Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Jon K (World War IX)



  Following on from yesterday's update which featured the new single by Brooklyn hardcore punks  World War IX today I've a Top 10 for you from their drummer Jon K.

  Just before we get to Jon's Top 10 though, I'll post a link to what will be the band's next single :   https://lmsnt.bandcamp.com/track/fired-for-partying

  And now to Jon....
  These are my favourite 10 punk tunes of all time....

1)  RAMONES - You Should Never Have Opened That Door



2)  UNDERTONES - Get Over You



3)  BLACK FLAG - Wasted



4)  BLACK FLAG - Rise Above



5)  SEX PISTOLS - Pretty Vacant



6)  UNIFORM CHOICE - Screaming For Change



7)  VELVET UNDERGROUND - What Goes On



8)  ANGRY SAMOANS - My Old Man's A Fatso



9)  MC5 - Tonight



10) The Clash - Janie Jones


Monday, 22 July 2019

World War IX - Coke Machine


(photo by Matthew Sheahan)

  Do you yearn for the days when American hardcore bands such as Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Angry Samoans etc were churning out classic punk tunes seemingly every other week? Well even though it's now 2019, there are still bands like that releasing quality short, sharp blasts of furious tunage and I've one of them for you today.

  World War IX are an adrenaline rush, a band with fire in their veins. A throwback to the 80's when the term faster and louder reigned supreme. They've been releasing "booze induced rockers" since 2012, they hail from Brooklyn and feature a line up of Johnny C (vocals), Justin (guitar), Mike Moosehead (guitar), Brian "Chinatown" Jackson (bass) and Jon (drums).  You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/worldwarixWWIX/

  They've a new ep on the way, it'll be titled Phoning It In and it'll be their first with new vocalist Johnny C. As a taster they've released a song from it, a 66 second blast of noise that you'll find streaming here : https://worldwarix.bandcamp.com/track/coke-machine

  Get your fix of legal speed, this is called Coke Machine....


Sunday, 21 July 2019

The Dialers - I've Had It



  So we've all got those friends that lose their shit when they hear a great new band and if you're anything like me then you probably take great delight in finding those bands before they do then with a bit of a knowing smile you suggest they take a listen. Well guess what, one such friend is that bastion of good taste Josh Rutledge. You may read his excellent Faster and Louder blog (if not then you're missing out on an aural treasure trove). Anyway, I rather too smugly sent him a link to the debut album by Houston and Sacramento power pop four piece The Dialers and as I thought, shit was lost. I could see the dust cloud as he hastily scurried off to type out a glowing review   http://fasterandlouderblog.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-dialers-self-titled.html

  A couple of bits of info on the band. They'll be playing their first show in Texas later this week (quickly followed by their 2nd, 3rd and 4th) and you can check details here :   https://www.facebook.com/The-Dialers-466836687029370/

  Secondly, the album has been picked up by top label No Front Teeth and it's available on vinyl   https://www.nofrontteeth.co.uk/ and digitally https://thedialers911.bandcamp.com/releases

  As members of the band also featured in Boats! they've already featured on this blog 5 years ago (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2014/03/boats-smoking-is-cool.html).

  The album? If you like catchy tunes with killer hooks, harmonies and enough balls to give them the Just Some Punk Songs stamp of approval then you can't go wrong. Check it out and hopefully you'll lose your shit too.

  This song is called I've Had It...

Saturday, 20 July 2019

BOTTLEKIDS - 25 Days

 

  Don't you just hate it when you come across a new band and you click the "about" section of their Facebook profile with the intention of discovering something about them to aid with you writing a couple of introductory paragraphs in your shitty blog and all it says is A BAND FROM CHEPSTOW. Means I'm going to have to combine a spot of pointless waffle with a bit of digging but here goes....

  From Chepstow (Wales), BOTTLEKIDS (https://www.facebook.com/BOTTLEKIDSUK/) are a pop punk trio who started life as a covers band and who's first posted song appears to have been 2017's self penned Way She Goes. Not to be confused with a hard rock band of the same name from Reading, these guys line up with Joe Grogan (vocals), Jonny X Thomas (bass) and Ben Chappell (drums). They've just released their debut ep, containing 4 tracks it's self titled and is available on 7" vinyl (ltd 300 copies) and digitally :   https://bottlekidsuk.bandcamp.com/album/bottlekids

  Soundwise they're a fresh take on 90's era pop punk seemingly with influences from both the UK and US scene. It's melodious but with enough grit to avoid sounding anodyne. For a debut effort it's very polished and well produced so it's obvious they're a talented bunch. The video you'll find below is for the lead track. It's extremely catchy and reminds me somewhat of Green Day or maybe The Copyrights. It's called 25 Days...

