Sunday, 18 November 2018

Sick Of It All - Bull's Anthem



  We're underdogs we stand
  As long as there's a chance
  As long as we are still breathing....

  Later today I'll be broadcasting another Just Some Punk Songs show so for this update I'll feature one of the new punk releases that'll be getting a play. (Show details here if anyone's interested in an hour of new punk music :  https://www.facebook.com/events/318192868774258/).

  I'm sure you all know Sick Of It All. The New York hardcore veterans formed in 1986 and feature Lou Koller (vocals), Pete Koller (guitars), Craig Setari (bass) and Armand Majidi (drums). Their back catalogue is as extensive as it is impressive and on the evidence of their latest long player they're showing no sign of easing their foot off the accelerator. The album's titled Wake The Sleeping Dragon and it's out now on Century Media. Calling themselves a band that "thrives from frustration" there's plenty of fucked up stuff going on in the world right now to give them more than enough material to garner their lyrics from.

  They'll be rounding off 2018 with a couple of US dates before heading back over to Europe in January. You can find details here : https://www.sickofitall.com/

  So today's song. As previously mentioned it'll be played on my show later and I'm sure it'll go down well with the animal lovers in the chatroom. It's an outsider anthem, a rousing animal cruelty singalong. They're sharing in the bull's success as the matador falls, this is Bull's Anthem...

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Werecats - Dog

 

  Harmony ridded pop punk from the mean streets of south London today. Werecats are catchy and look as though butter wouldn't melt in their mouths, it's all good wholesome family entertainment yeah? Kind of, but scratch the surface and you'll maybe find something a little darker. An example being today's song which is about man's best friend, the cute old family dog. But what's that? "blood in my mouth, rabbit's history......my teeth are now buried, deep inside it's throat..." Hmmm hidden depths indeed.

  Featuring members of The Pukes, The Murderburgers, The Blankheads and Soon The Darkness, Werecats are a female fronted 4 piece who've recently released their debut album. Titled Destined For The Outside, it's a joy. The video you'll find below is great but in my opinion the album contains several other songs that are even better. Opener, Astbury is a particularly upbeat favourite, next song, Builder is another winner whilst Strawberries is a juicy pick and Mr Boring is more infectious than measles. If you haven't yet heard it then click here now...  https://werecats.bandcamp.com/album/destined-for-the-outside

  You can get more info on them here ; https://www.facebook.com/werecatsband/

  So to the video, bright and bouncy but with bite, this is Dog...

Friday, 16 November 2018

Good Luck, Ugly! - Coming Home (Tell the Saints)

 
(S&L Vasquez Photography)
 
  Good Luck, Ugly! are from Orange County, California. They formed in 2008 and list amongst their influences the likes of Blink 182, Less Than Jake (coincidentally a band that Facebook has just reminded me I saw in Leeds 10 years ago today), MXPX, The Aquabats and Operation Ivy. They're a 3 piece featuring founder member Mike Alvarez (guitar/vocals) plus Chris Benner (bass) and Eric Mattson (drums).

  They're preparing to release a new album, Side Hugs & Back Stabs and they've released a teaser single from it called Coming Home (Tell The Saints). Go onto Bandcamp and listen to it and then compare it to their 2016 "The Mostly Regrettable" ep and you'll see how much their sound has evolved over the last few years. The single is an upbeat, ska infused song that'll no doubt get the audiences at their forthcoming gigs skanking on the dancefloor. You can check out those live dates here : https://www.facebook.com/goodluckugly/ whilst this is the Bandcamp link : https://goodluckugly.bandcamp.com/album/side-hugs-back-stabs

  This would probably have been a regular feature on MTV back in the days when ska punk was more fashionable. Coming Home (Tell The Saints)....

