Wednesday, 20 September 2017

7 Years Bad Luck - No Control

 

  7 Years Bad Luck are a long running band from Austria (Saalfelden/Innsbruck) who's line up features Tambus (vocals/drums), Andy (vocals/bass) and Giorgio (guitar/vocals). They play catchy, melodic pop punk which should appeal to fans of The Descendents, Alkaline Trio, Jawbreaker, Screeching Weasel etc....

  Last month saw the release of their new album Great, Big, Nothing. It's available from Monster Zero Records and NoReason Records and you can also find it on Bandcamp :  https://7yearsbadluck.bandcamp.com/

  Below you'll find a video for the opening song on the album, it's called No Control.....

she slams the door and leaves you standing in the rain another night gone bad, to you it's all the same left your car running in the parking lot, better watch your step today, you're feeling old there's no control you're like a blur, don't have the time to make amends i guess it doesn't make a difference in the end you take one step forward, ten steps back, i'd laugh, but i have issues of my own there's no control and wherever you go you're always late you’re trying so hard to compensate no matter what you think no matter what you do your life is just a one man show your life is just a one man show this is your last chance to take control

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Vista Blue - Girl Who Can Curl



  Anyone who regularly visits this blog will be familiar with Nashville power pop outfit Vista Blue. They've featured plenty of times over the last few years and they return today with a song from a new split ep they've released on their own Radiant Radish label in collaboration with The Zambonis.

  Formed in 1991, The Zambonis always record songs about hockey whilst many of Vista Blue's are baseball themed, this time around though they're both taking on curling. The ep's called Songs About Curling and it's a celebration of the 2018 Winter Olympics. You can pre order the 7" vinyl here :  http://radiantradish.storenvy.com/products/21526454-the-zambonis-vista-blue-songs-about-curling-winter-olympics-split-7-inc

  Those who prefer digital should head this way.....  https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/album/the-zambonis-vista-blue-olympic-curling-split

  There's 2 songs from each band, The Zambonis take a laid back almost country approach with Sweep Me Over The Hogline whilst Curling Girl is not only the cutest girl in town but she likes both hockey and The Ramones. No wonder they love her! Vista Blue pick up the pace with the 60's smash hit that never was, Curling All Around The USA and they round off an excellent ep with the song you'll find below.

  If there's any bands around at the moment that are catchier than Vista Blue, please let me know. This is Girl Who Can Curl....

Monday, 18 September 2017

Fresh - Bible Camp

 

  Fresh are from London, they formed in 2015 and they're a bit punky, a bit indie, a bit bloody good. Some of their songs are acoustic, some are a little bit noisier than that. They write about subjects such as depression, sexuality, exams and bible camp! Their frontwoman, Kathryn Woods, has a great voice. So check them out.

  May 2015 saw them release debut ep, Gewingchum, whilst the follow up, These Things Are Not That Fun, appeared later that year. Now on Specialist Subject Records, they recently released their self titled debut album and it's been the subject of a number of very positive reviews. Deceptively sweet tunes with bite are very much order of the day, lend them your ears....  https://freshpunks.bandcamp.com/album/fresh

  This is the shortest song on the album (I'll play a longer one on tomorrow's Just Some Punk Songs show https://www.facebook.com/events/481375472230526/), it's called Bible Camp.....

Sunday, 17 September 2017

PedAgree Skum - Assisted Suicide



   PedAgree Skum are an old school punk band from Stoke On Trent who formed in 2010 when a couple of friends, Katie "Phoenix" Dodd (vocals) and Rich Gulag got together with a notebook, pen and an old acoustic guitar and started writing songs. Several line up changes later those 2 founder members remain, along with drummer Muff Hollis and Dayle Denton (bass).

  Their music is often political in content, their lyrics deal with issues such as greed, individuality, police brutality etc. Comparisons can be drawn with bands such as Zounds, Anthrax and Rudimentary Peni.

  They recently released a new single and you can find it, along with their earlier material, over on Bandcamp : https://pedagreeskum.bandcamp.com/ They've also contributed a song called Stronger to the Rebel Songs From A Prison Planet compilation. The comp features several bands that have appeared on this blog and is name your price here :  https://dannysyndromethemisanthropes.bandcamp.com/album/rebel-songs-from-a-prison-planet-3

  Is it right to set someone free when their body fails, when they're in constant pain and when their dignity is gone? Should people have the right to choose when they want their life to end? This is Assisted Suicide.....



Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Riptides - Beam Me Up



  The Riptides are the Canadian pop punk band from Ottawa who previously appeared on this blog with the rather wonderful Shit Outta Luck (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-riptides-shit-outta-luck.html). That classic slice of Ramones/Beach Boys inspired punk tunage was the closing track on their excellent 2009 album Tales From Planet Earth. Since then they've released a few eps, including splits with bands such as The Queers, The Dwarves, The Apers and The Connection. Now they return with a new 18 track album called Canadian Graffiti. You can get it on vinyl from Something To Do Records (https://somethingtodorecords.com/the-riptides) or it's available, along with their earlier stuff, over on Bandcamp : https://theriptides.bandcamp.com/album/canadian-graffiti

  Lining up with Andy Vandal (vocals), Bob Goblin (bass/vocals), Doug Vermin (guitar/vocals), Corey Omega (guitar/vocals) and Dan Lumley (drums) the band have made one of the best pop punk albums of 2017 (The gauntlet has been thrown down to The Lillingtons). It's been 8 years since Tales From Planet Earth but they haven't missed a beat, look up the word catchy in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of The Riptides!

