Sunday, 12 July 2020
Vile Assembly (https://www.facebook.com/TheVileAssembly/) are the Liverpool based whistle blowers on an unjust society who proclaim that "The Truth Is Our Weapon Of Choice!!" They've featured on here several times previously and you can check out their previous releases here : https://vileassembly.bandcamp.com/
They return today with an impressive new single. It's a powerful song about the messed up system we're living in and is accompanied by a hard hitting video which contains some of the footage you'll have seen on your tv screens during the coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests. Pointing out how the police are being used by the rich to quell those they should be helping it calls for the feral elite to be crushed. It asks why instead of protecting our interests the government are more concerned with lining their pockets.
We live in an unjust society where the protectors are in fact the oppressors. This is Not Quite Fair...
Mindframe are from London and formed in 2013. After a change in personnel a couple of years later they released a debut 5 track ep titled Slumped And Dumped and followed it up in 2018 with the Mindframe Whiplash ep on Grow Your Own Records (https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/album/mindframe-whiplash-ep).
Influenced by punk, hardcore and a touch of ska they currently line up with Trev (drums), Tabi (vocals), Ollie (guitar) and Bruce (bass) and they've recently released a new Self Titled 4 track ep. It was recorded and vocals were mixed in one day in June 2019 in the basement of the Hand In Hand pub in Brixton by Slow Faction vocalist John Youens. It's available as a name your price download on Bandcamp : https://mindframed.bandcamp.com/album/mindframe
Highlights on the ep include Killer Nation which sounds to me very much like some of the great female fronted UK Riot City punk bands that graced the early 80's (Vice Squad, The Expelled etc...) and the song I'm highlighting below.
A modern day pogo punk banger which sees Tabi proclaiming "I don't want to be a cop, I don't want to be a cunt" this is Cops...
Saturday, 11 July 2020
A week or so ago I was going to post a new song by Sudbury noise merchants PI$$ER (https://www.facebook.com/Pisser-Band-2173718409610186/) but I'd already featured them last year (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/07/pier-i-wont-repent.html) and told you the band line up, listed the other groups they were past or present members of and mentioned how they reminded me of The Cravats and I'd also seen another good review that echoed my thoughts on the new release so I kind of stuck it on the back burner. Then yesterday I noticed my friend Ralph J Rivera enthusing about the new mini album so I asked him to write a few words.
This was what he came up with...
Once again I have to thank my friend Mick Fletcher for giving me the opportunity to review a new release from his own country! In 2019 Pi$$er released one of the surprise EP's of the year, "Wretched Life". Capturing the best elements of UK 82 Punk Rock and modern sensibilties, nothing could have prepared us for the follow up mini album! 2020's "Crushed Down To Paste" will definitely catch you by surprise. Number one - when was the last time you heard a Punk band use a saxophone as a lead instrument? I'm pretty sure we ALL love X-Ray Spex and this is in the same league as that! 7 new songs that will have you dancing around in quarantine like there's no tomorrow! Members of The Domestics and pretty much every great modern UK band are involved in this project and I for one can't wait to hear what the next release is gonna sound like. I'm gonna let Mick pick his favourite song because I LOVE every song on this EP! You NEED this music in your life right now!
If you want to be as impressed as Ralph, the album is available on vinyl from Kibou Records and there's a couple of tracks streaming :
This is a slice of "thrashing, anti-nazi bile" and it's titled Nazi Rhythm...
DANCE TO YOUR BLUT UND BODEN BEAT
WARPED IDEOLOGY IN EVERY MOVE
FUCK YOU AND YOUR NAZI RHYTHM
FUCK YOUR NAZI RHYTHM NAZI RHYTHM
NO FUNK FOR THE MASTER RACE
IGNORANT THROWBACK PIECE OF SHIT
FUCK YOU AND YOUR NAZI RHYTHM
FUCK YOUR NAZI RHYTHM
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Tony Dork (https://www.facebook.com/tonydorkband/) are the Melbourne garage punk 4 piece that came onto my radar a couple of years ago when I was tipped off about their S/T ep and in particularly the track Punt Road (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/08/tony-dork-punt-road.html). Since then they've drip fed us a couple of tracks to whet our appetite for debut album Struggle Street and with that album being released last month on Stiff Richards' Legless label I think it's about time I chose a track from it to highlight on here.
The album as a whole is a blast. It's in equal measures both (deceptively) sloppy and very tight. It's the sound of a band having fun singing about the state of the world around them but in a microcosmic way as opposed to sweating the big stuff. It's a band that are showing signs of growing up and writing proper songs but who aren't prepared to fully leave their slacker attitude in the past.
The album's available on both black and yellow vinyl and it's streaming here : https://tonydork.bandcamp.com/album/struggle-street
This song is the title track, and I'm assuming it takes inspiration from an Australian documentary which "shed light on the struggles and aspirations of residents in public housing areas around Western Sydney; areas which have been commonly associated with high unemployment, drug use and problems with the law." It's called Struggle Street...
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
"Beautiful song.... so sad it had to be written"
A comment from someone called Steve Laughsalot which sums up today's song nicely.
Omega Tribe formed in Barnet in 1981 (as Deadly Game), they were a vital part of the anarcho-punk scene with releases on Crass Records and Corpus Christi before splitting in 1988. There was a brief reunion in 1995 but it was 2016 before they got back together properly.
They've just released a new 6 track ep on Grow Your Own Records and whilst musically their sound may have changed their ethos remains the same. It's available on 10" turquoise with flecks vinyl, cd and digital download :
The song I'm featuring is on the surface a gentle sounding love song until you listen to the lyrics.
It's a tender tribute in memory of a 42 year old transgender woman who was beaten, tortured, shot and bludgeoned in Fortaleza, Brazil. It's a case that highlighted the high number of attacks on transgender people. You can read more here : https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/world/americas/brazil-transgender-killing-video.html
Dandara Dos Santos...
