The Spangles – Sweet FA

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label URL:!-Records
Released: 2019
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Band line-up:

Ben – Guitar/Vocals
Polly – Bass/Vocals
Ginna – Drums/Vocals


1. Growing Up
2. The Only One
3. One Good Reason
4. Dirty Pictures
5. Back On The Meds Again
6. I don’t Wanna Go
7. Get Over Yourself
8. Hold My Hand
10. Alone
11. Here We Go Again
12. Ramone


The Spangles are a UK based punk band who have been influenced by music of the 70s and feature members of The Main Grains and The Idol Dead. They released their latest album ‘Sweet FA’ on 2nd February through Raaa! Records. They booked 10 days with the amazing producer Dave Draper (The Wildhearts, Nickelback, Hey! Hello!) and travelled to the Midlands to record it. Soon enough the group had 12 exciting, speedy tracks.

To be honest, my immediate impressions of this album weren’t so good. Why in the world did this band start things off with a ridiculously cliched and simple chord progression? I was thinking ‘thank God the vocal melody on top of it is pretty good, otherwise they would be doomed’. It’s not long before the opening track’s guitar solo arrives though, and its classic rock tone really is gorgeous. Many 6 stringers play for decades and can’t work out how to attain the vibrato, etc. found in Sweet FA. The leads throughout the release are highly reminiscent of classic AC/DC and are reasonably flashy, too. Don’t be put off though, they don’t go on for too long and aren’t over the top.

From track 2 onwards, things are more creative. The songs aren’t exactly revolutionary but in terms of composition and fun listenability, they strongly compete with the likes of Green Day and Blink 182 at their best. Another strength of the music, is the way all the tunes and riffs are in the same style, making the album wonderfully consistent. However, they don’t sound too similar to each other, either. You won’t get bored!

In conclusion, this is great stuff but like countless other albums do, it has problems with originality. However, if it was released in the mid to late 70s, it would have most likely become an all time classic. Because of that, if you are new to relatively light punk, this release will make a good starter for you. To be clear, it would make a good addition to any punk collection. I’m sure many classic rock fans will appreciate this stuff too, as would anyone looking for a good time.

Review by Simon Wiedemann