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.)
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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.)
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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.)
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YOUTH OFFENDER is a three-piece from the Dublin/Brownwood area of Texas and have made two songs of theirs available to download for free, and now you can go get them for the effort of a mouse click…what a deal! They do some fairly straight forward hardcore with punk rock leanings and it’s not too bad at all. The two songs are “Conservative Eyes” and “I Wanna Be In Shut Up Sidney”, with the requisite snipe against right wingers and wanting to do anything to be in SHUT UP SIDNEY, a hardcore band from Houston. The production is fairly basic, not clean, but not so sloppy that it affects the enjoyment of this, with the lyrics still able to be heard and enjoyed and the band seems to be having a good time making some fun noise for us. This comes with lyrics so you can see that they aren’t just a bunch of jokers like their Facebook makes them seem, but they actually have pretty good lyrics. I was pleasantly surprised with this one and I’m glad that I got a chance to hear them and I’m looking forward to hearing more from them and hope the production is a bit cleaner next time, but hell, this is punk…right? (Rick E.)
Until I got their split with FORRÆDERI, I had never heard of these guys. Their sound is noisy while being direct and organized and massive at the same time. This 10′(on orange vinyl) is more of the same. This time around they offer 8 songs of manic time signature changes strung together by chaotic riffing that I imagine FUGAZI might sound like if they tried their hands at writing noisy crust along side dirty screamo-ish vocals. I don’t mean screamo in a whiney-please-shut-the-fuck-up-already way. Just strained passionate screaming broken up by even more angry yelling with occasional clean vocals. This is one of those albums that you might suspect Steve Albini had a hand it except that the production is a little dirtier, which adds even more sonic intensity. I can only imagine how much energy is created during a live set. Amazingly enough, I had completely forgotten that BARREN WOMB are a two piece. Holy shit! It’s just so heavy. Inside the album the lyrics are printed all crazy like on the insert, which fits the music, though the artwork is dark and simple. Grey images on black. The album is available for free at barrenwomb.bandcamp.com, but I highly recommend buying one of these hand numbered 10″ limited to 500. They don’t release a lot of material, so get what you can. (Jake)
This band from Bemidji, MN has a new E.P. out and it’s pretty damn good! Four songs that fly by in under five minutes and really make you want more music from them. It’s some really well produced hardcore/grind with more hardcore than grind and some growling vocals mixed with strangled vocals and shouted vocals. Everything is well laid out in the songs, really tight and clean sounding with lyrics that are mostly easily shouted along with and a feel of the band really loving what they do. This band is one to look out for and try to see if they come to your area because the rock pretty damn hard! I’m not sure where this is available from, but give them an email and hopefully they can hook you up with some tunes, I listened to this about fifteen times so far and really want more……hint, hint to the band. (Rick E)
‘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.