Album Review: The Homeless Gospel Choir – The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal

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The Homeless Gospel Choir

The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal - A-F Records

The Homeless Gospel Choir are poised to release their new album, The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal, that follows on from the thankfully more consicisely titled lead single, Normal, that acted as a taster for the full length. The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal is an album that flows seamlessly between biting condemnations of the current political climate and tongue in cheek political satire, and manages to be simultaneously entertaining and fiercely relevant, which is nothing less than you’d expect from Derek Zanetti, the protest singer, author and artist who is the man behind The Homeless Gospel Choir.

Sixth Grade offers a brief opening flashback that is followed by Depression, a rapid fire slice of folk punk that is about being the sense of being an outsider that suddenly bursts into life with the a full band for the final verse. Crazy and Normal are fine slabs of punk rock that are counterbalanced by more downbeat numbers, such as Sometimes and Don’t Know, and Fear brings the strangest moment on the album, a disturbing psychotropic multi voiced dose of mental illness. The likes of Everyone and 1983 blend satire and punk rock perfectly whilst Alright is a heartfelt autobiographical protest song, and finally the album closes with the satirical and not exactly reverential take on religion, Holy Shit.

The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal is set to be released on August 18th via A-F Records and this album is one that has a tendency to grow on you, with each listen you’ll pick up a new lyric or hook that will make you spin the album again until you find yourself repeating this process until you’re caught in an endless loop. This is a unique album that has something that will appeal to everyone who has a love of punk rock, there are fine moments of defiant noisy punk that sit alongside the folk punk and moments of insight and strangeness, this is all delivered with a wit and sincerity that makes The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal a unique and deeply addictive album

The Homeless Gospel Choir Presents: Normal can be pre-ordered via A-F Records here