Tuesday, February 20, 2018

GAY KISS - ROUNDED DOWN 7"

Label:     Sorry State/ Blast House
Year:      2017
Country: USA

Gay Kiss from Phoenix, Arizona mix straight hardcorepunk with noise-rock and heavy mid-tempo parts.

MENTIRA - AUTOINITULADO 7"'

Label:     Nada Nada Discos
Year:      2017
Country: Brazil

Minimal synth-Punk from Brazil.

Friday, February 16, 2018

PADKAROSDA - TETOVA LELKEK LP

Label:     Static Age
Year:      2018
Country: Hungary

Brilliant mix of wild punk and death-rock/dark post-punk influences. The album came out in 2016 as a digital vile only and now Static Age put out a vinyl version. Highly recommended!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

MAPLE DEATH RECORDS

Maple Death is a quality label from Bologna, Italy doing quality work. The label put out some amazing releases, especially in the past year. It's no wonder, that the His Electro Blue Voice LP and the Tropical Trash/Brutal Birthday 7" were party of my "best of 2017" list. After this post I got in contact Jonathan Clancy, the guy behind Maple Death. Soon the idea grew to review some recent Maple Death releases and this is the result...

HAVAH - CONTRAVVELONE LP (Maple Death)
Havah is the brainchild of Michele Comarani, who was a member of La Quiete and Raein. To be honest I was never crazy about his previous bands, but with Havah he explores very different musical territories. This album offers an amazing mix of post-punk, death-rock and dark-wave, taking the best moments of Christian Death, Vex, Bauhaus and Joy Divsion. But in the end Havah create their very own unique style of goth-punk that sounds like a fresh breath. The songs find a perfect balance between catchy song structures and a cold gloomy atmosphere. Lyrically "Contravvelone" is based on the history of Italian anti-fascist resistance fighters during the Second Wolrd War. An outstandingly great post-punk album! (Listen to it here)

HIS CLANCYNESS - PALE FEAR/COMING UP EMPTY 7" (Maple Death)
What we have got here is a two track single from Bologna's His Clancyness. This four-piece has developed a non-conformist style, that crosses several musical boundaries. The vibe is like some arty krautrock is being channelled through classic Rough Trade postpunk/indie records. "Pale Fear" is a super diverse tune full of unexpected changes. On the flipside His Clanyness slow things done and deliver a well-done minimal pop number. The songs were recorded in Bristol in Portishead’s Invada Studios and the result is an exceptionally good production. An excellent 7". (Listen to it here)

HIS ELECTRO BLUE VOICE - MENTAL HOOP (Maple Death)
After numerous brilliant 7" releases and their Sub Pop debut album "Ruthless Sperm" Italy's His Electro Blue Voice are finally back with a brand new LP. In the past years this band has evolved and developed it's very own trademark sound. The result sounds like a early '90s UK shoegaze oufit trying to get into motorik and repetitive psych/krautrock bathwater while adding a heavy dose of noise-rock. Despite numerous different influences, each song forms a well conceived whole. One main highlight is the loud crashing guitar wall of sound with it's undercurrent of great melodies. A highly addictive spin. (Listen to it here

TROPICAL TRASH / BRUTAL BIRTHDAY - SPLIT 7" (Maple Death)
Tropical Trash's "Ufo Rot" LP was one of my favoruite releases of 2016 and now this Kentucky based group is back with this nice split 7", that came out in support of both band's recent Euro tour. The Tropical Trash side offers a powerful mid-tempo tune, built on driving bass lines and a lot of guitar/synth noise. It all sounds pretty evil and powerful and it's just another great example of Tropical Trash's unqiue style of post-punk/ post-hardcore. Brutal Birthday is a new band from Bologna. They draw from garagepunk, add a slight dose of noise-rock to the mix and bash things out with just the right amount of destruction. If I didn't know any better, I would think this a lost Siltbreeze group from the 1990s. A very promising first release! (Listen to it here)


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

DFMK - THE DFMK EXPERIENCE EP

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2017
Country: Mexico

A band from Tijuana, Mexico that recalls the classic sound of early Californian punk and hardcore. 

