Wednesday 30 November 2016
Drones are a Ramones influenced band from Minneapolis who are not to be confused with the UK band of the same name. This lot are a 3 piece featuring Tane (bass/vocals), Parker (drums/vocals) and Paul (guitar/vocals).
They've a number of releases on Bandcamp, from 2012's s/t ep through to their latest ep, Take It Easy. You can check out their music here : https://dronesmn.bandcamp.com/
Released in October, they recorded the new ep themselves and get the sound pretty much spot on for this type of music. This is a snappy little sci fi themed pop punk gem of the kind that always goes down well round here. Hidden Planet........
Tuesday 29 November 2016
In Evil Hour are a Darlington based hard hitting punk band (the second in 2 days from that region of the UK) who featured on here earlier this year with a song from 2015's Built On Our Backs ep : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/in-evil-hour-predators.html
They're currently working on a new album for release in 2017 but to tide us over till then they've just shared a new song and video. You can get the song name your price on Bandcamp and the video's posted below : https://inevilhour.bandcamp.com/
Powerful, angry and bang on the money, this is Paveway IV. If you're reading this update in time, I'll be playing this song on today's Just Some Punk Songs show. It starts at 8pm (UK time) here : http://mixlr.com/mick-fletcher/
Now look today
Market forces show the way and
Invest your stake
Through our tax they satiate the
Free press, look round
War profiteers with no renown and
Lay down a line
Between government and market minds
Bleeding hearts will hold no sway
Market forces demand enemies
Transactions covert for our GDP
We built the bombs, we sold the bombs
Now drop the bombs on those ones
Who turned against us
Then make it television
In selling on we take up arms
We share the blood
With those ones who oppress and murder
Paveway IV nation building
Your fear held dear
Action's justified the danger's near
We'll feed a need
A symbiotic lust capital bleeds
Distance it breeds
Detachment from the actions that we see
A land we damned
With weapons we thrust into open hands
Contractors will market death
As homes and families feel their full effect
The bloody cost of new diplomacy
We're global educators
We push our mess under the rug for you to find
These threads are weaved from flesh and bone
We pave it flat and send it home
Do as we say not as we do
Monday 28 November 2016
After hearing a few really cool songs by Boilermaker and deciding I needed to share one on here I was struggling a bit to find any info on the band other than they lined up Max Turnbull (vocals), Phil Coates (guitar), Mike Robson (drums) and Steve Addison (bass) and that they've only just played their first gig. Instead of filling in this intro with a bit of empty waffle I instead asked MaxTurnbull if he'd supply a few facts on his band and I'll lazily just copy and paste his reply below.....
"2 of us were in Last Rough Cause (Phil and myself), the drummer is in Gimp Fist and Thankless Graft and was also in Last Crusade and it's Ste the bass players first band. Ste asked me to jam with him a couple of years back so I played drums and sang to his guitar. We were going through a few covers of Sham, Rejects and a couple of Agnostic Front songs.
Last Rough Cause stopped playing so we asked Phil if he would come down if Ste moved onto bass so we started practicing a few new tunes I'd already written ages before. I was still drumming at this point but felt I'd be better suited to singing as I was frazzled after doing both for a couple of hours practice so I was glad when Mike offered his services coz he was always a harder hitter than me anyway. Apparently I'd asked him when I'd had way too much to drink at a Gimp Fist gig at the Forum in Darlington? I really can't recall this alleged fact? Either way we all started playing together and very slowly and steadily, we got our act together.
After quite a long time we had a decent set length of about 8 songs as well as a couple of covers. After trying to get an opinion on 4 songs we recorded from a few labels, we sort of came to realise that no label is going to touch a band that hasn't gigged so a date was lined up and we played our first show last night (26/11/16) at The Railway Tavern in Darlo. We really loved it so hopefully the crowd liked it too. They seemed to enjoy it and gave good feedback so we'll see what happens? We've all agreed we won't be doing a lot of gigs though so 4 or 5 a year will be enough for me.
Only Mike is from outside Darlington, living in Bishop Auckland and he is the only lad who is a construction man rather than the rest of us who are welders (hence the band's name)."
Anyway, one of the songs that impressed me, this is 81/82......
Sunday 27 November 2016
"banned from the pubs and thrown out of the bars
punks in the streets 'cause the streets are ours....."
