Thursday, February 28, 2013

LE CHOMAGE - S/T LP

LE CHOMAGE - S/T LP (Brique / Pouet! Schallplatten / Animal Biscuit)
Le Chomage are featuring members of many bands I've never been really into, but I guess thousands of other blog rockers are jumping for joy as I type AH Kraken, Scorpion Violente, Dreams, Crash Normal, The Normals and Feeling Of Love. However this four-piece from Strasbourg plays brilliant noisy postpunk with various different influences. A few songs sound like the riffs were stolen from Wires "Pink Flag" masterpiece. But then the very next number is made with driving basslines comparable to Joy Division and cold dissonant guitars in the vein of Birthday Party. They even throw in some 60s garage/ psych in the tradition of Jack Of Heart, Demon's Claw and Black Lips. And it all captures this kind of arty approach well known from The Intelligence, even if Le Chomage play a different kind of music. All those influences are mixed together to be modified with Le Chomage's very own chaos of heavy noise, feedbacks and sick vocal + guitar effects. A fuckin' brilliant postpunk record and probably the best French band since a long time. (Listen to it here)

BLOODY HAMMER - S/T 12"

BLOODY HAMMER - S/T 12" (Hardcore Victim)
I like Oi!, even if I think most Oi! bands suck. The task is, not to drift into something cheesy, while keeping it primtive and catchy. Bloody Hammer are a good example, how Oi! music functions very well. They are featuring members of Pisschrist, Kromosom and Straight Jacket Nation and this five-piece from Melbourne is heavily influenced by British bands from the early 80s. The record is filled with obvious links to Blitz, The Business, The Oppressed, Cock Sparrer and Stiff Little Fingers. All songs are based on plenty of great melodies, driving bass lines and catchy guitar riffs. The vocals are super throaty. Plus they often use brilliant sing-alongs, in order to underline their classic Oi! vibe. On the other hand this 12" also captures the heavyness of hardcore. While listening to the songs it becomes clear, that's it made by people, who are usually playing in hardcore bands, even if they keep it all midtempo. That's why Blood Hammer are comparable to other current Oi! bands like Criminal Damage from Portland or Battle Ruins from Boston. So if you're looking for some fresh, non-painful Oi!, this ones for you!  (Listen to it here)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

OBNOX - SMOKE WOODY HAZE 12"

OBNOX - SMOKE WOODY HAZE 12" (12XU)
The next instalment in the fast growing Obnox discography. Obnox is the moniker of Bim Thomas, who is well known from Puffy Areolas, The Bassholes or This Moment In Black History. While all previous Obnox releases were a noisy mix of garage, Per Ubu style protopunk and free-jazz, "Smoke Woody Haze" is the first one with a hip-hop influence, making it sound even more unique. To be honest I'm not very much into hip-hop, but I totally dig Obnox' interpretation of hip-hop. The opening track "dough" is a great start and a successfull experiment of merging garage punk with rap vocals. While listening to "Cash Weed Green" there's even a slight motown soul influence apparent. The last track from the a-side "Magnetix Attract" leads into a more noisy lo-fi style, comparable to Obnox' first "I'm bleeding now" LP. The b-side features four different versions of "Smoke Woody Haze". They are all less catchy, but more weird and noisy - a kind of music less easily to understand. It all sounds like taking drugs to make music to take drugs to. "Weed smoke blown out on the hip-hop tip with a cle punk feel appeal to it" is the description on the frontcover. I think this sums it up very well. Great stuff! (Listen to it here)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

