Möngöl Hörde - Möngöl Hörde (Xtra Mile)

Ferocious, funny and fantastic in equal parts

Frank Turner returns to his hardcore roots on Möngöl Hörde, and I for one am glad about that. This album was released in May over here in England but I believe you Australians are only just getting it now, which is why I’m droning on about it in September.

It’s not a bad record, either. Turner is a fantastically erudite man, and the highlight of MH is his fluid, always entertaining lyricism. Like a likeable Henry Rollins, he holds forth amusingly on any number of subjects, backed up by a refreshingly unmetallic backing band that concentrate on noise and concussive force rather than just mindlessly riffing. Hence on Weak Handshake they don’t just churn away but create a truly nasty, claustrophobic backdrop over which Turner spits his lyrics with real – not manufactured – conviction.

Best tracks Winkyface: The Mark of A Moron, Weak Handshake and Your Problem (‘your problem is you’re all cunts’) merge angst, intelligence and bombast in a way not seen  in hardcore circles since the term became more important as a fashion statement than a design for living; at their best Möngöl Hörde bring to mind the likes of Fugazi and the Dead Kennedys as bands with something worethwhile to say amongst the shouting and swearing. 

Turner will probably go back to ‘delighting’ festival audiences with his folk-punk solo juggernaut  now, but I don’t care; He’s left us with this tremendous hardcore gift, a blueprint perhaps for other similarly pissed off youngsters to follow in the future. And if that means bands stop trying to sound like American mallrats with self esteem issues and more like sentient beings with well channelled anger and positive rage, then this will be a very important release indeed. Let’s hope so.  Oh, and by the way, if you need to know just how the Communists ruined Christmas, the answers are here. 

Möngöl Hörde is out now.