Thursday, May 29, 2014

NEW 7"s PART 4 OF 4

THE ACHTUNGS – S/T 7" (Going Underground)
Don't let the German bandname fool you. The Achtungs are a Finish band that recalls the classic sound of late 70s punk. If I didn't know it any better, I would suggest that the six tracks on their vinyl debut were recorded 35 years earlier. With a raw, vintage production this trio crafts a truly classic sound all while managing to create furious punk blasts that sounds fresh and not contrived. The Achtungs play simple one-and-a-half-minute songs built from razor-sharp guitar riffs, short fucked up solos, constantly pounding drum beats,  tons of amazing vocal harmonies and some hints of garage. This sloppy, unpolished, and basic style of punkrock sounds like it was directly taken from a "Bloodstains Across Europe" compilation. Fantastic! (Listen to it here

Following their debut 7" on Lockin Out Records Back To Back from Houston, Texas return with three brand new hardcore scorchers. "Narcissist" and "Isolate" on the a-side are two frantic blasts of gnarly, noisy, fast hardcore fronted by super potent vocals that are both throaty and harsh. It's amazing how both tunes fuse a crushing mid-tempo groove and bursting riffs with fast raging hardcore break-outs. Strong references to Die Kreuzen, S.O.A. and Negative Approach can be found here, but of course they don't forget to add a lot of their own identity. "Ignore Me" on the flipside is an four minute. mid-tempo stomper that leads into a more gloomy and noisy direction. This is really a very strong hardcore 7". (Listen to it here)

HAPPY HOOKERS FOR JESUS - S/T 7" (Erste Theke Tonträger)
This debut 7" by Denmark's Happy Hookers For Jesus originally came out last year on Vulgar Deformity in a limited edition of 200 copies. The record was quickly sold out, but thanks to Erste Theke Tonträger here's a repress of this modern Danish punk classic. You get four blasts of heavy, energetic, high speed punk that take influences from 70s killed by death bands and early New Bomb Turks, but in the end it's the band's very own nonconform and really pissed off style. The recordings are fueled by buzzing guitars, feedbacks, a pounding rhythm section, misanthropic lyrics, oustanding echo vocals and an uncompromising, insane attitude. A monstrous barrage of raw punk energy and something you should not miss! (Listen to it here)

LEECHFEAST / MARNOST - SPLIT 7" (Dingleberry/ Burina/ Neanderthal Stench/ Rope Or Guillotine/ Catanarchy)
This split 7" features two Eastern European bands that both provide epic slabs of dark and heavy hardcore. Marnost from the Czech Republic use lyrics taken from the works of  deceased authors. In this case their words are based on a poem written by Stanislav Kostka Neumann in 1927. Musically they have developed a unique, experimental style of black metal inspired hardcore buried under a mush of atmospheric noise attacks. Hailing from Slovenia Leechfeast dole out a slow motion punishment of brutal 90s style sludge. "Miasmata" is an ugly ode of slowmotion killer riffs, heavy grooves, frighteningly screamed vocals and pounding beats. Both bands rule, just like this whole split 7" fuckin' rules! (Listen to it here

Montreal's Proxy consist of former and current members of Inepsy, Kontempt and Truncheons. Their latest 7" contains some of today's catchiest and most well-written hardcorepunk. Taking cues from Blitz, Motörhead, Leatherface and '82 style punk in the vein of G.B.H. this band cranks out a instantly recognizable product of enormous guitar-work, pummeling drums, churning bass lines and highly charismatic vocals. The special thing about Proxy is their ability to turn raw hardcorepunk tunes into smashing anthems with some of the catchies sing alongs one can imagine. The a-side offers a guitar-driven melodic tune, while "Lawless" is a rougher and faster hardcore cut. (Listen to it here)

This is a really weird 7". After releasing two full LPs in 2013 Finland's Räjäyttäjät return with a brandnew two track single released by US label White Denim. This band has developed  a truely unmistakble signature punk style that won't leave you indifferent, as they fuse influences ranging from surf, proto-punk and Scandinavian killed by death punk in a way as you have never heard it before. Surrounded by bizarre surf and spoken word intros and outros they write songs that pick up from the more traditional sounds of late 70s Poko releases, the untamed ferocity of The Stooges and their own kind of strangeness. The result sounds very fresh and lacks of  musical cliches. The single comes hosted in multi-colored colloge style 70s soft porn artwork that's just as weird as the music. Great! (Listen to it here)  

Following 7"s by Bodysnatchers, Young Identities, Kicks and Just Urbain this is the final release in the 70s Brisbane punk reissues series by Texas based label 540. After Just Urbain were disbanded they continued under the name Section Urbane and created a slightly different musical style. Their one and only 7" orginally came out on Shake Records in 1984. The four songs take the classic sound of Aussie punk and the bass-driven sound of British D.I.Y. post-punk to mix it with the darkness of Velvet Underground. “I'd Rather Stay Home And Watch TV” is a first-classic smashing punk tune. The remaining tracks blaze with a snotty, spoken vocal style, discordant grooves and heavy doses of originality and intensity. This nice 7" should be mentioned in the same breath as Division Four, The Chosen Few and X! (Listen to it here)