VACANT VALLEY RELEASES

THE NEW SEASON - S/T 12" (Vacant Valley)
A reissue of the only recordings by this short-lived three-piece from Melbourne. The six songs originally came out as a CDR in 2003. Only 150 copies were made back then. This 12" also only came out in a edition of 300 limited records and these recordings definitely deserved an vinyl reissue! The New Season merge two different styles: On the one hand it sounds like pure Aussie rock'n'roll and the other hand the recordings shows influences of late 80s US indie/ postpunk. The sound of the guitar has this Stooges high energy rock'n'roll vibe comparable with the second wave of Aussie punk in the mid and late 80s. Simular to bands like Bored!, Sabotage, Celibate Rifles, The Twenty Second Sect and Cosmic Psychos. The indie/ postpunk influence is apparaent in connection with their songwriting and arrangements. The vocal style also seems so to be heavily influenced by J Mascis. So it seems like The New Season got their inspiration from several Dinosaur Jr., Hüsker Dü and Lemondheads records. But in the end it's there very own unique style. Top notch stuff! (Listen to it here)
 
PSY ANTS - BIT TONGUE PRIK 12" (Vacant Valley)
This record really derserves to be called "noise-rock" and emphasis is definitely on "noise". Psy Ants are focsued on massive drum beats and driving bass lines. The guitar produces feedbacks, reverbs, dissonant riffage and all kinds of squeaking for most of the time. There are only a few regular, straight riffs. On top of that there are languid and monoton vocals modified with echo effects. The production sounds clear and dry with a focus on the rhythm section. Especially the drums are very well produced with a super powerful sound. The production is comparable with Shellac and Steve Albini recordings, even if Psy Ants play a much more noisy, and weird style of noise-rock. In the first place this is broken and damaged music. Psy Ants are definitely not one of the million band, trying to imitate what's hip today. This is their very own  no-compromise noise.(Listen to it here) 

 
VA - ROUGH END OF THE STICK LP (Vacant Valley)
This is compilations features 19 current Melbourne bands and solo artists, each contributing  one track. There's not a single boring track. It's a well done document of the current underground scene of Melbourne, capturing a large variety of different genres and many pretty unknown acts. NTH Wheel start with a gloomy noise-punk germ. The Bunytip Moon play Blanks Dog like wave-punk. White Walls are into early 90s indie. Full Ugly's quiet indie-folk reminds me of Bitch Prefect. Go Genre Everything's weird electro-pop is made with sick vocal effects. Popolice have a great bandname and play weird indie-pop not unlike Half Japanese. Superstar contrubute a quiet instrumental psych number. Where Were You At Lunch sound like the US band Flight, which means it's noisy electro punk. The Clits are comparable with The Intelligence, even if their artpunk has a 60s pop influence. Mad Nanna start the b-side with their very own monotone folk. Pop Singles sound very British. For fans of 80s UK wave, postpunk and indie. Dane Certificate play dissonant postpunk not unlike Wire or The Fall. Sir Good Grobble are comparable with Black Bug's electropunk. Joussiance play ugly and noisy female-fronted grunge-punk. Deep Heat have a sense for great melodies and hooks not unlike Hot Snakes. The Stevens are another band with a very British sound, focused on catchy indie and pospunk from the 80s. Wolf 359 sound like a band on Not Not Fun with their hot easy-listening electro sounds. Pronoun are into 80s minimal wave and Ratsak finish this compilation with straight blasting punkrock / proto-hardcore. All bands are great, but my favourites are: The Bunytip Moon, White Walls, Pop Singles, Jouissance, Deep Heat, The Stevens and Ratsak. This LP is a must have! (Listen to it here)

