Sunday, 16 February 2020

Deathtraps - Let's Fall Out Of Love



  A couple of years ago I featured a song by Newport 3 piece Deathtraps (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/02/deathtraps-are-we-having-fun.html). If you look in the Collins English Dictionary, under Rock and Roll, it says "Rock and roll is a kind of popular music developed in the 1950s which has a strong beat and is played on electrical instruments." It also says "...Elvis Presley–the King of Rock and Roll. ... Deathtraps-the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world."  The online version of the dictionary omits the odd word for brevity's sake but trust me about the full quote being in the hardback edition!

  Anyway, as dictionaries are always accurate you'll understand why I was thrilled to be sent their new album a couple of weeks before it's release. It's titled Stole Your Rock n Roll and even if you've not been fortunate enough to have heard the band yet, you'll pretty much know what they sound like. They sound like mutherfuckin' rock n roll. Really, really, bloody good mutherfuckin' rock n roll. One of the highlights on the album is called Joan Jett ("Leather jacket and a Gibson guitar, little Joanie she's my superstar...") and the chorus has singer Veej chanting "she is so rock n roll." On another highlight he bemoans the fact that many of the songs he writes are great but no one cares, they just want to hear the one off the radio. Too Fast To Last reminds me of The Dwarves; Cool Kids has plenty of down and dirty riffing with chants of fuck the cool kids...kill the cool kids; Bad Things is a  pedal to the metal exercise in schadenfreude and I was going to say Backstabbing For Beginners is a catchy singalong but to be honest that could describe the whole album. It's out on March 6th and you can pre order it on vinyl or cd here : https://deathtrapstheband.bigcartel.com/

  Digital will no doubt turn up here : https://deathtraps.bandcamp.com/

  So which song to feature? I'll be playing a few on the show in coming weeks (starting with one on tonight's show so tune in at 8pm gmt https://www.facebook.com/events/143389800083647/) but today I might as well go for the one they've made a video for. It's the album opener, it's called Let's Fall Out Of Love...

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Guerilla Poubelle - Apocalypse 6:12


(Photo: Guillaume Guérin-photographie)
 

  "Apocalypse of John 6:12"     This is when the Sixth Seal is opened, it’s the last one before the end of the world. While the ecological emergency is more dramatic than ever, the ruling capitalist class is telling us what we can call "stories" or "fictions" about progress, about unlimited growth... individual actions won’t be enough to reverse the trend. We need a new collective narrative, we need a change of paradigm.


  Forming in 2003, Guerilla Poubelle (https://www.facebook.com/gxpgxp/) are a diy punk 3 piece from Paris who've racked up over a thousand shows and who's debut album sold over 20,000 copies. They've recently returned with new album  L'Ennui and it's bloody good so go check it out...
https://www.guerilla-asso.com/products/655740-guerilla-poubelle-lennui

https://guerillapoubelle.bandcamp.com/album/lennui (name your price)

  The album was composed on the road and recorded in Montreal between two concerts. The press release proclaims it as "raw and virulent" and describes how "it slings down neo-liberalism, contempt for class, consumerism, gender stereotypes and other cuttings from this sick society that oppresses us every day a little more." The lyrics may be sung in their native French but help is on hand from Bandcamp as each of the songs contains a explanatory paragraph in English (like the one at the top of this page for today's featured song). As well as quality punk rock tunes we also get to discover that the album deals with Albert Camus writing about how he "deplores the lack of sense in our life, the boredom inherent in these modern times. Useless jobs, immured families and comfortable leisures make us apathetic". There's also a song that draws a parallel between a famous rapper and a corrupt politician and another describing how capitalism feeds our obsession with borders and boundaries to create a climate of fear and distrust. Hell, you get the idea... it's intelligent, political punk that'll make you both move and think.

  This is a video they've based on the 1973 movie The Society Of Spectacle which was itself based on a 1967 book written by Situationist Guy Debord ("The Das Kapital of the 20th century"   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Society-Spectacle-Guy-Debord/dp/0934868077).
  Apocalypse 6:12...

Friday, 14 February 2020

Crisis Actors - Informant



  One of the most energetic, in your face (and indeed best) releases I've had the pleasure to listen to recently is a wonderful split album between Salem, Massachusetts, synth punks Crimps and Boston hardcore punks Crisis Actors (https://www.facebook.com/crisisactorsboston/). Today's update features a song by the latter of those 2 but you should definitely also check out Crimps (https://crisisactorsboston.bandcamp.com/album/split-w-crimps).

  So Crisis Actors... they released a demo in Aug 2018 that was absolutely bloody marvellous (go listen to it if you missed it and see if you can resist screaming along with the Crass inspired chorus of Private Army!). 18 month on, they haven't calmed down. Their 4 tracks on this new split are all manic explosions of frantic noise. There's more fizz than a bottle of coke stuffed with Mentos! Vocalist Jen is a woman possessed whilst Andy (bass), Jesse (guitar) and Chris (drums) pound and bash and strum away like whirling dervishes with St Vitus' Dance!

  You can order the cassette and find the digital version here : https://crisisactorsboston.bandcamp.com/album/split-w-crimps

  Try telling me this isn't going to be one of 2020's best songs, it's called Informant...

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Freon - BYE BYE



  Freon are a cool new speed punk band band from St Louis featuring members of  Bad Example, Ruz, The Warden, Dentist and Mom (Jimmy, Rickey, Benny, Benny, Nicky and Gurt). They're all fans of Poison Idea so it'll come as no surprise to hear that their debut 6 track ep is something of a rager. The music's fast and loud whilst the lyrics are raw and emotive ("Rip that parasite out of me And take my innocence with it"... "People dead in rooms alone but you don’t see that from your throne"... "I don’t wanna be me anymore I don’t like me Anymore"). Can you have fun listening to something so down beat? I did, it's a really good debut. The ep's titled PYK, there's 100 copies pressed on computer white cassettes and you can check it out on the 11 PM Records Bandcamp page https://11pmrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pyk

  My favourite track, probably this. It's called BYE BYE...

