Saturday, 18 November 2017

B Squadron - This Is England

 

  I've mentioned a few times about the amount of great new oi music that's currently being released. There's been a recent resurgence of exciting new bands who despite often getting bad press and subsequently assumed to be guilty of harbouring extremist political or racist viewpoints are actually nothing of the sort. Most of these bands are apolitical, though in the case of the band I'm featuring today, that doesn't mean they won't write about hard hitting subjects. They aren't prejudiced, they won't discrimnate. If they have a beef with you, expect both barrels no matter who you are.

  I featured Leicester band B Squadron on here a couple of years ago around the time of their debut ep, Saturdays Soldiers. It was a superb debut but as I mentioned at the time they'd just split up. Fortunately (I'm assuming at least in part due to the buzz created by the ep) they soon got back together and have gradually built up a reputation as one of the grittiest and the best new bands around. They wowed the crowds at this year's Rebellion Festival and will be back there next year. It's been a while coming but they're finally preparing to release their debut album.

  Sons Of Tigers is out in January on Rebellion Records and it promises to be a modern day classic. Influenced by the likes of Blitz, 4 Skins, Cockney Rejects, Last Resort etc (you can check out frontman Travis' favourite songs here : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/top-10-songs-chosen-by-travis-b-squadron.html) it's an album that'll start the new year off with one hell of a bang.

  As a taste of what's to come, they've just released a song from it. This is about our green and (not so) pleasant land and it's called This Is England.....


Friday, 17 November 2017

Urban Vietcong - Attacco ( reviewed by Randy Smith from Rebel Time Records)



  Out of all the Top 10's I've posted on here thus far, my favourite is from Rebel Time Records' Randy Smith. The reason being the effort he put into the update, not only writing extensive comments but also putting up cool picture/videos for his choices (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/top-10-songs-chosen-by-randy-smith.html). It was a no brainer that I was going to ask him to do one of the regular Friday guest reviews and he's come through with another winner. If you're interested in checking out Rebel Time Records then here's a couple of handy links :

https://rebeltimeproductions.wordpress.com/

https://rebeltimerecords.bandcamp.com/


 Thanks Randy.....

In the immortal words of Forrest Gump: "My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.”

 Well, in this particular case, the gettin' was good! And what I got, in the form of a FB message, was an introduction to a band called Urban Vietcong.

 Back in May of this year I received a FB message from a guy named Bebe who said he liked the label (Rebel Time Records) and wanted to let me know about the band Urban Vietcong (out of Livorno, Italy) which he sings for. He included a couple of videos and left it at that.

 Sidenote: after some FB back-and-forth with Bebe later on, I was stoked to learn that Bebe and Urban Vietcong's bass player both played in another of my favourite Italian bands, Trade Unions. Bebe seemed stoked to learn that anyone outside of Italy had even heard of Trade Unions. Look for Trade Unions on Youtube ...

 The first video was for the lead-off song "Attacco" from the band's debut release, a 6-song CD called "A Colpi de Machete." What the heck, I press play, and, immediately, just one bite in, realize that this is good, real real good. An ooey-gooey, super-catchy, 3 minute almalgamation of streetpunk/oi and left-radical politics. In fact, the whole album is quite simply a pot of political punk rock gold, chock full of songs of protest and resistance.
 Visually, the video starts off with a quote from Davide Rosci, imprisoned in Italy for his part in the 2011 riots in Rome that saw an armoured police vehicle set ablaze (He was released just a short time ago). Sonically, the video starts off with a sound bite from the movie 'Giordano Bruno,' something along the line of "all men are equal and have the right to think and raise their heads to the sky where the sun shines on the truth." Lyrically, the song deals with, as Bebe put it, "what should we, the proletariat (understood as workers, students, unemployed) do to organize, create and be more united..." Looking at the Italian lyrics, I noticed it name-checked, for example, the Black Panthers, the Viet Cong and the Palestian resistance and called for unity, organization, priortization and attack. A lot to chew on in just one song.

 Musically, Urban Vietcong hits the sweet spot. Attacco is an instantly memorable, melodic and meaningful song. It's taut, it's tense, it's tough. Catchy-as-heck, anthemic, shout-a-long streetpunk(as are all the songs on the album). The kind of song that has me singing along after a first listen. Personally, I'd say the band are, in terms of music and message, comparable to such equally inciteful and insightful contemporaries as Action Sedition, Afterboltxebike, Cor Fort, Mossin Nagant, RPG-7, etc. All bands that, I guess, could be lumped together as 'redcore' bands and all bands that I have on repeat.

 Apparently, the band will be back in the studio to record their second album early in 2018. Something to look forward to for sure.

.........................

Lyrics: " Discoccupati senza dio e rifugiati presi a calci in faccia trattati come feccia il proletariatovariegato e incazzato va reso coscienzoso e pure organizzato PRIORITA' è la casa e si difende coi picchetti PRIORITA' e il lavoro si bastona i sindacati PRIORITA' la scuola lotta con gli studenti PRIORITA' è la strada si difende dai fascisti Non stringeremo le cinghie le farem rotear davvero caricheremo uniti assalteremo il cielo Non mancheremo il colpo vi spazzeremo il via con il sangue agli occhi non sarà solo utopia Lo stato borghese si difende con i maiali sguinzagliando digos usando tribunali seduti sempre dalla parte sbagliata insieme allo sfruttato dietro una barricata ATTACCO vietcong a colpi di machete ATTACCO al razzismo come pantere nere ATTACCO come Palestina contro israele ATTACCO come Spartaco contro il potere "
https://urbanvietcong.bandcamp.com/album/a-colpi-di-machete

  This is Attacco....

