This new band from the bay area has developed a sloppy and unpolished style of hardcorepunk. They write simple songs that balance between repetitive midtempo grooves and stomping hardcore assaults. A UK peace punk influence becomes obvious but in the end it's Publy Cry own unqiue style.
Diaspora from Washington are heavily influenced by early '80s US hardcore. Far from generic, this demo offers four songs driven by a brilliant guitar-work and a powerful rhythm section. Reminds me of Articles Of Faith and "Land Speed Record" era Hüsker Dü.
Label: not released so far Year: 2017 Country: Germany
Cuntroaches from Berlin are currently looking for someone to release this 7". And if I had a label I would be interested. This trio has developed a crude minimalistic but shredding fusion of hardcore noise and no wave punk. An intense and totally unique 6 songs inferno.
Commando was the latest band from Brandon Ferrel (Government Warning, Direct Control, Wasted Time, No Way Records). "Come Out Fighting" is the vinyl pressing of Commando's demo cassette. You get four melodic punkroch tunes rooted in the sound of US bands from the early '80s like Adolescents, Agent Orange or Naked Raygun.
Exotica is an international hardcore group with members coming from Mexico, Argentinia and the USA. After a ripping demo they have now released this nice 9 song mini LP. Exotica have created a raw and ugly stomping style of hardcorepunk, that takes influences from '80s Brazilian hc and early Discharge.
An older release but it's a true masterpiece: Vincas from Athens, Georgia play a dark style of psych-punk that takes influences from The Gun Club, The Scientists or Zen Guerilla. Also have a listen to their lastet "Deep In The Well" LP from 2016.
This cassette is filled with 4 catchy as hell tunes, that will immeatiately get stuck on your head, but at the same time they maintain a blasting no frills punkrock sound. It's a great mix of Ramones influenced punkrock, punk pop in the vein of The Muffs or Scared Of Chaka and hints of early '90s indie-rock.
Rubber Mate from Cleveland fuse noise-rock with primitive hardcore-punk. Imagine a mix of Brainbombs and The Homostupids. The demented vocals are one main highlight and the whole single is a total banger.
This is a collection of songs previously released a demos. The cassette is filled to the brim with infectious lo-fi punk/garage. The songs are simple and straightforward, have really impressive screaming vocals and a unique scratchy guitar-work that make this stand out.
Label: Doombringer, Phobia, Crust War, Headnoise, Not Enough Year: 2017 Country: Japan & Indonesia
This split release originally came out as a CS in 2015. Now five labels from all over the world bring the vinyl version. Life is a long running Japanese Crust/HC group that doesn't need an introduction. You get two brilliant tracks that are as great as all their previous releases. On the flipside Zudas Krust from Indonesia dish up super raw and noisy hardcorepunk.
This is the first full lenght since eight years from Richmond's Cloak/Dagger. Taking inspiration from a wide variety of bands ranging from 'early 80s punk/hc like Black Flag or Circle Jerks, '60s garage-punk and more current groups like Hot Snakes or Drive Like Jehu, the four-piece continues to develop their signature style.
The latest release from New York's Kaleidoscope and it's another hit platter. Not half of the year has passed, but this 12" will definitely be part of my best of 2017 list. A unique mix of post-punk and noise-punk with some hints of hardcore added for good measure.