Friday, February 22, 2013

LIBYAN HIT SQUAD / ROUND EYE – FULL CIRCLE LP

LIBYAN HIT SQUAD / ROUND EYE – FULL CIRCLE LP (Ripping) 
Hailing from Orlando, Florida Libyan Hit Squad combine 80s US hardcore with the complex sound of Nomeansno, Victims Family and Minutemen. When they play fast, straight and frantic hardcore, they're comparable with Flag Of Democracy or Dead Kenndedys on 45rpm. All six songs are super tight with plenty of variations. The titeltrack "Full Circle" features Greg Ginn (Black Flag) on lead-guitar. It's a instrumental number, heavily influenced by progressive rock and free-jazz. Not unlike Greg Ginn's latest releases with his The Taylor Texas Corrugators, even if the punk roots are apparent here. Round Eye from Shanghai are not any less unconventional and they are by far the best Chinese band I've ever heart of. They merge easy listening with Per Ubu style protopunk and the funky parts of Firehose and Minutemen to create their very own unique style of punk. Apart from X-Ray Spex, Round Eye are probably the only band, that uses a saxophone and it doesn't suck. Both bands on this split LP play a style of music, that sounds like a lost SST release from the mid 80s. So if you dig open-minded, experimental punk, you'll be digging Libyan Hit Squad and Round Eye. (Listen to it here)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Interview with THE LIVING EYES

The Living Eyes are garage quartet from Geelong, Australia. They've released two brilliant 7"s and there's a self-titled debut full length coming very soon. Billy (guitar + vocals) answered my questions.


How would you describe Living Eyes in just three words?
Rock And Roll

Are you named after the Radio Birdman LP or the Bee Gees song (hopefully not)?
Neither, the Living Eye was a venue in Texas that 13th Floor Elevators played at.

You’re first 7” came out on a Spanish label. How did that work out?
it could have worked out better. there was a delay with the release of it because Saturno got ripped off by the plant which was a major bummer for them! There was also a problem with the track 'thinking of you' - it got sped up during the pressing so now the singer has a mega high pitched voice ha. But the Saturno dudes rule so it worked out alright in the end. 

You’re running Anti Fade records. Please give is a quick insight, which records you’ve released so far and what this label is about!
I've only released 7"s so far. they are (in chronological order) Living Eyes, Cobwebbs, Hierophants, Frowning Clouds, the Bonniwells, Gooch Palms, Straight Arrows and Useless Eaters. The label is not so much about making money, its just something i run from my bedroom and it seems to keep me busy.

You’ve also released the second Living Eyes 7” on Anti Fade. What is the advantage of releasing records by your own and keeping things DIY?
The biggest advantage to releasing my own band is that i don't have to give 20% of the copies to the artist like usual, ha! Besides that its not so great because I have to talk myself up in press releases etc

What do you prefer: music blogs or printed fanzines?   
I prefer blogs because that way you can send links to people (and receive links) with great ease.

Tell us about the current Aussie 60s garage/ psych scene. The Straight Arrows were the first band I’ve recognized a few years ago. Now there are so many more. Which ones are worth to check out?
Straight Arrows are my favourite! the Otchkies from brisbane keep it pretty 60s as well as my good buddies the Frowning Clouds. most bands have developed a more punk approach to it these days though which i like and i think a lot of others do too. bands like Ooga Boogas, UV Race, Total Control, Cobwebbs, Raw Prawn, Woollen Kits have all been doing really great stuff lately. 

Which compilation series do you prefer: “Before The Birdmen Flew” or “Where The Birdmen Flew”? (60s Aussie Psych or 70s Aussie Punk?)
Both are great but I prefer "Where Birdmen Flew". X, Victims, Psycho Surgeons = hits!
 
The whole Australian underground scene has produced so many new exciting bands in the last couple of years. Do you have any explanations for this development?
Nah not really - I guess one band did it and then that inspired other people to do it to. 

Many Australian bands are on American labels and it seems like the US scene is a lot more focused on Australian bands than people here in Europe. Do you agree and do you have any explanations?
Yeah I agree to a certain extent, it just depends what genre the band is. My friends the Frowning Clouds play pretty true 60s tunes and they have a big following in Europe. But bands with a slightly more punk sound seem to get more attention in the US, maybe it has something to do with easter bilby distro - its run in memphis and specialises in australian stuff.

I’m wondering, if people worldwide know any current German bands. So do you listen to any music made by krauts?
I can't say i do know much im sorry! I've heard things here and there though cause a bunch of my friends are into lots of it, Neu is a common one.

