Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Damones - Invaders From Mars



  Damones are old school punk rockers from Norman, Oklahoma who've been around since 2010 and feature a current line up of Tommy Sturdivant (guitar/vocals), Derek (bass/vocals) and Brian (drums). They recently released a new Self Titled album on their own K.I.A. Records. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marky Kobane, they're hoping to have a vinyl release later this year with a couple of extra tracks but it's available digitally now :  https://damones47.bandcamp.com/album/damones

  Influenced unsurprisingly by The Ramones plus the likes of Riverdales, Queers, Head, Screeching Weasel, Vapids etc they're an old school pop punk that tick all the right boxes and you can get more info on them here :  https://www.facebook.com/DAMONES47/

  If you like your pop punk to be of the sort that'll get the guys at Ramonescore Fanatics to go weak at the knees then you'll love the album. This is called Invaders From Mars....


Monday, 14 January 2019

RUST - Skins and Punks



  A song today that came out in 2016 on a 7" ep via Longshot Music & Randale Records. It's by RUST, a street rock n roll band from Sydney who've been around since 2005 and who's line up features Gazz Campbell (vocals), Bevynn (guitar), Smurf (drums), Michael Fearnley (bass) and Darrin (guitar). With a sound that combines elements of Aussie pub rock (The Angels, Rose Tattoo, early AC/DC) with the explosiveness associated with the likes of Motorhead, 4 Skins etc, they're renowned for serving up sweat drenched, adrenaline fuelled Rock n Roll. You can check out some of their music here : https://rustsydney.bandcamp.com/ 

  2 reasons for posting the song today. Firstly it's bloody good (as you'll see when you check out the Tim Steinfort produced video below) and secondly to let you know they're heading back over to the UK in July to play a few shows. Gigs include Manchester's Star & Garter (along with Pete Bentham And The Dinner Ladies and Choking Susan) and Blackpool's Rebellion Festival. For more info check here : https://www.facebook.com/rustpunk/

  One for those of you who like their music to be powerful with a big singalong chorus, this is Skins And Punks....

The Underdogs - Kings Of Condescension (Review By Ashley Colman)

 

  The Underdogs are the veteran Leeds punk band who formed in the early 80's (taking their name from a song by The Drones) and who despite going on a long hiatus are still releasing great music today. Vocalist U.G. (Andy) Green and guitarist Col Lawson got back together in '97 for Underdogs version 2 and also tried again a year later but it "failed big style." U.G. and Expelled chief songwriter Tim Ramsden had been experimenting on and off for a good 20 years but U.G. decided to hang up his boots for good in 2013. Unable to rid himself of the itch, he decided to give it another go and this time around things clicked.

  Inspired by the likes of The Clash, SLF, Angelic Upstarts etc, they were back. They wanted to carry on their anthemic tradition, forgoing "the football rock style of music that took over in the 80's and henchforth segregated punk rock into a political 'Brexitesque' wave of Gary Bushellism." U.G. says his heart will always be with the pioneers such as The Drones, Slaughter And The Dogs, Wire, The Adverts etc.


  They've just released a new mini album titled Kings Of Condescension and you can order the cd from the the band :  https://www.facebook.com/theunderdogsleeds/

  Ashley Colman will now take over with his review....

  The Underdogs what can I say, yes this is the band who unquestionably released one of the finest singles of the early 80's second wave punk boom, with  the East Of Dachau ep. Criminally though armed with numerous great songs nothing came to fruition regarding further releases. Check out the Riot In Rothwell demos and you'll be shaking your head in disbelief how they weren't big players in that period of history. Nonetheless, what we have here is a 2019 Underdogs CD folks, who would have thought that? And with 3 original members, plus the addition of Nathan Seaton (Hospital Food) on guitar.

  On this mini album there is 5 new tracks with a couple old tracks from demos given a makeover, with Nathan adding some great guitar work to Private Wars and Love In A Hate Bomb. Moreover, out of the newies Divide and Rule and Sway are my favourites though there are no fillers throughout. A well constructed and passionate release. Singer UG besides having a great sense of humour, certainly knows his politics and isn't afraid to share his informative opinions with us. Therefore, The Underdogs 2019 are still relevant and cranking out great tunes, give them a try you won't be disappointed.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Murderer - Piece Of Candy



