Thursday, 22 March 2018
Last Sunday's show (available here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-180318/) saw a song called Latch Key Kids by Kickback Generation go down very well with the chatroom listeners. It's taken from their excellent new Fending For Ourselves ep so for today's update I'll post the video for another song from that release.
I first featured the north east of England band last year prior to their sucessful appearance at the Rebellion Festival (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/kickback-generation-riptide-refugee.html). Now the politically minded 3 piece take things to the next level with the new ep which contains 4 scorching street punk anthems. Check it out here : https://kickbackgeneration.bandcamp.com/album/fending-for-ourselves-ep
This track is a look back to days long gone, hard times, good times, times that shaped a generation. It's called School Of Hard Knocks.....
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
There's some very good blogs and shows/podcasts around at the moment promoting new punk music (feel free to name your favourites in the comments as I'm always keen to check them out) but I can't help but think we're a band of modern day Sisyphus' eternally rolling punk rock boulders up never ending hills of indifference. No matter how good the music is that we promote, the vast majority of the music loving public prefers naff tv karaoke. But we plough on as we enjoy it, we love discovering a new band and shouting about it in the hope others will feel the same. Manchester band Autonomads aren't a new band, they've been together since 2007, but boy are they good.
Mixing elements of dub, reggae, ska, punk & folk, they're a 5 piece featuring Jay (guitar/vocals), Porl (drums/vocals), Ehliot (bass), Perkie (keys/melodica/vocals) and Eeyun (guitar/vocals). With round 500 gigs and several European tours under their belts they're a finely honed outfit who get stronger with every release. The latest of those releases, All Quiet On The Western Front, came out last month and is the sort of record that deserves to be heard : https://autonomads.bandcamp.com/album/all-quiet-on-the-western-front
Dealing with topics such as the gentrification of Manchester (including the chopping down of the 100+ year old Birley Tree in the city centre to provide student accomodation), border controls/small island mentality and the under privilaged sleeping rough or under lock and key on both sides of the channel, the exploitation of the many by the few.
And there's the song I'm featuring today. IT'S NOT AN INSULT! This is Run Like A Girl.......
I got more unwanted male attention when I was twelve years old
I still have my keys between my fingers when I'm walking home
Humans only love you when your smiling I'm told
So look happy, look happy, keep smiling, keep smiling
You run like a girl, not an insult
You cry like a girl, not an insult
Gotta be the man they say don't show how you feel
But its all constructed and you know it just ain't real
When I was young they said you know that boys don't cry
Keep it down and grit your teeth until they day you die
Laugh and feel and cry and scream
Yeah I'll laugh and feel and try and scream
Laugh and feel and cry and scream
Yeah I'll try and scream yeah I'll cry and scream
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
How Long Do We Have To Fight?
Forming in 2014 they've honed their sound with plenty of gigging (many of those gigs have seen them sharing a stage with fellow rabble rousers Oi Polloi) and they recently released their debut album, Utopia. You can grab a copy from Pumpkin Records or digitally from Bandcamp :
For more info or news (or just to give them a like, check Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheLabRatsUK/
From Utopia, and highlighting both their knack of writing great songs and Molly's wonderful voice, this is Stop This War.....
Monday, 19 March 2018
Ricky, Rookie, Rocky & Ray Jay are The Young Rochelles. They're from Long Beach, New York and they're a kick ass old school pop punk band. But if you're a regular visitor to Just Some Punk Songs you know all that. You probably also know they released a fun self titled debut album last December..... https://theyoungrochelles.bandcamp.com/album/the-young-rochelles
What you may have missed is the release of a new video for one of the songs from that album. Filmed by Bambi Guthrie it's a Pepto Bismaltastic tale of over long bathroom visits, Tum snorting and projectile vomit. It even has a tacked on blooper reel. The song's pretty darn catchy too.
This is My Stomach Hates My Guts.....
Sunday, 18 March 2018
London scratch rockers Brain Ape are back with a new single. The trio that is Minky Tres-Vain (vocals/guitar), Sol Alex Albret (bass/vocals) and Jacob Powell (drums/vocals) have been melding together elements of punk, stoner rock and grunge since 2012 and are improving with every release. Debut album Dara O came out in 2014 and was followed last year by Auslander. The latter of those was described as an album that you want to hurt your neck to and you can check it out here : https://brainape.bandcamp.com/releases
A slightly condensed version of a track from Auslander has been given a single release. It's a more considered track than much of their other output. Less shouty, more moody ominous rumbling...loudQUIETloud. The spirit of late 80's/early 90's Seattle runs through it. It's still nearly 6 minutes long but will keep your attention throughout.
You can check out more info here : https://www.facebook.com/BrainApeMusic/
I tried to decipher the lyrics and discover what the song is about and I got David Bowie's alienation from society and his obsessive impulse to write. No doubt I'm completely wrong so decide for yourselves. This is Graphomania.....
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Chrom/Dam are a new Canadian "static-punk" band from Victoria, British Columbia who feature two members, Tiemen Kuipers and Shelby Rambo, of Line Traps (another Victoria band who featured on here a few years back http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/line-traps-mannequin.html).
Their first release was a live demo which they released last October, 30 copies which they sold at their first 2 shows. Another limited release was January's VHS single which appears to have been limited to 8 copies! Now They're preparing to release a special lathe cut 7" of their new Black Nylons ep. There'll be 50 copies of this and it'll ship the first week in May. No idea if any are still available but if you like what you hear from them and you want a super limited edition slab of vinyl (plus isue 1 of their Chromosome Damage zine) then hurry over to Bandcamp (where the ep is already streaming) https://cromdam.bandcamp.com/album/black-nylons-ep
You can find more info on them on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/cromdam/
This is the title track of the ep, Black Nylons....
Friday, 16 March 2018
Bug Central are the long running 3 piece anarcho punk band from London who recently released a new ep on the excellent Grow Your Own Records. I've played a couple of songs from it on the show so I was pleased when Bamboo Vipers (https://www.facebook.com/BambooVipers/) frontman Shaun Morris asked if he could select it when I collared him to do one of the guest reviews. Before I hand over to him I'll just give a couple of links for Bug Central...
Bug Central's new 7" There's More of Us. This London band have been cranking it out now for over 20 years. Blending the sound of Cock Sparrer style streetpunk with an anarco/protest vibe, their new single gets straight to the point and doesn't mince it's words. Like this alot and will check out their other stuff.
Yep, short but sweet and but hopefully enough to get you to want to check out the ep. This is my favourite track from it, it's called Without....