Tuesday, 18 June 2019

PHLOX - Am i Flower?



  Supposedly Phlox is a genus of 67 species of perennial and annual plants in the family Polemoniacea that are mainly found in North America.

  PHLOX are a new flower-powerviolence punk band from Columbus, Ohio featuring members of Slant 6 (bassist/vocalist Myra Power), Ouija Boys (guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham) and Drunks With Guns (drummer Mike Doskocil aka Malcom Bliss). 

  So what the hell's flower-powerviolence? On the evidence provided by Phlox's 4 song Demo it's a mash up of hardcore punk, noise rock, fuzzed up psychedelia and feedback. Am I right in guessing it's named after the song Raging, Hate, Fear And Flower Power Violence by Californian band Spazz? I've no idea to be honest but I do know the Demo came out earlier this month and you can snap it up name your price here : https://phloxxx.bandcamp.com/releases

  This is the lead track, it sounds like a reverb heavy theme to a Charles Manson documentary where madness and warped minds are under discussion as saturated colours splash across images of cult members telling the world why they committed their evil crimes. It's trippy, it's mood music and whilst flowers might be the order of the day, even the flower on the cover looks a thing of forlorn sadness.

  Am I Flower?

Monday, 17 June 2019

Grim Deeds - Cotton Candy Skies



  This initial part of my written introduction is where I'd usually say it's a welcome return from so and so but in all honesty Grim Deeds has never really been away. Squirrelled up in his Foster City home (or often in his parked car or the classroom he teaches in), Grim's been self recording and releasing his pop punk gems at an impressive rate of several per month. His modus operandi is to turn the songs out one at a time (name your price) before collecting them together on albums. Often he'll call on the services of friends to contribute their talents (Kody Templeman, Maria Surfinbird, Eddie Kobane are amongst the names in his phonebook). It's fair to say, if you're a fan of his music, you never have to wait long till the next song drops. You can open his bountiful trove of aural treasure here : https://grimdeeds.bandcamp.com/music

  The latest release (as of when I'm writing this though knowing Grim he'll probably release something else before I get chance to click publish!) is a catchy song for that special one. Love is in the air and Grim is going to sing about it. This is Cotton Candy Skies...

Take me away 
We’re breaking away 
I’ll never leave you sad and feelin' lonely 

‘Cause I know how it feels to be low 
And losing control 
But now i’m free cause you’re my one and only 

And we’ll be 
Endlessly 
Sharing love that’s meant to be 
Together you and I 
Under cotton candy skies 

Kiss me again 
And tell me again 
That we will always be there for each other 

You don’t have to worry your head 
Just love me instead 
And promise we’ll be there for one another 

I can see 
You love me 
And I’m where I want to be 
Together you and I 
Under cotton candy skies 

Why am I the lucky one? 
And why did you choose me? 
There’s no explanation 
But I’m yours eternally


Sunday, 16 June 2019

Trampoline Team - Kill You On The Streetcar



  New Orleans 3 piece Trampoline Team have featured twice previously on here with I'll Destroy You and Drug Culture and today they return to make it a triple whammy of killer songs.

  They've been around since 2011 and have just released what's probably their hardest hitting release to date. It's a new ep, titled Kill You and it's a high octane ball of fury. Think classic Rip Off Records, think Neighborhood Brats at their angriest. Think good old down and dirty garage punk. It's available on 7" vinyl via Neck Chop Records                                           https://neckchoprecords.com/products/trampoline-team-kill-you-ep-7                                              and you can stream it here :                                                 https://neckchoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/kill-you-ep

  This is the lead track, it's called Kill You On The Streetcar...

The Derelicts - Life of Strife (Review By Kevin Patrick McGovern)



  When you notice Prostitutes frontman Kevin Patrick McGovern (https://theprostitutes1.bandcamp.com/) calling an a record "the album of the decade... catchy.  psychotic and filled with punk rawk rage. Five out of five stars" you tend to sit up and take notice. Not sitting on my laurels I asked him to review the answer and as he's an accommodating kinda guy he was only too happy to oblige.

  The album is out now on vinyl and cd from Digital Warfare Records and it features 5 new songs alongside a sprinkling of the best tracks from past 7" releases. You can get it here :     https://zekeyou.myshopify.com/collections/the-derelicts/products/life-of-strife-lp

  Over to Kevin....

The Derelicts – Life of Strife (Digital Warfare)

I Walk Alone


The first time I was introduced to the Derelicts was in the early 1990s. I was riding in the backseat of my friend’s car, a bunch of us were going to see a second run horror movie at the local budget theatre. We weren’t 21 yet and when the booze was in short supply we’d distract ourselves with random outings filled with diet pills, pain pills, and weed. Stoned out of my mind and artificially wide wake, I heard the menacing bass line that begins their scorching reinterpretation of “My Dads a Fucking Alcoholic” come ripping through the speakers. I was blown away by the incredible power and addictive venom of the band’s intense punk rock attack. Pure and wild, degenerated mayhem. I picked up their classic Misery Maker single on SubPop records shortly thereafter. I listened to it non stop for quite some time. I highly recommend all their past releases. Their mind blowing “Going Out of Style 86-90” CD on Empty Records had all of us degenerates hooked back in those days.

