Sunday, 23 April 2017

Royal Oi! - Cowards & Bastards

 

  Royal Oi! are a bunch of football & beer loving punks from Glasgow who formed in 2014. Non political, they're just out to have a good time playing punk and oi! music. They've undergone several line up changes since getting together, they're currently a 3 piece (bass/guitar/drums) featuring both male (Davie) and female (Ana) vocals.

  Their first release was a 2014 demo and they followed it up a year later with debut album Bootboys And Hooligans. Both those releases can be found here : https://royaloiskins.bandcamp.com/ 

  2017 promises to bring the band to the attention of a wider audience as not only are they appearing at the Rebellion and Blank Generation Festivals, they'll also be supporting Cock Sparrer (Edinburgh 21st Oct) and touring Germany in June. No doubt they'll be playing songs from their forthcoming album, There's Gonna Be A Row. You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/royaloiskins/

  There's a couple of tracks from the new album on Youtube, the football themed title track and this song about standing your ground and fighting for the working class. A theme that's been done plenty of times before but not often as catchily as this. Cowards & Bastards.....

Cowards & bastards
They’re always running away
Cowards & bastards
They’re always running away

Skinhead, skinhead
Will never run
Skinhead, skinhead
Ready for the fight
Skinhead, skinhead
Fuck your politics!
Skinhead, Skinhead
Fighting for the working class


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Bear Trade - As long As We Have Tea

 

  I'm finding it hard to believe that it's almost 3 years since the North East of Englands finest gruff punk rock band Bear Trade last appeared on Just Some Punk Songs (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/bear-trade-son-of-manse.html). Time flies when you're having punk fun. On that occasion they were just about to release their Blood And Sand album, this time around they've just unleashed it's mightily impressive follow up, Silent Unspeakable. You can check out both albums here : https://beartrade.bandcamp.com/

  The line up for the band sees Greg Robson (guitar/vocals), Callum Goldsbrough (guitar/vocals), Peter Morley (drums/vocals) and Lloyd Chambers (bass/vocals). The new album is out on Everything Sucks Music (most of the world), Dead Broke Rekerds (USA/Canada) and Waterslide Records (Japan). Their sound is unmistakably British, melodic punk rock tunes, heartfelt lyrics and gruff, harmonic vocals. If they were American they'd be regular bill toppers at The Fest.

  There's plenty of songs from Silent Unspeakable that I could have posted below but as they've recently released a video I'll go with As Long As We Have Tea.....

Friday, 21 April 2017

Petrol Girls - Touch Me Again


Photo by Isha Shah Photography


  I've been waiting for this video to turn up online ever since the Just Some Punk Songs show chatroom were blown away by the song a few weeks ago. Needless to say it was well worth the wait.

  Petrol Girls featured on here last year with a song from their Some Thing ep (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/petrol-girls-slug.html). Towards the end of last year they returned with the album Talk Of Violence and it's from that record that today's song is taken. You can check it out here :  https://petrolgirls.bandcamp.com/

  Tagging themselves Raging Feminist Post-Hardcore, the song you'll find below is one of the most powerful that I've featured on here ("they sound like a female fronted At The Drive In" was one of the chatroom comments). Their current tour with Strike Anywhere is gonna blow a few venue roofs off! This is Touch Me Again.....

Touch Me Again 
My domain my temple and my territory my pleasure 
Cut cut cut it out 
My desire my right to choose or to refuse this encounter 
Cut cut cut it out 
My agency that non consensual contact tries to take from me 
Cut cut cut it out 
My fucking mind you undermine my sense of self you pressurize 
Cut cut cut it out 
Its my body and my choice 
It's my body 
My fucking choice 
My power my psyche and my energy my decision 
Cut cut cut it out 
My passion could never be ignited by such aggression 
Cut cut cut it out 
My liberty my body as the base of my autonomy 
Cut cut cut it out 
I need to see us make progress towards accountability 
Cut cut cut it out 
Its my body and my choice 
Its my body 
My fucking choice 
My lips my thighs my wrists my mind 
My lips my thighs my wrists my spine 
My hips my neck my tongue my mind 
Touch me again and I'll fucking kill you 
Touch me again and I'll fucking kill you 
Touch me again and I'll fucking kill you 
Touch me again and I will fucking kill you




Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Globs - Spiral Stairs



  A catchy as hell dose of lo fi pop punk today, I played this earlier in the week on the Just Some Punk Songs show and it picked up numerous positive comments from the folk in the chatroom.