  Q.  So what's on the Just Some Punk Songs show later today?

  A.  The usual round up of great new punk releases including a track from the recent album by Murderer, the New York 3 piece that features Hank Wood And The Hammerheads frontman and Crazy Spirit drummer Henry Wood (guitar/vocals) alongside Eric Hughes (bass/vocals) and Sam Ryser (Crazy Spirit & Dawn Of Humans - drums/vocals). I'll play a different song on the show to the one that's posted below so if you're a fan of modern day punk music (and if you aren't why are you reading this?) then tune in (8pm UK time  http://mixlr.com/global-punk-radio/ ).  https://www.facebook.com/events/385067092062267/

  Murderer dipped their toes in the water back in 2013 with the release of a 6 track demo, all the tracks were pretty raw and raucous and not a million miles away from what you might expect given the band members history. Fast forward to December 2018 and they returned with debut album I Did It All For You. The sound has been polished, those raw and raucous moments are complimented by tracks that exude an ethereal delicacy. Both styles combine to great effect. You can get both releases from Bandcamp : https://murderernyc.bandcamp.com/

  If vinyl's your thng then head over to Toxic State Records :  https://www.toxicstaterecords.com/records/murderer-lp-2018

  This is the video they released to promote the album, a gentle start launches into an insistant, hypnotic earworm. It's called Piece Of Candy...


Saturday, 12 January 2019

The Deckchairs - 1970s

 

  "Not to be confused with any other shitty band" The Deckchairs are the original 1980's punk band from Reading. Last year they released a new album titled UP YOURS and I'll be posting a song from it today. No Bandcamp link that I can find but you can check out the album on Spotify  https://open.spotify.com/album/3ZET7OH4ifF667ePeZQB68

  It's also available from their site : http://www.thedeckchairs.co.uk/

  The line up of the band is Johnny Durex (vocals), Baz Nasty (guitar), Dave (bass) and Jonny Wah Wah (drums). Their sound is unapoligetically old school punk rock and no doubt they'll go down a storm with the punters when they play the Rebellion Festival in August. You can find more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/TheDeckchairs/

  This video is "a nostalgic look back at the greatest decade ever." The song references staples of that era such as Linda Lovelace, The Sweeney, Huggy Bear, Jimmy Savile, Double Diamond, Curly wurlys and Chopper bikes. It's called 1970's and it's a blast (from the past)...

Friday, 11 January 2019

The Tokyo Rankers - Ordinary People

 

  Here's another band that got a couple of plays on the Just Some Punk Songs show last year but weren't featured on here.Today I'll post the video they released last month from their latest album.

  The Tokyo Rankers are Spud (vocals/guitar), Dario (drums), Jimmy (bass) and Krystian (guitar). They're Peterborough's only street punk and oi band. They formed in 2016 and released their debut album Don't Get Me Started on Evil Records  http://www.evilrecords.org/press-uk-tokyo-rankers

  It's available digitally here : https://thetokyorankers.bandcamp.com/releases

  If you're a fan of singalong working class punk anthems then you're possibly already familiar with the band, if they've passed you by then the 14 tracks on Don't Get Me Started will be right up your street. You'll also have plenty of chances to catch them playing live around Britain throughout 2019.

 


  This is one of the more mid paced tracks from the album, it's an observation of the people around the band, people stuck in a rut surviving day to day with no real change in their lifestyles. The line between being ok and being thrown on the scrapheap seeming to be narrower than ever. This is Ordinary People...


Thursday, 10 January 2019

The Nilz - Welcome To The Toybox



  I'm giving you a heads up today on a new compilation album released by Athlone diy label Deadlamb records that shines a spotlight on some of Ireland's top punk talent. It features tracks by 12 great bands, including the one I'm featuring today, it's titled Lambpaign - Ireland and you can get it on impressive looking green, yellow and black marble vinyl (be quick as there's only a few left) or digitally here ;  https://deadlambrecords.bandcamp.com/album/lambpaign-ireland.  The acts featured are The Nilz, Audible Joes, Jobseekers, The Gakk, The Jollars, United Bottles, Grit, Nomatrix, The Turn, Deathgrip, The Divils and Shithatt. I've already posted a few of them on here so today I'll highlight a band that hasn't featured before (and I'll play a couple of other songs from the comp on Sunday's show https://www.facebook.com/events/385067092062267/).

