Saturday, 20 April 2019

The Radio Buzzkills - She Died On That Death Star

 

  A return to the blog today for The Radio Buzzkills, the Ramones/Screeching Weasel influenced pop punk 5 piece from St Louis. They wowed us last year with their debut album, Get Fired and now they're back with the equally impressive Get Lost! No bells, no whistles, just 11 old school ear worms in the vein of Teen Idols and Dance Hall Crashers. It's out on Outloud! Records and is available on cd and digital download...  https://outloudrecords.bandcamp.com/album/get-lost

  The band have spent all of this month on the road promoting the album and reports suggest their brand of snotty, irreverent old school pop punk went down a storm. There's still a number of dates lined up and you can check details here : https://www.facebook.com/theradiobuzzkills/

  So, Get Lost! It's Zac on lead vocals with bassist Jen providing counterpoint backing melodies. The songs have titles like Cannibal Girlfriend, Shark Surfer, Vampire Of Sacramento, She Hails Satan etc. It's catchy, it's fun. What more could you ask for?

  This is the song who's title made me check it out first and it didn't disappoint. A sad tale of vaporized love, it wasn't the KKK that took his girlfriend away it was the rebels. This is She Died On That Death Star...


Friday, 19 April 2019

Control - Violent World

 

  Control are the hooligan rock n roll band that formed in 2008 who featured on here back in 2016 with a track from their United In Blood album (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/07/control-no-help-for-heroes.html). Now they're back with brand new album Democracy Is Dead and it's definitely one fans of street punk and oi will want to snap up. The red vinyl version appears to have quickly sold out but black vinyl and cds are available here :  https://mainstagemerch.com/collections/control

  Lining up with Iain Kilgallon (vocals), Glen "Shifty" Johnson (bass guitar/vocals), Ryan Smyth (lead guitar), Reesy (guitar) and Fraser (drums), the band write songs straight from the heart. They deliver hard hitting missives about the things that affect all our lives. There's songs on the new album about self serving leaders, global conflict, the nanny state, keyboard warriors and the state of the nation (as Iain sings, he just doesn't understand why our leaders don't seem to care about the decline of the NHS, overcrowded schools and beggars everywhere). Big business reaps massive profits,  paying minimal tax whilst the majority of us struggle to get by. They say their influences are people who have something to say and this shines through in their lyrics. You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/Controlhooliganrocknroll/

  This song comments on how everyone seems to be in a rush nowadays looking inwards and having no time to help their fellow man. Meanwhile the "idiots who make the plans don't live in crowded streets, they're all in posh estates in their countryside retreats." With a video that shows global strife and suffering this is Violent World...

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Pawns - Monuments of Faith



  I think it's fair to say the chatroom exploded when I played today's song on the latest show. It was definitely one of the best received tracks I've featured. It's by Oakland, California, band Pawns and it's definitely going to be in my best of 2019 list.

  Pawns are a dark punk (goth/anarcho/post-punk) 4 piece comprising Jenna Rose (bass), Noel Mateus (guitar), Gage Allison (vocals) and Stephen Reader (drums). They've been together since 2014 and previous releases include a couple of 7"'s and 2017 album The Gallows. Earlier this month they released a new ep, Monuments Of Faith, and it's a bit of a stunner. It's on Near Dark Records and available on 12" vinyl or digitally : https://neardarkoakland.bandcamp.com/album/monuments-of-faith-ep

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

  Of the 3 songs on the eph, the one I'm featuring today is the title track. When I was much younger, I'd go to a pretty cool student night club called the Sugar House. My drunk younger self would brave the dancefloor to shuffle around to tunes like Temple Of Love (Sisters Of Mercy), Walk Into The Sun (March Violets), Spiritwalker (The Cult), Kick In The Eye (Bauhaus) etc. With it's stunning juxtaposition of gloomy ambience and frantic uptempo drumming this would have gone down an absolute fucking storm. Monuments Of Faith...


Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Pink Room - Cokehead (Review By Dirk Ceustermans)



  The Just Some Punk Songs' guide to Belgian punk music, aka Dirk Ceustermans, returns today with another winner so without further ado I'll leave you in his capable hands...

Pink Room - Coke Head

Taken fromp Zum Kotzen single sided 12"
Zoe Zoe Records/Belly Button Records
Released: 22.03.2019

  I need to relocate to Ghent, that city flourishes with amazing talent the past couple of years.

  So these gentlemen recorded 8 tracks live in a studio, it does sound very lively to say the least. Pink Room is a band that does not sound 
like your average punkrock teenage combo, no sir, these are
Ugly, Dirty, Sleazy, Noisy & ANGRY all at the same time, it gets
you in sick state of confusion, and that might explain the title of this 12".
("Zum Kotzen" is German for "Makes me puke")

  I witnessed these guys live back in December last year and was totally 
blown away. Like a little groupie I asked if they had something out already, 
there was this CD EP I could buy for a couple of coins.

  Pink Room, a three piece outfit, frontman on bass and vocals looking like 
walking straight of the set from a 70's crime series, and oh no! He ain't the good guy!

  Well one thing's for sure, their sound is loud and their presence doesn't go
  unnoticed.

  Handle with care.

https://bellybuttonrecords.bandcamp.com/track/cokehead

Monday, 15 April 2019

DIÄT - Foreign Policy



  Today I'm posting a song that was probably the favourite track of the night with the guys in the chatroom when I played it on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show (show saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-070419/). It's taken from the album Positive Disintegration by Berlin post punkers DIÄT. It's their 2nd album (following up from 2015's Positive Energy) and you can find it on Bandcamp here :   https://ironlungpv.bandcamp.com/album/positive-disintegration-lp-lungs-121

  It was available via Iron Lung Records on vinyl but it quickly sold out (it's being repressed). There's 8 darkly atmospheric tracks which sees the band "add a bit more of a pop zap to the ever present post punk dreariness of modern Berlin life." Comparisons are often made with the likes of Killing Joke, Joy Division and even Wire. I find the best way to listen is laid on the sofa with my eyes closed and my headphones on. It's easy to float away on a tide of swirling guitars and insistent beats. Embrace your inner goth and go with the flow.

