Cumbria’s Colt 45 are one of the few bands that are constantly being described as down-to-earth, and that’s exactly why people can relate to them so much. Their music is raw and pretence-free, especially in their latest EP ‘Snakes & Ladders’. The punk rock trio have used their new material to prove that British punk is certainly not dead yet.
Opening track ‘I Can Forgive But I Won’t Forget’ is hard-hitting from the get go, and it feels almost as if Neil Harper is desperate to finally scream these words out loud. The passionate lyrics could relate to a wide variety of situations, and it’s hard to not relate to this angst filled song.
The overall lyrical theme of the EP seems to be about hindsight, and trying to move on in life despite any past struggles. The almost regretful subject matter is extremely prevalent in ‘Lost For Words’, “There’s so many things I haven’t seen / There’s so many things I hope I don’t see again / There’s so many things I’ve never said.”
The EP is short but sweet; six tracks which total no longer than sixteen minutes. Although the music itself may not last very long, Colt 45 have managed to cram more energy and passion into their EP than many bands are able to do in an entire album. Their melodic punk vibe is unforgettable, and it’s hard to ignore the amount of hard work that Harper and co. have put into making ‘Snakes & Ladders’.
Written by Julia Conopo (@juliaconopo)