Code Blue are a three-piece street punk / oi band from Orpington, South East London, who recently released their debut album. Titled Punks In The Street, it's on A World We Never Made records and you can check it out here : http://aworldwenevermade.bandcamp.com/album/punks-in-the-streets
Forming in 2009, they released an ep in 2012 before going on hiatus the following year but now they're back, batteries refreshed with the new album and a line up featuring Jack Lewis (drums/vocals), Nathan Fitzpatrick (guitar) and Tom Alcoran (bass).
I'll be playing a different song on the Just Some Punk Songs show (Tuesday 29th Nov, 8pm UK time : http://mixlr.com/mick-fletcher/ ) but for today I'm going with the title track. This is Punks On The Street.....
Saturday 26 November 2016
I was planning on taking a break from posting everyday but there's just so much great music that's deserving of your attention that I'm back already. I wanted to return (even though I haven't managed to stay away!) with a good update so I'm bringing you the 10 favourite songs of Apocalypse Babys frontman Dave "Asterix The Brat" Moran.
Apocalypse Babys are one of the best UK punk bands from recent years, they're from Alfreton and have been active since 1990 and previously featured on this blog here : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/apocalypse-babys-jacqueline.html I asked Dave what the current situation is with the band and he tells me that they're auditioning new guitarists and that there's going to be a new album released sometime in the new year. More details will surface here : https://www.facebook.com/Apocalypse-Babys-152578491466819/
As for his top 10, he said it was virtually impossible to choose just 10 but this is what he came up with......
1) RAMONES - Psycho Therapy
2) MOTORHEAD - Bomber
3) AC/DC - Thunderstruck
4) COCK SPARRER - Riot Squad
5) THE BLOOD - Gestapo Khazi
6) SEX PISTOLS - God Save The Queen
7) UK SUBS - Endangered Species
8) PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES - The Jinx
9) GUNS N ROSES - It's So Easy
10) Toy Dolls - Glenda And The Test Tube Baby
Friday 25 November 2016
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and a new Vista Blue ep each month." Even Benjamin Franklin knew how prolific New Orleans power pop maestros Vista Blue are.
As we're nearing the Festive season it's no surprise that this time round they've released another Christmas themed record. Vocalist Mike Patton says that they've released it to coincide with Black Friday as that's the time of the year when a lot of people start listening to Christmas music. Whether that's the case or not, I'd say that the name your price tag makes it a bargain worth checking out, in fact it's Black Friday everyday on the Vista Blue Bandcamp page as you can snap up all their eps name your price : https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/
The new ep is called Check It Twice, it features updated versions of 5 songs Mike wrote between 2012-2014 and as far as Christmas records go, they're actually very good. Future plans for the band include new music early in 2017 "We already have our first 2-3 eps planned for 2017, along with a 12 inch coming from Something To Do Records."
A song about someone who doesn't like Christmas as much as people would expect, this is Bobby Kringle....
Thursday 24 November 2016
No Matter are a pop punk band from Belfast who seem to be causing a bit of a stir with their debut full length album, Ill Advised. Listing their influences as NOFX, Screeching Weasel, Bad Religion, Dillinger Four, Ramones and The Alkaline Trio, their sound is reminiscent of all your favourite 90's Fat Wreck bands. They feature both male and female vocals and are fast paced, catchy and fun.
The line up features Dan Kennedy (guitar/vocals), Jamie "Numskull" Wilson (drums), Caitlin "Catface" Palmer (bass/vocals) and Jarlath Cowan (guitar/vocals). Their first release was a demo in 2011, this was followed up a year later with the Fidge ep whilst 2014 saw the release of the 7 track Drop The Act mini album. A busy touring schedule (including gigs playing alongside the likes of NOFX, Descendents, Millencolin, Anti Flag, Runnin' Riot, 999, D.O.A. etc...) has seen them hone their skills and now the new album out now on Umlaut Records) has seen them take things to a different level. You can check out their music here : https://nomatter1.bandcamp.com/
Bands playing this kind of pop punk are 10 a penny but not many are this good and not many come from Northern Ireland. If they've not come onto your radar yet, check them out. This is the lead track from Ill Advised, it's called Migraine....