Another question about the Australian scene: I think, there are not many foreign bands touring Australia, at least when it comes to smaller bands. What do you think, might be the reason for that? Or am I wrong?
Yeah there could be more but i guess its just hard to get the money together to make a worthwhile trip out of it. They have to charge $25 - $50 at shows to break even and I wouldn't pay that unless its one of my favourite bands.

If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be?
Tough call. someone who's music doesn't seem to age like Bo Diddley.

What is on your record player right now?
Boomgates "bright idea" 7" is still there from the other morning - its a good record to wake up to. 

What is coming down the line for Living Eyes? Tours? Releases?…
LP! out april 1st on Anti Fade, a 7" should be out just before then too on an Italian label "Kuma records". then a 7" on "Goodbye Boozy" should take place mid year. And hopefully before the year is out we can squeeze out another long player.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

CANDELILLA - HEART MUTTER LP

CANDELILLA – HEART MUTTER LP (ZickZack)
To be honest, I think most current German are pretty boring. It's all about playing a style of music, that has been hip in the USA two years ago, instead of creating something unique. Candelilla from Munich are defintely more than just a another average reproduction. This all-girl four-piece recorded a true masterpiece, made with sheer creativity. They combine heavy drum beats with noisy, yet catchy guitarriffs, piano melodies and energetic bass lines. It's all focused on super complex and varied vocals. They are spoken, screamy or melodic, often made with multiple voices. There's even a spare use of canons. The smart lyrcis aren't less unconventional: they merge German with English language in a really exceptional way. The result sounds like Sonic Youth, Pixies, Shellac and Fugazi, but in the end it's Candelilla's very own and unique style. There are no typical song titles. Instead of that they've numbered their songs in chronologic order. Steve Albini recorded "Heart Mutter" in Chicago, so no suprise: it's a powerful, but clear production, giving the rhythm-section some extra punch. This is the best German underground record since years. You need to hear this band! (Listen to it here)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

PUNK 7" REISSUES PART 4 OF 4

FURY - FLYING 7" (HoZac)
Fury from New York were fronted by the very young Sonny Vincent  in a pre-The Testors and pre-punk era. While listening to this hot two track 7", it's hard to understand, why these recordings from 1972 have now been released for the very first time. But it's really not a reissue, it's the very first edition of this 7", which has been overlooked and unknown for 40 years! Back then Fury disbanded without a release. "Flying" on the a-side is a great hard rock germ with Sonny's signature style vocals in the forefront. Sounds like motorbikes, tight jeans and big balls. The flipside is heavily influenced by Detroit style protopunk. "100% Proof" is a straight blasting rock'n'roll mayhem, comparable to both The Stooges and MC5. And Sonny's vocals already sound like the later Testors material. Top notch stuff! (Listen to it here)

THE KNOTS - HEARTBREAKER 7" (Last Laugh)
This 7" from 1980 was the one and only release by The Knots from New York. It's already the second reissue: 1977 records from Japan also released this 7" back in 2008, but since the first reissue is sold out and hard to find, it made sense to make this brilliant record available again. You might know "Action" on the b-side from Back To Front #4. A straight two minute blast of classic early US punkrock. It captures this certain kind of freshness from a era when punk was new. This special something, that can't be repeated, if you know what I mean!? As great as The Normals, Freestone, The Features, The Panics, The Fingers and all our your favourite US kbd punk heroes. The titletrack combines punk with good dose of power-pop. A Buzzcocks influence is apparent here. It's based on a catchy chorus, great melodic guitar hooks and a perfect songwriting. This is definitely a double a-side single. (Listen to here

