Song competition: Featured entry - Bomb Factory

HEMINGFORD punks Bomb Factory are back with their first demo CD in two years - and it s worth the wait. One of the songs has been entered in the Almost Famous song competition. The three-track collection, recorded at Zoo Audio studios in Milton, kicks

HEMINGFORD punks Bomb Factory are back with their first demo CD in two years - and it's worth the wait. One of the songs has been entered in the Almost Famous song competition.

The three-track collection, recorded at Zoo Audio studios in Milton, kicks off with the fierce Shoot To Kill.

It's a shocking and surprising track as it abandons the darkly comic streak of their previous songs. The song is about the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead by police at Stockwell tube station in 2005.

It's uncompromising and unsettling. Sounds of the underground chug around the spiky guitars and the lyrics are venomous.

Idiot Box sees the humour return with a melodramatic tirade against the moving wallpaper of television.

The performance from Ranting Jack is perhaps his best yet - it's the sound of a man descending into insanity, most probably at the banality of life witnessed on the TV.

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Final song Little Miss Hitler is the band's entry to the Almost Famous song competition and possibly the band's most poppy tune to date. The guitars steal the show with angular riffs that Franz Ferdinand and Editors might woo indie boys and girls onto the dancefloor with.

With Jack repeatedly screaming "She's the devil in a D-cup" they'll be a few smiles on the dancefloor. It's such a great song that I'm breaking my longstanding rule of not reviewing songs with a cowbell in them. It's that good.

* To download the demo and artwork visit www.bomb-factory.co.uk or listen at: www.myspace.com/burncambridgeburn

CHRIS BOLAND