Wednesday 23 November 2016
photo by : HC - PUNK photography by Pere G. Ejby
Earlier this year i posted a song by Norwegian band Danger!man which was taken from the split ep with fellow Norwegians Lucky Malice (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/dangerman-never-black-never-white.html). If you've ever listened to former Dr And The Crippens bassist Wayne Elliott's excellent Pulsebeat show you'd have probably heard him playing the ep as it's safe to say it's definitely one of his favourite releases from 2016. If you've not so far been lucky enough to discover the ep then it's your lucky day as you can snap it up name your price on the Tonehjulet Kraftpest Bandcamp page : https://kraftpest.bandcamp.com/album/handicap
Anyway, it's about time that I posted a song from the Lucky Malice section of the ep so here goes....
Forming in 2004 and hailing from the town of Halden in Norway, Lucky Malice are a passionate feminist punk trio who's line up features Karine Braekke (drums/vocals), Linda Haug (guitar/vocals) and Hanna Fauske (bass/vocals). Their releases include an ep (Young And Breathless (2008)), a couple of splits (one with Gottemia in 2010 and this years split with Danger!man) and 2 albums (Homme Fatale (2012), Lucky Malice (2013)).
If you check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/luckymalice/) you'll notice that they've got enough new songs ready to start recording a new album so watch out for that.
In the meantime, from the split ep with Danger!man, this is Side By Side.....
Tuesday 22 November 2016
Dead Ending are a hard hitting hardcore punk supergroup from Chicago who's line up includes Vic Bondi (Articles Of Faith), Derek Grant (Alkaline Trio), Jeff Dean (The Bomb, All Eyes West) and recent recruit Nate Gluck (Ensign, Vision, Strength 691) who replaces Rise Against bassist Joe Principe.
Their debut ep was released by Alternative Tentacles in 2012 and the same label released a 2nd ep the following year. 2014 saw Bridge Nine Records release ep3 which featured guest appearences by Jake Burns (SLF) and Jeff Pezzati (Naked Raygun, The Bomb) and which can be checked out here : https://bridge9.bandcamp.com/album/de-iii
There's a new album on the horizon but whilst we wait for that, Alternative Tentacles have released a timely new 7" single. Featuring Dave Shields (Articles Of Faith) on bass, it comprises of 2 blistering tracks, Class War and the song I've posted below.
This is Ivanka Wants Her Orange Back.....
Monday 21 November 2016
When I'm searching for music to post in this blog, I don't aim to find mainly UK and US bands but I'm possibly guilty of mainly being drawn to songs from those countries. I do try and search further afield and it's extremely satisfying when I come across something from places where I haven't shared music from before. I'm pretty sure I've not previously brought you anything from Brazil and I'm really happy that the first song to be posted from that country is absolutely wonderful.
Unfortunately I know pretty much nothing about 3D but from what I can glean, they're a 4 piece all female band from Porto Alegre (which is the capital of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul). They got together back in the 80's couldn't play their instruments but released a 1988 split tape with The Cobaias which was much loved and now after a remaster by the excellent Daniel Husayn, the 11 songs by 3D have been rereleased on a 7" through Nada Nada Discos.
You can get a physical copy from Warthog Speak or a digital download from Nada Nada.....
It appears that after 30 years, they're back together again with a line up comprising of Polish (vocals), Liege Milk (low), Mary O (guitar) and Leticia Rodrigues (drums). You don't really need anymore info, you just need to listen to the song. This is 2 Segundos, it's a classic. Enjoy.....
Sunday 20 November 2016
If things go as planned, I'll be heading back to Lancaster next Saturday (26th Nov) as The Bobbin are hosting another of their excellant punk all dayers. The bill for this show features several bands who've already featured on this blog (D-Liberate, Dischord, Autopsy Boys, The Eddies) and today I'm bringing you a song by another. It looks like an awesome gig and the free admission price is an absolute bargain. If anyone reading this is in the area then I can't think of many better ways to spend a day.
Flat Back Four are from St Helens (north west England) and have been plying their Leatherface, Snuff, Bad Religion, Thin Lizzy, Face To Face etc style of music since 2004. Honing their craft by playing over 350, both at home and abroad, they've put out a number of releases, from 2006's Who Dares Penguins album to the recent Stu's Mum Calling. You can check them out here : http://flatbackfour.bandcamp.com/
The line up features Ste Lingard (guitar/vocals), Ste Sharrock (drums/vocals) and Will Atkinson (bass/vocals).
