|The Lurkers GLM - 'The Future's Calling' (Unlatched Records)|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Thursday, 14 July 2016 03:30|
Right, quick catch up here: The Lurkers play gigs like Rebellion but fans know it doesn't contain original Lurkers. As funny a guy as Arturo (also in 999) is he wasn't an original Lurker but the replacement bass player; in fact, three of the original four Lurkers are right here, right now as The Lurkers GLM (God's Lonely Men) - that's Nigel Moore, Pete Stride & Manic Esso. Phew, hope that makes sense? Anyway, they reconveined back in the noughties and released an album in 2012 called 'Chemical Landslide' and I guess they had so much fun they have reconvened again to record this bad boy, 'The Future's Calling' in 2016. Right, that's up to date in a nut shell. You all up to speed? Yes? No?
Catch a full blast of this bad boy from the moment it gets underway with the title track which is pretty heavy fair to be fair but it does have Pete's voice adding a power pop melody or two to these here tunes. From the opening track you get the picture straight away. It might not grab you instantly but what it does is latch into your brain and slowly release its music explosions and the more you spin it the better it sounds. It's bright and full of spirit and to be quite fair a most excellent introduction to GLM - it's overdriven and quite heavy in more places than not and you get the impression that these three are having a ball.
The first few songs head in a similar direction, it's only 'Summer Nights' that at least has some variety on the intro before the bass is gargling and glunking along towards its sing-a-long chorus. Not a million miles from what the Buzzcocks sounded like on their last studio outing. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
There is a familiarity with some of these tunes like you feel you've heard them before: 'Nearly Home (Turning The Page)' has a great sparse intro before a great pop melody is unleashed with just the bass and floor toms for company before the guitars add some texture - a real standout track by anyone's standard.
With a little less fire in the belly the middle part of the album is more diverse and the excellent 'New Song (Like The Old Songs)' offers up some great lyrics from Stride. If you're waiting for the slow song then 'There Goes Deborah' isn't it. With its rapid chug on the guitar I can imagine this stripping the damp paper off the walls of any club it might belch out of a PA in. 'Girls Have Fun' again is a great effort and those guitars ring round your head as they blast away any cobwebs.
If you had any thoughts that there might be a chill-out period to this album then forget it because they are going out in a blaze of glory as the album if anything gets heavier towards the close. 'So Delightful' makes way for the album closer, 'Not The Real Thing', and a fine way to close an album this is. The solo is all Hank Marvin (honest), Stride has got the Shadows twang going on among all the venom and overdrive around it and, damn, it works! Ha Ha, when two worlds collide.
All in all a really enjoyable album and you have to be quick if you want to go old school and pick it up on vinyl because it's limited - very limited. Whatever the family tree and naming righes lead to the one thing I can tell you is that The Lurkers GLM have scored highly on all fronts with a buzzkill rapid hard hitting album that's as relevant and appealing today as they ever were and another fine example of bands from the '70s still having the chops whether it be the Subs, The Boys, Buzzcocks, Chelsea or Lurkers GLM they know how to make a great album in 2016 - Fact!