Sunday, 17 June 2018

The Prozacs - Outta My Face



  I've decided that next week's Just Some Punk Songs show (Tues 26th June) will feature the songs that have been most viewed on this blog during 2018. This way rather than me rounding up my favourite songs from the first half of the year it'll be your favourites. The bands that will be played are highly top secret at the moment although to tie in with today's update I'll let the cat out of the bag on one that has amassed enough views to feature. Stiletto Bomb. The Westfield Massachusetts pop punkers are sadly no longer a going concern but frontman J Prozac still has plenty of music left in him and today I'm bringing you a new song from his other band's upcoming split ep with Marko And The Bruisers.

  The Prozacs are no strangers to this blog so I don't really need to rewrite their history and personnel, if you missed previous updates on them and want to know more just check Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheProzacs/

  And now to the new record. A heads up, if you want a copy of the 7" don't hang around. It'll be limited to 300 pressings, all on multi coloured vinyl, all unique variants and each copy will come with stickers and a digital copy. There's even an option where you can order an exclusive t shirt (a digital version of the whole record won't be available after the release so if you want the record you really need to act quickly). It's titled Massa Fuckin' Chusetts and it features 2 new songs from both bands. You can pre order it from Pop-A-Pill Records here (2 of the songs are available to stream now) :  https://theprozacs.bandcamp.com/album/massa-fuckin-chusetts

  Whilst I'm not overly familiar with Marko And The Bruisers I enjoyed their side of the split enough to want to check out more of their pretty extensive looking back catalogue (https://markoandthebruisers1.bandcamp.com/). The Prozacs songs are all I'd expect them to be, plus more. Track 1 (The Ripper) is about London's most notorious serial killer "dead bodies in the street, this case is incomplete." Track 2, the one you'll find below, sees guest appearances by  Stiletto Bomb co vocalist (and mrs J Prozac) Andrea Lynn as well as Colin Moran (The Damaged), Rob Allen, Angelo Quaglia and Brian Brody. It starts up in classic Prozacs style before morphing into something a little harder hitting. Stiletto Bomb are no more but The Prozacs are as good as they've ever been. This is called Outta My Face....

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Morus - Codziennie

 

  Thanks to Paul Zapasnik for pointing me in the direction of Polish punk band Morus. They formed in 2012 in Warsaw and have undergone several name changes, released a couple of demos (2012 & 2016) and played numerous gigs (mainly squats and independent clubs in their native country). Now they've stepped things up a little with the release of their debut album.

  Titled Cialo Obce (it translates as foreign body), it's available from Rum Nation Records (Germany),  Unrest Records (Canada and Benelux), Iron Man Records (UK), Last Hour Records (USA) and Trujaca Fala (Poland). You can also find the digital version here :  https://morus23.bandcamp.com/album/cia-o-obce

  The music is angry and political but also poetic, it's fast and melodic and as frontwoman Nika says, "We put our hearts into it. It's honest, it's punk, the lyrics deal with important things, things that are difficult to deal with, stuff that hurts, rather sad and depressing..."

  Paul tells me that Nika is somewhat of a legend of the Polish punk scene. Also known as Dominika Domczyk, she was a member of Post Regiment (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13vn5zDkN8E&t=9s) back in the 90's and she's also currently in a band called Pochwalone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHNIBY9-_KI)

  This is the opening track from the new album, this is titled Codziennie.....

codziennie


nie będę bić brawa 
kiedy wszyscy klaszczą 
nie będę stać prosto 
gdy wszyscy na baczność 

nie przyjmuję reguł 
narzuconych przez ten układ 
sama sobie będę wyznaczać prawa   

wolę skoczyć na sam dół 
spalić za sobą mosty 
niż walić głową w mur 
w poczuciu bezradności 