This is the lead track on the new ep, it's called Tonight....
At 17 I ruled the world, or so it seemed to me
At 18 I could buy a pint, at last – legally
At 19 I said goodbye and set off on my own
At 20 I fell in love and grow up far from home
I know I’m gonna be alright tonight, with you lot by my side
I know, we’re gonna do things right, tonight, as long as we’re together
At 21 I felt alive, I always gave my all
At 25 I started having trouble with my balls
At 30 I reassessed and set off once again
At 39 I’m doing fine and never alone
No man is an island
No man is an island
Saturday 19 November 2016
On last week's Just Some Punk Songs show I played a cover of Soft Cell's Sex Dwarf by Oakland, California's Violence Creeps. It went down a storm with the listeners in the chatroom so it was only a matter of time before the band featured on here. Before getting on to today's song I'll just point you in the direction of Sex Dwarf, it's on the recent The Gift Of Music ep and can be found here : https://violencecreeps.bandcamp.com/album/the-gift-of-music
For anyone that's interested, all the Just Some Punk Songs shows get archived and the show that featured Violence Creeps is here : http://mixlr.com/mick-fletcher/showreel/just-some-punk-songs-151116-151117/
Violence Creeps feature Amber Feigel ("singing/writhing"), Max Nordile ("free bass"), Erin Allen ("traps, soul") and Shrimp Ripper ("shred, narking"). Not content to release just an ep, they've also put out a new album, Soul Narc. It's available on vinyl via Digital Regress Records or on Bandcamp here : https://digitalregress.bandcamp.com/album/soul-narc
The song featured below is the last track on Soul Narc, it's a discordant, angular and angry rant against someone who's not around as much as they should be. I Hate Strangers.....
Friday 18 November 2016
The Not Amused are a power pop band from Kreuzberg, Berlin who's line up features Sir Harris XLV Of Dresden (vocals), Rosa Riot (drums), Kidnap (guitar) and Shockhead Peter (bass). They've been releasing music for around 10 years, an example of which, 2012's Flaunting Their Talents By Appointment To Her Royal Highness album, can be checked out here : https://thenotamused.bandcamp.com/
Inspired by a combination of mod revival, powerpop and Killed By Death era punk rock, they've recently released an album entitled Flat Broke and you can get a couple of tracks (including today's song) from it name your price on the Wanda Records Bandcamp : https://wandarecords.bandcamp.com/album/flat-broke
As well as the new album, they've also released a new single, it's called Be With You and you can listen to a track from it here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irdUWfC6qNE
From Flat Broke and catchy as hell, this is Modern.....
Thursday 17 November 2016
Maybe you've already come across today's song, it seems to have popped up a few times on my Facebook feed recently. Despite being a few years old, it's very topical and so this is the perfect time for it to be rereleased and it certainly merits a place on this blog.
RF7 are a hardcore punk band from California who've been around since 1979. They've released an impressive number of albums including 2009's Hatred On The Rise lp. If you missed it (as I did), fear not, it's getting a digital makeover and you can check it out here on Swedish label Just 4 Fun's Bandcamp page : https://just4fun2.bandcamp.com/album/hatred-on-the-rise
There's a new record, Day At The Crisis, due soon but in the meantime, following on from Donald Trump's election victory, a video has been put together for the rereleased digital album's title track. Both relevant and hard hitting, this is Hatred On The Rise.....
Wednesday 16 November 2016
Asuka And The Bum Servants certainly have a name that stands out from the crowd. Fortunately they also have a sound that stands out too. They're a female fronted punk band from Japan and they're pretty damn good.
Featuring guitarist Nori from Tom And Boot Boys (a band that previously featured here : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/tom-and-boot-boys-piss-off-mtv-punks.html), plus Asuka (vocals), Ricky (bass) and Shinichi (drums), they're fast, loud and fun. Last year they released a cassette and a self titled ep and this year has seen more of the same (the Battle Fever cassette and the Punk President ep), all were on Pogo 77 Records.
This is Battle Fever.......
