Picking up where post-millennium post-hardcore bands like Hell Is For Heroes and Hundred Reasons left off, Johnny Foreigner have been making their own brand of fiery pop punk noise for almost a decade now. 'You Can Do Better', their fifth full length LP and first since 2011's 'Johnny Foreigner Vs. Everything', sees the band doing more of the same to please their passionate fan base.
The album kicks off with a familiar breakneck clatter of distorted guitars and rattling drums that Johnny Foreigner have made their trademark in 'Shipping', which gives way to intricate guitar figures and an incredibly zealous vocal performance. Before you get the chance to breathe, the band break into their high energy racket for the chorus. It is an absolute thrill ride.
The band stick fairly rigidly to this formula for the next few songs with highlights including 'Le Sigh', which trades on a powerful twin vocal attack like an amped up Hundred Reasons, the scrappy attack of 'In Capitals' and 'The Last Queens of Scotland' which takes the punk rock cacophony to its logical conclusion with some amazing drums. It is all fairly standard Johnny Foreigner stuff, but you get the feeling they are playing it a little safe.
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Johnny Foreigner Tuesday 10th June 2008 performing live at Beach Break Live 2008 - Day 2 Polzeath, England