Monday, 20 August 2018
I featured Boilermaker on here back in 2016 when they were starting up and there was very little info available for them so I asked vocalist Max Turnbull to introduce the band (worth a read : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/11/boilermaker-8182.html). Anyway, it's been a while but they managed to get their debut album, Shop Floor, released in time for their recent successful appearance at the Rebellion Festival.
As mentioned, the band features Max Turnbull on vocals as well as fellow ex Last Rough Cause member, guitarist Phil Coates, drummer Mike Robson (Gimp Fist, Thankless Graft, Last Crusade) and bassist Steve Addison. You can find more info here : https://www.facebook.com/Boilermaker-209740036112657/
They've just put out a video for one of the songs on the album. Ominous, brooding guitars lead into Max asking if you can feel tension in the air. What follows is a modern day street punk anthem about fighting in the dark of night, 2 sides trying to gain control, senseless violence, flashing lights, sirens... the background to a sleepless night. This is a band that can paint a picture. This is a band that are powerful and skilled in their craft. Check 'em out.
This is The Sirens And The Lights...
Sunday, 19 August 2018
Reptilians From Andromeda are from Istanbul and combine elements of post punk, garage, grunge and alt rock to produce a fresh, original sound. They were formed in 2013 by vocalist Aybike Celik Ozbey and guitarist (and also founder of 90's Turkish punk pioneers Rashit) Tolga Ozbey. The current line up is rounded off with bassist Ersin Çağlayan (formerly guitarist of 90's hardcore punk band Radical Noise) and drummer Başak Karacan.
One of the most active bands on the Turkish underground scene, they regularly tour (earlier this year they wowed Belgian audiences) and will be appearing alongside bands such as The Kids, Cavemen, Biznaga, Tommy And The Commies etc at this year's We're Loud Fest (Istanbul 19-20-21 Oct https://www.slovenly.com/wereloudfest/were-loud-fest-istanbul-2018/).
Amongst their releases are the album Dialogue For Monkeys (which came out on Czech label Prof Sny) and this Self Titled affair which you can find on Bandcamp : https://reptiliansfromandromeda.bandcamp.com/releases
They recently started to record a new album but to tide us over they've released a new song, this is Midnight Scenes...
Saturday, 18 August 2018
A song that went down well on a recent Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-070818/) was Sissy Glue. It's the flip side to The Blankz White Baby (debut) single and it had me paying attention for any new material the band might release. The wait wasn't a long one as they're very quickly back with a new 7" single. Released on Slope Records (https://sloperecords.com/releases/) it's the second ep in a series of nine (the next one, I'm A Gun, is pencilled in for 14th September). All the songs will eventually be released as a compilation album.
The Blankz are from Phoenix and despite having only been around since last year already seem to be getting noticed (even MTV are getting in on the act). Reviewers are pitching them somewhere between Devo and The Ramones. If you haven't stumbled across them yet, they're fun, give them a listen. You can find both singles on Bandcamp, both are excellent. https://theblankz.bandcamp.com/
They're a 5 piece and feature Tommy Blank (vocals), Jaime Blank (guitar), Nikki Blank (synthesizer), Andy Blank (bass) and Johnny Blank (drums). Nikki Blank is aka Nicole Laurenne from super cool garage rockers The Darts. You can get more info here : https://www.facebook.com/theblankzband/
The Blankz are 2/9ths of the way to an absolutely killer comp. Round and round, here we go, dodge those fists and take a blow. This is called (I Just Want To) SLAM!
Friday, 17 August 2018
Mean Caesar are from south London and though they got together a couple of years ago they spent most of that time practicing before making their live debut earlier this year. The line up of the band is Danny Lester (vocals), Oliver Ward (guitar), David Littlefair (guitar), Stu Henson (bass) and Stu Morrison (drums). Previously they've played in numerous other acts including 46 Itchy, Atomic Newt Beaver, The Barrymores, Great Cynics, Pure Graft, Murderburgers etc etc etc. Now they're preparing to release their debut (Self Titled) ep, it'll be available on 5th October on Little Rocket Records and you can pre order it here : https://meancaesarlrr.bandcamp.com/
Their goal is to make music that's "hooky as hell with an urgency to it." My first impression on hearing them was that they reminded me a little of Red City Radio (and then I noticed that Red City Radio were a band they'd supported at the New Cross Inn last month). Anyway, check them out as once the ep drops they'll no longer be London's best kept secret... https://www.facebook.com/Mean-Caesar-1925852077695112/
To whet your appetite, they've just released a teaser single from the ep. Dealing with the theme of finding a gang where you feel at home ( “I’m thankful every day that this bunch of misfits happened to cross my way / We’d prop up the Monty bar where talking endless shit can get you far / We’d toast our failures in the park and wander reckless streets in the dark,” ) this is the kind of sound that'll appeal to fans of the bands that Little Rocket Records' owner Graeme Philliskirk was in (Leatherface, Medication). It's called South London Summer...
