Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Supposedly Phlox is a genus of 67 species of perennial and annual plants in the family Polemoniacea that are mainly found in North America.
PHLOX are a new flower-powerviolence punk band from Columbus, Ohio featuring members of Slant 6 (bassist/vocalist Myra Power), Ouija Boys (guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham) and Drunks With Guns (drummer Mike Doskocil aka Malcom Bliss).
So what the hell's flower-powerviolence? On the evidence provided by Phlox's 4 song Demo it's a mash up of hardcore punk, noise rock, fuzzed up psychedelia and feedback. Am I right in guessing it's named after the song Raging, Hate, Fear And Flower Power Violence by Californian band Spazz? I've no idea to be honest but I do know the Demo came out earlier this month and you can snap it up name your price here : https://phloxxx.bandcamp.com/releases
This is the lead track, it sounds like a reverb heavy theme to a Charles Manson documentary where madness and warped minds are under discussion as saturated colours splash across images of cult members telling the world why they committed their evil crimes. It's trippy, it's mood music and whilst flowers might be the order of the day, even the flower on the cover looks a thing of forlorn sadness.
Am I Flower?
Monday, 17 June 2019
This initial part of my written introduction is where I'd usually say it's a welcome return from so and so but in all honesty Grim Deeds has never really been away. Squirrelled up in his Foster City home (or often in his parked car or the classroom he teaches in), Grim's been self recording and releasing his pop punk gems at an impressive rate of several per month. His modus operandi is to turn the songs out one at a time (name your price) before collecting them together on albums. Often he'll call on the services of friends to contribute their talents (Kody Templeman, Maria Surfinbird, Eddie Kobane are amongst the names in his phonebook). It's fair to say, if you're a fan of his music, you never have to wait long till the next song drops. You can open his bountiful trove of aural treasure here : https://grimdeeds.bandcamp.com/music
The latest release (as of when I'm writing this though knowing Grim he'll probably release something else before I get chance to click publish!) is a catchy song for that special one. Love is in the air and Grim is going to sing about it. This is Cotton Candy Skies...
Take me away
We’re breaking away
I’ll never leave you sad and feelin' lonely
‘Cause I know how it feels to be low
And losing control
But now i’m free cause you’re my one and only
And we’ll be
Sharing love that’s meant to be
Together you and I
Under cotton candy skies
Kiss me again
And tell me again
That we will always be there for each other
You don’t have to worry your head
Just love me instead
And promise we’ll be there for one another
I can see
You love me
And I’m where I want to be
Together you and I
Under cotton candy skies
Why am I the lucky one?
And why did you choose me?
There’s no explanation
But I’m yours eternally
Sunday, 16 June 2019
New Orleans 3 piece Trampoline Team have featured twice previously on here with I'll Destroy You and Drug Culture and today they return to make it a triple whammy of killer songs.
They've been around since 2011 and have just released what's probably their hardest hitting release to date. It's a new ep, titled Kill You and it's a high octane ball of fury. Think classic Rip Off Records, think Neighborhood Brats at their angriest. Think good old down and dirty garage punk. It's available on 7" vinyl via Neck Chop Records https://neckchoprecords.com/products/trampoline-team-kill-you-ep-7 and you can stream it here : https://neckchoprecords.bandcamp.com/album/kill-you-ep
This is the lead track, it's called Kill You On The Streetcar...
When you notice Prostitutes frontman Kevin Patrick McGovern (https://theprostitutes1.bandcamp.com/) calling an a record "the album of the decade... catchy. psychotic and filled with punk rawk rage. Five out of five stars" you tend to sit up and take notice. Not sitting on my laurels I asked him to review the answer and as he's an accommodating kinda guy he was only too happy to oblige.
The album is out now on vinyl and cd from Digital Warfare Records and it features 5 new songs alongside a sprinkling of the best tracks from past 7" releases. You can get it here : https://zekeyou.myshopify.com/collections/the-derelicts/products/life-of-strife-lp
Over to Kevin....
The Derelicts – Life of Strife (Digital Warfare)
I Walk Alone
The first time I was introduced to the Derelicts was in the early 1990s. I was riding in the backseat of my friend’s car, a bunch of us were going to see a second run horror movie at the local budget theatre. We weren’t 21 yet and when the booze was in short supply we’d distract ourselves with random outings filled with diet pills, pain pills, and weed. Stoned out of my mind and artificially wide wake, I heard the menacing bass line that begins their scorching reinterpretation of “My Dads a Fucking Alcoholic” come ripping through the speakers. I was blown away by the incredible power and addictive venom of the band’s intense punk rock attack. Pure and wild, degenerated mayhem. I picked up their classic Misery Maker single on SubPop records shortly thereafter. I listened to it non stop for quite some time. I highly recommend all their past releases. Their mind blowing “Going Out of Style 86-90” CD on Empty Records had all of us degenerates hooked back in those days.
