Sunday, 28 February 2021

Gumiho 구미호 - Kill Kode

  
(Photo by sooogoodstudios)

  One thing I've noticed over the last few months on this blog is that a song that was guest reviewed by Jamie Bay back in August (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/08/gumiho-ing-guest-review-by-jamie-bay.html) has proved very popular, with people clicking on the link for it on a regular basis ever since. Not sure who's been sharing it about, or where to, but let's hope they do the same with today's update! The song in question was called -ing and it was by Seoul 4 piece Gumiho (https://www.facebook.com/gumihopunk/).

  Named after a legendary 9 tailed fox and lining up with Caspin (vocals), Yujin (guitar), Matt (bass) and Stephen (drums), they've just released a new single. It's actually a 4 way split ep in collaboration with Original Son (USA), The Sino Hearts (China) and The Old Wives (Canada). Put together by World Domination, Inc (a diy label and booking agency in Seoul), the ep is titled World Domination Vol 3 and it's available on 7" coloured vinyl https://www.wdikorea.com/product-page/world-domination-vol-3-7-inch-record-mp3 (If you're in the US or Canada you will probably be better ordering from the other bands). 


  The Gumiho track comes with an accompanying video and is a powerful rocker which reminds me of bands like Petrol Girls & In Evil Hour etc.  It's called Kill Kode... 

Mackie - New Age

    


  You've more than likely heard of Neil 'Mackie' McLennen. He was the original bassist with New Mills street punk/oi legends Blitz and featured on the classic All Out Attack ep and equally as good debut album Voice Of A Generation. He also played more recently in Epic Problem (who I sung the praises of in several updates like this https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/12/epic-problem-bleeding-out.html). 

  One of the Blitz releases he didn't feature on as he'd left the band just before it got recorded was one of their best late period singles, New Age. But fast forward 38 years and he's just brought out his own version of the track in which he sings and plays guitar and bass. Drafted in on drums is Greg Boulton (ex Violators). It's a blistering cover which retains the energy of the original.




  It features on Nice One, an upcoming 4 way split ep on Rad Girlfriend Records which also boasts tracks from Slow Death, Tiltwheel and Spoilers. With bands of that calibre it's bound to be a winner and you can get more details here (US) : https://radgirlfriendrecords.bandcamp.com/album/nice-one-4-way-split or here (UK) : http://brassneckrecords.bigcartel.com/product/nice-one

  You already know this is a classic so no more words are needed. Just hit play. New Age... 

When I hear.... the sound of concrete and steel
I sense a rhythm, that science can't feel
I feel the beat.... of our hearts as one
I hold your colour, when my vision is gone
This power is something but the force is blind
Transmitted through a network, of your own kind
As minutes tick away.... and days become years
I know this old feeling, it's a substance in my tears

And the kids on the street
And the kids everywhere
And all I gotta say is the kids don't care

When i hear...................
I sense a rhythm...............
I feel the beat...............
I hold your colour............
When you've got me running and you stop my machine
You try to tell me something, that has never been
When you stop me running, with my own pack
You know you've got me swearing that I'll get my own back
  

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Slant - How Did It Feel?

    


  There's times when I'll check out a new hardcore punk album and think that's not for me, it's just a bit too relentlessly heavy and I can't find a way in. I like my hardcore to have a few hooks to hang my hat on. One band that certainly doesn't have me thinking that way is South Korean 5 piece Slant. From Seoul, and featuring a line up of Yeji, Yuying, Candy, Gunny & Garrett, they've just released their debut album. It's titled, rather aptly, 1집 (1st album), and it's probably the best of the year so far. 

  We first heard from them in 2018 when they released a splendid Demo and they followed it up a year later with an ep titled Vain Attempt. We've had to wait a while for the album (I mentioned it when I featured opening track Enemy last June https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/06/slant-enemy.html) but it's certainly been worthwhile. It's 10 heavy as hell (but still accessible to milksops like myself) prime cuts that are trimmed of all fat. Only the closing song, Casualty, drifts past the 2 minute mark. The remainder are short, sharp stabs dealing with subjects such as terminal illness, ennui, shameless sadists and army life etc. The pace never slows and your senses are pummelled but it's not a chore to get through it. It's a blast!