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Neutrals - Motorcycle Cop

 

  Neutrals are a couple of guys called Phil and one called Allan and they're from Oakland, California. Relocated Glaswegian Allan McNaughton plays guitar and sings, Phil Benson plays bass and sings whilst Phil Lantz is the drummer and is responsible for recording their music.

  Last year they released the snappily titled Promotional Cassette (official demo of summer 2016). It was such a good title they decided to call their latest release Promotional Cassette 2. They remind me a little bit in places of Suburban Homes with their cool sounding diy indie/post-punk tunes and I'd recommend you check them out on Bandcamp and Facebook (they definitely deserve more than their present 182 likes so click that button!).

 https://neutrals.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/neutralsnotswiss/

  This is the lead track from the new record, it's called Motorcycle Cop.... 



  

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Hi-Fi Spitfires - Doors To The USA

 

  It's been two and a half years since Hi-Fi Spitfires last appeared on here (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/hi-fi-spitfires-night-raid.html) but the north east of England punks are back with the title track of their new 5 track cd, Doors To The USA. They've not spent the time away sat round twiddling their thumbs though as vocalist/guitarist Steve Straughan has been playing with UK Subs whilst bassist/vocalist Tony Taylor is in First Wave and drummer/vocalist Nelly is in Garden Gang.

  They've been playing Clash/SLF inspired punk since 2008 and if the song you'll find below is any indication, they're getting better all the time. As well as the new ep, there's plenty of tour dates (many on mainland Europe) lined up and you can check out details here : https://www.facebook.com/Hi-Fi-Spitfires-186592394697401/. Also worth watching out for is the re release of debut album England Screaming which will be on red vinyl.

  This is proper old school style UK punk rock, Doors To The USA.....

 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

First Base - Not That Bad



  First Base are self confessed power pop nerds from Toronto who's sound reminds me very much of Teenage Fanclub when they were effortlessly putting out classics such as Bandwagonesque, Thirteen and Grand Prix. They've been putting out their own string of impressive releases for the best part of a decade    ( https://firstbase.bandcamp.com/) and with new album Not That Bad they've quite possibly come up with their best stuff yet.

  The album is available this week through Drunken Sailor Records, I'm guessing you'll be lucky to snap up one of the initial 100 copies that are on blue vinyl but you can give it a go here :  http://www.drunkensailorrecords.co.uk/products/604468-first-base-not-that-bad-lp-drunken-sailor-records-drunkensailor-079

  Digitally, you can find it here :  https://drunkensailorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/not-that-bad

  Drunken Sailor Records have had an excellent 2017, as well as First Base they also boast excellent releases from the likes of Corner Boys, TV Crime, Booji Boys, Kuken, Cheap Whine, Marvelous Mark, Acrylics and many more.

  You can get more info on First Base here :  https://www.facebook.com/FirstBaseToronto/

  This is the title track from the album, it's called Not That Bad but if you have a listen I think you'll agree it's much better than that....


Monday, 13 November 2017

Canker Blossom - Catch me when I'm Gone



  Formed in 2012, Canker Blossom are a high octane pop punk band from Baltimore comprising of Alicia Passmore (vocals/guitar), Jonah Gallagher (drums/vocals) and Nathan Leek (bass).

 They released their debut album, Gooner, in 2013. Album number 2, That's So Killer, followed in 2015 and they've kept up their run of biannual releases with new album, In Space. You can find them all on Bandcamp :  https://cankerblossom.bandcamp.com

  Listing amongst their influences the likes of Bikini Kill, The Muffs, The Ramones, Operation Ivy, The Ergs, The Descendents etc, they're a band that should definitely be checked out by those of you who bemoaned the demise of Michigan female fronted punks The Lippies. They're fun, catchy and not without bite, they recently played The Fest and on 1st December they'll be supporting The Descendents in Baltimore. You can find out more about them here :  https://www.facebook.com/CankerBlossom/

  This is Catch Me When I'm Gone....



Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Dreadnoughts - Back Home In Bristol



 "This album is a tribute to all the people who lived through the First World War, and to those who did not."

  I've been meaning to post something by The Dreadnoughts for a week or two but thought it'd be an idea to wait till this weekend with Armistice Day being yesterday and Remembrance Sunday being today.

  They're a folk/punk band from Vancouver who formed a decade ago and have a bunch of releases available from Bandcamp, the latest of which is new album Foreign Skies. Their first release in 7 years, it's a World War 1 themed concept album and it's a must for anyone who loved classics such as The Pogues' The Band Played Waltzing Matilda and The Men They Couldn't Hang's Green Fields Of France etc. You can order the vinyl or cd versions or stream it here : https://thedreadnoughts.bandcamp.com/album/foreign-skies

  Don't expect just your basic folk punk album though, as they say on their site (http://thedreadnoughts.com/) you'll get a sea shanty morphing into a Balkan dance, a Klezmer romp fading into a Queen-esque symphonic ballad and a Viking war chant crescendoing into a German polka. Intrigued? Just check it out for yourselves.

   "During the Great War, all armies on all sides executed their own soldiers for “cowardice” or for “disobeying orders”. They remained criminally unaware of the psychological damage that this new form of warfare was doing to the people they had lined up and shot."  