  The Globs (or The Globs From Outer Space as they also seem to be known as) are from Sacramento and feature members of The Bananas and Charles Albright :  Audrey Motzer (bass/vocals), Charles Albright (drums), Christine Shelley (vocals), Mike R Mike (guitar/vocals) and Nick Shelley (keyboard). They released a cassette last year and it seems to have done well enough to have been rereleased by Dead Broke Rekerds.

  It's called Do You Feel Weird? and it contains 6 tracks of scrappy lo-fi rock n roll pop. You can find the digital version here :  https://globsfromoutterspace.bandcamp.com/album/do-you-feel-weird

  This is the lead track, it's upbeat, it's cute, it's sloppy, it ain't what you'd call your traditional punk banger but I like it. It's called Spiral Stairs....

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Travis B Squadron



  A few weeks ago on the Just Some Punk Songs show I broadcast the Top 30 Oi songs released since 1st Jan 2000 as voted for by The Church Of Oi! Facebook group. One band I wasn't surprised to see make the Top 10 were Leicester's B-Squadron. They've only released one ep so far but what a fantastic ep it was and it's no surprise it was recieved so well. For one of the best examples there is of raw, modern day oi! music go here
https://b-squadron-official.bandcamp.com/releases



  Soon after the release of the ep they decided to call it a day, a decision which happily they reversed and 2017 will see the release of their debut album. It's definitely one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

  Today I'm extremely pleased to bring you the 10 favourite songs of frontman Travis, not only has he chosen a bunch of classic tracks, he's also very kindly added comprehensive commentary so many thanks and over to you mate.....



I'd like to thank mick at just some punk songs and the boys at the church of Oi! for giving me this opportunity. I hope you enjoyed the choices. Cheers. Travis.


 1)  COCKNEY REJECTS - Someone Like You


The Kings. The guvnors. Original and best. I'd been listening to punk since I was a kid, I loved the sound but a lot of the meaning in the lyrics went over my young head, I mean what does a 6/7 year old know about anarchy really? Then these boys came and changed the game, that same raucous sound but with words I could directly link to my own life. Songs I could relate to and that put it on a whole new level. I've picked this track simply for these few words... got a kicking from me brother, had a row with me mother, I'm in trouble everyday, them words hit me bang on the chin, like they were written for me and the kids on my street, which I guess they were really. They had it spot on when they said 'the east end's all around', cos it was, not just London but all over Britain. I'm honoured to now call the Rejects my pals, I've been all over Europe on roadie duties with them and I've lost count the amount of times I've seen em live. They never let you down or fail to blow you clean away with their power. There's a little firm of us from leicester that follow the band religiously. Football fans like us and Mick n Jeff are also huge boxing fans like myself, Jeff is encyclopaedic on the subject. They are heroes in every sense of the word and a worthy number one in any list. I'd like to dedicate this track to the memory of our dear departed and much missed friend Tony Van Frater. God bless.





 2)  SEX PISTOLS - God Save The Queen


The track that started this lifelong love affair with punk rock and oi! Summer '77 I was a snot nosed 6 year old, I remember it distinctly,I'd been to the TSB bank with my grannie to get a silver jubilee commemorative coin and when I got home the radio was babbling about these disrespectful outrageous thugs singing a horrible song about our sovereign ,of course I was hooked. I got never mind the bollocks for Christmas and the rest is history. I have a strange affinity with cook and jones, both thieving council estate scallywags ha ha ha. Fuck all them art school poseurs and privileged pretenders, the Pistols were the real deal, working class lads that changed the world forever. I might be in a minority here but I'm a big admirer of the royals, I love our Queen, fuck the silly punk rock handbook that says you've got to be anti this or anti that. When I say God save the Queen I actually mean it maaaan.






 3)  4 SKINS - Evil


Two words.. Hoxton Tom. The look, the presence, the clobber, the style. The embodiment of Oi for me. My favourite 4 Skins track of all time and another we've covered, this time with kind permission from the man himself. The big debate of course is Hodges, Roi or Panther. I personally favour Roi, just cos I love his voice and the 'fistful' album, but there's a strong case for each and it all comes down to personal preference I suppose. Also like to mention original bassist Steve 'H' Harmer here, another of the old school who's support has been unwavering. A top top geezer.