Tell the saints that we are coming home 
Tell the saints that we are coming home 
Fought the battle war is won 
The day has come our task is done 
Tell the saints that we are coming home 
We are coming 

I dream of a place far away 
With no more tears and no more pain 
Tell me is this real 
Can you tell me am I breathing? 
We fight until our last breath 
No giving up, no giving in 
The world wiill try to take us 
But we know that you are winning 

Take me far away 
Take me far away 

Tomorrow is not what I fear 
But I get scared, I get scared 
Knowing what will come 
Tell me that it's paralyzing 
But you will pull me from the ship 
Guide me home, take me home 
I know that you'll be there 
In all of my darkest days


Thursday, 15 November 2018

Color Killer - Michael Doesn't Like Me (Review By J Prozac)

 

  Color killer are an up and coming young punk band that are making quite a name for themselves due to A) their age and more importantly B) their talent. When I was their age I'd not even heard of punk rock (though to be fair I think even Malcolm Mclaren was only just noticing it register on his radar). To be able to get up on stage and put on a show that wows mature audiences and to be able to release as an accomplished an album as Generation Z suggests that an extremely bright future is ahead of them. I became aware of the band due to Jay from The Prozacs posting about them on his Facebook feed. He's been a big help to the guys so it was a given that I'd ask him to do the honours of writing this Just Some Punk Songs update.

  You can check out the album here :   https://music.colorkillerband.com/releases and find more info here :   https://www.facebook.com/ColorKillerBand/


  And now over to Jay....

They have a combined age that is about as old as I am... and each member weighs less than the gear they play through...but boy can these pint sized punkers bring the noise and attitude. Let me introduce Massachusetts (USA) based pop punk band Color Killer! The band formed in mid 2017 around then 8 year old Lincoln Zinzola, who was already getting noticed in the world of YouTube and Facebook videos playing guitar/vocal covers of bands like Green Day & Blink 182 and busking in the streets of Boston. Over the past year, Lincoln (9), Matt (10), Nate (12) and Dylan (12) with the help and support from thier families, area musicians, teachers and local band friends like The Prozacs, After The Blackout and Marko & The Bruisers, have covered much ground. These kids have performed dozens of shows, including a slot on Vans Warped Tour, events for the Boston Redsox, playing the famed Gilman Street, playing with Mighty Mighty Bosstones, making regular guest appearances with my band The Prozacs, playing on live radio and more. They have managed to meet and/or gain attention from people like Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Dicky Barrett of Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Joe Queer, Mike Herrera of MXPX, Teenage Bottlerocket, i Heart Radio, AP Magazine and more. On top of all that, they've been followed around for months by the award winning Ironbound Films for an upcoming documentary titled "Color Killer Save Punk." Oh...yeah, they also wrote (with help from myself & Dirty Walter of After The Blackouts) recorded and released thier debut album "Generation Z"...which was mixed and mastered by Jaimie McMann, who's credits include several Fat Wreck Chords releases. So these kids are the real deal. I can tell you from first hand experience. They work hard, practice often, respect the bands, promotors and venues they work with, whine like babies when they're cold or tired, get grounded when they act like brats and can be sloppy little punks. Yup...a regular bunch of Elementary/Middle school kids! 3 of them live on the same street. They have a tune on their album about a school bully that lives on the same street. It's called Michael Doesn't Like Me. Check it out! Hell, check out the whole album! I'm excited to see what these kids are doing when they've all hit puberty!

This is Michael Doesn't Like Me...

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Medication - St Jesus Malverde



  Thanks to Graeme Philliskirk (bassist with Medication and boss of Little Rocket Records) for allowing me to upload today's song to Youtube so I could share it with you today. The song is by Sunderland (and Canadian) band Medication and it was the last track that the late Dickie Hammond played on. It wasn't included on the band's Warm Places album (https://medictation.bandcamp.com/releases) and was unreleased though that's all changed now as it's included (as a tribute to Dickie) on the excellent vinyl only compilation, Pulsebeat. Put together by ex Dr And The Crippens bassist Wayne Elliott, the comp is only available on limited edition coloured vinyl and it features 17 killer songs from bands that have featured on Wayne's Global Punk Network show. Wayne will be playing a selection of songs from the comp on his show later today (details and link here if you want to listen :  https://www.facebook.com/events/343682879730538/

  As well as the exclusive track from Medication, the comp also features the likes of Just Some Punk Songs' favourites The Domestics, Pizzatramp, Accidente, Natterers, Holiday, Epic Problem and many more. It's jointly released by some of the UK's top labels (TNS, Kibou, Little Rocket Records, Boss Tunage, Urinal Vinyl, Brassneck, Pumpkin) and you can get it here :  https://pulsebeat.bandcamp.com/

  Alongside ex Leatherface members Dickie Hammond and Graeme Philliskirk, Medication also featured Hugo Mudie, Fred Jaques and Julien Blais (all from Montreal band The Sainte Catherines). The track you'll find below is named after Jesus Malverde, a Robin Hood type figure and a folklore hero in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. You can read more about him here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesús_Malverde

  Showcasing how strong an album Warm Places is (if they could afford to leave this off), this is St Jesus Malverde...

