The Hurriers are a 5-piece from South Yorkshire. The band consists of Tony Wright on vocals, Jamie Walman on bass and vocals, Sam Horton and Jim Proud on guitar duties and Zak Wright manning the drums. They’ve enjoyed great success, playing Glastonbury and other festivals with New Model Army, as well as opening for the Sleaford Mods. They describe themselves as “a proper Socialist punk band” and their manifesto is “contributing to the overthrow of the corrupt capitalist system through the power of song”. Musically they are reminiscent of punk heavyweights The Clash and The Jam. Their debut LP “From Acorns Mighty Oaks” is due out May 1st.

The Hurriers treat us to some straightforward catchy punk tunes. The tracks are well built from the ground up, with Wright providing rock-steady drumming while Walman lays down bass lines that are often groovy, taking cues from punk legends such as Paul Simonon. Tracks such as “Britain Last” are a shining example of what the rhythm section are capable of. The two-pronged guitar attack provides crunchy goodness and blistering lead work. Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols is an obvious influence here.

Frontman Tony Wright offers the listener politically charged lyrics set to singalong melodies. The privatisation of the NHS, Parliamentary nepotism and the dangers of the far right are just a few of the issues touched upon. There hasn’t been a group writing catchy protest songs like this in a long time.

The highlight of the album is the final track, “Big Ideas and Promises”. The song embodies what The Hurriers are all about; energetic music and anti-establishment lyrics for the 21st century protester. Whether you agree with their message is irrelevant, The Hurriers are providing a soundtrack for the 21st century socialist and it sounds pretty good.

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