THE NECROS - AMBIONIC SOUND DEMO 7" (Alona's Dream)
Hailing from Maumee, Ohio The Necros were probably the best midwest hardcore band during the early 80s. They were formed in 1979 by a bunch of highschoolers and one year later they've recorded their first demo tape, that has now been reissed by Alona's Dream. It captures the sound of The Necros at a point, when they haven't yet started to write faster and tighter songs. While their later recordings show influences of both Black Flag and early Dischord hardcore, their demo is a lot more on the punk side. You get five rough and primitive songs, all with a playtime of only about one minute. "Peer Pressure", "Race Riot", "Public High School" and "I Hate My School" made it on their second "IQ32" 7". "Police Brutality" is a track of their first "Sex Drive" 7" (Touch&Go #1). So all five tracks are well known from their later releases, but the demo versions have a quite different pre-hardcore sound. A great document from The Necros' earliest days! (Listen to it here

P-NISSARNA - JUGEND 7" (Re-Ken Rock)
What a great classic punk mayhem. To be honest, I haven't known this band before. Correct me, if I'm wrong, but I think, they didn't made it on any Killed By Death and Bloodstains Across compilations. It's just amazing how many great and unknown punk bands existed during the late 70s and early 80s. P-Nissarna from Falun, a small town in the North of Sweden, were influenced by '77 UK bands like The Damned, Sex Pistols, Chelsea or The Adverts, even if this three track 7" sounds a lot faster, straighter and rougher. "Jugend" is the most memorable tracks with it's cheesy "Heil Heil Heil" lyrics, but I guess the use of nazi vocabulary was hip and "provocative" back then. "Plastic" has a great Sex Pistols rip-off guitar riff. The last track is "Benzin", which is also the most melodic one. This is really one of the best early Swedish punk records ever. Trust me! (Listen to it here

THE SPYS - UNDERGROUND 7" (Ugly Pop)
Finally a reissue of one of of the hardest to find Canadian punk singles. It includes both the original sleeve plus an alternate sleeve with unseen photos, which is a very nice addition. The Spys came from Windsor, Ontario, which is very close to Detroit (at the other side of the river). The guitar definitely shows a slight influence of their neighbour-town's protopunk tradition including MC5 like solos. But it's not the main influence: The Spys are a lot more focused on writing, simple and catchy punk tunes with great hooks. It all has a certain kind of youthful sound, which makes it so unique. "Underground" is a true winner track, with a perfect kind of sing-along chorus, that's keeps in mind after the first few spins. "Machine Shop" is another great song with lyrics about how stupid working can be. There's a slight Ramones influence mixed in for good measure. (Listen to it here

Saturday, February 9, 2013

PUNK 7" REISSUES PART 3 OF 4


 
HOT NASTIES - THE INVASION OF THE TRIBBLES 7" (Ugly Pop)
Ugly Pop Records recently reissued some of the best kept secrets of the Canadian punk rock history including classic 7"s by Arson, Rock'n'Roll Bitches, The Spys, Crash Kills Five and this amazing piece of plastic. They've all been included in the great Smash The State compilation series, but of course they've all derserved an official reissue. The Hot Nasties released their one and only three track 7" back in 1980. "The Invasion Of The Tribbles" is by far the straightest song, even it lasts almost four minutes. It's based on a monotone repeat of few simple chords and it's pretty much focused on the vocals, varying between manic squeaks and a multiple voice "oh yeah" sing along. It ends up in a mess of noise. The other two tracks sound different, combining the vibe of classic punk with lofi-pop and a sense for great melodies not unlike early Televsion Personalitys. My favourite track is "I'm a confused Teenager" with it's teenage angst-ridden lyrics. (Listen to it here)       