Wrong With This


The band was a destructive combination of raspy vocals, brutal guitar, and contagious rock n roll fury. Excessive simplicity with a rabid pulse. Punk rock for the punk rockers. Things happened and the band dissolved sometime in the mid 90s. A few years ago they started up again with Duane back on vocals and Neil on guitar, both from the original lineup. I was beyond stoked when I heard they had a new album coming out. It’s finally here and the Derelicts deliver on all levels. This thing burns with an intensity you just don’t find in modern music. Hyper guitar and manic vocals fuel the songs while leaving enough breathing room for gritty grooves and melody. A sinister combination of early 80s hardcore and dirty 70's punk. This record hits hard and never lets up. Available from Digital Warfare records. Vinyl supply limited.



Life Of Strife...

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Dress Up - Green Room

 
(photo : Renate Winter)
 
  The song I'm posting today is by a band called Dress Up, the song's called Green Room and it's from an upcoming album called The Big One. I was struggling to find anything about them but noticed the person who put the song on Youtube also posted videos by Aussie skate punks Children of Finland Fighting in Norway (C.O.F.F.I.N.). I then discovered C.O.F.F.I.N. were touring with Austin, Texas hardcore skate punks Dress Up. Adding 2 + 2 together I worked out Dress Up are Alex Bond (vocals), Anthony Sardella (guitar), Max Fitzgibbon (bass) and JoJo Williamson (drums). They've already released an album and a single and you can find them here  https://dressup69.bandcamp.com/  Thinking it'd be cool to eliminate the masculine vibe you'd expect in this type of music they started dressing up in women's clothing whilst playing shows.

  Is the song about the celebrity waiting room where they sit and sup drinks whilst waiting to perform? Maybe it's about the 2015 movie where a touring punk band are attacked by nazi skinheads? To be honest I haven't got a clue, it might be about something completely different. The music's pounding hardcore and the lyrics are to a large part indistinct though from what I can make out it goes I see you every day, you don't know what to say BLAH BLAH BLAH... Baby in the green room BLAH BLAH, Baby in the green room BLAH BLAH, Baby in the green room BLAH BLAH, Baby in the green room... 

  It clocks in at around 78 seconds and it's great.

  This is Green Room...

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Chubby And The Gang - All Along The Uxbridge Road



  It's no doubt a sad indication of how boring my life is but not many things bring me the joy that discovering a stunning new song does. Sometimes you can click a link you've stumbled across and get a pleasant surprise, other times you'll see the band name, the song title or even just a picture (or in the case of today's song all three) and know it's going to be a joyous moment. If you're anything like me you'll find it impossible to listen to the song you'll find below without wanting to immediately play it again....and again,

  A new band, Chubby And The Gang are from London and feature Chubby Charles (Arms Race, Violent Reaction) plus 3 members of Gutter Knife (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/03/gutter-knife-boots-on-ground.html). They've a debut double A sided 7" single due out on July 5th. Limited to 300 copies it'll be available from Static Shock Records. You can pre order it here :   https://staticshockrecords.limitedrun.com/products/645076-chubby-and-the-gang-all-along-the-uxbridge-road-7

  Don't have a turntable? Then go here for the digital version :   https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/all-along-the-uxbridge-road

  So what does it sound like? The Bandcamp page namechecks The Kids, Cyanide and The Carpettes, the tags include punk, hardcore and power pop. I can't really argue with their assessment. The production job by Fucked Up's Jonah Falco is spot on, it's a hardcore stomper that's really upbeat. It's an exuberant blast of fun, it's even got handclaps and harmonica! Now I'm off to listen to it again! I suggest you do to.

  It's called All Along The Uxbridge Road...

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Gulls. - SHOP



  Gulls are a punk 3 piece from Brighton who formed in 2016 and who's line up is Rhi Kavok (poetry), Trixie Dean (aka Boe H) (guitar/vocals) and Matt Hickin (drums). I've seen their sound described as being akin to Sleaford Mods in a high speed collision with Bikini Kill on bumper cars whilst Rhi's poetry tackles themes of local and global injustice. Wittily they tag themselves as playing Brighton rock.

  You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/gullsbandbtn/ and here :   https://www.gullsband.co.uk/

  A couple of months ago they released an excellent single (which I managed to miss as I obviously don't spend enough time online looking for new music!) but which attracted the attention of Tom Robinson who played them on his Radio 6 show. If like me you've been unaware of them till now I think you'll like it. Inspired by the closure and sale to property developers of Kensal Rise Library it's a protest song about gentrification and it's called SHOP...

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Hygiene - English Disease



  One of the songs that went down best on last week's show (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-020619/) was a track off the new album by London post punks Hygiene. The band features the unlikely monikered Dick Turpentine (bass), Guy L. Less (guitar), Nat King Dole (vocals) and Pat C. Bedsit (drums) and they list amongst their influences the likes of The Faces, Cock Sparrer, The Sweet, Glitter Band, Roxy Music and Cockney Rebel (though everyone just seems to compare them to The Fall).