Wrong With This
The band was a destructive combination of raspy vocals, brutal guitar, and contagious rock n roll fury. Excessive simplicity with a rabid pulse. Punk rock for the punk rockers. Things happened and the band dissolved sometime in the mid 90s. A few years ago they started up again with Duane back on vocals and Neil on guitar, both from the original lineup. I was beyond stoked when I heard they had a new album coming out. It’s finally here and the Derelicts deliver on all levels. This thing burns with an intensity you just don’t find in modern music. Hyper guitar and manic vocals fuel the songs while leaving enough breathing room for gritty grooves and melody. A sinister combination of early 80s hardcore and dirty 70's punk. This record hits hard and never lets up. Available from Digital Warfare records. Vinyl supply limited.
Life Of Strife...
Saturday, 15 June 2019
The song I'm posting today is by a band called Dress Up, the song's called Green Room and it's from an upcoming album called The Big One. I was struggling to find anything about them but noticed the person who put the song on Youtube also posted videos by Aussie skate punks Children of Finland Fighting in Norway (C.O.F.F.I.N.). I then discovered C.O.F.F.I.N. were touring with Austin, Texas hardcore skate punks Dress Up. Adding 2 + 2 together I worked out Dress Up are Alex Bond (vocals), Anthony Sardella (guitar), Max Fitzgibbon (bass) and JoJo Williamson (drums). They've already released an album and a single and you can find them here https://dressup69.bandcamp.com/ Thinking it'd be cool to eliminate the masculine vibe you'd expect in this type of music they started dressing up in women's clothing whilst playing shows.
Is the song about the celebrity waiting room where they sit and sup drinks whilst waiting to perform? Maybe it's about the 2015 movie where a touring punk band are attacked by nazi skinheads? To be honest I haven't got a clue, it might be about something completely different. The music's pounding hardcore and the lyrics are to a large part indistinct though from what I can make out it goes I see you every day, you don't know what to say BLAH BLAH BLAH... Baby in the green room BLAH BLAH, Baby in the green room BLAH BLAH, Baby in the green room BLAH BLAH, Baby in the green room...
It clocks in at around 78 seconds and it's great.
This is Green Room...
Thursday, 13 June 2019
It's no doubt a sad indication of how boring my life is but not many things bring me the joy that discovering a stunning new song does. Sometimes you can click a link you've stumbled across and get a pleasant surprise, other times you'll see the band name, the song title or even just a picture (or in the case of today's song all three) and know it's going to be a joyous moment. If you're anything like me you'll find it impossible to listen to the song you'll find below without wanting to immediately play it again....and again,
A new band, Chubby And The Gang are from London and feature Chubby Charles (Arms Race, Violent Reaction) plus 3 members of Gutter Knife (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/03/gutter-knife-boots-on-ground.html). They've a debut double A sided 7" single due out on July 5th. Limited to 300 copies it'll be available from Static Shock Records. You can pre order it here : https://staticshockrecords.limitedrun.com/products/645076-chubby-and-the-gang-all-along-the-uxbridge-road-7
Don't have a turntable? Then go here for the digital version : https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/all-along-the-uxbridge-road
So what does it sound like? The Bandcamp page namechecks The Kids, Cyanide and The Carpettes, the tags include punk, hardcore and power pop. I can't really argue with their assessment. The production job by Fucked Up's Jonah Falco is spot on, it's a hardcore stomper that's really upbeat. It's an exuberant blast of fun, it's even got handclaps and harmonica! Now I'm off to listen to it again! I suggest you do to.
It's called All Along The Uxbridge Road...
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Gulls are a punk 3 piece from Brighton who formed in 2016 and who's line up is Rhi Kavok (poetry), Trixie Dean (aka Boe H) (guitar/vocals) and Matt Hickin (drums). I've seen their sound described as being akin to Sleaford Mods in a high speed collision with Bikini Kill on bumper cars whilst Rhi's poetry tackles themes of local and global injustice. Wittily they tag themselves as playing Brighton rock.
You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/gullsbandbtn/ and here : https://www.gullsband.co.uk/
A couple of months ago they released an excellent single (which I managed to miss as I obviously don't spend enough time online looking for new music!) but which attracted the attention of Tom Robinson who played them on his Radio 6 show. If like me you've been unaware of them till now I think you'll like it. Inspired by the closure and sale to property developers of Kensal Rise Library it's a protest song about gentrification and it's called SHOP...