  The Nilz are from Dublin and formed in 2015. Featuring members of Mongohorn & Septic Pussy the line up on this song is Chris Nil (guitar), Sailor Boi (bass), Eddie Nil (vocals) and GimpBoi (drums). You can check out their 2 eps (The Nilz Made Me Do It and Kiss Me, My Executioner) here :  https://thenilz.bandcamp.com/

  For more info including a gig in April with Sick On The Bus, their plans to record a new album and their search for a new drummer check out their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/thenilzmusic/

  Frontman Eddie Mongohorn also has his own top show on Mixcloud :  https://www.mixcloud.com/eddie-mongohorn/

  This is the track that kicks off the Lambpaign - Ireland comp. Fast and furious it certainly packs a punch and it's called Welcome To The Toybox...

See how see how she moves
See how the current hits her
Touch her black & blue
Worship the ground she bleeds on

It's the hope that kills you

This lady's not for burning
Your love is not returning
Come inside see what we got
Welcome to the toybox

It's the hope that kills you

Scream all you want you'll never be heard
Suffer the sting of the whip and the bite of the spurs
Hell is empty all the devils are here
Hell is empty all the deils are here

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The Exbats - Hercules

 

  The Exbats are one of many bands that featured on the Just Some Punk Songs show last year (Kill Yr Boyfriend was played back in August) but who for whatever reason didn't get a plug on the blog. Last week I came across a video they'd just posted and loved it. So better late than never they feature today.

  They're based in Tucson, Arizona and feature a father/daughter line up of drummer/vocalist Inez McLain and guitarist/vocalist Kenny McLain. Influences are numerous (The Monkeys, Ramones, Blondie, Velvet Underground etc), they liken their sound to "The Partridge Family picking up the Cramps hitchhiking." Their most recent album is titled I Got The Hots For Charlie Watts and it came out last January https://theexbats.bandcamp.com/album/i-got-the-hots-for-charlie-watts

  Making this update timely is the news that Burger Records are releasing a "best of" album, E Is For Exbats. It's the band's debut vinyl lp and you can pre order it here : https://burgerrecords.11spot.com/the-exbats-e-is-for-exbats.html They'll also be recording a new album in the Spring so watch out for details of that here : https://www.facebook.com/TheExbats/

  A tribute to Michael Hurst, the New Zealand actor who played Iolaus in both Hercules : The Legendary Journeys and Xena : Warrior Princess, this is a delight. Hopefully it'll melt the hearts of some of you grizzled old punks, it's called Hercules...

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Abolitionist - Avalanche

 

  Portland, Oregon 4 piece Abolitionist return to Just Some Punk Songs today with a track from their brand new 8 track mini album A New Militance. It'll soon be available on vinyl and cassette (250 copies on opaque pink 10" vinyl & 50 white/pink cassettes available mid February) but for now you can download it "name your price" on Bandcamp : https://abolitionist.bandcamp.com/album/a-new-militance-mlp-2019 

  Originally intended to be released as part of a double album alongside last May's The Instant lp it was written last February, inspired by the 2016 presidential election. As you'll notice, all the songs are one word titles and they coalesce to form a politically themed concept album ending with hope that "It's over. The bad guys lost. They never stood a fucking chance once we all fought as one." but warning against complacency "When the war is over, the real work begins..."

  The line up of the band is Dustin Herron (vocals/guitar), Jeremy Dunlap (guitar/back-up vocals), Joey Mohler (bass/back-up vocals) and Sean Rule (drums). Dustin tells me they won't be doing much promo on this release (so feel free to share it around for them as it deserves to be heard) as they'll be concentrating their efforts on a new 12 song album that's scheduled for release in May or June (digital/cassette first, hopefully vinyl eventually). There's also plans for a summer tour so keep an eye on Facebook for details :  https://www.facebook.com/abolitionist.portland.9

  From the mini album, this is Avalanche...

The pink bombs were a start to an unforgiving war. Soon there was an avalanche from an unforgiving source. No peaceful marches, online petitions. Too fucking sick of the bloody war on women. You should have seen it. It was a bloodbath, reminiscent of the French Revolution. Autocrats, with their pockets lined with cash. Wife-beaters, with their flaccid micro-dicks.

Monday, 7 January 2019

The Control Freaks - I Hate Your Face

 

  One of the best releases from last year that I didn't feature on here (as it wasn't on youtube, hopefully the band don't mind me now rectifying that) was the Double Dose Of Hate single which was by The Control Freaks and came out in November on vinyl via Dirty Water Records. You can check it out here :  https://thecontrolfreaksband.bandcamp.com/album/double-dose-of-hate

  If you caught them last time they featured on this blog (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/control-freaks-control-freaks.html) you'll know they're from San Francisco and feature Rip Off Records' boss Greg Lowery on bass and vocals. Alongside Greg are Sherrilynn Nelson (rhythm guitar/vocals), Tim Curry (drums) and Jeff Glave (lead guitar). As you might expect from a band featuring the man behind Supercharger, The Rip Offs, Infections and Zodiac Killers, The Control Freaks are a) a garage punk influenced powerhouse and b) fucking awesome!