  It's been 8 years since debut album Public Sector was released by La Vida Es Un Mus (not heard it? go snap it up "name your price" https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/album/public-sector-lp). The follow up is titled Private Sector and this time it's on Upset The Rhythm (if vinyl's your thing go here : http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/product/hygiene-private-sector-lp-pre-order). There's a few decent "proper" reviews been posted online that you could do worse than checking out (The Quietus, Dusted, Wire) so I'll just tell you it's really good and give you a link to their Facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/Hygiene-126660907380779/

  This song will go down well with fans of one of Just Some Punk Songs' current favourites, Vintage Crop (https://vintagecrop.bandcamp.com/). Shouting about costume dramas, Routemaster busses, the royal family, Sunday roasts etc, this is English Disease....

Monday, 10 June 2019

The Prozacs - Wishing & Waiting



  The Prozacs are back with a new album, their 5th studio lp and the first since 2017's Exist. It's titled Ambivalence and if you're familiar with the band you'll have a good idea of what to expect. It's the usual repast of well written, heartfelt punk. Jay's been doing this for long enough now that composing quality songs is probably second nature to him, it certainly sounds that way. A harder task is no doubt ploughing on year after year as punk music remains outside of the mainstream and talented band members move on and need replacing (I notice several new faces on this release). It takes a love of the genre to carry on for so long so it's great to report that the album is a winner. It's available on vinyl, cd and digital download from Outloud! Records and the band's Bandcamp page :   https://theprozacs.bandcamp.com/

  You may remember The Ripper and Outta My Face (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-prozacs-outta-my-face.html) from last years split single with Marko And The Bruisers. The other 9 songs on the album match them for quality. The one I'm featuring today is the longest track and sees Jay longing for something more than the daily grind. Admitting he needs to spend more "us time" having fun in the sun with the woman he loves it's straight from his heart and it's called Wishing & Waiting...


Sunday, 9 June 2019

High Praise - No Fun



  High Praise are a new melodic 4 piece punk band from Brighton who've just released debut ep Another Day. They features members of the likes of Gnarwolves and His & Hers and the ep is a very promising launching pad. I can hear hints of bands like Nirvana, Weezer and early Joyce Manor in their sound (my mate Darren hears Samiam) though I suggest you give them a listen and decide for yourselves...   https://highpraiseuk.bandcamp.com/album/another-day

  Being a fledgling outfit, there's not much info on them yet but you can give them a like here :   https://www.facebook.com/highpraiseuk/

  This is my favourite song on the ep, it's called No Fun...

Fresh - Revenge

 

  It's Sunday which means it's Just Some Punk Songs show day. Tune in at 8pm (gmt) to hear an hour's worth of great new music, including the song that I'm featuring on here today (Details and link here :   https://www.facebook.com/events/466833420739257/).

  Fresh are no strangers to this blog (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/fresh-bible-camp.html), they're the indie punk 4 piece from London who formed in 2015 and released a very impressive 2017 Self Titled album. Now they're back with a new album (and numerous gigs including a tour with Slingshot Dakota).

  The album's titled Withdraw, it features a dozen emotionally honest songs written by vocalist Kathryn Woods based on real life experiences. Alt pop influenced by the likes of Martha, ONSIND, Lemuria, Muncie Girls etc. Catchy but with an edge, razorblades wrapped in velvet. It's available on vinyl and cd from Specialist Subject Records and digitally...
http://shop.specialistsubjectrecords.co.uk/products/637101-fresh-withdraw-lp-cd

https://freshpunks.bandcamp.com/album/withdraw

  You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/freshpunks/



  This song starts out gently before building into a joyous and passionate singalong. "I am valued I am loved, I will get revenge on everyone who's done me wrong..."  It's called Revenge...

Saturday, 8 June 2019

The Drowns - The Bricks Of 'Ol Rainier

 

  Oi yesterday, street punk today. Don't say that I don't spoil you!

  The Drowns are Aaron-Rev Peters (vocals), Jake Margolis (drums), Andy Wylie (bass/vocals) & Jonny Wade (guitar), they're from Seattle and Los Angeles and between them have played in bands such as Success, Time Again, The Shell Corporation, The Briggs and Madcap. Last year saw the release of their debut album, View From The Bottom https://thedrowns.bandcamp.com/album/view-from-the-bottom  The album was packed with "blue collar anthems and earned them favourable comparisons with the likes of Bouncing Souls and Cock Sparrer.

  Now they're back with a new single, it's two impressive tracks and it's available on 7" in  beer vinyl, red vinyl and cokebottle green vinyl from Pirates Press Records   https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/products/the-drowns-the-sound-7

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

  The single features The Sound on one side though my favourite song is on the flip. An anthemic singalong, the band's sound has been beefed up from the album due to the addition of Jonny on second guitar and a top notch recording job by Jesse O'Donnell from Noi!se. The Drowns are rapidly becoming essential listening. This is The Bricks Of Ol' Rainier...

 

Thursday, 6 June 2019

No Heart - Forever Young



  I don't think I've posted any oi music for a couple of months, maybe due to a lack of a decent release since the excellent City Miles album or maybe me just missing anything good that's come out but that changes today as I've got a belting anthem for you.

