The Impulse International

Point Of Action

Written by: PP on 15/01/2010 18:33:28

Are you one of those people who shouts punk is dead at anything that isn't Ramones, The Clash, or Sex Pistols? Look no further than The Impulse International, a tiny US garage punk/power pop band, and their debut album "Point Of Action", which is guaranteed to bring back nostalgia of the 70s vibes to anyone who was around back then. And even if you weren't, this is a record that'll make you feel like you were.

In a nutshell, the band plays Ramones-inspired 70s garage punk/power pop, but you'll also hear clear influence from bands like The Buzzcocks, The Undertones, and a whole lot of other UK oldschool punk bands that were around in the late 70s. You can even deduct a small bit of The Clash from the mix if you listen carefully (check out "Pretty Girls" for example). So basically, simplistic, clean-chord based music which relies solely on infectious pop choruses, as highlighted by "Soundtrack Tonight", "Hey Girl", "Telephone" and "Tear Down My Walls". It's easily enjoyable, and refreshingly unambitious, making "Point Of Action" a joyous record that'll put you in a good, easy-going mood each time you listen to it. It'll make you forget about the problems of the world, and just have you singing along.

But even though the sound-alike list is impressive, The Impulse International are missing the 70s energy that made their influences as massive as they are today. They sound a tad bit too modern and less fueled by an anti-society protest energy, but then again, it's pretty hard to sound like a 70s band when the year's 2009 (when this was released, I know it's 2010). At the same time, it's hard to get around the fact that they do sound very dated in 2009, but I guess if late 70s punk is your thing, this is the stuff you should be checking out.

Download: Hey Girl, Telephone, Soundtrack Tonight
For the fans of: The Buzzcocks, Ramones, The Undertones
Listen: Myspace

Release date 11.08.2009
Dirtnap Records / Deranged Records

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