Sunday, 12 July 2020

Vile Assembly - Not Quite Fair



  Vile Assembly (https://www.facebook.com/TheVileAssembly/) are the Liverpool based whistle blowers on an unjust society who proclaim that "The Truth Is Our Weapon Of Choice!!" They've featured on here several times previously and you can check out their previous releases here :   https://vileassembly.bandcamp.com/

  They return today with an impressive new single. It's a powerful song about the messed up system we're living in and is accompanied by a hard hitting video which contains some of the footage you'll have seen on your tv screens during the coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests. Pointing out how the police are being used by the rich to quell those they should be helping it calls for the feral elite to be crushed. It asks why instead of protecting our interests the government are more concerned with lining their pockets.

 We live in an unjust society where the protectors are in fact the oppressors. This is Not Quite Fair...

Mindframe - Cops



  Mindframe are from London and formed in 2013. After a change in personnel a couple of years later they released a debut 5 track ep titled Slumped And Dumped and followed it up in 2018 with the Mindframe Whiplash ep on Grow Your Own Records (https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/album/mindframe-whiplash-ep).

  Influenced by punk, hardcore and a touch of ska they currently line up with Trev (drums), Tabi (vocals), Ollie (guitar) and Bruce (bass) and they've recently released a new Self Titled 4 track ep. It was recorded and vocals were mixed in one day in June 2019 in the basement of the Hand In Hand pub in Brixton by Slow Faction vocalist John Youens. It's available as a name your price download on Bandcamp : https://mindframed.bandcamp.com/album/mindframe

  Highlights on the ep include Killer Nation which sounds to me very much like some of the great female fronted UK Riot City punk bands that graced the early 80's (Vice Squad, The Expelled etc...) and the song I'm highlighting below.

  A modern day pogo punk banger which sees Tabi proclaiming "I don't want to be a cop, I don't want to be a cunt" this is Cops... 

Saturday, 11 July 2020

PI$$ER - Nazi Rhythm (Guest Review By Ralph J Rivera)

 

  A week or so ago I was going to post a new song by Sudbury noise merchants PI$$ER (https://www.facebook.com/Pisser-Band-2173718409610186/) but I'd already featured them last year (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/07/pier-i-wont-repent.html) and told you the band line up, listed the other groups they were past or present members of and mentioned how they reminded me of The Cravats and I'd also seen another good review that echoed my thoughts on the new release so I kind of stuck it on the back burner. Then yesterday I noticed my friend Ralph J Rivera enthusing about the new mini album so I asked him to write a few words.

 
  This was what he came up with... 

  Once again I have to thank my friend Mick Fletcher for giving me the opportunity to review a new release from his own country! In 2019 Pi$$er released one of the surprise EP's of the year, "Wretched Life". Capturing the best elements of UK 82 Punk Rock and modern sensibilties, nothing could have prepared us for the follow up mini album! 2020's "Crushed Down To Paste" will definitely catch you by surprise. Number one - when was the last time you heard a Punk band use a saxophone as a lead instrument? I'm pretty sure we ALL love X-Ray Spex and this is in the same league as that! 7 new songs that will have you dancing around in quarantine like there's no tomorrow! Members of The Domestics and pretty much every great modern UK band are involved in this project and I for one can't wait to hear what the next release is gonna sound like. I'm gonna let Mick pick his favourite song because I LOVE every song on this EP! You NEED this music in your life right now!

If you want to be as impressed as Ralph, the album is available on vinyl from Kibou Records and there's a couple of tracks streaming :
https://kibourecords.bigcartel.com/product/pi-er-crushed-down-to-paste-mini-lp
https://kibourecords.bandcamp.com/album/pi-er-crushed-down-to-paste-preview-tracks-only 

  This is a slice of "thrashing, anti-nazi bile" and it's titled Nazi Rhythm...

