Over the last few years there's been an increasing amount of punk bands coming to my attention whose members could be described as having been around the block a few times.
That's far from a criticism though.
Nine times out of ten they're rag dolling their youthful peers about stages up and down the fair isle of ours.
That's probably down to them having paid their dues numerous times, and it also helps that they have wealth of musical knowledge that they can dip into to influence their own original material.
In the main there's rarely a downside to those of a certain vintage taking the gloves off and stepping into the ring.
All of this, and more, is true about The Mardigras Bombers, the latest band to get the STP records treatment.
Slip the disc in and from the start they are grabbing you by the scruff of the neck and dragging you along on a historical tour of the sounds of punk rock.
It's all very high quality stuff to.
There's none of that Exploited nonsense, or garbled shouty shouty bollocks.
Instead there's the Dead Boys, The Dead Kennedys, The Damned, the dub reggae sound that was so prevalent when punk was finding its feet, The Stranglers and..........well so much that you could be here for hours listing the nuggets of influences that flavour the album.
The good thing about the multiple influences is that The Mardigras Bombers end up avoiding sounding like any singular band, and instead come across as a deep melting pot of all that is good about the genre.
Every time I put the album on something else floats to the surface to impress me.
It's quickly becoming my one stop shop for punk goodness.
If I was to rate bands out of five stars for the blog then 'Come on in' is a six star album that's edging closer to a seven the more I listen to it.