Thursday, 14 November 2019

tunic - Nylon



  "Nothing but feedback laden filth. Abrupt and dissonant arrangements, beneath abrasive screams of endless disappointment. This is pure arty noise punk."  Sounds interesting, yeah?

  tunic (no capital T for these guys!) are Rory Ellis (bass/vocals), Dan Unger (drums) & David Schellenberg (vocals/guitar), a noise punk trio from Winnipeg, Manitoba who've been around since 2014 and though I only recently came across them a quick flick through their back catalogue shows that they're not lying with the above description of their agreeably shouty squalls of punky dischord.

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

  On a recent Just Some Punk Songs show I played a song ( Nothing Nothing) from the Complexion album they released earlier this year. The chatroom folk were impressed. I said it reminded me a bit of Girls In Synthesis but someone made a better comparison, with Bad Breeding. Anyway, I made a note to get something by them on here and here it is. It's the digital only single they released a couple of months ago and you can find it on Bandcamp : https://tunicband.bandcamp.com/track/nylon

  Abrupt, tick. Abrasive, tick. Shouty, tick. Arty, tick. Dissonant, tick. Yep, it ticks all the boxes. It's called Nylon...


Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Vista Blue - Big Stars



  You should have all heard of Vista Blue by now, they're the power pop and pop punk loving band from Nashville fronted by the 2nd most famous (but most talented!) Mike Patton in music. They've probably been on here more often than any other group but they are very prolific in their output and they don't half have the knack of penning a catchy tune.

  This time they feature with a track from their latest ep, Hit The Floor! They tried something a little differently this time around and decided to crowdfund the ep in order to be able to get it recorded at a "proper" studio. That studio was Ardent Studios in Memphis (famous acts to record there include the likes of Led Zeppelin, Isaac Hayes, Big Star, Cheap Trick, The Cramps, REM etc etc etc...). The results speak for themselves as the band have never sounded better. With a line up of Mike Patton (vocals, guitar, organ), Richard Bates (guitar, vocals) Reese Chism (drums, vocals), Mark Crowley (bass, vocals) and (on the song you'll find below) Perry Leenhouts (vocals, tambourine), they've knocked it out of the park. There's a couple of original compositions plus a cover of Three Chord City, a song originally recorded by early 80's New Orleans band The Cold. You can pre order the coloured vinyl from Radiant Radish Records  http://radiantradish.storenvy.com/products/28939873-vista-blue-hit-the-floor-7-inch or download it now from Bandcamp :   https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/album/hit-the-floor

  This is my favourite song, it's described by musician/songwriter/producer Wyatt Funderbunk as "a not so subtle nod to Ardent Studios' most famous clients which also pays tribute to Mike’s DIY values that brought him to this point. It also features some fantastic soaring harmonies from Perry Leenhouts of the Travoltas. A brilliant collaboration." and it's titled Big Stars...



Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Warp - Baby Chihuahua

  


Bark at the TV, woof woof woof.

  So go the lyrics to today's rather fab song by San Francisco band Warp. They formed in 2017, feature members of Flesh World, Mallard and Blank Square and they've got a new 12" out on Thrilling Living Records. The label has been putting out some great music recently by the likes of Judy And The Jerks, Scrap Brain, BB And The Blips etc and they're onto another winner with Warp. There'll be 400 vinyl copies and you can grab one or get the digital version here :         https://thrillingliving.bandcamp.com/album/traffic-control-12

  I missed their 2017 debut ep (https://warpsf.bandcamp.com/releases) but am making up for it with repeat spins of the album. It's 10 tracks of gloriously ramshackle banging and bashing fronted by vocalist Tika Hall shout singing about boneheads, chapsticks, butter bricks and goats. It's all very enjoyable.

  Size doesn't matter, you can still make a hell of a racket. This is Baby Chihuahua...

Monday, 11 November 2019

The Fallout - Set Us Up



  There's quite a few great political punk bands out there, bands that not only write intelligent lyrics commenting on the state of the world that we live in but who also manage to compliment their message with a catchy as hell soundtrack. Toronto 3 piece The Fallout are one of the very best. No strangers to this blog, Byron Pickles (guitar/Vocals), Dr. Bob (drums/vocals) and Patty O'Lantern (bass/vocals) have released some killer songs of unity, inclusion, solidarity and struggle during the course of the band's 15 year history. Taking their cue from Pete Seeger’s quote “the people are on the march and must have songs to sing” they've been responsible for a back catalogue which has seen them described by Exclaim as "kind of like a street-punk version of Woody Guthrie.” There's been 5 albums thus far and rather excitingly number 6 will be with us shortly. It'll be called The Times Have Never Changed and if the teaser track that I'm posting today is any indication it's going to be another modern day classic. You can stream it here (check out their other releases whilst you're there, most of them are remixed, remastered and available name your price) :   https://thefalloutcanada.bandcamp.com/

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

  With a video featuring footage of an anti-austerity demo in Montreal from March 27th 2015, this song is a working class anthem, a call to arms. It's called Set Us Up...

