Friday, 30 October 2020

Gaz Masters - Jimmy Corkhill's Eyes

  


  So, Who's Gaz Masters? 

  If you don't know, don't worry because until a couple of days ago neither did I. 

  But then I heard a track called Weird Pink Clouds In The Sky and immediately stuck it on the playlist for next week's Just Some Punk Songs UK special. And then yesterday, I heard another track from him (it transpires that in order to help him get through this latest spell in Covid induced lockdown he's writing music again and releasing a track a week). So far we've had 3, all are winners.   

  He's from Liverpool and he sounded too good for this to be his first project so I messaged him to ask if he'd been in a band before. He replied thus; 

  "Yeah been in bands before but just not for many moons, just started writing again at the beginning of lock down, and set my self up a little home studio , and ran with it really! Just been loving getting songs out there again, hoping once Covid fucks off to get on stage with them too, got a few lads who have took an interest! Just appreciate the listen more than anything at the beginning of the journey! Hoping as the weeks go to pick up people along the way! Got a few guests coming up as well of local artists who wanted to get involved so should be some good shit on the horizon too." 

  Well I'm impressed so far and will be keeping an eye (and an ear) on what comes next. If you want to do the same give him a like https://www.facebook.com/gazmastersmusic/ 

  The latest song was inspired by a chance meeting with local soap star Jimmy Corkhill. Gaz came across the former Brookside hardman whilst working in a stationary shop and he gave him tips on painting tools and utensils. It questions what goes on behind a person's eyes. Musically it reminds me of latter period Mega City 4 or maybe Crocodile God. It's indie rock meets punk and it comes highly recommended. All 3 songs are available name your price : https://gazmasters.bandcamp.com/  

  This is Jimmy Corkhill's Eyes... 

He came to me so gracefully, "'scuse me sir do you have A3?"
I never dreamed he'd paint away, this hard mans dreams drawn out this day
I long to see what's in that mind, what sort of madness might we find?
Take a day, to look inside, to see through the lens of Corkhill's eyes

I long to see, through Jimmy Corkhill's eyes (x3)

I used to think he's full of hate, but now I learn this monster paints
And does his art reflect his rage, we only guess what fills the page
Oh how I wish that I could see, to solve the mystery in me
We'd take a day, to look inside, to see through the lens of Corkhill's eyes

I long to see, through Jimmy Corkhill's eyes (x6)


Thursday, 29 October 2020

UkePunk - Overspill

    


  UkePunk (https://www.facebook.com/UkePunk/) are the Ramsbottom 4 piece who formed back in 2009 and who've spent the last decade or so releasing music about the important things in life such as motorways, right wing tabloids, wannabe James Bonds, traffic wardens and celebrity lexicographers. They line up with Paulus Device (Uke), Andy Moore (Bass), Luke Taylor (Percussion) and Glenn Jackson (Keys). 

  They're releasing a new album in the new year, their 3rd, and it'll be titled Overspill. For a limited period, the title track is available on Bandcamp as a name your price download  https://ukepunk.bandcamp.com/track/overspill 

  It shows a more serious side of a band that are known for their wry sense of observational humour. With a cry of Fuck The Tories, they comment thus; "Anyone who grew up on a council estate or relocated from our major cities will understand the sentiment of this song. We were and are the overspill generation." It's about climbing trees, jumpers for goalposts, knock down ginger and scrumping. It's about humble beginnings and being proud of your roots. 

  It's called Overspill... 

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

The Speed Babes - We R Doing Alcohol

  


  The Speed Babes (https://www.facebook.com/speedbabes/) are a 3 piece from Chicago featuring Jesse Ewan, Mike Mazzola and Dave Rentauskas. Despite having been around since 2015, I've only recently stumbled across them but I'm liking what I hear.

  They've just released a new album titled UK? It's a dozen tracks of mostly short, garage punk influenced fuzzy pop songs. It's fun, it's catchy if a little off-kilter. It deals with important stuff like driving round in cars, drinking beer, skipping school, finding girls at the mall and snazzy modern phones. You can find it here : https://thespeedbabes.bandcamp.com/album/uk-2 

  This is We R Doing Alcohol... 

don't you know i'm gonna be there?
on the sidewalk?
you don't believe me?
we r doing alcohol
don't you know i'm all up in there?
on the sidewalk?
you don't believe me?
we are doing alcohol
don't you know i've always been there?
on the sidewalk?
you don't believe me?
we are doing alcohol!
you don't believe me?

Tuesday, 27 October 2020

C2H60 - We Don't Care

    


  C2H60 is the name of the formula for ethanol (which you may know is the intoxicating ingredient of many alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, and distilled spirits). It's also the name of a 100% diy hardcore punk band from Varberg, Sweden (https://upload.facebook.com/C2H6Oband/).

  They formed in 2017 and line up with Fredrik Olsson (vocals), Victor S (bass), Andreas Petersson (electric guitar) and Jonatan Bengtsson (drums). Earlier this month they released their debut ep, it's titled We Don't Care and though the physical version is still pending you can check it out on Spotify :  https://open.spotify.com/artist/4nm9NzqN5ZFfpcWlDgTV6m 
  
  It features 6 fast and furious tracks about misanthropy, warfare & drinking. It's a 10 minute blitzkrieg of shouting, banging and bashing in which the energy levels don't dip and the pummelling doesn't ease off. As far as debuts go it's very promising indeed. 