 4)  LAST RESORT - Freedom


The opening track to a stonewall classic album. A mainstay of any self respecting 'erberts collection. I love roi's voice, that Sarf Lahndan growl is like a punch in the ear'ole and you recognise it instantly. I could of picked any number of Resort tracks but I went for this one because it has probably the best intro of any song ever written, as soon as you hear that opening guitar you still get that 'hairs on the back of your neck' moment. YOU'LL BE SORRY YOU NEVER FREED 'EM BEFORE....





 5)  STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - Alternative Ulster


Chosen simply because it was the first record I ever bought with my own ( pocket ) money. Revolver records in leicester market place for the grand sum of 60p. As a rag arsed kid from inner city leicester I knew nothing of the troubles really, I had no idea what the lyrics were about and Belfast might as well have been on the moon. Funnily enough I now have a lot of good good friends over the water in Ulster. They've been through the mill and seen things we as Englishmen simply cannot comprehend, despite all that they are the most welcoming and hospitable folk on gods green earth. So this is as much for those good people as it is for me.





 6)  COMBAT 84 - Rapist


What a band. What a track. Dripping with menace and aggression and I agree wholeheartedly with its message. B Squadron have been given kind permission to use this track by Deptford John, I just hope we do it the justice it deserves. C84 are a HUGE influence on us and we have actively tried to emulate that early 80's raw and gritty sound. R.I.P Chubby, thanks for the music.





 7)  BLITZ - Razors In The Night


You just knew anything that came out on 'No Future' back in the day was half right. These boys then raised the bar. I read somewhere they tried to rid themselves of the Oi! Label but for me this is pure unadulterated Oi! The early singles and Voice Of A Generation LP were exactly that, the voice of a generation. Blasted this track as a young kid and I still blast it out today. A proper audio kick in the bollocks. Love it.





 8)  ARGY BARGY - Saturday's Glory


Great band. Standard bearers for the scene in modern times.Watford Jon has been behind B Squadron since day one. Someone I have a great deal of respect for not only as a man but as a lyricist as well. There's a million and one songs on the subject but this one is THE one for me. For all those not involved in a nice bit of football skullduggery, it says it all. An insight for the uninitiated. I JUST CANT HELP IT...






 9)  ALBERTO Y LOS TRIOS PARANOIAS - Kill 


From modern day to back in the day. From the sublime 'snuff rock' ep. They were a pisstake band, a parody of The Damned but this had everything a young punk rocker wanted to hear, angry guitars, heavy drums, offensive lyrics and swearing!!! Something to upset your ma and da, 100% punk rock for me. TURN IT UP!






10) CROWN COURT - Hated But Rated


Straight in with a modem track but a classic nonetheless. Trev is a good lad, well connected over Tottenham and he knows the score. I love crown court, I can't think of a single track I don't like, but this one is fucking genius. Great riff, echoes of Slade and even a bit of blues, proper bootboy rock n roll, but the fucking lyrics man ! Brilliant in their simplicity, to the point and 100% bang on. Says a lot about the scene today with snipers and finger pointers all over the gaff.... 'you think you're in the know, you think you're all clued up, you ain't nowhere to be seen, gobbed off, got done'... perfect. I wish I'd written it ha ha.



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Feature - Jealous



  Feature originally got together in Brighton towards the end of 2011 and featured (they've now split up) members of a number of other bands including Sauna Youth, Monotony, Slowcoaches and Gold Foil. Those members are Liv Willars (guitar/vocals), Jen Calleja (drums/vocals) and Heather Perkins (bass/vocals).

  Their first release was a 4 track demo and they followed it up with The Culture Of The Copy ep. 2014 saw them release a 6 track split ep with Slowcoaches and you'll find that here : https://touristsep.bandcamp.com/releases

  They returned earlier this month with their debut album, Banishing Ritual. Despite having been recorded a couple of years ago, it's only just seen the light of day, courtesy of Upset The Rhythm records. You can find it on vinyl here :  http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/product/feature-banishing-ritual-lp-pre-order  or digital here : https://featureband.bandcamp.com/album/banishing-ritual

  Describing their sound as drone pop or melodic punk, they're a diy post punk 3 piece who's new album is definitely worthy of your attention. This is Jealous.....