  This is Back Home In Bristol...


bless me father I have sinned 
bless me if you may 
by the power of jesus christ 
I came to you this day 

I am just a middle farmer's boy 
Jim wilson is my name 
and I've been out hard where devil runs 
I'll never go again 

well yes I know my duty sir 
and I know the god I serve 
I tried to stay out in the eastern line 
I tried to keep my nerve 

but all I could see were lily white arms 
and a gold and silken dress 
and all I could hear was a country dance 
and a calling from the west 

chorus: 
well I wish I were back home in Bristol again 
raising a cider with West Countrymen 
rolling in the arms of the the fair Kitty Wrenne 
back home in Bristol again 
back home in Bristol again 


seventeen days and seventeen nights 
we held up underground 
through misty panes and thick green light 
I saw death raining down 

and when it all was finished 
I just turned away in fear 
bless me father and and hold my hand 
until the dawn is here 


(chorus) 


I hear the party coming down 
to wrest me from my cell 
father don't you pray for me 
or speak to me of hell 

just deliver me a little song 
and a final taste of rum 
and tell the buggers who shoot me down 
just where ol' jimmy's from 

(chorus)

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The Blunders - Tv Bastard



  Are you someone who thinks there's too much unnecessary swearing in modern society? Then you should possibly fuck off now and give today's update a miss! If you're Dermot O'Leary and have stumbled across this page in the search of an alternative to that anodyne crap you introduce on the X Factor, good on you mate but you might want to skip to a different post.

  Hopefully I haven't lost too many of you as today's song is well worth hanging around for.

  The Blunders are a 3 piece post punk band with biting social commentary. The line up is Mark Gunstone (guitar/vocals), Ian Coates (bass/guitar) and Karl Hulka (drums). They're from Trowbridge (South West England) and they recently released a 6 track ep titled People Get Smaller. https://theblunders.bandcamp.com/album/people-get-smaller

  They tell it as it is; your views don't matter anymore, the people at the top aren't listening, it's all about profits, time moves slow in your factory hellhole, sheep are no good in battle, Dermot O'Leary is a fucking redcoat who must have sucked cock to get on tv!

  This is Tv Bastard.....


Friday, 10 November 2017

Pogonbgd - Vagoni (Reviewed By Barry Phillips from Hooligan Crooners / Demob)




  Another Friday, another in the regular series of guest reviews. Today's song is chosen and reviewed by Barry Phillips from Hooligan Crooners (and previously Demob). Regular visitors will have seen Hooligan Crooners feature on here a few times but for those that are new to them I'd recommend checking them out :  https://hooligancrooners.bandcamp.com/.
  Thanks to Barry for the lengthy review, it's always good when someone gives plenty of info to accompany the song. The photo, above, features Barry and Pogonbgd together.


  Pogonbgd (Belgrade, Serbia)

  Late October, I was in Belgrade (on a shoestring budget) doing some research for the book I am working on - “In Search Of Tito’s Punks” – trying to trace how Demob’s “No Room For You” became (more than) a cult classic in ex-Yugoslavia and is better known there than in the UK or US (taxi drivers in ex Yugo know it!). I’d previously made contact with Pogonbgd a 4-piece streetpunk/melodic HC outfit from Belgrade after stumbling across them on the Internet and being mightily impressed. Then I discovered that, they too, have recorded a cracking version of the song  - or “To Nije Mjesto Za Nas” as it’s known in ex Yugo. 

  Pogonbgd is a play on words; on the one hand it means “Pogo New Belgrade” (New Belgrade is the sprawling residential and business “new” city built on the opposite side of the Sava River from Old Belgrade) and on the other Pogon means “machine or engine” - so it means (approximately) “Belgrade Machine/Belgrade Engine”…neat eh?
The band was formed in February of 2004 and consists of
Đinko (Marko Građin) - Guitar/Backing Vox
Dimke (Dimitrije Bolta) - Bass Guitar/Backing Vox
Dovla (Vladimir Bejin) - Drums
Sale (Saša Otašević) - Guitar/Vox 

  Along with their old friends and punk-rock accomplices Trnje (“The Thorns” is, I think, the closest translation) we met in an “old-school” Belgrade bar, made our introductions, and talked about football – the band are a potentially incendiary mix of Partisan and Red Star fans. Then we jumped into cars for the mazy journey through Belgrade (via a stop to collect beers and wines) to the destination. And what a destination! On the basement floor of a multi-story building is the studio that Sale and the band have built. Overcoming setbacks like the devastation caused during the flooding of Belgrade in 2014, they have created a first-rate studio, complete with a bar in the mixing-room. It’s much more than a studio, it’s a place for them, their friends and other bands to hang out and record, rehearse, collaborate. And, of course, there is a picture of Del Boy and Rodney from Only Fools And Horses…as there seems to be everywhere in ex-Yugoslavia.

  After much conversation and more drink, Pogonbgd played a mini-set of 5-6 songs (including “To Nije Mjesto Za Nas” – thanks lads) which featured some songs from their belting 2017 album “Pogonophobia”. To say they are streetpunk/melodic HC may give a sense of their sound but it doesn’t quite do them justice since they are not bound by such conventions. One-listen to their recently released YouTube live video of “U Redu” (which I think means “OK”), where they are joined onstage by legendary Serbian blues guitarist Dragoljub Crncevic, will give you an idea of what can happen when you are this good...imagine Motorhead with Brian Setzer guesting.

  For now, check out “Vagoni” (“Wagons” ?) from “Pogonophobia” (the full album is also on YouTube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_PI8a7sWSM 

  Find them on Facebook too
https://www.facebook.com/POGONBGD/ 

  And, if you’re ever in Belgrade, be sure to look them up.




Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Scaners - UFO Crash



  The Scaners formed in 2016 in Lyon (France) and are a synth punk band who's members have also graced the likes of Savage Riposte, Sway, Les Barneurs, Cortona, Malone and Lads In Vertigo. Those members are Pav (lead vocals/organ), Dédé (guitar/backing vocals), Tama (bass) and Pierrick (drums/backing vocals).

  In August they released a 6 track name your price demo, they returned a couple of months later with a self titled ep which is available on vinyl from the ever reliable No Front Teeth Records ( http://www.nofrontteeth.co.uk/ ). The label describe it as "sounding like The Spits if they were on Rip Off."  You can also find it, along with the demo, on Bandcamp.... https://thescaners.bandcamp.com/

  UK fans can catch them over in London for gigs in December and January, details are here : https://www.facebook.com/thescaners/

  Short & sweet, bouncy and upbeat, this is U.F.O. Crash....



Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Aerial Salad - Check My Mind



  One of the names I came across for the first time when I was putting together the two Rebellion Festival Introducing Stage shows that I did was a 3 piece diy punk band from Manchester called Aerial Salad. I played a song called Conservative Thinking and decided I'd have to watch out for new material from them. A few months later and they've just released their debut album. It's called Roach and it's a breath of fresh air.

  The line up is Jamie Munroe, Jack Appleby and R'kid and they're already earning comparisons with the likes of Green Day & Jawbreaker. The album is on cd via Wonk Unit frontman Alex Johnson's Plasterer Records or digitally here https://aerialsalad.bandcamp.com/album/roach

  They'll be touring with Wonk Unit throughout the rest of this month and you can get details here : https://www.facebook.com/aerialsaladband/

  This song's called Check My Mind....

CHECK MY MIND I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS NIGHT OUT HERE NOTHINGS EVER RIGHT, IT’S ALL THE SAME IT NEVER CHANGED 

NO AMBITIONS AND NO FUTURE PLANS ITS FALLING WAY OUT OF MY HANDS, I STAY THE SAME I NEVER CHANGE 

ON AND ON AGAIN I SEEM TO FIGHT, BUT OUT HERE NOTHINGS EVER RIGHT IT’S ALL THE SAME IT NEVER CHANGED IT NEVER CHANGED 

A BLANK EXPRESSION CROSSES OVER YOU A FEELING THAT YOU NEVER KNEW YOU ARE THE SAME YOU CANNOT CHANGE 
STARING OUT OF YOUR DARK FRONT ROOM THE EXPIRATION DATE IS DUE I NEVER LIVED HOW CAN I DIE 

ON AND ON AGAIN I SEEM TO FIGHT, BUT OUT HERE NOTHINGS EVER RIGHT IT’S ALL THE SAME IT NEVER CHANGED IT NEVER CHANGED 

I DON’T KNOW, I CAN'T ESCAPE I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS NIGHT IT MAKES ME CRY 
I DON’T KNOW ITS FOUR A.M, I CANNOT SLEEP AGAIN I CHECK MY MIND


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Gestures - Kicks

 

  Gestures are a garage punk band from Stockholm who were formed as a solo project by guitarist/vocalist Sick Vic. He released debut ep Shattered Mind in May of last year before expanding the band into a trio by adding Don Jovi (bass) and Simon (drums). This month will see them release new ep Bad Taste on Punk Slime Recordings. It's got 4 tracks, one of which is a cover of The Yardbirds Top 10 smash, For Your Love.

  Attracting comparisons with the likes of Regulations and Jay Reatard, this is the kind of band that UK label No Front Teeth usually snap up. They're raw, down and dirty but catchy as hell. You can get more info here :  https://www.facebook.com/gesturesband/ 

  An early taster for the ep, this is the excellent single they released from it, it's called Kicks....

Monday, 6 November 2017

I, Ludicrous - Today's Man



  I suppose I can claim to be a long time fan of I, Ludicrous. After hearing them grace the John Peel show, I quickly rushed out to get their excellent Preposterous Tales flexi disc and also bought debut album It's Like Everything Else (both 1987....it's hard to believe it's 30 years ago!). Since then though, I have to admit to not paying much attention and have missed out on what appears to be at least half a dozen other albums plus assorted other releases. Recently I noticed they had a new album out called Songs From The Sides Of Lorries and after checking it out I have to wander why I let them disappear from my radar for so long.

  They were formed in 1985 by John Procter and Will Hung and joined in 2008 by Voice Of The Beehive bassist Martin Brett. They mine a similar seam of wry British humour that has entertained Half Man Half Biscuit fans for many a year and going from the evidence of the new album I'd say they're as good as they ever were.

  If you haven't previously come across them, or like me only remember them from their tales of mega bullshitter Ken McKenzie, I recommend you give them a listen. The new album is available from Cherry Red (who proclaim it their best album to date)....  https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/songs-from-the-sides-of-lorres

  This is Today's Man.....

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Smogtown - Switchblade New Wave



  From Huntington Beach, Los Angeles, Smogtown formed in the mid 90's and released a couple of highly rated albums (Fuhrers Of The New Wave & Domesticviolenceland) plus a bunch of eps and singles before calling it a day.  I posted a song and recommended you check out the Duane Peters produced Fuhrers Of The New Wave in the early days of this blog :  justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/smogtown-judy-is-model.html

  Since their split, they've returned sporadically and in 2011 released the Incest & Pestilence album. There's also Gross Polluter, the band which features members of Smogtown and who have recently released an ep on No Front Teeth Records.

  Today's song is taken from another new No Front Teeth release, a single which takes a couple of old tracks and gives them a new lease of life. They were intended to be released as a single almost 20 years ago so it's a case of better late than never. The flip side is called Porno Beach whilst the song you'll see below, a classic slice of Californian punk, is Switchblade New Wave.....

