MAKE DO AND MEND- Self titled
Out now on Holy Roar Records
Review by Matthew Tilt
They weren’t the most obvious choice for Holy Roar, who normally supply crush of the finest quality, but Make Do and Mend might be responsible for the labels best release. Combining their full length with the two E.P.s that preceded it; this is unpretentious punk rock at its very finest. It’s so easy to get lost in the songs as the fairly simple structures allow you to be drawn into the lyrics; lyrics which are so relatable as they cover disenfranchisement, relationships, regrets and real life, without sounding whiny or needy but instead coming across with a sense of grounded realism.
Each song is an anthem in its own right, filled with hooks and choruses that you’ll find yourself singing along to days after you’ve listened to it. Songs like Night’s the Only Time of Day and Shambles are so beautifully orchestrated, with James Carroll’s gruff vocals complimenting the style perfectly, just raw enough to truly portray the emotion held within the songs.
So good is the band that the transition from album to E.P. isn’t noticeable unless you were to check which track you were listening to. It’s a testament to the quality of the releases these guys have released, and judging by their recent performance at Hevy Fest it hasn’t been lost on people, who sang along to every word as the band blasted through tracks included here.
This discography is damn near perfect from start to finish; if you love the band already then the gorgeous double vinyl Holy Roar have put together is the perfect accompaniment to the music. If you don’t know them then beg, borrow or steal to get this bad boy because you’re missing out on one of the greatest rock bands around at the moment.