Senseless – S/T
The definitive collection of fast & melodic streetpunk tunes by Stoke-on-Trent, UK's band Senseless.
Formed as a three-piece in 1999, Senseless is a punk rock band from Stoke-on-Trent in the UK. The band had undergone numerous changes throughout their 20+ years career, but they are now back to their original line-up of punk lifers Fieldsy, Moz and Gaz. Released on vinyl by three international labels, their latest album showcases the band’s ability to create anthemic, high-energy tracks.
The record is a mixture of both old and new Senseless songs remastered in 2022. It features 13 tracks that are all under three minutes long, making for a fast-paced and exhilarating punk rock listening experience. From the opening chords of “Times to Fly” to the closing notes of “Impressions of Life”, Senseless delivers a hefty deal of lively streetpunk tunes reminiscent of ‘90s bands like Rancid, The Bouncing Souls or Swingin’ Utters. The songs are propelled forward by a tight rhythm section, anthemic vocal delivery and a non-stop barrage of power chords and catchy riffs. Lyrically, the album deals with the usual streetpunk themes of drinking, fighting and living the punk life, filtered through the lens of hazy memories, personal struggles and lasting relationships.
There are actually more than a few similarities to Rancid, which is especially evident in Senseless’s upbeat vocal trade-offs that I feel sound like a straight up reference to Lars Frederiksen & Tim Armstrong’s iconic singing in the Californian band. Though not really original, or more like creating in such a trite genre, Senseless are doing a decent job in channeling Rancid’s timeless punk rock sound, without clinging too much on their ska and reggae influences, and I believe a lot of people will dig this record exactly for what it stands for. The vinyl is still available from Laketown Records (Germany), Audio Epidemic Records (USA), and Klabautermann Records (UK), so why not check that out?