Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW 7"s PART 2 OF 4

LA MISMA - S/T 7" (Toxic State)
New York's La Misma follow up their two demo tapes with a four-song 7" debut. This four-piece plays a raw and vigorous style of punkrock that shows some similarities to Vice Squad and classic Latino punk, but everything's backed with more profound songwriting skills and a healthy dose of brilliant melodies. La Misma has a way of making simple punkrock sound more vicious and hectoring than almost anything else out there. With high-pitched screaming vocals all sung in Portuguese language and a snotty original punk vibe this 7" churns in a territory of crashing guitars and wild rhythms that drive heavily. Like all Toxic State releases the production sounds rough in a most poignant way and the record comes hosted in a very nice D.I.Y. style silkscreen cover. (Listen to it here)

LUMPY & THE DUMPERS - GNATS IN THE PISSER 7" (Total Punk)
St. Louis's noise-punks Lumpy & The Dumpers' music is driven by unrestrained raw and simplistic impulses. This two track 7" opens the doors into a world of feedbacks, heavy distortion, thrashing guitars, wild rumbling drum beats and ugly screamed mutant vocals. The title track is a sludgy mid paced stomper with a catchy chorus part and one of the best saxophone solos in the history of punk. "Ghoul" on the b-side is a more gloomy and faster-paced hardcore-punk cut underlayed with squeaking guitar noise. This single is one of the best examples how to create a fresh no frills version of punk in the year 2014, simply because Lumpy & The Dumpers sound more raunchy and pissed off than everything else. A must have! (Listen to it here)

THE MADCAPS- S/T 7" (Howlin Banana)
Hailing from Rennes, France The Madcaps play a melodic style of 60s inspired music. On their vinyl debut this four-piece cranks out four killer cuts. They use influences ranging from wild blasting garage-punk, original rock'n'rol and melodic pop music and blend them all into one tasty treat for your ears. With a perfect balance between raw wildness and great harmonies this band writes fast, energetic songs full of incredibly catchy hooks and sing-along choruses that won't leave your head right after the first listen. The Mad Caps create a sweeping and fresh style of 60’s garage pop huddle that stands in line with such killer bands like The Frowning Clouds, Sultan Bathery, Davila 666 or early Black Lips. Highly recommended. (Listen to it here)

MIKAL CRONIN / WAND - SPLIT 7" (Famous Class)
This is already the eleventh part of the "Less Artists More Condos" split 7" series on Famous Class. All money goes to the to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music. The idea is to bring together a better known artist who picks the band for the flipside. "Soul in Motion" is a typical Mikal Cronin tune that sounds as brilliant as all his previous releases, even if it contains unfamiliar elements like drum computer beats, a saxophone part and organ melodies. With thoughtfully arranged songwriting skills, a strong pop sensibilty. and plenty of super catchy vocal harmonies Cronin continues his mixture of 60s garage-pop and 90s college rock. WAND's vinyl debut features "Screaming Eye". The song begins with proppeling bass lines and driving post-punk grooves that are expanded by bursting psych-influenced guitars. This band will soon release a full LP on In The Red recorded by Ty Segall and their side of this split 7" is a highly promising introduction. (Listen to it here)

PISSE - PRAKTIKUM IN DER KARIBIK 7" (Mama Leone)
On their vinyl debut East Germany's Pisse deliver six tracks of excellent wave-punk. A vintage production, manic screamed vocals, blasting 70s punk beats, fast riffs and an undercurrent of synth sounds places this 7"s somewhere between the tradition of Devo's frantic wave-punk and German bands from the late 70s and early 80s like ZK, Der KFC or Hans-a-plast. Pisse write memorable songs with relentless energy that sets them apart from the typical patterns of retro-punk. The ironic German lyrics are another main highlight. With a full playtime of thirteen minutes this 7" provides both high quality and high quantity and it's really a worthwhile investment. (Listen to it here)

PLANES OF SATORI - SON OF A GUN / DICHOTOMIES 7" (Who Can You Trust?)
If you are into vintage rock music from the late 60s and 70s you really can't go wrong with a record released by the German Who Can You Trust? label and this debut 7" by Oakland, California's Planes of Satori is no exception. "Son Of A Gun" is based on propelling percussions, grooving bass lines and characteristic, clean vocals. The focus is on the consistently used and tastefully arranged guitar leads . "Dichotomies" on the flipside is a more quiet number with wah-wah guitars and repetitive drum beats. Both tunes are driven by a loose, experimental approach. While sounding like no one exactly, this is exemplary traditional rock music that would fit in nicely with the likes of Can, Soft Machine and the best moments of Santana. (Listen to it here)

PRAG- DEMO 7" (Crucificados Pelo Sistema)
With bands like Extortion, Warthreat, Suffer, People Problem and Nervous Trend the city of Perth seems like the last Australian bastion of true hardcore-punk. Prag are this town's latest highlight. What we've got here is a vinyl version of their their demo tape and it's nothing but a true winner release. You get six drity slabs of in-your-face, aggro hardcore-punk that's rooted in the music of Italian, Japanese and Scandinavian bands from the early 80s. Prag create a ugly and noisy hardcore assault that sounds extremely raw and gripping. With echoing mutant vocals, simple blasting beats, heavy distorted guitars and feedbacks they delve into into the raw side of punk and hardcore to pull out songs that bring to mind Lumpy & The Dumpers and classic acts like Gai, Riistetyt, Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers and Shitlickers. (Listen to it here)

PROTOKIDS - GEOMETRIC BOY 7" (Alien Snatch!)
Following their debut single on Push My Button Records Protokids are back with a brandnew release. This Paris based four-piece delivers an 7" filled with four excellent guitar driven power-pop gems. Protokids play an sugar-sweet brand of poppy punkrock with plenty of infectious melodies and choruses. They throw around influences from both classic UK and American bands like The Real Kids, Protex and The Undertones, but at the same time don't forget to stamp a whole lot of their own unique personality on to each and every song. It's impressive how the recordings balance the wild power of classic punk with the catchiest melodies one can imagine. You get three originals and a well done cover version of "Self Conscious Over You" by The Outcasts. This 7" is a true powerpearl from the 21st century. (Listen to it here

RAGGED BARACUDAS- LIVING THE DREAM 7" (Who Can You Trust?) 
Who Can You Trust? releases a lot of bands from the USA, but what we've got here is the debut single by a German band hailing from the Westerwald (a.k.a. the middle of nowhere). Ragged Baracudas plays classic rock that brings together ideas coming from different directions to create a fresh and really exicting sound with a loose laidback  atmosphere. The music is mainly a throwback at 70s hard rock with lots psychedelic, protopunk and blues influences, all pushed forward with the help of a fine vintage production. The three songs are bursting with raw energy that's made with a killer guitar work, shimmering leads, a loud drum-bass rhythm section and some really potent vocals. This 7" is a great example of modern day rock done right! (Listen to it here)

SELECT SEX - S/T 7" (Our Voltage)
Select Sex is an Los Angeles based allstar group featuring members of  Mukilteo Fairies, Replicator, Behead the Prophet (No Lord Shall Live), Cartographer and Warm Streams. Their first vinyl release is a massive slab of modern, thrashing hardcore-punk with a level of ferocity and variety matched by few bands. This four-piece band pushes their limits with exciting arrangements, super potent vocals and a crushing midtemp groove that's impossible to resist. The four songs are heavy without any blast beats and they succeed to combine several different ideas without loosing their straight-forwardness. Select Sex take influences from very different sounding bands like Limp Wrist, Refused or Swing Kids and update them with with plenty of creativity. Very nice! (Listen to it here)