Monday, 17 April 2017

No Borders - We Rise

 

  No Borders are a politically and socially concious hardcore punk band based in Ottawa, Ontario but who feature members from both Canada and The U.S. Those members are Pat (guitar/vocals), Rich (drums/vocals) and Gerald (vocals/bass). They're blatently anti-fascist, anti-racist and pro-immigrant and their debut ep deals with issues like the stress and anxiety that comes with fearing deportation, the contributions made by immigrant communities, youth crime and police harassment & brutality. The ep is titled The Walls They Build... The Walls We Break and it's available as a free download here...  https://noborders.bandcamp.com/album/the-walls-they-build-the-walls-we-break

 
  The lead track from the ep, this is We Rise.....

Every day I wake up it feels just like a war 
We struggle to overcome, but our problems grow more and more
We did things the right way, but our efforts were in waste 
This daily struggle leaves us with nothing but a bitter taste 

Through all this disappointment and pain, We Remain 
Go to bed fighting, wake up and do the same, We Remain 
When our anxieties multiply, We Rise 
Even in the hardest of times, we survive, We Rise 

Every night I go to bed, anxieties fill my mind 
A solution to our problems, I can’t seem to find 
As I struggle through another in a line of sleepless nights 
I wonder and wonder where I can find some greater insight 

Even if all I have is you 
That’s enough to make it through




Sunday, 16 April 2017

Abrazos - History Repeats

 

  Abrazos are a UK hardcore punk band who take their name from a song off San Francisco outfit N/N's 2nd 7" Pasivo Muerta. N/N were a politically active Latino band who's stripped back, straight ahead songs were a big influence on Abrazos.

  Lining up with Tony Suspect and Alan Marshall (both also members of The Shorts (https://theshortsuk.bandcamp.com/), Abrazos released a demo last year and now they return with a 9 track album which with only one track venturing over the 1 minute mark, certainly doesn't outstay it's welcome. They're hoping to put out a physical release eventually but until then you can get a free download here : https://abrazospunk.bandcamp.com/album/history-repeats 

  The album deals with a number of issues such as animal rights, armchair racism, greedy bankers and deceitful government lies. The song I'm posting below is the title track and it calls for people to stand up to the rise of the right wing. This is History Repeats.....

Like 1933 
Never learn from history 
Sleepwalking to the right 
Might is never right 

Ruled by an elite 
Who's power we must defeat 
Now not with your feet 
Get out on the street


 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

City Miles - Skinhead Till The End



  Here's a song that I came across a few days ago by a UK Oi/Streetpunk band called City Miles. The lack of any real info about them online plus them only having the one track on Bandcamp leads me to the obvious conclusion that they're a new band and going by the quality of that one song they arrive fully formed. They're definitely a band any fan of this kind of music should keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/citymilesoi/  (As of writing they've 13 likes on Facebook, let's see if we can get that number up).



  Skinheads since their youth (it ain't a phase), they'll be skinheads till the end of their days but just because they wear boots and braces it doesn't make them racist so they're gonna stand strong and sing their songs. Let's hope their future songs are as good as this one. This is Skinhead Till The End.....

One, Two, Fuck you

Stand tall
Stand strong
Don't live on your knees
We're everything the past has made us
This is the sound of the streets
We hear the truth in stereo
Music's all we need
Makes us who we are now
and that's what we believe

A fact's a fact
Ain't that the truth
Skinhead since I was a youth
Oi! Oi!
This ain't a phase
Skinhead till the end of my days

We live this life in the walls that we've made
Ruin ourselves for minimum wage
But music fills our souls
Put down that stick that you beat me with
I'm re-taking control
Alarm bells ringing
The songs are worth singing
Fabric of all we know

A fact's a fact
Ain't that the truth
Skinhead since I was a youth
Oi! Oi!
This ain't a phase
Skinhead till the end of my days

Boots and braces don't make a racist





Friday, 14 April 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Tony "Suspect" Whatley (The Shorts / Abrazos)



  As you visit Just Some Punk Songs it seems fair to assume you're a fan of punk music in which case there's a chance you're also a visitor to the Suspect Device zine. If not and you want a site that offers up a whole bunch of cool stuff such as reviews, music downloads, a vinyl distro, podcasts and much more, then you should check it out.... http://suspectdevicehq.blogspot.co.uk/

 The person behind Suspect Device is Tony Whatley (aka Tony Suspect) and as well as running that site he's also drummer with Southampton punk band The Shorts ( https://theshortsuk.bandcamp.com/album/hang-em-flog-em ). If that wasn't enough, he's now in a new band called Abrazos who recently recorded a demo, a track from which I played on the latest Just Some Punk Songs show.

