This band from Colorado Springs, Co has recorded seven straight up, old school oi! songs that bring back memories of the good old days when punk and oi! bands were still pretty close. There is nothing pretentious or pretty about these songs, they are a working class band who sing about what you would expect, drinking, fighting, and they have some personal opinions mixed in. I know, this is the same stuff every oi! band sings about, but who cares! If I wanted to hear nothing except people shouting political dogma at me, I would go to a political rally, I want entertainment damn it! These four guys do a good job at what they do and I liked it, matter of fact, I want more from them and I would go see them if they played around me, I would wear a patch, t-shirt and a pin. How’s that for not caring that they are “just another oi! band”. These songs were fun, they made me tap my feet, and I listened to them more than once. The production was good, the gruff vocals were good, and the band was not super tight, but it worked really good on here. More, I want more!!! (Rick E.)
This four piece band from Toronto, Ontario is two males and two females who play some catchy punk rock, not too sloppy, but not too neat and tidy. They play with abandon and pure fun, you can hear it in all of the songs on here from start to finish. You get six catchy punk songs on this EP which are played fast, but not fast enough to be classified as hardcore, just fun, fast paced punk, something I never can get enough of and wish that more bands played like this instead of lame pop punk. The songs are mostly short with only two around the three minute mark, which was nice, but I was wanting more, which is a good thing, so hurry up and get more tunes out there! The production was pretty good, with clarity in the mix and enough space to give everyone there spot to be heard. I think that this was a really good EP and I’m really looking forward to hearing more from them in the future. (Rick E.)
This cassette is eleven songs of super blazing fast hardcore/thrash from this four piece band from Sacramento, CA. They have a female vocalist, but she doesn’t shriek like a lot seem to do when doing this kind of music, but she makes it work with her aggression on this release. Not one song on here is over forty-five seconds and the shortest are under or around ten seconds long, so you know there is nothing wasted on here in getting the message across. The band just pummels away behind the vocalist and creates a swirling slam fest that zips by so fast that you have to listen again and again to it. The production is average, but it doesn’t really take too much away from this one. I’m hoping to hear more from them in the future and see where they go. (Rick E.)
This three-piece punk band from Italy formed in 2010 and stayed together until 2012 and then changed the guitarist and then put out this four track EP. The first year they played fifty-six gigs, and some were with the MISFITS, MARKY RAMONE’s BLITZKRIEG, and the VIBRATORS. The EP starts off on a nice fast pace with the song “R U Ready” and keeps up the pace all the way through to the last track “Antisex”. The vocals are nice and rough, a little scratchy, kind of like found on the PLASMATICS old albums, but with their own feel to them, the band charges through the songs with energy and life, that it made me want to hear more of this band. This two male, one female band seem to be having a lot of fun on here and it shows, they really love what they are doing. The lyrics are in English and this is worth the hunting around that I did to find it. A very good release from a band that I will be keeping my eye on. (Rick E.)
https://www.facebook.com/milksnakeband http://www.myspace.com/milksnakeband http://soundcloud.com/milksnake/tracks
This four piece hardcore/punk band from Houston, TX has thirteen tracks on their new release, with a bonus track at the end making for fourteen tracks of DEAD KENNEDYS inspired tunage. The guitars buzz, the drummer thrashes away behind, the bass keeping up nicely and the singer who has a bit of the Jello waver in his voice at times is spitting out a lot of venom during the whole thing. They have some really cool lyrics that you can get off of their Facebook page about how “Pop-Punk Must Die”, on “Perry” the sing the praises of Governor Rick Perry, (they really hate him), they sing about the crap of the wars we’re stuck in on “$9.11″, the song “Monotony” has the SEX PISTOLS song “Problems” feel to the repetition of the way they keep singing “Monotony”, of course the strong anti religious lyrics on here, and a ton of other great songs. This brings me back to the old days of the 80’s when bands would have so much anger and wanted people to think for themselves, I’ve missed this. The production is a bit raw and it took me a second or two to get into it, mostly because a lot is so over produced nowadays, but since this is punk, fuck it, I liked it! I’m glad there are bands out there, especially in tight ass Texas, that want to get in your face and make you think. This one blazes by pretty quick even though there are some longer songs, but they get you caught up in their fury that you lose track of time. On a side note, I have a cat named Sydney and the phrase “SHUT UP SYDNEY” has been said around my house lots of times, so I had to look into these guys, who got their name from the SEX PISTOLS. This is available from the band and they are looking at putting this out digitally. Definitely pick this one up, go to their Facebook and give them some love, for their hate. (Rick E.)