  You can get it on vinyl from Iron Lung Records (the first press sold out in the blink of an eye and the 2nd press will be shipping mid March) https://ironlungrecords.bigcartel.com/product/slant-1-lp

  Digitally, it's available here : https://slant.bandcamp.com/album/1

  This is How Did It Feel? 

how did it feel when you lied through your teeth? when you lied through your finger? your choices have been made you decided to kill yourself with it how did it feel? drowning in your own lies rotting in your own mess you can hide, but you can't run you can't run (from your fucking lie)

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Benefits - Flag

  


  Has anyone not heard the latest track to be released by Middlesbrough collective Benefits (https://www.facebook.com/benefitstheband/) yet? It's a song that's getting plenty of attention (and attracting comments such as "...this years Bob Vylan") and as such it's tempting not to bother adding my voice to the crescendo and to post something more obscure instead. But they're important. They're fresh and have something to say. So here's another blog that's recommending you give them a listen. 

   Formed in 2019 and featuring a line up of Kingsley Chapman (Guitar/Vocal), Jonny Snowball (Drums), Robbie Major (Synth/Noise) and Hugh Major (Bass), they play noisy songs about the state of the country we live in. They deal with subjects such as xenophobia, repression and the Rule Britannia ethos that's beginning to leave a foul stench drifting up from our green and pleasant land. You can find their music here : https://benefitstheband.bandcamp.com/ 

  Don't expect typical cookie cutter punk rock. It's a sound that hops genres, it's inventive, topical and angry. It says what needs saying. And therefore it's more punk than pretty much any of the bands that you like.

  This is Flag

  And this is what they say about it;  "Flag" is about trying to understand Great Britain's place in the world today behind its shambolic and angry appearance. It's a reaction against British politicians using nationalism as a red, white and blue seducer to drag the country's eyes and brains away from the calamity they live in. The weird obsession the country has with war; the arrogance of how illustrious it thinks it is perceived to be by the rest of the world; and the misguided view that by simply waving a flag you somehow paper over the crack of simultaneously despising millions of your countrymen, presumably including fellow patriots.


This place stinks of old wars,
Subservience, semi-final defeats
God and flags
Pulling your mask down for a fag.
You’re a musty relic,
Hiding behind that tatty sheet, shouting, screaming, getting pulled back by your mates. Stamping on cans, raw neck in the sun. Dog water on tap.
What even are you?
You’ve been had mate
The Italian job is on, sit down, shut up, quote the funnies, laugh at the foreigns, drink yer tea, tell the kids everything is shit these days,
wave yer fucking flag, wave yer fucking flag, WAVE YER FUCKING FLAG
Feel powerful, feel proud,
Subjects oh subjects, we used to be this, we used to be that, and we want it back,
but no one is jealous, no one cares, so wheel it all out
Break that emergency glass, parade forever, make it meaningless,
Bow down to that tatty flag. But what does it mean? What does it mean?
WAVE YER FUCKING FLAG
You still hate your fucking neighbour, the clothes you wear are foreign anyway, expensive or cheap and your car is German and its nice, good runner, decent milage, reliable…
The other town down the road are all inbred you said, they all talk funny don’t they - fucking weirdos - Oh and That London eh, don’t get me started, what a shithole ey ey ey?!
You’re fucking broken, your heads gone,
Imagine some good old days you think existed, we deserve better than this…
BLUE BLOOD STILL RUNS RED

