Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NEW 7"s PART 1 OF 4

APACHE - CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE 7" (Grazer)
Hailing from San Francisco "Civil Disobedience is Apache's latest releases after two full albums for Burger Records. This four-piece bashs out a snotty, bruising mixture of late 70s  killed by death punk and mid 70s proto-punk. The lead track is an absolute fist-pumper based on punchy drums, killer guitar riffs, a super catchy chorus, great melodies and lines stolen by The Circle Jerks ("wild in the strees, we're running wild in the streets"). This ripper is nothing but a instant punk classic and one of the gnarliest examples of modern day punk done right. Apache slow things down on the flipside. "Motorcyyle Madness" sounds like a testament to the origin sound of blues-rock, but of course the a-side remains the highlight of this top notch 7" release. (Listen to it here)  

AQUA NEBULA OSCILLATOR - OM NA MIO / FREAK OUT 7" (Who Can You Trust?)
Aqua Nebula Oscillator are a Paris based psychedelich rock collective headed by David Sphaèr'os. This 7" features two so far unreleased songs taken from different sessions recorded in 2004 and 2009. With a constant wash of fuzz-laden and trance-inducing guitar riffage, primal beats, filthy bass lines, spacey organ based soundscapes, eerily vocals and mesmerizing killer groove the recordings move freely across different styles and eras of late 60s and early 70s rock music. Aqua Nebula Oscillator are influenced by the muddy sounds of early proto metal, the weird grooves of psychedelic-rock and the experimental approach of British progressive-rock. Opener “Om Na Mio” is an extented six minute trip that comes with a hypnotizing organ melody and ravaging psyched-out guitars. The b-side unfolds with a guitar-driven instrumental that displays a even darker psychedelic mood. Great! (Listen to it here)

BALCANES - PLATAFORMA / AUTOPISTA 7" (Discos Humeantes)
This is the vinyl debut from Leon, Spain's noise monster Balcanes. Their music sounds like a dark and menacing product of ugly noise-rock, heavy doom and bleak industrial. With drums on heavy repeat, manic echo-vocals, droning bass lines and skillfully arranged guitar destruction they create a unique blend of filthy, down-tuned and heavy music. There are moments of sleazy psychedelics buried under their mush of devastating noise. "Plataforma" is a more punchy song with a crushing killer groove. "Autopista" on the flipside is a heavy distorted soundscape made with an urgent looseness and a right instinct for improvisations. Balcanes take cues from the uglier moments of Slint and Dead C as well as newer bands like Drunkdriver and Cuntz. Highly recommended! (Listen to it here)

THE CHIEFS - SPEED ROCK 7" (Bachelor)
Bachelor Records had the great idea to start a 7" series that covers old recordings from the past. Following a reissue of The Monsters' debut single the second archive release features a totally unknown group from the earliest days of Austrian punk. The Chiefs were formed in 1977 in Strasshof, a village in the middle of nowhere. After five rehearsals and one gig the band called it quits and it's members moved on to form Sprays, Plastix, Westblock, and Standard Oil. During a practice they recorded twelve tracks on a tape. Three of them were mastered and cleaned up from the orginal tape in order to put them on this nice 7". Of course the recording quality is super raw and it's almost impossible to hear the lyrics, but under the lo-fi mush you'll discover primal blasts of wild proto-punk. Musically The Chiefs pay tribute to their garage and rock heroes of the 60s and 70s while keeping the music punchier, straighter and simplier. Don't miss this forgotten Austrian protopunk classic! (Listen to it here

DATA CONTROL - S/T 7" (Signaler Fran Ovan)
Data Control from Sweden feature members of Thurneman and Negative Lifestyle. On their debut 7" they hold nothing back as they rip through six songs in under six minutes. The songs are short and straight forward, but at the same time this three-piece matures them into super varied and complex blasts. The recordings are filled with plenty of different ideas, unexpected changes and it's own unique identity. The result is an honest sound that takes you back through some decades of punk music without complacent revivalism. Strong influences from "Zen Arcade" era Hüsker Dü, Willful Neglect's early midwest hardcore and melodic undertones are all apparent in Data Control's sound, blending together nicely for a new take on classic 80s US hardcore and post-punk. (Listen to it here

