Living In Excellence is the newest release in the Anti-Fade Catalouge and boy, oh boy, it is a pearler. Featuring members of Nun, Terry, Taco Leg and Velvet Whip, Constant Mongrel may honestly be one of the best punk bands around at the moment.
It is extremely common to come across punk bands that craft their sound around a particular style or instrument; this is not the case for Constant Mongrel. Instead, they incorporate it all and geez it gives them a huge sound.
From the melodic synths on ‘Lifeless Crisis’ and ‘Warm Hands,’ to the proto-punk riff found in ‘Birch’, to the political lyrics on the albums opener ‘600 Pounds,’ I’m bloody sold.
If you’re a fan of Eddy Current, Total Control or UV Race, ‘Living In Excellence’ is an album you absolutely have to check out. Listen to the song ‘2x4’ and tell me the drum fills don’t impress you…
Reviewed by Alex Callan