Sunday, January 29, 2017

Q - S/T 7"

Label:      Lumpy
Year:        2015
Country:  USA

This 5-song 7" delivers a sonic assault of wild hardcore-punk with some hints of d-beat.

ROUTEENS - S/T Tape

Label:      selfreleased
Year:        2016
Country:  Germany

Local punks done good. No frills punkrock made with an undercurrent of dark melodies. The haunting vocals are another highlight of Routeens' demo debut.

ABSOLUT - PUNK SURVIVAL LP

Label:      Trabuc
Year:        2014
Country:  Canada 

Raw d-beat driven hardcore from Canada. Intense vocals, buzzing guitars and frantic drumming. Heavily influenced by Japanese bands.

ISOTOPE SOAP - FRONTAL DISORDER POST MENTAL BORDER 7"

Label:      Reich Chords
Year:        2016
Country:  Sweden

Sweden's Isotope Soap are named after a song by Geza X, and with good reason: This 7" recalls the classic frantic sound of early synth-punk. For fans of The Units, Devo, The Residents, Screamers and Black Randy & Metrosquad. 


ANCIENT FILTH - EARTH BRAINS Flexi 7"

Label:      selfreleased
Year:        2016
Country:  USA

Political hardcore-punk from Boston. This 3 track 7" shows blistering and stripped down hardcore for fans of Sunshine Ward, Brainkiller or Savageheads. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

WILD AT HEART - DEMO Tape

Label:      Sensual World
Year:        2016
Country:  USA

This Philapdelphia-based five-piece plays post-punk that brings to mind bands like Gun Club and X but they don't forget to add their own distinctive style. 

CAVEMAN HANDJOB - HARD BARF Tape

Label:      Suite 309
Year:        2016
Country:  USA

Synth-driven no-wave from Cleveland, Ohio. 30 short and frantic assaults.

CONMEN - S/T 7"

Label:      Neutral Accents/Stabilizer
Year:        2015
Country:  USA

Great punkrock from Boston. Somewhere between US kbd punk and UK powerpop. Members of Waste Management, Boston Strangler, Peacebreakers...

LOW LIFE - S/T Tape

Label:      Harbour City
Year:        2010
Country:  Australia 

Dark, noisy and destructive post-punk from Melbourne. Imagine a mix of Flipper, Birthday Party and Drunks With Guns. Their first recordings. 

YOUNG TRYNAS - PROBABLY MUSIC 7"

Label:      White Denim
Year:        2015
Country:  USA

Hailing from Washington D.C. Young Trynas bring to mind the classic sound of early Kill Rock Stars and K Records releases. You get five tracks of noisy grunge-punk.  

Monday, January 23, 2017

WOUND MAN - FEVER SESSION Tape

Label:      selfreleased
Year:        2016
Country:  USA

Wound Man from New Bedford, Massachusetts unleash power-violence in the same classic vein as Crossed Out, Man Is The Bastard or newer bands like Mind Eraser or Scapegoat. 

CRACK UNDER PRESSURE - DEMO Tape

Label:      Not Very Nice
Year:        2013
Country:  Germany

Berlin fastcore/ powerviolence. Members of Stalker, Y, Pink Flamingos and SM70. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

VICTOR - S/T Tape

Label:       Lumpy
Year:        2016
Country:  Israel

Victor from Tel Aviv, Israel deliver nine tracks of frantic instrumental synthesizer madness. Another winner release from Lumpy Records. Awesome!


NO FUN - 2 AND A HALF HOUR PARTY PEOPLE Tape

Label:      selfreleased
Year:        2016
Country:   UK

Under his No Fun moniker Stephen Hodson creates a unique mixture of minimal wave, post-punk and synth-punk. If No Fun had showed up 30 years earlier, they would have made a cozy addition to a Messthetics compilation. 

SYNDROME 81 - DESERT URBAIN 7"

Label:      Destructure
Year:       2015
Country:  France 

Most Oi! bands suck, but this is great. Rough punk anthems filled with plenty of great melodies and catchy refrains. This is probably their best release so far!


LITOVSK - S/T LP


Label:      Contraszt!
Year:        2015
Country:  France

Besides Syndrome 81 here's another great band hailing from Brest, France. Litovsk brings to mind the sound and spirit of British wave bands from the 1980s. Melancholy-tinged punk tunes based on echoing riffs, brilliant melodies, driving bass lines and hard-hitting beats.Not unlike The Crisis, Blitz or The Mob. 

VA - JAY REATARD THE RUSSIAN TRIBUTE

Label:      Krapiva
Year:        2016
Country:  Russia

A Russian tribute to Jay Reatard. Thirteen bands from all over the country each with one track.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

FUTURE BINDS - DEMO 7"

Label:      Deranged
Year:        2013
Country:  USA

The one and only release from this Raleigh band and it's a true killer record. Good old hardcore for fans of Out Cold, Antidote, Government Warning or Negative Approach.