DANCE TO YOUR BLUT UND BODEN BEAT 
WARPED IDEOLOGY IN EVERY MOVE 
FUCK YOU AND YOUR NAZI RHYTHM 
FUCK YOUR NAZI RHYTHM NAZI RHYTHM 
NO FUNK FOR THE MASTER RACE 
IGNORANT THROWBACK PIECE OF SHIT 
FUCK YOU AND YOUR NAZI RHYTHM 
FUCK YOUR NAZI RHYTHM 
NAZI RHYTHM 
FUCK 
YOU 
AND 
YOUR 
NAZI 
RHYTHM 
HATE BEAT…

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Tony Dork - Struggle Street



  Tony Dork (https://www.facebook.com/tonydorkband/) are the Melbourne garage punk 4 piece that came onto my radar a couple of years ago when I was tipped off about their S/T ep and in particularly the track Punt Road (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/08/tony-dork-punt-road.html). Since then they've drip fed us a couple of tracks to whet our appetite for debut album Struggle Street and with that album being released last month on Stiff Richards' Legless label I think it's about time I chose a track from it to highlight on here.

  The album as a whole is a blast. It's in equal measures both (deceptively) sloppy and very tight. It's the sound of a band having fun singing about the state of the world around them but in a microcosmic way as opposed to sweating the big stuff. It's a band that are showing signs of growing up and writing proper songs but who aren't prepared to fully leave their slacker attitude in the past.



  The album's available on both black and yellow vinyl and it's streaming here :   https://tonydork.bandcamp.com/album/struggle-street

  This song is the title track, and I'm assuming it takes inspiration from an Australian documentary which "shed light on the struggles and aspirations of residents in public housing areas around Western Sydney; areas which have been commonly associated with high unemployment, drug use and problems with the law." It's called Struggle Street...


Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Omega Tribe - Dandara Dos Santos



    "Beautiful song.... so sad it had to be written"
    A comment from someone called Steve Laughsalot which sums up today's song nicely.

    Omega Tribe formed in Barnet in 1981 (as Deadly Game), they were a vital part of the anarcho-punk scene with releases on Crass Records and Corpus Christi before splitting in 1988. There was a brief reunion in 1995 but it was 2016 before they got back together properly.

  They've just released a new 6 track ep on Grow Your Own Records and whilst musically their sound may have changed their ethos remains the same. It's available on 10" turquoise with flecks vinyl, cd and digital download :
https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-my-system

  The song I'm featuring is on the surface a gentle sounding love song until you listen to the lyrics.

  It's a tender tribute in memory of a 42 year old transgender woman who was beaten, tortured, shot and bludgeoned in Fortaleza, Brazil. It's a case that highlighted the high number of attacks on transgender people. You can read more here : https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/world/americas/brazil-transgender-killing-video.html

  Dandara Dos Santos...

Accidente - Caníbal



  As seems to have become an annual tradition, at the end of every year I chuck together a list of my favourite songs released during the previous 12 months. In 2016, the Just Some Punk Songs Top 50 (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-best-50-songs-of-2016.html) was topped by La Revuelta Real which was the closing track on Accidente's (https://www.facebook.com/Accidentepunk/) wonderful Pulso album. I've got to be honest, I've been wondering if we'd get more music from the band but out of the blue, BOOM! A new album.

  Hailing from Madrid and featuring a line up of Ranzio (bass/backing vocals), Edu (drums), Oli (drums), Miguel (guitar/backing vocals), Pablo (guitar/keyboards/backing vocals) and Bianca (vocals), they've returned triumphantly with a motto of defeat belongs only to those who surrender. A declaration that if this has gone ahead it is because of the love of all of you who row when things get ugly suggests that the release of new music was never a given but happily their 4th full length is exactly the sort of classy melodic punk rock we've come to expect from Spain's best band. It's titled Canibal and whilst we have to wait a little longer for the physical release, the digital version is available now as a name your price download : https://accidente.bandcamp.com/album/can-bal

  The album sounds great though this is unsurprising given it's by such a good band and it's been produced by Pablo Martinez and mastered by the legendary Mass Giorgini (Squirtgun, Common Rider, Screeching Weasel) at his Sonic Iguana Studio. There's 10 tracks, everyone a winner. Lyrics are in their native tongue, though this doesn't affect one's enjoyment, and the provided English translations reveals that both personal and political themes are the order of the day. The music is upbeat and very catchy even though the subject matter may be somewhat deeper. Hopefully the next album won't be another 4 years away.