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Spring Moods - Star Wars Love Story



  Spring Moods are from Forli in Italy and formed in March of this year. Already they've released their debut album, Sad Love Story. It's out on Flamingo Records, Lost Dog Records and Rumagna Sgroza and you can check it out here :  https://springmoods.bandcamp.com/releases

  The line up of the band is Michel D Zanchini (guitar/vocals), Fede Casamenti (guitar/vocals), Andrea Morgan Eddy (bass) and Enea Ormeni (drums). They play uptempo, catchy punk that's poppy enough to get you bouncing along but has enough of an edge to enable you to rock out. Amongst the highlights are album closer Super High, debut single First Class Bitch and the song below which comes with an accompanying video.

  This is Star Wars Love Story....

All my life I’ve heard that I won’t ever be as good as I want 
I want 
All my life I’ve heard that I won’t ever be as good as I want 
I want 

But my only good thing is you 

How you supposed to loveme if you’ve never senn SW 
How you supposed to know how things in universe goes 
What you gonna do when they’ll know that? 
What you gonna do when the empire strikes back? 

I know that 
I’m leaving 
That’s nothing wrong with you 
It’s only that I’ve some values 
Some are so cool 
SW is one


Friday, 3 November 2017

The Devil is Electric - It Sounds Better in the Basement (Reviewed By Mike Patton)



  It's Friday so it's guest review day and today that guest is Vista Blue's Mike Patton. (https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/)  Mike's chosen a song by The Devil Is Electric, and the song appeared on the 2001 album, I've Never Trusted A Revolutionary That Was Afraid To Dance.

  Cheers Mike.....

  This song always takes me back to when I lived in New Orleans. Between 2000 and 2005 or so, I was playing a lot of shows with my bands The Robinsons and Sally Stitches, and I was booking another 5-6 shows a month for other bands, at local venues, houses, and even my garage.

It was a great time to be involved with the DIY scene, and there were constantly great bands on tour who just wanted to play. With some of the bands, we'd do NOLA one night, Baton Rouge the next, and try to do something like a kickball game in between.

This song perfectly sums up that time, when it was always about the music, not the money, about friends, and not fame. And to this day, I'd always rather play in a basement than play on "some dumb stage."



Thursday, 2 November 2017

The Aquaholics - Trog Stomp

 

  I came across a cool instrumental surf album recently and though I knew nothing about The Aquaholics I decided I had to post a tune on here. A bit of digging and I found out that they formed over 10 years ago in Chicago and despite recording an album with legendary producer Mass Giogini they split up before it was released. Fast forward to 2015 and Psycho Satanic Surf Party was finally completed and released. Oh, I forgot to mention, it seems that following their split, they went on to become one of pop punks best bands, Kobanes. You learn something new every day!

  That wasn't the album that I'd stumbled across though.

  A couple of days ago, on Halloween, they released a second album. This one is self produced, features Marky (guitar/vocals), Johnny (bass), Andy (guitar) and Ryan (drums). Ryan Flynn (keys) and Kevin Cascino (trumpets) guest. It's titled Surfing With Satan and it's wonderful. It's "dark satanic instrumental surf" that's very different from Kobanes but which will appeal to their fans. There's lots of great retro tunes, most of them feature spooky soundbites and it even features a few covers of songs by the likes of Devo and The Trashmen. You can check out both albums here : https://theaquaholicsrock.bandcamp.com/

Deadlier than Dracular, wilder than The Werewolf, more frightening than Frankenstein..... This is Trog Stomp

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Mutha Luvin Chimps - I Miss Joe Strummer

 

  Mutha Luvin Chimps are a Manchester based band who formed in 2012 and are very much influenced by some of the biggest and best names from punk's golden era (Buzzcocks, Undertones, Ramones, SLF, The Jam etc....). I featured them just over a year ago when they were singing about those orange skinned, Primark dressed women you see wandering round your local town centres. Now they're back with new album The Unusual Suspects.

  Featuring Jonny Baggs (vocals), Nozzer (guitar), The Saint (bass/vocals) and Silverback (drums), the band have put together 14 tracks that'll appeal to any old timer punks whilst also being fresh enough to attract the attention of the younger generation. As well as the previously posted Red Alert, there's plenty of other catchy gems to shake your stuff to. Fittest Girl On The Night Shift, Revolution, Hey Ho... I could pretty much highlight the whole album. The tempo is high and the choruses will get you singing along. Check it out yourselves here :  https://muthaluvinchimps.bandcamp.com/album/the-unusual-suspects

  This is I Miss Joe Strummer and it's bloody marvelous.....
 

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Dwarves - Devil's Level

 

  I suppose as it's Halloween I'd better attempt to make this update Halloween related. I'm going to go with a song from a 27 track compilation album titled Punk Rock Halloween - Loud, Fast And Scary. It's full of songs about zombies, creatures of the night, ghosts, Jack The Ripper etc and features lots of great bands (UK Subs, 999, Vibrators, The Adolescents, Anti Nowhere League, The Members, Guttermouth, JFA, Down By Law just to name a few). You can check it out here :  https://punkrockhalloween.bandcamp.com/album/punk-rock-halloween-loud-fast-scary 

  The song I'm highlighting is a new one by The Dwarves. The band needs no introduction, they always go down a storm when I feature them on here and it gives me an excuse to plug their new ep, Julio. It features 4 tracks and is available from Riot Style.... http://shop.riotstyle.com/product/the-dwarves-julio-ep-7-vinyl-direct-edition

  Digital versions of previous Dwarves releases are here :  https://thedwarves.bandcamp.com/

  Still the best band ever? They're certainly up there. This is Devil's Level.....
 