  I could have pretty much highlighted any of the tracks but as someone's already stuck one up on Youtube (and as regular readers will have noticed, I'm a sucker for sci fi themed pop punk songs) I'll go with that. This is Beam Me Up....


beam me up
take me far from here
beam me up
my mission's no longer clear
'cause i don't wanna see you crying
as i head to outer space
but i just can't keep lying
and pretend i get this place, anymore

beam me up
get me off this rock
beam me up
i'll hang with mr spock
because everything they're saying
makes me want to shake my head
the politics they're playing
makes me fear the road ahead
beam me up and take me far from here
ooh baby, beam me up
and take me away from here

cause i don't want to see you crying
as i head to outer space
but i just can't keep lying
and pretend i get this place
beam me up and take me far from here
ooh baby, beam me up
and take me away from here...... 



Friday, 15 September 2017

Young Offenders - Wasting Time

 

  Young Offenders are a three piece from Adelaide featuring  Kyle Landman (vocals/guitar), Anthony Katern (bass) and Leigh Shags (drums). They've been releasing their punk and reggae influenced music since 2013 and you can download it name your price on Bandcamp : https://youngoffenders.bandcamp.com/ 

  They managed to get themselves noticed a couple of years ago by the Joe Strummer Foundation and this resulted in them getting a slot at this year's Glastonbury Festival. They also managed to fit in several European dates whilst they were over here.

  The song you'll see below is their most recent single, it came out in February and as with their earlier releases it's available name your price. This is really rather good, it's called Wasting Time but you certainly won't be wasting yours by checking it out....

The woman on the TV 
Telling me just what i need 
Telling me just what to buy 
You can't get in to my mind 

Credit cards are in the red 
Do not let them in your head 
Buy one buy one get one free 
Satisfaction guaranteed 

I'm just wasting time 
Thinking about you 

Pirate radio station plays 
Propaganda air waves 
You must dance now to this song 
The same beat as the last one 

But the captain says it's cool 
So I guess it must be true 
Buy one buy one get one free 
Satisfaction guaranteed 

I'm just wasting time 
Thinking about you 
And all the little things you do

 

 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Round Eye - Billy

 

  Round Eye are an "experimental freak punk outfit" who formed in 2012 and are based in Shanghai. Influenced by bands and artists such as The Stooges, Captain Beefheart, John Coltrane etc their current line up features Chachy (guitar vocals), Livio (bass/vocals), Gil (guitar), Jimmy Jack (drums), Mac (tenor sax) and Robert "Gomey" Gomez (tenor sax).

  They've had an interesting existence so far, as well as touring globally and sharing a stage with the likes of Mike Watt & The Missing Men, Fleshtones, D.O.A., MDC, Paul Collins Beat etc etc etc they've also been banned from performing by the Chinese Ministry Of Culture, been the only rock band to film a video in North Korea and recorded with (Black Flag's) Greg Ginn, lo fi legensd R Stevie Moore and saxophonist Steve Mackay (Stooges/Violent Femmes....his last recordings before he passed away).

  Their most recent album came out in April on Sudden Death Records and is titled Monster Vision. It's a touch more experimental than your typical Just Some Punk Songs fare but if you're looking for something a little different then this could well be for you. Razorcake described it as the bastard offspring of The Butthole Surfers and The Fall but you can make up your own minds....  https://roundeyeband.bandcamp.com/

  Taken from Monster Vision, this is called Billy.....

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Oi Polloi - Donald Trump Fuck You



  Scottish anarcho-punks Oi Polloi return to the blog today with a new single. They previously featured late last year with a song from their excellent Saorsa album, this time around it's the current POTUS that's the object of their vilification.

  Vinyl junkies will possibly be interested in the coloured 7"s that are available from Urinal Vinyl Records. There's patriotic red, white and blue splattered versions and you can order them here :  http://www.pointofinterestzine.com/index.html

  The message is simple, the video is excellent. This is Donald Trump Fuck You....



Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Kitchen People - Hologram



  Formed in 2014, Kitchen People are an Australian garage synth quintet from Perth featuring Jake Suriano (guitar/vocals), Charles Wickham (guitar), Vincent Buchanan-Simpson (synth/vocals), Tom Cahill (drums) and Alec Thomas (bass/vocals).

  They introduced themselves with a demo in 2014 whilst they were still a 3 piece. Over the course of the last 3 years they've expanded to their current line up and released an EP, a debut S/T album and then earlier this year a sophomore album, Trendoid. You can get Trendoid via Ooops Baby Records or digitally from Bandcamp : https://kitchenpeople.bandcamp.com/  

  The song I'm posting below is the final one on the album. From what I can make out it's about Stephen Hawking's desire to be a hologram? With a sound not a million miles away from fellow Aussies Ausmuteants, it's catchy and it's fun so give it a listen. This is Hologram.....



Monday, 11 September 2017

Launch Control - Mayday

 

  Launch Control are a 3 piece punk band from Reading featuring Seb Olrog (drums), Alex J (guitar/vocals) and Lee Switzer (bass/vocals). They list amongst their influences the likes of Rise Against, Bad Religion, MXPX, Iron Maiden Anti-Flag etc.

