Tuesday, February 20, 2018

GAY KISS - ROUNDED DOWN 7"

Label:     Sorry State/ Blast House
Year:      2017
Country: USA

Gay Kiss from Phoenix, Arizona mix straight hardcorepunk with noise-rock and heavy mid-tempo parts.

MENTIRA - AUTOINITULADO 7"'

Label:     Nada Nada Discos
Year:      2017
Country: Brazil

Minimal synth-Punk from Brazil.

Friday, February 16, 2018

PADKAROSDA - TETOVA LELKEK LP

Label:     Static Age
Year:      2018
Country: Hungary

Brilliant mix of wild punk and death-rock/dark post-punk influences. The album came out in 2016 as a digital vile only and now Static Age put out a vinyl version. Highly recommended!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

MAPLE DEATH RECORDS

Maple Death is a quality label from Bologna, Italy doing quality work. The label put out some amazing releases, especially in the past year. It's no wonder, that the His Electro Blue Voice LP and the Tropical Trash/Brutal Birthday 7" were party of my "best of 2017" list. After this post I got in contact Jonathan Clancy, the guy behind Maple Death. Soon the idea grew to review some recent Maple Death releases and this is the result...

HAVAH - CONTRAVVELONE LP (Maple Death)
Havah is the brainchild of Michele Comarani, who was a member of La Quiete and Raein. To be honest I was never crazy about his previous bands, but with Havah he explores very different musical territories. This album offers an amazing mix of post-punk, death-rock and dark-wave, taking the best moments of Christian Death, Vex, Bauhaus and Joy Divsion. But in the end Havah create their very own unique style of goth-punk that sounds like a fresh breath. The songs find a perfect balance between catchy song structures and a cold gloomy atmosphere. Lyrically "Contravvelone" is based on the history of Italian anti-fascist resistance fighters during the Second Wolrd War. An outstandingly great post-punk album! (Listen to it here)

HIS CLANCYNESS - PALE FEAR/COMING UP EMPTY 7" (Maple Death)
What we have got here is a two track single from Bologna's His Clancyness. This four-piece has developed a non-conformist style, that crosses several musical boundaries. The vibe is like some arty krautrock is being channelled through classic Rough Trade postpunk/indie records. "Pale Fear" is a super diverse tune full of unexpected changes. On the flipside His Clanyness slow things done and deliver a well-done minimal pop number. The songs were recorded in Bristol in Portishead’s Invada Studios and the result is an exceptionally good production. An excellent 7". (Listen to it here)

HIS ELECTRO BLUE VOICE - MENTAL HOOP (Maple Death)
After numerous brilliant 7" releases and their Sub Pop debut album "Ruthless Sperm" Italy's His Electro Blue Voice are finally back with a brand new LP. In the past years this band has evolved and developed it's very own trademark sound. The result sounds like a early '90s UK shoegaze oufit trying to get into motorik and repetitive psych/krautrock bathwater while adding a heavy dose of noise-rock. Despite numerous different influences, each song forms a well conceived whole. One main highlight is the loud crashing guitar wall of sound with it's undercurrent of great melodies. A highly addictive spin. (Listen to it here

TROPICAL TRASH / BRUTAL BIRTHDAY - SPLIT 7" (Maple Death)
Tropical Trash's "Ufo Rot" LP was one of my favoruite releases of 2016 and now this Kentucky based group is back with this nice split 7", that came out in support of both band's recent Euro tour. The Tropical Trash side offers a powerful mid-tempo tune, built on driving bass lines and a lot of guitar/synth noise. It all sounds pretty evil and powerful and it's just another great example of Tropical Trash's unqiue style of post-punk/ post-hardcore. Brutal Birthday is a new band from Bologna. They draw from garagepunk, add a slight dose of noise-rock to the mix and bash things out with just the right amount of destruction. If I didn't know any better, I would think this a lost Siltbreeze group from the 1990s. A very promising first release! (Listen to it here)


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

DFMK - THE DFMK EXPERIENCE EP

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2017
Country: Mexico

A band from Tijuana, Mexico that recalls the classic sound of early Californian punk and hardcore. 

ГИЗМО - S/T CS

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2017
Country: Russia

Gizmo from Moscow play wild, reverb-friendly and heavy distorted hardcore-punk. 

SKIFTANDE ENHETER - MARKET SQUARE 7"

Label:     Market Square
Year:      2018
Country: Sweden

Yes, finally a second 7" from Skiftande Enheter. Probably the best current Swedish punk group. Sounds like a Swedish kbd outfit trying to get into Alternative TV/ Swell Maps bathwater. Great!

DELETIONS - ARCHIVES CS

Label:     not on a label
Year:      2018
Country: USA

Deletions from Harrisburg fuse frantic synth-punk with post-punk/wave influences. Imagine a mix of The Units, Geza X and The B-52's.

Monday, February 5, 2018

SHAKING HEADS - S/T LP

Label:     Ken Rock
Year:      2017
Country: Sweden

Great punkrock from Sweden.

Friday, February 2, 2018

PLASTIC - S/T LP

Label:     Lumpy
Year:      2018
Country: USA

Bleak goth-punk from Chicago.