THE BRIEFS share a similar place in my heart to bands such as the Dickies, Toy Dolls and the Ramones. Fast paced, high energy, frenetic punk rock that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Formed in Seattle in 2000 they immediately set about a plan for world domination with their debut release "Hit after Hit". This showcased their ’77-style of loud, raucous, pop punk, heavily influenced by such esteemed UK bands as the Undertones and Adverts. Continuing their assault over the next few years, matters culminated in 2007 with the release of a feature-length documentary about the band, entitled "The Greatest Story Ever Told". However, at that point the trail went cold and the band appeared to slip into indefinite hiatus. That is until now.

So, after more than a decade of inactivity, Daniel J Travanti, Chris Brief, Steve E Nix (geddit!) and Kicks re-emerge onto the musical landscape with "PLATINUM RATS".

And, as soon as the infectious hook of opener "Bad Vibrations" crashes through your speakers, it is plain to see that nothing has changed much in their World. They certainly haven't mellowed into a middle age soft rock act as they still deliver full throttle,100 mph, blitzkrieg punk rock, proven by the fact that only two tracks on the album clock in at over 2 minutes 46 seconds.

"Shopping Spree" careers like a run away train for a minute and a half, followed by the only slightly longer "Nazi Disco", which culminates with the laudable lyrics "I don't need your Nazi disco. We don't want your Nazi disco. I don't need your Nazi disco... Now!".

"She a Rat" definitely sounds like something that would have graced an early Dickies album, being both catchy and humorous. "GMO Mosquito" at 4 minute 2 seconds is comfortably the longest track on the album, but hardly what you would call their Bohemian Rhapsody. The pace remains unaltered, with some nice semi-Only Ones guitar solos and I can't think of many songs, whatever their musical genre, that are about genetically modified insects.

Whilst "Underground Dopes" and "I Hate the World" carry on the frantic pace, my only criticism of the album is that perhaps it suffers from the lack of an occasional slower number to break up the continual aural assault.

As previously noted with "Nazi Disco", for all their infantile appearance, the band are not afraid to comment on the political landscape. However, "The Thought Police Are On The Bus" seems to take a more general swipe at politicians of all persuasions. Given the absolute shambles recently seen in Parliament, I think they might have a pretty good grasp of the incompetence of British politicians at the moment.

There's little time to draw breath as the frenetic pace continues unabated with "Dumb City" and "Out of Touch". Both follow the bands' time honoured tradition of frenzied, three chord thrash that brings pure joy to the heart of old punks like me. Penultimate song "Kids Laugh At You" is the lead single from the album and already out, whilst matters are rounded out by "What's The Use", with a bass line that brings back memories of Warning by Green Day.

So, after a decade away, The Briefs return and the World is a better place for having them back. So, do yourself a favour and check out the CD when its released in the UK on April 12 on Damaged Goods.