  Forming in 2012, they write energetic songs with a message. They've released a bunch of eps and songs, including the recent Mayday ep which features the song you'll find below, and you can check them out here :  https://launchcontrolhq.bandcamp.com/

  After promoting them as an energetic punk band, it's possibly strange to be highlight a song that's both slow paced and acoustic but the title track of the ep is my favourite from it. It's the sound of the band lamenting the current state of the country they've grown up in as the UK is voluntarily isolating itself. This Is Mayday.....

Drifting flotsam
Ostracized by
Foolish greed
And the lies it buys
Tried the patience
Of neighbouring nations
The blind follows
The blind ambition

Half were mis-sold their voice
Half were shouted down
We were all sold out
(Mayday, Mayday)

Dumped like jetsam
Redundant ballast
These gullible shills
Filled with small minded malice
Purpose served
Served up as oblations
To media moguls
And ghost corporations

Half found Stockholm syndrome
Half found out too late
We were all taken

So Mayday, Mayday
We're lost at sea
Isolated
Voluntarily
We'll prove our independence
By dying alone 


 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Grand Collapse - Though Bloodshot & Blurry

 

  Grand Collapse are a hardcore punk band from Cardiff who formed in 2011 and who line up Calvin Sewell (vocals), Jon Powell (guitar), David Thomas (bass) and Glenn Tew (drums).

  Their first release was 2013's s/t ep and it was followed a year later with debut album Far From The Callous Crowd. Artcore Fanzine released a split 7" ep with Oi Polloi in 2015 before they returned earlier this year with new album Along The Dew. It's available on cd from TNS Records (UK) and Ruin Nation (Europe) or as a name your price download here : https://grand-collapse.bandcamp.com/album/along-the-dew

  They're touring the UK next month and you can check details here :  https://www.facebook.com/GrandCollapse/

  The song I've posted below also features on the excellent Common Ground 2017 compilation which is available name your price but from which all money made will go to various good causes. As well as Grand Collapse the compilation also features a number of other great bands that have previously featured on this blog (Burning Flag, Danger!man, Natterers, Grit, 2 Sick Monkeys, Warwound, Atterkop, Pizzatramp etc) and is well worth supporting.

    What better way to wake you up on a Sunday morning than this adrenaline fuelled blast, this is Though Bloodshot & Blurry....

Spun out, anaesthetised, waiting for the gloom to set. Brown bottles fill the grubby floor next to the bodies that exhale in unison. I wipe my eyes so I can see; though bloodshot and blurry they still beam. These aches and pains are brief but they can't shape what we have seen. Running low on fumes, but high on speed, we load in and back out hoping somehow we could move on forever and not reach the end. We say bye to our new friends who’ve restored our faith simply by giving a fuck. Then it’s on to the next one where it's more of the same; determination, resolution, grit, and there was me thinking we were dead and gone. I guess I was wrong. Though worn out and weary we’d rather be stuck in this tin can than doing something we couldn’t care less about and wasting time button bashing, metal bending, changing barrels, crushing limes. Set it up. Roll it out... Inspired, we ride on ‘all through the night’. Zeke blaring loudly with no end in sight. Armed with new found resolve. Stirred with fury and rage. Determined, without remorse for tyrant or foe, the dealers of hate. Headache subsided, eyes clearing up. Load in avoided, what a stroke of luck. And when asked about it there aint much to say. I guess you had to be there to find it all funny. Running. Fuming.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Mob Mentality - Carry On Tradition



  Pennsylvania oi! band Mob Mentality featured on here earlier this year with a track from their impressive debut ep No Honour, No Guts, No Glory (name your price for that ep here : https://mobmentalityoi.bandcamp.com/album/no-honor-no-guts-no-glory-e-p). Lining up with Hooligan 77 frontman Dan Hooligan on vocals, Skip (guitar), J.B. (guitar), Vince (bass) and Conor (drums), they haven't let the grass grow under their boots. Their debut album, 14 tracks of what will undoubtedly be top notch street anthems, is in the can and ready to be unleashed on an ever expanding audience who are currently being treated to a golden era of new oi music.

  Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date on the release date :  https://www.facebook.com/Mob-Mentality-379293632455734/

  One thing I have noticed about the oi! scene is that it's got very political. There seems to be plenty of left wing vs right wing confrontations taking place. Unfortunately there also seem to be far too many bands that aren't interested in the political infighting that are getting dragged into it either because they are apolitical or because they may have once shared a stage with a band that someone considers (rightly or wrongly) to be ideologically suspect. Mob Mentality's first release from the album is a timely call to stand together, to break the barriers and to return to the days when the oi movement shared a beating heart. Topical and with a great sing a long chorus, I'm salivating at the prospect of the full length.

  This is Carry On Tradition....
 


Friday, 8 September 2017

Brain Ape - Extra-Tourette'strial

 
(Gregory Hesse-Wagner photography)


  London scratch rockers Brain Ape have previously featured on here a couple of times with the songs Blonde Hair Blue Eyed Boy and Give Me My P45. The last time I wrote about them I mentioned that they'd have an album out later this year so I suppose later this year has arrived as the album is now out. It's called Auslander and it's available on cd from Schlimbum Records or as a name your price download : https://brainape.bandcamp.com/album/auslander

  Scratch rock, for those that are new to the band, is an amalgamation of stoner rock, grunge & punk. Bands they often draw comparisons with seem to be Queens Of The Stone Age and Nirvana and it's the latter of those that the song you'll find below reminds me of with the grunge rock guitars and shouty vocals.