As seems to have become an annual tradition, at the end of every year I chuck together a list of my favourite songs released during the previous 12 months. In 2016, the Just Some Punk Songs Top 50 (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-best-50-songs-of-2016.html) was topped by La Revuelta Real which was the closing track on Accidente's (https://www.facebook.com/Accidentepunk/) wonderful Pulso album. I've got to be honest, I've been wondering if we'd get more music from the band but out of the blue, BOOM! A new album.
Hailing from Madrid and featuring a line up of Ranzio (bass/backing vocals), Edu (drums), Oli (drums), Miguel (guitar/backing vocals), Pablo (guitar/keyboards/backing vocals) and Bianca (vocals), they've returned triumphantly with a motto of defeat belongs only to those who surrender. A declaration that if this has gone ahead it is because of the love of all of you who row when things get ugly suggests that the release of new music was never a given but happily their 4th full length is exactly the sort of classy melodic punk rock we've come to expect from Spain's best band. It's titled Canibal and whilst we have to wait a little longer for the physical release, the digital version is available now as a name your price download : https://accidente.bandcamp.com/album/can-bal
The album sounds great though this is unsurprising given it's by such a good band and it's been produced by Pablo Martinez and mastered by the legendary Mass Giorgini (Squirtgun, Common Rider, Screeching Weasel) at his Sonic Iguana Studio. There's 10 tracks, everyone a winner. Lyrics are in their native tongue, though this doesn't affect one's enjoyment, and the provided English translations reveals that both personal and political themes are the order of the day. The music is upbeat and very catchy even though the subject matter may be somewhat deeper. Hopefully the next album won't be another 4 years away.
This is the title track, it's titled Canibal...
ME SIENTO SOLA EN ESTE BAILE
Y EN LAS DISTANCIAS CORTAS
DONDE SOLO HAY SOMBRAS
UN MEDIO PARA UNA META
FUGAZ, DE USAR Y TIRAR
UNA PIEZA DE RECAMBIO
QUE SE PUEDE DESECHAR
MERCANCÍA, COMPRAVENTA CANÍBAL
Y ESTA LÍQUIDA EXISTENCIA VACÍA
ME SIENTO SOLA EN ESTE BAILE
Y EN LAS DISTANCIAS CORTAS
DONDE SOLO HAY SOMBRAS
CUERPOS PARA CONSUMIR
UNA PÍLDORA PAL EGO
QUE SE OLVIDA FÁCIL
MERCANCÍA, COMPRAVENTA CANÍBAL
Y ESTA LÍQUIDA EXISTENCIA VACÍA
I FEEL ALONE IN THIS DANCE
AND IN THE SHORT DISTANCES
I IMAGINE COMMITMENT
WHERE THERE ARE ONLY SHADOWS
JUST A MEAN FOR A GOAL
EASY, USE AND DISPOSE
A SPARE PART
THAT CAN BE DISCARDED
AND THIS EMPTY LIQUID EXISTENCE
I FEEL ALONE IN THIS DANCE
AND IN THE SHORT DISTANCES
I IMAGINE RELATIONSHIPS
WHERE THERE ARE ONLY SHADOWS
BODIES TO BE CONSUMED
A PILL FOR THE EGO
MERCHANDISE, CANNIBAL TRADING
AND THIS EMPTY LIQUID EXISTENCE
Monday, 6 July 2020
When I posted Australian band Owen Guns yesterday I mentioned how well they'd gone down with the folk in the chatroom for this week's Just Some Punk Songs show. The band that got the best reception though was their fellow countrymen, cutters. Unknown to me before last week, I'm guessing they're a pretty recent addition to the punk scene and if so, they've certainly made their mark with their new Self Titled 3 track ep.
They're from Melbourne, they line up with Al (vocals), Tim (guitar), Stringer (bass) and Max (drums) and they're somewhat of a noisy proposition. The song I played on the show is the lead track on the ep, it's titled Chewed Up Fortune and it's a relentless 3 minute adrenaline rush of pounding drums, wailing guitars and shouted vocals. It reminds me a little of another Melbourne band, Clowns. Next up is a short sharp hardcore blast railing against debt collectors and faceless bureaucracy and things conclude with a 5 minute epic about an oncoming storm that's taking barns, taking lives & forcing families down to their basements. Like the band themselves, it's an explosive force of nature so batten down the hatches.
It's recorded by Redro Redriguez and as with pretty much everything I feature from Australia it's mixed and mastered by the ubiquitous Mikey Young. It's available on 7" black vinyl (ltd to 150 copies) and digital download : https://cuttersmelbourne.bandcamp.com/album/cutters
This is Chewed Up Fortune...
Got no time for false mystique,
I'm not fucked up, I'm not a freak, I just want to fucking sleep, I just want to fuck and sleep, small steps only, no big leaps, drag my knuckles, drag my feet, roll me in designer sheets, roll me now I'm pretty weak. Got the time so take a seat, this ain't where I planned to be, it's just where I happen to be, not too sure what's happened to me, the days are turning into weeks, I just want it all for free, no returns, there's no receipts, fortune's chewed up in these teeth.
Sunday, 5 July 2020
You may remember that last month I featured the first single from Aussie hardcore punks The Owen Guns (https://www.facebook.com/theowenguns/). Titled Fuck Cyclists, it was a tongue in cheek tirade against the lycra clad road menace (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-owen-guns-fuck-cyclists.html). It was the first single released from their upcoming Violating Community Standards ep. Today they release single number 2 and as it went down a storm in the chatroom on yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show I thought I'd share it on here.
The song is a more serious affair than it's predecessor and it showcases both frontman Sean St Leone's powerful vocals and the band's ability to knock out an impressively pounding back beat. The music was written by Adam "Checky" Check (Toe To Toe/One Dollar Short) whilst lyricist Sean had this to say about the story behind the track; "I don't normally write lyrics that are personal but this is an exception. I wrote it after finding out a "friend" tried to sexually assault another friend of mine. The victim asked me not to bash him when I found out so I respected their wishes, went round and hurled threats and abuse at him, and came home and wrote the lyrics."