SHANTIH SHANTIH - RUBY Digital Single (Shit Music For Shit People)
Former Vermillion Sands member Anna Barattin moved to Atlanta, Georgia and founded another very promising band. If you are looking for some new and great 60s inspired music, here you got it. On their two tracks debut single Shantih Shantih deliver a unique blend of 60s garage, vintage rock'n'roll, the earliest days of psych and a strong 80s pop sensibility. With mesmeric guitar leads, stomping beats, Anna Brattin's beautiful voice and tons of multiple background vocal harmonies they create super catchy songs  that will be stuck in your head with the first listen. If you dig Miss Chain & The Broken Heels, Shannon & The Calms, The Babies and Vivian Girls you will also be digging this. Shantih Shantih will play a three week tour through Europe this June. Don't miss them and don't miss this nice single. (Listen to it here)

While most againg punk heros play music that either sounds like crap or like a boring imitation of their own glorious past, the more than 60 years old Sonny Vincent never stopped to write raging punk tunes with a fresh and original sound. Since the early 70s he has constantly released countless of amazing records and played in a couple of brilliant bands among which the best known are probably The Testors. On his latest 7" Sonny Vincent blasts through three smashing punk cuts based on skilfully arranged guitar leads, bursting riffs, hard hitting drums and his disctinctive vocals that are both aggressive and catchy. This 7" is a s great as everythin Sonny Vincent has produced in the past 45 years! (Listen to it here)

THE TERRORISTS – CRAZY LIFE 7" (Going Underground)
Going Underground Records has unearthed the one and only 7" from Bakerfield, California's early 80s punk group The Terrorists. "Crazy Life" originally came out in 1982 on Rorschach Records. In contrast to the original pressing the b-side track "Cry Girl Cry" has been replaced by an so far unheard live recording of "Crazy Life". Wouldn't it have been a better choice to include both songs? However, the titletrack is a great example of pure, undiluted killed by death punk and the lo-fi quality of the recordings gives it a fascinating life of its own. With blazing riffs, cheap drum machine beats, snotty vocals, great lyrics and a strangely catchy chorus "Crazy Life" is a smashing punk tune that would have made a cozy addition to one of the "American punk, no foreign junk" killed by death volumes. (Listen to it here)

This is the vinyl debut by Trampoline Team from New Orleans released on their local Pelican Pow Wow label. This trio delivers four solid, frantic and sweet punk gems locking in at under two minutes each. There are elements of '70s punk and powerpop lurking throughout, but at the same time the recordings sound fresh and unmistakable. Wiith a blend of great melodies, catchy choruses, distinctive vocals, blazing guitars and brilliant songwriting skills Trampoline Team develop an intense, high energy sound that finds a perfect balance between poppy melodies and the original energy of punk. This highly recommended 7" is really a very promising first release and I can't wait for more! (Listen to it here)

VA - BERLIN TRISTESSE 7" (Heartfirst) 
This nice Berlin hardcore compilation turns far way from the city's large hipness factor and it's stealthy process of gentrification. Instead, this 7" features seven angry and dirty groups that keep the true spirit of D.I.Y. hardcore alive. Peacebastard consist of former members of M.V.D., To What End? and Reactory. They kick off this 7" with their filthy style of hardcore played with loud, blazing guitars, snotty shouted vocals and a raw punk feel. Pig//Control is probably Germany's best current hardcore group. "Die Invasion" is another winner track delivered with power and intensity. Crack Under Pressure recall the classic sound of 90s westcoast power-violence. "I Watch TV" by Bitter Crop is a guitar-driven mid-tempo punk scorcher with great hooks and melodies. Mülltüte are a two-piece that sounds like a product of early German punk and fast raging 80s hardcore. Nuclear Cult consist of former Y members. "V wie Faschoschutz" is a merciless blast of blistering hardcore brutality. Earth Crust Displacement conclude this 7" with their noisy style of hardcore that shows some similarities to Japanese bands. All killer no filler! (Listen to it here)

VIDEO - (JOIN THE) HATE WAVE 7" (Total Punk)
Two years after their amazing debut full lenght Play Pinball! Records Texas punks Video are back with a smashing two track 7". This four-piece features members of numerous other great Texas bands like Bad Sports, Wax Museums, Radioactivity, Sweet Talk, Mind Spiders or Wiccans. Both tracks on this single demonstrates the group's ability to produce immensely catchy hooks and brilliant choruses while remaining a raw, snotty 70s punk vibe. The titletrack with it's perfect vocal delivery, tasteful guitar solos and super energetic, musical performance is the kind of song you want to take right to the next party. "Capitvity" on the b-side is another totally worthwile tune. A must have! (Listen to it here)