  This is Extra-Tourette'strial.....

 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Matilda's Scoundrels - Bow To The Powers

 

  The latest Just Some Punk Songs show aired last Sunday evening and I think it's fair to say it went down well with the chatroom regulars. I think it's also fair to say that the most popular song of the evening was by Hastings folk punk outfit Martha's Scoundrels.

  Formed in 2014 they line up with Thomas Quinn (mandolin/vocals), Jason Stirling (acoustic guitar/tin whistle/banjo/vocals), Jens-Peter Jensen (accordion/vocals), Dan Flanagan (guitar), James Baughurst (bass) and Jon Gosling (drums). They released debut ep Beasts In Disguise early in 2015 and have been pretty prolific since with a number of eps, a split with The Barracks and the Crowleys Curse 7" plus new album (out 8th Sept on TNS Records) As The Tide Turns.

  You can check out their earlier releases as well as preview the new album over on Bandcamp : https://matildasscoundrels.bandcamp.com

  They've plenty of gigs lined up throughout the remainder of 2017 and you can get details here : https://www.matildas-scoundrels.com/gigs

  Anyway, back to the song that went down a storm on Sunday's show (you can listen to the show here if you missed it : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-050917/), this is Bow To The Powers.....

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Morgellons - Black Dog

 

  Morgellons are a 4 piece post punk band based in London who formed in 2011 and take their name from a rather nasty sounding disorder characterized by rashes and itching that feels like insects are moving around under the skin.

  The line up of the band is Vincent Mahone (vocals), Mark Geraghty (bass), Josh Pinto (guitar) and Mannie Zerafa (drums). They list amongst their influences The Stooges, Joy Division, Magazine and Wire. Their first album was 2014's The Memory Of Echoes and they recently returned with a self titled follow up which is available from Flicknife Records and on Bandcamp :  https://morgellons.bandcamp.com/album/morgellons

   In a couple of days (Fri 8th Sept) they'll be sharing a stage with the likes of Tom Robinson, Eddie And The Hot Rods, Jilted John and Menace at the Undercover Festival in Margate. You can get more details on this and other gigs here : https://www.facebook.com/Morgellons/

  The song below is the lead track on the new album, it's about depression and it's called Black Dog....

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Boots N All - Fill Ya Boots



  Boots N All are an English Oi!/punk band from Warminster who's self released Live For Oi! album I was late discovering but which has become a firm favourite. It's streaming on Bandcamp if you want to check it out (you should)..... https://boots-n-all.bandcamp.com/

  They've recently returned with follow up Fill Ya Boots. Out now on Sunny Bastards it features versions of several of the tracks off Live For Oi! as well as a number of brand new tunes. The few songs that I've heard thus far suggest the album is a belter.

  They went down a storm at the recent Rebellion Festival and have several gigs lined up in support of the new record including this month's appearance at the Punk & Oi! Charity Bash in Darlington on a superb bill alongside the likes of The Glory, Top Dog, Tear Up, Brassknuckle etc plus their first Scottish show and a gig in Plymouth with The Ejected, Arch Rivals and more. You can get details here : https://www.facebook.com/bootsnall.punx/

  The song posted below is the title track from the album and gives you a fair idea of just how catchy these guys are. Proper working class Oi! I'll give it a play on today's Just Some Punk Songs show alongside a bunch of other great new releases (8pm Uk time : https://www.facebook.com/events/128960854403546/).

  This is Fill Ya Boots.....

Monday, 4 September 2017

Anticitizen - Bricks Not Ballots



  Anticitizen are a hardcore anarcho band from Hackettstown (New Jersey) and Washington playing incendiary punk rock burning a hole through the police state one Molotov at a time. They're a 3 piece featuring C.G. Vyle (guitar/vocals), Michael Kadeem (bass) and Chris Leaning (drums).

https://www.facebook.com/Anticitizenpunk/

  Their first release was 2013's Trash Live album which as the title suggests was recorded live at The Trash Bar. They also released a song called Toil And Labor and a bootleg album before resurfacing a couple of months back with Promo 2017. It features two tracks of raw, in your face punk rock and you can find it here :  https://anticitizenpunk.bandcamp.com/

  It's also available on the Rebel Songs From A Prison Planet compilation :  https://dannysyndromethemisanthropes.bandcamp.com/album/rebel-songs-from-a-prison-planet-3

  When democracy only applies to those that scheme, you need an alternative way to get your voice heard. This is Bricks Not Ballots.....

Has the red, white, and blue got you by the throat? 
Are you gasping for air? They’re demanding your vote 
Is the pig pen loose with punitive power? 
While the witches watch from their ivory tower? 

Bricks not ballots X2 
Has the lump in your throat got you fearful and callous? 
Bricks not Ballots X2 
They’ve stolen your voice, power unchallenged! 

Democracy applies to those that scheme 
They promise to restore your American dream 
Force-fed the illusion of freedom of choice 
We’re separate not equal don’t you wish you had a voice? 

Bricks not ballots X2 
Has the lump in your throat got you fearful and callous? 
Bricks not Ballots X2 
They’ve stolen your voice, power unchallenged!




