Leeds trio Cowtown are to release their third album, Dudes vs. Bad Dudes, on the Sheffield based label The Audacious Art Experiment. Cowtown have been around since 2005 with various line-up changes and this latest record sees them coming out with tunes that have more structure than those early days.
Dudes vs. Bad Dudeshas a great post punk feel to it accompanied by plenty of keyboards it makes up for a really interesting album. This is demonstrated on opener I’ve Heard Enough, which really makes the album start with a bang. Panasonic Youth is slightly more melodic while Love Is A Lie is a real bouncy number with a great chorus. Next up Animals starts off with some great riffs before displaying Hilary Knott’s talents as a lead vocalist as she takes the reins from Jon Nash. Monotone Face is one of the stand out moments on the record and its stop start feel really helps it to develop into a fantastic track.
Moving on to Nightbeats which is a heavier moment but helps to keep up the pace of the album while S.Y.P.S keeps the rock vibe going and is another great moment with great temp changes throughout the track. Nohumdrumkeeps the record moving along well then; Ski School is another belter and is a tune that should really get audiences moving. The album is a really good one and Cowtown end it superbly with Punk Enough To Know Better which ends up developing into a wall of noise.
You can get the album here.