I don’t wanna be ur baby
Or ur little slut
But I could be
For a quick buck
I’ll be a lady
Your woman too
Just as long as u pay me when we’re thru
Lemme cop
I’ll fuck u hard
Won’t tell ur wife
For a price
Gimme speed
It’s what I need
My body’s yours
For the hour
Are you done I need a shower
Who cares if it hurts you
You got things you need
Make your mind leave ur body
Just to make ends meet
Who cares if it kills you
It was the only way
In a system that failed you
You just gotta get paid


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

ATTESTOR - Keep It On/Off



  ATTESTOR are a D-Beat punk 3 piece from Brighton who formed at the end of 2019 following the breakup of Watchcries (https://watchcries.bandcamp.com/). A couple of members from that band, bassist Steve Barry and drummer Ant Cole roped in Tadpole Records head honcho Darren Bourne on vocals and with no fucking around they quickly released a 6 track demo. As well as Watchcries, the various members have also been in numerous other bands (Dopefight, TEEF, Unslug, H8Ball, System Defector, War Wolf, MTA, etc...) which I can't recall but after hearing the demo I'm glad I've finally arrived at the party. The music's heavy, it reminds me of The Domestics (there's a chance both bands may be sharing a stage soon) and the lyrics are about the right wing media, greedy landlords, the rise in fascism, mental health etc... Attestor means to bear witness to and it's an apt moniker for a band that are calling out many of society's wrongs. You can snap it up name your price here :   https://attestorpunx.bandcamp.com/releases

  My favourite song so far comes midway through the ep, it's called Keep It On/Off...

Monday, 10 February 2020

Nervous Dogs - Johnny Killed The Punk Scene



   "As you are well aware the Punk scene is now mainly carried along by old C***s like us, but I was delighted to play with these young upstarts back in December. Really reminded me of being that young snotty don't give a fuck punk I was many, many moons ago..." 

  That was the start of a post I saw on the Surgery Without Research Facebook page and it intrigued me enough to make me want to check out those young upstarts. I'm glad I did. Hopefully you will too.

  Nervous Dogs (https://www.facebook.com/nervous.dogs1/) are your friendly neighbourhood shitty punk rock/noise 3 piece from Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable. The line up features Jim Jam (vocals/bass), Che Budden (vocals/guitar) and Ayrton Gavin (drums). They've a debut album on the way titled Modern Life Is A Heart Attack. It'll be available on 29th Feb via Research And Destroy and 3 tracks are streaming here now :   https://surgerywithoutresearch.bandcamp.com/album/nervous-dogs

  So from the 3 songs available so far, I think the description snotty, don't give a fuck punk is an accurate one. It's a style that sounds sloppy but certainly isn't. It's hard to do it well. Back in the day there were plenty of bands like this, nowadays not so many. Nervous Dogs are a throwback but a welcome one.

  Working backwards, track 3 is a short political song that ends with chants of Fuck Brexit, Fuck Boris. Track 2 is about a toxic relationship, "I don't need your bullshit love, not anymore..." The first track, the one I'm featuring today starts with a soundbite from Jonathan Guinness "An awful lot of people who enjoy punk would really like to be back in those days when they could actually see physical people hacking each other to death" before morphing into a classic sounding song about a troubled young punk called Johnny who's climbing the walls inside his brain who gave the punk scene a heart attack. It's a little bit Steve Ignorant, a little bit Desperate Bicycles a little bit Suburban Homes. It's very good indeed. It's called Johnny Killed The Punk Scene...

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Otoboke Beaver - I Am Not Maternal



  Otoboke Beaver (https://www.facebook.com/Otobokebeaver22/) are a band that have always proved popular whenever I've played them on the show or featured a song by them on here (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/04/otoboke-beaver-anata-watashi-daita-ato.html). A quick recap : They're a 4 piece punk band from Kyoto featuring a line up of Accorinrin (guitar/vocals), Yoyoyoshie (guitar/backing vocals), Hiro-chan (bass/backing vocals) and Kahokiss (drums/backing vocals). They're currently touring around Europe and the UK (check out Facebook for dates) and they've released a new single (which I'm enthusing about today). It's available via Damnably Records and you can check it out here :  https://otobokebeaver.bandcamp.com/

  The title of the single is in English so we know pretty much what the song is about but I've also used Google to translate the Japanese lyrics and it throws up lines of verse like "Calm down, my emotional hormone balance in deeply salute, dog is like my favorite dog like my dog"... "other people's affairs'm not a child abuse" and "generation to generation extremely self-realization ancestors."

  Do you know what, forget Google translations, just sit back and enjoy a rollicking good punk song. This is I Am Not Maternal...

  

Leper - ICBM



  Leper are from Umeå in Sweden and feature a line up of TB (vocals), Mackan (guitar), John (bass) and Mange (drums). They introduced themselves in 2017 with a 4 track demo and have recently followed it up with a thunderous 9 track debut album titled Frail Life. It mixes straight up punk rock with powerful hardcore and it's available on ltd edition red vinyl from Ruin Nation Records.   https://ruinnation.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=3068

  You can also find it as a name your price download here :   https://leperhc.bandcamp.com/album/frail-life

  Loud and heavy hardcore music is fine but it doesn't always click with me, unless the band also have tunes I can grasp onto. Leper are a band with both aggression and tunes but happily don't clutter things with metal guitar or sludge parts. The songs are short, the energy high, it's great stuff. Have a listen.

  This is the only song on the album that creeps past the 2 minute mark, it's also my favourite. It's called ICBM...