FUZZ / CCR HEADCLEANER - SPLIT 7" (Famous Class) 
This is already the tenth part of the "Less Artists More Condos" split 7" series released by Famlus Class Records. 100% of the digital proceeds go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music - a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America's public schools. The idea is to include one better-known and one lesser-known artist, which is handpicked by the A-side group. In this case San Franciscos's hard-rockers Fuzz have selected their local indie-rockers CCR Headcleaner. Following their brilliant debut full lenght Fuzz transform The Kinks classic "Till The End Of The Day" into a wild and gritty proto-metal anthem. Most cover-versions are boring, but this one's really well done because Fuzz don't forget to add their own special note. After their highly recommended 7" on Ceasar's Cuts CCR Headcleaner continue to bury the 80s and 90s rock of Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and SST under layers of stoned, burning guitar noise. "Free The Freeks" is a slow stomping tune that's driven by repetive structures and a freaky outsider vibe. If you dig Perennial releases of the last years, you will also be digging this. (Listen to it here

HAPPY TIMES - GROSS REGISTRABLE TONNAGE 7" (Swashbuckling Hobo)
Happy Times are deeply impressed by the movie "Das Boot" and the submarine warfare of the nazi marine during the Second World War. They present themself as the reincarnation of the crew of the U47 and use military terms like "Kapitänleutnant" or "Oberleutnant" in their names. On the backcover they've even printed the words "Happy Times Über Alles". What's the point of that? Nazi Germany really isn't funny at all! Musically there is nothing wrong with Happy Times. With a focus on wild and dirty rock'n'roll they sound like a pleasent break from the new wave of Aussie bands. This Melbourne based group recalls the guitar-driven brand of punk'n'roll, that Australia has been best know for during the mid and late 80s. Bands like Cosmic Psychos, Bored! and God come to mind while listening to this very nice four track 7". (Listen to it here)  

THE INSTIGATION - NO WAY OUT 7" (self-released)
Following their selftitled debut single from 2012 The Instigation are back with a brand new 7". This international four-piece with members based in Tokyo, Kobe, London and Shanghai continues to pay homage to the earliest days of US American hardcore while adding 90s Teengenerate style garage-punk sensibilities and addictive killer hooks. Each song is an unrelenting blend of groovy melodic riffs, skillfully used guitar-solos, pounding drums and a savage vocal delivery. With a simple, no frills approach "No Way Out" is very close to the original raw and wild energy of bands like Black Flag, Teen Idles and Angry Samoans. You get three short and fast originals plus a very well done cover version of Reagan Youth's "Degenerated". (Listen to it here)  

KLAUS JOHANN GROBE - TRAUMHAFT 7" (Trouble In Mind) 
In addition to Klaus Johann Grobe's "Im Sinne der Zeit" debut full-length Chicago based label Trouble In Mind delivers this reissue of the group's second 7" originally released last year on Sunstone Records in a limited edition of 300 copies. "Traumhaft" and "Nicht zu stoppen" impressively demonstrate this Swiss duo's class and originality. With an arsenal of different influences ranging from post-punk, krautrock, wave, jazz and funk Klaus Johann Grobe create a truely unique brand of music. They fuse melchanolic yet spacy organ/synth sounds with propelling bass lines, heavy grooving rhythms and bombastic pop precision. The distinctive vocal delivery has a truely lasting impact and the German lyrics are all super smart and upfront. Don't miss this double a-side 7"! (Listen to it here)  

THE LAD MAGS - TRICK / YOU STOLE MY MIND 7" (self-released)
THE LAD MAGS - LOVER / YOU DON'T LOVE ME 7" (self-released)
The Lad Mags are a five-piece based in Edmonton, Canada. Over the last year they put out three smashing 7"s of which two are included here. Their music pleases any and all who appreciate an infectious mix of primitive garage-rock, polished Motown soul melodies and haunting psychedelia. With galopping drum beats, spooky droning organs, killer guitars riffs and sugar sweet, double-voiced harmonies they write incredibly catchy 60s inspired pop anthems. Both 7"s are double a-side singles filled with simplistic and inescapable songs that swim around in your head and don’t let go. The Lad Mags knock out vintage music with a modern appeal, that should be mentioned in the same breath as The Girls At Dawn, Vivian Girl and The Babies. (Listen to it here