Saturday, 20 April 2019
A return to the blog today for The Radio Buzzkills, the Ramones/Screeching Weasel influenced pop punk 5 piece from St Louis. They wowed us last year with their debut album, Get Fired and now they're back with the equally impressive Get Lost! No bells, no whistles, just 11 old school ear worms in the vein of Teen Idols and Dance Hall Crashers. It's out on Outloud! Records and is available on cd and digital download... https://outloudrecords.bandcamp.com/album/get-lost
The band have spent all of this month on the road promoting the album and reports suggest their brand of snotty, irreverent old school pop punk went down a storm. There's still a number of dates lined up and you can check details here : https://www.facebook.com/theradiobuzzkills/
So, Get Lost! It's Zac on lead vocals with bassist Jen providing counterpoint backing melodies. The songs have titles like Cannibal Girlfriend, Shark Surfer, Vampire Of Sacramento, She Hails Satan etc. It's catchy, it's fun. What more could you ask for?
This is the song who's title made me check it out first and it didn't disappoint. A sad tale of vaporized love, it wasn't the KKK that took his girlfriend away it was the rebels. This is She Died On That Death Star...
Friday, 19 April 2019
Control are the hooligan rock n roll band that formed in 2008 who featured on here back in 2016 with a track from their United In Blood album (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/07/control-no-help-for-heroes.html). Now they're back with brand new album Democracy Is Dead and it's definitely one fans of street punk and oi will want to snap up. The red vinyl version appears to have quickly sold out but black vinyl and cds are available here : https://mainstagemerch.com/collections/control
Lining up with Iain Kilgallon (vocals), Glen "Shifty" Johnson (bass guitar/vocals), Ryan Smyth (lead guitar), Reesy (guitar) and Fraser (drums), the band write songs straight from the heart. They deliver hard hitting missives about the things that affect all our lives. There's songs on the new album about self serving leaders, global conflict, the nanny state, keyboard warriors and the state of the nation (as Iain sings, he just doesn't understand why our leaders don't seem to care about the decline of the NHS, overcrowded schools and beggars everywhere). Big business reaps massive profits, paying minimal tax whilst the majority of us struggle to get by. They say their influences are people who have something to say and this shines through in their lyrics. You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/Controlhooliganrocknroll/
This song comments on how everyone seems to be in a rush nowadays looking inwards and having no time to help their fellow man. Meanwhile the "idiots who make the plans don't live in crowded streets, they're all in posh estates in their countryside retreats." With a video that shows global strife and suffering this is Violent World...
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
I think it's fair to say the chatroom exploded when I played today's song on the latest show. It was definitely one of the best received tracks I've featured. It's by Oakland, California, band Pawns and it's definitely going to be in my best of 2019 list.
Pawns are a dark punk (goth/anarcho/post-punk) 4 piece comprising Jenna Rose (bass), Noel Mateus (guitar), Gage Allison (vocals) and Stephen Reader (drums). They've been together since 2014 and previous releases include a couple of 7"'s and 2017 album The Gallows. Earlier this month they released a new ep, Monuments Of Faith, and it's a bit of a stunner. It's on Near Dark Records and available on 12" vinyl or digitally : https://neardarkoakland.bandcamp.com/album/monuments-of-faith-ep
You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/pawnsnyc/
Of the 3 songs on the eph, the one I'm featuring today is the title track. When I was much younger, I'd go to a pretty cool student night club called the Sugar House. My drunk younger self would brave the dancefloor to shuffle around to tunes like Temple Of Love (Sisters Of Mercy), Walk Into The Sun (March Violets), Spiritwalker (The Cult), Kick In The Eye (Bauhaus) etc. With it's stunning juxtaposition of gloomy ambience and frantic uptempo drumming this would have gone down an absolute fucking storm. Monuments Of Faith...
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
The Just Some Punk Songs' guide to Belgian punk music, aka Dirk Ceustermans, returns today with another winner so without further ado I'll leave you in his capable hands...
Pink Room - Coke Head
Taken fromp Zum Kotzen single sided 12"
I need to relocate to Ghent, that city flourishes with amazing talent the past couple of years.
Zoe Zoe Records/Belly Button Records
So these gentlemen recorded 8 tracks live in a studio, it does sound very lively to say the least. Pink Room is a band that does not sound
like your average punkrock teenage combo, no sir, these are
Ugly, Dirty, Sleazy, Noisy & ANGRY all at the same time, it gets
you in sick state of confusion, and that might explain the title of this 12".
("Zum Kotzen" is German for "Makes me puke")
I witnessed these guys live back in December last year and was totally
blown away. Like a little groupie I asked if they had something out already,
there was this CD EP I could buy for a couple of coins.
Pink Room, a three piece outfit, frontman on bass and vocals looking like
walking straight of the set from a 70's crime series, and oh no! He ain't the good guy!
