CLowns Lucid AgainLike a knife at a gunfight, underrated Melbourne punks Clowns don’t pull any punches on their ball-busting third record, Lucid Again – their best work to date.

New members Hanny J on bass/vocals and Will Robinson on guitar add a new dimension, which propels their already extensive punk palette further afield. Everpresent, though, is frontman Stevie Williams’ gravelly squall; like a pack-a-day 80-year-old, Williams barks his way through highlights Like A Knife In A Gunfight, Painful Truth and Pickle. Closer Not Coping is a frenetically sweaty, nineminute circle pit of scuzzed-out psychedelia. The band’s penchant for chaos in their performances is still alive: Lucid Again nods its head to punk’s roots, but without a fleeting moment of nostalgia.

Lucid Again is out May 12 via Poison City.

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