  Now that the introductions are over, here's Tony's 10 favourite songs. Many thanks mate.....



 1)  Las Otras - Tragedia
 https://lasotras.bandcamp.com/album/devolver-el-golpe







2)  Hack Job - Corporate Fucktank 
https://hackjob.bandcamp.com/album/hack-job-demo-2016







 3)  Endless Grinning Skulls - Austerity? Violence!
https://endlessgrinningskulls.bandcamp.com/album/risus-sardonicus








 4)  Horseflies - Kick Like You Kick
https://horseflies.bandcamp.com/album/these-halls-are-haunted-now








 5)  Torso - Eating Scraps
https://torsoxvx.bandcamp.com/album/sono-pronta-a-morire






 6)  Career Suicide - Cut And Run
https://derangedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/machine-response






 7)  Warthog - Culture?
https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/warthog






 8)  Sanction This - Media Trap
https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/album/sanction-this-ep






 9)  N/N - Abrazos







10)  Paint It Black - Cannibal
https://paintitblack.bandcamp.com/album/cva





Thursday, 13 April 2017

Dopers - FDT


photos :  David Knottnerus

  A song today with a great sing along chorus by a band who's Facebook profile reveals pretty much zilch aside from the line up. Wish me luck.....

  Starting with that line up; Dopers are a 3 piece all female garage punk band from Seattle featuring Alyssa Javas (drums/backing vocals), Robyn Nicole (guitar/vocals) and Malia Alexander (bass/backing vocals). Earlier this month they released a 5 track demo and you can find it name your price here :
https://dopers.bandcamp.com/album/demo-2017

  They recently featured in a local press article about demonstrations against Donald Trump  http://realchangenews.org/2017/02/22/resistance-strikes-chord and it's Trump who's the subject of the song below. Make sure that you sing along, this is called FDT.....

You want to bind our arms and you want to shave our legs
You want to take out hearts and crush them with your hate
You want to infiltrate the lives and play with all the fate of whose blood will be shed from your bigoted tirades
You racist instigator, you sexist piece of sh!t, you want to ruin everything with Hitler rhetoric
Try oh how you might we're keeping track of all of it and no matter how hard it becomes we'll never ever quit
We will not let you!
And we will fight you!
We'll shout our dissent straight in front of you!
We'll tear down the walls with our powerful claws cuz pussy fights back without any pause (paws)
***Fuck Donald Trump
Fuck Donald Trump
It's my body I'll do what I want
Black lives fucking matter
All queers to the front
Hold each other up as we trump Donald Fuck**





Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Scandal - Trouble

 

  I came across a really good, punchy street punk song the other day from a band called Scandal. Knowing nothing about them I checked out their Facebook page for info (https://www.facebook.com/scandalstreetpunk) but aside from learning their line up and that they formed in 1998, I was going to struggle to do them justice in this intro.

  Rather than pad things out I managed to contact bassist Vlad Octavian and he very kindly provided some details....

Scandal is a streetpunk band originally from Romania, ,at the moment based in London.

The band released their first album "Live in Beci" in 2001 .. live album, poor quality .

In 2003 we released the first studio album called "Resturi din Punkomat" all songs in Romanian language. D.I.Y.,with very poor distribution due to the nonexistent streetpunk distros and labels in Romania..the album was really appreciated ,the song "Patrula suge pula" (The Police Suck Cock ) became an hymn for the romanian punks.

Over the years Scandal had a lot of gigs all around Romania and Bulgaria.

....2016 ...after a 6 years break the band reunited in London ..with 2 original members Gabi ( voc. & guit) Vlad (bass& voc.) GG ( on drums ,who used to play in the band for a long time before the break) and a new member on lead guitar Andy Madway we have more energy than ever.

English lyrics ,same street attitude ,Scandal will release a new EP in April 2017 and a new full album by the end of summer.


We have a few UK gigs lined up also an European tour in October

Here is our first video from the new album

https://youtu.be/0e_C2SoKA4E

For bookings and contact:

facebook.com/scandalstreetpunk
Email: scandalstreetpunk@yahoo.com


I'll just add that their 2016 back in town ep is available name your price here : https://scandalstreetpunk.bandcamp.com/releases

Below you'll see the video for the song that caught my attention. It's a reworking of one of their oldest songs, E vreme de scandal, and I think it'll be on their forthcoming album. This is called Trouble....