Monday, 30 October 2017

Mark Wynn - The girl who looked like Bobby Gillespie



  Mark Wynn is a York based performance artist who I only recently stumbled across and whom I know very little about. I've read that his live performances can often leave audiences open mouthed at his eccentric ramblings. Vibrations Magazine asks "is it stand up? Is it performance art? Is it just silly? Is it punk? Is it just a Fall rip-off? It may be all these things and it may be none of them, but it is very, very, very funny indeed." Other reviewers describe him as being akin "to the nutter on the bus", "possessed by the devil in a mid LSD trip" and "the absolute pits."  I suppose it's better to divide an audience than to bore them...

  You can learn more about him on his blog : http://markwynn.blogspot.co.uk/ and you can delve into his extensive back catalogue here : https://markwynn.bandcamp.com/

  In a previous incarnation he was a member of a band called Hijak Oscar before reinventing himself as an eccentric oddity. I've never heard Hijak Oscar but I'm guessing they weren't anything like as interesting or entertaining as his current guise.

  I'll be playing his song, Rip Off The Fall, on Tuesday's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.facebook.com/events/128267074545909/) but today I'm posting a song from the splendidly titled collection Singles - But They're Not Really Singles, I Just Sent Them to the Screen and Said They Were Singles' Singles. This is called The Girl Who Looked Like Bobby Gllespie....


Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Ramonas - Poser

 
photo by Mark Richards
 

  Earlier this month I posted a top 10 selected by Ramonas bassist Victoria Smith which proved very popular (justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/top-10-songs-chosen-by-victoria-smith.html) and attracted a few thousand of you to click on the page. I'm sure today's update will go down equally as well as it's the first video from their excellent debut album, First World Problems. As I mentioned previously, despite starting up as a Ramones tribute act, The Ramonas are now writing and recording their own material, and very good it is too.

  Originally conceived in 2004, The Ramonas have undergone numerous line up changes leaving them currently boasting the talents of not only Victoria Smith but also Lisa Lathwell (vocals), Maxine Cahill (guitar) and Camille Phillips (drums). Whilst not featuring any Ramones covers, First World Problems certainly captures their fire and spirit. It features 14 blistering tracks and even finds room to fit in a guest appearance from Charlie Harper and his trusty harmonica. You can pick up the album here :  http://ramonas.bigcartel.com/product/first-world-problems-album and get more band info here :

http://www.ramonas.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/ramonasuk/

  Last year The Guardian featured a live review of the band and wondered what "this spirited foursome" would sound like performing their own material. Now we know the answer, pretty damn good. This is Poser.....

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Mob Mentality - Fallen Brother

 

  Philadelphia oi band Mob Mentality are preparing to release their debut album, Carry On Tradition. The cd will be out early next month on Subcultural Records, and being lucky enough to have heard it I can promise all genre fans that they won't be disappointed.

  Those of you familiar with debut ep No Honour, No Guts, No Glory (https://mobmentalityoi.bandcamp.com/releases) will be pleased to hear that Carry On Tradition is more of the same hard hitting working class oi. It's not reinventing the wheel, the songs deal with many well worn themes such as fighting to survive, working class blues, standing together and fighting to the end. Song titles include Skinhead, You're Not Alone and Boozin' & Bruisin' but it's all accompanied with catchy singalong tunes and a big beefy production. If you're a fan of this type of music then you'll definitely enjoy the album. I can imagine them going down a storm at somewhere like the Rebellion Festival. You can check out more details here : https://www.facebook.com/Mob-Mentality-379293632455734/

  Dan from the band has been kind enough to allow me to play a song from the album on next Tuesday's Just Some Punk Songs show so tune in on the 31st at 8pm (gmt) for an exclusive listen :  https://www.facebook.com/events/128267074545909/

  This is the song they posted recently on Youtube, it's called Fallen Brother.....

Friday, 27 October 2017

Meat Wave - The Incessant (reviewed by Wayne Elliott)

 

  As mentioned last week, I'm going to try and sort out a guest to pick and say a few words about a song every Friday. Ex Dr And The Crippens bassist and Pulsebeat host Wayne Elliott returns today with his thoughts on a track off the latest album from Chicago band Meat Wave. You can find the album here :  https://meatwavechicago.bandcamp.com/album/the-incessant


  It’s isn’t always apparent what will go down well on Pulsebeat but this track was very warmly received in the room. I had been sat on it a while – the album came out in February – but I will be sure to feature more from tracks in the run up to Xmas.  

  Like Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks’ or Marvin Gaye’s ‘Here, My Dear’ the third lp from Chicago band Meat Wave takes it’s inspiration from a break up. Meat Wave frontman Chris Sutter found himself adrift from a 12-year relationship. A period of self-centred and nihilistic behaviour followed, leaving him spent and overwhelmed by anxiety. He kept a notebook of what he was going through and one word cropped up again and again incessant.
“It’s a really good word to describe these hyper emotive situations that I would find myself in where I was just full of feeling and sometimes confusion and regret. It was just very oncoming and overwhelming. So that time in my life and those situations I would find myself in… that’s the incessant,”  
  
  Recorded in 4 days with Steve Albini at the helm the album retains the power of their previous work whilst adding a new layer of intimacy through the personal nature of the lyrics. It’s a bold and brave album and a massively entertaining one. Here is the title track ‘The Incessant’.

