Thursday, September 25, 2014

NEW 7"s PART 2 OF 2

After a split single with Eastie Ro!s and a tour through Europe with Diät Berlin's hottest current punk act returns with a brand new 7" on Slovenly Records. Frantic, unsetting synth-attack and confusing German lyrics are best evidences of a strong 80s "Neue Deutsche Welle" punk influence. With their strange, raw and broken style PUFF make sure that they are more than just a copy of that era. This 7" is highly recommended for everyone who equally likes Devo's synth-punk, the weird moments of The Spits and early German punk in the vein of Mittagspause, Hans-A-Plast and Abwärts. Special mention must be made of the great cover artwork. Some of the best German punk around! (Listen to it here)

RADAR EYES - COMMUNITY 7" (Requiem Pour Un Twister)
Over the course of several 7"s, a cassette release and one full-length on HoZac Chicago based four-piece Radar Eyes has developed a unique style that mixes influences ranging from garage, psych, jangle-pop and early British post-punk. Their latest single features two well crafted songs made with a really strong songwriting. Radar Eyes find a perfect balance somewhere in between a driving uptempo, groove and an undercurrent of sweet, and dark melodies. The powerful vocal harmonies are another main highlight. In contrast to their previous releases this new 7" is a bit more on the post-punk side. Both songs are spectaculary catchy and highly addictive.. (Listen to it here)

RANCH GHOST- TURFIN 7" (Requiem Pour Un Twister)
The great French Requiem Pour Un Twister label delivers the third 7" by Ranch Ghost from Nashville, Tennessee. Both songs offer a thundering blast of jangly psych guitars and pounding rhythms. A bluesy groove and wild, screechy vocals come along with soaring melodies and frenetic power. Ranch Ghost recall the classic sound of the 1960's but with the help of an modern, fresh and wild approach they set themself apart from the average Nuggets imitations. It's amazing how they crush together dirty blazing psych-punk with a sense of pop. Highly recommended! (Listen to it here

SICK THOUGHTS - NEED NO ONE 7" (Can't Stand Ya!) 
If you still believe that punk and garage should sound ugly and destructive Sick Thoughts will be your new favorite band. This duo from Baltimore takes rawness to a level that few dare to tread. In just one year they have managed to put out two 12"s and nine 7"s and each of them is a winner record. "Need No One" is the bands vinyl debut from 2013. You get three dirty punk attacks based on heavy distorted guitar noise, manic screams and pounding beats. Sick Thoughts recall the origins of punk in the late 70s and the rough lo-fi sound of 90s garage. It's all rooted in a time when primitive technique and structures lead to some great music and Sick Thoughts are fuckin' great too! (Listen to it here)
THEE MVPS - OH SALLY 7" (Slovenly) 
Slovenly Records regularly puts out records by new and fresh bands from all over the European continent. Thee MVPs are their latest discovery. The band is located in Gravesend in the Midlands close to Billy Childish's hometown Chatham. Their vinyl debut shows some musical parallels to the classic sound of Thee Headcoates but at the same time the ghosts of modern garage simular to Ty Segall or Thee Oh Sees are obviously creeping in. The two tracks represent a group pushing their music forward with uncontrolled power, while still keeping it catchy and adding plenty of sweet vocal harmonies. Especially “Amok Time” on the b-side is an stand-out track that immediately sticks in your memory. Garage-punk of the finest quality! (Listen to it here)
T.I.T.S. - I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK 7" (Pollymagoo)
Don't let the bandname fool you! This isn't the classic Dutch punk band. T.I.T.S. is a four-piece from Paris, France featuing ex- and current members of such great band as The Fatals, Catholic Spray and Feeling Of Love. After a full LP on Teenage Menopause they continue to boast a noisy and dirty sound with plenty of room for unforced manic screams, guitar noise and other freak-outs that punch through each of the two songs. You can expect nothing less than a weird punk attack on this platter. T.I.T.S. take the best parts of 70s punk, 60s garage/psych and Brainbombs style noise-rock to write their fresh, quick and merciless punk blasts. A total banger! (Listen to it here)

