Burton punk rockers Max Raptor have been criminally underrated since their debut mini-album ‘Portraits’, which dropped in 2011, and a brilliant full-length followed two years later when ‘Mother’s Ruin’ showed that the band can write thought-provoking topical tracks that aren’t afraid to shy away from the issues at hand. Having just signed to Hassle Records, the band clearly couldn’t wait to throw some new music at us before album number two drops next year. So, here we have the EP, ‘Damage Appreciation’, a 4-track glimpse into what direction the guys are heading in on their new label home.
You know you can rely on Max Raptor to give you exactly what you want. No frills, no surprises, just pure punk attitude and catchy gang vocals, because that’s exactly what they’re great at. The riff in the title-track is so strong, but it’s Wil Ray‘s vocals that dominate the opening song and he sounds fresh, and tight.
He has more scope to work with during ‘Population’, as he breaks into more of a scream, but remains on track with the upbeat melody that lines the music. The phrase ‘singalong’ is just wasted on Max Raptor, because it can’t possibly do them justice. The emphasis on these choruses is so strong, because the harmonies gel so effortlessly together and create an entrancing demand to join in.
Although very short, ‘Damage Appreciation’ is a quick reminder that Max Raptor are still the best at what they do, and that’s not going to be changing anytime soon. Ex-The Ghost Of A Thousand guitarist Jag Jago‘s production somehow makes the band shine as bright as possible, and will only please existing fans with the new Hassle Records era of Max Raptor.
Do yourself a favour and listen to Max Raptor. All you’ll want to do is drink beer and shout the lyrics at the band, your mates, your dog, and pretty much anything that you can get your hands round. Here’s to hoping that 2016 finally gives Max Raptor what they deserve.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)