25 DAYS AND NIGHTS AWAY FROM HOME I'M SPINNING OUT. THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEWHERE ELSE TO GO I'M GETTING HIGH ON COMING DOWN. 'COZ I'M HALF AWAKE NOT COMING 'ROUND ALL THE SIGNS ARE SO MISLEADING I CAN'T PULL MYSELF AWAY, OPEN THE SIDE DOOR I'M GETTING OUT I WANNA BE ALONE, NO PLACE TO GO. WE NAVIGATE OURSELVES AWAY BUILT OUR WORLD ON GETTING BY, MAYBE ARRIVE IN TIME TO PLAY MAYBE CRASH AND BURN AND DIE. 'COZ I'M HALF AWAKE NOT COMING 'ROUND ALL THE SIGNS ARE SO MISLEADING I CAN'T PULL MYSELF AWAY OPEN THE SIDE DOOR I'M GETTING OUT I WANNA BE ALONE, NO PLACE TO GO.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Hammered Hulls - Written Words



"YOU GOT TO HAMMER THEM HOME...."

Hammered Hulls are from Washington DC and feature an impressive roll call of members : On vocals there's Alec MacKaye (Younger brother of Minor Threat/Fugazi's Ian MacKaye and veteran of the likes of Untouchables, The Faith, Ignition etc), on bass is Mary Timony (Autoclave, Helium, Wild Flag, Ex Hex, The Spells etc), on guitar is Mark Cisneros (Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, The Make-Up, Des Demonas etc) and on drums is Chris Wilson (Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Titus Andronicus etc).

  On 9th August they'll be releasing their debut single, it features 3 songs recorded by Don Zientara and Ian Mackaye and it'll be available on 7" vinyl via Discord Records. You can pre-order it here :   https://hammeredhulls.bandcamp.com/

  If you clicked the Bandcamp link you'll have noticed the lead track is already streaming (you can also listen at the bottom of this update). It's classic Discord, hard hitting post punk, snarling barely contained fury. As an introductory missive it's a roaring success. It's titled Written Words...

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Knock Off - One Life



  Knock Off are back today the first video from their upcoming 4th album. The 80's influenced London punk 3 piece feature Andy T (vocals/guitar), Andy C (drums) and Lozz (bass). They formed in 2013 and with 65 songs already recorded I guess it's fair to call them prolific.You can check out their back catalogue here : https://knockoff.bandcamp.com/

  As well as being prolific on record, they're also regular gig players and you can check all their dates for the rest of the year (including a return to the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool here :   https://www.facebook.com/knockoffpunkband/

  The album, titled You Get One Life, will feature 14 street punk anthems on both cd and vinyl (500 copies, a choice of various colours) and is available via Sunny Bastards   https://shop.sunnybastards.de/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=knock+off+life&x=0&y=0

  This track is called One Life...

I’m not the past, I’m not the future Take it or leave it, Do whatever suits ya Play silly games, Win silly prizes You fucked it up, There’s no surprises You had it all, But then you lost it You had your warning, But you ignored it Some people will, Some people won’t You either do it, Or you don’t One Life Two Choices Freedom for me Forever more


Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Radium Grrrls - No Violence



  Radium Grrrls are a hardcore punk band from Falun and Borlänge in Sweden which features members of Totem Skin and Livet Som Insats. The line up is Emilia Henriksson (Vocals), Christoffer Öster (Guitar), Andreas Bustad (Bass) and Tord Simon Eriksson (Drums). They take their name from the female American factory workers who suffered from radiation poisoning after working with radium paint during and after World War I. They were women who fell ill or even died, bodies still glowing in their coffins. They were also women who organised themselves and decided to fight their employers. Their struggle had a groundbreaking impact on labour rights.

  Their debut ep, Pro Choice came out in 2017 (it's available name your price on Bandcamp). The hard hitting follow up is a 7 track ep called Up To No Good and it's a snarling ferocious beast of a record. As well as an eponymous track ("girls are back to continue the fight, strong as hell, with glowing veins...") they fire off invective against "bigots with pale skin" (Suits Or Sheets) and deal with the subject of mental health ("this is the dark side of my head, an ugly scary side full of hate..."). You can check it out here : https://radiumgrrrls.bandcamp.com/album/up-to-no-good

  https://www.facebook.com/radiumgrrrls/

  This is the lead song on the ep, it's titled No Violence...