TRIPTIDES - CLEMENTINE 7" (Requiem Pour Un Twister) 
Triptides from Bloomington, Indiana are able to write songs filled with a manic and sophisticated pop charm. They build their sounds around sweet melodies, with super catchy music that stays in your head after the first listen. The two songs show hints of psych-pop, surf and early 80s DIY pop. Triptides invite you into their hazy, retro-soundig world of jangly guitars over driving rhythms, all wrapped in oustanding vocal harmonies. The subdued textures they create can be considered as an expression of true pop mastery. Get this highly addictive double a-side single! (Listen to it here)
Seth Sutton, the leading head behind Useless Eaters, has been extremely productive in recent years. After a string of 7"s and four LPs on labels such as Goner, Tic Tac Totally!, P. Trash, Goodby Boozy or Southpaw (just to name a few) they now return with a new three track single. Once again Useless Eaters serve to prove that are able to capture and recall the classic sound and spirit of early US American punk. The titletrack “Desperate Living” is underlayed with frantic and weird sc-fi synth-sounds that bring to mind Devo and the sound of other synth-punk pioneers. The flipside consists of two short, direct and super catchy punk blasts. It's an invogirating mess comprised of razor-sharp guitar riffs, blown.out drumming and catchy vocal harmonies. Another winner release from Useless Eaters! (Listen to it here)

Here's yet another brilliant new band hailing from Berlin. UV Glaze doesn't sound like the typical garage influenced music you would normally expect from Bachelor Records. The five songs on their vinyl debut merge strong 70s and 80s punk roots with a heavy of dose of dissonant noise-rock and weirdness. UV Glaze are a ugly product of impulsive beats, powerful bass lines, squeaking guitars and harsh madman vocals. This blast of nasty punk rock exists somewhere in the netherworld between Black Flag, Jesus Lizard, Tar Babies and Mentally Ill. There's not a ton of feedback, this is just straight, raw music. (Listen to it here)

VA - SWEET TIMES VOLUME 2 7" (Who Can You Trust?) 
Who Can You Trust? delivers a second volume of Sweet Times and it's another "all killer, no filler" compilation featuring one exclusive track by each of the four bands. The 7" kicks off with Brooklyn based trio The Golden Grass. "All You Have Grown" is a soulful and heavy product of vintage 70s psychedelic rock influences. Sultan Bathery from Italy continue where they left off with their debut full lenght on Slovenly. This band really knows how to put a unique spin on classic garage, psych and rock'n'roll influences. On the flipside Metalleg play hook-filled, catchy punk rock that recalls the sound of late 70s New York groups. Last but not least Gorilla impress with their unique and heavy style of stoner rock'n'roll. The first 100 copies come with a great gimmick: you get glasses that allow a 3D view on the amazing cover artwork. Be fast and get this brilliant compilation. (Listen to it here)

WHITE PAGES - BAM BAM 7" (Can't Stand Ya!)
The second 7" by White Pages from Cambridge, MA features four more blasts of their wild and repulsive high-speed garage-punk. The very clean and undistorted guitar sound perfectly contrast with their uncontrollable and really chaotic style. The riffs are simple but effective as is the drumming. White Pages’ deranged vocals are another important element. There's a powerful force of hardcore energy to their late 70s punk and 90s garage inspired tunes. The great thing is, the songs are really primitive and to the point. The reslut is a wild and malicious sound that lies somewhere between The Germs and The Oblivians. Great stuff! (Listen to it here)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEW 7"s PART 1 OF 2

