Sunday, 30 April 2017
If you're a fan of Oi! Oi! music you'll probably agree that we've been spoilt recently with some top notch new releases. As I've commented before, the Oi! scene is undergoing a resurgence at the moment with many great new bands putting out some brilliant music. It's not only the current generation that are thriving, today I'm posting a song by a band that's graced the scene for longer than there's been a scene. Cock Sparrer have a new album out, but you already know that don't you?
Titled Forever, it's out now on Pirates Press, Chase The Ace and Randale Records and whilst it might not be to the liking of those who prefer their street music raw and gritty, for the rest of us it's chock full of catchy, sing along punk rock anthems that will slot nicely into their live sets. Any band still releasing music so many years after getting together deserves respect but when they can still keep up with the new breed, then you can't really ask for any more than that.
There's a couple of singles from the album, Every Step Of The Way and Contender but pretty much all of the tracks are catchy enough to merit a seperate release. Here's one of them, Nothing Like You.....
Saturday, 29 April 2017
If you've been viewing Just Some Punk Songs for a while now you may have seen updates on bands featuring San Francisco bassist and owner of Rip Off Records Greg Lowery. Those bands were Supercharger, The Rip Offs and Zodiac Killers (yeah, I should have also featured The Infections but didn't get round to it so shoot me). Those updates are here if you want to revisit them....
It's been a while since I heard anything new from Greg so I was excited to come across Control Freaks. They formed in 2016 and as well as Greg on bass they feature Natalie Sweet (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nick Colella (lead guitar) and Tim E Del Licious (drums). Natalie and Nick are also in The Shanghais, the Oakland band who graced this blog here : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-shanghais-too-cool-to-cry.html
Anyway, let's get to the new record. 19th May will see the release, on Slovenly Recordings, of Control Freaks' debut album. It's titled Mindless Entertainment and if the track below is any indication it's gonna be a catchy, fun and unmissable riot of female fronted garage punk that'll delight fans of both The Shanghais and Greg's earlier projects. You can find more details here : https://slovenly.bandcamp.com/album/control-freaks-mindless-entertainment-lp
This is the lead track, Control Freaks......
Friday, 28 April 2017
Brain Ape are a Scratch Rock outfit from London who first appeared on here with their single Blonde Hair Blue Eyed Boy (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/brain-ape-blond-hair-blue-eyed-boy.html) and who return today with a new single which is a trailblazer for a new album that's due out later this year.
The current line up features Minky Tres-Vain (vocals/guitar), Sol (bass/vocals and Jacob Powel (drums). They play a kind of grungey stoner punk that's different to most of what gets posted on here but which is well worth you checking out. As an incentive to lend them your ears, the new single is available as a free download from Schlimbum Records : http://schlimbumrecords.com/band-brainape.html
This is Give Me My P45.....
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Bring The Drones feature a nucleus of drummer Charlie Claesson (formerly of Anti-Cimex and Driller Killer, currently also a member of Wolfhour) and guitarist/bassist Ted Fransson (ex Gamla Pengar, currently, Strikt Struktur). To help achieve their overall pummelling sound they draw on the talents of numerous musicians, in the case of new album Ignorance Paradise those musicians are vocalist Denis Boardman (Doom), vocalist James Domestic (The Domestics), bassist Inge Johansson (Against Me!, Refused, The(International) Noise Conspiracy), Frida Andersson (Vicious Irene) and Daniel Kjolsrud (Berzerk Bastards).
Unsurprisingly, given the logistics of featuring members from different locations who also have other band committments, it's taken 3 years for Ignorance Paradise to come to fruition but it's finally out on May 5th via Kibou Records (UK) and Phobia Records (Czech). There's an impressive 18 tracks that range from raging Swedish d-beat to some slower, more restrained but no less engaging moments. You can check out several of those songs on the Kibou Bandcamp... https://kibourecords.bandcamp.com/album/bring-the-drones-ignorance-paradise-lp
I must confess that I'm not always the biggest fan of pounding hardcore as I like my music to have a tune and to my ears that's not always the case but with Bring The Drones I don't have a problem. Despite being heavy, I can pick out more than enough hooks to grab hold of. When this is the case then I often play this kind of music on repeat and as with Bad Breeding and The Domestics from last year usually find a place for it in my end of year, best of list.