Thursday, 16 August 2018
Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction so bear that in mind whilst reading the following...
Last September I received an email from a spokesperson for a bunch of Russian dissidents who whilst very much loving their country had concerns about the Putin regime. Those concerns left them fearing for their safety and led them to go undeground and attempt to leave the country. To keep their identities secret I'll refer to them as Black Russian 1, Black Russian 2, Black Russian 3 and Black Russian 4. To cut a long story short, they recently managed to evade capture by the authorities and relocate from Leningrad beach to a remote backwater in the US where to support themselves they've taken up the name Black Russians and are channelling their love of classic pop punk bands such as The Lillingtons, The Ramones, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Connie Dungs etc.
I'm not sure what the likes of Lenin or Stalin would have thought of these guys (I'm guessing they'd have been mining salt in a gulag for the next 50 years) but the natives of their adopted country seem to be going wild for them. They've even attracted the attention of top label Outloud! Records who've included a track by them on their new compilation, Killer Tunes. Featuring songs about serial killers, the album also boasts awesome bands such as The Prozacs, Kobanes, The Jasons, Vista Blue etc etc etc. You can find it here : https://outloudrecords.bandcamp.com/album/killer-tunes
I got back in touch with my contact to query the spelling of the song that the band contributed to the comp and he blames it on a CIA plot to discredit them. It seems they're on the run from the American authorities as well as Putin's henchmen so for once, don't share this update. Let the band remain a secret known only to the punk world. There is a Facebook page for them but for obvious reasons any info is kept to a minimum : https://www.facebook.com/blackrussiansussr/
This is a song that tells the story of one of Mother Russia's most feared killers, Andrei Chikatilo. You can get the low down on him here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Chikatilo It's called Rostov Ripper...
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
The Hung Ups are a trio from Salt Lake City featuring Josh Recker (vocals/guitar), JD (bass) and Schwenny (drums) who're influenced by The Ramones and by a bunch of bands who followed in their footsteps such as Dear Landlord, Banner Pilot, Screeching Weasel, The Queers etc. They've been around for almost a decade and featured on here last year with a song from the Panic Attack ep (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/01/hung-ups-make-you-angry.html).
Last month they returned with a new ep titled Insanity Plea. 5 catchy singalong punk songs that are definitely going to appeal to fans of the of the "Ramonescore" genre but which also have a grittiness and bite that keep them from being too derivative. You can snap it up (along with a fairly impressive back catalogue) name your price on Bandcamp... https://thehungups.bandcamp.com/album/insanity-plea
There's a proper video getting released soon for Slipping Away but today I'm highlighting the opening track on the ep. Have you ever been in a situation where the girl of your dreams is with another guy? This is one of those songs, it's called This Summer...
It’s summer why aren’t you here with me?
There’s no place that I’d rather be
So take this chance and try something new
Cuz hanging out with you is all I wanna do
cuz it's summer and and I wanna be with you
its a bummer that you like some other dude
cuz this summers not turning out the way I wanted it to
summer’s almost over I won’t give in
I’ll keep chasing you until the end
You’ll never know if you don’t let me show
the way I feel and how I won’t let you go
Tuesday, 14 August 2018
The Painted Dogs are a fast paced garage punk trio from Detroit who's line up features Spanky Wallflower (guitar/vocals), Dylan Kissal (bass) and Zoe Kissel (drums). Checking out their biography it says write yer own (cheers guys!) so I'll have to guess they formed shortly before releasing 2016's Vibrator ep. The song you'll find highlighted below was the lead track on that ep and also reappeared recently on what I assume is their debut album, Live Fast, Die Young.
You can check out both releases on Bandcamp : https://thepainteddogs1.bandcamp.com/
Here's the point in the write up I usually say you can find more info here but there isn't really much more info to find on Facebook so just go and give them a like : https://www.facebook.com/ThePaintedDogsMusic/
What can you expect from Live Fast, Die Young? 11 really good punk n roll tunes that deserve hearing by a wider audience. Catchy singalongs are the order of the day, there's even a beefed up version of the Ronettes' classic Be My Baby. If you're a fan of The Dictators or Johnny Thunders etc then I think you'll enjoy The Painted Dogs. Check 'em out.
This is Troubled Girl...