  No Heart are from Victoria, British Columbia and feature Mike (guitar/vocals), Mike Jo (guitar), Jorden (bass) and Will (drums). They've been around since 2016 and have released a single (Scum/Snake In The Grass), an album (Can't Get Out) and splits with Sabotage and The Opposition. You can check them out here : https://noheartvanisle.bandcamp.com/

  They've been quiet recently but that's about to change in the form of a new 7"ep. Titled Circles it's available on Swedish label PST Records. You can find it here :   http://www.hardandsmart.se/vinyler/no-heart-circles-ep.html

  They've posted a couple of songs from it to Youtube, both really good. The song I'm going with is one of my favourite oi songs of the year, the story of someone who's getting older but ain't settling down. His life is falling apart but he's still a teenager at heart. What I love about it is the guitar sound, I hesitate to say it reminds me a little of a beefed up C-86 sound as I don't want to put any of the boots and braces crowd off but damn it's almost like The Wedding Present on steroids (if David Gedge had swallowed a sack full of gravel). I'm impressed.

  This is Forever Young...

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Arse - Safe Word


(photo : joseastwood)


  One of the highlights, according to the folk in the chatroom, when this week's Just Some Punk Songs show went out was the new single by Sydney punks Arse. The band is a three piece featuring Dan Cunningham (vocals/guitar), Jono Boulet (bass) and Tim Watkins (drums) and they got together in 2017. Their first release was the Primitive Species ep although I don't think I heard them till they collaborated on a split 7" with fellow Sydney band Party Dozen  :   https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/10/arse-feat-party-dozen-power-tripper.html

  The song you'll find below is the title track from an upcoming ep. It's a pounding post hardcore banger on the subject of excess. Instead of a sexual safe word, vocalist Dan needs saving from his vices. He wants to feel good all the time but pleasure always leads to pain.   https://arse.bandcamp.com/track/safe-word

  They'll be supporting the ep this month and next with a bunch of gigs and you can check out dates here : https://www.facebook.com/arseband/

  The folk in my chatroom have immaculate taste. This is Safe Word...

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Nancy No Shoes - Nil By Mouth



  Way back in May of last year I posted a song by new South Wales hardcore punks Nancy No Shoes and said that it was part of a debut ep (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/05/nancy-no-shoes-crimes-against-humonarchy.html). Over 12 months later the ep still hasn't surfaced but another song from it has. It's another winner so I'm banging on about it today.

  The band feature's Jimbob from Pizzatramp and Nicola from Brassick and so it's probably no surprise that their music is a full on aural assault. Both songs thus far unleashed are impressive beasts indeed. Whereas the previous one dealt with the removal of Windsor's homeless from the streets in order to keep them out of sight of the world's media during the Royal wedding, this new song is another political broadside, this time about the social care system. It highlights how it's been torn apart and sold off and how people and families are extorted whilst staff are overworked, underpaid and undervalued. It's about how heartbreaking it is seeing people making fortunes out of the suffering of the elderly whilst those in power sit by apathetically.


  They promise the ep will be out soon so hopefully I'm not posting the 3rd song from it next year. I'm sure this will whet your appetites, it's called Nil By Mouth...

Monday, 3 June 2019

Triple Sundae - Pollution



  Forming in 2014, Triple Sundae are a 4 piece melodic punk band from London who's influences include the likes of The Menzingers, Lifetime, PUP, Spraynard etc. Their first release was The Brainfreeze ep, they followed it up a year later with Flaked Out and then took things up a notch with line up changes and last year's Peace Of Mind ep. Gigs alongside Jeff Rosenstock, Authority Zero, Ducking Punches, Petrol Girls etc have seen them grow their fanbase and that fanbase will no doubt be impressed with new ep, Glow. This time around you get 6 songs for your cash and the lead track is on Bandcamp : https://triplesundae.bandcamp.com/album/pollution They'll be self releasing the full ep on June 7th.

    They're currently on a UK tour with Jukebox Romantics and are making plans for a debut album. You can get more details here :  https://www.facebook.com/triplesundae/

    Glow is a well produced ep that reminds me a little of Iron Chic. Frontman Hassan Afaneh has just the right kind of vocal range for this type of music and the rest of the band, Mike, Andy & Zandro provide impressive backing. As with previous releases, the ep deals with mental health issues, case in point being the song you'll find below which "highlights how our own bad habits and ways of procrastinating can poorly affect our mental health without us noticing directly."

  This is Pollution...

Find a better way, 
To clear your mind, 
Reset your brain. 
I need some time to illustrate 
my thoughts before I start the day, 
but I always check my phone as soon as I’m awake, 
and it sets the tone for the rest of my day. 

It's mental pollution, 
and constant distractions. 
Reality loosens, 
Leads to subconscious destruction. 
I need to practice moderation, 
to overcome compulsion 

Roll another one, 
never mind my spoiled lungs, 
don't wanna stay up all night, 
With my thoughts. 
Swear if I don’t roll another one, I’ll stay up all night, 
So I rolled another one, 
And shut my brain off. 

It's mental pollution, 
and constant distractions 
Reality loosens, 
Leads to subconscious destruction. 
I need to practice moderation, 
to overcome compulsion. 

Need to practice moderation 
To overcome my compulsion 

Reality loosens, it’s mental pollution. 
We're all deluded.




Sunday, 2 June 2019

Covert Flops - (I Was A) Dick For Tracy



  The Covert Flops single that I featured on here back in March (https://covertflops.bandcamp.com/album/defcon-1-2-3-4) went down very well and I've heard nothing but gushing praise for their new album so it's a no brainer that I'm going to post something from it.