It's available via iTunes, Amazon, Google music & Spotify.
It's a song with real bite and bodes well for the future of a band that have roared out of the starting gate all guns blazing. It's titled It's Too Late...
Subdued are a London hardcore punk band who's sound is often described as being influenced by 80's luminaries such as Amebix or Icons Of Filth etc. They play heavy anarcho punk with gothic tinges and they released their debut Demo cassette, Torment & Torture, in 2017. A year later came a 4 track ep and their latest release is debut album Over The Hills And Far Away.
The press release mentions Stevenage's Bad Breeding as a contemporary comparison and that's a decent shout as both are hard hitting bands that want to pummel you into submission with pounding rhythm and both have plenty to say about what they see around them. And what they do see doesn't impress. Anger is very much the order of the day. Vocalist Jack Sabbath snarls and barks and drips with venom.
You can get the album on vinyl from La Vida Es Un Mus Discos (https://www.lavidaesunmus.com/product/over-the-hills-and-far-away/) or from RoachLeg Records in America (https://www.imitateahuman.com/product/subdued-over-the-hills-and-far-away-lp). It's also on Bandcamp : https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/album/over-the-hills-and-far-away
This is the rampaging opening track, it's called Sanctuary Is Nowhere...
Saturday, 4 July 2020
Brain Anguish (https://www.facebook.com/brainanguish/) are the Scottish anarcho punk duo featuring genre veterans Brian Curran (Disaffect/Quarantine/Ruin) on guitar & vocals and Angus Quinn (Sedition/Scatha/T.R.I.B.E) on bass & vocals. They share a "member" with Angus' daughters' band Bratakus; their trusty drum machine. You may remember they featured on here a couple of years ago (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/05/brain-anguish-i-didnt-speak-out-demo.html) but they've been fairly quiet since. Until now...
Solidarity Not Silence is a group of women who are being sued for defamation for speaking up about the abusive nature of a well known musician. They refuse to be silenced and need our solidarity to help fight the case. You can read more about the case here : https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jul/26/king-blues-singer-itch-jonny-fox-suing-five-women-over-sexual-predator-allegations
In support, Brain Anguish have released a new Demo and all money earned from it will go towards the legal fund. You can also donate directly via the Crowd Justice page : http://www.crowdjustice.com/case/solidaritynotsilence/ or the Bandcamp page : https://solidaritynotsilence.bandcamp.com/
A worthy cause and a very good song. It starts with a powerful sample taken from Laura Bates' speech on Everyday Sexism (https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_bates_everyday_sexism) before the drum machine and the ominously growling guitars kick in. The vocals are shouty and impassioned as our patriarchal society is taken to task. It's a song that makes you think, you can find it here : https://brainanguish.bandcamp.com/track/fluent-in-misogyny-demo
Fluent In Misogyny...
Stop making a fuss! Women are equal now, more or less. And if women are equal now, then to talk about sexism, to complain about sexism, must be over-reacting. Or maybe you don't have a sense of humour? Or maybe you need to learn to take a compliment? Or maybe you're a bit frigid or uptight and you need to learn to take a joke? Except that in the U.K. over two women a week are killed by a current or former partner. There's a phone call to police every minute about domestic violence. Every six or seven minutes a woman is raped adding up to over 85,000 rapes and 400,000 sexual assaults every year. In the U.K. a woman has a one in four chance of becoming the victim of domestic violence and a one in five chance of being the victim of a sexual offence. And worldwide, one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
A pussy brings pleasure and pussy brings life!
But the kitchen is the place for your Mother, Daughter, Wife!
Your lust for pussy when copulating
Soon turns to disgust when it's menstruating!
Your casual misogyny
Enforced by the patriarchy
That men are strong and women weak!
You call him a pussy when you think he's weak.
And cunt is the worst insult we speak.
But a pussy's not weak nor is cunt taboo.
It was your mother's cunt and pussy that gave birth to you!
Your casual misogyny
Enforced by the patriarchy
That men are strong and women weak
What we need is a cultural and a social shift in our attitudes towards women and our attitudes towards violence against women. All of these things are connected. The same ideas and attitudes about women that underlie those more minor incidents of sexism and harassment that we're often told to brush off and not make a fuss about, are the same ideas and attitudes about women that underlie the more serious incidents of assault and rape.
Don't cry like a girl!
You big girl's blouse!
Dry your eyes princess!
You're the man of the house!
Who wears the trousers?
Boys will be boys!
Man up son!
Grow a pair of balls!
Your casual misogyny
Enforced by the patriarchy
That men are strong and women weak!
Thursday, 2 July 2020
Last year I featured "a short blast of cool as fuck scratchy punk goodness" (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/09/disco-junk-mutual-hate.html) by a Melbourne 3 piece called Disco Junk (https://www.facebook.com/discojunkband/) but truth be told I didn't know much about them other than they started out as a one man project featuring Billy Twyford (aka Billiam https://hiimbilliam.bandcamp.com/). They seem to have settled on a more permanent line up now with Billy being joined by Tom Whyte (bass) and Ruben Riley (drums).
There's currently a busy production line of snotty young punk bands coming out of Australia but Disco Junk are one of the best. Last year's Underage Punk ep featured 4 scuffed up garage punk rippers that were as good as anything from that country in 2019 and lovers of everything lo-fi and snotty will be more than satisfied with their energetic new single. It'll be available in September on vinyl on a split 7" with another of Billy's bands, Collective Hardcore, via Goodbye Boozy Records.
You can get it digitally now : https://discojunk.bandcamp.com/album/im-no-good-with-numbers-but-i-know-which-tram-im-on-7-inch-out-september
Fast and frantic with squealing guitars and lyrics that rail against the suppression of diverse voices this is a rollicking good song. It's called I'm No Good With Numbers but I Know Which Tram I'm On...
