and drugs. The album is underpinned by a great rhythm section with fantastic drumming and great power pop guitar hooks. There’s even some electro pop in there to boot. I’m Not Your Messiah is catchy, funny and brilliantly ironic.

This is a great piece of power pop tinged punk and despite their name maybe not being too Radio 1 friendly for daytime airplay rotation, if they’re really serious calling themselves something 60’s garage sounding like The Stoics might just be the way to breakthrough.

If they’re playing a dingy sweaty club near you check them out. Never mind The Baltics and buy this.

www.myspace.com/chungin

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Review by Charlie Brown