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Now Hear This: Helen Love | Power On

I'm getting caught up on the good albums that have come out lately. Like this one.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Power On is the ninth album from Cardiff, Wales’ bubblegum-punk cult heroes Helen Love. Commenting on the announcement in typically vivacious fashion, vocalist Helen Love says: “New album time! Let’s buy some super cheap Woolworths amplifiers from the ’70s on ebay — 20 quid, bargain, LOVELY. They sound f*cking great. Let’s turn them up until they fall off the chairs they’re resting on. Now we can plug in our Silvertone guitars. Sheena has painted hers baby blue, because she can. She’s got a fuzzbox; got to have a fuzzbox. Get a f*cking FUZZBOX. We’re BORED with synths. Yuk. Unless it’s some sh*tty old ’80s casio thing. Carboot chic (b*llocks). We’ll just use that, OK? Weird noises? Stick it through a flanger.”

Spending the last year digging through her record collection and rediscovering her zest for the bands of her youth, Love has firmly reignited her passion for punk on forthcoming new album Power On, and it shows loudly, proudly and snottily on each and every staccato, pogo-inducing hit. “Rediscovering old punk records is ACE,” she enthuses. “X Ray Spex were the best band in the world; that album, F*CK!!! Love you forever Poly. Let’s get The Modern Lovers on, now — LOUD. 123456 kerChing CHING! I hope this record has ENERGY. WE had energy, recorded last July in the boiling HOT HOT HOT. Open the windows wide, KILL the neighbours, full steam ahead. Power On baby, POWER ON.”

Formed in 1992 and sticking to singles (31 to date!) and EPs (three) until their debut studio album Love and Glitter, Hot Days and Music was released in 2000, Helen Love have remained a prolific songwriting force across the past three decades, releasing eight studio albums to date.”