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
We're not quite in the north east again today but we're not far off as Cool Jerks (https://www.facebook.com/cooljerkspunk/) are from Leeds. They're a band that mix up all the best bits of punk, hardcore, post punk and even surf (as in the type of surf hammered out by Natterers and Dick Dale rather than Jan And Dean) to serve up one hell of an aural treat. They've just released a debut album titled England and as with last year's similarly themed Private Sector lp that saw Hygiene storm their way in to my 2019 best of list, it's really rather stunning.
It's a record that "explores the state of the national psyche and what is left of this country after years of austerity and the rise of the far right" and whilst the band admit the album won't provide any answers, it does depict a grim portrait of the state of the nation today. The songs are urgent and driving, the vitriol drips. We're painted pictures of Churchillian warriors fighting to protect their country on the beaches of Zante and Magaluf. Patriots with the flag of St George hanging above their decking. Comparisons are drawn with the haves ("I'm loving the new Merc, it goes like a bomb. I nearly hit a kid earlier,,,) and the have nots ("pay your rent, your bills and your bus fare to work..."). Anger and sarcasm combine in the wonderful minimum wage "zero hours, zero power, part time, part life..."
I've been listening to the album for a couple of weeks now waiting for release day and have been itching to shout "CHECK IT OUT. RIGHT NOW. HERE....." https://cool-jerks.bandcamp.com/album/england-lp
This song is pounded out with scathing venom, it's called Tory Paradise...
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
The 3rd band from the north east of England in 3 days today...
Red London (https://www.facebook.com/Red-London-Punk-Band-Page-2039397602797189/) are a long running band from Sunderland who formed in 1981 and who's influences include the likes of The Clash, Angelic Upstarts, SLF, Chelsea and the band who released the song they took their name from, Sham 69. Old school and proud, big melodic singalong anthems are very much the order of the day.
They've recently released their first album since they reformed. It's titled Symphony For The Skins and it sees the band lining up thus; Patty Smith (vocals), Gaz Stoker (bass), John Forster (drums), Mick Jones (guitar) and Dave Jones (guitar). Mick and Dave were on loan from Red Alert for the album and have now returned and been replaced by new recruits Danny Collings (lead guitar) and Marty Jackson (rhythm guitar).
Long term fans will recognise a few of the tracks as re recorded versions of old favourites feature (Wish The Lads Were Here, 48 Reasons & This Is England), whilst I think the biggest recommendation I can give the album overall is that the new songs match them all the way.
You can get it from Mad Butcher Records... https://commerce.madbutcher.de/de/musik/mad-butcher-music/mad-butcher-records/vinyl/red-london-symphony-for-the-skins-lp-cd
This is the title track, Symphony For The Skins...
Monday, 29 June 2020
Conspiracy of clowns control the day...Uproar (https://www.facebook.com/UproarPunkRock/) are the County Durham punk band who formed in 1980 as The Demented. They changed their name a year later following the death of vocalist Stephen "Steppa" Thompson. They released a couple of albums (And The Lord Said "Let There Be!" (1983) and Never Forgive (1985)) and a few 7"'s before splitting up. They reformed many years later and released another album in 2017 titled Waiting For The Revolution, the title track from which I featured here : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/05/uproar-waiting-for-revolution.html. There was also the The Time Is Coming 7" out the same year.
The 2020 incarnation of the band sees original members Dave Cook and Stu Henderson alongside 80's stalwart Gav Scollen and more recent recruit James Thoroughgood (from Kickback Generation). They've a new ep which was a physical release timed to coincide with the bands appearance at last year's Rebellion Festival and is now available digitally. It's titled We The North and you can check it out here : https://open.spotify.com/album/2Ep2xSyTKXcDNMetXXgtUx
The title track kicks off proceedings and it's a pacy singalong about the economic divide between north and south that'll stick in your head (I'll play it on next Sunday's Just Some Punk Songs show). Bread And Circuses is a political call for change. Always Remember Me (JRF) is sentimental song about missing a loved one (I feel I should know who it's about and the story behind it but I don't) and You Decide rounds off a very impressive ep by asking whether you should turn the other cheek or push to the front ready to fight. It's no bells and whistles old school punk rock from a band that are sounding as good as ever and who can write both a good tune and intelligent lyrics.
This song is called Bread And Circuses...
Sunday, 28 June 2020
Diaz Brothers (https://www.facebook.com/DiazBrothersSunderland/) are the melodic punk 5 piece from Sunderland featuring past and current members of several other bands the most notable being HDQ. Featuring Callum Hewitt, Dave Golledge, Max Hakius, Mick Jones and Neil Cox they formed after it was decided it wouldn't be right to carry on as HDQ following the sad passing of guitarist Dickie Hammond. They've just released a debut Self Titled album and it's as good as you'd expect from a bunch of musicians with such pedigree.
It's pretty much impossible to talk about a band from Sunderland and mention both Dickie Hammond and HDQ without bringing up that city's best band, Leatherface. They were kings of the melodic hardcore punk genre and they cast a long shadow for Diaz Brothers to walk in. They were always going to garner comparisons and whilst I'd say the debut album was always going to find it difficult to match my favourite Leatherface album (Mush) it does stand up well when compared with latter day albums such as the excellent The Stormy Petrel. This is a band that are masters of their craft and in Dave Golledge they've a frontman with the vocal talent to do justice to some well crafted and often aggressive music.
The album is available on vinyl (with cd included) from Boss Tunage http://bosstuneage.bigcartel.com/product/diaz-brothers-diaz-brothers-lp-with-cd-included
You can listen here : https://diazbrothers.bandcamp.com/releases
It's hard to choose a favourite song as they're all pretty much punching at the same weight. Every tracks a winner but I'm going with Melancholy Hand Grenades...