Warheads communicate things well
They're packed with meaning not just nuclear energy
They say "remember me,
And don't forget - I'm thinking of you"

I C B M
Thinking of you
I C B M
Maybe I'll see you soon

From silos buried underground
Fully mute, but you still know what they say
Four letters loud and clear
"Distance doesn't matter - I'll be there in a few"

I C B M
Thinking of you
I C B M
Maybe I'll see you soon

Buried underneath
Hid in submarines
No need for translation
I mean immediacy

I C B M

I'll see you soon, see you soon

I C B M

I'll see you, I'll see you

I C B M


Saturday, 8 February 2020

Es - Chemical

 

  Es are a 4 piece post punk band from London featuring members of Primetime (a band that topped the Just Some Punk Songs end of year chart in 2014), Scrap Brain and Gloss Reaction; Maria Cecilia Tedemalm (vocals), Katy Cotterell (bass), Tamsin M. Leach (drums) and Flora Watters (keyboards). I featured a song from their Object Relations 12" a few years ago (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/02/es-everything-is-fine.html) and am happy to report they're back and readying to release a debut album called Less Of Everything. It'll be out on Upset The Rhythm on 3rd April (pre order : http://upsettherhythm.bigcartel.com/product/es-less-of-everything-lp-pre-order) and hopes are high, especially now that they've released a video for one of the songs from it.

  I described the last song I posted by them as hypnotic and slightly creepy and this new one has similar hypnotic qualities but is a step up. It's catchier and more expansive whilst still retaining a chilly goth vibe. Flora's keyboard nags away, swirling and captivating whilst Maria bemoans emotional and physical fatigue. It's called Chemical...

Thursday, 6 February 2020

CapGun Heroes - Judy



   I've not had a proper old school pop punk song on here for a while but that's going to change today as I feature a beauty of a song by a band that's influenced by the genre's elite (The Ramones, The Queers, The Lillingtons, the Riverdales, Screeching Weasel, Descendents, Teenage Bottlerocket, The Dickies) and who love playing punk rock "while consuming enough alcohol to be able to stand ourselves."

  CapGun Heroes (https://www.facebook.com/CapGunHeroes/) are from Chicago and feature members of The Cancer Merchants, Breaking Fate and Jelly Donut; Joe (Vocals), Matt (Guitar & Vocals),  Andy (Guitar & Vocals), Jimmy (Bass & Vocals) and Scott (Drums). I've said it before, but it bears repeating, writing great pop punk music is hard to do. Writing crappy pop punk is easy but coming up with something that makes you stand out in a crowded field is an art. These guys manage it.

  They've just released a 5 track ep with the self deprecating title of Who The Fuck Are These Dorks?! It's a joyous 10 minutes or so that reflects those influences without carbon copying them. A really cool debut from a band that I hope we'll hear much more from. Check it out here :   https://capgunheroes.bandcamp.com/album/who-the-fuck-are-these-dorks

  This track namechecks The Riverdales (which gives me an excuse to point you in the direction of a song by that band called Judy Go Home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhYPlWAYVxk) and it has plenty of Ramonesy Hey... Ho's. It's about a girl who was a punk back in '95 (no prizes for guessing what year the Riverdales track was released!) but who isn't a punk anymore. It's called Judy...

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Resuscitators - The Ron Swansong



  Resuscitators (https://www.facebook.com/resuscitatorsband/) are an energetic skate punk 3 piece from Kingston, London, who formed in 2012 and who's line up features Kyle Larkin (drums & vocals), Matt Barnwell (bass & vocals) and Roger Holland (guitars & vocals). They recently released a new 6 track ep titled Pretend It's Not Over and straight away I noticed a couple of things. Firstly they've lost a guitarist and secondly even though they're in a slimmed down form they sound better than ever. Charlie Creese at Magpie Studios in Kent has done a great job on production duties and I'm guessing that the type of folk that make the annual trek to Manchester for the MPF will have it on constant rotation. These guys are exactly the type of band that keeps the UK punk scene alive and attracts the younger generation of fans.

  It's tricky to single out a favourite from the ep, they're all classy melodic shout alongs. Backing whoa's and whey's are very much in evidence alongside big choruses. A co release between CPRW Records & Back From The Dead Records, it's available as a name your price download on Bandcamp and all money raised is going to CRISIS to help end homelessness. A great record and a very worthy cause, go snap it up :   https://resuscitators.bandcamp.com/album/pretend-its-not-over

 This is the opening track, it starts with a Parks and Recreations soundbite as "Duke Silver" charms the ladies before bursting into gravel throated joy. Add this to the list of the records worthy of playing on repeat. It's called The Ron Swansong...


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Phone Jerks - Out Of The Gate



  Damn, Moncton's finest budget rockers (https://www.facebook.com/Monctongaragepunk/) Phone Jerks aren't hanging around. It only seems like 5 minutes since I featured a song from their excellent 10x10 10" but already they're back with a killer new ep. It's titled Out Of The Gate and it boasts 5 original blasts of trashy garage goodness plus a couple of mega cool covers (of classic songs originally recorded by Protex and Penetrators). The ep is available via Resurrection records (Spokane) and Wanda Records (Germany) on 7" vinyl (without the Penetrators cover) and digital download... https://resurrectionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/out-the-gate

  We're blessed currently with some totally awesome garage punk bands releasing music. Off the top of my head I'll name The Cavemen, Gino And The Goons and Control Freaks as my favourites but Phone Jerks are up there with them. Snappy choons with heavily distorted vocals that'll have you straining to decipher the lyrics but as frontman Tyler says; "it's why I loved Teengenerate so much; listening to them reminded me of when I first heard the Ramones and had no idea what they were saying but it didn't matter (all that mattered was the "sound")."

  Just in case you're struggling to work out what the title track is about, I'll give you some help. It's a song drummer Emily wrote from the point of view of her and hubby Tyler's greyhound. This is Out Of The Gate...

Monday, 3 February 2020

Negative Runners - Your World Is Dead



  Negative Runners (https://www.facebook.com/Negative-Runners-336131723180103/) are from Saint Étienne and they put out a couple of releases (Fake I.D and Stay--Negative) a few years ago. You can find them both name your price on Bandcamp :   https://negativerunners.bandcamp.com/

  They're about to release a new 8 track Self Titled album on Kick Rock Records. It'll be available on limited edition (300 copies) vinyl and it's already streaming here :   https://kickrock.bandcamp.com/album/s-t-12-4

  They play gruff voiced melodic punk of the kind that Leatherface were so good at. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of recent info about the band online, even the photo at the top of this update is an old one but who cares, the music's great so go check it out.

