Sunday, 25 August 2019

Snide - Idiot Nation

 

  Snide are a punk rock band from Maidstone in Kent who formed in 2007. Their line up features Lou Emmerick (vocals), Nick 'Nobby' Emmerick (bass/backing vocals), Rob Ore (guitar/backing vocals) and Tom Chuchla (drums). They last featured on here 3 years ago with a song from their Twat ep (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/03/snide-hey-mr-joseph.html) and that song is also featured on their new album Louder! Stronger! The album features 13 tracks and includes a combination of old favourites, newly performed and brand new unheard songs. The official release date is today and I'm sure their loyal fans, the Twat Army, will be lapping it up :     https://snide2.bandcamp.com/releases

  Unfortunately this could well be the last we hear from the band as they recently split up.

  The album barrels along, it's pacy, punchy old school punk rock with songs about all day drinking, unemployment, a spoon fed general public that won't think for themselves and how the church is more concerned with making money than saving souls. Catchy choruses are the order of the day so go check it out.

  I played this song to an appreciative chat room on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show and the lyrics were singled out for special praise so listen closely as you're bouncing around your room, this is Idiot Nation...

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Accidente - ¿A cambio de qué?



   Not long ago on Facebook someone was asking people who their favourite Spanish band was and I didn't need to think twice before replying Accidente. As it's been a while since they've released new material, the appearance of a number of reissues and the release of a compilation album on Malaysian label Hardcore Detention was all the excuse I needed to feature them again on here. A crowdfunding appeal was recently set up to help them out and fund their flight back to Madrid after they were deported from Indonesia whilst touring south east Asia. Because of this they've had to cancel their Philippines gigs and couldn't get to Manila to catch their paid for flight home. Fortunately their fans ensured they received enough to get home and their passports have now been returned.



  The compilation album that's just been released is titled ACCIDENTE '2014-2016' (Southeast Tour Special Edition) and it gathers together the tracks that featured on the band's 2nd and 3rd albums plus their split with Duelo. It's a 23 track delight from a band at the top of their game. Available on cd and digital download, you can find it here :   https://hardcoredetonation.bandcamp.com/album/hdx021-19-accidente-2014-2016-southeast-asia-tour-special-edition

  I could have chosen pretty much any of the songs to highlight, they're all great (one of them even ended up claiming the number 1 spot in my Top 50 songs of 2016 chart :   https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-best-50-songs-of-2016.html), but today I'm going with the opening track from their Amistad y Rebelión album. This is ¿A cambio de qué? ....

Te veo y siento cosas que puedo comparar. 
Y es que no importa nada si eres o no legal. 
Que no somos distintas, que sufrimos igual, 
vendidas y humilladas a cambio de un jornal. 

Qué frio hace en la calle, quiero acercarme a ti, 
decirte que lo dejes pero me miro a mí. 
Qué infames ocho horas que engullen mi pasión. 
Robando de los míos cariño y comprensión. 

Quizá pague las cuentas, quizá sea ejemplar, 
pero al final del día, ya no puedo soñar. 
Caprichos que no llenan, necia necesidad, 
por este decorado ¡no quiero trabajar! 

Toda nuestra alegría, toda nuestra energía, 
¿a cambio de qué? 


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I see you and feel things / that I can easily compare / Because it makes no change whether you're legal or not / 'Cause we are not different / and we suffer the same / we are sold and humiliated in exchange for a wage / It`s cold on the street / and I want to get close to you / and tell you to quit / but I look at myself… / What infamous eight hours that gobble my passion! / stealing affection and understanding from my people! / And yes...I can pay the bills / I may be exemplary / but at the end of the day / I cannot dream anymore / unsatisfying cravings, foolish needs / I don’t want to work to build this lie! / All our energy, all our joy… / in exchange for what?

Friday, 23 August 2019

Bamboo Vipers - Inch High Private Eye



  There's certain bands that when they release a new record, you're never quite sure what you're going to get. Bamboo Vipers are one of those. The new record in question is the Behind Closed Doors ep and even though it seems to have been a while coming, a video has now surfaced and the release date of the ep is imminent.

