Raw and blistering, with tons of punk attitude. These might be descriptive words for Italy's The Sovran and their debut CD No Song for a Non-Generation. Or maybe early Motorhead mixed with early Brit punk on crack cocaine. Since 1998 the band has released a bunch of demos and promo CDs. No Song for a Non-Generation is their first label release with international distribution.
The album is brief, under 27 minutes, and the songs concise, mostly around three minutes. Mostly, as I said, this is feisty and ferocious punk mixed with rock and roll. There's some sociopolitical attitude on, for example, Revolution #10 and Generation. Then there's Europa which sounds like U2 circa the Achtung Baby or Pop era on steroids. But mostly The Sovran are kicking ass and taking names throughout this work. Under the Flash is classic stuff, to name only one highlight.
Even with their erratic and eclectic history, The Sovran's No Song for a Non-Generation is a fine representation of punk meets rock with a bit of a metal edge. I was thinking that more songs were needed to make this disc a good value, but more music might have made No Song for a Non-Generation redundant and disappointing. Check it out.