MIKE REP AND THE QUOTAS - Rocket To Nowhere 7" (Mighty Mouth)
This is a reissue of Mike Rep And The Quota's very first 7", originally released in 1975. The titletrack was also part of the Mike Rep And The Quotas "Stupor Hiatus" double lp compilation, released by Siltbreeze in 2009, but this 7" definitely deserved an independent reissue. The most impressing thing about this single is it's date: it doesn't sound like something you would expect from a record released in 1975. "Rocket From Nowhere" is some kind of flat-out raw blasting protopunk filled with ear-bleeding riffs and it's very own kind of weirdness. It's super primtive, made with only a few chords and it's been manipualted with freakin'-out live crowd sounds, even if it isn't a live record. It seems to be a joke about people, taking the whole rock'n'roll thing not too serious.The flipside is a really bizarre psych noise punk germ. Actually it's pure noise. And again: I'm writing about a record, released in 1975! (Listen to it here)

THE NOTHING - SCREAM'N'CRY 7" (Sing Sing)
This was the one and only release by The Nothing from New York city. It first saw the light of day in 1979. Fortunately Sing Sing made this double a-side single available again. "Scream'n'Cry" combines 70s hard rock riffage with classic NY punkrock. Filled with plenty of short well-done guitar solos, this is a thoughout amazing punk rock blast. "Uniforms" on the flipside is famous from Killed By Death #9. It's less 70s rock influenced and definitely more on the punk side, in the vein of The Dead Boys, even if The Nothing sound rougher, more ugly and it's made with raw energy. Both tracks have a great super rough production and this kind of totally oldfashioned, straight 4-track(?) recording is just the perfect addition to The Nothing's musical style. (Listen to it here)
 
THE PENETRATORS - TEENAGE LIFESTYLE 7" (Windian)
The Penetrators released two 7"s in 1979. Both have now been reissued by Windian Records. The reissue of "Gotta Have Her" 7" already came out in 2011. "Teenage Lifestyle" was the frist 7" by this great band from Syracuse, New York. While listening to this 7" it seems like The Penetrators didn't care about the whole punk boom in 1977: both tracks of this 7" are heavily influenced by 60s garage and the early 70s sound of Detroit rock city. Many current bands play a very simular style. If your digging Goner Records releases, you'll also be into The Penetrators. The funny things is: The Penetrators played this kind of music almost 35 years ago, but it still sounds fresh and exciting. "Teenage Lifestyle" is brilliant super catchy song with brilliant lyrics, a brilliant sing along chorus part and pure energy. A true winner. (Listen to it here)        

THE PHILOSOPHIC COLLAGE – GENIUS 7" (BDR)
I haven't known this band from St Louis before BDR reissued their one and only vinyl release from 1981. Correct if I'm wrong, but I think they didn't made it on any Killed By Death ore other compilation series. Perhaps because this ain't some kind of standard music. The Philosphic Collage played a unique style of postpunk. The four tracks of this 7" are based on equally melodic and dissonant bass lines and complex drum beats. There is a guitar, but it doesn't play any regular chords. Instead of that it is only focused on creating noise with the help of feebacks and reverbs. The results sounds anything but conventional. The Philosphic Collage created their very own brand of arty punk without giving a fuck about what's popular under the trendoids. Imagine a mix of Wire, The Units and The Minutemen and you might imagine, how brilliant this 7" is. Every track is winner, really. Top nutch stuff. (Listen to it here)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

PUNK 7" REISSUES PART 2 OF 4

RAZAR - STAMP OUT DISCO 7" (Sing Sing) 
Australia in the late 70s and early 80s had some of the most exciting punk bands worldwide. Radio Birdman and The Saints were the most well known among them, but there excisted many more: Thought Criminals, Psycho Surgeons, X, Rocks, New Christs, Scientists, Leftovers or Victims just to name a few. Razar were a bunch of teenagers from Brisbane. They were founded in 1977 and put out two ripping 7"s. This is their first and best one. In my opinion it's also the best Aussie 7" release from that period. All tracks are a winner, really. "Stamp Out Disco" (also featured on Back To Front #1) is a straight punk blast with one of the greatest chorus parts ever. It will stuck in your head after the first listen. Task Force (also featured on "Where The Birdmen Flew)" is another tight number with maximum power and great lyrics: "Undercover Cops. You think you’re tuff! Don’t you? You’re bacon! Oink Oink Oink!". Razar took the rock'n'roll sound of the Saints and combined with their own kind of youthful no frills punk energy. Totally essential stuff! (Listen to it here

