Thursday, 13 December 2018
The Glory are an old school Oi band from Leicester who formed in 1985 with the intention of being a proper Oi band in the vein of Sham 69. Also influenced by the likes of Cock Sparrer, Cockney Rejects, Angelic Upstarts, Sex Pistols etc they released a split album with The Magnificent (1987's Skins 'N' Punks Volume 3) and their classic 1988 album We Are What We Are. Writers block and struggles finding venues that they could play led to them going on hiatus. An attempt to relocate to The US came to nothing and that was pretty much it.
Except it wasn't. They kept in touch, rehearsed occasionally, worked on a few new songs and then in 2010 got back to playing live with a tour of America's East Coast. Other gigs have followed, including their first UK show in 25 years (2016's Rebellion Festival) and now they're primed to release their first new songs in 30 years.
The line up of the band these days features a couple of original members. they still have the same powerful style they had back in the 80's and according to vocalist Mark Timson "This is the best line up to date, never had 1 argument ever." You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/theglory.oi.uk/
So, new music. Below you'll see a video for their first new song since the 1988. It'll also be the lead track on the new album. There'll be another video out in January (Mark claims it's his favourite song from the band so far) then another in Feb. Don't be surprised to see more following before the release of the album (hopefully June).
Influenced by the Michael Douglas movie of the same name from 1993 about a middle aged man dealing with unemployment and divorce who got into a series of violent encounters, This is a good old fashioned Oi singalong that whets the appetite for the album and it's called Falling Down...
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Arctic Flowers are from Portland, Oregon, they formed in 2009 and play a mix of punk, post-punk and anarcho which coalesces into a darkly gothic delight. Their line up features Alex Carroccio (vocals), Lee Lawrence (bass), Cliff Martin (drums) and Stan Wright (guitar).
I'm wary of this kind of punk as for me too many of the bands concentrate too much on achieving atmosphere rather than making great tunes a priority but I have no problems at all with Arctic Flowers, they manage both delightfully dark atmospherics and the catchiness that seems to come deceptively easy to the best bands. You can find more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/arcticflowerspdx/
A couple of weeks ago they released their new album, it's titled Straight To The Hunter and it's already turning up on various Best Of 2018 lists. As well as atmosphere and great songs it also crackles with ferocious energy. To me, this is how the genre should sound. It's available on vinyl and digitally and you can check it out here : https://arcticflowers.bandcamp.com/album/straight-to-the-hunter
I played this song to an appreciative chatroom on last night's Just Some Punk Songs show (the show will get saved to Mixcloud on Monday after going out on various stations in the US, Canada and Hong Kong) and am posting it here today. Straight out of the starting gate it barrels along, an oxymoron of upbeat gloom, it's called In Silence....
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
"If I keep heading down this road
I'll never know, I'll never know
If I should stay, or I should go
It's like Joe's question long ago
And if I stay will I remain
Become a tyrant or a slave
Running free, running away
I guess that they are both the same"
Kill The Masters are a 3 piece band from just down the road from me in Bolton who play a mix of punk, ska and post hardcore. Their line up features Oli BoBo (guitar/vocals), Sam Cummins (bass/vocals) and Rebecca Broughton (drums/harp).
They recently released their debut ep, Everything Hurts, and you can check it out "on all major streaming platforms" including Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/artist/7IOipueFuLkkKh7ha80JGx
You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/killthemasters/
The ep proves that they're equally adept at all the various styles they incorporate into their sound and this is evident on the 5 minute track that I've posted below. Starting off as a ska/reggae hybrid it soon switches up a gear before alternating that laid back style with powerful bursts of energetic punk. All in all a very promising statement of intent from a band that are beginning to make people sit up and take notice. I'll play a different song from the ep on Sunday's Just Some Punk Songs show but today you're getting Questions....
Monday, 10 December 2018
Active Slaughter are a hard hitting anarcho punk band from London who raise funds for "things that really matter." They believe in anti fascism, freedom for all, animal rights etc. They also believe in making one hell of a noise. They were active between 2001-2010 before calling it a day but got back together a couple of years ago.
