Tuesday, April 8, 2014


After a first highly acclaimed LP on Floridas Dying and numerous 7" releases Vancouver's Dead Ghosts are back with a brand new album. With a focus on 60s guitar instrumentation, brilliant melodies and catchy-as-hell choruses, coupled with brash, vintage lo-fi recording methods and songwriting that’s so far above their genre, this four-piece knocks out great and simple songs that swim around in your head and don’t let go. "Can't Get No" is filled with thundering blasts of fuzzy guitars, pounding rhythms and galopping beats, each more intense than the last. Dead Ghost's musical foundation is built from the sound of 60s garage, while adding elements ranging from from psych to folk and raw rock'n'roll. If you dig Jacuzzi Boys, Black Lips, King Khan & the Shrines and Demon's Claws you will also be digging this. (Listen to it here)

DOOMSISTERS – S/T LP (Dingleberry/ Crustatombe/ Deviance/ Tanker/ No Way Asso/ EveryDayHate/ L'asso Domi/ Dream Come True/ Unlogical Feeling/ Witch Bukkake)
Following their split 10" with Whoresnation Doomsisters from Vosges in the east of France are back with a full album, that sounds even more heavy and uncompromising than everything before. The band consists of drums, guitar and vocals only, but they succeed to create a full, intense and driving sound. You get twelve pulverising, straight to the point assaults based on blasting drum beats, thrashing guitars and manic screamed vocals. With influences ranging from slow crushing sludge to filthy crust-hardcore, 90s Slap-A-Ham style power-violence and lightening fast old school grind in the tradition of Napalm Death Dooomsisters have mastered extreme music in it's raw essence. This auditory massacre has everything that decent high speed hardcore needs: good music and a message. (Listen to it here)

HÄSHCUT - PLEASE DO IT YOURSELF LP (Dingleberry/ Sieve&Sand/ Mexican Cut/ Emergence/ Guru Disques) 
Häshcut put their album title's request into practice and create an independet interpretation of modern hardcore. Even if they use well-proven influences the record sounds like a welcome break from the usual hardcore landscape. Mixing the dark brutality of His Hero Is Gone with 90s stoner-rock, dirty sludge, atmospheric post-rock and the ferocity of Black Sabbath Häshcut never forget to push the boundaries of their music. Driven by a very well-done modern production Häshcut's create a brutal and powerful sound. Things are based on intensely passionate vocals that are as varied as the whole musical performance. Allongside all the effects and brilliant guitar-leads Häshcut also appreciate the pleasing effect of simple driving riffs. Special attention needs to be paid to the fantastic looking artwork. (Listen to it here)

HOT LUNCH - S/T LP (Who Can You Trust?)
With influences ranging across the whole span from the late 60s to the mid 70s Hot Lunch from San Francisco create vibrant blasts of hard guitar rock on a high level of variety. Their musical spectrum ranges from the classic riffary of Led Zeppelin to the willd high energy rock'n'roll of MC5, the addictive groove of blues rock and the airiness of psychedelic and progressive rock. Yout get a tasteful fusion of fat ripping and slicing guitars, tasty sharp lead breaks, urgent riffs, powerful vocals, driving drums and grunting bass lines. Hot Lunch write great songs played with real passion and rounded off with an authentic, raw and vintage production. They succeed not to loose their own identity whilst creating music with so many different styles and moods. If you are looking for gritty and dirty rock in the way it was meant to be, you really can't go wrong with this record. (Listen to it here)

JACK AND BEARED FISHERMEN - MINOR NOISE LP (Dingleberry/ Impure Muzik/ PPS Prod/ Slow Death/ A Monster Tears/ Vouhvoue) 
In the past years Dingleberry Records has become something like the German foreign representative of the French D.I.Y. hardcore scene and Jack And The Bearded Fishermen are probably one of the label's brightest stars. Hailing from Besançon in the west of the country this four-piece plays modern, rocking mid-tempo hardcore that fuses the catchy harmonies of Torche with the discordant groove of These Arms Are Snakes and Drive Like Jehu while adding a slight affinity to 90s indie and stoner-rock. With harmonized, soaring vocals, a driving rhythm section and massive riffs the songs are both increbly catchy and powerful. “Minor Noise” offers ten varied songs, that not simply reproduce predefined schemes, but also add a fresh note and don't forget to rock heavily. The album is very well produced with a modern, bombastic sound. Highly recommended! (Listen to it here)