  This song is one of the more upbeat ones, it's called Foreign Policy...

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind - Satan's Got His Heart Set On You (Review by Wayne Elliott)



  A guest review today from ex Dr And The Crippens bassist (and host of Pulsebeat Radio show https://www.mixcloud.com/Wayne_Elliott/) Wayne Elliott. Wayne's now relocated from his native Morecambe and is living in Abingdon which gave him the opportunity to catch Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind perform a blistering set in Oxford last week. Suitably enthused Wayne's chosen a song to highlight from the band's new album, Collectiv. You can check out the album here :   https://jimjonesandtherighteousmind.bandcamp.com/album/collectiv

  And now over to Wayne...

On Friday night I was part of a packed crowd in Oxford witnessing Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind testify to the glory of rock ‘n’ roll with a dazzling display of musicianship and showmanship. But I’m not here to do a live review. I am here to talk about their new record.



Jim Jones has been doing what he does for years. From 90’s psychedelic garage rockers Thee Hypnotics through to the dirty garage rock of The Jim Jones Review and since 2014 his new outfit The Righteous Mind. The fact that the audience in Oxford had members of Ride and Radiohead in attendance gives you some idea as to his standing amongst his peers. He’s a musician's musician ploughing his own furrow much in the same way as Billy Childish or Graham Coxon do.



The new album is called ‘Collectiv’ and amongst it’s many highlights, ’ Shazam’, ‘Sex Robot’ and the Wilson Picket cover ‘I Found Love’ is what may just be my favourite song of 2019 so far. It’s called ‘Satan’s Got His Heart Set On You’ but that may not be what he sings. Sonically it brings to mind Tom Waits' class ’16 Shells From A Thirty–Ought Six’, Lyrically some of the more out there Zodiac Mindwarp couplets spring to mind. Whatever, it’s a lot of fun and has already had two outings on Pulsebeat. Enjoy....


Slow Faction - Haters Hate (Demo)



  As they've featured on here numerous times already I don't really need to tell you too much about London's finest, Slow Faction. All I need to let you know is that they've posted another "name your price" demo on their Bandcamp page and recommend you go and snap it up...   https://slowfaction.bandcamp.com/track/haters-hate-demo

  Now that you've done that, hopefully you'll also read and digest the lyrics. I have to say that frontman John Youens is up there with the UK'S best songwriters. He always has something important to say about the society we live in. Don't think this song is a one off, just check out their back catalogue for a well thought out commentary on modern life. I think it's safe to assume their next proper release (be it an album or an ep) is going to be an absolute classic.

  This song is about the legions of angry, predominantly middle aged, white males who infest our country, yearning for a Britain that probably never even existed. Their best years are behind them and frustration with lives unfulfilled is bubbling up. It's called Haters Hate...

Where did it go wrong? 
You feel so powerless 
Now the potency of youth has long gone 
The dying of the light 
There’s nothing left to do 
But to stand your ground for one last fight 
Repelling the tide with all your might 
But your anger makes you blind and you’re losing your grip 
You think you’re being robbed of your white male privilege…and… 

Haters hate – so what you going to do? 
When everything turns out the same… 
Haters hate – so what you going to do? 
When there’s no one left to blame… 

An imagined history 
A better time and place 
When no one dared to challenge your patriarchy, and… 
A past that isn’t yours 
You’re just deluding yourself 
When you talk of victory and two World Wars 
You’re stealing memories of a justified cause 
You’re dragging us back to the previous century 
In a vain attempt to assert your authority 

So you hate your wife because she earns more than you 
And you hate your kids – they never listen to you 
You hate your neighbours as they don’t look like you 
And you hate everyone who doesn’t think like you 
So you hate all the liberals and the socialists 
You hate the tree huggers and the communists 
And you hate all the students and the feminists 
You hate all foreigners and the antiracists 


Burn down this nation 
No hope for the future generations 
Your toxic legacy 
Of fascism cloaked in the word democracy



Saturday, 13 April 2019

The Mistakes - Pride And Fetishes



  Poole punks The Mistakes have been working hard constantly touring the UK and Europe for over 6 years and they're making something of a name for themselves amongst discerning genre fans. All their hard work, combined with the success of their Anti-Social Media album (available on their own NBQ Records : http://www.nbqrecords.com/) led to them being asked to play last year's Rebellion Festival. They went down a storm and have been invited back this year. Other forthcoming gigs include the Cream Of The Crop punk and oi all dayer in Bedford, the Watford Punk Collective's Two Night Stand and the Morecambe Punk Festival. You can check out details here :   https://www.facebook.com/themistakesuk/

  The band are a 5 piece featuring Ross Sutcliffe (vocals), Shane Creech (rhythm guitar), James Gould (lead guitar), Richie Blandford (bass guitar) and Lewis Willoughby (drums). They list amongst their influences the likes of Rancid, NOFX, Offspring, UK Subs, Pennywise etc. They make in your face but catchy street punk music and never disappoint, each release is an event to look forward to.

  The song you'll find below is taken from new album Upstarts And Heretics (listen on Spotify :   https://open.spotify.com/album/4lTIOjAXmaZH9ZBlTdWKnb)  and has just been complimented with a pretty cool lyric video. The song comments on the impending regulation of online adult content. As Ross sings, "Give back my fucking porn." It's an anthemic hands off warning to modern day Mary Whitehouse's called Pride And Fetishes...

