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NUCLEAR SOCKETTS – OVERLOAD (OVERGROUND RECORDS)
(Review from www.punkoiuk.co.uk)

Emerging from Kings Lynn, East Anglia in early 1979, Nuclear Socketts went through all the trials and tribulations of small-town punk bands; local gigs, changing line-ups, practice in local church halls and low key gigs anywhere and everywhere. Eventually through hard work the band started to emerge as a force to be reckoned with creating their own effective, melodic punk sound. 1981 saw the band release their two singles ‘Honour Before Glory’ EP, that included the hypnotic ‘Spy In My Brain’ and ‘Play Loud’, another release that distanced the band from the thrash merchants of the neu-punk movement. Both are included here in their entirety alongside another fifteen live cuts from the band live at Lowestoft College in 1981 that offers a real taster of just what a solid and talented unit the band were. Although the bands ability to bang together a decent tune and desire to create memorable riff laden stompers saw them set apart from the prevailing punk sound of that period, they still managed to create a decent local following and attracted the interest of John Peel who invited the band into the studio to record a session for his show. In the end after various disappointments and failing to secure the elusive record deal the band called it a day but not before inspiring a legion of East Anglian bands to carry the flame.
4 out of 5
Review by Sean McGhee

NUCLEAR SOCKETTS “Overload” (Review from LOUD FAST RULES)

Overground does it again, another long lost UK band rescued from obscurity by punk historian John Esplen! Nuclear Socketts existed from 79-83 and released two excellent EPs of Clash influenced punk rock. Both of these EPs are here, along with a fantastic live set from March 1981 at John Peel’s Roadshow. The disc really captures the energy and power of the Nuclear Socketts, a band that really deserves to be remembered. Top notch! (www.overgroundrecords.co.uk)
JRM


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NUCLEAR SOCKETTS “Overload” CD (Review from MAXIMUM ROCK'N'ROLL, USA)

NUCLEAR SOCKETTS, from England, existed from 1979-'83, during which time they released a pair of 7"s and a one-song flexi; this discography CD collects both studio records and the entire set from which the flexi's track was culled. The band played dark, catchy mid-tempo melodic punk quite similar to, though ultimately not as transcendent as the likes of CRISIS or ZOUNDS. Still the studio material is quite solid, especially the opener, "Pretender's Zeal"." As always, Overground does an excellent job with the reissue, including liner notes, photos, old newspaper and fanzine clippings, and the like. Twenty tracks in all...well worth checking out. (CS)
(Overground, PO Box 1NW, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE 991NW, UNITED KINGDOM. www.overgroundrecords.co.uk)



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