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The Godfathers - Big Bad Beautiful Noise album review

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Suit-wearing post-pub rockers return for another round of broken hearts and black eyes

The Godfathers were/are one of the most underrated indie rock bands of the 80s, a genre-defying cadre of well-dressed guitar mafiosos who straddled deftly the sweaty working-class intensity of pub rock and Northern soul with the snarl and spit of 70s punk. You could dance to ‘em, you could fight to ‘em, burn down a trailer park, whatever. The band sunk into obscurity in the 00’s, but a modified and energised line-up – still led by lead howler Peter Coyne – re-emerged in the past decade.

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