Sunday, 3 September 2017

Slow Faction - Under Heavy Manners



  Slow Faction are the '77 era influenced punk 4 piece who's This Machine Kills Fascists ep was so good it not only spawned a song (Woody Guthrie) that graced the upper reaches of the Just Some Punk Songs best of 2016 chart, I also bought the t shirt!

  They're a band that's been getting better with every release so it's not surprising that I reacted with excitement to the news of a new ep. I remember a couple of the tracks from this release surfacing a couple of years back in demo form but now they're back fully formed on the excellent 6 track Under Heavy Manners ep. The cd is due out on the 1st October but if you head on over to Bandcamp you can find the digital version available name your price. Whilst you're there make sure you also snap up their other releases, all of them are highly recommended....  https://slowfaction.bandcamp.com/album/under-heavy-manners

  Lining up with John Youens (guitar/vocals), Lee Peterson (rhythm guitar), Umbi Liszka (bass) and Kit Gould (drums), they've a few hometown gigs arranged and you can check out details here : https://www.facebook.com/slow.faction/

  The ep features more of the same top quality Clash inspired tunes we've come to expect, with intelligent lyrical commentary on governments waging war for profit, zero hour contracts & offshore tax havens, the way religion is perverted to promote hatred and the subjugation of the masses.

  This is the title track, Under Heavy Manners....

Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Prostitutes - Give Me Head or Give Me Death

 

  Here's something hot off the presses. The Prostitutes are back with a new song, it's a teaser for a forthcoming ep which will follow shortly once the other two songs have been completed. For those of you that have been living in a cave for the last 20+ years, The Prostitutes are the Long Beach, California punk band that are responsible or numerous classics such as the Pelado Records released Can't Teach Kids Responsibility album and it's follow up Kill Them Before They Eat. There's also the excellent Get Sicker singles compilation and the 2013 compilation of previously unreleased material. That's without mentioning a string of killer singles (Get Sick, Twenty Two etc, etc...). This is the band that Faster And Louder's Lord Rutledge claims boasts a frontman with "the greatest punk voice of his time." High praise indeed but he's reviewed pretty much every band that matters down the years so he should know a thing or two.

  If you want to indulge yourself on them, The Prostitutes have their music (including the new song) up on Bandcamp name your price....  https://theprostitutes1.bandcamp.com/

  So what's different this time around? Pretty much nothing. Despite Kevin Patrick McGovern having relocated to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he's still at odds with the humdrum world, be it the people around him or the vacuous shows on tv. He's looking for a buzz he'll never forget. Musically the band are on top form with their Johnny Thunders, Germs, Zero Boys, Sex Pistols... inspired down and dirty punk rock sleaze. Welcome back guys, you ain't skipped a beat.

  This is Give Me Head Or Give Me Death....



Friday, 1 September 2017

Dead Hope - Shut Your Mouth

 

  So there I was, at work, keeping the wheels of industry turning when I felt my phone vibrate. Being the conscientious worker that I am, I immediately downed tools to check it out and it was a message from Neil Hodge from The Ginger Quiff Blog excitedly telling me about a great new album by a post punk 3some from Glasgow called Dead Hope. Would you be interested in reviewing them he asked. Yeah sure replied me hoping fervantly they weren't crap! Luckily, crap they definitely aren't.

  Anyway, fast forward to me getting home and I had a listen to the album (it's called Songs From The Second Floor and you can find it here :  https://deadhope.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-the-second-floor).

 Then after a night's sleep I get back on my pc, stick a song from the album on Youtube in order to post it below, and write my customary intro "Dead Hope are a 3 piece post punk band from Glasgow featuring..." Then I click onto their Facebook page to check out who's in the band only to see a new review of the album from Louder Than War which started with pretty much that same intro! And then I noticed it's written by Neil Hodge!!! And it's better than the review I was going to write so go read it.....

  But before you do, one last paragraph. It's an album that's definitely worth your time. As Neil comments, there's plenty of great tunes, hooks and lyrics throughout. There's probably going to be plenty of reviews cropping up too if he has anything to do with it so hopefully it'll do well for them. Anyway that's my rejigged (not really a) review over with, you guys probably only come here for the video anyway so here you go....

  This is Shut Your Mouth.....


Thursday, 31 August 2017

South Class Veterans - For Hire (demo)

 

  Here's something most of you won't have heard before from a new band called South Class Veterans. I just got sent the link to a couple of demo songs from this new street punk/oi band from New Jersey (cheers Gerry!). Featuring members of bands such as One4One, Oxblood and Thick As Thieves (Dan, Scott, Sean, Gregg) they've premiered 2 demo tracks so far with the promise of two more to follow. You can check them out for free on Bandcamp....  https://southclassveterans.bandcamp.com/releases

  Nothing much on Facebook so far but give them a like and you'll be able to keep an eye on their progress https://www.facebook.com/Southclassveterans/

  Both of the released songs are great so give them a listen, I'm pretty confident we'll be hearing a lot more from this band.  I'll post the first one below, it's one I can certainly relate to, this is For Hire....

I wake each day, at the crack of down only to do whats right. 
I've got to pay the bills on time each month to make sure I have heat and lights 
I get to hear my boss bitch and complain about his wonderful life 
trying to stay a float on a minimal wage is slavery outright 

But that line at the clock is forming 
punch the card and leave it behind. 
Once that door closes, out of sight,out of mind. 
Ready for the weekend 
it took its precious time, 
gonna rage until the tank is dry cuz monday morning its back to the grind. 