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Battery March - No Good Cops



  Unfortunately I know Sweet Fanny Adams about today's band other than...

1)  They're called Battery March
2)  They're from Boston
3)  They recently released a 5 track Demo
4)  They're bloody good

  There's lots of hardcore bands from Boston, I find many sound similar, there definitely seems to be a Boston signature sound. To me, Battery March stand out from the crowd. Whilst still sounding a product of their locale, to me they sound equally influenced by the early 80's UK scene. To be honest, I think I've got a pretty decent ear for good music but I've never been very good at saying why I like it or describing it so you're probably better just downloading the Demo, name your price, and making up your own minds. https://batterymarch.bandcamp.com/album/2019-demo-tape

  This is the lead track and probably my favourite. Underneath the gruff, hardhitting exterior there's a catchy as hell tune kicking and screaming to be heard. It's called No Good Cops...

Show me a good policeman, and I'll show you a rat
Cause 'serve and protect' don't just mean watch your buddy's back
It's right under their eyes, but suddenly they're blind
If you can't police your own backyard then fuck off out of mine
There's no good cops, just bad and worse

Another crooked copper busted but they just turn and shrug
Another racist murder by another blue-shirt thug
From Amadou to Homan Square, Rampart to Johnny Burge
Show me 'law and order' and I'll show you empty words

There's no good cops, just bad and worse
The ones that pull the trigger and the ones that steal your purse
And the ones that look on sadly like there's nothing they can do
Well fuck the thieves, and fuck the killers, and fuck the good cops too




Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Amyl and the Sniffers - Got You


(photo : @lacay.o)

  I suppose there's always a danger when you seem to be the name on everyone's lips that you'll be hit by emperor's new clothes syndrome. I know there's plenty of people that have been gagging for an album by Melbourne's Amyl And The Sniffers and it's going to be difficult to live up to expectations but on the evidence of the song I'm featuring today, and the previous teaser releases from it (Monsoon Rock, Cup Of Destiny and Some Mutts (Can't Be Muzzled) ), the Self Titled debut album is going to blow long standing fans away and gain the band plenty of new ones. It's out on 24th May on Rough Trade, ATO Records and Flightless Records and you can pre order it here :     https://amylats.ffm.to/amylats

  There'll be 11 tracks on the album and if song titles like Gacked On Anger, GFY (Go Fuck Yourself) and Punisha don't whet your appetite then nothing will. The band have been busy touring to sell out crowds and gave us another taste of what to expect from the album in the form of an incendiary live version of Go Fuck Yourself  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaTys06uyNY

  Roll on May 24th!

  This song comes with a cool video that sees Amy treating the rest of the band mean. It's about those exciting first throes of love when you're starting a new relationship. It's called Got you...



Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The Serpent Motors - Rollercoaster



  The Serpent Motors are a 4 piece punk n roll band from Chesterfield and The Peak District. They've been gigging for around 5 years, mainly in the North of England but they ventured down to London last year to play the Dublin Castle. Their next gig will be at The Tipsy Toad in Matlock on 19th April. Their influences include old school punk bands Ramones, Sex Pistols and Sham 69 as well as the likes of Nirvana, AC/DC and Slaves. You can find more info on them here :   https://www.facebook.com/TheSerpentMotor/

  Last year they released a 7 track album titled Rock n Roll Radio. Sharing a name with the classic Ramones song there's definitely hints of the Forest Hills legends in their sound but they definitely aren't a Ramonescore band. You can check out the album here :   https://theserpentmotors1.bandcamp.com/album/rock-n-roll-radio

  This is the opening track, it's called Rollercoaster...

I've been waiting all my life 
I've been waiting all the time 
I've been waiting all of my life 
I've been waiting all my life 
I've been stood, stood in line 
I've been waiting standing in line 

Now I'm going to ride the Rollercoaster 
I'm going to ride the times getting closer 
I'm going to ride the Rollercoaster with you 

I've been waiting for my chance 
I've been waiting for my dance 
I've been waiting all of my life 
I've been doing what I like 
I've been doing it all the time 
I've been doing what I like 

Now I'm going to ride the Rollercoaster 
I'm going to ride the times getting closer 
I'm going to ride the Rollercoaster with you 

Whoa oh ride the Rollercoaster 
Whoa oh ride the Rollercoaster 
Whoa oh ride the Serpent Motor with you




Monday, 8 April 2019

Bad Affair - Bad Affair



  I was put onto today's band by Jamie Bay from the Not The Punk Rock Show and was mightily impressed. They're a garage punk 4 piece from Hamburg who (I think) formed in December 2017 and who've recently released a 4 track Demo ep. It'll be available soon on tape (limited to 100 copies) via No Spirit (https://www.facebook.com/nospiritzine/) but is already on Bandcamp as a name your price download : https://badaffair.bandcamp.com/releases

  Now their first release is available, they're preparing to play their first gig. It's on the 12th of this month in Breman. Other gigs they've got line up include a couple of support slots with top Canadian band No Problem. You can get more details here : https://www.facebook.com/BadAffairPunk/

  The Demo is an extremely promising female fronted (I'm not sure it's allowed to call bands female fronted anymore but sod it, I love female fronted bands and it's as good a way as any of describing what the singer sounds like!) debut. It's raucous, it's powerful, it's a blast. It leaves you yearning for more which I suppose is what a good demo should do.

  This is the opening track, I'm guessing it's an autobiographical tale of a relationship that quickly turned sour although feelings still linger. It's called Bad Affair...

when i first met you 
it was all heat and flash 
those days were so intense 
and i thought it was love 

why does it still hurt me? 

later i could see 
what was all obvious 
you were just fucked up 
and i was too naive 

why does it still hurt me? 

it´s said that time heals 
i guess that´s somehow true 
so here´s my goodbye 
along with a fuck you! 

why does it still hurt me? 

it will stop hurting me!