Tuesday 15 November 2016
Jack The Lad are a band from the East Anglia area who started life playing covers of classic oi and punk tunes (available for birthdays, engagements, weddings, funerals and barmitzvahs! contact them at Jackthelad2424@live.com). Which is all well and good but possibly not interesting enough to get them posted on here. What is far more interesting is that fuelled by a love of Cock Sparrer, Blitz, Ruts, Cockney Rejects etc, they've started writing their own material and last December they released a debut single which featured a couple of very decent self penned tracks. Fingers crossed, they're hoping 2017 will see the release of an album.
They've been together since 2013 though have previously featured in a number of other bands. Their single was released by Rebellion Records and the songs are You Can Have It and Get Up. The A side borrows one of punk's most famous riffs and is an oi stomper that could have easily been released 30 years ago. The flip side is equally as good and the cover features an iconic photo of one of Britain's greatest actors, Sir Michael Caine.
You can find out more about them here : https://www.facebook.com/JacktheLad1000/
I'll be playing this song on today's Just Some Punk Songs show along with plenty more great new punk tunes. If you want to listen it starts at 8pm (UK time) today (Tues 15 Nov) here : http://mixlr.com/mick-fletcher/
This is You Can Have It.....
Monday 14 November 2016
F.O.D. are a band from Lier, Belgium known for playing catchy, anthemic melodic punk songs. They formed in 2008, originally as a Green Day covers band. They take their name from a song on Green Day's Dookie album, it's short for Fuck Off And Die.
Their frst release was 2011's Dance To This ep and it was followed by 2013's Ontario album. Their upward momentum continued with the Something More single and album number 2, Tricks Of The Trade. You can check out those releases here : http://fodmusic.bandcamp.com/
Lining up with Hans Roofthooft (guitar/lead vocals), Stijn de Waele (backing vocals), Pierre Janssens (bass) and Lode de Feyter (drums), they've a new album, Harvest, pencilled in for release on February 7th 2017. You can get more info here : http://fodmusic.be/news.asp
Bringing to mind the likes of Bad Religion, this is a video for one of the songs from the forthcoming album, it's called Crew You.....
Sunday 13 November 2016
The Functional Citizens are from Kalamazoo, Michigan and formed in October 2014. Fuelled by a love of old school pop punkers such as The Ramones, Lillingtons, TBR, NOFX and with a dash of The Misfits' style of horror & sci fi, they released a mission statement in the shape of last year's debut ep, Shut Up. They've just followed it up with an excellent debut album, out now on Smoking Cat Records and titled Inhuman Resources. You can check out those releases, plus a live set recorded earlier this year at The Well Basement : http://thefunctionalcitizens.bandcamp.com/
The line up of the band is Ryan Falor (vocals), Shyo Hartsell (guitar), Rob Smith (bass) and Garrett Myland (drums). They play catchy, upbeat pop punk and I'd recommend you check them out pronto.
The song below will have you looking over your shoulder, he's watching you. Some day he'll catch up to you. This is Stalker.......
Saturday 12 November 2016
From Braddock, Pittsburgh, hardcore punks S.L.I.P. have just unleashed their new album, Slippy When Wet. It came out earlier this week on Sorry State Records and you can check out a few of it's delights here : https://sorrystaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/slippy-when-wet
They've a bunch of earlier releases on their own Bandcamp page : http://slipforpeace.bandcamp.com/
From the new album and perfectly timed to coincide with the U.S. presidential election, here's a song that tells us that when promoting hatred is the only way those at the top can keep their hold on power, there's No Hope For The U.S.A.......
There’s no hope for the USA
We’re the joke of the world
Care more about who’s commie and gay
Than coal dust and nuclear waste
Don’t get me started on the left
Everyone cares until they’re rich
Fat and safe and full of fear
Why even participate?
The Fascist comeback
The perfect storm of human trash
Friday 11 November 2016
I'm guessing that today's update may have a few of you punk loving guys and gals running for the hills. Especially once you hear that the song I'm bringing you is by a band that could easily have graced the legendary C86 cassette that helped introduce a generation to the likes of The Shop Assistants, We've Got A Fuzzbox And We're Gonna Use It etc. Still here? Well what if I tell you that they sing primarily about cats and candy? And that they're really rather poppy? If that ain't your thing, I'll see you tomorrow for something a bit noisier.
For those that have made it this far, you might just like this.
