I love just about every d-beat band that has ever come out of Sweden. From Anti Cimex, Wolfpack, Totalitär, Avskum and everything in between. If I had to choose another music genre that I like, it would have to be fast and heavy distorted punk from Japan like Death Side and Crow. Who I’m sure took great influence from the aforesaid bands. As well as their music of course it’s the bleak imagery on their records. That too is another thing I love, the look and sound from a vinyl record. Now before I wander off and rant about other things I like, I should say that I am trying to build this all up to a point. So let’s turn up the overdrive and mix all that stuff together. Now we have a great new 7″ vinyl EP by Crutches from Malmö, Sweden.
I think the title alone ‘D-Beat Tsunami’ shows they wear their influence on their sleeves. So with that in mind, I couldn’t wait to put this on the record player and up the volume. The EP’s intro riffs and vocals are reminiscent of Scottish band Sedition, then it shifts into heavy D-beat with cries of ‘fire’ being shouted from behind the chaos. The next track on this side opens up with the sound of what’s like someone blowing into a plastic pipe. Then it goes into a real stomping punk beat and riff through a wall of furious feedback. Lyrically the band sing about homophobic idiot’s, the constant war/hate against world governments and burning the place to the ground.
Now for the ancient custom of turning the record over and lining up the needle. And into an industrial sound of banging pipes and voice samples. This of course leads us nicely into another reign of squalling distortion accompanied by strong gusts of shrieked vocals with a stomping d-beat. If you like d-beat punk or even if you think you don’t. Have a listen to the sheer profusion and devotion to sound of distortion. Ten out of ten fists for this. [on Distroy Records]
Pollution spills from industry, then forcibly spews it’s sewage into our atmosphere. Religious war and depression weighs heavily on us, this is our neoteric genre. In the meantime, as you trudge through this cold December, all you hear everywhere is the jingle-jangle of christmas songs. Pass the ‘Hooligan Jihad’ EP please, I need a hit of reality.
On this EP, Last Under The Sun deliver five songs of terror and the harsh realities of life. In that same apocalyptically bleak way that bands like the Subhumans and Crass have done in the past. But they are singing about our current day in a direct way “how many people die, for a worthless cause… I dont wanna die in some desert war”. It is all about our politically violent world, but at times it’s done with some humor like on the song ‘Hooligan Jihad’. How can you forget the lyrics “You can’t play crust in fucking flip-flops…”.
Frantic and pissed off, members also make up Birmingham’s infamous Police Bastard, who had a split with War//Plague on Profane Existence last year. Which is no surprise as you could draw parallels in the style they play. Very much a no excuses crust styled hardcore with it’s roots firmly in DIY hardcore punk. There certainly is great production and tight musicianship on this too, without losing a raw punk sound. There are great elements to this like on the song ‘Beautane’, which made my dog twist her head in strange ways in trying to decipher what the sounds were. It has gloom-ridden sounds and samples, Big Black/Ministry instrumental like playing making it more dense and machine-like at times. You could never say Last Under The Sun are following any particular music genre with tracks like this. It is a serious gem of a track with added post-apocalyptic ambient sound effects. But that ambience is well and truly broken when ‘Hooligan Jihad’ breaks into high gear. Well worth checking out.
[on Ironman Records]
ILandsProblem from from Örebro, Sweden do not play d-beat or crust punk. I have been warned they play Kängpunk. But to me they remind me of their fellow countrymen Wolfbrigade or that misanthropic generation era of Disfear.
After recording two demos their singer left this year to play with Subwaste. But the band battled on, getting guitarist Rumppan to take over on vocal duties. And now their album is to be released on Yellow Dog Records in Berlin, the test pressing went this week. And should be available on red vinyl and 100 on black. They follow a great roster of bands on that label from Pisschrist, Guided Cradle, Cyness, Madame Germen and so many others. This is a new track from the upcoming release.
‘Grave New World’ is an infamous Discharge album, released in 1986 that saw them go hair metal. High pitched vocals and cock rock riffs with a hint of the old Discharge riffs lurking underneath. Oh how we all roared, laughed or sat in disbelief at just how different this album was. But I have a confession to make, I unbeknownst to my punk friends started listening to it on my own. And started to actually like it, but would have flat out denied that at the time. Well here we are all these years later since that album and we have had D-beat and hundreds of Discharge ‘Why’ era style bands. But what if we were all wrong? What if we had denied what could have been a whole new wave!
Enter Thisclose who have finally turned it all on it’s head. Formed by some Scottish punks who have done time in various noisy punk bands throughout the years. But now wear their collective hearts on their sleeves and show just how things should have went after ‘Grave New World’. High pitched vocals, Discharge riffs and song titles like “Two Monstrous Distro Piles” and “But After The Rigs”, I’m hooked. Stand out tracks are ‘Sexcel’ for it’s heavy crunchy guitar sound with non stop manic singing and of course ‘Tear Up The Hedge’ which is GISM, which of course is a good thing. Available on cassette limited to a hundred for £3.50 including p+p in the UK. Forget D-beat this is the Grave New beat.