Sunday, 7 April 2019

City Miles - Empty Vessels



  One of my favourite bands that I've posted on this blog are City Miles. I was lucky enough to stumble across them early on. If I remember rightly I think when I put Skinhead Till The End on Youtube it was their first song to be posted on there. I used it for the short piece I wrote about the song (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/04/city-miles-skinhead-till-end.html), it was short because no one knew anything about them. Pretty much all that seemed apparent at that time was that they were 3 genre veterans who wore balaclavas and back when I wrote the article they'd only got 13 likes on Facebook. Someone from the band noticed the blog update and messaged me, I didn't know who it was as they were keen to keep their identities secret though I now assume it was frontman and songwriter Marc 'Mates' Maitland. Mates had previously been in a number of other bands; he played drums in Blocko, The No Marks and Weeks but wanted his new project to stand on it's own two feet. I received a few messages from the mystery contact and even got a Top 10 selected jointly by the band : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/05/top-10-songs-chosen-by-city-miles.html

  Tragically Mates passed away shortly before the release of their debut album. The album is titled Social Upheaval and it's wonderful.

  The band are an oi band but their songs are very catchy singalongs that whilst showing an obvious love for the genre also hint that the members have previously painted on a broader canvas. Whilst they sing about typical oi staples such as boots & braces, football hooligans, criminals, riots etc there's a twinkle in their eye and a sense of glee. You get a feeling if you were to meet these balaclava clad skinheads down a dark alley, rather than beat you up they'd greet you like a long lost friend and take you for a pint.

  The album is out on Rebellion and you can find it here : https://www.rebellionshop.com/

  This song is about the loudest voice in the pub. The guy who can't take his drink. It's called Empty Vessels...


Pizzatramp - I Got Work In The Morning



  Yay!  The new Pizzatramp album, Grand Relapse, is finally out and boy does it rock. It's 15 tracks of fast as fuck skate thrash that'll be turning up on more than a few Best Of 2019 lists. Unlike many hardcore bands though, the Welsh 3 piece aren't trying to take down the state, they're taking the piss out of it instead. They might sing about the rise of the far right, climate change or the systematic destruction of the NHS but they don't come over all po-faced and preachy. That doesn't mean they don't care, they'll tackle the important stuff but they'll have fun doing so. And, as in the case of the song that's featured today, they'll also sing about booze & drugs! It's an adrenaline rush of the highest order and you can get it on picture disc or orange vinyl from TNS Records    https://www.tnsrecords.co.uk/shop/distro/cds/pizzatramp-grand-relapse/

  It's also on Bandcamp : https://tnsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/grand-relapse

  I'll be playing a different song on tonight's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.facebook.com/events/2179639002114442/)  but on here I'm posting their new video. Pointing out the dangers of getting wasted on a school night, this is I Got Work In The Morning...


"This one goes out to all the heroes worldwide who go to gigs and clubs and pubs on school nights and still get absolutely fucking off their trees on spirits and pills regardless of the consequences"

lyrics

No pills
No shots
I got work in the morning

No keys
No lines
I got work in the morning

No fun
No life
I got work

Late nights in vans
Guinness in cans
Won't cancel my plans

No gigs
No weed
I got work in the morning

No clubs
No speed
I got work

25 shots 5000 watts I can see spots

I got work 

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Rumours Of War - Declaration of War (Review By Brian Curran)

 

  Brian Curran has featured on here a couple of times as a member of Scottish band Brain Anguish (https://brainanguish.bandcamp.com/releases) and he's been in several other bands (Disaffect, Debris, Quarantine, Ruin, Scatha, T.R.I.B.E.). Today he's kindly reviewed the new 4 track ep by "noisy, angry" north east of Scotland band Rumours Of War. You can find the ep here :   https://rumoursofwar.bandcamp.com/album/sloganeering-ep

  More info on them is here : https://www.facebook.com/rumoursofwar/

  Now over to Brian....


Rumours of War - Sloganeering

Rumours of war is the new band from the mind of singer songwriter Mark Ayling, or Mark A as he also goes by. If you asked me what would Mark A sound like if he had other musicians and plugged in my answer would probably be what Rumours of War sound like. I've always like what Mark does as a solo artist, so I was pretty excited to hear what he'd sound like as a band. If I would put any similarities on this I would say it reminds me of The Mob, Zounds, The Astronauts with hints of The Jam thrown in for good measure. Opening song 'Declaration of War' has all the hallmarks of traditional anarcho punk, which starts off with a catchy guitar riff that builds up and keeps marching along with a sense of urgency all the way through to a singalong chorus (well I was singing along anyway). The urgency of the music reflects the lyrics that are relevant of the current economic climate and all that is wrong with capitalism. It's a call to arms and a cry for help all at the same time as they ask what is it going to take for the people to fight back against the ruling class, which kind of highlights how fuck all has changed over the years. Second song Clean continues where Declaration of War finishes off. An upbeat song about privilege, the dirty tricks used to accumulate their wealth and how they can hide their money whilst the rest of us get hammered by tax via our income and purchase of goods. The music is simple, repetitive, but not dull or boring and it pulls you in along for the ride and it's a ride that I'm enjoying. The bass line to 3rd song 'Sloganeering' instantly reminded me of The Jam and indeed as I was listening to this in the kitchen my 11 year old son came in with a spring in his step. It's the stand out song for me, catchy hooky song that grooves along. Lyrically, it's about bands/artists who talk the talk but don't walk the walk. You know, say all the right things about safe subjects but don't do anything actively to put those views into action. Final song 'Half Mast' is about the futility of war and the pointless murder of people (military personnel and civilians alike) by governments and how powerful bodies, such as the media, are charged with the job of feeding the masses with enough propaganda to justify the murder. The lyric "But there's no time to remember the thousands who fell. Each with a family, a life, a story to tell. Justified in the hatred you felt. But every bullet you fired feels like a bullet you aimed at yourself" it shows how pointless it is, but sadly relevant. Musically like the rest of the songs on this EP it's got an upbeat hooky riff that marches along and grabs you along. To sum up this is a strong debut release that is well recorded and well played, with Mark playing all the instruments as well as vocal duties. All in all a great EP that leaves you wanting to hear more.