  From Hampshire and featuring a line up of Shaun Morris (vocals), Jon Webb (guitar), Ade Hood (drums), Count Click (bass) and Guy Wesley (harmonica), Bamboo Vipers' are an inventive rock n roll band who's sound incorporates elements of punk and alt rock and whatever else they can shoehorn in. Forming in 2013, they soon released debut album Dangling The Bait but it was only last year when I first came across them when I was blown away by their glam rocking stomper, Silver Boots. This was followed by the gothic tinged Haunted House ep (https://bamboovipers.bandcamp.com/track/haunted-house) and then after the tragic death of guitarist Al Woodcock they honoured his memory with the release of double A sided single America/Don't Go Poking Around.

  Their modus operandi is to remain in the public eye which means that they try to release a regular stream of eps. It shouldn't be too long after Behind Closed Doors is upon us before the next one surfaces (hopefully I'm not giving away any secrets by saying it's going to be titled The Dawn Of Civilisation and that the 4 tracks are winners).

  The video you'll see below was filmed by Ged Wesley and is for a song about the diminutive protagonist that was the titular star of a 70's Hanna-Barbara kids cartoon. Starting almost in lounge music style, the song is a definite earworm that infiltrates your brain. It's not long before Guy's trademark harmonica kicks in, Shaun is singing about sleeping in a pencil case, falling down inkwells and travelling by paper plane. As the song changes gear we get a killer riff, horns and a brilliant contribution on back up vocals by Southampton based vocal coach Toni Anastasi (playing the part of Inch's niece Lori). All in all a wonderful song with a bit of a 70's psychedelic groove that you can dance to. Yep, inventive is the right word for them. Snap up the ep when you can   https://www.facebook.com/BambooVipers/

  This is Inch High Private Eye...

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Lost Cherrees - As Long As You Love Me

 
(photo : Mark Richards)
 
  Updating this blog with great new music every single day isn't always an easy task but there are certain wells I can return to on a regular basis confident in the knowledge that my bucket will get filled. One of the most reliable of those places is Grow Your Own Records, a label that I can always rely on to satisfy my needs. With bucket full, today I share with you another of their releases.

  Lost Cherrees were formed way back in 1979 in Sutton, they're an anarcho punk band and were contemporaries of the likes of Conflict, Flux Of Pink Indians, Subhumans etc as well as being favourites of the much missed John Peel. They became disillusioned and split in 1986 with members pursuing other projects. Increasing interest in their music led to them reforming in 2003 and they've been active ever since. A few days ago they released their new album and as expected, it's great.

  The 2019 incarnation of Lost Cherrees features Marie Repulsive, Liss Fitzgerald, Steve Battershill, Trystan O'Connell and Matt Thair. You may have seen them recently play Rebellion, I heard they went down a storm. Unfortunately, despite the band celebrating 40 years since coming into existence, the issues they address in their songs (sexism, misogyny, bigotry, profiteering, warring nations etc ) are still very much in evidence in 2019. We need bands like Lost Cherrees to shout about them. You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/lostcherrees/

  The album is titled Blank Pages, it's available on ltd edition vinyl and you can check it out here :   https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/album/blank-pages 

  I'll play a different song on Sunday's Just Some Punk Songs show but today I'll highlight a song that borrows from a 1968 hit you'll probably remember by The American Breed but which is rewritten to highlight the horrors of domestic abuse. This is As Long As You Love Me...


Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Snuff - Hey Boff



   It's been 33 years since Snuff formed as a 3 piece (Duncan Redmonds, Simon Wells, Andrew Crighton) in London. Despite breaking up in 1991 and subsequently undergoing numerous line up changes, they're still around and still putting out great music. A lot of the reason they're still here is down to NOFX frontman Fat Mike who persuaded the band to keep their original name and who signed them to his Fat Wreck Chords label for whom they released some of their most popular records. One of the UK'S best, and most enduring bands, they're about to unleash a new lp. Titled There's A Lot Of It About, it's due on Sept 20th, they're still on Fat Wreck and you can preorder it here : https://fatwreck.com/products/there-s-a-lot-of-it-about

  There's a track, Dippy Egg, streaming on Bandcamp https://fatwreck.com/products/there-s-a-lot-of-it-about

  A second song from the album has just turned up on Youtube, if it sounds a little familiar that's because a version of it appeared on their 2016 No Biting ep. It's an uptempo toe tapper, a singalong with handclaps, it's the sound of a band that can still knock it out of the park. This is Hey Boff...