*** 
i’m not going to put my hands together 
when everybody applauds 
i’m not going to stand straight 
when everybody stands to attention 

i don’t accept the rules 
forced by this pact 
i’m going to mark out my laws myself 


i'd rather jump down to the bottom 
burn the bridges behind 
than knock my head against the wall 
feeling helpless


daily

I will not applaud 
when everyone applauds 
I will not stand straight 
when all the attention, 

do not accept the rules 
imposed by the system 
itself I will set the right   

will jump to the bottom 
to burn bridges 
than banging your head against a brick wall 
with a sense of helplessness 

*** 
and I'm not going to put my hands together 
when everybody applauds 
and I'm not going to stand straight 
when everybody stands this attention 

and do not accept the rules 
forced by this pact 
, and I'm going to mark out my laws myself 


, and I'd rather jump down to the bottom 
burn the bridges behind 
than knock my head against the wall 
feeling helpless


Friday, 15 June 2018

Suckerpunch - Blue Pill Red Pill


  Another band from Birmingham today. Suckerpunch formed in late 2015 and have honed their skills with relentless gigging (their raucous live shows have earnt them a place on the bill at this year's Rebellion Festival). They're a 4 piece featuring Craig (bass/vocals), Todd (guitar/vocals), Rob (drums) and Neil (vocals/guitar). Their debut ep, Strong and Un-Stable came out last year... https://suckerpunch4.bandcamp.com/releases

You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/punchbags77/

  Today sees the release of their new ep, it's titled View From The Moodswings and it's available from Bunny Boiler Record.  http://www.bunnyboilerrecords.co.uk/product/suckerpunch-view-from-the-mood-swings-preorder/

  The ep consists of 3 tracks, the first of which is accompanied by the video you'll see below. An 80 second blast of what I presume is Matrix inspired punk "n" roll (Neo was offered the choice between blue and red pills, red would free him into the real world whilst blue would keep him in the more comfortable confines of the Matrix).

  The only choice you need to make is do you click on the video below. My advice is go for it. This is called Blue Pill Red Pill....



Thursday, 14 June 2018

The Liarbilitys - Build More Prisons

 

  Richard Dick McLaughlin, Dominic Healy, Richard Martin, Phil Merriman and Ian Straughan are responsible for one of the best punk albums of the year so far. They make up Birmingham band The Liarbilitys (not to be confused with similarly spelt bands) and the album in question is called Antagonisms and boy is it good. You can listen to it on Spotify :   https://open.spotify.com/artist/6rz7JbD6HPxEIb3vh51AFR 

  If the name sounds famliar, you may have caught them first time around (they formed in 2005 but imploded a couple of years later). They passed me by a decade or so ago but fortunately they reformed last year and I'm making up for my previous ignorance by playing the new album to death. You can get more info on them here :
https://www.theliarbilitys.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theliarbilitys/

  Their sound is good old fashioned punk rock. They aren't reinventing the wheel but when they write songs this good they don't need to. Antagonisms is one of those albums that doesn't really need much more said about it than "go check it out. now." Hopefully they'll be around for much longer than a couple of years this time round.

  This is Build More Prisons.....

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

IDLES - Danny Nedelko



  I was in 2 minds whether or not to post today's song. You've quite possibly already heard it. It'll feature on bigger places than this blog (places with proper writers that can do it much more justice than I can), no doubt it'll get played on mainstream radio. Much better to post something by a more obscure band that could do with the exposure.... But I played it on yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show and the chatroom folk loved it and I suppose there'll be some of my visitors that haven't heard it yet so what the hell (after all, yesterday's update featured a band from Peru and I'll try and remember to make tomorrow's equally as obscure). Today you're getting a killer song by IDLES.

  From Bristol and formed in 2012, the band line up with Joe Talbot (vocals), Adam Devonshire (bass/backing vocals), Mark Bowen (guitar/backing vocals), Lee Kiernan (rhythm guitar) and Jon Beavis (drums). Their first release was 2012's Welcome ep, it was followed by several eps and singles before they cemented their status as "one of the most exciting British bands right now" with their debut album Brutalism (2017). In August they'll be releasing follow up Joy As An Act Of Resistance. It'll be on Partisan Records and it's fair to say it's eagerly anticipated.