This is Declaration Of War...

Thursday, 4 April 2019

State Funeral - Built For Destruction



  State Funeral are a hardcore punk band from Brighton who I came across a couple of years ago when I heard their incendiary debut ep Tory Party Prison https://statefuneraluk.bandcamp.com/releases

  They first featured on here in Dec 2017 when Darren Bourne reviewed Age Of Pigs (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/state-funeral-age-of-pigs.html).

  Now they're back with a new 5 track ep on Static Shock Records called Built For Destruction. I think it's fair to say that they haven't mellowed with age. There's a limited pressing on red 7" vinyl and it's also available digitally here : https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/built-for-destruction

  Earning comparisons with bands like Dead Mans Shadow, The Abused and The Insane, it's music that'll strip the paint off your wall. If you thought I was posting too much pop punk last weekend then this is something you'll probably enjoy. It's the title track, Built For Destruction...


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Virvon Varvon - Mind Cancer

(photo by Matthew Stewart Hunter)

  Virvon Varvon are a new band to me but damn they're good. They feature members of the likes of Black Time, Wake Up Dead, Candy Highway and The Jazz June, they're from the UK and the line up is Hanne Highway (vocals), Stix Champion (drums), Koala (guitar/vocals), Rob Bass (bass) and Lemmy Caution (guitar). They play "Angry, Gnarly, Claustrophobic, Paranoid punk anthems for our times!"

  They've just started taking pre orders for their new cassette, it's titled Mind Cancer and it'll be released on one of the most interesting labels around, Girlsville. Based in Portland, Oregon, the label has been responsible for super cool recent releases by The Prissteens, Hood Rats, Coachwhips, Mr. Airplane Man, Towanda etc. You can order the cassette and/or stream 8 of the songs here :   https://girlsville.bandcamp.com/album/virvon-varvon-mind-cancer

  Garage punk that's catchy as hell, scuffed up pop that brings to mind the kind of trashy but oh so cool bands that Tina Lucchesi has graced, the album is a definite winner. I'll play a different track on Sunday's Just Some Punk Songs show but today you're getting the title track. This is Mind Cancer...

 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Cocaine Piss - Eat The Rich



  Cocaine Piss are from Liege, Belgium and are preparing for the release this week of their 2nd album Passionate And Tragic. As with their debut (2016's The Dancer) it was produced by the legendary Steve Albini. They're a noise rock band who this time round promise beefier outbursts with stronger impact. It'll be on Hypertension Records and you can order it here :   https://hypertensionrecords.bigcartel.com/

  It's available digitally on Bandcamp : https://cocainepiss.bandcamp.com/album/passionate-and-tragic

  They'll be venturing out on a lengthy European tour soon and you can check out dates here :   https://www.facebook.com/cokepiss/

  Below you'll see their latest video, it's called Eat The Rich...

Monday, 1 April 2019

Flinch - Breathe



  Flinch are a melodic hardcore band from Novi Sad, Serbia, featuring Jovan (vocals), Nikola (bass/vocals), Ognjen (guitar/vocals), Pavel (drums) and Nina (guitar). Those of you that really pay attention may recognise some of those names as the band were previously called Against The Odds and a song by them featured on here in 2017 (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/09/against-odds-from-kids.html). As guitarist Nina Zvezdin says, "We changed the name of the band but it's pretty much the same crew. There have been a lot of line up changes over the years and it's a completely different sound than it was 6 years ago when we started. A name change was long overdue."

  Their new ep, Ask For Help, was released in February and is suitably shouty and hard hitting. The 4 tracks on the ep seem to focus on those times when you're struggling mentally. Lyrics include "Is anyone listening? Can you hear the muted screams?" / "I know I can do it but I don't want to all alone." / "I've been running scared all my life."etc. I guess that's why it's titled Ask For Help. Anyway, you can download it name your price here :  https://flinchhc.bandcamp.com/

  There's also a limited edition run of tapes available from Underground Disco Beočin

  This is the opening track, it's called Breathe...

Breathe, 
With short quick breaths, 
Heart rate skyrocketing like a weight on my chest, 
I can’t face society, anxiety consumes my life. 

Water burning down your throat, 
While heat drowns out your insides, 
Is this what it’s supposed to feel like, 
Or have I just lost my mind? 

Is anybody listening? 
Can you hear the muted screams? 
Are you listening? 

Let’s raise the stakes, 
Not like it matters it’s only one life. 
Is it bad or just getting worse? 
"It’s not over before it’s too late" 
That’s what they think will keep you calm, 
Nothing will cost you more. 

Breathe, 
Take the weight off your chest.


Sunday, 31 March 2019

The Yoohoos - Planet Heart



  Hello!  Today you get the final part of my look at recent Monster Zero Records releases, a song from Eggnog (vocals/guitar), Vanilla (bass/vocals) and Koko B (drums). Collectively known as The Yahoos, they're a pop punk 3 piece from Bamberg in the south east of Germany.