In contrast to most other current groups Amsterdam's The Anomalys are true to the raw and wild spirit of original garage music. Since about ten years this Dutch trio celebrates musical inspirations of the 1960s in perfection, while not forgetting to add their own unique touch. Their latest "Deadline Blues" 7" is a perfect example of a single that can be described as "double a-side". Both tunes will make every good party swing. Stylish from head to toe The Anomalys deliver a frantic mixture of stomping beats, sharp guitar riffs and catchy choruses. The main reason for the rough sound are the throaty vocals sounding like something normally heard in killed by death punk from the late 70s. Fans of traditional rock'n'roll, garage and eary punk won't be dissapointed here. (Listen to it here)

Even if Batman abandoned his former companion Robin and replaced him by Garagekid, this 7" continues exactly where Batman & Robin's previous singles left off. With a raw and distorted, yet brilliantly recorded sound quality, this duo from Munich, Bavaria unleashes four cuts of dirty garage-punk. The crudeness, stomping beats, crushing guitar sound and sing-along choruses can all be traced back to the classic sound of 90s garage. The recordings sounds like an homage to The Mummies, The Oblivians, The Gories and Thee Headcoats, but Batman & Garagekid are a lot funnier and more gaga than your average garage band, and consequently you will want to take this 7" right to the next party (Listen to it here)

The debut single by Black Gust from Zagreb, Croatia takes the aggression of their early 80s US hardcore and fuses it with the more textured, atmospheric, layered sounds of garage and post-punk. "Psychedelic Maelstrom" features six hymns of driving, heavy rockin' punk with some dark undercurrents. It's all here: outstanding guitar driven melodies, incredible vocals, driving rhythms and thick bass lines. You could compare this to Adolescents, The Stooges, Agent Orange, Wipers and early Turbonegro, but of course this 7" speaks a musical language of it's own. This is great and highly addictive stuff! By the way, Black Gust will soon release a split 7" with Jonestown Aloha and I can't wait to hold it in my hands. (Listen to it here)

Without any doubt, Catholic Guilt are one of the main musical highlights of Austria's current DIY punk/hardcore scene and their latest 7" is another true winner record. This trio from Graz plays a discordant, gloomy and striking style of hardcore. Taking the darkness of early midwest hardcore along the lines of Necros and Die Kreuzen and then pairing it with influences of classic "Network Of Friends" era European hardcore, the band breathes new life into the current wave of 80s hardcore immitations. The six songs on this 7" even have a bit of an early Hüsker Dü feel at times because of the outstanding, guitar-driven melodies. This is a great example of how to use classic influences without getting boring and stereotype. Highly recommended! (Listen tit it here)

CHEAP RIOT - PART TIME VACANCY 7" (Requiem Pour Un Twister)
This is the debut single by Cheap Riot from Paris, France featuring one guy of Les Spadassins. This band is probably the best thing you can imagine between sweet 60's garage and early UK punk and powerpop. The two masterful pop tunes on this 7" are driven by hooks that instantly lodge themselves in your memory. This product of sweetness and teenage angst will make you Undertones, Television Personalities and Buzzcocks lovers out there forget the modern world around. With a groovy and sticky guitar and brilliant vocal harmonies Cheap Riot create the perfect soundtrack for the sunny sides of life. It's limited to 250 copies only, so be fast and buy one of these little vinyl jewels. (Listen to it here)

Playing in the league of new Croation bands along with Black Gust and Modern Delusion this three-piece from Zagreb has developed a truely authentic and outstanding sound. Their fine debut single is comprised of four mid-tempo tracks, mixing the snottiness of late 70s killed by death punk with a feeling for melodies reminiscent of The Adolsecents and some hints of current Portland bands like Autistic Youth or Piss Test. The songs are stripped down and simple but at the same time they keep a addictive catchiness. On the basis of killer guitar-leads, sharp riffs, driving bass lines and melodic vocals Divided Minds delivers a orignal  hardcore-punk 7" that leaves nothing to be desired. (Listen to it here)