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Trev Hagl




   I recently read a very decent interview on the North East of England Oi music scene by Trev Hagl which he did for Creases Like Knives (you can find it here  https://creaseslikeknives.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/way-up-north-east-trev-hagle-on-oi-in-geordieland-and-beyond/). I thought he'd probably be able to come up with a good top 10 and it turns out I was right.

  Trev's edited numerous zines down the years, most notably HAGL (Have A Good Laugh). He also runs a very good music distro, Savage Amusement, so if you're looking for bargain priced punk goodies check it out....  https://www.savageoi.com/


  As for his Top 10, unsurprisingly he had trouble narrowing his list down but he's chosen a bunch of anthems. Thanks Trev....



 1)  BLITZ - Razors In The Night 






 2)  THE SAMPLES - Dead Hero 






 3) CYANIDE - Your Own Man






 4)  PERKELE - Heroes Of Today






 5)  GIMPFIST - A Country Divided






 6)  BAD RELIGION - Suffer






 7)  THE PARTISANS - Anger And Fear






 8)  DEMOB - No Room For You







 9)  TOXIK EPHEX - Social Control 







10)  BARSE - I've Got Tourettes












Monday, 10 April 2017

Endless Grinning Skulls - Rot



  Endless Grinning Skulls are a Nottingham band who's mix of anarcho, d-beat and powerful contemporary hardcore is a winning combination. They released a debut s/t album in 2011 and have since put out a number of singles but they now return with a new album on Viral Age Records titled Risus Sardonicus. It's available on limited edition vinyl from Kibou Records ( http://www.kibourecords.bigcartel.com/product/endless-grinning-skulls-risus-sardonicus-lp ).

  There's also the digital version over on Bandcamp  https://endlessgrinningskulls.bandcamp.com/album/risus-sardonicus

  The current line up features Andrew Morgan (guitar/vocals), Alastair "Gords" Gordon (bass/vocals) and Steve Charlesworth (drums). Despite slimming down to a trio following the departure of previous vocalist Patrick Lawlor, they still manage to produce "a savage soundtrack for these fucked up times."

  This is Rot......


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Joe Zero - Rock 'n' Roll Wars

 

  I seem to have featured all the singles that former Victim frontman Joe Zero has put out in the run up to the release of his new solo album, The Eternity Man and I was in two minds whether or not to risk oversaturating the blog with Joe Zero songs but as this final one is the best yet I think I should go with it.

  This time round Joe's taking us for a stroll through the history of rock n roll cramming in a number of namechecks for the likes of The Kinks, The Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop, The Beatles, T Rex, The Ramones ( Gabba Gabba Hey!) etc..... It's a real love letter to rock music's past. He finishes things off with his best Elvis impression.

  There's one thing that's for sure, the album is gonna be a diverse collection of material and I'm guessing he'll be playing several songs from it when he performs on the acoustic stage at this year's Rebellion Festival.

 This is Rock 'n' Roll Wars.....

Who remembers the first time,
Back in 1956
Then the Beatles and the Stones, T.Rex,
Sex Pistols, Cramps...Stay Sick


They tried to thrill us Using their guitars as guns... That's why I love Rock 'n... That's why I love Rock 'n... That's why I love Rock 'n' Roll!

Elvis was the King Elect
Ramones were Princes too
Then there was the Clash, the Damned,
Buzzcocks, the Kinks, the Who (and U2).

Who can forget the Starman
...he changed the lives of me and you
And Iggy, Lou and Jimi...
Plus the Morrisons-there were two


They tried to thrill us Using their guitars as guns... That's why I love Rock 'n... That's why I love Rock 'n... That's why I love Rock 'n' Roll!

 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Laflamme - Get The Love On

 

  LaFlamme are an English garage rock quartet from Surrey who featured on here a year ago with debut single Broken Hearted Sons (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/laflamme-broken-hearted-sons.html) and who return today with the title track from their new ep Get The Love On. You can snap it up here : https://laflammeband.bandcamp.com/album/get-the-love-on

  Influenced by the likes of The Ramones, AC/DC, Lou Reed etc they've been together since 2013 and recently played a sold out show at London's 100 Club in support of 90's legends Cud. Future dates include sharing a stage with The Vibrators so check out their gigs on Facebook      https://www.facebook.com/laflammeband/

  From that 100 Club gig, this is the rifftastic Get The Love On....

