Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Duncan Reid and the Big Heads - First time (Live at Akkurat)

    


  Something of a classic for you today... 

  Hopefully you all know Duncan Reid, he was determined to make it as a footballer until he reached the age of 13 and discovered an old bass guitar in his dad's cupboard. A sliding door moment that changed his life and enriched ours. In 1976 he joined up with (ex London SS singer/guitarist) Matt Dangerfield, (ex Hollywood Brats keyboard player) Casino Steel, (guitarist) Honest John Plain and (drummer) Jack Black to form one of the eras best power pop/pop punk bands. They were of course The Boys. 

  After 35 years (on and off) he left the band during a tour of Japan and after releasing a solo album (Little Big Head) started using the name Duncan Reid And The Big Heads (https://www.facebook.com/groups/182913282466616) and continued putting out catchy as hell songs (this being one of his best : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/05/duncan-reid-and-big-heads-to-live-or.html). 

  

  On April 23rd they'll be releasing a rather tasty live album. Recorded on 20 May 2018 at Restaurang Akkurat, Stockholm, by Jonathan Sandberg it'll serve as a reminder of what we've been missing during the last year in lockdown. Titled Live At Akkurat it's up for pre order here :  https://duncanreidandthebigheads.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-akkurat 

  The line up for the gig was Duncan Reid (Lead Vocals/Bass/Keys), Sophie Powers (Guitar/BVs/Keys), Nick Hughes (Guitar/BVs) & Karen Jones (Drums). On the evidence of the teaser track posted on Bandcamp and the video you'll find below, it's going to be just that little bit special so make sure you check it out. 

  Originally featuring on the 1977 debut album, The Boys and also released as a chart bothering single, this is the song that brings Live At Akkurat to a joyful climax (pretty apt given that it's about losing ones virginity!). It's called First Time... 

Monday, 12 April 2021

Bug Central - The Fires Began

  


  Bug Central are a 3 piece anarcho punk band from London who formed in 1996. They've just released a new 8 track 10" on Grow Your Own Records titled And The Fires Begin. It's just one of a trio of impressive new releases by the label (the others being a vinyl version of Pedagree Skum's 2013 Nightmares And Screams album and a repressing of The System's Dogs Of War ep) and you can get it on vinyl and cd here : https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/album/and-the-fires-began 



  It's a typical Grow Your Own Release, quality protest music covering subjects such as imperialism, part time veganism, economical war, Antifa etc etc etc.... I don't usually mention artwork but I will this time around, it's very striking. Horrifying but at the same time a thing of beauty. 

  This is the title track, it's called The Fires Began...

Your top politician is a rich politician So feel to relax, you’ve just been taxed We’re dying to live but life is a game And there’s no last name it’s a loaded game I looked in your eyes And they were as black as my heart I should’ve realised then This is not a good start And then the fires began And the government sang “We can do as we please” And the rich all agreed Stick figures on a suicide note From the privileged few With their hands on your throat Violent technology is your philosophy Warmonger, poor maker Not in my name I looked in your eyes And they were as black as my heart I should’ve realised then That we’re dead from the start Then the fires began And the government sang “We can do as we please” And the rich all agreed It’s economical war!

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Ravagers - Down That Road

  


  Ravagers (https://www.facebook.com/ravagersgang) are a street rock n roll band from the wastelands of Baltimore. I've played them on the show before but don't think I've had them on here so I'll rectify that today. 

  They've a new album on the way, it'll be titled Badlands and it's going to be out in September on Spaghetty Town Records (https://spaghettytownrecords.bigcartel.com/). They released a track from it last year called Nasty Night which was an anthemic ripper suggesting the album would be pretty damn special. Those high hopes have been raised even higher with the release of single number 2. 

  


  Accompanied with a recommendation to turn the volume up loud, it's a catchy rock n roll singalong that'll lodge itself firmly inside your brain. Think Animal Boy era Ramones crossed with Dead Boys and you won't be a million miles away. You can get both singles here :  https://ravagers.bandcamp.com/track/down-that-road

  Down That Road... 

LISASINSON - Corazón

  


  Most of the Spanish bands I've either posted on here recently or played on the show have seen me making comparisons with Accidente (Madrid's finest who you'll already be familiar with but just in case anyone's been living under a rock for the last few years... https://accidente.bandcamp.com/). The band I'm featuring today are a little lighter in tone, the pop sensibilities shine through a touch more but I'm still sticking them in the same ballpark. It's catchy punk music with Spanish lyrics sung by a very talented female vocalists.

  Lisasinson (https://www.facebook.com/lisasinsonm) is a graphic and musical project that started in November 2018 at the Fine Arts campus in Valencia, with Miriam (vocals and guitar), Mar (vocals and guitar), María (drums and backing vocals) and Paula (bass and backing vocals).  They've just released a new mini album titled Perdona Mamá. 9 infectious tracks of "youthfulness, spontaneity, rebelliousness and overflowing energy." It's out on Elefant Records (which gives me an excuse to compare it to the joyful exuberance of one of my favourite releases by that label  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2014/03/juniper-moon-volveras.html). 




  It's available as a 10" Mini-LP (Ultra Transparent Vinyl Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies) and digital download : https://lisasinson.bandcamp.com/album/perdona-mam 

  This track is titled Corazón...

