It has been a long wait for fans of British dance-punk band Does It Offend You, Yeah? Their debut album You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into was released in March 2008 and after two years of touring, promoting and recording, fans had expected the follow-up album in mid-2010.
The band began dropping new material at concerts throughout 2010 and even gave away a free single in August but the release date for the new album got pushed out first to January then March 2011. Well, the wait is finally over and Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You is due out on March 14 in the UK and March 15 in the United States.
Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You opens with “We Are the Dead” which was the free single. A sedate, indie opening gives way to a raucous, stomping anthem intended to resurrect the band and, indeed, wake the dead. Lead vocalist James Rushent explains: “It’s about reincarnation and regeneration. Coming back from the dead. That’s why we picked it as our first free giveaway, to say we’re still alive.” “We Are The Dead” is a massive track and certainly one of my favourites on the album.
Next up is “John Hurt”, so named because it was originally intended that John Hurt appear on the track before a particularly useless ex-manager missed his window with the actor. Initially taking a break from the mayhem of the previous track, “John Hurt” is a menacing and angry track that descends once again into pure chaos. While playing this album to death over the past couple of days, it is this track that has been in my head when I have woken up each morning. It is sheer brilliance and one can only hope that the band finally get together with John Hurt in the future and issue a remix.