  This is the title track, it's called We Don't Care... 

Monday, 26 October 2020

Nancy - Chewin' Bubblegum

  


  Nancy are Brooklyn duo Joe Sussman and Nat Brower and they featured on here way back in 2014 (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2014/09/nancy-get-revvup_5.html). They've been pretty quiet in recent years (though Joe did feature in 2017 with another of his bands, The Muff Divers (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-muff-divers-theres-new-spud-in-town.html)) but have just returned with an excellent new album titled Goes Country. Given that title and then hearing the opening track, Going Country, you'd be forgiven for thinking they'd relocated to Nashville and recorded a country and western album but happily that ain't the case as we quickly discover when the next song, Take A Pikksha, blows us away (anyone else getting a Status Quo vibe!).  

  Recorded and mixed by the band themselves at Ketchup And Mustard Industries and mastered by the legendary Geza X, the album sounds great. Whacked out garage punk with helium induced vocals lead to comparisons with The Dickies or maybe The Spits. Highlights are aplenty and include tracks such as the aforementioned Take A Pikksha, Luvletter and It's Never 2 Late (2 Be You). You can get the cassette here :  https://ketchupandmustardindustries.bigcartel.com/product/nancy-goes-country-cassette          and the digital download here (it's available name your price) :   https://nancymommy.bandcamp.com/album/goes-country 

  This is Chewin' Bubblegum... 

Sunday, 25 October 2020

Ralphie's Red Ryders - My Decoder Ring

  


  Ralphie's Red Ryders (https://upload.facebook.com/ralphiesredryders/) are the new band from Holman, Indiana who I introduced back in March (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/03/ralphies-red-ryders-they-traded-bullfrog.html). I mentioned that they'd have a debut album out in November on Outloud! Records and Radiant Radish Records and as we're only a week away from the cd release and there's a new video available I thought now would be a good time to tell you how good the album is. 

  It features the talents of Ralphie (guitar, vocals) Flick (bass, vocals) and Schwartz (drums, vocals). If those names seem familiar, it's quite possible you've seen a 1983 movie called A Christmas Story which is supposedly very popular in The States but I can't say I've ever had the pleasure. As I'm not a fan of Christmas movies I can't honestly say I'd want that dubious pleasure! But if someone who think's Christmas movies are to be avoided at all costs loves this album then quite possibly you will too. 

  It's fun. A fuzzy warm nostalgia fest boasting  a dozen power pop cuts. Just imagine if The Ramones and the Beach Boys hosted a joint Xmas party. It's exactly what the tag bubblegum pop was thought up for. I'm sure fans of the movie will notice those tracks are inspired by the movie and I'm sure they'll know exactly who The Bumpus Hounds are or where Higbee's is (supposedly it's the greatest toy shop). If, like me, you have no idea what Tinker Toys are or why Randy can't put his arms down, it doesn't matter in the slightest. You'll still have a blast. 


  



    Before I get tempted to write the words Vista and Blue, I'll quickly post the video. 

  A secret decoder ring (or secret decoder) is a device which allows one to decode a simple substitution cipher. As inexpensive toys, they have been often used as promotional items by retailers, radio and television programs from the 1930s through to the current day. The most well-known example started in 1934 with the Ovaltine company's sponsored radio program Little Orphan Annie. The show's fan club, "Radio Orphan Annie's Secret Society", distributed a member's handbook that included a simple substitution cipher with a resulting numeric cipher text. This was followed the next year with a membership pin that included a cipher disk - enciphering the letters A-Z to numbers 1-26. In A Christmas Story, Ralphie becomes a member of the Radio Orphan Annie's Secret Society fan club and decodes a secret message sent from Annie to her fans only to be disappointed it reads "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine." 

  This is My Decoder Ring... 

Saturday, 24 October 2020

houseghost - Hazel

  

  
  I mentioned yesterday that Ralph J Rivera had great taste in music and that when he starts getting excited about a new release you should take notice. Today you're getting a song by another band that's been causing his heart to beat just that little bit faster. From Dayton, Ohio, they're a 3 piece called houseghost (https://upload.facebook.com/houseghostdyt/) and they're fronted by brother and sister Nick and Kayla Hamby. They formed in 2018 and play very catchy "spooky punk" combining horror tinged lyrics with some of the most infectious melodies I've heard since The Bat Bites unleashed their S/T album (https://thebatbites.bandcamp.com/album/the-bat-bites). 

  They've just released a Self Titled album on Rad Girlfriend Records which the label describes as being along the lines of The Misfits meets Sleater - Kinney. It's 13 spooktacular tracks that'll wow any pop punk/power pop fan that likes their music to have both hooks and bite. You can get it on vinyl here :   https://radgirlfriendrecords.storenvy.com/collections/494848-rad-girlfriend-releases/products/30917647-rgf-118-houseghost-s-t-lp and digital download here :  https://houseghostdyt.bandcamp.com/album/houseghost 

  I'll play a different song on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.facebook.com/events/649039772640821/) but today I'll share the recent video they released. This is the hauntingly good Hazel...