ГИЗМО - S/T CS

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2017
Country: Russia

Gizmo from Moscow play wild, reverb-friendly and heavy distorted hardcore-punk. 

SKIFTANDE ENHETER - MARKET SQUARE 7"

Label:     Market Square
Year:      2018
Country: Sweden

Yes, finally a second 7" from Skiftande Enheter. Probably the best current Swedish punk group. Sounds like a Swedish kbd outfit trying to get into Alternative TV/ Swell Maps bathwater. Great!

DELETIONS - ARCHIVES CS

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2018
Country: USA

Deletions from Harrisburg fuse frantic synth-punk with post-punk/wave influences. Imagine a mix of The Units, Geza X and The B-52's.

Monday, February 5, 2018

SHAKING HEADS - S/T LP

Label:     Ken Rock
Year:      2017
Country: Sweden

Great punkrock from Sweden.

Friday, February 2, 2018

PLASTIC - S/T LP

Label:     Lumpy
Year:      2018
Country: USA

Bleak goth-punk from Chicago.

Monday, January 29, 2018

THE CAVEMEN - BAND IN B.C. 7"

Label:     Weirdly
Year:      2017
Country: USA

Weird and noisy garage-punk. A total banger.

AUS - DEMO CS

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2018
Country: Germany

Driving post-punk/wave from Berlin. A very promising first release. Vinyl version will be out on Static Age Musik in some months. Don't miss it. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

PERVERTS IN WHITE SHIRTS - POWER TO THE SHEEPLE LP

Label:     Cruel Bones
Year:      2017
Country: Switzerland

Noisy electro-pop from Switzerland. Eight experimental and weird tunes. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

OUTTACONTROLLER - NO ECHO 7"

Label:     Jarama 45RPM
Year:      2018
Conutry: Canada

Brilliant punkrock/power-pop from Canada. Four super catchy tunes.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

API UIZ - PEPLUM LP

Label:     Kythibong/Les Potagers Natures/ Et Mon Cul C'est Du Tofu?/Attila Tralala/La Republique Des Granges/Red Wig
Year:      2017
Country: France

Experimental and totally unique post-punk from Bordeaux that fuses a wide range of different influences. Six instrumental tunes.

Monday, January 22, 2018

BIKINI COPS - THREE 7"

Label:     Drunken Sailor
Year:      2018
Country: Australia

The third EP from Bikini Cops features six short blasts of brilliant retro punk. Imagine a mix of The Saints and early Black Flag. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

UBIK - S/T 7"

Label:     Aaarght
Year:      2018
Country: Australia

You can't go wrong with a record released by Aaarght Records and this  7" is another great example. Last year Melbourne based four-piece Ubik released a brilliant demo cassette and now they are back with their vinyl debut. The four tracks fuse stomping classic '70s punkrock with goth and death-rock influences. Members of Red Red Krovvy, Masses, Internal Rot, Little Desert and Agents of Abhorrence. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

TORTÜR - NO SURRENDER, NO SURVIVE 7"

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2017
Country: USA

Fast and heavy distorted d-beat hardcore from Los Angeles. In the tradition of classic Swedish and Japanese d-beat. 

Friday, January 5, 2018

SIMMER - PAPER PRISMS LP

Label:     Dog Knight Productions
Year:      2016
Country: UK

Atmospheric and hard-hitting shoegaze.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

RATS BLOOD - UGLY 7"

Label:      Phobia/Distro-Y Records/Donnez-Moi Du Feu/Imminent Destruction
Year:       2017
Country: Ireland

Six tracks of d-beat driven hardcorepunk from Dublin. Heavily influenced by bands like Totalitär, Herätys or Warcry.