Every week its just the same old thing, its got my mind in a mess. 
I do my work plus the guy's they fired and its building on my stress 
I've got a bomb inside that is filled with pride and they're not gonna break this man, 
because i need this job for the house I hold, I'm just a cog in their master plan 

But that line at the clock is forming 
punch the card and leave it behind. 
Once that door closes, out of sight,out of mind. 
Ready for the weekend 
it took its precious time 
gonna rage until the tank is dry cuz monday morning its back to the grind 

I wake each day at the crack of down and I head right out the door 
to a job I hate, what kind of life is this, growing old, tired and sore 
I get to hear my boss bitch and complain about whatever he pleases 
im just a south class vet, yes the working poor, in a world of endless greed


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Please Stop! - High Horse

 
photo by Anna Reasner, Art by AMR
 

  Please Stop! are a new band from Minnesota featuring Staysee (vocals), Danimal (guitar), Cheetah (bass) and Reckless Jane Danger (drums). It's not the first band that several of the members have been in but it's a new start for them and they've recently released a debut 7" ep on No Front Teeth Records titled Power Suit And Dead Bodies. You can check out the digital release on Bandcamp (There's 8 tracks, though if you support the band they'll throw in another 3 as a bonus) : https://pleasestop.bandcamp.com/

  The ep is hard hitting, female fronted punk that's not afraid to take on difficult topics such as pill popping parents and knife wielding hitchhikers. The music is raw and threatening and compliments the dark subject matter of the lyrics. Vocalist Staysee has a unique vocal style that suits this kind of edgy punk perfectly.

  The band are currently playing plenty of shows in the Midwest and you can find more details here :  https://www.facebook.com/pleasestoprocks/

  This song is called High Horse....

Hey! I'm an impostor 
but now that I've told you 
You can't act surprised when you notice 

Narcissistic, pretentious, high horse, wanna be, loser 
I wanna be a poser, you want me to be not real 

I'm not as cool as you 
but now that I've told you 
You can't act surprised when you notice


 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Kill-A-Watts - Shopping Mall Moron

 

  Recent updates have concentrated pretty much solely on new music but as the latest Just Some Punk Songs show was a garage punk special and it seems to have gone down so well with those that have listened to it, I'll post one of the songs from the show as today's update. If you want to listen to the whole show you can find it saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-garage-special/ 

  Kill-A-Watts are from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and you can find their music name your price on Bandcamp : https://kill-a-watts.bandcamp.com/  The song I played on Sunday's show and which I'm posting below was on their Electrorock album. It was released on Rip Off Records in 2001 and the line up at that time was Ryan King (lead guitar/vocals), Jennifurball (rhythm guitar), Melissa (bass/vocals) and Mechadrum (drums).

  The album as a whole is a blast. Fast paced, raw and catchy, it's guaranteed to have you bouncing round your room. There's a dozen short sharp blasts of top notch garage rock n roll, including this one. This is Shopping Mall Moron....

 

Monday, 28 August 2017

Who Killed Spikey Jacket? - What's Your Excuse?

 

  Who Killed Spkey Jacket are the pogo punk band from Boston, Massachusettes, who previously appeared on here back in 2014 with their reworking of the UK Subs' classic, Warhead (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/who-killed-spikey-jacket-gluehead_10.html).

  They formed in 2010 and announced themselves the following year by way of a split album with Leicester band The Wankys and have since released numerous eps & splits on labels such as Total Fucker Records, Joe Pogo Records etc. There's was also 2015's S/T compilation album. Recently they returned on top Japanese label Pogo 77 Records with new ep, Sleepytime Punks.

  As with all their previous releases, the new material is great fun. It's in your face, bounce around the room punk in the vein of the likes of The Casualties, Tom And Boot Boys, Discocks etc. Released to coincide with their Japanese tour it's a definite winner.

  You might have to turn up the volume for this video but it's well worth it. If you're a punk, you must wear studs. If you don't, What's Your Excuse?

Babies can make noise, birds can make music, your grandma sews pants but only punks wear studs
hippies can protest, most people survive, jocks can fight back but only punks wear studs

what's your excuse?
if you are a punk you must wear studs

dogs can be loyal, police can unite, sports fans are proud but only punks wear studs 
frats get drunk, animals smell bad, hobos ride trains but only punks wear studs

studs are cheap, studding is easy take a few hours out of your life to show the world you are punk and proud


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Cult Values - Jump Ship

 

  Cult Values are from Berlin and went down a storm when I played them on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show. They combine post punk with hardcore to great effect and you should check them out. If you get on over to their Bandcamp page you'll find their 2015 Demo, a track from the Nothing Nice To Say compilation and their debut S/T album. All are name your price so no reason to miss out : https://cultvalues.bandcamp.com/

  The album came out last year on Deranged Records and is 10 tracks of moody yet aggressive 80's influenced punk. There's plenty of songs I could have highlighted but I'm going with Jump Ship.....