Tacoma streetpunks NOi!SE (https://www.facebook.com/destinycitynoise/) are no strangers to Just Some Punk Songs but it's been a couple of years since I featured their Mass Apathy single so it's good to have them back today with one of their two new singles. Lining up with Matt Henson (vocals/bass), Nate Leinfelder (vocals/rhythm guitar), Jesse O'Donnell (lead guitar) and Kenny Dirkes (drums), they dropped the first of those singles, the one you'll find below, a few days ago. It's available from Pirate's Press Records on 12" UV digitally printed vinyl (limited edition, 500 copies) and as a digital download : https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/products/noi-se-lost-12-single
The other single is called Price We Pay and is on 7" orange vinyl (1000 copies). It targets the prison-industrial complex and delivers an important message on behalf of those that may not share the same privileges as many of us do. You can get it here : https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/collections/new-featured-music/products/noi-se-price-we-pay-7-orange
Matt Henson has always had one of the most distinctive voices around and he's sounding both on top form and very passionate as he asks if anger and greed have led us so far astray we can't find our way back. A triumphant return from a vital band. This is called Lost...
Far from what we know A fire burned the shores While we drifted out to sea Lured out by a lie disguised as fate Doom disguised as dreams What has anger done? What have we become? Drifted out to sea so far we can’t return Greed has made us leave a place we should’ve stayed Are we burning everything our fathers made False perception that we see Telling us that ignorance protects identity If only there was light To guide us back to being Better than the people we became when we drifted out to sea For a false identity What has anger done? What have we become? Drifted out to sea so far we can’t return Greed has made us leave a place we should’ve stayed Are we burning everything our fathers made What has anger done? What have we become? Drifted out to sea so far we can’t return Greed has made us leave a place we should’ve stayed Are we burning everything our fathers made
Saturday, 27 June 2020
Forming in 2015, Reading post-punks Who Killed Nancy Johnson? (https://www.facebook.com/WhoKilledNancyJohnson/) are a band I've featured on here several times and I usually mention that they're getting better with every release and so I was always going to be interested in hearing how their debut album turned out. Yesterday that album was released and after a couple of plays I think it's safe to say that all expectations have been met. They drip fed us 3 songs so we knew more or less what we were getting but I'm happy to report that the unheard 7 tracks are the equal of what's come previously.
A quick catch up if you're unfamiliar with the band. The line up is Stefan Ball (Vocals), Pete Moulton (Guitar/Vocals), Mark Wren (Drums/Vocals) and Dawid Bychowski (Bass). They've previously released several eps & singles which you should check out. Their music is atmospheric and reminds me a little of early Killing Joke.
I see Six is tagged on Bandcamp as Dystopian so it's no surprise that the title is riffing on a scene in George Orwell's 1984 when Winston Smith is punished for believing his own eyes rather that The Party's version of reality. Sadly Orwell's prediction of the future is all to close to home in the way that our leaders tell us one thing despite it being pretty obvious (in the words of the song I'm featuring today) they're talking trash ("the words and the pictures clash"). Another slogan favoured by Big Brother was "Ignorance Is Strength" and that seems to be very much a mantra shared by those currently in power.
On album opener Not Lizards, the band tell us not to believe the conspiracy theories about the economic elite being lizards or aliens but that we should see them for what they really are, a cancerous part of the human race. This theme continues with City as we're told how the wealthy elite have always walked among us and on Communist, the band wonder why people are considered childish if they want things to be fair and want people to be more considerate both towards each other and to the world we all inhabit. Album closer Notre Dame compares the famous Paris cathedral with the seemingly impregnable power wielded by the ruling classes and suggests that like the medieval monument maybe the elite will one day fall.... "Let it burn" being the album's closing sentence. It's an album very relevant to the world we live in today and possibly the world as it's always been.
It's available on cd and digitally : https://wknancyj.bandcamp.com/album/i-see-six
It seems pretty obvious who this song is about and it's a good summation of the album's themes of misinformation and the smoke and mirrors ethos of those in power. It's called Trash...
Roguish twinkle in your eye you must have been a naughty boy at school Bluff and candid when it suits a charming disregard for every rule It’s hard to shake the feeling your attempt to act appealing’s aimed at fools You’re talking trash The words and pictures clash You’re talking trash Well I’m waiting hoping some day truth might break And we’ll believe we’ll have to say it every day: We made a big mistake Listening to your trash Rhetoric instead of fact And it was all a load of crap Everything you say, everything you write, every manifesto you create, every number you make up, every story you cobble together, every principle you pretend you have, is trash Shut up
Friday, 26 June 2020
Just Some Punk Songs regulars will hopefully be familiar with Swedish lo-fi garage sensations Kool & The Gang Bangers. The brainchild of seasoned musician Kool who sings and and is ably supported by his merry band of Gang Bangers. He's been putting out some great diy releases over the last few months and has attracted the attention of No Front Teeth Records who're bringing that music to a wider audience. If you're a fan of raw punk rock, then you need Feel Bad Music in your life. 16 scuzzy rockers dealing with subjects such as misanthropy, wanting to hide away indoors, not wanting to answer the phone, working the graveyard shift etc... There's even a cover of a song by fellow countrymen The Dirts (https://thedirts.bandcamp.com/ ).
You can get various versions of the album; black vinyl, black vinyl with red flipback sleeve (ltd to 50 copies), the Feel Bad Pack (black vinyl lp, T Shirt and pin badge) and the digital download : https://koolandthegangbangers.bandcamp.com/album/feel-bad-music
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
"That sounds as though it's from the 70's" said one of the Just Some Punk Songs listeners when I played a song from Los Angeles 4 piece Shark Toys (https://www.facebook.com/sharktoys/) on last week's show. "That's probably because it's a Desperate Bicycles cover" I replied. The song in question was Advice On Arrest and it's a great attempt to do justice to a classic. It's on a new ep that'll be out next month on Chunklet Industries. It's a second pressing with 3 extra tracks after the original single quickly sold out and you can check it out here : https://chunklet.bandcamp.com/album/out-of-time-5-song-ep
Lining up with Daniel (Guitars/Vocals), Bill (Bass/Vocals), Emanuel (Drums) and Mike (Guitar), Shark Toys might hail from California but their music has garnered comparisons with Blighty bands such as Swell Maps and The Fall as well as fellow Americans Tyvek, Parquet Courts and Modern Lovers. Their songs are both catchy and quirky and if 5 songs doesn't sound enough, avail yourself of the name your price Live At The Teragram album they released last month : https://sharktoys.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-the-teragram
Below you'll find the flip side to Advice On Arrest, it's called Out Of Time...