SPELLING MISTAKES - FEEL SO GOOD 7" (Sing Sing)
For most parts of New Zealand's underground scene in the late 70s and early 80s the psychedelic sound of the 60s was an bigger influence than the worlwide punk boom. At least I know more Kiwi bands influenced by Velvet Underground than those trying to sound like The Pistols or The Ramones. Of course there was a punk scene. The "Move To Riot" compilation from 2002 is for example a well done document of the NZ punk scene between 1978 and 1986. Spelling Mistakes were part of that early punk scene and they are probably the most famous among them. "Hate Me, Hate Me", the straightest number of this 7" made it on Back To Front #2 compilation. On the other two tracks they've pushed their power pop influence way to the forefront. The title track "Feel So God" is a lot more focused on super catchy melodies. "I Hate The Spelling Mistakes" is the poppiest song of them all, it reminds me a bit  of early The Jam records. (Listen to it here)
 
THE TESTORS - TOGETHER 7" (Windian)
The Testors from New York are one of the many bands/ projects including Sonny Vincent. This double a-side 7" from 1980 is their very best release and it's also some of the best material Sonny Vincent has produced in his long punkrock career. In contrast to the original pressing and the first reissue on Munster records, this 7" features a third track, which is an alternate version of "Time is mine". The "normal" version is definitily better, but it's a nice addition. The Testors sound a lot tighter than most other bands from that time. Made with a well-thought-songrwriting these two driving tracks are combining only best parts of power-pop, classic punkrock and early 70s US protopunk. Both are filled with excellent and super catchy melodies. "Together" as well as "Time Is Mine" are just awesome songs. I can't stop playing them multiple times in a row, every time I listen to this masterpiece! (Listen to it here)
 
VOM - LIVE AT SURF CITY 7" (Rerun)
As most of you might know, Vom was Mike Saunder's and Greg Turner's band before they've started the Angry Samoans. "Punk Mobile" is famous from Killed By Death #14, but this great 7" from 1978 features four more tracks and these are some of the best recordings within the early LA/ Hollywood punk scene. Yes there are some obvious similaritys to Angry Samoans. "Electrocute Your Cock" for example has this kind of typcial Angry Samoans chorus. But this 7" came out before hardcore excisted. So it's lot slower compared to The Angry Samoans. The whole recording captures this classic '77 style punk vibe very well. This is just music made by a bunch of weirdos. Every track of this 7" is fucking great and it's an essential reissue. Do your self a favour and watch the video clip of "I'm in love with your mom" at youtube. (Listen to it here)

VOX POP - CAB DRIVER 7" (Munster)
Not a bootleg - this is finally a reissue of this L.A. punk classic. The a-side is well known from Killed By Death #1 and b-side was part of Back To Front #3. Vox Pop were a allstar band of the early L.A. punks scene including Jeff Dahl from Angry Samoans as well members of The Germs, The Consumers, 45 Grave and Nervous Gender. This 7" was originally released back in 1980 on Bad Trip Records, the label that put out the first Angry Samoans LPs. Both tracks of this 7" are filled with reverbs, feedbacks and distortions. It's midtempo, but it's heavier than alomost everything else back then: damaged guitar noise and squeeking, pounding drums and overall a weird fucked up sound - this is probably the first noise-rock record ever. At least I think it's heavily influenced by drugs. This is really an essential record and it's a well made reissue including linernotes by original member Don Bolles (also drummer in The Germs). (Listen to it here)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