Candy And The Stripes (CATS for short) are a female fronted pop punk band from Berlin who's line up features Debby Candy (vocals), Marcel Candy (guitar), Jorg Candy (drums) and Benni Candy (bass). I first heard them on the massive Tales From The Pop Punk World Vol 3 compilation which was released name your price by Ramone To The Bone Records (https://rttb-records.bandcamp.com/album/va-tales-from-the-pop-punk-world-vol-3). The song was a demo version of the one you'll find below but only hinted at how good their debut release would be.
That debut release is an 8 track mini album titled In Sugar We Trust, rather aptly it's released by Candycat Records and is available either on coloured vinyl or from Bandcamp : https://candyandthestripes.bandcamp.com/album/in-sugar-we-trust
The song below is a song about love at first sight amongst the candy canes and marshmallows and it's sweet enough to rot your teeth. Crush At The Sweet Shop....
All alone Sunday afternoon,
Wondering what the hell I could do,
When I walk up to the sweet shop on
Then my heart did do a flip,
At first I thought it was a trick,
For what came next did astonish me.
And I see you standing there,
With bubble gum in your hair.
Liquorice between your fingers,
Counting candy canes.
Trapped in between the marshmallows,
No way of escape nowhere to go.
It was love at first sight,
With my special sweet shop boy.
It was love at first sight,
With my special sweet shop boy.
Thursday 10 November 2016
Listing as influences the likes of Slaughter And The Dogs, The Outcasts, The Briefs and The Vicious, Abuse are from Rennes in France. Their line up comprises Stew-cidal (vocals), Goose (guitar), Owen (le kouinx) (bass) and Nico (drum). Members have previously been in The Decline, The Headliners and DeathxSquad.
They formed earlier this year and have recently released their debut s/t ep. Available on Primator Crew (http://www.primatorcrew.com/webshop/ep/abuse) and Poch Records (http://poch-records.com/product/abuse/) it's 3 tracks of frantic, old school punk and you can check it out (with added bonus tracks) here : https://abuseabuseabuse.bandcamp.com/album/abuse-s-t
This is the lead track, it's called Tomorrow......
Wednesday 9 November 2016
It's been less than 4 months since Foster City, California one man band Grim Deeds appeared on this blog with a song from his new album If The Shoe Fits. In many cases that would be it for a couple or more years until new material was recorded and released. Deeds doesn't work to that kind of a lackadaisical timetable though, in those few short months he's already peppered his Bandcamp page with a bakers dozen of new tracks, mostly recorded in his wife's parent's garage and now many of which have surfaced on yet another brand new album. This latest collection of humerous pop punk ditties is entitled Schwing! and it can be found either here : https://grimdeeds.bandcamp.com/album/schwing or here : https://outloudrecords.bandcamp.com/album/schwing
Schwing! features an earworm of a cover of They Might Be Giants' Particle Man, a cover of Enemy You's Your Way plus 13 original cuts of off kilter pop punk fun. One of those tracks sees him at his Screeching Weasel/Lillingtons influenced best and is called Audrey Has Autism. Not sure what it is about songs concerning ladies with afflictions but they pretty much all seem to rule......
Her classmates don't know what to make of her
There's no reason to be afraid of her
She's just a little weird in social situations
But she tries to make things just right yeah
Audrey's has autism, she's on the spectrum
She wants to live her own life just like you and me
Audrey's has autism, she's so intelligent
She's just got peculiarities, woah oh oh oh oh
She's got a heightened sensitivity
She tries to read emotions logically
She goes through her life without getting
The benefit of the doubt, but she still stands proud yeah
Tuesday 8 November 2016
It's a year since the tragic passing of Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle. He was found unresponsive by his roommate on 3rd November 2015 and despite the prayers of family, friends and fans his death was announced on Nov 7th. The outpourings of grief were testament to the high esteem in which he was held by fans worldwide, he's greatly missed but his music will live on forever.
There's been many tribute cover versions of Teenage Bottlerocket songs recorded over the last year. There'll even be what is promising to be an awesome compilation of Teenage Bottlerocket covers released soon by Ramone To The Bone Records (I highly recommend you watch out for it). Possibly the best of the covers I've heard so far though was released yesterday (7th Nov) and you'll find the video for it below.