  This song is titled Your World Is Dead...

Sunday, 2 February 2020

Dealing With Damage - Making Plans for Misery


(photo : Rob Tennant)

  Dealing With Damage (https://www.facebook.com/dealingwithdamage/) have just released a great debut album titled Ask The Questions. Today's song doesn't feature on it! They've just released a video for it though so how's about I say nice things about the album and then post the video?

  If you haven't yet come across them, Dealing With Damage are a London punk band with members who have previously featured in numerous bands such as K-Line, Jerrybuilt, Done Lying Down, Sink, Bad Dress Sense, Chocolate, Down Love, Spandex Nappy Rash & The Scum Children. They're a 4 piece with a line up of James Sherry (drums), Paul Grier (bass), Andy Myers (guitar/vocals) and Ed Wenn (lead vocals/guitar) though the album also features contributions from John Ruscoe (lead guitar), Leanne Taylor (Kalimba), Steve Cox (keyboards), Stuart Pearson (piano), Roop Coulson (backing vocals & percussion) Kent Nielsen (backing vocals & banjolele) Cassie & Chris Fox (backing vocals) & James Peake (backing vocals).



  It's melodic punk at it's best. It's both political "So, open your windows step outside your door. Scream your opposition when they try the next war. Protest singers keep on singing your songs And keep your voices strong" and personal "There are moments when I tell myself that I don't need your help. On drunken heavy metal evenings singing by myself." It's full of killer lyrics such as "Our songs on the radio. Slogans and bricks. Wearing clothes bought from charity and listening to Peel"  and  "I know one day I'll be that slow shadow The one you push by on the street. That old man in a hat with a bent back; Irritated by his fading memories" whilst, as you'd expect from a band with such a rich heritage, the musicianship is top notch. The album's available via Little Rocket Records and you can check it out here :   https://dwdlrr.bandcamp.com/

  And so to the non album track. It's one of their political songs. It's called Making Plans For Misery...

The Exbats - I Got the Hots for Charlie Watts



  I wasn't going to post this song on here. Not because I don't like it. I do. I adore it. It's the best song released so far this year. Instead I was going to wait until March 13th when the new album is released as if it's anything like previous releases by The Exbats it'll be fit to burst with great songs to select from. But as I love the band so much, you're going to get both today's featured song and then another one in March.

  The album will be titled Kicks, Hits and Fits and be available via Burger Records. Do not miss it.

  So, The Exbats (https://www.facebook.com/TheExbats/). Why do I love them so much? They aren't your typical Just Some Punk Songs band. From Tucson, dad Kenny McLain plays guitar and sings whilst his daughter Inez drums and sings (and boy, what a voice she's got!). They've been augmented with Bobby Carlson on Bass. They'd be more at home in the 60's than the late 70's, they'd appeal to your nan as much as your mohawked kid brother but damn, they're still punk as fuck. The main reason I love them is those songs are so damn cool. Maybe you saw modern day classic Hercules posted on here   https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-exbats-hercules.html or maybe you're familiar with their back catalogue https://theexbats.bandcamp.com/ If so, you'll know where I'm coming from. Timeless songs that defy genre tagging and that you can't help but play over and over (and over)...

  And do you know what? It appears as though they're just getting better and better. Sharing a name with their 2018 album, this is the latest single. Stop reading and click play on the video, it's pretty much perfect.

  I Got The Hots For Charlie Watts...

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Fighting Rhythm - APES



  Fighting Rhythm (https://www.facebook.com/FightingRhythm/) are an exciting new 4 piece garage rock band from the North West of England. They're influenced by the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Idles and Ty Segall and they believe the best way to get their message across is by screaming it down a microphone. That message usually takes the form of angry and passionate tirades about the political landscape of Great Britain.

  You may have caught their debut single last year, titled The Milkshake Party it was a "fuck the Brexit Party" singalong with lines such as..

They raise their voices proudly to signify their right They’ve come to save the country from its self inflicted plight They’ve polished their brass knuckles, their suits are freshly pressed They’re canvassing the poorest towns, throwing the peasants bread.


  I don't think the band would disagree that many of the youngsters from the 70's who were scrawling NF logos on walls are now worshipping at the alter of another NF ("...their purple boy, King Nigel Farage"). It's a sad state of affairs which the band tackled with a mix of humour and rage.

  Now they're back with a new ep. It's called Pessimistic By Default and below you'll find one of the tracks from it. It's smart and relevant to the state of the current political situation in this country as we tear ourselves apart over leaving the EU. "Enemies. Good Friends. Where do they start? Where do they end?" The music is powerful, the crowd are chanting "There's No Consistency, In Our Democracy" and the video prominently features the words IGNORANCE....LIES....STUPIDITY. 

  This is APES...


Thursday, 30 January 2020

M80 - I Don't Like You !



  M80 are a hard hitting punk band from Oakland, California who recently released a 5 track demo ep titled Apathy. It's available on cassette (there were 50 copies on Nickleodeon orange but they quickly sold out though there may still be some of the 100 copies on Shrek green still available if you're quick.) and as a digital download :  https://m80sucks.bandcamp.com/album/apathy

  I suppose a lazy comparison would be with Amyl And The Sniffers but that's not an entirely accurate one. There are similarities, both bands have charismatic,aggressive front women. I could easily imagine M80's Aba bouncing around on stage singing Gacked On Anger or Go Fuck Yourself and I can certainly see her being a force of nature that has no problem enthralling a pogoing crowd but maybe the rest of the band hit slightly harder than The Sniffers? Forget the comparison and instead listen to their music.

