Your Own Accord - Sancho Panzer - Album Review
The debut album from the Exeter pop-punk rockers, Sancho Panzer is a really decent first effort. I’m liking the album, however I am not loving it. When I heard the lead in single It Can Only Be So Good I was instantly hooked and looked forward to hearing the new album in full. However, the more I listened the more disinterested I became. This is not to say it’s a bad album, far from it, just a little disappointing. So I put off reviewing it for a while to see if the album could win me back around. The answer? Well… Yes and no. Let’s start at the beginning.
Sancho Panzer are a pop-punk band from Exeter, U.K., and clearly inspired by mainstream punk staples of the past such as The Clash and The Ramones. Their musical style falls somewhere between punk, pop-rock, indie and alt. rock. The three piece collective play somewhat catchy and fun tunes, that you can sing along to such as the aforementioned single which grabs the ear really well and the formula works nicely for them. Their debut album is nicely produced and has some damn decent tunes on it that I really like, all of their elements come together really nicely and blend well too. The guitars, bass and drums sound great and the vocals are enticing and fun to sing along with. The whole feel of the album gets you rocking, all of the songs have that rock horns up, headbanging feel to them. Really, if alternative-pop-punk-rock is your sort of thing you're going to love this album and the band in general.
However for me the album feels really lacklustre, it’s missing something and I just can’t put my finger on it. For all of the good songs like It Can Only Be So Good, Shaolin Punk, Gas Leak Waiting For A Match and There’s More To Life Than PG Tips the rest of the album just doesn’t grab me in the same way. Maybe if this was an EP with 5 really good songs, rather than an album, I wouldn’t feel such a sense of burnout by the end of it. If what I’ve described sounds like your sort of thing then you’ll like it fine and my problems won’t even be a factor. This is an OK album in my eyes, something I could put on but nothing I really want to shout about.
Words: Mick Birchall