The Prozacs are celebrating 15 years of rocking the punk in Western Massachusetts. J Prozac has been turning out consistently high quality pop punk gems backed by a number of different line ups but if this cover and the recent A Little Something ep are anything to go by, this incarnation is as strong as any they've had. As well as vocalist/guitarist Jay there's Matty Prozac (drums/backing vocals), Paul Basile (bass) and Nic Cross (guitar/backing vocals). https://theprozacs.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheProzacs/
Anyway, enough chat, just turn up the volume, click on the video and enjoy this totally radical cover. In fact enjoy both these covers. Bottlerocket/Crashing......
Monday 7 November 2016
Another top 10 for you today, this time very kindly chosen by Jan "Kečup" Dvornák who is from Prague in the Czech Republic and who is vocalist/guitarist with The Fialky. https://www.facebook.com/thefialky/
I recently posted a song by the band and if you check out that update you'll find links to their music : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/the-fialky-violets-feeling.html
Jan says that whilst he's a big fan of Czech punk and the newer breed of bands such as Rancid, U.S. Bombs etc, for his top 10 he's going with these classic tunes.....
1) BILLY IDOL - Dancing With Myself
2) 999 - Boys In The Gang
3) COCK SPARRER - Because You're Young
4) RAMONES - Poison Heart
5) SEX PISTOLS - Pretty Vacant
6) UNDERTONES - Teenage Kicks
7) THE VIBRATORS - Whips And Furs
8) SHAM 69 - Borstal Breakout
9) STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - Nobody's Heroes
10) THE CLASH - Rock The Casbah
Sunday 6 November 2016
There's been some great releases in 2016 but even though we're now into November, there's still more to come. One of the most eagerly awaited new albums (Rocky Road) is out in a few days (Nov 11th), it's by Paris' The Mercenaries and if the reaction to the couple of songs I played on the Just Some Punk Songs show is anything to go by, it'll go down a storm. You can check out a song from it on Bandcamp : https://the-mercenaries.bandcamp.com/releases and there was a different song on here last month : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/the-mercenaries-another-night.html
They're looking to get over to England to play a few gigs so if anyone can help them out please could you contact them ; https://www.facebook.com/themercenariespunkrock/
Knowing how popular they're proving to be I asked them for a top 10 list and am very grateful for the following ( *their number 2 choice was for Medeski Martin and Wood live album, I didn't know which album that was or which song they wanted so I tried to take a guess *) :
1) THE AGGROLITES - Free Time
2) MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD - Hey Joe (live)
3) RANCID - Cash, Culture And Violence
4) COURTNEY LOVE - Mono
5) MOTORHEAD - Ace Of Spades
6) CHOKING VICTIM - In My Grave
7) TRANSPLANTS - Sad But True
8) THE CLASH - Revolution Rock
9) THE SPECIALS - Why
10) TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS - 54-46 Was My Number
Saturday 5 November 2016
Hard Case are from Belfast and formed in 2008/9 with members previously having played with a number of bands including The Violent Fuckwits, The Troubles, The Spastic Dockters, Runnin' Riot and Gods, High Speed Steel. The line up features Billy Riot (vocals), Mike Kerr (lead guitar/backing vocals), Barzo Steel (bass/backing vocals), Ryan (guitar) and Sprouley (drums). You'll now also find several of them in my new favourite band, Takers & Users whilst Billy Riot is in psychobilly outfit Madhouse.
Their first release was the 2009 Ain't No Hiding ep. This was followed in 2011 by the limited edition single, I'm Here For The Ginge and debut album Not Right In The Head. There's since been 3 singles, Waiting For My Ship To Come In, Battered, Bruised Belfast Born "N" Bred and the tribute to Runnin' Riot vocalist Colin Riot, Oi Oi He Was A Belfast Boy.
My pick of the bunch, featuring co vocals from Colin Riot's partner Nikki Thoms, this is Waiting For My Ship To Come In.....
Quick plug.... if you like oi music, there's a special just some punk songs show at 8pm uk time on Sunday 6th November. It's in collaboration with the Church Of Oi Facebook group and will feature a mix of old oi classics and new songs. Most of Hard Case are now in Takers & Users and there'll be a couple of unreleased tracks by them played. It'll air here and if you right click the link you'll be able to get into what is promising to be a pretty busy chatroom : mixlr.com/mick-fletcher
Friday 4 November 2016
It's been a while since London (very) old school steam punk rockers The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, last appeared in this blog (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/the-men-that-will-not-be-blamed-for.html) but those most untypical Victorians have just released a new video so it's an ideal time to welcome them back.
