JD And The FDC's
                                                                                                     Recognise    Derelict Records  

JD & the FDCs  are a classic rock and roll band with a punky edge, think The Wildhearts, Ramones and Rolling Stones all chucked into a blender, with a bit of punk angst and you have a quite remarkable band.  By no means original and I can think of possibly five bands that do it better, but that should not detract from the JD & FDC's release.  They are a band who tour continuously and have a growing fan base and from the energy alone, you can tell this band have something special. 

 

Hailing from the Midlands they are lead by Jamie Delerict and made up of former members of Panic, Teenage Casket Company, The Dangerfields, Patchwork Grace and DIP. 

The album opens up with the title track 'Recognise' and it is a fun filled anthem.  I like the way they include the bands last three letters in the name, as I can imagine a beer soaked rock club singing along and shouting out “FDCs” and the whole room moving to this attractive opener.  Oh the first obligatory ”whoa woahs” kick in as 'Ujpest Dozsa' bounces along with a major hint of The Wildhearts. 

 

Next we have the poppy 'Mirrors & Wires', with Rob Lane on bass from Teenage Casket Company, which bops along.  Then the pace is back to a rockier edge with guitar solos and the sing-along chorus with 'Burn This City Down'.   'From The Shadows' is foot-stomping number with a guest vocal from former WWE star Amy ‘Lita’ Dumas, who joins Black Flag’s Dez Cadena for this riotous song. 

 

'The Secret' is poppy and bored me stupid.  I am sorry it’s all been done before and with more style and panache. 

'The Secret' features Murderdoll Acey Slade and Dark Party’s Andee Blacksugar.  Now we are talking, with an appearance from Richard Bacchaus on vocals and guitar from D-Generation.

'No Way Out' is excellent and for me the standout track on here.  It's punky with defiance and attitude oozes from every orifice, as this song takes hold and pogoes on you with hob nail boots on.  'This Town of Infamy' has a country feel to it and I love the lyrics to this slower number.  It features vocals from punk icon Johnny Bonnel (Swingin' Utters).  'Never Gonna Stop' is punky and has a hint of blues in the guitar playing. 

'Anti-Destination League' is another song that wouldn’t be out of place on a Wildhearts album. 

 

Final song of the album 'Come Dig Me Out' features Carol Hodge of Steve Ignorant / Crass, and is a hard hitting punky number to finish off an album that is good, but one that has no surprises on it, but would be good for a night of drunken debauchery and partying.

 

Review by: Seb Di Gatto

 

 Tracklisting:

1. Recognise
2. Ujpest Dozsa
3. Mirrors & Wires
4. Burn This City Down
5. From The Shadows
6. The Secret
7. No Way Out
8. This Town Of Infamy
9. Never Gonna Stop
10. Anti-Destination League
11. Come Dig Me Out 

 

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