THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING
TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘DOUBLE NEGATIVE’ ON 9TH MARCH 2018
“I’ve always preferred ‘Victorian-themed punk rock’,” says Andy Heintz, charismatic pink-bearded frontman with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, when asked to give a name to the band’s genre. Andrew O’Neill, guitarist/vocalist and co-founder, pauses for a second then grabs the perfect self-description out of the ether. “Anachro-Punk!”
Formed ten years ago, but with hearts rooted firmly in 1888, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing (the name, of course, derives from a chalk inscription found in Whitechapel near the bloodied apron of Ripper victim Catherine Eddowes) are a band who have been closely associated with the Steampunk subculture.
Musically, Double Negative is arguably the band’s least ‘steam’, and most ‘punk’ album yet. “As we’ve navigated through our albums,” O’Neill explains, “we’ve been less and less concerned with Steampunk, and less and less concerned with Victoriana, and more and more bothered with what sounds do we want to make? It’s much more hardcore punk than ’77 punk. It’s heavier, and less obviously funny.” Burrows calls it “a streamlined, angry, short record” which “starts off as straightforward hardcore meets New Wave Of British Heavy Metal”, but “gets weirder as it goes along”. Big Black, Swans, Refused, Gang Of Four and Slayer are all mentioned as having informed its sound.
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing are, O’Neill believes, The Band That Have Found Their True Direction. “We’re finally turning into the band we would have been,” he says, shaking himself free from invisible Steampunk shackles.
Simon Price, Feb 2018
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing on tour:
MON 12 MAR – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
TUE 13 MAR – Newcastle, Trillians
WED 14 MAR – Edinburgh, Bannermans
THU 15 MAR – Birmingham, Castle & Falcon
SAT 17 MAR – York, Fulford Arms
SUN 18 MAR – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms
MON 19 MAR – Cardiff, Globe
TUE 20 MAR – Chester, The Live Rooms
WED 21 MAR – Leicester, The Shed
THU 22 MAR – Exeter, The Cavern
FRI 23 MAR – London, The Dome
SAT 24 MAR – Southampton, Joiners
SUN 25 MAR – Bristol, The Exchange
TUE 17 JUL – Detroit US, Motor City Steamcon