  A quick recap, they're a 3 piece pop punk band from Pendleton, Indiana who should appeal to fans of The Lillingtons, Ramones, Queers etc. The album is titled Defcon 1-2-3-4 and it's a blast. You can probably tell if you'll like it just by checking out the cool cover artwork (from Cretin Face Design). There's 11 catchy songs on subjects such as the Illuminati, Riff Randell, Tromaville, Michael Myers, Pamela Anderson... This is a punk band that don't want to change the world, smash the system or overthrow the government. They just want to have fun so why not put down those protest banners, crack open a beer and join the party. You can get the cd from Outloud! Records   https://outloudrecords.bandcamp.com/album/defcon-1-2-3-4  or the digital download here :   https://covertflops.bandcamp.com/album/defcon-1-2-3-4

  This is one of the highlights, (I Was A) Dick For Tracy...

Dead Arms - Apocalypse Yow



  Dead Arms are a 4 piece noise punk band with members from London, Kent and California. Those members, General Waste (vocals), Phil Glitter (guitar), Danny 5 Bands (bass) and Kitty Techno (drums) also feature in USA Nails, Los Bitchos, Death Pedals and It Often Takes A War. (Quick plug, both Dead Arms and USA Nails will feature on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show which starts today at 8pm GMT : https://www.facebook.com/events/449173645663091/).

  Formed in 2011, they name as influences the likes of Hot Snakes, The Stooges and Nirvana but admit that the bands people most often compare them too are Jesus Lizard. Off and Part Chimp. You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/DeadArms/

  They've just released a new album, it's titled Simply Dead (https://deadarms.bandcamp.com/album/simply-dead) and if you're a fan of pissed off noise then it'll be for you. There's songs about a racist called Nigel who immigration drove to racial hate, broadcast news being full of lies (spin is king), homelessness etc. The music is hard hitting, the lyrics often cryptic and relevant to the world around us, it's an album with plenty to say. Case in point the song you'll find below, accompanied by a Brexit themed video of braying jackasses, this is Apocalypse Yow...

Guess the guest on Through The Keyhole 
Never meant to get this far 
Fame rips my life apart 
Now you know I’m a fucking liar 

EAT - CAT - MEAT 
Make me invisible 
EAT - CAT - MEAT 
Make me invincible 

Guess the guest on Through The Keyhole 
Never meant to get this far 
Fame rips my life apart 
Now you know I’m a fucking liar 

EAT - CAT - MEAT 
Make me invisible 
EAT - CAT - MEAT 
Make me invincible 
EAT - CAT - MEAT 
Make me invisible 
EAT - CAT - MEAT 

Why don’t you come here? 
Why don’t you come here, no more? 
Why don’t you come here? 
Why don’t you come here, no more? 
Why don’t you come here? 
Why don’t you come here, no more? 
Why don’t you come here? 
Why don’t you come here, no more? 

Guess the guest on Through The Keyhole 
Never meant to get this far 
Fame rips my life apart 
Now you know I’m a fucking liar 

Loud Noises 
Pained Voices 
Loud Noises 
Pained Voices 
Loud Noises 
Pained Voices 
Loud Noises 
Pained Voices



Saturday, 1 June 2019

Pinch Points - Stranger Danger

 

  So it's that time of the week when the many thousands of rabid Just Some Punk Songs show listeners start wondering "I wonder what great new punk releases Mick will be featuring on tomorrow's show!" In an attempt to whet their appetites (and to woo any new listeners) I'm posting a (different) song from one of the bands that'll feature. Fans of the band might notice I nicked one of their photos to advertise the show (https://www.facebook.com/events/449173645663091/). Why this particular band to advertise the show? Because their new album is bloody wonderful....

  Pinch Points are one of several Australian bands to feature on this week's show (most shows seem to feature several Australian bands as they have one of the best music scenes around at the moment). They're a 4 piece featuring Acacia Coates (vocals/bass), Adam Smith  (vocals/guitar), Jordan Oakley (guitar) and Issy Orsini (drums). They tag themselves turbo-punk, they play an energetic amalgamation of herky jerky post punk and garage, they're more inventive than your  traditional verse/chorus/verse bands. Expect angular guitars and vocals spat out with lashings of venom. Expect to love them.

  The new album's called Moving Parts, it's available on vinyl from Roulette Records (Aus), Burger Records (USA) and Six Tonnes De Chair (Europe) as well as digitally : https://pinchpoints.bandcamp.com/album/moving-parts-lp

  You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/pinchpoints/

  This is Stranger Danger...


Thursday, 30 May 2019

The End Of Ernie - That Alternative (Review By Dirk Ceustermans)



  Another one of Dirk's reviews today, this time he's chosen a song from an album that came out in 2017 which though a little older than most stuff posted on here nowadays at least gives me a day off!  Over to Dirk...

THE END OF ERNIE

That Alternative
taken from "When the fun is over..."  LP, release May 2017

The End of Ernie is a band that's been around for 3 decades already. I remember seeing these
in different line ups throughout the years, but must admit I lost touch between mid 90s and mid 00's. In 2017, after seeing them a few times live again, doing solid performances, I was convinced enough to get their then newest release.

I thought of showcasing them as I saw them this month, opening up for Anti-Pasti in Brussels, which was again a great concert.

