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Screaming Tarts Volume 3 (20-track compilation album)
Reviewed By Steve Rudd

Already it's the third album in the series, and Screaming Tarts: Volume 3 is both sounding better and looking sleeker than ever.

Once again the creator and webmaster of the hugely popular music e-zine (that long-haired, good-looking fellow called Mr Martyn from Driffield, East Yorkshire) has done himself proud, given the fact that he's once again collated a monstrous bunch of storming Glam-Punk-Rock-fuelled anthems.
Now with a full-colour inlay that's dominated by Mr Martyn's blatant obsession with pink, there are full details inside of all the bands featured, with lively Leeds rockers Phluid setting the ball rolling with their punk-powdered, pop-bellied Bang Bang blast that comes complete with an explosively political chorus. Frontman Polly coolly chants I love my country, but I fear my government. And boy does he have one hell of a point.
I've been obsessed with Phluid and their music for the past six years (and so has Mr Martyn); thus, it probably comes as little surprise that Bang Bang is my favourite track of all on this album, yet the other nineteen tracks are - to be fair - just as downright amazing in their own rights, especially when you've got the grungy rock of Mary Jane's Love (with the feisty Teri Flynn on lead vocals), before The Alive deliver their Away tune: a stadium-sized and riff-roaring anthem.

Eccentric lads The Evangelists, meanwhile, proffer the crazy Alt.-rock cut Microwave Man, which somehow comes on like a cross between SOAD's most intense weirdness and Sack Trick's tongue-in-cheek brilliance.
The Uniting The Elements troupe, delivering passionate fem-fronted hard rock, is clearly a band to look out for in the future if the strength of their haunting Thank you song is anything to go by, yet some hardcore underground rock musos might just already be familiar with the voice of The Visions' singer. Yes, that distinctive voice belongs to Greg McDonald, the ex-frontman of the glorious Dawn Parade (RIP). Now, with his Visions, he belts out Morrissey's Tongue, which is a sweeping and heart-rending thing of truth and beauty.

For those people who like their rock a little darker, Devilish Presley's adrenalised Black Glitter proves to be exhilarating stuff, and somewhat Placebo-esque in style.
And for those people who like Hollyoaks (yes, the C4 soap that's set in cosmopolitan Chester), check out Chairmen of The Bored and their song Suffocating, as band singer Ben Gerrard used to act in the programme, don't you know!
Mention has to also go to Robin Black's lust-driven Seventeen tune: trust me, just turn it up -and get your rocks off.

And all of the above-mentioned bands and songs are a mere taster of what's in store on this outstanding album.
As with previous Screaming Tarts releases, there's not one single dull track therein, and there's a thrilling mix of both pretty well-known bands and newer bands that you might not have heard of yet.
For sure, that pesky Mr Martyn sure knows his stuff when it comes to sifting out the wheat from the chaff, and what you've got here in Screaming Tarts: Volume 3 is nothing less than the best of the best Rock 'n' Roll music to thrill mind, body and soul in 2006. In fact, to thrill mind, body and soul to infinity and beyond.
Copies of the album are only 6 each, and are now available direct from the website.

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