PUNK 7" REISSUES PART 1 OF 4

CIRCLE X - HEARTBREAKER 7" (Poutre Apparente)
Circle X were formed in Louisville, but at the end of 1978 they moved to New York and released this two track 7" one year later. After that they lived for nine month in Dijon, France. During this period they've recorded their untitled 12". Their music is heavily incluenced by the New York no-wave sound and it praved the way for bands like Sonic Youth or Swans. "Heartbreaker" on the a-side of this 7" is a pretty catchy postpunk tune. Not that rough like most of their songs. "Look At The People" is made with a lot more dissonance, feedbacks and distortions. They were definitely ahead of their times with their damaged and super noisy style. This 7" was originally released in a limited edition of 200 copies, and included with issue #5 of Shvantz magazine. (Listen to it here)

CRIME - HOT WIRE MY HEART 7" (Kitten Charmer)
Crime from San Francisco were one of the first punk bands coming from the US westcoast and back in 1976 when "Hot Wire My Heart" came out, it was one of the first punk 7"s from the 70s. Crime were wearing regulation police uniforms at their shows and they made enemies with all trendoids and punk movement authorities of their hometown. Back then this 7" must have been an entlightment. Crime were ahead of their time and played wild and cranked out rock'n'roll, a lot more aggressive than The Stooges and almost everything before. The recording is pretty raw, but perfect. "Hot Wire My Heart" might be the more well known track, because Sonic Youth covered it on their "Sister" LP, but "Baby You're So Repulsive" on the flipside is also a brilliant punk smasher. (Listen to it here)   

NOLLA NOLLA NOLLA - OODEJA SIMASUILLE 7" (Svart)
Finland has produced so many great punk and hardcore bands in the late 70s and early 80s, it's just amazing. Recently Svart records has reissued many Finnish punk classics including LPs by Ratsia, Lama, Kolla Kestää and many of the 7"s, well known from the "Bloodstains across Finland" compilation. Nolla Nolla Nolla's first 7" shows influences of both: early punk and early hardcore. The 5 tracks range from raw proto hardcore, to snotty '77 style punk and postpunk comparable to early Wire. Troughout great stuff. The 7" comes with detailed linernotes written by a original bandmember. They give a explanation why there are short gabs in the recording. The studio session for this 7" was nothing but a mess, but it sounds great anyway. If you dig classic Finnish punk, you'll be digging this 7". (Listen to it here)
    

THE NUBS - I DON'T NEED YOU 7" (Last Laugh)
The next brilliant reissue of an American punk classic by Last Laugh records from Brooklyn. This is a 7" by The Nubs from New Hampshire. Don't confuse them with the Californian The Nubs and their amazing "Job" 7" (featured on Killed By Death #5). This 7" originally came out in 1979 and you might know them from Killed By Death #12. The a-side is a weird, but catchy number with super heavy fuzz effects, a driving ugly bass sound, screamy echo vocals and it's very own kind of punk humor: "You say you don’t need me anymore. That’s ok, because I’ve been bored. Let me tell you our reality. I don’t need you ’cause I got me." It will stuck in your head after the first listen. Comparable to Mentally Ill, if you need a reference. B-side is a super strange psych number made with poppy organ tunes. I think they don't take it too serious here. (Listen to it here)  

PF COMMANDO - SVENNE POP 7" (Re- Ken Rock)
Right behind the United Kingdom Sweden was the European country with the second most punk bands in the late 70s and early 80s. Most of them only put out 7"s, only a few released full lenght records. PF Commando from Gävle were one of them. Their discography includes three full LPs and two 7"s. This is their first one from 1978 and it's their best together with their "Manipulare Mongon" LP. It came out in a edition of 365 copies, and it's a hard to find collecter item (you have to pay 200 euro and more). So it was time not make this release available for the non collector nerds public. You get 3 tracks of raw blasting pure Swedish Punk. It's definitely influenced by UK bands from that time, but P.F. Commando have mixed those influence with their own unique style. After P-Nissarna 7" and Framför Flötet this is already the third well done Swedish punk reissue on Re-Ken Rock. Can't wait to get more. (Listen to it here)