THE RELEASE OF Great War, the first new album by Rudimentary Peni in twenty-six years, is celebrated in a feature in UK newspaper The Guardian written by Iain Aitch.

‘Nobody else could make this music’: the return of underground punks Rudimentary Peni includes a whistlestop history of the band, explores the dynamic between Nick Blinko’s mental health battles and the band’s creative temper, and sets out the context in which the new album became a possibility.

As part of the piece, Aitch was able to tease out some commentary from Blinko on his own history and that of the band extracted through an email exchange. He observes that The Great War:

opens with one of bass player Grant Matthews’ unmistakably foreboding intros, before caustic guitar kicks in over Blinko’s plaintive recital of Anthem for Doomed Youth: one minute and 57 seconds of anger that sets the lo-fi, near-black metal tone for the rest.

The subject matter felt horribly apposite for the band:

“I felt World War I was sadly perfect for what we do,” says Blinko. “Some [of the album] even sounds like it. It’s long been deeply associated with madness.”

The Great War is released on 23 April 2021 on the Sealed Records label, and is available to pre-order in vinyl, CD and digital formats.

Iain Aitch. 2021. ‘Nobody else could make this music’: the return of underground punks Rudimentary Peni, The Guardian, 20 April, https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/apr/20/nobody-else-could-make-this-music-the-return-of-underground-punks-rudimentary-peni