The gin loving 4 piece features Andrew O'Neill (guitars/vocals), Gerhard "Andy" Heintz (vocals/additional instruments), Mark Burrows (guitar/vocals) and Jez Miller (drums). They've been together since 2008 and have released 3 albums which can be checked out here : https://blamedfornothing.bandcamp.com/. The most recent of those albums, Not Your Typical Victorians, is shortly going to be rereleased on vinyl along with a bonus cd of demos and a fanzine. A super limited version will feature a bonus 7".
To coincide with their current UK tour, they've released a spectacularly creepy video for one of the highlights from the last album. A slow burner with a great pay off, this is This House Is Not Haunted.......
Thursday 3 November 2016
Those of you who remember the feature I did a while ago on Braindead Records will hopefully be pleased to discover that they've just unleashed their latest release. It's by a new band from St Louis, Missouri called Murder Cow which features a few people who may be familiar to you if you've been following the label. The line up comprises Neil Diamond Phillips (bass), Jerry Mander (drums), Kenny Joslen (guitar) and Todd Parker (guitar/vocals).
Titled Your Vote Doesn't Count, the new ep is 6 tracks of breakneck political hardcore punk that is dedicated to the memory of comedian George Carlin. Handily timed to coincide with the US presidential election, it's a scathing critique of a range of interconnected targets including the voting system, mass media, government and big business. As always with Braindead releases, you can get it "name your price" here : https://braindead-records.bandcamp.com/album/your-vote-doesnt-count
This is the title track, it's short and to the point and it's called Your Vote Doesn't Count.....
I hope you feel satisfied
To cast a vote and close your eyes
Pretending that you matter on this Earth
Men with power call the shots
But they give you a ballot box
To trick you into thinking you have worth
That won't pacify me
So don't even try me
I'm not as stupid as you seem to think I am
If you want something different
You won't get it through their system
I reject my civic duty and their master plan
Your vote doesn't count
Wednesday 2 November 2016
The Mistakes are, according to their Facebook profile, loud, fast and awesome. Going off the video you'll find posted below, they may just be right.
They're from Poole, Dorset and currently line up with Ross Sutcliffe (vocals), Shane Creech (rhythm guitar), James Gould (lead guitar), Richie Blandford (bass) and Lewis Willoughby (drums).
After playing an hour's worth of UK punk from 2016 on the Just Some Punk Songs show this week (http://mixlr.com/mick-fletcher/showreel/just-some-punk-songs-uk-2016/), I've had people recommending me bands to include in a volume 2. The Mistakes are one of the bands that have been brought to my attention so whilst I know very little about them at the moment I'll be delving deeper in due course. What I do know about them is that they're supporting The U.K. Subs on Fri 11th November at The Polygon in Southampton and at Mr Kyps in Poole on the following day, I'm sure they'll be playing songs from their brand new 5 track ep which is out now on rhythm guitarist Shane Creech's Never Be Quiet Records.
From the ep and sharing a title with the label, this is Never Be Quiet....
Tuesday 1 November 2016
A big thanks to Guy Trelford today. When I started the New Punk Rock Music group on Facebook it was intended as an outlet for new bands to post their music and a side benefit for myself was that I could use the ones I enjoyed most to post on here when I was running low on ideas. Guy's been posting lots of great songs lately, including the one I'm sharing today.
The Fialky are a '77 style punk band from Prague, Czech Republic, who formed in 2000 and who's line up currently features Marian "Kecup" Kudlea (vocals/guitar), Ota Cernohous (bass), Tom Calda (drums) and Marcel "Green" Janecek (vocals/guitar). The English translation of their name is The Violets.
They've put out several releases, their latest album was 2015's Co Krok, To 15 Let Punkrock (an extended version of which is being rereleased). You can check them out here :
They're currently filling the gap between albums by releasing a couple of cover songs, one will be out in early December whilst the first of them, a version of the Sex Pistols classic, has just seen the light of day. This is Feeling......