Following their 2012 LP "No Passion All Technique" on Urinal Cake Records Detroit's post-punks Protomartyr are back with a brandnew album. With an icy UK wave-punk vibe in the tradition of Joy Division and Killing Joke they create gloomy songs that get interrupted by scratchy indie-pop harmonies and a savagely primtive punk spirit. Protmartyr capture it all so well: messy yet melodic guitars, echoing riffs, unconventional beats and pounding bass lines are all drenched in a chracteristically deep vocal veneer. The smart, personal lyrics are another main highlight. "Under Color Of Offical Right" executes a rare and striking balance between a tough and moody sound. Its derives it's power from a modern, transparent production. Compared to Protomartyr's previous releases it offers a few more hints to the sound of modern indie groups like Wild Nothing or Beach Fossils. Don't miss this brilliant album. (Listen to it here)
Italy has been home to quite a few great bands in recent years and this vinyl debut by Pueblo People is no exception. "Sentiero Di Guerra" offers three extented and massive sonic trips through the psychedelic rock universe. The recordings pair long spacy flourishes of distinctive guitar leads with explosive freak outs, carefully arranged airy vocal harmonies and gooving rhythms on heavy repeat. With a mix of Crazy Horse-esque guitar-work and a heavy Velvet Underground-drenched dark mood Pueblo People create a hypnotic haze that's powerful and radiant at the same time. The epic songs are all done with opulent instrumentation and incredibly textured songwriting styles sounding like a dive into deep psychedelic waters with an attraction that's impossible to resist. (Listen to it here)

PYPY - PAGAN DAY LP (Slovenly)
PYPY are an allstar group consisting of members from Red Mass, Duchess Says and CPC Gangbangs. They have emerged as the most varied and nihilistic of the underground acts of Montreal's huge current psych and garage scene. Their first LP offers a broad range of different influences. From the second the metronomic drum beats fade in on the first song, a resilient groove awakes your senses and entices you into PYPY's universe of spacy guitar leads, noisy freakouts and thunderous bass rhythms. They use the proven sound of 60s garage, 70s psych, proto-punk and classic 80s no wave to update it with plenty of creativity. Vocalist Annie-Claude Deschênes' harmonic yet beastly vocals give the songs a refreshing and unmistakable note. "Pagan Day" stands out for both it's song construction and it's depth of influences. PYPY unique style drives this band into their very own realm of psychedelic art-punk. (Listen to it here)

After their former band Avocado Baby broke up Slampt Records founder Pete and Rachel started Red Monkey in 1997. The band released three full albums and singles for labels like Kill Rock Stars, Slampt and Troubleman Unlimited until they finally broke up in 2005. "How We Learned To Live Like A Bomb" features 18 tracks taken from their 7"s and split 7"s with Submission Hold and Erase Errata. Red Monkey have been very close to the  ideals, dynamics and feminist attitude of classic K Records and Kill Rock Stars releases. The lyrcis fuse political issues with the creative and positive power of the 90s riot grrl movement. Red Monkey' fuse the classic sound of their British post-punk forefathers Gang Of Four with 90s indie-rock influences and deliver it with a fresh and modernized style. This LP is filled with super structured postpunk based on an urgent groove, highly charismatic mixed gender vocals, unconventional beats and well-dosed noisy oubursts. Don't miss this brilliant collection! (Listen to it here)

"Eaten Alive" is the fifth album by Scotland's Ben Chatwin under his Talvihorros moniker. The record has been inspired by a meeting with Fluid Radio owner Daniel Crossley. On a weekend they wandered around East London to share stories and memories about drug addiction and life problems conected to their former home. This experience results in a record that is characterized by it's depressing, yet hopeful and always intense mood. It contains instrumental, ambient music made with a mix of noisy atmospherics and wirling harmonic textures, dreamy melodies, warm analogue electronics, melancholic acoustic guitars and intense, gripping structures. In addition to Talvihorros' previous works "Eaten Alive" captures a experimental approach, that has always been present, but at the same time this LP finds it's elements coming together in a straighter, more cohesive style than ever before.(Listen to it here)