Prison factory / Zoning committee / Refuse to pay all fees & loans / Could always say I didn't know / The banal sensation of following a dream / The realization it wasn't what it seemed / Making eye contact with a dog / Could always say It’s not my fault / The incessant / Payment's due / The incessant / The feelings moved / The incessant / What anxious doom / The incessant / Coming for you / What's the worst thing you've ever done? / sent both years apart to the hospital / lost, aimless or confused? / In every aspect I'm unsure of what I'm doing / Are you scared? Are you alone? / In the shadow of dross, gazing on as I moan / Through the imminent unease / the incessant, when a sentence makes you queasy / the incessant / payment’s due / the incessant / series of tubes / the incessant / the cop just shoots / the incessant / it’s coming for you

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Top 10 Songs chosen by Paul and Leo of Philtrum



  I'm going to follow up yesterday's update that featured a song by Rochester melodic punk trio Philtrum by posting the 10 favourite songs chosen collaboratively by Paul and Leo from the band. If you missed the update I'll just point you in the direction of their music :  https://philtrum.bandcamp.com/

  They didn't number their 10 picks so I'll number them as they came.



  1)  THE JONES - Rats



  2)  LEATHERFACE - I Want The Moon



  3)  CHINA DRUM - Barrier



  4)  SUGAR - Tilted



  5)  SPOILERS - Punks Don't Die



  6)  SNUFF - Nick Northern



  7)  BLOCKO - Wager



  8)  HUSKER DU - 59 Times The Pain



  9)  MILLOY - Eveready



 10)  SOUTHPORT - Green 


Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Philtrum - Crantock

 

  Philtrum are a 3 piece punk band from Rochester or at least they were and would like to be again. Founded in 2011 by vocalist/guitarist Paul Pearson they also feature Leo on bass but are currently looking for a new drummer. Can any of you guys reading this help out with their search?


  As you can see from the poster, they're very much influenced by the 90's melodic punk and skateboarding scenes. Some of you may have heard their cover of The Senseless Things' song Girlfriend which recently came out on the Punk, Not Fraggle tribute album https://www.senselessthingstribute.co.uk/buy-album

  Other releases by the band include 2012's Needs Must ep, 2013's Rough Days ep, 2014's Permanent single and new track Crantock. You can find most of them name your price on Bandcamp : https://philtrum.bandcamp.com/

  You can also get more info (including news that a new album is in the pipeline) here : http://www.philtrum.co.uk/. Come back tomorrow as I'll be posting a top 10 of their favourite songs.

  An upbeat summer anthem, this is Crantock.....

It's here, the time of year that I just love.
I want to be out,I want to be outside and not in a pub
breathing clean air, and not sweaty pits with
too many people in my space.
I'll race ya.

There is no other place I'd like to be now,
There is no other view I'd like to see now.
There is no....

Relax put your feet up,
and enjoy the day.
This is your time, it's not my time
I will slip away.
Sand between your toes and very little clothes.
Grab your board I hear it calling...
I'll race ya.



Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Christian Fitness - Other Men's Wives

 

  One band that's been going down well with the listeners in the chatroom on the Just Some Punk Songs show is one man band Christian Fitness. It's the latest project by Andrew Falkous (whom you'll know from Mcclusky and Future Of The Left). As well as vocals, he does everything else aside from play drums.

  Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, he's releasing albums at the rate of 1 a year. Thus far there's been I Am Scared Of Everything That Isn't Me (2014), Love Letters In The Age Of Steam (2015), This Taco Is Not Correct (2016) and Slap Bass Hunks (2017). Inventive, bass heavy and packed with Falkous' unique vocal wordplay you can find them here : https://christianfitness.bandcamp.com/

  Not easy to pick a favourite to post for you as there's plenty to choose from but I'm going to try and hook those of you that may have so far missed out on the band with this one. Other Men's Wives.....

Monday, 23 October 2017

Heavy Metal - Use Your Skull



    Today's update features "The Neitzschean Supermen Of Dustbin Rock...."

  Heavy Metal are a 3 piece from Berlin who are tagged as being a metal band on Bandcamp but happily are much more interesting than that. They released their debut LP in 2016, followed it up less than a year later with LP2 and after presumably deciding 10 months between releases was far too long only waited 7 months to unleash LP3. It came out earlier this month on golden 12" vinyl on Harbinger Sound and you can find all 3 albums here :  https://heavymetal.bandcamp.com/

  I've heard them described as "Germs or Zounds covering Devo on speed." Comparisons have also been made with Crass and Sleaford Mods, personally I'm getting reminded of Mcluskey. They produce chaotic punk music complete with chords, riffs, samples and all manner of quirky odds and ends. On their last album they covered Rod Stewart's Do You Think I'm Sexy, this time around they put their own unique spin on Cameo's Word Up. It's punk Jim, but not as we know it. This is one of those bands I'd direct people towards when they start moaning that punk isn't interesting or exciting anymore. Granted it's not your typical vocals, guitar, bass, drums, verse, chorus, verse anthemic punk sound but it's all the better for that.

  This is called Use Your Skull.....


Sunday, 22 October 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Justin Maurer (Suspect Parts)



  A top 10 for you today chosen by Justin Maurer who as well as being guitarist & vocalist in Suspect Parts has also been a member of several other bands including Clorox Girls, Red Dons and L.A. Drugz. I posted a Suspect Parts song a few days ago which was taken from their new S/T album. You can check out the album here :  https://takenbysurpriserecords.bandcamp.com/album/suspect-parts-lp  and you can find details of their forthcoming European tour here :  https://www.facebook.com/SuspectParts/

  Many thanks to Justin for selecting his Top 10.....