Sydney based four-piece King Tears Mortuary returns with it's second 7". Except some damn excellent and drifty pop-punk armed to the teeth with sweet melodies, drive and a good noisy hint. Musically the six tunes merge jangle-pop in the tradition of The Bats, The Go-Betweens or The Clean with a high level of punch and punk-rock energy. The songs are short and to the point and there's not a single second that feels wasted. This 7" guarantees feel-good moments with it's density of perfect melodies and on top of that you get some really outstanding mixed-gender vocals. Another highlight from Australia's underground scene that you should not miss. (Listen to it here)

KÜKEN - BLACK ROSE 7" (Bachelor)
Küken are a new band from Hamburg, Germany featuring two members of The Kidnappers and compared to them these recordings are bit more direct and even more stripped down to bare necessities. "Black Rose", the band's two track debut single for Bachelor, shows a penchant for rattling killed by death punk mixed with the melodic outbursts of Jay Reatard and an undercurrent of highly developed pop songwriting skills. What you get is a two minute punk blast on the a- and b-side. With the help of straight-forward guitars and song structures Küken write vintage punk tunes driven by catchy choruses, razor-sharp riffs and crashing cymbals.This first Küken 7" leaves you begging for more! (Listen to it here)

Here's yet another winner record released by Doomtown Records from Zagreb, Croatia. Modern Delusion are one of those bands that really create a style and a sound of their own. The songwriting is somewhere between the weirdness of synth-punk, the force of 70s punk and the gloominess of 80s UK wave. After a brilliant demo tape this split 7" marks their first three songs that come out on a piece of vinyl. Fans of The Dickies, Devo, Lost Sounds and Tubeway Army won't be dissapointed here. Hailing from Belgrad, Chresus Jist deliver three tunes that pull from the pop leanings of garage music and the guitar-driven structures of 90s indie-rock. It's amazing how the recordings mix catchy melodies, a lo-fi production and rough hints in a unique blend of noise and pop. Very nice! (Listen to it here)

MR GARRISON - S/T 7" (Azbin) 
All you punk lovers know that France is well-known for it's strong garage scene. Named after a character in South Park Mr Garrison deliver a four track debut 7" that takes classic influences to create a fresh and interesting sound. What you get is a perfect intersection of raw, wild and heavy shaking Crypt style 90s garage with the more modern sound of Ty Segall or Thee Oh Sees. In between, Mr Garrison don't forget to fuse their frantic blasts with a propulsive force of super catchy melodies. It's heavy, energetic and fueled by ugly buzzing guitars, a pounding rhythm section and brilliant vocal harmonies. This is great garage-punk in the way it was meant to be! (Listen to it here

PAIN DIMENSION- BRAINWASH 7" (Requiem Pour Un Twister)
The debut 7" by Pain Dimension from Melun in the suburbs of Paris, France displays classic influences from the 60s but expands upon the typcial format of the genre, through the unique qualities of it's sound. From the first second of the opening track an atmospheric psych-punk groove encapsulates your senses and takes you on a trip into Pain Dimension's reverberated universe. Soaked with raw energy, plenty of hooklines and a vintage spirit the three tracks sound like a rush of swirling psychedelia, wild garage-punk and melodic pop vibrations. All you need is in there: echo-saturated vocals, fuzz-laden guitars, throbbing bass lines, rattling drums and an old fashioned prodcution. Fantastic. (Listen to it here)
From the first note out of your speakers, this gem offers wild party music that sounds exactly like something you expect from a group dressed as vampires. Musically The Parrots from Madrid, Spain take you to a different time and place entirely. The two tracks on their debut 7" are a stunning rush of 60s garage-punk powered by addictive melodies, reverberated vocal harmonies, sick background screams and guitars that are jangly and dirty enough without being overloaded on distortion. The whole thing offers a trashy, cheesy and stripped-down sound, that makes you think of a product of The Cramps and more current bands like New Swears, King Khan or Hunx and his Punx. This 7" is ideally suited for the playlist of your next house party! (Listen to it here)