Jump ship 
storm moving up the coast 
jump ship 
abandon any hope 
rats have taken over 
and they're feeding on the dead 
jump ship 
the center cannot hold 
jump ship 
abandon any hope 
rats have taken over 
and they're feeding on the dead 
and everything burns behind us 
and the void is up ahead 
jump ship 
we're sinking like a stone 
jump ship 
abandon any hope 
rats have taken over 
and they're feeding on the dead 
and everything burns behind us 
and the void is up ahead 
storm moving up the coast 
and everyone's pretending 
like there's something to be saved 
there's nothing to be saved


 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Fallout - Turn It Down

 

 


  The Fallout are a straight up, stripped down political punk band from Toronto with backbone and backbeat. Amongst their influences are listed the likes of The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, The Jam and Ramones. They've been together for around 20 years and their songs are social commentary with a killer soundtrack; singalong rebellious music from a 3 piece that wear their hearts on their sleeves. The line up features Byron (guitar/vocals), Bob (drums/vocals) and Patty (bass/vocals).

  They've previously appeared on here with their own song, Talkin' Punk Civil War and with a storming cover of The Rebel Spell's Fight For The Sun. If you're not already familiar with them then you should definitely check out their impressive back catalogue on Bandcamp....  https://thefalloutcanada.bandcamp.com/ 

  I'd heard a while ago that they were working on new material and was excited when they posted one of the newly recorded songs on the Rebel Time Records Youtube page. It's about the Turn It Down campaign against white power music / hate rock of a few years ago and it features Patty on vocals. They plan to release a 4 song 7" ep and then follow it up with a new album.

This is Turn It Down.....

White noise
In stereo sound
Nothing sounds worse
Need to turn it down
Turn it down
Feeble minds cling to misguided fears
Forcing their nonsense
Into naïve ears
Turn it down
Mouth full of hate
Head full of shit
Bigots pandering to idiots
Turn it down
Your out of touch
Get with the times
Turn it around
And leave your hate behind
Turn it down

  



Friday, 25 August 2017

Bikini Cops - Violence

 

Bikini Cops are a garage punk band from Perth, Western Australia who play the kind of music that'd have fitted right in on one of the classic Killed By Death compilations. They're a 4 piece featuring Chris Balch, Sean Hunter, Kyzw Pursell and Paul Wachla and they've released a couple of ep's (snappily titled 1 and Two). Both are available name your price on Bandcamp :  https://bikinicops.bandcamp.com/ 

  Coming soon will be a new 7" 6 track ep, you possibly won't be surprised to learn it'll be titled Three. They've already teased us with a song from it on Youtube.

  This is Violence....



Thursday, 24 August 2017

Channel 3 - Put 'Em Up

 

  Channel 3 formed in Cerritos, California in 1980. I'm assuming many of you are already familiar with them but if you want a good potted history you should visit their site : http://chthree.com/#?=About 

  They've just released a new album called Put 'Em Up which is available on the relaunched TKO Records. They say the album is a statement on the fearful post-Trump apocalyptic era with themes of political oppression and romantic bewilderment. You can get more details here :  https://channelthree.bandcamp.com/releases 

  This is the title track, Put 'Em Up....

It's not the same, these voices have changed 
Once was a discussion but it's now a spitting rage 
Bring us your tired, bring us your poor 
Just drop em off at the prison doors

A call to prayer, you hear a call to arms , A turn to Mecca as a civil alarm 
Out in the fields they all fall to their knees They sign the cross as they pull the weeds

Put em up in the stables boy 
Freeze em out in the snow _ 
We'll build a wall out of ignorance 
And hatred heavy as stone_

Checkpoint, check, put the curfews in place, re open up Manzanar 
Let's concentrate on concentration, put ‘em up in boxcars

So feed your fears and put up your walls 
To block your view of injustice for all

Our melting pot is now a pressure cooker, and here we come to the boil 
You offer your sweat, your food and your culture, but where the fuck is your oil?

The anger that you bury down in the dark, That fecund fertile place 
It pushes up through the soil of your heart, a seed married to your fate

The crack in your heart let the light turn black, the hope all turn to gloom 
What will load each empty chamber, which caliber of doom? 

History is written at night Put up your hands, give up your rights 
History is written at night When they come will you put up a fight?

Put em all away


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Greg Ripoff (Supercharger, Rip Offs etc..)



  I'm really excited today to share with you a Top 10 selected by Greg Ripoff (aka Greg Lowery). Greg's been one of the most influential figures in the punk world for many years both as owner of Rip Off Records and as a member of numerous great bands such as Supercharger, The Rip Offs, The Infections, Zodiac Killers and his new band Control Freaks.

  If you haven't yet heard Control Freaks you can check out their Mindless Entertainment album here : https://slovenly.bandcamp.com/album/control-freaks-mindless-entertainment-lp 

  They'll also be playing alongside Johnny Throttle in London on 6th October and you can get details here : https://www.facebook.com/events/470300256659132/


  If you're a fan of Rip Off Records or garage punk you may be interested in a Just Some Punk Songs special show which went out on Sunday 27th August.  Several of Greg's bands featured and it's been saved here :  https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-garage-special/
  Any similarities with the ad for the show and a classic album cover are purely coincidental (honest!).



  Anyway, back to the important stuff. A big thanks to Greg for selecting a great Top 10, I'll hand you over to him.....


10)  GIZMOS - Bible Belt Baby


a great song about Midwest life…one of the greatest bands the Midwest ever unleashed, this is one of my favorites the world must hear!



 9)  MODERNETTES - Barbara


fun from Vancouver, If you ain’t dancing to this you got serious issues!



