Pack Rat – Glad To Be Forgotten [UK IMPORT] – New LP
‘Glad To Be Forgotten’ is the debut album by Pack Rat - in some ways you can see some level of crossover with Corner Boys in its manic energy and dedication to hooks (cuts like ‘Next Time Hit Me’ and ‘My Own Reality’ are so damn catchy, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve already been listening to ‘em on repeat for the past 20 years). Familiar reference points show up (the melodies of the Pointed Sticks; the garage-slanted rifferama of Rudi or The Undertones) while a tinny budget synth keeps things ticking along nicely, just to remind you that this is a homespun DIY project. But honestly, this has the feel of a fully fleshed-out project and leaves you desperate for another fix of its sweet’n’sour tang.
For anyone who loves the collision point between ‘New Rose’, powerpop sunshine and sheer rock’n’roll exuberance, this is essential. For everyone else, this is surely the gateway to all of that good stuff. You want to hear the tunes that’ll star on future generations’ equivalents to the Killed By Death comps? That’ll set your pulse soaring and your pogo muscles into overdrive? That’ll remind you of why this punk rock business still feels worth dedicating your life to, even after all this time? Hey, Pack Rat’s got ‘em. Now do your part. -- Will Fitzpatrick.
"Synthesisers were used back in the early 80’s to sanitize & sweeten up punk to create New Wave to make inroads to more commercially consumable punk for the controlled masses. Pack Rat turn it around and use it as a menacing hum to spook up & punktuate an already terrific punk debut. Use the leather belts provided to strap yourself into this electric chair when you drop the lever down, this LP will make your hair stand on end and ignite the tips as you convulse in ecstasy with smoke rising from your head. Welcome to the new punk, and it’s lithium battery charged. Jolt start 2022 with this sensational record. Fantastic stuff!" -- James Dixon