Privilege won’t save you.
Eton won’t save you.
People who speak Latin WILL NOT save you.
That stiff upper lip will crumble, THAT silver spoon will be sold, you’ll be forgotten.
You’re nothing to them, NOTHING.
Stop falling for their bullshit,
Throw those plastic chairs, puff out your chest, rule Bri-fucking-tannia, rule those foreign fucking waves, you can’t even swim straight - armbands on - yer getting dragged down, yer drowing in it all, DROWING IN IT ALL
That flag won’t protect you forever, it’ll sink, it looks worn, the colours are running, wasn’t even made here
It’s all a lie.
This isn’t politics, you’re just holding a flag, you’re just a fucking pole.
Wave yer fucking flag
Wave your flag
WAVE. YOUR. FLAG.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

The Throttles - Hate

  


  Yesterday I posted a song that featured on an impressive compilation album showcasing loads of great punk bands and today you're getting more of the same. This time around the compilation in question is the 3rd instalment in Grow Your Own Records' impressive Birds Of A Feather series. It's a treasure trove of top notch acts including Rabies Babies, Slow Faction, Drunken Marksman, Dogma, Riviera Kid and many more and it's available on cd (with free A5 booklet) here :   https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/merch/birds-of-a-feather-vol-3




  The song I'm highlighting is by English garage/punk 4 piece The Throttles (https://www.facebook.com/TheThrottles.Band). They feature Mick Wooding from Terminal Heads on vocals and guitar alongside Ronnie (backing vocals/guitar), Tex (bass) and Ash (drums). As well as the track you'll find below, I've heard a couple of songs off their Bandcamp page, (Love & Poison),  (https://thethrottles.bandcamp.com/music) and I'm rather impressed. 

  Asking the question isn't it freedom and equality for all that makes this country great, this is called Hate...  

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Vengents - Stuck Up Front At A Dickies Show

    


  Are you the kind of person who likes discovering new music? (I'm guessing if you're reading this then the answer is probably yes).

  Does the idea of a name your price punk compilation featuring a massive 140 bands / tracks sound appealing? If so, read on. 




  Dalzell, South Carolina, label River Monster Records have just released Monster Compster Vol. 8, the latest in a series of mammoth comps featuring bands from all around the globe. There's a fair few that have featured on Just Some Punk Songs previously (such as Dirt Byrds, God Mode, Kicked In The Teeth, Pete Bentham And The Dinner Ladies, Spam Javelin, The Asteroids, The Lost Riots etc) but there's many more I've never heard of before. And that's the fun of it, scroll down the list, pick a band at random and click play. I can't pretend to have listened to all of it yet as it really is a beast of a release but what I have heard confirms what I already knew; there's so many really good punk bands out there deserving of your attention. Including the band I'm highlighting today. 

  They're a 3 piece called Vengents (https://www.facebook.com/vengentsband/) and the brief write up I found for them goes like this : 

A New Jersey Staple for Almost a Decade Vengents has played ALL over the Garden State! Bringing Their Own touch to a Pop Punk / Thrash Metal Hybrid! This Trio of Complete Chaotic Riff Shredding and Double Bass Kicking Combined The Punk Rock Melodys of Screeching Weasel with the Sheer Drive of Megadeath! They'll Have You Banging Your Head for Hrs after Their Set!

  More importantly, they sound like this... 

 A short, sharp blast of dumb fun, this is Stuck Up Front At A Dickies Show... 

Monday, 22 February 2021

The Owen Guns - Sick

  

  New South Wales punk upstarts The Owen Guns (https://www.facebook.com/theowenguns/) return with more aggressive punk outpourings in the form of a new single which is blazing a trail for their upcoming Ep 2 : Electric Boogaloo (which will be out late May on Riot Records/Golden Robot Records https://goldenrobotrecords.com/). 

Co written by Adam Check from Toe To Toe & One Dollar Short, it's a short sharp stream of vitriol aimed at the selfish morons who decided to start stockpiling toilet roll during a pandemic. I think you'll like it but if you don't, worry not, it's all over in a minute so there's no reason not to check it out. 

  It's streaming in the usual places https://smarturl.it/TheOwenGuns-Sick

  ...and here's the video. The song is called Sick...