  If you like what you hear (and I'm confident you will) then you can also check out what they sound like live here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl3d5OAjSKI

  As for the ep, it's already been making waves. The title track berates non voters, there's a track that shares the same name as the band and just has just one line of lyrics... "I'M GONNA EXPLODE." There's a song about the shit we ingest ("Toxins Toxins...") and the opening track is about those that protect and serve just a little too over zealously. This is my pick of a very tasty bunch though, it's called I Don't Like You...

sometimes im good enough / sometimes im not
sometimes you ask consent / sometimes you don't
I do everything for you / I know I try
its taken a long time / to realize

I Dont / Like You
Bye / I Dont Like You !

sometimes you squeeze my neck / with your vice grip
sometimes I dream of poison / and arsenic
walk on egg shells around you / you're a raw nerve
so scared to face your trauma / no one deserves your drama

I Dont / Like You
Bye / I Dont Like You !


Wednesday, 29 January 2020

ROTTEN FOXES - Get Out Of My Head

 
(Just Pauly Photography)
 
  When I posted a track from Brighton hardcore punks Rotten Foxes' Arrive, Raise Hell, Leave ep last summer (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/06/rotten-foxes-over-ropes.html) I mentioned that it was possibly their last release as they were shortly disbanding. Today I bring mixed tidings. Sadly they've reconfirmed that they aren't getting back together but to sweeten that pill, they've just released one final three track ep. It's aptly titled We've Got Nothing Left, it was recorded on the 4th anniversary of their first ever show and I'm very happy to report that it very definitely isn't a case of them sticking out a few substandard songs that they had left kicking around. All 3 are great. Fast, loud and very catchy, you can snap them up as a name your price download here :   https://rottenfoxes.bandcamp.com/album/we-ve-got-nothing-left

  Track 1 is called Dehumanised (I'll play it on Sunday's Just Some Punk Songs show) and it's a frantic opener that would lead to plenty of sweat (and probably plenty of bruises) if they ever played it live (I'm not sure if they ever did). The closing track is the shortest on offer and I'm still trying to work out all the lyrics bar "leave me alone..." but it's a fine swansong. The meat in the sandwich is the one they've made a video for. Another song that screams leave me alone from a band you'll wish hadn't gone away. This is Get Out Of My Head...

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Back Breaker - Union Made



  Some of you may know that I'm a big fan of Canadian political punks The Fallout. Today I've a song for you from a band that ticks all the same boxes. Great political, anti fascist, working class punk anthems... yep. Canadian, yep...from Kitchener, Ontario. Highly recommended... hell yeah! They're even gigging with The Fallout and others as they play the Rebel Time Records Punk Rock Matinee on Feb 2nd at North Hamilton's This Ain't Hollywood. You can check out details here :   https://www.facebook.com/backbreakeroi/

  The band line up with Jaysin (Guitar), Nate (Drums), Deville (Bass/ Vocals) and Terry (Vocals). As you may notice from the photo, Terry is in a wheelchair which I'm guessing is where the band name comes from? They've just released their debut ep, it's titled By Any Means Necessary and it's available on cassette from 3nines Compact Cassettes and digitally. It's "a salute to the working class and those fighting fascism in all forms of it across the world. This is a call to action for all of those who realize positivity is no longer enough. If we want change we must act, directly, militantly and by any mean necessary to ensure a safe and sustainable future for all" and you can check it out here :   https://backbreaker519.bandcamp.com/album/by-any-means-necessary-ep




  A look at the back sleeve's track list will give you an idea what to expect. It's anti fascist oi music and it's very good. A great debut release. I played Boot Boys on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-190120/) so today I'll feature their call for workers to unite. This is Union Made...

Oi Oi Oi

Join The Union, Fellow Workers
Men and Women, Side By Side
We Will Crush The Greedy Shirkers
Like A Sweeping, Surging Tide
For United, We Are Standing
But Divided, We Will Fall
Let This, Be Our Understanding
All For One, One For All

We Are Union Made
Woahhhh Ohhhh
We're Not Going Away
Noooo Ohhhh
We'll Fight TIll The End
Woahhhh Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhh Oh

Hang The Bosses, Eat The Bankers
Nothing Changes, Till We Fight
If The Workers, Stand Together
We, Can Be The Guiding Light
For United, We Are Standing
But Divided, We Will Fall
Let This, Be Our Understanding
All For One, One For All

We Are Union Made
Woahhhh Ohhhh
We're Not Going Away
Noooo Ohhhh
We'll Fight TIll The End
Woahhhh Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhh Oh

Oi Oi Oi

Join The Union, Fellow Workers
Men and Women, Side By Side
We Will Crush The Greedy Shirkers
Like A Sweeping, Surging Tide
For United, We Are Standing
But Divided, We Will Fall
Let This, Be Our Understanding
All For One, One For All

We Are Union Made
Woahhhh Ohhhh
We're Not Going Away
Noooo Ohhhh
We'll Fight TIll The End
Woahhhh Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhh Oh
Woahhhh Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhh Oh
Woahhhh Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhh Oh
Woahhhh Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhh Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh


Monday, 27 January 2020

Zip It - Boys



  Yesterday I posted a track about sex positivity and the high proportion of boys in bands and today you're getting a similar themed song which has the (rather excellent) singer telling us she doesn't want to be one of the guys or to be in your boy's club. Like yesterday's song, it's great.

  Zip It are a new band to me (and quite possibly you). They come from Detroit, and they line up with Rae (Vocals), Kyle (Vocals & guitar), Dee (Synth & duster), Lyn (Bass) and Mikey (Drums). They play Goblincore.

  The obvious question is, what the hell is Goblincore? Google tells me  "Goblincore is an aesthetic which is a twist on ‘dragoncore’. Goblincore celebrates not just flawless gems, dazzling metals, and meticulously kept treasuries, but also damaged coins, cool rocks, bits of scrap metal, maybe even beads, bugs, and buttons." That doesn't sound right in this case so I'll admit to being stumped (although it gives me an excuse to mention Goblin Reprise which is a song by Judy And The Jerks, a band which Zip It remind me of).

  They've just released what I assume is their debut ep. 5 tracks, all very decent and all indicating that Zip It are a band to watch. Fast paced spooky surf punk featuring cool synth work and hyper vocals. The lyrics are humorous rather than po-faced and topics covered include workshy wasters, late night partying and what sounds like a severe case of hyperactivity. It's titled Trash Baby and it might just be my favourite release of the year so far. You can snap it up name your price here :   https://zipit.bandcamp.com/album/trash-baby

  This is the lead track, it''s called Boys...


