t’s been more than 15 years since Channel 3 last put out a full record of new music and time has clearly been good to the band. The group’s sound has evolved immensely since their early ‘80s hardcore days and what they lack in ferocity, they now more than make up for in lyrical prowess and tight muscular riffs.
Though decidedly still a punk band on their latest, Put ‘Em Up (like on the politically-charged tune “The God You Deserve”), elsewhere the band trots out their varied influences, from power pop to straight ahead rock. Though I’m not certain this is necessarily a concept record, written and recorded after last year’s election, the political and social themes are all over this album.
Like many of their contemporaries both here (Bad Religion) and overseas (Stiff Little Fingers, Cock Sparrer), Channel 3 is putting out some of their best stuff in years: It certainly looks like punk really is a veteran’s game. The band is celebrating their reemergence with sets at a number of punk events this fall, including the aptly titled Punks Not Dead and Remember The Punks festivals.