  I'm guessing it won't be too long before the band are featured again as they've a new album in the pipeline. Keep an eye on updates here :  https://www.facebook.com/ControlFreaksSF/

  From the single and written by guitarist (and former member of bands such as The Velveteen Loveseat, The Omens, The Hampton Wicks, The Satisfactions, The Krells etc) Sherrilynn Nelson, this is called I Hate Your Face.... 

Sunday, 6 January 2019

The Smarthearts - Only A Name

 

  I read somewhere that my favourite band of the moment, Dark Thoughts, were heading out on tour and that they were taking a band called The Smarthearts along with them. It therefore seemed the obvious thing to do to check out The Smarthearts and boy, what a good decision that was.

  They're from Philadelphia and feature members of bands such as Sheer Mag, The Guests, Devil Master and Graveturner; Matt Palmer (guitar/vocals), Alki Meimaris (lead guitar/backup vocals), Max Gordon (bass) and Ian Dykstra (drums). 2016 saw them self release a demo cassette but more importantly they've recently released debut album On The Line and if you like your music to be a catchy as hell mixture of power pop and punk then you need to check it out immediately. It'll be available in a couple of weeks on vinyl from Wilsuns Recording Company (Pre order here :
https://wilsunsrc.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-the-smarthearts-on-the-line-lp) or you can snap it up digitally now :  https://thesmarthearts.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-line

  This is the opening track from the album, it's a great example of the quality songwriting and top notch melodies that populate a very promising debut. It's called Only A Name...

I was flipping thru my magazines
Bending the pages, stressing the seams
Something made me take a second look
A proper noun from another book

It was only a name
But it tripped a nerve in my brain
Something from the past
But just how long is this gonna last?

Six weeks later i was on the go
Sat behind a man watching a show
I was looking on, when, to my surprise
Emma stone made me close my eyes

It was only a face
But something bout it didn’t take
So i don’t look back
If i do i’m gonna crack

If you got a problem you can’t talk about
If you know it’s all over without a doubt
And if you got someone that you can’t leave behind
Well you better work it out before you lose your mind

They wrapped me up in everything i love
But it’s hard to tell what i was thinking of
I always knew that bye and bye
You’d come back and see me eye to eye

But it was only a dream
Everything not as it seems
And it’s not quite right
But i hope i get to dream tonight


Saturday, 5 January 2019

Klackers - Sleepover

 

  Tomorrow sees the first Just Some Punk Songs show of 2019 (tune in and have a listen : https://www.facebook.com/events/361523054674063/) and as always I've been searching for new punk releases to share with a growing audience. One of those songs on this week's show will be this cover of the Adicts' classic My Baby Got Run Over By A Steamroller. It was on the 1982 album Sound Of Music and remains one of the highlights of their back catalogue. Now it's been remade and retitled and remains really rather good.

  Klackers are a 5 piece from Moncton, New Brunswick who line up with Shannon Goguen (vocals), Sammy Klacker (guitar), Dylan Hackett (bass), Julie Daigle (keys) and Emily Wiliston (drums). Last week they released their debut, Self Titled, album and it's a great introduction to a very promising new band :   https://klackers.bandcamp.com/album/klackers

  They've been together for around a year, tag themselves diy candy pop/garage punk and play off kilter, edgy pop songs with distinctive female vocals and nagging keyboards. Reinforcing their riot grrrl credentials is a cover of Bratmobile's Gimme Brains (the 2nd cover on the album, the remainder all being original compositions). As well as the digital version of the album you can pick it up on cassette from the band : https://www.facebook.com/klackersband/

  So the Adict's cover, this is Sleepover....

Friday, 4 January 2019

Fit To Work - All Cats Are Beautiful



  Back in 2014 I featured a song by New York City band Comrades called Cats Not Cops (it was so good I even got the t shirt!, listen to the song here :  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2014/07/comrades-cats-not-cops.html). I think the sentiments in the song may well be shared by the band I'm featuring today.

