Wednesday, September 4, 2013


BABY GHOSTS - GHOST IN A VACUUM 7" (Drunken Sailor / Lost Cat)
Do you know the moment, when you play a new record and three seconds later you're blown away by it's genius? That is exactly what happend when I've listened to this 7" for the first time. Hailing from the mormon capital Salt Lake City Baby Ghosts are equally influenced by punk, indie-pop and garage. Imagine a mix of The Avengers, Vivian Girls, The Raveonettes and Bridge And Tunnel and you'll get a rough idea how Baby Ghosts sound like. The four tracks on "Ghost In A Vacuum" pair harmonic multi-voiced vocals with plenty of catchy-as-hell melodies and crunchy, yet poppy guitars. Within the cuteness and poppy twang of their compositions, there's a straight on punk feel. That's how Baby Ghosts give their numbers a highly addictive charm, that distinguishs from most other stereotype retro-punk and garage groups. I really can't recommend this 7" highly enough! (Listen to it here)

FIST CITY / PISS TEST - SPLIT 7" (Drunken Sailor)
Canada is on fire. At least when it comes to punkrock and Fist City are yet another great example. They are named after the country song by Loretta Lynn and their brand of punkrock combines a wide variety of different influences including dark surf-riffage with heavy delay effects, straigh blasting rock'n'roll and snotty punkrock. Their two tracks are both, poppy and raw with some really brilliant vocals in the forefront. Piss Test are a new Portland based allstar group including members of Red Dons, Therapists, Soda Pop Kids and others. They nail down three cuts of no frills killed by death punkrock. This is dump, primitive and offensive music in it's very best way. The three Piss Test tracks show simularities to both late 70s punk from Southern California and early UK bands like for example Chelsea. Add some hints of early New Bomb Turks, and you'll probably know you shouldn't miss this split 7". (Listen to it here)

GOOD GRIEF / BUZZORHOWL - SPLIT 7" (Drunken Sailor / Boss Tuneage)
This split 7" is the vinyl debut by two new bands from the UK each contributing two tracks. Good Grief from Liverpool play a poppy style of indie-punk characterized by beautiful, sugar-sweet melodies and the same shimmering songcraft J Church have been best known for. That beeing said their second song is a brilliant cover version of J Church's "The Track" from their "One Mississippi" masterpiece. Buzzorwhole are the follow-up band of Jailcell Recipes, who released some highly-recommended records in the late 80s and early 90s. Also these two tracks sound like they've been recorded 20 years ago. The great guitar-work is heavily influenced by Dinousaur Jr. and the poppy moments of Hüsker Dü, even if it doesn't use their destructive effect-loaded sound. Fans of Southport, early Snuff recordings and classic UK poppunk in general won't be dissapointed here. (Listen to it here)

IRON CHIC - SPOOKY ACTION 7" (Drunken Sailor / Yo-Yo)
Iron Chic are a poppunk band hailing from Long Island, NY featuring former members of Latterman. I do not know why, but I've missed their prior releases including a full lenght and two 7"s. Their new album will be out in November on Bridge Nine, but even if this label sucks, Iron Chic are worth to check out. They play hard-hitting poppunk loaded with simple melodies, that one cannot forget. The focus is on the fantastic singalongs and the varied guitar-work. They take the best moments of US poppunk and fuse influences ranging from Hot Water Music, Jawbreaker and All to make it their own independent mixture. This single features two own pieces and one well done cover version of "Goofy's Concern" by the Butthole Surfes. It's very likeable, that Iron Chic cover a song, that ignores the poppunk genre boundaries. (Listen to it here)

I like F.Y.P, I also own and like the first Toys That Kill records, but since about ten years I somehow haven't purchased any of their releases. After listening to this split 7", I'm pretty sure, that I've missed countless of great records. Toys That Kill have developed their own unique brand of punkrock based on a heavy crunching guitars, catchy melodies and a kind of primitivy, that brings to mind The Ramones. "Maybe This Cult Is Way Off" is the best example. The guitar-lead melody and the chorus get more memorable with every new repeat. It's a four minute pop-punk anthem, that's not boring for a single second. Future Virgins from Chattanooga, Tennessee crank out two tracks of high-energy harmonic-voiced pop-punk. They add some garage and raw rock'n'roll to keep it their own fresh style, that's a lot more interesting than all those No Idea wannabe-bands try to sound like. (Listen to it here)

STAY CLEAN JOLENE - S/T 7" (Drunken Sailor/ Eager Beaver/ Rad Girlfriend/ Just Say No To Government)
Back in the late 80s and early 90s a new wave of UK bands have created their own unique brand of melodic punkrock. Their music is charactererized by a guitar-driven style showing similuarities to Hüsker Dü. At the same time they find a perfect balance between melancholic melodies and rougher elements. Bands like Leatherface, Snuff, Southport, HDQ, Broccoli or The Jones are the most descriptive examples for this style of punkrock. Why do I write all this? Stay Clean Jolene sound like a complete worship to this era of UK punk and they are really as good as the originals. The band is made up by former members of The Leif Ericssons and The Great St. Louis. Their debut single features three high-energy songs with a focus on John Dagger's gruff vocals. "Green" opens with a Hüsker Dü like guitar, powerful bass lines and catchy singalong moments. "Old Song" and "Record" on the b-side sound like "Mush" era Leatherface made with the same typical guitar-work and tons of fantastic melodies. If you're a fan of this style of punkrock, this one's for you. (Listen to it here)