Back in the ’80s when I was a young lad just discovering the world of punk and metal, one band used to really fucking scare me. I’ve no idea why – I’d never heard them and I didn’t know that much about them, but they really terrified me! That band was Portland scumbags Poison Idea. So here I am in 2015, giving their new album a spin praying that it doesn’t give me flashbacks to the ’80s!

Well, on a more serious note, the band are now 35 years into their career and, despite tragedy hitting the group with the death of long-time guitarist Pig Champion, the Portland outfit have soldiered on with the result being Confuse & Conquer, their first new material since Pig Champion’s death. Give it a spin and you’ll find that Confuse & Conquer is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand there are tracks like “Me & JD” where the album is absolutely everything you would want from a Poison Idea album – a grubby, filthy, fuck-you sounding cocktail of punk, rock, thrash and hardcore. However, there is another side to this record like the country-inspired “Dead Cowboy” where Poison Idea step outside their comfort zone with the sort of curveball that demonstrates a real “couldn’t give a fuck” attitude.

35 years is a long time to be blasting out the sort of bile-soaked punk rock that Poison Idea have been doing and, curveballs aside, Confuse & Conquer continues that legacy. You even get the feeling that somewhere, Pig would be looking down and he’d be mighty proud of that legacy!

Track Listing:

01. Bog
02. Me & JD
03. Psychic Wedlock
04. Hypnoptic
05. Trip Wire
06. I Don’t Know You
07. Cold Black Afternoon
08. The Rhythm’s Of Insanity
09. Dead Cowboy
10. Beautiful Disaster
11. Reprise

Run Time: 34:39
Release Date: April 6, 2015

Check out the album ‘Confuse & Conquer’ here.


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.