I must say that lp is a regular on the turntable, with 16 fast paced songs exactly
how they describe themselves as "A punk-orientated band, related to the 80`s, with touches towards crossover, crust and hardcore."

That sums it up quite appropriately, and the song "That Alternative" easily fits that description.
Adding to that, with lyrics expressing a 'fin de siecle' atmosphere with a good dose of anti-establishment. In this song in particular, the lyrics seem to indicate two worlds we live in, the world where everyone lives according the norm and the other world of alternatives, DIY'ers etc..

We all try to avoid and bypass those that just live bland lives, I find it's nicely pictured in the words here: making his "own sidewalk to pass by normal folks". I think singer Luc expresses the feeling not to fit in and to live it our own way. Not preaching out you should live that way, as he speaks out for himself, allowing us to think about that topic for a while. One minute, thirty seconds to be precise.


WITH EVERYTHING I DO
I NEED TO TAKE A STEP A-SIDE
TURN AROUND AND CREATE
ANOTHER SIDEWALK TO PASS BY
WITH EVERY MOVE I MAKE
I CREATE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES
BUT WITH EVERY STEP, I BREAK
IN A WORLD OF COMPLETE IGNORANCE

NOT FEELING WELL
IN YOUR PRIVATE COMFORT ZONE
FOR ME IT`S TOTAL HELL
I RATHER GO IT ON MY OWN
IF THIS IS THE WAY TO FOLLOW
I GLADLY TURN MY FACE
SO HOLLOW AND NO TOMORROW
WAITING FOR THE END OF DAYS

I NEED THAT ALTERNATIVE

I NEED THAT ALTERNATIVE


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Abolitionist - Ugly Feeling



  Today's update certainly isn't the first time Abolitionist have featured on here but it's possibly the last. The Portland, Oregon band have decided that it's probably time to call it a day. If it is the end they've gone out with a bang in the form of new (last?) release Ugly Feeling. Featuring the talents of Dustin Herron (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Dunlap (lead guitar/vocals), Joey Mohler (bass/vocals) and Sean Rule (drums), the album is a dozen political treatises on anger, ignorance, imperfection, selfishness, disillusion and self doubt. It's the sound of a band looking inward at the human psyche and not always liking what they see. Questions are asked, "What can you do when you're at the crossroads?" What can you do when berating and controlling are all you know?" "So what now?" It's claustrophobic and uncomfortable. It's essential listening.

  There's a limited edition opaque purple vinyl version (though there's only a handful left so get in quick) and it's also available as a name your price download :   https://abolitionist.bandcamp.com/album/ugly-feeling-lp-2019

  Despite going their separate ways, they've still got a few gigs lined and you can check details here :   https://www.facebook.com/abolitionist.portland.9

  My pick of the bunch? I'm going with the title track. This is Ugly Feeling...

He just had an ugly feeling. He just couldn't relate. He just couldn't blah blah blah (isn't being a white boy great? Ugly feeling. To be honest, it wasn't all that bad growing up in the rural life … being shredded by the eggshells of an unhappy marriage of two imperfect souls living an imperfect life in a spoiled, dying world.

 

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Petrol Girls - Big Mouth


(photo by Martyna Wisniewska)

  Is it just me or is the UK punk scene fucking great at the moment. Obviously on the downside there's pretty much no acknowledgement of it's existence from any major media outlets and many of the bands are struggling to attract people to turn out to their gigs but as far as the music being released is concerned it's a wonderful time to be a punk. To highlight some of that music, I put together a UK special show last week (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-uk-special/) and Petrol Girls weren't even in it! Mainly because I'd played them the week before but also because there's so many bands out there I could only scratch the surface.

  Anyway, Petrol Girls, no strangers to this blog... named after a group of molotov cocktail throwing French revolutionaries (Petroleuses) are now based in Austria (another reason for not featuring them on the show). They line up with Ren Aldridge (vocals), Joe York (guitar/vocals), Liepa Kuraite (bass/vocals) and Zock (drums). They play angry feminist post-hardcore songs and new album, Cut & Stitch, is their most experimental record yet. It's available from Hassel Records and on Bandcamp  https://petrolgirls.bandcamp.com/album/cut-stitch

  To help promote the album there's a lengthy UK and European tour and you can find details here :   https://www.facebook.com/Petrolgirls/

  This song is a fine example of what they're about, it's a feminist anthem which samples Poly Styrene and tackles the subject of many marginalised groups only being tolerated when they're quiet. It's called Big Mouth...

Voices of the marginalised 
Tolerated if we remain quiet 
Bodies of the marginalised 
Tolerated under their control 
Voices of the marginalised 
Tolerated if we remain quiet 
Bodies of the marginalised 
Tolerated 
Tolerated! 

I’m raising my voice louder 
It carries me beyond their walls 
Our silence will not save us 
They can’t contain they can’t control 
They can’t control 

Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard 
But I think UP YOURS 1,2,3,4 

Keep your voice down 
Know your place 
Bite your tongue 
You best behave 
Keep your head down 
Stay in line 
Keep your mouth shut



Monday, 27 May 2019

Hood Rats - Do Not Resuscitate



  I wrote a little about Montreal hardcore garage punkers Hood Rats last year when I posted a song from their excellent Trash Party album (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/05/hood-rats-hostile-takeover.html). A blast of a record, if you missed it you should go check it out   https://hoodrats.bandcamp.com/album/trash-party

  They return to Just Some Punk Songs today as they're previewing a track from their next album. Unsurprisingly it's a rifftastic slice of trashy garage punk that'll go down a storm both in a live setting or blasting out of your headphones. Last time around I said Trash Party would leave you panting, sweaty and baying for more and it seems a certainty the new album will have the same effect. Another release to eagerly look forward to in another great year for punk music.

