The Rank Deluxe

Hailing from south east London, The Rank Deluxe were an atypical indie outfit by any standard, sharing as much of an affinity with Grime or old school UK punk as they did with most of their supposed contemporaries. In thrall to no one, by turns willful, divisive and difficult (but also intuitive and funny), the band’s legacy lies in the shape of it’s dazzlingly ambitious and surprisingly diverse debut ‘You Decide’ – a furious car-crash of punk-rock, reggae, rock-steady and even zonked psychedelia - as startling for it’s tunes as the band’s instinctive, intuitive knack for aligning musical and social commentaries that similarly characterized bands like The Specials, Ian Dury or Gang of Four in the late ‘70s and early ‘80’s.

Summer 2006’s opening salvo of three punchy and exhilaratingly raw AA side singles – ‘Doll Queue’, ‘Style’ & ‘Poorman’s Cab’ threw The Rank Deluxe into sharp relief: NME suddenly found itself witnessing ‘the rowdiest, angriest punk rock explosion in the capital’, Uncut describing their set-closer ‘Style’ as a ‘thug-rock masterpiece’ while John Kennedy at Xfm made every release a Single Of The Week.

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