Sunday, 26 January 2020

Soakie - Boys On Stage



  This one rips...

  Soakie are a fast, energetic hardcore punk band with members from Melbourne, Philadelphia and New York. I came across them when stumbling upon their Dangerous Doge demo (https://soakie.bandcamp.com/releases) a couple of years ago (if I remember correctly I played Power Tool on the show). Now several of the songs from that demo (along with several new ones) make up a lean, pissed off sounding 7 track clear green vinyl mini lp that'll be available on La Vida Es Un Mus on February 10th. You can pre order it here : https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/album/soakie

  The line up of the band is Summer (vocals), Nellie (bass), Austin (drums) and Chumz (guitar). Summer's vocals are described as part Nick Blinko (Rudimentary Peni) and part Vi Subversa (Poison Girls). She spits venom. The production maybe slightly more polished on this first "proper" release but the intensity levels are just as high. There's a couple of songs streaming, opener Nuke The Frats is a fast paced new tune with a pretty self explanatory title whilst Boys On Stage is one of the tracks that was on the demo. It's a call for sex positivity, being in a band is an option for all, it's not just boy's fun!

  This is Boys On Stage...

The Ratz - Some Might Say



  "Once this Ratz record comes out people will be able to tell the difference. The major difference is Ines Segarra (formerly of Damn Broads) is now playing lead guitar and handling a ton of the vocal responsibility in The Ratz. The new record is more raw and in your face. To me it's very early Adolescents. Plus our songs are all close to one minute in length."

  That was a quote from a recent interview I did with Jeffrey Thunders, the frontman of New Haven punk bands The Lost Riots and The Ratz    (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/12/interview-with-jeffrey-thunders-lost_28.html). I'd asked him what the differences were between the bands. Well, the new record has just been released and he was right, it's a trim, 8 song 7" old school, hardcore punk ripper. Just like they used to do back in the 80's. Available via Die Hipster Records, it's titled After The Blackout and with a running time of under 10 minutes it barrels through from start to finish leaving you gasping for breath and wanting more. You can check it out here : https://theratz.bandcamp.com/album/after-the-blackout


  You can get more info on the band here : https://www.facebook.com/theratzct/

  This song is about rising above the bullshit and it's called Some Might Say...

Saturday, 25 January 2020

THE MONSTERS - I'm a Stranger To Me

 

  "WILD PRIMITIVE CHAINSAW MASSACRE TEENAGE GARAGE PUNK TRASH"

  Sounds interesting doesn't it?

  The Monsters are from Bern and formed in 1986. They've released 6 albums and numerous singles and eps of trashy garage, rockabilly and rock n roll (https://the-monsters.bandcamp.com/).They line up with Beat-Man (Guitars/Vocals), Janosh (Bass), Di Putto (1Drum), Swain Lee (2Drum) and Pumi (Coaxial Jackson). You can find out more here : https://www.facebook.com/The-Monsters-official-123189661111110/ 

  They've just unleashed a video for an upcoming 7" that's coming out next month on that purveyor of good taste, Slovenly Recordings. You can pre order it here :   https://slovenly.bandcamp.com/album/the-monsters-im-a-stranger-to-me-ep

  A frenetic explosion of down and dirty sound compliments lyrics about self loathing, this is I'm A Stranger... 

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Karkki & The Car Keys - Last Line



  If you've got a really good memory then you may remember back in May 2018 I posted a song from a demo by Finnish 5 piece Karkki & The Car Keys (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/05/karkki-car-keys-bankrobber-of-your.html). It was a very impressive hybrid of power pop and garage punk and bode well for future releases.

  And then, to be honest, they dropped off my radar so I missed their split cassette with Mystery Girls that they released early last year. Happily though, after being tipped off by drummer Jesse Gehlen, I'm now back in the loop and can report that they'll be releasing a new ep in May. It'll be available on 7" from Lempi & Sylvi Discs and titled Big Ball Of Fire. If the preview track is any indication, it'll be everything I hoped for from them. As well as Jesse on drums, the ep also features Karkki (vocals), Johanna (bass), Joel (lead guitar) and Pete (guitar) along with Atte (additional guitar). You can find more info on them here :   https://www.facebook.com/karkkiandthecarkeys/ and music here :   https://karkkiandthecarkeys.bandcamp.com/

  Kicking off with a first line that tips it's hat to one of power pop's greatest bands (The Exploding Hearts), this is a break up song with a great vocal performance complimented by some excellent guitar riffing and it's called Last Line...

I've heard all the rumors in town
that we are not together, somehow
you just forgot to tell me the news
and it’s understandable
when you got 10 things in your mind
I guess you don’t have time for mine
but I still need to see you
so I can tell you

we got some breaking up to do
this is the last line of our love story
we got some breaking up to do
this is the last line of our love story

well now it’s too late to cry foul
you knew that it could happen, somehow
everything would bite back
but the damage is done
oh you poor little thing that acted on a whim
and turned everything that’s gold to shit
when I told you

we got some breaking up to do
this is the last line of our love story
we got some breaking up to do
this is the last line of our love story


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Alien Nosejob - Black Sheep



  You might not recognise the name Jake Robertson but he's been one of the Aussie punk scene's most prolific figures in recent years. He's been in a few bands I'm familiar with such as Ausmuteants, School Damage and Hierophants and even more that I'm not (Drug Sweat, Leather Towel, No Limit, Swab, The Frowning Clouds, The Snoozefests...). He's also behind solo project Alien Nosejob, the Clunes based outfit responsible for several eps and the 2018 album Various Fads & Technological Achievements.