  The song's called Do Not Resuscitate...

The Prostitutes - Cheap Highs



  It's been a while since I've posted anything by The Prostitutes, I've noticed a drip feed of remastered tracks on their Bandcamp page in recent months but they've just released a brand new song so no further excuse is needed to get them back on here today. The song is called Cheap Highs and it's available as a name your price download. Check it out, along with an impressive back catalogue here  :   https://theprostitutes1.bandcamp.com/track/cheap-highs

  Music and lyrics are written by frontman Kevin McGovern whilst the most recent line up of the band also features JR Matthew (guitar) and Barry Jewels (drums). Nearly a quarter of a century from their formation, they've relocated to Baltimore, Maryland and whilst they might have been a little more sporadic with their releases of late there's been no drop in quality. A new ep is being recorded and will be out this summer. There's also a split 7" with The Pegs in the works. Kevin tells me he's written 10 new songs in the past month and will be recording them as soon as possible.

  This is Cheap Highs...

razorblade goodbyes and real cheap highs 
anything you wanna do 
hanging from a thread, a book that wasn’t read 
too little much too soon 

make a move, skip the groove 
twist your head, it’s better yeah 
still standing in line with the empty minds 
you’re not allowed 
just take yourself out 

self destructive pose, the midnight show 
an image that always cracks 
the decision wasn’t mine, you poisoned the wine 
don’t bother cutting me slack



Sunday, 26 May 2019

Surfbort - You Don't Exist



  One of the most popular bands to feature on the Just Some Punk Songs show during the last year is Brooklyn's Surfbort. Their Friendship Music album was one of the best releases of 2018 so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that there'll be a song from their new ep taking pride of place on today's show (listen to the show at 8pm UK time, details here :   https://www.facebook.com/events/2445735785659571/). The ep is titled You Don't Exist, it features 4 short rambunctious blasts of unrestrained exuberance and although the 10" vinyl appears to have already sold out you can find the digital version here :   https://surfbort.bandcamp.com/album/you-dont-exist

  The band features Dani Miller (vocals), Alex Kilgore (guitar), David Head (guitar) and Sean Powell and their star is very much in the ascendancy at the moment. Not only are they releasing great music and hanging out with mega hot Aussies Amyl And The Sniffers (another band that'll be on today's show) they also recently featured in Gucci's new pre-fall 2019 campaign. Upcoming plans include going out on tour with Idles. You can find more info here : https://www.facebook.com/surf666bort/

  This is the title track of the ep, it's called You Don't Exist...

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Imperial Wax - Rammy Taxi Illuminati


(photo : Tom Walmsley)

  "If it's me and yer granny on bongos, it's the Fall" said Mark E. Smith and for over 40 years it almost seems as though due to the transitionary nature of the band nearly everyone except for yer granny featured in one of the many line ups. Over the past 11 years though, Pete Greenway (guitar), Keiron Melling (drums) and Dave Spurr (bass) survived the cull and remained as the longest running engine room in the band's illustrious history. But then tragically Mark dies and the band are left without their iconic frontman. I suppose they could either call it a day or despite the seemingly impossible task of replacing a legend, carry on regardless. On the evidence of their debut album, it seems as though they made the right decision.

  And so to the man with the impossible task. New singer Sam Curran. No matter who the new frontman was, he wasn't going to be Mark E. Smith and thankfully he doesn't try to be. So farewell The Fall, possibly the band who've given me the most enjoyment in my life, and welcome Imperial Wax.

https://imperialwax.co.uk/

  The new album... It's titled Gastwerk Saboteurs and it's out now on Saustex Records   http://www.saustex.com/IMPERIAL-WAX.html

  You can also find it on Bandcamp : https://imperial-wax.bandcamp.com/album/gastwerk-saboteurs

 A dozen inventive post-punk tracks that cherry pick bits from various genres. The Fall are no more but Imperial Wax have made an album that shows plenty of promise and deserves your attention. I'll play a different song on tomorrow's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.facebook.com/events/2445735785659571/) but today you're getting my favourite. This is Rammy Taxi Illuminati...

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Stolen Wheelchairs - Breaking Down



  Short and sweet today, a song I've been meaning to get round to for a while now, it's by Philadelphia hardcore punk band Stolen Wheelchairs and it's taken from the wryly titled ep Out Of Steps. The band were spawned from the simple belief that wheelchairs should be free for all people. They're the "Robin-Hoods of Healthcare" and although they may not be a major threat, musically they pack a mighty punch. The ep came out in March and it's available on impressive looking coloured vinyl, cd and digitally :  https://stolenwheelchairs.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-steps


  Originally the brainchild of 16 year old Osc4r Capps, they're now an energetic 4 piece, caffeine fuelled and in your face. The songs are very impressive for a debut. Definitely a band to watch out for :  https://www.facebook.com/StolenWheelchairs/

  This is the pick of the bunch. It's a blistering speedball of a song, it's called Breaking Down...