Early 2019 will see them release their new album, Set The World Alight? Going off the evidence from the track they've teased us with it's going to be well worth watching out for. It'll be available on vinyl and digitally from Grow Your Own Records. If you check out the song at the bottom of this update and want to hear more ahead of the album's release you can check out several previous releases by them here : https://activeslaughter.bandcamp.com/
You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/activeslaughter1/
The band's summation of this song is "fuck organised religion!" If you like your music with bite, this one's for you. It's called Without Mercy...
Verse 1 The greatest lie ever told. Religion is the evil in this world. Unlimited riches, influence and power. Growing in strength, the world they'll devour. Inquisition at your door Brainwashing you like you’re prisoner of war Blasphemy and lighting will strike They’ll hunt you down, put you your head on a spike. Chorus Oppression – Superstition Division – Control Illusion - Delusion Retribution – and war Verse 2 Living life by an ancient book. Made to control to have you hooked. I don't believe in your religion. A kingdom of heaven or what was written. You justify on blind faith, Dying for your god, a fucking waste, I see a coincidence, you see a sign, Brainwashed to kill for the holy divine
Sunday, 9 December 2018
A couple of week's ago on the show (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-271118/) I played a song from the new Surgery Without Research ep called Fight and it led Wayne Elliott to comment "I thought you'd play something by them." I guess that means they're a Just Some Punk Songs kinda band so it's about time they were featured on the blog.
From Kent, they formed in 2000, are influenced by the UK'82 English punk scene and currently line up with Andy H (vocals/guitar), Mark Spooner (guitar), Dave Booker (bass) and Nathan Antino (drums). Being honest, they've flown under my radar till recently and a look at Bandcamp suggests I've a hell of a lot of catching up to do :
According to their post on Facebook, the new 4 track ep, Thugs In Blue, will be available in black/blue vinyl on 15th December from Urinal Vinyl and Research And Destroy. It's limited to 250 copies so don't hang around. Details : https://www.facebook.com/surgerywithoutresearch/ You can find the digital version here : https://surgerywithoutresearch.bandcamp.com/album/thugs-in-blue
As well as the expected (top notch anarcho protestation) there's also the unexpected (a cracking cover of the theme tune to classic kids tv show The Flashing Blade). This is the title track and given some of the imagery currently showing up on our tv screens it's unfortunately all too topical, it's called Thugs In Blue...
Saturday, 8 December 2018
The prolific and very talented Drew Owen last appeared on here back in August as a member of Helsinki duo Baby's Blood (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/08/babys-blood-everybody-looks-like.html). I mentioned then that he was moving back to the States and that there was another Sick Thoughts album imminent. That album, the third Sick Thoughts long player, came out shortly afterwards and it features 12 catchy songs dripping in attitude, buzzsaw guitars and garage punk cool. It's a Self Titled affair and you can get the vinyl version from Goner Records http://www.goner-records.com/cart/ It's also available digitally here : https://sick-thoughts.bandcamp.com/album/sick-thoughts
2019 also promises to be a busy one for Drew as he's starting a tape club. Between January and June members will receive 6 tapes, a shirt and 6 pin buttons. For more details click here : https://ddowen.bigcartel.com/product/dd-owen-tape-club-2019 There's also going to be a West Coast tour.
This is one of the many highlights from the album, it's called Black Leather...
Friday, 7 December 2018
Perjury are a new band from Kent who's influences include the likes of Blitz, GBH, Motorhead etc. They were formed by bassist/backing vocalist Nick "Nobby" Emmerick (who appeared on here a couple of years ago with his other band Snide, https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/03/snide-hey-mr-joseph.html, and in the early 80's was a member of Allegiance To No One. He was also a member of Eric Faulkner's Bay City Rollers!) and guitarist/backing vocalist John Sharland (Unit 4, The Starving Artists, Violent Death, Terminal Crisis).
They fleshed out the band by recruiting drummer James Akehurst and vocalist Graham Saxby (who some of you may remember as the founder member of classic oi band The Last Resort and vocalist with UK street punks The Warriors).
After 6 rehearsals they entered Ranscombe studios in Rochester and recorded a five track demo. 5 days later it's getting a well deserved plug on here. You can get more info on the band on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/perjurypunkband/ and check out the songs from the demo on their Youtube channel... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3eRPOhdIWgKHMP8I4rdZ-A
Definitely not reinventing the wheel, Perjury are playing straight up punk rock. The songs are fast, catchy and have plenty of wallop. The demo is a great introduction so check it out. This is On The Run...