Dead eyes with a cold blank stare
Black heart doesn’t feel or care
Driven only by market share and a need to survive
Figure heads full of shit and lies
When are we gonna realize
We don’t have any rights if we don’t organize

Set us up, set us up just to knock us down
Gotta run, gotta run run you out of town

Gotta gotta gotta gotta get rid of you
There’s only one thing left to do
Gotta gotta gotta gotta get rid of you

Profits first and people last
Take advantage of the working class
Hysteria created en masse to conquer and divide
Lapdog with authority
A governing minority
Save money through austerity so viscous and bile

Some day we’ll finally see
Damage and depravity
We’ll drag you through the streets as you beg for mercy
In the rubble and the decay
As your system fades away
We’ll rebuild the ash and clay in solidarity





Sunday, 10 November 2019

Last Reserves - Pink Bits



  Wow! Today's song is both very impressive and very powerful. It's the new single by Last Reserves and it deals with growing up in a society in which we're bombarded with misogynistic attitudes and told what we can and can't do. It tells us that no matter what we're led to believe, we're all special in our own way, we can all be and do what we want. Whatever gender we are, we don't need to compete for validation, we can use that energy to build each other up instead. It's an angry song with a positive message and it's possibly the band's best release yet.

  Last Reserves formed in 2014 and they're from St Helens. They line up with Alice Nancy (Vocals), Jack Rothwell (Lead Guitar), Matt Bonnell (Bass Guitar) and Phil Shacklady (Drums). They list amongst their influences the likes of Sex Pistols, Dead Boys and The Stooges and you can find out more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/LastReservesBand/

  The new single, their 2nd single this year, is available on cd for a couple of quid and it's also streaming so get yourselves over to Bandcamp and snap it up :   https://lastreserves.bandcamp.com/track/pink-bits

  It's called Pink Bits...

I’m sitting on my garden wall
Watching the girls from next door but one
Play curby in the road
They wear camo shorts, converse,
T-shirts with skulls on and LFC tops
Gerrard is the coolest one to have
Especially after that 3 all penalty win
Against AC Milan last week
I got a Dudek kit
But just because I like the song
I think I like the song more than I like the football
To be honest
Then one of the girls asks me to join in and
I say “I’m not very good at football”
And she picks up the ball and looks at me and says
“You’re not good at football
Because you’re a girly girl”
I say “I’m not!”
She says “you are. I saw you wear
a dress the other day and there’s pink bits on your trainers”
I say “I’m not a girly girl!”
But I’m already crying
Just like a girl
And I feel the shame
Rise up inside of me
And my stomach drops
As I think


Guess I’m nothing special after all
Well what a fucking shame
What a disappointment
And what the fuck’s the point
If I’m the same
As all the other girls
Weak, pathetic, fragile birds
Fuck it all
I’ll wear the skulls
Anything to prove I’m not
Exactly like the other girls
The other girls
Girls


I started getting older
And meeting loads of new people
Some girls really hated pop music
And makeup and the colour pink
Just like me
And they were really, really cool
But some other girls like summer dresses
And ABBA and fake tan
And I realised that they were pretty cool too
And I started to realise
Maybe I just wanted to be a little bit more
Like all the girls I met
And I thought


Guess there’s something special in us all
Well what a fucking shame
What a disappointment
Can’t believe I wasted all these years
On this misogynistic
Toxic and divisive shit
Well I won’t do it any more
Cause really I just wanna be
Exactly like the other girls
The other girls
Girls


I’m standing behind the bar
Watching people poke their heads in
Momentarily
Before deciding to try somewhere
With windows
There’s not that much to do
So I’m chatting to some guy around my age
Says he’s in a band
And he’s quite funny to be honest
We’re getting along well and he says
“I like you
You’re not like the other girls
Caked in makeup
Scantily clad
Tottering around in six inch heels
You’re different
You’re not like the other girls”
And I think
Hang on, mate
What do you mean
“Not like the other girls?”
I’m EXACTLY like the other girls
I’m the amalgamation of EVERY girl
I EVER thought was cool
So if YOU think I’m gonna step
On my sisters
To clamber up onto your pedestal
You can get to FUCK!