  Formed in December 2005 the band have released a couple of eps but after a long wait they've finally got round to regaling us with a debut album. Titled Up Goes The Rocket, it's mastered by the legendary Mass Giorgini (so you know it'll sound great) and it's available on vinyl (50 orange/250 black) here :                                                                       https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/yoohoos-the-up-goes-the-rocket-lp-limited-orange-vinyl
 https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/yoohoos-the-up-goes-the-rocket-lp

  You can find it on Bandcamp here : https://theyoohoos.bandcamp.com/album/up-goes-the-rocket

  Pitched at being for fans of Groovie Ghoulies, Chixdiggit, Teen Idols etc it mixes male and female vocals to great effect. If you like your pop punk to be fun and upbeat then these are the guys for you. There's even a cool version of New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle plus a guest appearance by Leftenant AR-7 of Oakland band The Phenomenauts. You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/yoohoosarego/

  The song I'm highlighting today is a song about love and loneliness, a bouncy little number called Planet Heart....

The Ratcliffs - Cease To Care



  Another Monster Zero Records release today, this time it's a song taken from Hell Mental, the latest album from The Ratcliffs. The band are a 3 piece from Innsbruck fronted by Paul Coyote (vocals/bass) and featuring Matt from DeeCracks (guitar) and Manu from Dorkatron (drums). For fans of The Queers, Hard-Ons, Mean Jeans etc the band have been around in one form or another since 2005 and Hell Mental is their 4th release on Monster Zero. It's available on green vinyl (though as it's limited to 50 copies I can't imagining it being available for long), black vinyl (250 copies)   https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/ratcliffs-the-hell-mental-exclusive-green-vinyl-lp / https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/ratcliffs-the-hell-mental-lp and digitally :   https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/hell-mental

  You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/The-Ratcliffs-186447732192/

  Ticking all the requisite boxes, Hell Mental is 12 tracks of Ramones influenced pop punk that sits well with other recent Monster Zero releases from the likes of The Mugwumps, Jagger Holly etc. Well produced, wall to wall harmonies, driving guitars, pounding drums.... what's not to like! This song is called Cease To Care.


Saturday, 30 March 2019

The Hangups - Stupid World



   It's been a great 2019 for punk music so far, the opening quarter of the year has seen plenty of killer releases. If you're a pop punk fan then the next few days on this blog you'll be pleased to see me feature bands from the Monster Zero Records roster. Based in Austria and run by Kevin "Aper" Stout they've been putting out some of the genre's best music and over the next 3 days I'll be illustrating how they're keeping up those high standards.

  First up, a song that I was certain I'd already posted but which I'd only played on the show. It's the lead track on the recent 2nd ep from Malmo 4 piece The Hangups. They formed in 2015 and I featured their debut ep here : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-hangups-addicted.html. They play late 90's/early 2000's style pop punk in the style of Screeching Weasel & The Parasites etc and after a couple of changes they line up with Ale (guitar/vocals), Hugo (bass/backing vocals), Poffe (drums) and Ludvig (guitar/backing vocals). They're one of my favourite new pop punk bands and you can get more info on them here :   https://www.facebook.com/thehangupssux/

  The new ep is called No Expectations, it's comprised of 4 catchy brain worms and it's available on black & blue splatter 7" vinyl (ltd to 300 copies) https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/hangups-the-no-expectations-7 as well as digitally : https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/no-expectations

  This is the lead song, I can hear echoes of Teenage Bottlerocket running through the intro before Ale starts singing about nothing making sense to him as he's losing his mind in a world that feels upside down. The catchiest pop punk song of 2019 so far? Probably! This is timeless stuff guaranteed to get your feet moving. It's called Stupid World...

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Vista Blue - Opening Day



  Yeah, it's Vista Blue again. The month started with an interview with frontman Mike Patton (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/03/an-interview-with-mike-patton-vista-blue.html) and now it's drawing towards a close with a new song from power pop-punk's most prolific outfit.

  This time around the band are celebrating opening day of what I assume is the baseball season. All this baseball stuff is beyond me but I'm sure as a cricket fan and someone who suspects himself to be at least dipping a toe into the autism spectrum (I'm quite interested in stats which is what seems to make up a large part of baseball plus I update this blog everyday which suggests an obsessive personality!) I think I'd enjoy it if there were enough hours in a day for me to give it a go. But it doesn't matter, knowing nothing about baseball doesn't detract from my enjoyment of today's song.

  It's available along with another new song (the more power pop orientated It Must Be Nice) on Bandcamp. It's currently name your price so snap them up now :   https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/album/opening-day

  The band are still aiming to get enough money pledged to record their next 7" in Memphis at Ardent Studios so if you want to help them you can check out details here :   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/357882646/vista-blue-hit-the-floor-7-inch-at-ardent-studios

   Also of interest, even though they don't seem to play too many live shows they've got what looks like an awesome gig lined up where they'll be on a bill with The Radio Buzzkills, The Prozacs and The Rip Taylors. It's at The Cobra, Nashville on 19th April and details are here :   https://www.facebook.com/events/2189605147718537/

  This song is typical Vista Blue. Bright and bouncy, catchy as hell and likely to be rattling around in your head for the rest of the day. It's called Opening Day...

  

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

HAEMERS - NOISE (Review By Dirk Ceustermans)



  I think it's fair to now call Dirk Ceustermans the official Just Some Punk Songs Belgian correspondent. Every so often he'll pop up with "I've got another one for you Mick."  He's yet to disappoint.

  Dirk's written a couple of paragraphs about a hardcore punk 4 piece from Ghent called HAEMERS. They line up with Bram (vocals), Joris (drums), Bert (bass) and Pieter (guitar). Their Facebook page is :  https://www.facebook.com/haemersband/

  Last year they released a Demo and you can find it Name Your Price here :   https://haemers.bandcamp.com/album/demo

  And now over to the song that Dirk's chosen....