This four piece from East Vancouver, BC Canada really surprised me with this release. I have heard their name before, but never heard their music, I’m sorry that this has happened because this is a fantastic album! They come at you from the start with twelve tracks with such power and it just made me take in all the nuances that are here. You get the awesome bass guitar work throughout the album, the fast licks thrown out by the guitarist, the unrelenting pounding of the drummer, and the more surprising things, like the violin on the track “Uncontrollable”, and the keys on “It Can’t Be Just Me” and “The World Turned Upside Down” are all such nice surprises on a punk album, the album even ends with a cover of a peaceful acoustic protest song by LEON ROSSELSON, “The World Turned Upside Down” which was also covered by BILLY BRAGG. The album is just so damn catchy, with some great gang vocals and some great whoa-ohs, but it isn’t wimpy in any way, just a solidly played album and the production is nice and tight, letting everyone get their instruments in and with clarity which makes you want to start singing along with them and playing the air instrument of your choice. This band could become really popular, but not in the obnoxious way, the kind that the cool kids know them and support the shit out of them. You need to get this one and just crank the fuck out of it! I need their older releases now…..damn you!!!!! (Rick E.)
http://www.rebeltimerecords.com / https://www.facebook.com/rebeltimerecords http://www.therebelspell.com/ http://therebelspell.bandcamp.com/album/its-a-beautiful-future
From the ashes of the THE SPLINTS come the PHARMACISTS with four songs of gritty punk rock and roll. Each track is about 3-4 minutes and have a certain rawness that has a little bit of a MISFITS feel, but without Glenn’s annoying voice(that’s right, I don’t care for the MISFITS. Not much of a CLASH fan either. What?!) There’s a nice balance of upbeat music writing with harsh life lyrics. This aspect reminds me of the ALKALINE TRIO, but less depressing and pretty absent of romance. All the songs are catchy memorable and totally the kind of band you’d want to see while knocking back a few at the bar on a summer afternoon. For a debut, this is pretty sweet. Great recording and mix with straight forward musicianship. Midway through track two the bass tone is killer. Not sure why that stuck with me so much, but the overall sound quality is perfect for their style. No lyrics are included, but it’s not like deciphering a metal album. The artwork is kept simple: x-ray photo on the cover and disc tray and band photo inside. Oh, if you live in the D.C. area, they are looking for a second guitarist.(Jake)
Oh man another little gem from these guys. A little more info on BILL BONDSMEN, they are from Detroit, Michigan and have been a band since 2002. Here is a rad new 7 inch again an awesome record with a screen printed cover and painted with water colors it look/feels like. Again 2 songs one on each side with a large hole in the middle only this time I didn’t get a colored vinyl :( But nonetheless still really like this album. Sounds like these were recorded at the same time very lo-fi vocals, gritty and very raw with plastering guitar coming at you. “Overcrowded Control” has a nice up and down bass in it reminds me of a circus jam or something. B-side is “Untitled” and it must be for a reason, vocals come in about a minute and a half into the song and is very heavy compared to the A-side, this could have easily been the A-side of the record. Again go get this record if your into gritty punk that sounds like it was recorded in a basement. Top image is from the interweb, Bottom is what my record looks like. (XbezerkerX)
First off I love this band had the pleasure of seeing them once in St. Paul. IN DEFENCE opened up for them and it was awesome. So when I got this you can’t imagine how excited I was. So this record has 2 songs 1 on each side, so kind of a sweet throwback to 45’s large hole included. When I first got the record I noticed that it has a screenprinted cover which is awesome plus it’s on a dark purple wax. So with this release there are 2 bad ass tunes first is “Nineteen”. A really good distorted vocals with blistering guitar behind very low-fi recording sounds very DIY to me. Like they recorded it in a basement or something. Side B is called “Things Fall Apart” the shorter of the two tracks but still has the low-fi recording quality with gritty vocals. Any punk rocker would like this f you like fast gritty fast punk rock plus when the B side stop it has a repeating groove which are always funny to have on a record. I LOVE BILL BONDSMEN that is all. (XbezerkerX)
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.