SICK LLAMA - MELTING KNOWLEDGE THREE Tape

Label:      Fag Tapes
Year:       2016
Country:  USA

Another tape release from Detroit's Sick Llama. A raw and grotesque piece of electronics. They take the industrial sound of Throbbing Grsitle and merge it with their own unique style of repetitive pungent noise.

PATSY - EAT IT 7"

Label:      Total Punk
Year:        2016
Country:  USA

Their second 7". Also highly recommended!
 

PATSY - TULEX TUDE HIGH 7"

Label:      Total Punk
Year:        2015
Country:  USA

Two track debut single. Sounds like classic westcoast Dangerhouse punk on speed. Patsy is Candice from Mystic Inane on vocals.
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BAD NOIDS - IT'S A DOGGIE BAG WORLD 7"

Label:      Feel It
Year:        2016
Country:  USA 

The latest 7" from this Clevocore band. "Into The Future" is one of the gnarliest examples of modern day punk done right. One the flipside you get two wild and nasty hardcore punk blasts. 

THE TRENDEES - WE ARE SONIC ART Tape

Label:      Epic Sweet
Year:        2015
Country:  New Zealand

One of my favourite current NZ bands. The Trendees play rough art punk that is reminiscent of Swell Maps, Half Japanese. The Urinals and recent groups like Times New Viking, Eat Skull, Sic Alps or Tyvek.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

PAPER WOUNDS - ALWAYS HURT 7"

Label:      Dingleberry
Year:        2016
Country:  Russia

Brilliant noise-pop from Saint Petersburg. Four tracks based on towering guitar noise and sweet vocal harmonies. It's impressive how Paper Wounds balance heaviness with lightness and beauty. For fans of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine.


REPTILOIDS - ЦИНК Tape

Label:      Brain Abuse
Year:        2014
Country:  Russia

Top notch d-beat hardcore from Moscow. Sounds like a rougher, more pissed off and primitive version of Ajax and Blood Pressure. Last year they released a 7", which is also highly recommended.

WONDERFULS - ONLY SHADOWS NOW LP

Label:      Bruit Direct
Year:        2014
Country:  Australia

Hailing from Brisbane Wonderfuls play desperate minimal music. With song structures only based on synths sounds and guitar lines Wonderfuls lead you in their very own universe of auditory ideas. Weird stuff in a great and open-minded way!

Friday, January 13, 2017

UBIK - DEMO

Label:      Lost In Fog
Year:        2016
Country:  Australia

UBIK is a new band from Melbourne featuring members of Masses and Red Red Kroovy. Their first demo offers five punk tunes made with stomping beats, simple guitar-melodies and well done multiple vocals parts. UBIK fuse influences of  UK82 and anarchopunk to create their own unique sound. Highly recommended! 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

SNÄGGLETOOTH - S/T 7"


Label:     4490 Records
Year:       2016
Country:  Singapore

Dirty and ripping motorcharged punk from Singapore. Perfect guitar solos and the bass totally drives it. This 7" features four tracks of insane Motörhead meets d-beat rock 'n' roll. For fans of Inepsy, Genocide SS or Reign Of Bombs.

RATS REST - ON THE EASTSIDE 7"


Label:      Peter Out/ Dead Broke
Year:       2016
Country:  USA

Great guitar-driven punkrock from Kansas City with tons of fantastic melodies. You get four high-energy songs with a focus on the rough vocals. If you like Hüsker Dü and "Mush" era Leatherface you won't be dissapointed here. This is probably their best release so far. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

TAPE REC - DEATH FRIENDS LP


Label:     IFB Records
Year:       2014
Country: Brazil 

On this LP Tape Rec from Rio De Janeiro recall the hissy rock of late 80s and early 90s SST releases. They nail down hook filled indie and grunge, that finds a good balance between pop and noise. Super sweet meldodies are paired with layers of thrashing, noisy fuzz. The record is rounded off by a well done lo-fi production. Fans of Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth won't be dissappointed here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

DISEASE - NEVERENDING WAR CRIMES 12"


Label:     Crucificados/ Rawmantic Disasters/ Black Against Night/ Grind Your Mind
Year:       2016
Country: Macedonia

This is the debut full lenght from Macedonia's Disease. One look at the cover artwork and you know what you can expect here: in-your-face d-beat hardcore that's rooted in the music of classic Japanese and Scandinavian bands like Disclose, Anti Cimex or Meanwhile. A noisy hardcore assault that sounds extremely raw and ugly!