The song you'll find below is the title track from the album and it's complimented by the first of 3 promo videos. With a theme that reminds me somewhat of The Domestics' classic Spit On Your Flag, this is a scathing song about swallowing bullshit patriotic propaganda rather than looking around at what's actually out there in the world. Don't blindly follow, THINK. This is Ignorance Paradise....
I CAN’T FATHOM HOW YOU LIVE LIKE YOU DO
FIGHTING A CRUSADE FOR THE TERMINALLY SCREWED
YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR HISTORY, YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW
THERE’S A NEW WORLD WAITING BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO GO
EVERYTHING’S FLAGS AND BORDERS TO YOU
AND HATE IS THE MESSAGE IN YOUR FUCKED UP SCHOOL
PRIDE IN A COUNTRY IS AN IDIOT’S PRIDE
AND YOUR PROPAGANDA’S JUST ILL-CONCEIVED LIES
I KNOW YOU’RE HAPPY AS A PIG IN SHIT IN YOUR IGNORANCE PARADISE
AND YOU LIVE IN YOUR IGNORANCE PARADISE
AND YOU LIVE IN YOUR IGNORANCE PARADISE
AND YOU LIVE IN YOUR IGNORANCE PARADISE
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Not that long ago I posted a track from the latest album by New Zealand garage rock n rollers The Cavemen. I also played several songs from the album (available here : https://thecavemennz.bandcamp.com/) on the Just Some Punk Songs show and they always went down a storm so it's a bit of a no brainer that I'm going to post a track from their new ep. Titled Death Row, it features 3 new tracks and is released on June 2nd on Slovenly Recordings (169 copies will be limited edition pink vinyl). Check it out here : https://slovenly.bandcamp.com/album/the-cavemen-death-row
With a successful mini tour of Portugal just completed they've several other European gigs lined up throughout the summer so check them out if they're playing anywhere near you. Dates are on Facebook ... https://www.facebook.com/thecavemennz/
The band promise that the song you'll see below is only the second best of the new 3 tracks. A bold claim given that it's an awesome down and dirty modern garage classic featuring excellent back and forth female/male vocals and some really rather wonderful guitar playing. Check it out, this is Dog On A Chain.....
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
I've not featured many Brazilian bands on here and I'm pretty sure there's been no Oi bands from that country. Until today.....
Skazuais Oi! are a three piece from Sao Paulo featuring Fernando (guitar/vocals), Guilherme (bass) and Pardo (drums). They're currently recording a new ep and they'll also have a couple of songs featured on a compilation of Brazilian and Portugese Oi! bands. Unfortunately the only other thing I know about them is that earlier this year they released a single called Streets are Your Home. It's available on The Firm Records and Rotten Records and you can find the band on Facebook.... https://www.facebook.com/skazuaisoi/
The chorus to this will no doubt be a singalong highlight to their live shows, this is Streets Are Your Home....
Monday, 24 April 2017
Italy's top zombie hunter horror punk band Cavaverman are back on Just Some Punk Songs today with a song from their new ep, Women, Monsters & Cazzottis. The band, a 3 piece featuring Sal Champion, Apocalypse Gio & Doktor Hell have already featured on this blog with songs from their albums James Dead and Tales From Cavafistool and you probably won't be surprised to discover the latest release is more of the same horror themed punk rock that's gone down so well previously. What might surprise you a little is that the song I'm posting today features female vocals courtesy of Irene Viboras of Milan punk n rollers Viboras. You can check out both the new release and their older material over on Bandcamp where they're available for free download : https://cavaverman.bandcamp.com/
Women, Monsters & Cazzottis features a song in memory of actor Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli) and a tribute to the girl that stole the band member's hearts, Jaime Sommers (aka Lindsay Wagner, the bionic woman). Plus this one, Deadly Touch.....