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The Dumbheads - Children Of The Corn

 

  The Dumbheads are no strangers to Just Some Punk Songs, from Belgorad, Russian Federation, I featured a song from their 2015 Heartbroken Idiots album and there were a couple of Top 10s selected by band members featuring the sort of bands they like (giving you an idea of the type of things that have influenced their sound they listed the likes of Teenage Head, China Drum, The Riverdales, Spoilers, Teenage Bottlerocket, Atlas Losing Grip, The Misfits etc...).

 Now they're back with a new ep titled Children Of The Corn and you can find it name your price on Bandcamp :  https://dumbheads.bandcamp.com/album/children-of-the-corn

  Supposedly there'll be yet another ep out in a week or so with an album to follow at the end of the year. You can watch out for those by checking their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/thedumbheads/

  This ep was released to coincide with All Hallows Eve and features 3 high octane songs that "stylistically don't fit on the upcoming album."  This is the sound of The Dumbheads rocking out, though they still retain the catchiness that they've become known for. This is the title track, inspired by the Stephen King book (and ensuing movie) about he who walks behind the rows, this is Children Of The Corn...

Monday, 12 November 2018

BRUCE - Captain, We've Lost Bruce (Review By Dirk Ceustermans)

 

  Sometimes, in an attempt to give myself a break from the daily grind of churning out these updates (and to give you the chance to read something a little different from my cut and paste introductions) I'll ask other people if they fancy doing a review. Occasionally, but not often, someone will just mail me one, "Hi Mick, here's another one!"  This is one of those and as a bonus it's a great song from a band I'd heard before in passing but don't really know anything about. This is a review by Dirk Ceustermans who you may remember is from Belgium and hosts top Global Punk Network show MediaMofos.

  BRUCE are from Aarschot in Belgium and you can find more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/BRUCEPUNK/  They've a new album coming out in January and Dirk will be reviewing the first single from it so I'll pass you over to him...

Bruce - Captain, We've Lost Bruce (Belgium, Released November 1st, 2018)

Free download at:
https://brucepunk.bandcamp.com/track/captain-weve-lost-bruce

  I first heard of Bruce when I went to see them at a gig down in the celler of a local punk pub back in 1997 or 98. 
They had just released a CD called the Vaticano Trail, of which I won (oh yes!) a copy because I could shout the band they were doing a cover from at that performance. I think it was D.O.A., but that's a bit of a blur. I played that CD to death as I recall it being on autocue in my car rides to various other gigs.
Well these guys have been around since then and even longer, possibly, always appealing live with songs that are so simple and straightforward in a way that it's lethal bite (usually a noisy wah wah solo) overtakes you without any warning.
They rightfully claim to be massively inspired by Aussie punkrock, add a good dose of garagey punk and perhaps a little drop of Wipers to that and you have the basics of the characteristics of Bruce.

  A few days ago I was notified by Peter, their drummer that a new song was published on bandcamp, so he wrote me to ask for a spin on my Global Punk Radio show.
He furthermore informed me that this track is a preview for the upcoming new release in January 2019.
"Some people call this ditty a Ramones meets Cosmic Psychos, but listen for yourself and make your own judgement". Well i hardly make comparisons, but if i must, I can relate this band to the Ramones (the simplicity) and the Cosmic Psychos (the wahwah noise). Again a fine moment of Bruce's typical style is what we can conclude with.
While waiting in anticipation for the new release in January, I recommend to also check their 2016 release "My latest popstar crush" (https://brucepunk.bandcamp.com/album/my-latest-popstar-crush) which I find brilliant.

  This is Captain, We've Lost Bruce...

straight to the blitz in my messerschmitt left right left right left right drop another deadly hit captain I have bad news captain we’ve lost bruce well-dressed soldiers do what they’re told left right left right left right pull death the reward captain what’s your excuse captain we’ve lost bruce captain what’s the plan you know I’m your man tell me which way to choose captain we’ve lost bruce