  Now there's a second album, it's available via Anti Fade Records and Drunken Sailor and it's titled Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud. It follows hot on the heels of last November's HC45 7" (https://ironlungpv.bandcamp.com/album/hc45-7-lungs-150) and where that ep was a hardcore rager, this time around we're treated to a more varied record. You may have heard excellent preview track Television Sets (it went down well on a recent Just Some Punk Songs show) but that's not the only stand out. Most of the tracks tread the line between indie punk and garage, if I was to make comparisons with another modern era band it'd probably be Freak Genes. For a solo project there's plenty going on. You can check it out here : https://aliennosejob.bandcamp.com/album/suddenly-everything-is-twice-as-loud

  This is one of the "punkier" tracks, a song about not fitting in, it's called Black Sheep...

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

The Drowns - Wolves On The Throne


(Photo by @naoto_giant)

  The Drowns (https://www.facebook.com/thedrowns/) are a band who always go down well when I play them on the show. They're from Seattle and I gave you a bit of info about them when I featured them last year (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-drowns-bricks-of-ol-rainier.html).

  They've just released their second album (following up 2018's View From The Bottom), it's titled Under Tension and it's available on coloured vinyl (1000 Black Vinyl, 500 Blood Red Vinyl, 300 White Vinyl, 200 Blood Red w/ Black Spokes Vinyl) and cd via Pirates Press Records   https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/products/the-drowns-under-tension-lp-cd

  As you hopefully already know, they put out quality working class anthems and with the album being produced by Ted Hutt (the Grammy award winning Brit responsible for producing bands such as Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, Street Dogs, Bouncing Souls, Tiger Army, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones etc) you can guarantee it's going to sound great. It's an album that's going to impress by a band that'll no doubt go down a storm when they come over to the UK to play the Rebellion Festival again in Blackpool later this year. They'll also be touring around Europe. As well as a cover of the Jimmy Cliff classic The Harder They Come, there's both sides of a single that came out last year (Hold Fast / Demons) as well as choice cuts such as Cue The Violins, Waistin' Time and Them Rats. You can check it out here : https://thedrowns.bandcamp.com/album/under-tension

  This is the song I played on Sunday's show, it's called Wolves On The Throne...

We've been pushed down for far too long
They kept us blinded to what's going on
Hard times are coming
There's no time for running away
We can back down to their stale beliefs
Or we can stand up and bare our teeth
The choice is yours
The future starts today

Their numbers are thinning
It's just the beginning
Compassion's in fashion, my friend
I'll bet my empathy
Against their bigotry
Ignorance won't win again

Thieves hold the coffers
Wolves on the thrown
There's no more saviors
We have to make our own
(Taking final offers, democracy's been sold)

To the laughed at and the left behind
To those struggling to find peace of mind
At the end of the day
Our pride is all we keep
But if we stand up as a united force
We can break rank and change the course
We can show them all that we won't be bought so cheap

Status and wealth Don't define sense of self
Keep your dignity firm in your grasp
Tear down the monuments
To their intolerance
Dance in the smoldering ash


Monday, 20 January 2020

Jodie Faster - Push The Button



  Jodie Faster are an explosive hardcore punk band from Lille who formed in 2016. They line up thus; Ripoll (drums, backing vocals), Braeckman (bass, backing vocals), JayJay (guitar) and Mika (vocals). You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/JODIEFASTER59/

  They've just released their debut album, Blame Yourself. It's 17 tracks of fast as fuck, kick ass political punk. It's available via numerous labels (including TNS Records in the UK) with the digital version being "name your price" on Bandcamp :  https://jodiefaster.bandcamp.com/album/blame-yourself

  It'll come as no surprise that there are a couple of songs on the album that deal with France's current state of political unrest, Still Not Loving The Police and We All Bleed Red paint pictures of rebellion and violence. Did Not Vote sends a warning to President Macron that the majority didn't want him and how it's time to take the power back. Several tracks deal with themes of capitalism, religion and fascism but as well as politics there's also songs about the punk rock community, both the good (Gloucester's Finest) and the bad (Punk Police). All in all, a top album so check it out.

  This song is a solution to inequality, born out of frustration and hopelessness and it's called Push The Button...

My generation will end up in a bin ! Pauperized to the limit. We are being raised with a sense of self esteem But this modern life… annihilates it For all I care you can blow it all up Erase the human race from the surface of the earth ! A nuclear war for real equality The poor will die, he's quite dead already The rich will die, and the mighty will too Make everyone equal under a big mushroom ! Drop Hell on us, solve the question A-Bomb, H-Bomb, push the button !

Sunday, 19 January 2020

DZTN 1980 - He Watched Them Die



   "First they came ..." is the poetic form of a prose post-war confession first made in German in 1946 by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals and certain clergy (including, by his own admission, Niemöller himself) following the Nazis' rise to power and subsequent incremental purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Many variations and adaptations in the spirit of the original have been published in the English language. It deals with themes of persecution, guilt, repentance, and responsibility.

  Today's song made me think of "First They Came..." It's a song that shows how you don't have to be shouting at a wall to get your point across, sometimes simmering rage works equally as well. A whisper can be more powerful than a roar.

  Last year when I featured Ugly Feeling by Portland punks Abolitionist, I mentioned that they looked to have called it a day. I'm not certain they'll never be back but in the meantime the band's vocalist Dustin Herron is going down the solo route. It's just him, an electric guitar, amp and microphone. No hanging about though, already he's released a debut album under the name DZTN 1980 (https://www.facebook.com/DZTN1980/). The album's titled Outside The City and it's available digitally as a name your price download : https://dztn1980.bandcamp.com/album/outside-the-city-lp-2020

  The album consists of 13 tracks. Though a solo project, it's still very powerful. There's an undercurrent of menace as the songs interlink. The lyrics feature lines such as " Behind the scenes they formed their plan...They gathered intel on every piece of scum" and "Any free society could be erased." There's "This was a perfect time to put everyone in line, up against the wall" and "He remembered the good old days like a slap in the face, back before speaking out got you thrown in a cage." Paranoia and dawning realisation abound. There's also fighting back and maybe a hint of optimism... "It was time to strike back, time to fight. He had said never again, not ever again. It was time to fight." "The "good old days" ... but now they had more in store. Gonna be okay. It was his lucky day. Gonna be okay."

