Since Shelley’s death, guitarist Steve Diggle has taken over lead vocal duties, and “Gotta Get Better” is actually a reworking of a solo track Diggle released back in 2014. In the Buzzcocks’ hands, “Gotta Get Better” is a nice bit of power-pop that finds Diggle driving home the song’s titular affirmation over a blast of guitars and breakneck drums. The song even boasts an expertly executed false ending that leads perfectly into Diggle’s closing guitar solo.
“Destination Zero,” meanwhile, is equally energetic but a little more ragged as Diggle bellows over a restless crunch of guitars, “All the things they told you are not what they seem/Living in space city, but they don’t know what it means/Destination, destination zero.”
The Buzzcocks will release “Gotta Get Better” and “Destination Zero” as a limited edition orange vinyl seven-inch via Cherry Red Records. The band will also embark on a short North American tour that starts May 18th in San Diego and wraps May 27th in Seattle.