  1)  ROY ORBISON - Blue Bayou

Something about the quality of Roy's voice just hits you in the gut and in the soul.  It's all here, the tragedy of a beating hungry heart.



  2)  THE POWER CHORDS - Dream Girl

Here we have teenage longing paired with perfect soaring harmonies.



  3)  BUZZCOCKS - Get On Our Own

Maybe there's nothing better than the sound of Pete Shelley going Oh ooh woa ooh woa. And when he goes, Just me and you...aaawww at the very end of the song...pure bliss.



  4)  BEACH BOYS - In My Room 

A beautiful song full of sentimental melancholy and loneliness. Brian Wilson is a genius. It's also like a pep talk for the self. Now it's dark and I'm alone/
But I won't be afraid/In my room/in my room





  5)  ROLLING STONES - Dead Flowers

Pretty damn close to perfection. It sounds like drinking bourbon and smoking cigarettes in 1971. As well as Delta Blues and Chicago Blues, these guys love honky tonk country music, the Bakersfield sound, Buck Owens. Even though Jagger's forced American accent is over the top, somehow it doesn't affect the authenticity of the tune. Take me down/little Suzie/Take Me Down




  6)  RICHIE VALENS - We Belong Together

Richie was a yearning, lovelorn teenager in high school when he wrote this song and you can hear it in his voice. He was taken from us too soon.



  7)  THE CONTROLLERS - Jezebel 

Jezebel was a 1950s pop music standard covered many times by dozens of bands including The Everly Brothers, Gene Vincent, and Herman's Hermits. In 1978 The Controllers from L.A. did a savage punk rock version. To me this is what punk should sound like.They had a black female drummer Carla "Mad Dog" DuPlantier who may be the only female black punk drummer from the late 70s that I know of? The Controllers also recorded a a song called "Neutron Bomb" before The Weirdos did, but the Weirdos version is definitely the better one. 



  8)  THE SMALL FACES - All Or Nothing


Steve Marriott was a wailer. The Small Faces may have been small, but they were tough as nails. All Or Nothing is as much a call to arms as it is a love song. Alright! All or nothin' AAaaahhh yeaaaaaah



  9)  CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Lodi

Plenty of people stick their noses up at The Doors and Creedence and they shouldn't.  The lyrics of this song especially resonate with me. If I only had a dollar/For every song I've sung/And every time I had to play/While people sat there drunk




 10)  X - I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts


This song has brought me to tears multiple times. Absolutely beautiful. 
Will the last American band to get played on the radio
Please bring the flag?
Please bring the flag!
Glitter disco synthesizer night school
All this noble savage drum drum drum
Astronauts go back in time to hang out with the cave people
It's about time
It's about space
It's about some people in the strangest places
Woody Guthrie sang about
B-E-E-T-S, not B-E-A-T-S
I must not think bad thoughts


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Slowcoaches - Complex (Reviewed By Wayne Elliott)


   I mentioned yesterday that I was going to try and get a guest review sorted out once a week. Ex Dr And The Crippens bassist Wayne Elliott kindly sent me one to post next Friday. He also sent me an extra one and as Slowcoaches are currently touring and their single is now out I'll use that as today's update. I'll just quickly mention that Wayne hosts a internet show, Pulsebeat, and you can find the shows saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/Wayne_Elliott/ 



  With so much focus at the moment on the treatment of women in the film industry the latest single from London 3 piece Slowcoaches shines a light on some of the seedier aspects of the music industry.

 Slowcoaches vocalist / bassist Heather Perkins commented “‘Complex’ is a response to the sexual assault allegations against artists that were in the press at the time I wrote it. There’s still a really dirty side to the industry – particularly with the encouragement and portrayal of male artists in rock music to god-like status. All too often, the system is adhering to an archaic, misogynistic interpretation of ‘punk’ that makes guys think they’re invincible, that they have an authority over women’s bodies.
She continues: “It sweeps the artists up, way out of their depth, and then there’s no one there to support them in dealing with this stuff in the right way when they eventually get called out. We came up with the concept of the video when we were talking about this – the idea of a split self – that there are parts of the personality that are always hidden from view. Pulling the curtain away, kind of peeling back those layers – the bright light exposing all the grubby stuff underneath.”

  A slow burning start leads into a full throttle assault and shows the band pushing on from last year’s ‘Nothing GIves’ LP. Work has already started on the follow up which will be released in 2018 via Leisure & District. The single will be available this side of the new year on screen-printed 7” vinyl, backed by a venomous cover of the Fang classic ‘The Money Will Roll Right In’.

They also hit the road this week undertaking a 13-date headline tour of the UK.


SLOWCOACHES 2017 UK TOUR DATES
Wed 18/10/2017 – UK, Liverpool – Shipping Forecast
Thur 19/10/2017 – UK, Manchester – Soup Kitchen
Fri 20/10/2017 – UK, Sheffield – The Rocking Chair
Sat 21/10/2017 – UK, Leeds – Lending Room
Mon 23/10/2017 – UK, Newcastle – Think Tank Underground
Tue 24/10/2017 – UK, Glasgow – Broadcast
Wed 25/10/2017 – UK, Nottingham – Bodega
Fri 27/10/2017 – UK, Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach Downstairs
Sat 28/10/2017 – UK, Exeter – Cavern – Indie Club
Mon 30/10/2017 – UK, Bristol – The Louisiana
Tue 31/10/2017 – UK, Oxford – Cellar
Wed 01/11/2017 – UK, Brighton – The Joker
Thur 02/11/2017 – UK, London – Boston Music Room
Tickets are available through facebook.com/slowcoachessux.