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
One of the more interesting demos to come out so far in 2020 is a 7 track cassette from Gaffer. They're a band who hail from Perth (Australia) and they feature members of Cold Meat (https://staticshockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/hot-and-flustered) and Helta Skelta (https://heltaskeltarecords.bandcamp.com/album/nightclubbin-7). Mixing up elements of '70's and 80's punk and post punk they seethe with anger and frustration, musically they have an urgency that reminds the listener somewhat of Cold Meat and whilst the vocalist this time around is male he's still super pissed off. I'm almost tempted to say I'm getting oi vibes but that would lead you into thinking anthemic Cock Sparrer singalongs but it's not that, more a hard as nails Crown Court style gruffness and growl. It's certainly more of a UK sounding vocal delivery than it is an Aussie one.
You can get the cassette from Helta Skelta Records : https://heltaskeltarecords.bigcartel.com/product/gaffer-demo-cs
The digital version is here : https://heltaskeltarecords.bandcamp.com/album/demo-cs-2
This song is about struggling to get by. You've no energy to get up, you're finding it hard to function. You've no real purpose, you're just about getting through life.
It's called Skin Of Your Teeth...
Monday, 22 June 2020
Red Alert (https://www.facebook.com/redalertsunderland/) are the long running band from Sunderland who formed way back in 1979. They split in 1985 but it was a short lived parting of the ways and normal service was resumed 4 years later. The 2020 incarnation of the band sees original vocalist Steve "Cast Iron" Smith living just outside of Barcelona but still managing to carry out frontman duties ably aided and abetted by Mick Jones (guitar), Dave Jones (bass) and Axel Klempin (drums).
With a strong anti racist & anti fascist ethos, they're possibly best known nowadays for the various "greatest hits" collections released by Captain Oi! Records but going off the evidence presented by their new record, they certainly aren't a tired old band traipsing round the punk gig circuit trading on past glories.
The new record is a split ep with French oi band 1984. Both bands contribute a couple of tracks each and the ep's available on 10" vinyl (400 copies clear, 100 red) from Dirty Punk Records : http://www.dirtypunk.fr/
Too Many Goodbyes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RWPjxR6QRA) is a mid paced tribute to those rock n rollers that leave us too soon. The band's original guitarist Tony Van Frater sadly passed away in 2015 so I'm guessing he's very much the inspiration for this song.
The other Red Alert track, is a singalong with a big chorus and you'll find it below. It's called Wounds That Never Heal...
Sunday, 21 June 2020
Another fresh faced new UK band for you today, this time they're from Kent and tag themselves post-punk. They're called SmileBand (https://www.facebook.com/SmileBandUK/) and feature a line up of Joe Francis (vocals), Rob Mckie (bass), Erik Miles (guitar) and Jacob Robinson (drums).
They recently released a S/T debut ep on Body Drop Records. It opens with a 30 second intro before letting loose with the title track, a rampaging juggernaut sizzling with energy in which they urge us to cheer the hell up. They haven't politely knocked and introduced themselves, they've kicked the door of it's hinges and stormed in. You can find the video for it below.
Next up is Rich Boy, It's starts with a slow burn intro (reminding me slightly of Nirvana's Come As You Are) before livening itself up and morphing into a shouty put down of someone living on mummy and daddy's wealth. Things are rounded off with the ep's longest track. Titled King, it builds slowly, metronomic drum beat and wailing guitars lay down a wall of sound before bursting into life and proving SmileBand are yet another very promising young band keeping the punk scene very much alive.
You can find the ep here : https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/smileband/smile-2
This is Smile...
So it's Sunday which means later today there's a new Just Some Punk Songs show (all are welcome, there's even a chatroom in which you can comment on the bands that are being played : https://www.facebook.com/events/617627672185743/). A couple of bands featuring this week are from the north west of England, are both new to me and have recently released debut ep's on a new label called Rad Noise Records (https://www.facebook.com/radnoiserecords/). Both bands, Spillage and Bruise Control sound very promising indeed so check them out, along with a bunch of other new releases, on the show later.
For today's update, I'll be concentrating on Bruise Control. They're a 5 piece from Manchester who play an instantly recognisable style of shouty UK punk. It's familiar but fresh and it'll make you want to move around. They had a debut gig lined up for April but obviously this was scuppered by the pandemic. Once things start returning to normal and gigs resume I can easily envisage plenty of sweaty bodies bouncing around to their music. There's 4 tracks on the ep and they're all energetic and gnarly garage bangers.
The ep was released on a cool looking yellow cassette but this seems to have quickly sold out. It's available as a name your price download though : https://radnoiserecords.bandcamp.com/album/st
This is the opening track and it also appears on a very good compilation called Punk Without Borders which features Spillage, Subhumans, Autonomads, Roughneck Riot, Pete Bentham And The Dinner Ladies and many more and which is in aid of Liverpool Migrant Solidarity Network : https://liverpoolmigrantsolidarity.bandcamp.com/album/punk-without-borders
This is Useless...
Saturday, 20 June 2020
Vintage Crop (https://www.facebook.com/vintagecropband/) are the Geelong "band of musicians" who greatly impressed early last year when they released one of 2019's best eps. It was titled Company Man and the title track featured here : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/01/vintage-crop-company-man.html
Hopes were always going to be high for new material and those expectations have skyrocketed even further after the release of new single Gridlock. It's blazing a trail for upcoming album Serve To Serve Again which will be out on August 7th as a split release between Anti Fade Records and Upset The Rhythm. You can pre order both vinyl and digital versions here : https://vintagecrop.bandcamp.com/
Not departing much from their signature sound, the new song suggests that Serve To Serve Again will hopefully continue where Company Man left off. When I played it on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show someone commented that there were a few Australian bands releasing this kind of stuff but for my money, Vintage Crop are up there with the best. It's an autobiographical tale written after getting caught up in traffic on the way to a gig and it's called Gridlock...
