November 13, 2014
(C/Z Records, 1990)
It took one hell of a band to survive punk’s process of weeding out from the mid-to-late Eighties. The originators were mutating or collapsing altogether, while newcomers grafted on leftover spare parts and influences to make summat else entirely. Coffin Break reversed the motion, using other approaches to reinforce and reinvigorate their punk rock. The diversity on display here shows why these guys were local heroes; a blizzard of spit, speed and flame. It’s a shame the North West’s punk scene became something given lip-service while being replaced. Coffin Break never gave up on it and for those who would listen they made clear true punk could match grunge, indie, alt. rock for spirit.