 8)  BABEEZ - Do Wanna Love


From Australia the incredible Babeez, with a monster song..so punk so incredible.
70’s Aussie punk is some of the greatest…This is a great example..




 7)  SUBURBAN LAWNS - Janitor


I usually hate art bands especially from LA, but something about this crazy song is catchy and weird at the sametime.. Oh my Janitor, Oh my genitals…GENIUS!





 6)  THE VALVES - For Adolfs Only


The Valves from Scotland…great great great crazy catchy fun…



 5)  THE STUKAS - Klean Living Kids


once again just so fun and catchy…how can you hate this?



 4)  THE CHEIFS - Blues


From LA and I proudly own this rare 7”, listen for yourself…speaks for itself..



 3)  THE NOTSENSIBLES - The Telephone Rings Again


The Notsensibles from England…My old band The Zodiac Killers covered this song, great band with a crazy sense of humor…catchy silly fun, the way it is supposed to be..



 2)  THE AUTOMATICS -  Moth Ino The Flame


God I love this song, I wish I wrote it!



 1)  LURKERS - Shadow


cream of the crop here.. my old band the Rip Offs covered this because it smokes!


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Heterofobia - Sudor

 

  Heterofobia are a post punk 4 piece from Monterrey in Mexico who's line up features Samara (bass), Dani (vocals), Alex (drums) and Pika (guitar). They released their debut ep, Maquetas, in October of last year and followed it up a couple of months ago with debut cassette album Eres Tan Guapo (google translate informs me it means You're So Handsome). You can find both releases "name your price" on Bandcamp... https://heterofobiamx.bandcamp.com/


  If darkly gothic post punk is your music of choice then you need to check them out. This song translates as Sweat and it's about those times when you're in bed, partway between sleeping and wakefulness and you're worrying about those noises and shadows, about that presence in the room that might be a dream or could be real. It's called Sudor.....

una sensación extraña, estoy sudando en mi cama 
¿voy despierto o voy dormido? Estoy temblando en mi cama 
se oyen ruidos en el techo, veo sombras todo el tiempo 
me persiguen por el cuarto, mueven cosas, rompen cosas 

no te veo, no te siento 
estoy temblando, estoy sudando 
no te veo, no te siento 
estoy temblando 

una sensación extraña, estoy sudando en mi cama 
¿voy despierto o voy dormido? Estoy temblando en mi cama 
se oyen ruidos en el techo, veo sombras todo el tiempo 
me persiguen por el cuarto, mueven cosas, rompen cosas 


no te veo, no te siento 
estoy temblando, estoy sudando 
no te veo, no te siento 
estoy sudando
    
 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Prom Nite - No Motivation



  Prom Nite are a female fronted discordant punk band from Toronto who formed in October 2015 and who recently released their debut album Dancing To This Beat on Barfbag Records. They'd previously released 4 tapes and you can find them all, plus the album, "name your price" on Bandcamp....  https://realrockers.bandcamp.com/

  Their sound reminds me of Judy And The Jerks (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/judy-and-jerks-sweet-treat-for-me.html). Featuring Scott from VCR and Chloe from Anti-Vibes, Dancing To This Beat is a collection of jerky diy tunes such as the one you'll find below.

  This is No Motivation....



Sunday, 20 August 2017

4 Past Midnight - Let's Go



  4 Past Midnight formed in 1989 and are based in Glasgow. Their line up features Fred Stevenson (rhythm guitar), Peter McCartney (lead vocals/occasional drums), Tam Bowman (lead guitar), Stevie Goldsack (bass) and Ruben Fernandez (drums). They list amongst their influences the likes of The Ramones, Conflict Oi Polloi, Cockney Rejects, UK Subs etc...

  Any band that have been around for almost 30 years will have numerous releases, you can check out some of 4 Past Midnight's (including new album Basttle Scars & Broken Hearts) over on Bandcamp :  https://4pastmidnight.bandcamp.com/

  The new album is available from Hedgerow Records and features 15 tracks of anthemic punk rock covering subjects such as lying politicians, failed relationships, life on tour and falling into depression as your life turns to shit. It's all very impressive stuff.

  This is a rousing singalong called Let's Go.....



Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Putz - When The World Ends

 

  So the new Lillingtons album, Stella Sapiente, is set for release on October 13th. Any fan of old school pop punk will be eagerly counting down the days. To some, it may seem a long way off yet but don't despair! There's a killer old school pop punk album already out (though if the reports of bumper sales are anything to go by, you probably already know).

  The Putz are the Indianapolis trio made up of Billy Putz (bass/lead vocals), Dougie Tangent (drums/backing vocals) and Patrick McVay (guitar/backing vocals) who've previously appeared on here a couple of times and who's releases include albums Hole In One & Knock It Off; eps Beach Bound & Cut The Shit and a split 7" with Horror Section, Eaten Back To Life and The Young Rochelles.

  Now they return with a brand new album, Clinically Inane. As you would expect from the band, it's catchy as hell, dumb and lots of fun. Produced (and featuring occasional guest appearances by) Queers frontman Joe Queer plus keyboards by Cassie Oh, it's one of this years best releases. You can check it out, along with their earlier stuff, here :  https://theputz.bandcamp.com/album/clinically-inane

  Being a sucker for pop punk/sci fi crossovers, today's song is this tale of love amidst the destruction caused by an invasion by men from Mars. When The World Ends...