HAEMERS - NOISE 
taken from DEMO released June 6, 2018

  Patrick Haemers was a criminal from Brussels who was part of a gang known for its violent robberies on money transports back in the 80s. At the end of that decade, this gang kidnapped a famous and rich Belgian politician, for whom they asked ransom which they got. However police were on his tail as they arrested a few involved. But by then Haemers was already in Rio De Janeiro. A bit like Ronald Biggs' story innit?
Brazilian authorities arrested him and sent them back to Belgium. 
Finally he committed suicide (some argue about that) in jail in 1993.

  So this band took up his name to unleash their violent attacks onto us, successfully so. There's more bands in Belgium that use the names of famous people over here, Travolta comes to mind, or the yet to be unleashed band called Johnny Flamingo.

  I wanted to write more about the band but by the time you've read this, the song will be over.

  This is NOISE...

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Becky & The Politicians - If Boys Got Pregnant



  Today's song came out a while ago (May 2017) but it's been getting plenty of plays in the Just Some Punk Songs household recently and deserves it's place on this blog.

  Becky & The Politicians are a lo-fi synth punk band who I know very little about but who released an ep called Options in 2016 ( https://bestsupportingactress.bandcamp.com/album/options) and followed it up a year later with a mini album of covers titled Punk Rolls Over The Hill. On this release they put their own unique spin on classics originally recorded by The Ramones, Zeros, Swell Maps, Wire, Snatch, Buzzcocks and The Orchids. You can check it out here :   https://bestsupportingactress.bandcamp.com/album/punk-rolls-over-the-hill

  There's plenty of fun to be had in listening to their versions of Orgasm Addict, Jackie & Judy and 12XU but my favourite is the Orchids cover (original version here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfqvhf-SqqU) which asks the question what would happen If Boys Got Pregnant...

Monday, 25 March 2019

Litovsk - I'll Never Forget You

 

  Litovsk are a post punk band from Brest, France who's line up features Clair, Damou, Gwen, Manu and Mitch. They've been together for around 5 years and you can find their music here :   http://litovsk.fr/

  Their most recent release came out last month and was Volume 4 of the Build Me A Bomb Records singles series. It's titled I'll Never Forget You and it's available name your price here :   https://buildmeabombrecords.bandcamp.com/album/single-round-volume-4

  The flip side of the single is the languidly paced 4 and a half minute Dit Wil Ik Nooit Vergeten. The A side is a shorter, jauntier version that's sung in English and is a little like early Cure on happy pills. I like both sides.

  This is I'll Never Forget You...




Sunday, 24 March 2019

Freak Genes - Nothing In Between Us



  Charlie Murphy has already appeared on here this year with his band Internal Credit (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/01/internal-credit-internal-credit.html) and he returns today with a song from the new album by his band Freak Genes. A duo, as well as Charlie there's Andrew Anderson (Hipshakes/Proto Idiot), this is their third album (following on from Playtime and Qwak Qwak) so not unreasonably it's titled 111.  It's available from the ever reliable Drunken Sailor Records.
  Vinyl :   http://www.drunkensailorrecords.co.uk/products/637628-freak-genes-iii-lp-drunken-sailor-records-drunkensailor-106
  Digital   https://drunkensailorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/iii-lp 

  They're pitching the album as garage rock meets Gary Numan and also throwing names into the mix such as Wire, DAF, The Units, Flying Lizards and Lodger-era Bowie. What you get are 12 playful and inventive synth pop songs that are a joy to delve into. Quirky and unconventional, there's plenty of repeat play value.

  They've released a video for the song Waxing Moon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIf8vserdY4) but I've decided to highlight a different one today.

  This song would have probably been a Top 40 smash if it had been released before the charts went to shit. It's called Nothing In Between Us...

Cockwomble - Conspiracy



  Brighton band Cockwomble are preparing to release their 3rd ep (their first 2 were great and featured here : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/07/cockwomble-henchmen.html and here : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/10/cockwomble-want-stuff-buy-stuff.html). It'll be available on cd and digital download on the 5th April and the title track is highlighted today. There's a video for it online so you may have already heard Conspiracy but thanks to bassist Vicky Smith I'm playing a song you possibly won't have heard (Joey Ramone) on today's Just Some Punk Songs show. Definitely worth tuning in for, join me at 8pm (UK TIME) here :   http://mixlr.com/global-punk-radio/

  Alongside Vicky Smith (who you may also know from her other band The Ramonas) Cockwomble also feature Ali Gavan (vocals/guitar) and Leah Dennison (drums). Combining anger and humour they shine a light on modern day society. Their songs are catchy but take no prisoners, razor sharp and biting. The new ep is released in advance of support slots with classic bands Subhumans and UK Subs and their first appearance at the Rebellion Festival. For more info check here :   https://www.facebook.com/cockwombleband/  

  If you want to pre order the ep go here : https://cockwomble.bigcartel.com/  

  They claim their music is for fans of Idles, Ramones, Undertones, Adverts, McClusky, Supergrass, Beastie Boys, Peter, Paul & Mary and Husker Du. An eclectic bunch indeed! The ep features 4 songs (all winners); Goebbels & Orwell is about how there's a fight coming and everyone's going to have to choose a side (community can triumph over hate). It's OK To Punch A Nazi is self explanatory (if it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, goosesteps like a duck then punch it you're in luck...). Joey Ramone was written as the band hate U2's song about the great man so much they thought they better write a decent one (yep, they've definitely written a decent one!). 

  And then there's the title track. It's about how dumbass conspiracy theories distract from life's real villains "It's not aliens mate, and it's definitely not the Jews."  As I mentioned earlier, anger and humour (plus clever lyrics and great riffs). A killer ep. 

 This is conspiracy... 