 

Friday, 7 April 2017

Booze & Glory - Simple

 

  A few weeks ago, I posted an interview with Booze & Glory in which they chatted about their new album, Chapter IV and the enormous number of gigs they have lined up throughout this year. I also asked them about alienating some of their early fans by moving away from their skinhead roots towards a more polished sound. Whatever your views are on their progression towards being a stadium friendly band I think it's hard to argue with the massive numbers of people that are now lapping up their music (my interview with them attracted twice as many views as any other post) and let's be honest, a great song is a great song no matter no matter how polished it may be. You may prefer your music a little more raw and gritty but hopefully you'll still agree that Chapter IV contains many great songs. Anything that attracts the masses to the Oi genre can't be a bad thing.

  Hopefully the above paragraph doesn't come across as me being all sniffy about Booze & Glory's radio friendly sound (not that any big radio stations appear to be interrupting their 24 hour diet of anodyne pap to feature them but many of the songs on Chapter IV would sound awesome blasting out over the airwaves), I think the new album is great but I decided to address a few of the comments I'd heard about the band and give my opinion. The massive choruses and gang vocals are still very much in place even if a combination of talented musicianship and an expensive sounding production job have filed off a few rough edges. It's not really a surprise that they're reaching so many people, they're a great band. The album's out now on Burning Heart Records and you should check it out.

  The video you'll see below was directed by Jean Christian Larche and is the first of several videos that will be released in support of the album. This is Simple....

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Lucky Malice - Keeping A Secret


Photo by: HC - PUNK photography by Pere G. Ejby


  Norwegian riot grrrl punks Lucky Malice graced the Just Some Punk Songs best of 2016 chart with a wonderful song that featured on their split album with DANGER!MAN. ( If you're very quick you can snap that album up on coloured vinyl for £1 in the Boss Tunage sale  http://bosstuneage.bigcartel.com/product/the-boss-tuneage-festive-vinyl-lp-sale )

  Today I'm more than happy to post a song from their brand new album, Misfit. There's a video to every song on Youtube and you can grab the album name your price from Bandcamp.... https://kraftpest.bandcamp.com/album/lucky-malice-misfit. I've only had time for a quick listen but hell, it's good. Definitely one to grace the car stereo for the next few trips to work.

  Watch out for them on their current European tour, you can check out the dates here : https://www.facebook.com/luckymalice/app/123966167614127/


  Will they feature in the best of 2017 chart? I'm thinking it's highly likely. There were several contenders to fill the space below but I'm going with Keeping A Secret......


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Atoms - My Un-punk T-shirt

 

  The Atoms are Derby's best surf punk band. They first featured on here a couple of years ago with a song from their Surf Derby album (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-atoms-sandy-stole-my-lps.html), that album and their other releases can be checked out here : https://theatomsuk.bandcamp.com/

  Featuring Joe Atom (vocals/guitar), Glyn Rutherford (backing vocals/bass) and Gaz Speedking (backing vocals/drums), they formed in 2002 and combine the sounds of The Buzzcocks and Buddy Holly to create their own brand of catchy, snotty punk-pop.

  They return to Just Some Punk Songs today due to them having released a video for one of the songs from their new album. The album is called Internet Dating For Beginners and you'll find it on Monster Zero Records. The song you'll see below is a snappy, fun number called My Un-Punk T-Shirt.....

I wore a t-shirt once, it wasn't very punk, a punk told me so,
It was a good cut and it covered my gut, it had a nice picture on the front,
but I wore a t-shirt once, it wasn't very punk, a punk told me so.

I don't have green hair or spikey studs, or a rebel wardrobe that my mummy funds,
I wore a t-shirt once, it wasn't very punk, a punk told me so,
I sed 'that's not nice!' he sed 'that's not punk!' a punk told me so, 
I sed 'I don't give a shit' he sed 'that's pretty punk' and he left me alone.


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Frau Blücher And The Drünken Horses - Wake Up

 

  Frau Blucher And The Drunken Horses are a female fronted punk n roll band from Brussels, Belgium. They formed in 2011 and their line up features Veronica Martinez (lead vocals), Mathias Salas (guitars and vocals), Yves Vranchx (bass), Jean Meert (drums) and Bruno Nobi (saxophone). Their name is inspired by the horse worrying character played by Cloris Leachman in Young Frankenstein.