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Cuir - Trop Vieux Pour Mourir Jeune



  Back in February, waves were created amongst certain sections of the punk community upon the release of a very impressive demo by Cuir. The solo project of Doug Zilla (Sordid Ship/Radical Failure/Coupe Gorge), based in Lorient (France) and boasting a mean synth this was just the kind of sit up and take notice music this blog loves. It was name your price on Bandcamp and so is the first single. It's titled Single Single, it features 3 more synth heavy cuts of primitive punk and it's every bit as impressive as the demo. From what I can make out, it's going to be available next month on cassette from Forty Tapes (https://www.facebook.com/fortytapes/) but it's already available for download : https://cuir1.bandcamp.com/album/single-single-2

  The name of the band translates into English as Leather. The song I'm posting today appears to translate as Too Old To Die Young. This is Trop Vieux Pour Mourir Jeune...

Trop vieux pour mourir jeune 
Trop vieux pour mourir jeune ouais 
Trop vieux pour mourir jeune 
Je suis trop vieux pour mourir jeune 

Jeune 
Pour mourir jeune ouais 
Jeune 

Les années passent et quoi que je fasse 
Le mec que je vois dans la glace 
Ne veut pas céder sa place. 
Et pourtant putain il a bien changé 
Impossible de le nier c'est validé sur l'papier 

Les rides sur mon visage au cutter 
J'vais m'les creuser 
Si les sillons du temps ne veulent pas s'afficher 
Elle est où 
La putain de marque d'mes excès ? 
Y'a un truc qui déconne, genre benjamin button 

Comme l'habit fait pas le moine, j'dois avoir l'air d'un curé, qui vient d'choper le Graal, jeunesse assurée 
Mais j'veux pas boire "nan" 
J'veux pas boire là-dedans, 
Pas besoin d'une cure de jouvence, 
1984 démence 

Pas besoin d'une cure de jouvence 
Pas besoin d'une cure de jouvence 
1984 démence 

Les rides sur mon visage au cutter 
J'vais m'les creuser 
Si les sillons du temps ne veulent pas s'afficher 
Elle est où 
La putain de marque d'mes excès ? 
Y'a un truc qui déconne, genre benjamin button 

Comme l'habit fait pas le moine, j'dois avoir l'air d'un curé, qui vient d'choper le Graal, jeunesse assurée 
Mais j'veux pas boire "nan" 
J'veux pas boire là-dedans 
Pas besoin d'une cure de jouvence 
1984 démence 

Trop vieux pour mourir jeune 
Je suis trop vieux pour mourir jeune 

Les rides sur mon visage au cutter 
J'vais m'les creuser 
Si les sillons du temps ne veulent pas s'afficher 
Elle est où 
La putain de marque d'mes excès ? 
Y'a un truc qui déconne, genre benjamin button 

Comme l'habit fait pas le moine, j'dois avoir l'air d'un curé, qui vient d'choper le Graal, jeunesse assurée 
Mais j'veux pas boire "nan" 
J'veux pas boire là-dedans, 
Pas besoin d'une cure d"e jouvence, 
1984 démence.


Monday, 19 August 2019

The Battlebeats - I'm Just A Piece Of Shit

 

  HA HA HA....Are you ready to rock n roll motherfuckers?......

  So starts the debut mini album from The Battlebeats. They're a stripped down one man garage punk project from Bandung, Indonesia. They're also a one man project, that man being Andresa Ridha Nugraha. Heavily influenced by 90's Japanese garage heroes Teengenerate, Andresa used a jaguar guitar through a 15-watt amp, floor-snare-tambourine, drums but no bass guitar to create a pretty powerful rocking sound. Even more impressive 4 of the 6 songs were only written in the 5 days before recording. One of the other songs is a cover of Teengenerate's Dressed In Black. The album's Self Titled, physical copies will be available soon but for now you can check it out here :   https://thebattlebeats.bandcamp.com/releases

  Being a new project there's not really much more info I can share but you can keep an eye on future developments by giving him a like on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebattlebeats/

  The song that I'm highlighting today was written on the day before Andresa went into the studio (the riff the night before, the lyrics in the morning). Booking recording time before you actually have any songs is a pretty damn risky thing to do but on this occasion it's worked out very well indeed. This is called I'm Just A Piece Of Shit...