Thursday, 18 June 2020
As someone brought up on music made by groups of energetic guys and gals banging away on guitars, bass and drums (and the occasional keyboard) the idea of listening to an ep by someone sat at home during lockdown with just a laptop for company wasn't really getting my pulse pounding. It's all gonna be a bit underwhelming ain't it?
Boy was I wrong. This is one of the year's best releases.
Dead Sheeran is the alter ego of Paul Catten ("I have a bunch of other music out under my own name and I wanted to keep this separate"), a Sleaford Mods fan from the south eastern Herefordshire town of Ross On Wye. I played a track by him called The Fonz on a recent Just Some Punk Songs show and it turns out it was just the calling card for a terrific 6 track ep. Like the rest of the ep, it contains plenty of angry and razor sharp wordplay ("selfish bastards with enough toilet rolls to wipe a thousand arseholes"... "feds on pushbikes / cycling proficiency badge wankers / breaking up picnics / hi vis jackets and masks / try nicking the real criminals in this country... THE ONES IN FUCKING CHARGE!").
And things continue in the same vein. Imagine half Man Half Biscuit if they were pissed off rather than wryly amused. We get spot on vignettes of puking pissheads rolling out of 'Spoons on a Sunday afternoon, self congratulatory vipers in the House Of Commons toasting their success as the death toll rises ever higher and Brexit voting gammons stalking the landscapes of dead end towns. As closing song, Wanking With Tear In My Eyes, tells us... there's nothing to see here, the country's in fucking tatters.
It's not all topical angst though, there's also a nostalgic trip back in time to the days of Grange Hill, Hornby trains and Betamax video players. Things Were Better In The Eighties...
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Another day, another band from Berlin...
Toylettes are Lisa (vocals/keyboard/guitar), Alex (guitar/vocals/keyboard), Jalla (drums/vocals) and Daniel (bass/vocals). They tag themselves as rumplepop which I have to be honest is a new one on me. When I featured them back in 2017 (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/08/toylettes-omi.html) I mentioned that they reminded me of Kleenex/Liliput and though that may be a lazy comparison it's one I'm sticking with. The music is catchy and a little off kilter and though the predominantly female vocals are German rather than Swiss they sound similar enough to these dodgy old English ears to make my comparison valid.
They've just released a new album, it's titled Spätsommer im Luftkurort and though it's been delayed it's definitely worth the wait. 11 tracks and not a duffer amongst them. As with Gym Tonic (who I featured yesterday), keyboards play a big part in making Toylettes' sound so addictive. There's a definite playfulness on the album, they're a band that aren't afraid to throw in the odd squeal or whistle. It's an album you need in your life and luckily for you it's not only available on a cool looking green cassette, it's also "name your price" on Bandcamp.... https://toylettes.bandcamp.com/album/sp-tsommer-im-luftkurort
I'd already decided to highlight this track when I noticed it was available on the No Way Back compilation that I mentioned yesterday. I think it's worth giving it another plug as it's for a very good cause : https://nowayback.bandcamp.com/releases
This is Appetit...
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Did you see the Just Some Punk Songs' Top 100 Songs Of 2019 list? (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/12/top-50-songs-of-2019.html). I hope you did as it was bloody good (though I would say that as I compiled it!). Anyway, the point of bringing it up (aside from tempting you to check out some of the great bands that featured) is to demonstrate how impressed I was with one of the bands I came across last year. Berlin based synthpunk 4 piece Gym Tonic (https://www.facebook.com/GYM-Tonic-597778927050736/) released their debut album, Good Job, and it was a delight. 10 killer songs with possibly the highlight, Tourists Of Death, sitting proudly in 4th position in the Top 100. Obviously new music by the band was always going to be very welcome and that's what I'm featuring today.
Holed up in isolation, Olivier (keys/vocals), Karen (bass/vocals), Andrea (drums) and Stephanie (guitar/vocals) haven't been letting enforced separation keep them quiet. They've been working on a few demos and they contributed one of them to an impressive 36 track sampler from No Way Back (https://nowayback.bandcamp.com/releases). All income from the sampler goes towards Mission Lifeline (https://mission-lifeline.de/).
The Gym Tonic song is quite a restrained affair by their standards but it creeps and crawls it's way into your consciousness and it reminds us why we loved Good Job so much. I'm left thinking "Fuck off virus and let bands like Gym Tonic back into the studio and get back to releasing great music."
It's called By The Time I Was Young...
Monday, 15 June 2020
A blast of blown out garage punk for you today courtesy of TJ Cabot & The Artificial Rejects. A new band to you? Me too but further investigation reveals they released a Demo ep back in April (https://tjcabot.bandcamp.com/album/tj-cabot-thee-artificial-rejects-demos). More digging and it turns out that they're a new budget rock project from Phone Jerks (https://www.facebook.com/Monctongaragepunk/) frontman Tyler Boots.
They've just released a new 3 track cassette on Goodbye Boozy Records though there appears to only be 14 copies produced (4 left at time of writing) so you'll either have to move quickly or settle for the digital download : https://goodbyeboozydigital.bandcamp.com/album/digital-tape
The sound is deliberately rough & ready, it's authentic garage rockin' and rollin' from a guy who knows his way around the genre. There's a track about "foodies" a fun and rather rowdy cover of this song from 1977 by Buddy and the Boys (compare and contrast, the original is somewhat of a good ol' boys country hoedown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnnZv40r52U) plus a companion piece to a song that appeared on the last Phone Jerks ep. That song was titled Out Of The Gate (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/02/phone-jerks-out-of-gate.html) and was written by the band's drummer Emily from the point of view of her and Tyler's greyhound, Donair. This song is about the same dog's level of indifference to everything.