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Bring the War Home - White Hoods, Red Hats, Black Eyes

 

  Bring The War Home are a revolutionary communist agit-punk three piece from Hamilton, Ontario who's line up features Dael (guitar/backup vocals), Gross Biff (drums) and Martin (bass/vocals). They list amongst their influences Marx, Lenin and Mao and they've recently released a very promising debut Self Titled ep. With songs firing barbs at the bourgeoisie, nazis, those in authority, those who meekly bow down to those in authority and "proud patriots" they're a band in it's embryonic stages but they're very promising so hitch a ride at the beginning of their journey and check them out :   https://bringthewarhome.bandcamp.com/

  You can find more info here : https://www.facebook.com/bringthewarhome/

  This is the final song on the ep, a topical call to arms to fight the rise of the far right. Racism has no place in any society, especially in these so called enlightened times. As it says in the song, EVERY GENDER EVERY RACE PUNCH A NAZI IN THE FACE.

  This is White Hoods, Red Hats, Black Eyes...

Walking down the street one night 
Tragic fascist spoof 
Deadbeat dads in leather jackets 
Bunch of fucking goofs. 
Say they're just proud patriots, 
That Muslims aren't a race. 
They want to scare some immigrants and put them in their place.

Viking bikers on the prowl 
Praying to Norse gods. 
Feel real tough behind police lines 
Hit for hit we like our odds. 
We know where they live and work 
Yeah we've got them good. 
Gonna make sure that their neighbours know there's a Nazi in their neighbourhood. 

White hoods, red hats, black eyes. 
White hoods, red hats, black eyes. 
Better watch your back. 
The people will attack. 
We'll smash you like it's 1945. 

Now here come the cavalry, 
The frat-boy reject crew. 
Promised not to touch themselves, 
Don't know what to do. 
Say they're 'Western chauvinists', 
We'll get them in the end. 
Whiney little Eich-boys, pretending they're Eich-men. 

Shitty SA wannabes 
In black and yellow shirts. 
They've got a secret weapon, 
They're so stupid that it hurts. 
All of them are incels, 
'Cause all of them are creeps. 
Grab them by the collar and then twist 'til they're asleep. 

White hoods, red hats, black eyes. 
White hoods, red hats, black eyes. 
Better watch your back. 
The people will attack. 
We'll smash you like it's 1945. 

EVERY GENDER EVERY RACE PUNCH A NAZI IN THE FACE 
EVERY GENDER EVERY RACE PUNCH A NAZI IN THE FACE 
EVERY GENDER EVERY RACE PUNCH A NAZI IN THE FACE 
EVERY GENDER EVERY RACE PUNCH A NAZI IN THE FACE 

White hoods, red hats, black eyes. 
White hoods, red hats, black eyes. 
Better watch your back. 
The people will attack. 
We'll smash you like it's 1945. 

Every time they take a loss 
They all turn judge and juror 
Turning on each other because 
Each wants to be fuhrer 
We'll appropriate their banners 
Tear up their maple leaves 
Bruised bodies and bruised egos will be all that they receive. 

The people are united 
Organized we'll strike. 
Red fists and feet and flagpoles 
Will smash up their fourth reich 
They celebrate a legacy 
Of genocide and theft 
We'll make sure that their dying words are: so much for the tolerant left. 

White hoods, red hats, black eyes. 
White hoods, red hats, black eyes. 
Better watch your back. 
The people will attack. 
We'll smash you like it's 1945. 
We'll smash you like it's 1945. 
We'll smash you like it's 1945.



Thursday, 21 March 2019

The Chats - Pub Feed



  One of the most popular bands I've featured on here (and played on the show) are Sunshine Coast shed rockers The Chats. Like many punk bands they write songs about stuff that's important to them. Unlike most other bands though, rather than writing about politics, gender issues or the environment, Josh Price, Eamon Sandwith and Matt Boggis are more concerned with the stuff that affects their daily lives. Like getting stranded with no bus money, their mum stealing their stuff or getting bothered whilst on a smoke break. As you'll hear on their new single (their first since last summer's Do What I Want) they're still sweating the big stuff.

  I'm assuming you're all familiar with The Chats by now but just in case here's a couple of links :

https://www.facebook.com/thechatsband/
https://thechatslovebeer.bandcamp.com/

The new single, available on vinyl from Bargain Bin records, doesn't disappoint. It's another slacker anthem that will leave everyone hoping a debut album is imminent. There's only one thing they crave this time around and it ain't world peace or an end to discrimination. They're simple folk, they just want a nice greasy meal. This is Pub Feed...

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

F. Emasculata - What's in the Jar



  F. Emasculata is the 22nd episode of the 2nd series of The X Files. A gruesome episode in which the titular insect carries a deadly parasite that's responsible for some gory deaths. It questions the public's right to know the truth about an outbreak of a deadly virus. It's a good episode. It's also the name of a hardcore punk band from Cornwall who I think it's fair to say have seen an X Files episode or two.

  Featuring members of Rash Decision and Swansong, the band lines up with the unlikely monikered Skinner (drums), Samantha (vocals), The Smoking Man (bass) and Krycek (guitar) (In real life they probably have names like Jimmers, Nat, Craig and Dave). Rather than write songs about girls or smashing the state they concentrate more on fictional government cover ups and alien abductions. If you know Eugene Victor Tooms can squeeze his body through narrow gaps and is partial to eating human livers or that The Great Mutato was a genetic creation who ended up on the dancefloor with Cher as she sings Walking In Memphis then this is the band for you.

  They recently released a new 6 track ep called Take Me Home. The title is a reference to the episode of the X Files in which murderous, inbred brothers live on a remote farmhouse. It's available via a bunch of labels on cd and is also a name your price download on Bandcamp (as added value they've included remixed and remastered earlier releases IAXFE and The Truth). Check it out :                  https://f-emasculata.bandcamp.com/

  For more info : https://www.facebook.com/F.Emasculata/

  This song asks the question, What's In The Jar....