ste mccabe Hate Mail (CD, £8.25)label: Cherryade
Cherryade are delighted to unveil the debut album by Ste McCabe, fresh from the success of his EP "Pink Bomb." Since that release appeared back in February 2008 to widespread acclaim, Ste has been touring up and down the country, wowing audiences with his own inimitable brand of short, sharp and sarcastic queer-feminist punk-pop tunes. Hate Mail is an expansion of the themes found on "Pink Bomb," ranging from stinging indictments of stereotypical gay culture and men who are a complete waste of space to right-on-the-mark sniping at Daily Mail readers and the hopelessness of Party politics. There's also a version of 'Rant' with backing from The Bobby McGee's - what more could you want? The lo-fi fuzziness has a kind of Red Bull-style shock appeal and, together with his lyrics, goes towards making a short, sharp bullet of a record. "Infectiously catchy ranting riot-boy punk pop and no hint of any compromise." – Organ Zine. "Fab lo-fi queer bedroom punk, like Jilted John with political awareness." - Gay Times. "Ste McCabe is a positive hero...imagine a one man ranting DIY queercore punk rock riot with a drum machine and a hint of Morrissey." – Organ. “In an age where punk music has largely become watered down, commercial, chart-friendly and about as far removed from politics or real people’s lives as you could possibly get, it’s a relief and a joy to hear someone like Ste McCabe.” - Is This Music. “When I say 'talented gay Mancunian punk' you probably think of Pete Shelley from the Buzzcocks, right? Well, from now on, start thinking Ste McCabe as well.” - Lobster Quadrille. "Helen Love with her boots on." - Unpeeled.
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