  You can find Brutalism and pre order the new album over on Bandcamp :  https://idlesband.bandcamp.com/

  In support of the album they'll be touring pretty much of the whole second half of 2018 (US, UK, Europe) and the lengthy gig list is on Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/idlesband/

  The song you'll find below (the one that sent yesterday's chatroom into fits of rapture) is one of two that they've previewed from the album. Proving that the punk scene in 2018 is still capable as being as fresh and exciting as any genre of music, this is Danny Nedelko....

My blood brother is an Immigrant A beautiful immigrant My blood brother’s Freddie Mercury A Nigerian mother of three He’s made of bone He’s made of blood He’s made of flesh He’s made of love He’s made of you He’s made of me Unity Fear leads to panic Panic leads to pain Pain leads to anger Anger leads to hate Danny Nedelko My best friend is an alien My blood brother is a citizen He’s strong he’s earnest He’s innocent My blood brother is Malala A Polish butcher He’s Mo Farah He’s made of bone He’s made of blood He’s made of flesh He’s made of love He’s made of you He’s made of me Unity Fear leads to panic Panic leads to pain Pain leads to anger Anger leads to hate Danny Nedelko Danny Nedleko Community So fuck you Danny Nedelko Danny Nedelko

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

KILL AMIGO - Bronto


photo : Junior R Tokumaru

  I think today's update features the first song I've posted from Peru. KILL AMIGO are from Lima and line up with Manuel Vela (guitar/vocals), Piero Paccini (guitar/vocals), Qenqo Larv (drums) and Rodrigo Gutierrez (bass). I only discovered them yesterday (thanks to Alvaro from the Cat Nouveau Radio Show) and know very little about them although they are on Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/killamigo/

  Their music is tagged as garage punk and if you want to hear for yourselves what they sound like then check out Bandcamp as their releases (including debut album El Filin Ha Muerto) are name your price : https://kill-amigo.bandcamp.com/
The album (released last year) was my first exposure to them and I look forward to giving it a proper listen. The song you're getting today (also on Bandcamp) though is a song that they recorded for the Dance To The Radio compilation Cartografia Fugaz.

  This song shares a name with ex member Bronto, who left the band and moved to Miami ("the only thing that motivates us is knowing that you will return").

  Bronto....

Autocompasivo has sucumbido ante la ansiedad 
Todavía no has vivido, pero tú ya quieres más 
Ohhh ohhhh 
Viejo y aburrido todo sigue por aquí igual 
Lo único que nos motiva es saber que volverás 
Ooooh Ohhh x2 

El tiempo pasa rápido, pero a veces tan lento 
El tiempo pasa rápido, pero a veces tan lento


(Self-pitying you have succumbed to anxiety 
You have not lived yet, but you already want more 
Ohhh ohhhh 
Old and boring everything is still here 
The only thing that motivates us is knowing that you will return 
Ooooh Ohhh x2 

Time passes fast, but sometimes so slow 
The time it goes fast, but sometimes so slow)

Monday, 11 June 2018

Idol Lips - Don't Need Your Love



  Idol Lips are the fastest and loudest punk rock band from Italy. They're from a town called Ceccano (in the province of  Frosinone, Lazio) and they play a kind of glam influenced punk n roll that's earned them comparisons with the likes of Johnny Thunders, New York Dolls and Dead Boys. Think big catchy tunes and plenty of swagger.

  The line up features Tony Volume (guitar/vocals), Vale Blade (guitar/backing vocals), Adrian Ics (bass) and Dee Blade (drums/backing vocals) and they're on Facebook here : https://www.facebook.com/idollipsband/

  They've just released their 3rd album (following 2006's Too Much For The City and 2011's Scene Repulisti). It's titled Street values and it's available now on vinyl from Wanda Records : http://mailorder.wandarecords.de/

  You can find the digital version here :  https://wandarecords.bandcamp.com/album/street-values-lp

  Bringing the sound of the 70's to a modern day audience, Idol Lips have brought us another 12 bubblegum rock party hits. This is one of them, it's called Don't Need Your Love. Prepare to be impressed....