Max Raptor – Portraits
The King may be dead, but punk apparently isn’t, especially with these four Midlands punks punching the faces of UK audiences out of their willful lethargy. Popping the cherry into the national charts in 11 April 2011 with this visceral 8-track mini-album, vocalist Will Ray and his gang prove to be the advised clinical prescription against acute reality-detachment syndrome this year.
Merging punk roots with alternative rock and a certain amount of Rage Against the Machine feel to them, their music becomes a canvas for fast and furious working class lyrics drenched in portraits of social frustration and lost expectations. If you belong to Tyler Durden’s ‘middle children of history, with no purpose or place’, then dig in… immediately.
Behind themes like alcoholism and domestic violence, there is a clear political anger. A brass knuckle uppercut targets a government which hopes for the narrow-minded acceptance by the pillaged many of economic measures which continue to benefit the ‘too big to fail’ few.
With ‘Portraits’, Max Raptor rightfully claim not simply the ‘the right side of history’ – to quote Hillary Clinton’s brilliant equivalent for ‘US interests’ – but they do so at the right time in history.