Next Weekend – Bilk (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

v7Uw6ZBQ.jpegBilk is back out doing what it does best. And what it does best is deliver short, sharp salvos of trashy street punk energy woven through infectious and highly charged indie blasts. Three eighteen year old Essex boys singing about exactly what eighteen year old Essex boys should be singing about, that is falling out of one glorious weekend of drunken chaos with the vow to do it all again once the working week is done.

Part social commentary, part pure celebration, Bilk is the perfect successor to the likes of Mike Skinner’s Street’s in providing the background groove to young lives in the modern age and echos with the same visceral sound that The Libertines found kicking about the backstreets of London where it had lain dormant since the punks packed up and headed off down new musical paths. But that was all a long time ago and a new generation has come through looking for their own soundtrack to urban life, to lost weekends, to one-night stands, to letting off steam, to irresponsibility, frustration and social carnage. Next Weekend proves once again that Bilk is the perfect band for the job.

 

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Give Up –  Bilk (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

bilkgiveupcover2_previewBloke rock! That’s the term I reckon. From The Who to The Jam and from The Sweeney to The Streets, young, working class lads with an eye to fashion, coolness and musical history have picked up instruments and told us about their lives and surroundings. Bilk are just the latest torch bearers of that well established timeline. But whereas some try to shock with their wayward ways (Libertines et al) and hedonistic image, Bilk just get on with the job at hand.

The job at hand in this case is writing infectious melodies over groove heavy basslines and a steady beat. They combine modish chops with punk swagger, indie cool with pop accessibility and, in the case of Give Up, throw in a large dose of resolve and positivity. If punk was built on what you stood against and mod on narcissistic self aggrandisement, Bilk find another way, a positive way, a way that sees them accepting the reality of the world around them and instead of moaning about it making a resolution to beat it. And do so to a really well fashioned and effortlessly cool tune.

 

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