Monday, October 6, 2014


Zagreb's Modern Delusion feature members of Dykemann Family and Black Gust. In contrast to their highly recommended split 7" with Chresus Jist this previously released debut tape sounds a little more catchy and the band's dark, swirling undercurrents are less developed here. "Wasteland" features seven tracks of driving punk-rock with plenty of great melodies. Stylistically, this release channels the spirit of classic punk and post-punk from the late 70s/ early 80s and has a strong Devo style synth-punk influence. The musical foundation is built on rough guitars, pounding beats and frantic synthesizer sounds. Modern Delusion play an addictive style of punkrock delivered with rawness and intensity. Highly recommended! (Listen to it here)

MUTTON - S/T TAPE  (self-released)
The debut EP by Melbourne based four-piece Muttton features six raw and flithy songs that channel traces of early 90s noise-rock brutality and combine them with the frantic energy of classic punk. With a musical foundation based on heavy distorted guitar noise, throbbing basslines, clappering beats and harsh vocals Mutton sound like a terrible headache - cruel and ugly. The combination of Mutton's broken sound and the subliminal catchiness of their straight punk blasts is something that is totally matchless and outstanding.These recordings call to mind both the classic sound of Feedtime, Venom P Stinger and Jesus Lizard as well as the new breed of Aussie noise-punk including bands like Whores, Cuntz, Gentlemen or Gravel Samwidge. Get this while you can! (Listen to it here)

SEX SNOBS- UGLY TAPE (self-released)
Hailing from Oklahoma City, Sex Snobs combine influences that range from '90s alternative music to the classic sound of 80s hardcore-punk and pull out three tracks of relentless noise-rock. Throttled with distortion and anxiety this trio pukes out ugly, energetic punk blasts driven by a heavy pounding rhythm section. If Sex Snobs come off less dissonant and complex than your average Amphetamine Reptile fetishists, part of that might have something to do with their blazing guitars and punk roots, which ensures that they are straight forward more often than they drift into noisy improvisations. At times they might recall the classic sound of Jesus Lizard, Unwound or Good Bullies, but this tape definitely speaks it's own musical language. (Listen to it here)

The past of New Zealand's underground music seems to receive more attention than the music of current bands. But of course this country still produces great music in the post-Flying Nun era. Team Ugly from Auckland are one good example and there are many more. If you interested, you should read this scene report (click here). Rooted in the post-punk tradition of their kiwi forefathers Shoes This High and The Clean, Team Ugly manage to wriggle out of any restraints of that and play something wholly unclassifiable. Musically the band delivers an explosive sound based on a discordant groove, propelling beats, jarring guitars and incredibly fresh sounding vocals and background shouts. The four songs on "Meat Prize" are made with a multitude of melodic hooks but Team Ugly deliver them throughly with tension, noise and intensiy. It results in a tight and complex sound that uses ambitious sonic textures to create a unique style of avant punk. Great! (Listen to it here)
TRIBÜNAL - HELPLESS TAPE (self-released)
Tribünal hail from Hildesheim, Germany, and consists of only one insane d-beat maniac playing all instruments! Drawing influences by both classic bands like Disclose, Shitlickers and Anti-Cimex as well as newer bands like Electric Funeral and Framtid this one-man-band conquers the raw and primitive d-beat hardcore style better than any other German band. This tape offers no let up in blasting fury, with five tracks driven by a wall of filthy distortion. Ignited with raw guitar attacks and pummeling drums, fueled by harsh vocal shouts Tribünal create direct and angry d-beat assaults with a noisy and blown-out approach. Fans of raw d-beat hardcore take notice! (Listen to it here