Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Scary Women - Billy Boggs



"I might be hungry, I might be cold, I might be ashamed but it isn't a crime..."

  Scary Women formed in 215, are from Lansing, Michigan and as well as playing searing rock n roll with a sinister edge they aim to celebrate strong females. With influences running all the way from Bikini Kill to Led Zeppelin (via the likes of Patti Smith, Husker Du, Guided By Voices etc....), they feature a line up of Jennifer Toms (bass/vocals), Amy Starr (guitar/vocals), Tammy Cook (guitar/vocals) and Joel Kuiper (drums).

  They seem to be gigging pretty much constantly and you can check out dates here :  https://www.facebook.com/scarywomenband/

  Intent on world domination, they released their debut, Self Titled album in March. It features 13 tracks of  riot grrrl type rock and is available digitally here : https://scarywomen.bandcamp.com/album/scary-women

   My pick of the bunch is a song about Joyce Patricia Brown. Better known as Billie Boggs, she was a homeless person who the city of New York attemped to force into a psychiatric treatment programme following then mayor Ed Koch's policy of removing mentally disturbed homeless people from the streets. You can read more about it here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Patricia_Brown

  This is Billy Boggs....

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Firecracker 500 - Red, White and You (Review By Dirk Ceustermans)



  Earlier this month Dirk Ceustermans (aka Zaphod Beeblebrox, host of the Zaphod's MediaMofos show) did a rather cool review of the new album by Lyon band DEFAITE. He returns today to give his thoughts on the new, Self Titled, album from Firecracker 500. You can find more band info here :   http://www.firecracker500.com/

  In Zaphod's unique style, here's the review....

 Firecracker 500 - S/T (Hostage Records HR069, 2018)




  What's wrong with bands coming out with crazy names nowadays? Firecracker 500 brings to mind a Fiat Cinquecento stuffed with Chinese fireworks, driven by an old looney streetpunk chum, ready to set the scenery alight.

  And so does this slab of blue (saphire blue, mind!) wax, starting with 2 tracks that make even the best streetpunk bands wet their briefs. But this record thinks way more out of the box as loads of melody creeps in and Bartsch' brilliant vocals add lots of value to the melodies put together with real craftmanship.

  Hit after hit on this release, mid tempo arrangements spark and firecrack up the part of your braincell that is meant to be entertained. It doesn't stop, all songs are such a pleasure to explore, I'd name 'm all but if I must, "Rejects", "Chains",
"Evil Love", "2nd Chance" and the very touching "Change" that opens accoustic and where the lyrics start with "Change, not something that you should fear". This courageous 'side project' from McGahey, Bartsch, Tittle and Shears of Shattered Faith
fame lives up to these words.

  This modern day classic is definately one of the best Hostage releases to date! A bold statement, considering the top quality releases this label has come forth with. But the hostage crew couldn't have said it better themselves:  "Chains and change...The trappings of musical expectations has stiffled the sound expansions of many a fine punk band. You want to write an outside of the box record, one that shatters the faith of your accepted sound?... The chains that have held many a band are heavy.
The answer, the ol' new project personification...

  Brilliant release, a must listen.
Zaphod Approved.

  This is Red, White And You.... 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Bamboo Vipers - Haunted House



  As Silver Boots, from their previous ep, pretty much blew the roof off regarding viewers to this blog you can imagine how excited I was when I was allowed to give the first play anywhere for the title track from Bamboo Vipers' upcoming new ep. It aired on yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show and as I have to now wait a week before uploading the saved versions of the shows to Mixcloud (to allow them to be aired a couple of times on Hong Kong station Radio Lantau) I thought I'd better post the song on the blog today.

  The ep is titled Haunted House and it's "out soon" so keep an eye open for it      ( I'm sure Vipers frontman Shaun Morris will probably post news of it's release all over Facebook when it's released!).

  As you may recall from my Silver Boots write up (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/02/bamboo-vipers-silver-boots.html), the band are from Lymington, are veterans of the UK scene and, as the new ep will demonstrate, are going from strength to strength. You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/BambooVipers/

  As mentioned, this is the title track from the ep and my first thought when listening was "it reminds me of The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing." No bad thing in my book and another illustration of the band's versitility (don't forget, Silver Boots was a glam rock stomper that reminded me of Suzi Quatro). They're definitely one of the best UK bands around today. Dark arts in the basement, creaking signposts, a tug on the sleeve, strange things occuring and all of them bad, pumpkins, bubbling cauldrons and blood sucking vampires. This is Haunted House....


Sunday, 17 June 2018

The Prozacs - Outta My Face



  I've decided that next week's Just Some Punk Songs show (Tues 26th June) will feature the songs that have been most viewed on this blog during 2018. This way rather than me rounding up my favourite songs from the first half of the year it'll be your favourites. The bands that will be played are highly top secret at the moment although to tie in with today's update I'll let the cat out of the bag on one that has amassed enough views to feature. Stiletto Bomb. The Westfield Massachusetts pop punkers are sadly no longer a going concern but frontman J Prozac still has plenty of music left in him and today I'm bringing you a new song from his other band's upcoming split ep with Marko And The Bruisers.