  Inspired by the likes of The Ramones, L7, Motorhead, X Ray Spex, Vice Squad & The Plasmatics, they released debut album Quick & Dirty in 2013 and followed it up a year later with Lethal Pill Cocktail.

  Last month they returned with album number 3. Titled Uber Fenomenal, it's available on P.O.G.O. Records and you can find the digital versions of all the albums here : https://fraublucher.bandcamp.com/.  You can also find out more band info here http://www.fraublucher.net/

  The new album's a blast of high energy, down & dirty punk that definitely grows on you, it's well worth checking out. From it, this is Wake Up.....

 

Monday, 3 April 2017

BB Eye - Texas Chainsaw Mascara



  There's an in joke on the Global Punk Network that often gets trotted out whenever a song that's either ear splittingly noisy or weirdly off kilter gets played that goes along the lines of "Mrs Brookfield would like this." The truth is, she probably wouldn't, Mrs Brookfield is a fan of more melodic fare. Fortunately many GPN listeners enjoy something a little more left of centre than the norm. Several of them are fans of today's song.

  As you may have guessed if you've read this far, there's not a massive amount of info available online about BB Eye so I'm padding this intro out as best I can. From what I can gather they come from Kansas City and St Louis, they play Calypso new wave (definitely more weirdly off kilter than ear splittingly noisy) and feature members with names like  Miss Penis and Miss Lady (I think their real names are Martin Meyer and Olivia Gibb).

  They've recently released a 3 track lo fi, synth heavy 7" on Lumpy Records and you can download it here : https://bbeye.bandcamp.com/album/ep. There also seems to be a cassette on Fish Records called How To Stop Worrying And Start Quacking.

  From the single, this one's dedicated to Mrs Brookfields everywhere,  it's called Texas Chainsaw Mascara....




Sunday, 2 April 2017

Vista Blue - Designated Hitter

 

  By their prolific standards, not releasing a new record for 4 months is almost as long a drought as when the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies team lost 23 consecutive games. Eventually Gene Mauch's side beat the Milwaukee Braves 7-4 to end that losing streak and Mike Patton's Vista Blue have triumphantly returned with a new record.

  Recorded by Mike and Mark in Nashville last month, the new record is a 9 track baseball themed album with a release date designed to coincide with Major League Baseball's Opening Day. It isn't their first baseball themed release (and I doubt it'll be their last), the guys have a great love of the game and that shines through in the songs. Even the band name, Vista Blue, comes from Mike and his brother Todd's local park team from when they were growing up. Titled Wonderband, you can find the new album on Bandcamp. As with all Vista Blue releases it's very generously pitched as name your price  https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/album/wonderband

  Below you'll find a video, put together by Joe Wellington, for a song which is a tribute to David Ortiz. Nicknamed Big Papi, Ortiz is a recently retired designated hitter who played MLB for Minnesota Twins and then the Boston Red Sox. He hit 541 home runs including a Red Sox season record of 54, set during the 2006 season. He was the MVP in the 2013 World Series. For those that don't know, in baseball, teams are permitted to have one player, the designated hitter, who's sole role is to take the place of the pitcher in the batting line up. A great way to make a lot of money without hardly having to play at all, but when you can hit a ball as far as Ortiz, no one was complaining.

  Later this year, Vista Blue are planning to release their first 12" (on Something To Do Records) which will be titled Seasons and feature some of the music they recorded over the last couple of years. They're considering themed football, covers and children's song releases. Oh, there may also be a split 7" with The Zambonis timed to coincide with the 2018 Winter Olympics and featuring songs about curling!

  Combining the punk simplicity of The Ramones with the pop sensibilities of Weezer, this is Designated Hitter....

 
It might sound crazy
But I don't even own a glove
Some people think I'm lazy
But hitting's just the thing I love
And I bat four times every night
I never have to play in left or right
I never have to dive to catch
And stand to make a throw
Cause I'm the designated hitter whoa oh

It might sound funny
But all I do is hit the ball
I make a lot of money
And I barely have to play at all
And I come in late every day
I spend most of my time at the buffet
Nobody ever asks me to shag flies
Cause they all know
Cause I'm the designated hitter whoa oh