Berlin Blackouts - Anti-Cap. Messiah



  Berlin Blackouts are a German punk band from Berlin (unsurprisingly) who formed as a 5 piece in 2014 but at the moment seem to be down to 3 members, founders Bev (vocals/guitar) and Katja (bass/vocals) plus recent recruit Chris Kotze (drums). Their back catalogue includes a couple of albums, Bonehouse Rendevous (2015) and Kissed By The Gutter (2016 https://berlin-blackouts.bandcamp.com/album/kissedbythegutter ) plus split singles with Gang Zero and Streetlight Saints. Now they're back with a brand new album titled Nastygram Sedition and damn, it's bloody good.

  In support of the album they've a bunch of gigs lined up, not only in their native country but also one in The Netherlands and several over in the UK. You can check out dates here :   https://www.facebook.com/Berlinblackouts/

  You may have noticed one of those dates, on the 13th of December in Berlin, sees them sharing a stage with legendary Peacehaven punks Peter And The Test Tube Babies and that band's frontman Peter Bywaters makes a guest appearance on Nastygram Sedition lending his vocals to a track titled Make Punk Rock Great Again. It's a title that sums up the Berlin Blackouts, they're a band that evoke memories of classic acts of yesteryear. They take from the likes of The Heartbreakers, The Boys, The Pistols etc and add their own unique twist to produce timeless sounding punk rock. Highlights from the album include infectious singalong Dead Dogs Dancin' In My Eyes, mission statement We've Come To Destroy and the first single (see below). 10 songs, 10 hits....track it down!

https://coretexrecords.com/Berlin-Blackouts-nastygram-sedition_1

  This is Anti-Cap. Messiah... 

Saturday, 9 November 2019

The New Rochelles - Love Kills

 

  Most bands record the odd cover version but not many go the whole hog and cover a full album. New York trio The New Rochelles have, reinterpreting Animal Boy, the 9th studio album by The Ramones. Released on May 19th 1986 on Sire Records it saw Forest Hills' finest trying to expand their sound a little with the use of synthesizers and keyboards. Internal conflict within the band meant we had less of a contribution than normal from Joey and Johnny (but more from Dee Dee) and it received mixed reviews (PunkNews.org  commented "While nowhere near as bad as the triumvirate of tripe that would follow, this album's lack of an organic sound quality hinders it in the long run") but it did contain some very good songs (including 4 singles) though many didn't like the album's production. It's not easy covering a full Ramones album, a few other bands have tried, with mixed results, but I think The New Rochelles have made a very decent fist of things.

  The band line up with Ronnie Rochelle (Electric Guitar and Vocals), Ricky Rochelle (Drums and Backup Vocals) and Rookie Rochelle (Bass Guitar and Gang Vocals). A couple of them are also members of The Young Rochelles (https://www.facebook.com/TheYoungRochelles/). They play catchy old school pop punk and hopefully you're already familiar with them but if not you can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/thenewrochelles/

  Animal Boy was released yesterday, it features faithful to the original versions of songs you'll no doubt know such as Somebody Put Something In My Drink, My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg) and Something To Believe In as well as others you may have forgotten (Crummy Stuff? Mental Hell?) It's available on vinyl from new label, Hey! Pizza records   https://www.heypizzarecords.com/product/new-rochelles-animal-boy-lp and you can compare and contrast with the original here : https://thenewrochelles1.bandcamp.com/

  My pick of the bunch? I'm going with Love Kills....

Sid was a punk rock king
Nancy was a broken queen
Their lives were so glamorous
Sid and Nancy were a mess
When you're hooked on heroin
Don't you know you'll never win
Drugs don't ever pay
You really did it your way
Love kills 

We still believe in anarchy
It makes me so damn angry
Sid and Nancy meant a lot to me
You may be dead but your souls are free
Like Romeo and Juliet
You two made a pact of death
Like the needle that ya used
Sid and Nancy were born to lose
Love kills

Sid never meant any harm
He shot some dope into his arm
All he wanted was some fun
Now she's lying in a pool of blood
Always loaded, always high
Why did you have to die?
I'll say one thing is
It leaves me with a bitter taste
Love kills