  The Prozacs are no strangers to this blog so I don't really need to rewrite their history and personnel, if you missed previous updates on them and want to know more just check Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheProzacs/

  And now to the new record. A heads up, if you want a copy of the 7" don't hang around. It'll be limited to 300 pressings, all on multi coloured vinyl, all unique variants and each copy will come with stickers and a digital copy. There's even an option where you can order an exclusive t shirt (a digital version of the whole record won't be available after the release so if you want the record you really need to act quickly). It's titled Massa Fuckin' Chusetts and it features 2 new songs from both bands. You can pre order it from Pop-A-Pill Records here (2 of the songs are available to stream now) :  https://theprozacs.bandcamp.com/album/massa-fuckin-chusetts

  Whilst I'm not overly familiar with Marko And The Bruisers I enjoyed their side of the split enough to want to check out more of their pretty extensive looking back catalogue (https://markoandthebruisers1.bandcamp.com/). The Prozacs songs are all I'd expect them to be, plus more. Track 1 (The Ripper) is about London's most notorious serial killer "dead bodies in the street, this case is incomplete." Track 2, the one you'll find below, sees guest appearances by  Stiletto Bomb co vocalist (and mrs J Prozac) Andrea Lynn as well as Colin Moran (The Damaged), Rob Allen, Angelo Quaglia and Brian Brody. It starts up in classic Prozacs style before morphing into something a little harder hitting. Stiletto Bomb are no more but The Prozacs are as good as they've ever been. This is called Outta My Face....

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Morus - Codziennie

 

  Thanks to Paul Zapasnik for pointing me in the direction of Polish punk band Morus. They formed in 2012 in Warsaw and have undergone several name changes, released a couple of demos (2012 & 2016) and played numerous gigs (mainly squats and independent clubs in their native country). Now they've stepped things up a little with the release of their debut album.

  Titled Cialo Obce (it translates as foreign body), it's available from Rum Nation Records (Germany),  Unrest Records (Canada and Benelux), Iron Man Records (UK), Last Hour Records (USA) and Trujaca Fala (Poland). You can also find the digital version here :  https://morus23.bandcamp.com/album/cia-o-obce

  The music is angry and political but also poetic, it's fast and melodic and as frontwoman Nika says, "We put our hearts into it. It's honest, it's punk, the lyrics deal with important things, things that are difficult to deal with, stuff that hurts, rather sad and depressing..."

  Paul tells me that Nika is somewhat of a legend of the Polish punk scene. Also known as Dominika Domczyk, she was a member of Post Regiment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13vn5zDkN8E&t=9s) back in the 90's and she's also currently in a band called Pochwalone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHNIBY9-_KI)

  This is the opening track from the new album, this is titled Codziennie.....

codziennie


nie będę bić brawa 
kiedy wszyscy klaszczą 
nie będę stać prosto 
gdy wszyscy na baczność 

nie przyjmuję reguł 
narzuconych przez ten układ 
sama sobie będę wyznaczać prawa   

wolę skoczyć na sam dół 
spalić za sobą mosty 
niż walić głową w mur 
w poczuciu bezradności 

*** 
i’m not going to put my hands together 
when everybody applauds 
i’m not going to stand straight 
when everybody stands to attention 

i don’t accept the rules 
forced by this pact 
i’m going to mark out my laws myself 


i'd rather jump down to the bottom 
burn the bridges behind 
than knock my head against the wall 
feeling helpless


daily

I will not applaud 
when everyone applauds 
I will not stand straight 
when all the attention, 

do not accept the rules 
imposed by the system 
itself I will set the right   

will jump to the bottom 
to burn bridges 
than banging your head against a brick wall 
with a sense of helplessness 

*** 
and I'm not going to put my hands together 
when everybody applauds 
and I'm not going to stand straight 
when everybody stands this attention 

and do not accept the rules 
forced by this pact 
, and I'm going to mark out my laws myself 


, and I'd rather jump down to the bottom 
burn the bridges behind 
than knock my head against the wall 
feeling helpless


Friday, 15 June 2018

Suckerpunch - Blue Pill Red Pill


  Another band from Birmingham today. Suckerpunch formed in late 2015 and have honed their skills with relentless gigging (their raucous live shows have earnt them a place on the bill at this year's Rebellion Festival). They're a 4 piece featuring Craig (bass/vocals), Todd (guitar/vocals), Rob (drums) and Neil (vocals/guitar). Their debut ep, Strong and Un-Stable came out last year... https://suckerpunch4.bandcamp.com/releases

You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/punchbags77/

  Today sees the release of their new ep, it's titled View From The Moodswings and it's available from Bunny Boiler Record.  http://www.bunnyboilerrecords.co.uk/product/suckerpunch-view-from-the-mood-swings-preorder/

  The ep consists of 3 tracks, the first of which is accompanied by the video you'll see below. An 80 second blast of what I presume is Matrix inspired punk "n" roll (Neo was offered the choice between blue and red pills, red would free him into the real world whilst blue would keep him in the more comfortable confines of the Matrix).

  The only choice you need to make is do you click on the video below. My advice is go for it. This is called Blue Pill Red Pill....



Thursday, 14 June 2018

The Liarbilitys - Build More Prisons

 

  Richard Dick McLaughlin, Dominic Healy, Richard Martin, Phil Merriman and Ian Straughan are responsible for one of the best punk albums of the year so far. They make up Birmingham band The Liarbilitys (not to be confused with similarly spelt bands) and the album in question is called Antagonisms and boy is it good. You can listen to it on Spotify :   https://open.spotify.com/artist/6rz7JbD6HPxEIb3vh51AFR 

  If the name sounds famliar, you may have caught them first time around (they formed in 2005 but imploded a couple of years later). They passed me by a decade or so ago but fortunately they reformed last year and I'm making up for my previous ignorance by playing the new album to death. You can get more info on them here :
https://www.theliarbilitys.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theliarbilitys/

  Their sound is good old fashioned punk rock. They aren't reinventing the wheel but when they write songs this good they don't need to. Antagonisms is one of those albums that doesn't really need much more said about it than "go check it out. now." Hopefully they'll be around for much longer than a couple of years this time round.

  This is Build More Prisons.....