Well one thing's for sure, their sound is loud and their presence doesn't go
Handle with care.
Monday, 15 April 2019
Today I'm posting a song that was probably the favourite track of the night with the guys in the chatroom when I played it on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show (show saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-070419/). It's taken from the album Positive Disintegration by Berlin post punkers DIÄT. It's their 2nd album (following up from 2015's Positive Energy) and you can find it on Bandcamp here : https://ironlungpv.bandcamp.com/album/positive-disintegration-lp-lungs-121
It was available via Iron Lung Records on vinyl but it quickly sold out (it's being repressed). There's 8 darkly atmospheric tracks which sees the band "add a bit more of a pop zap to the ever present post punk dreariness of modern Berlin life." Comparisons are often made with the likes of Killing Joke, Joy Division and even Wire. I find the best way to listen is laid on the sofa with my eyes closed and my headphones on. It's easy to float away on a tide of swirling guitars and insistent beats. Embrace your inner goth and go with the flow.
This song is one of the more upbeat ones, it's called Foreign Policy...
Sunday, 14 April 2019
A guest review today from ex Dr And The Crippens bassist (and host of Pulsebeat Radio show https://www.mixcloud.com/Wayne_Elliott/) Wayne Elliott. Wayne's now relocated from his native Morecambe and is living in Abingdon which gave him the opportunity to catch Jim Jones And The Righteous Mind perform a blistering set in Oxford last week. Suitably enthused Wayne's chosen a song to highlight from the band's new album, Collectiv. You can check out the album here : https://jimjonesandtherighteousmind.bandcamp.com/album/collectiv
And now over to Wayne...
On Friday night I was part of a packed crowd in Oxford witnessing Jim Jones and The Righteous Mind testify to the glory of rock ‘n’ roll with a dazzling display of musicianship and showmanship. But I’m not here to do a live review. I am here to talk about their new record.
Jim Jones has been doing what he does for years. From 90’s psychedelic garage rockers Thee Hypnotics through to the dirty garage rock of The Jim Jones Review and since 2014 his new outfit The Righteous Mind. The fact that the audience in Oxford had members of Ride and Radiohead in attendance gives you some idea as to his standing amongst his peers. He’s a musician's musician ploughing his own furrow much in the same way as Billy Childish or Graham Coxon do.
The new album is called ‘Collectiv’ and amongst it’s many highlights, ’ Shazam’, ‘Sex Robot’ and the Wilson Picket cover ‘I Found Love’ is what may just be my favourite song of 2019 so far. It’s called ‘Satan’s Got His Heart Set On You’ but that may not be what he sings. Sonically it brings to mind Tom Waits' class ’16 Shells From A Thirty–Ought Six’, Lyrically some of the more out there Zodiac Mindwarp couplets spring to mind. Whatever, it’s a lot of fun and has already had two outings on Pulsebeat. Enjoy....
As they've featured on here numerous times already I don't really need to tell you too much about London's finest, Slow Faction. All I need to let you know is that they've posted another "name your price" demo on their Bandcamp page and recommend you go and snap it up... https://slowfaction.bandcamp.com/track/haters-hate-demo
Now that you've done that, hopefully you'll also read and digest the lyrics. I have to say that frontman John Youens is up there with the UK'S best songwriters. He always has something important to say about the society we live in. Don't think this song is a one off, just check out their back catalogue for a well thought out commentary on modern life. I think it's safe to assume their next proper release (be it an album or an ep) is going to be an absolute classic.
This song is about the legions of angry, predominantly middle aged, white males who infest our country, yearning for a Britain that probably never even existed. Their best years are behind them and frustration with lives unfulfilled is bubbling up. It's called Haters Hate...
Where did it go wrong?
You feel so powerless
Now the potency of youth has long gone
The dying of the light
There’s nothing left to do
But to stand your ground for one last fight
Repelling the tide with all your might
But your anger makes you blind and you’re losing your grip
You think you’re being robbed of your white male privilege…and…
Haters hate – so what you going to do?
When everything turns out the same…
Haters hate – so what you going to do?
When there’s no one left to blame…
An imagined history
A better time and place
When no one dared to challenge your patriarchy, and…
A past that isn’t yours
You’re just deluding yourself
When you talk of victory and two World Wars
You’re stealing memories of a justified cause
You’re dragging us back to the previous century
In a vain attempt to assert your authority
So you hate your wife because she earns more than you
And you hate your kids – they never listen to you
You hate your neighbours as they don’t look like you
And you hate everyone who doesn’t think like you
So you hate all the liberals and the socialists
You hate the tree huggers and the communists
And you hate all the students and the feminists
You hate all foreigners and the antiracists
Burn down this nation
No hope for the future generations
Your toxic legacy
Of fascism cloaked in the word democracy