It's called What's In It...
Sunday, 14 June 2020
Gumming are a post punk band from Richmond, Virginia who featured on here a couple of years ago when I highlighted a "noisy, pissed off, but not without a tune" song of theirs that I had included in a Just Some Punk Songs show female vocalists special https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/04/gumming-anger-ranting.html
That track was from their previous and very good album Human Values. Last month they returned with new full length Overripe and it's another winner. The band are a 4 piece; Emelie Von Unwerth (vocals), Landon Walker (guitar), Marisa Cagnoli (bass) and Lee Halpin (drums), the songs are compact flurries of spiky noise bursting with spit and snarl. The vocals are confrontational the music jagged and intense. You can get the vinyl version from Vinyl Conflict http://vinylconflict.storenvy.com/collections/264674-all-products/products/30368569-gumming-overripe-lp-vc-030
This is the opening track and what a fine way to kick things off. It's an intense burst of creeping paranoia that'll leave you sweating and looking over your shoulder. "They're Coming For Us"... Sleep With One Eye Open, Don't Blink And Don't Turn Your Back Now"... "They Know All About You, They Know How To Find You"
It's called Slipstream...
A song today from a Anabollic Steroids (https://www.facebook.com/anabollicsteroids/), a band that formed in the late 70's. Rather than paraphrasing I think I'll just c&p their bio to give you a band history...
The Anabollic Steroids formed in the late 70's . It began by posting fictitious gigs in the back of the music papers namely Sounds and the NME. It helped get the name out there along with a massive graffiti campaign in the North Kent South London area. The band had a period of various people turning up and rehearsing at late night sessions in Streatham. Although not having actually played live anywhere a line up came about in early 1981 which would become really what was the birth of the Anabollic Steroids as a live gigging unit. James Bondage (Gerard) vocals and bass, Steve Steroid (Steve) vocals and bass, Kappa (Michael) drums, 999Si (Simon) guitar. Steve and James would swap bass on stage and would interchange on vocals too. The early gigs were very chaotic and much fun. A loyal set of jovial lads and lasses would turn up on mass and jig the night away fired up on plenty of cider. The band played The Wapping Anarchist Centre a couple of times, various Kent village halls were secured for a nights entertainment. In 1982 The Steroids played at Skunks with The Straps. Skunks became quite a well known venue for Punk bands and was a venue very close to Angel tube in London. Further gigs in 1982 included playing with The Drones again at Skunks, The Business at The Red Lion in Gravesend. There was also a classic Sunday night gig in Brixton, which was brilliantly attended at The Old Queens head of which there still is an entertaining live recording of the night. Much fun had been had along the way but it came to an end in 1983 with a final gig at The Moonlight Club in Hampstead in May of that year. The gigs were often more of a celebration of all our mates being together under one roof than just focusing on the band. The band reformed kinda by accident in 2012 when we played at The Legendary 12 Bar in Denmark Street and since then have played various festivals and have played with such bands as the UK Subs, The Vibrators, Crisis and TV Smith to name but a few. The current line up is Michael De Victor (lead guitar) Jason Glen (rhythm guitar) Michael Karczweski (bass) Kevin Gregory (drums) Steve Nash (vocals). We were included on a compilation album in 1982 entitled Hundreds and Thousands and our featured track was "I Always Cry At Funerals". 2018 saw the release of our 'Carry On Stinking" CD album which "Vive Le Rock" magazine awarded us a creditable 6 out of 10 for. 2018 also saw the release of our "Life Stinks" ep which came out in CD form and was later released onto vinyl.
They recently released a new single, dedicated "to the Steroid Barmy Army and the glory days we shared." It's an old school punk tune looking back in fond reminiscence and it features live excerpts from that 1982 gig at The Old Queens Head in Stockwell. You can get it name your price here : https://anabollicsteroids.bandcamp.com/track/all-for-one
It's titled All For One!
Do you remember the days of ’81
Steroid Barmy Army , Stinkers on the run
Boozing in the Max', playing down Skunx
Hanging out at Bonaparte – BR6 Punx
Chaos at the youth club, banter with the Mods
Snogging on the back seats, love against the odds
Old enough to live the dreams we had when we were young
That summer was our youth and life was so much fun
Stinkers all for one!
Stinkers all for one!
All these years on, from Kent right up to Fife
Hear old bones-a-rattle, Stink’s a way of life
Rockin’ up the West End, what a fucking row
Anabollic Steroids - Stinkers know-how
Not all of us have made it, we remember every day
Our brothers and our sisters who fell along the way
Be proud of who you are, be proud of what you’ve done
Hear the barmy army roar “Stinkers all for one!”
Stinkers all for one!
Stinkers all for one!
Saturday, 13 June 2020
"Misery loves company, please lock the door when you leave..."Standard Issue play a timeless brand of energetic melodic hardcore of the type that'd seem perfectly at home on mixtapes compiled at any period of time during the last 30 plus years. Even the name Standard Issue (not sure if they're named after the Morning Glory track but I certainly hear elements of that Choking Victim/Leftover Crack/Morning Glory signature sound) dredges up memories of classic 80's or 90's favourites. They are however a more recent addition to the scene. Hailing from Riverside, California, they're a 3 piece who released a S/T ep at the end of 2017 and followed it up with The Cost Of War album and the Out Of Time ep. Earlier this month they were back with new album Those Who Have Come Before and it's one you definitely don't want to miss. There's times when you stumble across a new release that makes a big impression, this was one of those.
Most of the songs barrel along at breakneck speed, Like To Know, No One Knows and Tomorrow Is Unknown being particular favourites. All the songs are great though and happily the high octane pace doesn't take away from the melody which is present in abundance throughout. The album's available via No Time Records & Tent City Records and you can find it here : https://standardissuepunk.bandcamp.com/album/those-who-have-come-before
The song I'm highlighting today is another extremely strong one, it's still pacy but it's maybe a little more considered and there's something about the punchy vocals that hits the sweet spot. It's called When You Leave...