  This is the title track, it's titled Canibal...

ME SIENTO SOLA EN ESTE BAILE
Y EN LAS DISTANCIAS CORTAS
IMAGINO COMPROMISO
DONDE SOLO HAY SOMBRAS
UN MEDIO PARA UNA META
FUGAZ, DE USAR Y TIRAR
UNA PIEZA DE RECAMBIO
QUE SE PUEDE DESECHAR

MERCANCÍA, COMPRAVENTA CANÍBAL
Y ESTA LÍQUIDA EXISTENCIA VACÍA

ME SIENTO SOLA EN ESTE BAILE
Y EN LAS DISTANCIAS CORTAS
IMAGINO RELACIONES
DONDE SOLO HAY SOMBRAS
ENCUENTROS MONODOSIS
CUERPOS PARA CONSUMIR
UNA PÍLDORA PAL EGO
QUE SE OLVIDA FÁCIL

MERCANCÍA, COMPRAVENTA CANÍBAL
Y ESTA LÍQUIDA EXISTENCIA VACÍA


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I FEEL ALONE IN THIS DANCE
AND IN THE SHORT DISTANCES
I IMAGINE COMMITMENT
WHERE THERE ARE ONLY SHADOWS
JUST A MEAN FOR A GOAL
EASY, USE AND DISPOSE
A SPARE PART
THAT CAN BE DISCARDED
MERCHANDISE, CANNIBALTRADING
AND THIS EMPTY LIQUID EXISTENCE
I FEEL ALONE IN THIS DANCE
AND IN THE SHORT DISTANCES
I IMAGINE RELATIONSHIPS
WHERE THERE ARE ONLY SHADOWS
SINGLE-DOSE MEETINGS
BODIES TO BE CONSUMED
A PILL FOR THE EGO
EASILY FORGETTABLE

MERCHANDISE, CANNIBAL TRADING
AND THIS EMPTY LIQUID EXISTENCE



Monday, 6 July 2020

Cutters - Chewed Up Fortune



  When I posted Australian band Owen Guns yesterday I mentioned how well they'd gone down with the folk in the chatroom for this week's Just Some Punk Songs show. The band that got the best reception though was their fellow countrymen, cutters. Unknown to me before last week, I'm guessing they're a pretty recent addition to the punk scene and if so, they've certainly made their mark with their new Self Titled 3 track ep.

  They're from Melbourne, they line up with Al (vocals), Tim (guitar), Stringer (bass) and Max (drums) and they're somewhat of a noisy proposition. The song I played on the show is the lead track on the ep, it's titled Chewed Up Fortune and it's a relentless 3 minute adrenaline rush of pounding drums, wailing guitars and shouted vocals. It reminds me a little of another Melbourne band, Clowns. Next up is a short sharp hardcore blast railing against debt collectors and faceless bureaucracy and things conclude with a 5 minute epic about an oncoming storm that's taking barns, taking lives & forcing families down to their basements. Like the band themselves, it's an explosive force of nature so batten down the hatches.

  It's recorded by Redro Redriguez and as with pretty much everything I feature from Australia it's mixed and mastered by the ubiquitous Mikey Young. It's available on 7" black vinyl (ltd to 150 copies) and digital download : https://cuttersmelbourne.bandcamp.com/album/cutters

  This is Chewed Up Fortune... 

Got no time for false mystique,
I'm not fucked up, I'm not a freak, I just want to fucking sleep, I just want to fuck and sleep, small steps only, no big leaps, drag my knuckles, drag my feet, roll me in designer sheets, roll me now I'm pretty weak. Got the time so take a seat, this ain't where I planned to be, it's just where I happen to be, not too sure what's happened to me, the days are turning into weeks, I just want it all for free, no returns, there's no receipts, fortune's chewed up in these teeth.