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The Freeze - Office Of Family Design



  A week ago I posted a review I did with Richard Brown. As you may know, Richard is the frontman of Massachusetts punks The Proletariat, a band who appeared on legendary compilation album This Is Boston Not L.A. and who recently released their first album in many years. Today I'm posting a song by The Freeze, a Massachusetts punk band who appeared on legendary compilation album This Is Boston Not L.A. and who recently released their first album in many years. Like the Proletariat's album, it's bloody good.

  For a band that formed (in Cape Cod) in 1978, and who haven't had an album out for 20 years, The Freeze sound way better than they've probably any right to. The album's called Calling All Creatures and it features 12 songs written by core duo Clif Hanger and Bill Close. You can get it from Slope Records on ltd translucent green vinyl, cd and cassette                          https://sloperecords.com/releases/freeze-calling-creatures/                                                                  and Bandcamp 
https://thefreeze1.bandcamp.com/album/calling-all-creatures

  As well as Clif (vocals) and Bill (guitar/vocals), the modern day incarnation of The Freeze also features Zack Carmichael (guitar), Johnny Justice (bass) and Aaron Hjalmarson (drums). The album's described as having blazing riffs, sneering vocals and a rhythm section that kicks you right in the gut. You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/rabid.reaction/

  This song is called Office Of Family Design...

My wife and I had
maintained compliance
We followed
The Family Guide
We worked the careers
they'd chosen for us
Raised a family exactly
of five
So we were shocked
When we received papers
Violations inside
Together we read that
We must report to
The Office of Family Design
And we knew
We knew that wasn't a very good sign
We spent the next week
In a state of confusion
Just wondering what
We'd done wrong
We chalked it all up to
A clerical error
And promised each other
That we would be strong
Appointment day
We dressed in silence
The ride they'd promised arrived
We were left on the steps
of a windowless building
The Office of Family Design
The doors opened
and a voice said
"We thank you
For being on time"
Through bright sterile lights
We saw Sex assigned hallways
Each marked with a pink or blue line
We heard the Autogen Voice say
There's no need to worry
this will be a common corrective rewind
After the 5 minute process
you wont have violations
You'll be free to move on with your lives
With a future this bright
I smiled at my wife
For what I didn't know
would be the last time
We were shocked
When we received papers
Violations inside
Together we read that
We must report to
The Office of Family Design
And we knew
We knew that wasn't a very good sign


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Institute - Roll Music



  Institute are from Austin, Texas (although half the band have now relocated to New York) and they've just released one of the year's best albums. It's called Readjusting The Locks and it's a beast of a record. I was impressed 4 years ago when I first came across them (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2015/01/institute-giddy-boys.html) but impressive as they were back then, they've stepped up a few levels. Despite being geographically rent asunder, Barry Elkanick and Adam Cahoon (Texas half) met up with Moses Brown and Arak Avakian (New York half) in Houston to demo the album before meeting up again in Brooklyn a couple of months later for the proper recording. The result is 13 politically charged shots across the bow of the neoliberalist establishment. It's a clarion call against "sweeping the well being of humanity under the rug in the name of advancing ourselves." The band argue that without a true plan for a sustainable future, false promises will take us past the point of no return. The album's available on ltd edition clear and brown marble "Bourbon" vinyl : https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/sbr222-institute-readjusting-the-locks

  You can check it out on Bandcamp here : https://institute.bandcamp.com/album/readjusting-the-locks

  This is Roll Music...

Monday, 20 May 2019

The Fistulas - Inside Of You! (Review By Dirk Ceustermans)



  Our resident expert on all things Belgian Dirk Ceustermans brings us another killer band from his native land today....

Fistulas - Inside Of You! 


  Sometimes I don't open my letterbox for days, my records are sent to the address where I work so only commercials, bills and flyers from stupid politicians get dropped in it. Don't they read the sign saying "No Commercials / No politic promises"?

  But sometime ago, checking the amount of paper to be thrown away from the letterbox, there was this tiny parcel. in it a cassette, from the Fistulas! Yeah course, Dr Weskes said they were recording, and here it is. But a cassette? ok, get the deck activated again and er... hang on, this is not a cassette!
It's an usb stick in the size and shape of a cassette! Brilliant!



  On gets the pc, opening the folder (sooo modern.. oh la la) and play the mothers. The Fistulas are brave: They get some (un)healthy PNC dished up on your earplates. In times like these it takes some bravery.



  Garage punk in its ultimate simplicity and titles like Glitch Bitch, Bikini Girls, Sex Machine, Pushy and Inside of You! don't deny their urge for ehm Rock 'n' Roll

  I know Dr Weskes for quite a while now, and I know he is a real good guitarman, and on stage he is quite a showman as well. In this band that won't be any different. The rhythm section Krikke on bass & Wizarizer on drums keep things easy enough for us to shake a hip or two.



  The song Inside of You! sounds like someone desperately has an urge to... well.. you know. I only just now watched the video they put onto the tube, and it made me Laugh Out Loud. Fistulas are eL Ow eL, and they sure are enjoying the fun, I can hear that.

10 tracks on this usb cassette, you can hear 8 of them on their website: http://thefistulas.com/music/
Make sure to watch the header movie too, coolage!!

Inside of you!