  It's a fascinating album that conjures up (to me at least) thoughts of Orwell, Bradbury and Dick. It's an album to be listened to as a whole rather than cherry picked through. Very enjoyable and thought provoking indeed.

  This is He Watched Them Die...

It was a crisp, sunny November day when everything came to a head. He was walking his usual walk, doing his best to drink in the fresh morning air. Taking in the sound of the birds, chattering away (like most birds do), when he heard shouting up ahead, a chorus of angry voices that crashed together like a wave on a rocky beach. At first, he didn't recognize the faces that looked down from their tenuous perch below the maple trees. He thought it was weird to see the four of them with ropes around their necks. "What the fuck is this? Do I really see what I see?" he thought to himself as he froze where he stood. So, it was in disbelief that he watched them fall in a such a violent way toward the ground below, just stopping short. He watched them die. The mob that had gathered were overseen by a small group of ugly men dressed in ugly clothes. The purplish hue that had overtaken the four faces were more beautiful than that cloth. The chorus of angry voices slowly died away as those on display stopped their swinging and kicking. He wanted to kick and swing, too, at every single one of 'em, he wanted to rip their fucking eyes out, but he just watched instead. As he stood there, frozen like an antelope trying to pretend the stalking lion couldn't smell it, something occurred to him. He knew who those four faces had belonged to, he recognized his own personal connection to the moment. One was a teacher he'd had in high school, another a school nurse sometime before that. It was then that he realized that things had turned for the worse, and that things could not be the same as before ...

La Femme Brutal - Esplendor



  La Femme Brutal (https://www.facebook.com/lafemmebrutalband/) are Laura Sisteró and Alba Miquel. They're from Barcelona and they recently released a very enjoyable ep titled The Future Is Brutal. It's available via Hidden Track Records and you can check it out here :   https://hiddentrackrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-future-is-brutal

  They released a video for one of the tracks, Ciudad Muerta, and you can watch that here :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47BPLsgxSuw  It translates as Dead City and it's both powerful and very catchy. The same can be said of the other 3 tracks, there might only be two of them in the band but they make a rich and sonorous noise. I think it's their debut release so as introductions go, it's an impressive one.

  This is my pick of the ep, it's a joyfully upbeat singalong titled Esplendor...


Saturday, 18 January 2020

Plastics - Bitter (Guest Review By Darren Bourne)



  Another guest review today, this one from Tadpole Records' Darren Bourne. Darren wants to introduce you to a new local band called Plastics (https://www.facebook.com/plastics.bn1/)...

  Plastics are a 4 piece from Brighton, England. They formed in January 2019 and are led by vocalist Oli Carter Hopkins along with Sam Rack (Drums), James Claringbould (Guitar) and Louis Orm (Bass). In January 2020 they released a 6 tracks demo called “plastic world” on Bandcamp & Cassette which you can check out here :
 https://plasticsrockers.bandcamp.com/album/plastic-world

  People have already been comparing it to Exit Order, but that may be just Oli’s vocals, as I find Plastics a bit more tribal sounding and that’s no bad thing as this is punk rock – I’ve seen them a bunch of times live and they seem to be getting better with each gig & really setting their place as another great BN1 band (Brighton postcode).




  Members have been / are in bands like Salt Wound, State Funeral, Loot Camp (Hip Hop), Never, Human Cell and Gutter Knife, so if you like any of those guys be sure to check out Plastics & go see them live because that’s where the magic really comes through in my opinion.

  Favourite track for me is “Bitter” – I love how it builds up & Oli sounds pissed off, and in 2020 I want my Punk rock to be pissed, not nice. But there isn’t a duff track on the demo from the Intro to the final track “Nerve Pusher” which is a perfect ending track to a perfect demo.

  This is Bitter...



Thursday, 16 January 2020

Biznaga - 2k20



  Madrid based band Biznaga have been around since 2011 and featured on here 3 years ago with a track from their impressive Sentido del Espectaculo album (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/01/biznaga-una-ciudad-cualquiera.html).

  Now they're back with a taster song for album number 3. It'll be released by Slovenly Recordings on March 6th and titled Gran Pantalla. Translating as Big Screen it'll deal with the amount of surveillance in modern day society. Our lives are largely lived out on screen. Cameras are everywhere. It's a theme with plenty of scope for discussion and add a bunch of tunes that will no doubt have the critics throwing around the usual Buzzcocks comparisons (though am I alone on hearing a bit of The Wedding Present type guitar work on this new song?). I'm sure it'll be an album worth waiting for. You can find more info here : https://www.facebook.com/biznagapop/


  This is the first single from the album, I've no idea what the lyrics translate as but that doesn't spoil the enjoyment of a song that starts strongly before building up into a joyfully upbeat crescendo of an ending. It's called 2k20...

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

What's Your Damage? - Killing Spree (Guest Review by Jason Long)



  A guest review for you today courtesy of Jason Long. Jason recommends we all check out the new Self Titled ep by Chicago band What's Your Damage? After listening to several of the songs, it's a recommendation I'd heartily endorse.

  Over to you Jason...

  Great news for punk fans, especially those who have a craving for that early post punk noise mixed with a bit of 80s new wave! What's Your Damage? is set to release an 8 track EP on Jan. 17th!




  There's a few reasons this could be a choice album for you. First off, WYD? specializes in the sounds of yesteryear, but it comes out as a breath of fresh air. I don't want to refer to it as a throwback, because the band puts youthful energy in to it. Really, it's a nice alternative to the ear splitting genres of punk we all love so much, but not too far from home, as it's still upbeat catchy jams.

  Secondly, I'm not the biggest fan of female vocals... that's just me, can't help it. I find a lot of female punk vocalists add accents and shrilling noises that my ears reject. That's not the case with Quinn. She has a clear delivery and gets right down to the point. Her vocals match well with the driving rhythms.

  Also, this EP is one of those albums I refer to as "an anytime album". It doesn't require a certain mood or situation. It mixes well in playlists, or as a complete playthrough. Check out some tracks at https://whatsyourdamage.bandcamp.com/ and preorder your copy! 

  Killing Spree is infectious song and worthy of a few listens!