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.
ICHSUCHT – Stadtkind which means “Egomania – City child” are a Hamburg, Germany four piece band with a female vocalist who have a pretty tight release out right now. Six hard-hitting punk/hardcore songs with nice clear production, clean vocals that are easy to understand, well, if you understand German that is. They have a nice pissed off feel to the songs, plenty of whoa ohs thrown in, a sing a long style that makes me wish that I was better with my German, nice heavy guitar and bass, and the drummer is smashing away perfectly in the back. These songs go by pretty quick and make me want to hear more, always a good sign. They have a CD that comes included with the vinyl EP which comes on white vinyl, or you can just get the CD, or go download it to hear it and then go buy something from them, a definite keeper and one that I’ll be listening to often. (Rick E.)
https://www.facebook.com/IchSuchtHamburg http://ichsucht.bandcamp.com/ http://ichsuchthamburg.blogspot.de/ http://riotbikerecords.bigcartel.com/
This four piece hardcore/punk band from Lodi, Italy has five slamming tunes for your listening pleasure for free, just click on your mouse and you can be slamming away to these tunes in your house. These songs have a nice old school hardcore feel to them and spice it up with some modern feeling and energy to make it sound fresh. The lyrics are nice and clear, really good production which makes this one to play loud with no distortion at all, all the songs are in English, they have a nice sing a long aspect to them, great background vocals, nice tight drumming, and the guitar and bass aren’t slouches either. This kicks off on the first track and kicks you in the pants to keep up with it for the five songs, and makes you want more from them. The vocals in some parts remind me a bit of Wendy O’ Williams from the PLASMATICS, but don’t copy them, just a hint of her in them. They have been around since September 2011 and with the addition of their new singer in January 2012, allowed Slut Machine to perform its first live concerts. Only a couple of months later, in March, the band held its first live concert, playing its songs at a motorcycle rally and meeting the crowd’s strong enthusiasm. I hope that they come up with more songs and a release to physically have because this is really good. Oh yeah, they are a four piece band of females, but that doesn’t matter, they rip regardless of what sex they are! (Rick E.)
This four piece hardcore/punk band from Northwest Connecticut has been around since May 2010 and has previously released their first demo, “The Damn Demo”, in April 2011, the band released their second demo, “Politics and Lady Parts” and now they bring us this new one, “Loud, Fast and in the Dark”. I haven’t heard their older music, but damn, this is pretty fucking good! I was so surprised to hear how good this was with them being together for just over two years and just the two other releases before this. They throw a lot of really good musicianship at you, good, clear vocals with some good shout along parts, nice tight breakdowns, some ska thrown in for effect and even a rip on the Monkees, “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” all on this beast. They give a shout out to the bands that came before them and the scene in “CTCP” with some great oi! on it, the ska slips in, but doesn’t get in the way of the song “Live In Fear” because they go all out hard and fast in it as well, how shitty it is to pay to play on “Pay To Play, and of course, religion on “War On Religion”. The song “Girl Bands Suck” is too funny, but very important to listen to since this is a band consisting of all females, but they are not a girl punk band, they are a fucking punk band! I loved this album and you should grab it and crank it up and see them if they get to your neck of the woods, guaranteed a good time! (Rick E.)
https://www.facebook.com/damnbroads http://damnbroads.bandcamp.com/ http://www.reverbnation.com/damnbroads
PISSING CONTEST from Battle Creek, Michigan are a two piece band that has Matt Dilliner who is the co-owner of Say-10 Records and Skateboards handling vocals/guitars/drums, and Jake Morley on bass. They give us six songs that were recorded very quickly after getting together after only being formed on July 21, 2012 (National ‘Go Skateboarding’ Day) as a knee-jerk reaction to the frustration of our times. You would never think that they did this so fast as with only two guys in the band on this, they play very tight hardcore with nice hoarse, but clear vocals, very good production and a sense of things almost coming apart, but staying together. The lyrics are nice and pissed off views of how fucked things are and how pissed off they are and it sure shows! The lyrics are spit out with disgust at the crap that they see in the world and they really seem to be heart-felt and it’s great to see this kind of anger and energy not only from just two guys, but because they were hardly together for a long time, so I hope they keep up this in future releases. It’s out on a handmade cassette with only 77 made! Each one has spray painted tape case, is stenciled and handwritten, so grab one quick. (Rick E.)
http://www.pissingcontest.net/ https://www.facebook.com/PissingContest http://pissingcontest.bandcamp.com/ http://soundcloud.com/pissingcontestpunk http://www.say-10.com/