  Fit To Work is "a quasi-autonomous, non-governmental punk act from Scotland featuring an award winning poet/performer, members of Cradle Of Filth & The Phantom Band and a guy from an office. The line up is Daniel Firth (guitars), Harry Josephine Giles (vocals), Duncan Harcus (bass) and Iain Stewart (drums). They play a mix of punk, metal, crust, hardcore, queercore and crippunk and whilst they're very angry and political they aren't afraid to introduce elements of humour into their music.

  You can get more info on the band here : https://www.facebook.com/fittowork/

  In 2017 they released the Dealing With Anger In The Workplace ep and they followed it last September with the Voluntary Severance ep. If you prefer your punk music to be of the type that'll blister the paint from your walls you should check them out :  https://fittowork.bandcamp.com/

  From Voluntary Service and begging to be played loud, this is called All Cats Are Beautiful...

Cops are fucking racist rapist motherfuckers 
Cops are fucking murdering pigfucking scum 

But All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 

Cops are fucking scab snitch spycop shitbrains 
Cops are fucking pathetic little sadistic little wanks 

But All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 

Don't be a school cop (kill the cop in your head) 
Don't be a mall cop (kill the cop in your head) 
Don't be a border cop (kill the cop in your head) 
Don't be a fucking cop (kill the cop in your head, kill the cop in your head) 

Cops are fucking racist rapist motherfuckers 
Cops are fucking murdering pigfucking scum 
Cops are fucking scab snitch spycop shitbrains 
Cops are pathetic sadistic wanks 

But All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 
All Cats Are Beautiful 

Don't be a cop 
Be a cat 
Dont be a cop 
Be a cop-eating cat 
Don't be a cop 
Be a cat that eats cops 
Don't be a cop 
Be a beautiful fucking pussy cat



Thursday, 3 January 2019

Hard Evidence - Blaze Of Glory

 

  St Louis streetpunk quintet Hard Evidence return to the blog today a couple of years after they featured with the excellent Yesterday's News (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/10/hard-evidence-yesterdays-news.html). This time around I'm posting an equally as impressive new song which is blazing a trail for new 12" mini album Last Gasp. It's on Rebellion Records in Europe and LSM Vinyl in The States. 7 tracks (including a cover of Slade's When I'm Dancing I Ain't Fightin) it's described as their catchiest, most melodic record to date with more glam and classic '77 punk influences.

  With a line up featuring Ryan Brown (vocals), Bryan Clarkson (guitar), Jim Ulrich (guitar), Dave Jafari (drums) and Nathan Pionke (bass), the band enter their 5th year as a well honed outfit at the top of their game. You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/HardEvidenceSTL/

  If you like your streetpunk and oi to be catchy as hell then this is the band for you. This is the lead track on the new record, it's "a true story about a good friend of vocalist Ryan going through a very bad series of events..." Let's hope this release isn't the last gasp of a great band. This is Blaze Of Glory...
 

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

DickLord - Doctor Normal

 

  Let's stay in Australia today for a song that came out as a name your price download on Bandcamp in November. Dicklord are a 4 piece punk band from Byron Bay who altogether posted 3 name your price downloads during 2018, all spiky blasts of attitude, piss and vinegar. Think L7 meets Amyl And The Sniffers and you won't be a million miles away. Even better, just grab the songs and make your own comparisons : https://dicklord.bandcamp.com/

  There's not much info on them on Facebook other than their love of swearing but I'm sure they'd appreciate you giving them a like :  https://www.facebook.com/DickLord-1713617612267120/

  I'm sure Dicklord are a band that we'll be hearing plenty more from during 2019. This song rocks out big style, it's called Doctor Normal....

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Vintage Crop - Company Man

 
(photo : B Forde)

  2018 was a great year for Australian punk music with plenty of awesome songs from that country featuring both on this blog and on the Just Some Punk Songs show. 2019 promises to be even better (hopefully new albums by Amyl And The Sniffers and The Chats will live up to the huge expectation but will only be 2 of many great releases). One of the first out of the gate (Jan 18th) will be a new ep from Geelong 4 piece Vintage Crop. It's going to be titled Company Man and you can check out details (and find their previous releases, including excellent debut album New Age) here : https://vintagecrop.bandcamp.com/ You can also order it on vinyl from Anti Fade Records and Drunken Sailor Records.

  The line up of the band is Jack Cherry, Tyson Harper, Luke O'Brien and Tyler O'Brien. They've a few gigs lined up to promote the ep and you can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/vintagecropband/

  Below you'll find the title track, it's a short, acerbic look at climbing the corporate ladder ("they groomed me! they trained me!"). All in all a very promising start to 2019. This is Company Man...