No te reconozco cuando me miras así
Toda esta tristeza no me deja vivir
No sé cómo no te vi venir
Con esa cara de maniquí
Agujeros negros, quiero que te vayas de aquí

Porque casualmente he vuelto a verte por ahí
No pienso saludarte no te voy a sonreír
He inundado el país por ti
En las noticias ha vuelto a salir

Una explosión en mi corazón
Una explosión en mi corazón
Esta noche ha cambiado el tiempo
Tú no lo sabes pero ya estoy lejos

El día que explote bailarás sin sonreír
Ya no soy la misma, puedes irte a Pekín
Flota el polvo, en un rayo de luz
El sol en mi cuarto y ya no estás tú

Una explosión en mi corazón
Una explosión en mi corazón
Esta noche ha cambiado el tiempo
Tú no lo sabes pero ya estoy lejos

Una explosión en mi corazón
Una explosión en mi corazón
Una explosión en mi corazón
Una explosión en mi corazón

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Cockbox - Destroy Capitalism Before It Destroys You

  


  Cockbox (https://www.facebook.com/CockboxTheBand) are a 3 piece from Helsinki featuring a line up of Vee (lead vocals/guitar/percussions), Razze (backing vocals/bass) & Henri (drums). They formed in 2015, debuting with a 2019 single which paired covers of I Don't Adore The USA (Pelle Miljoona & N.U.S) and Last Rockers (Vice Squad). 

  They followed it in September of last year with an album titled Wake Up The Punk Rock Dead. 10 tracks on subjects such as Donald Trump, the objectifying of women, the overuse of plastic and they round things off with a Siouxsie And The Banshees cover. It's impressive fare and you should check it out. 

  The same goes for the ep September 2020 Morgue Sessions. This time around we get a take down of the dangerous president of Brazil (``Jair Bolsonaro spreads corona!´´ How much longer will this shit for brains, Trump's lap dog, capitalist rule Brazil ? His poor leadership qualitys can be compared to Trump... It is also mainly his fault that Covid has gone out of hand a long long time ago. So many new graves everyday... Down with Bolsonaro!! Throw his body to the anaconda!"). Another highlight is the song you'll find below which rails against the putting of profit before people and nature. I've already mentioned Siouxsie And The Banshees and Vice Squad and the band's sound is somewhat of an amalgamation of those two legendary acts (late 70's/early 80's inspired punk with an occasional hint of atmospheric goth). 

  You can get the ep name your price here : https://cockbox.bandcamp.com/album/september-2020-morgue-sessions

  This is Destroy Capitalism Before It Destroys You...

The world is coming to an end Because capitalism doesn't work Profit goes always before Nature, people and animals Why to save the people when I could make some money Destroy capitalism Before it destroys you Why should we have free healthcare Economy goes before human lives Solidarity is just a word Greedyness sounds better Fuck the human rights Money is all that counts


Thursday, 8 April 2021

Skinny Genes - Firing Squad

  


  Another excellent compilation album track for you today, if this doesn't perk your day up then you're beyond help! 

  The compilation is titled 44 Golden Greats! It's been put together by Worst Idea Records and it features (unsurprisingly) 44 tracks from the likes of The Raging Nathans, Hospital Job, Grim Deeds, The Ergs, Rockie Rochelle, Rev Norb, The Nerdy Jugheads etc etc etc... It's a tribute to Mutant Pop Records thus all the songs are covers. Bands covered include, amongst others, Boris The Sprinkler, After School Special, Dillinger Four, Sicko, Dirt Bike Annie and The Automatics (which is where the title of the comp comes from). All proceeds go to Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs  https://www.kasap.org/

  You can get it here : https://worstidea.bandcamp.com/album/44-golden-greats (LIMITED-EDITION PHYSICAL RELEASE COMING VERY SOON!)

  The song that jumped out at me and which I'm highlighting today is by Skinny Genes. A new band to me, they're the solo project of Azeem Sajid from The Steinways and House Boat. You can hear more from them here : https://skinnygenes.bandcamp.com/ 

  The song they've made such a good job of covering was originally by Moral Crux and was on the Victim Of Hype ep (Mutant Pop 12). It freshens up the original, adds a sprinkling of The Ramones' classic She's The One and is truly wonderful. It's called Firing Squad... 

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Emily Flea - Park Bench Creep

    


  Emily Condon was the vocalist with punk 3 piece The Fleas (https://thefleas1.bandcamp.com/) who I featured on here a couple of times a few years back   https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-fleas-heart-breaker.html   https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-fleas-phone-call.html. They were a good band and released a very enjoyable album on Grow Your Own Records titled A Flea In Your Ear   https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/album/the-fleas-a-flea-in-your-ear 

  More recently she's been going by the name Emily Flea (https://www.facebook.com/thefleas1) and broadcasting weekly livestreams. 

  She's back on here again today with a track that's one of the highlights of an impressive new compilation album titled Girls Are Loud Volume 2 which has been compiled by Punk 4 The Homeless. It boasts 22 songs by female fronted recording artists in solidarity with the girls at Hope Orphanage, Sierra Leone... all proceeds go to Hope Orphanage. 

  

  It's available on cd and as a digital download : https://punk4thehomeless.bandcamp.com/album/girls-are-loud-volume-2

  Emily's contribution sees her taking aim at lecherous guys who deserve "a fucking punch." It's called Park Bench Creep... 

The Missile Studs - Sooo Useless

  


  More cool new Aussie punk for you today courtesy of  Adelaide upstarts The Missile Studs (https://stampoutdisco.bandcamp.com/album/with-love-from-the-missile-studs). 

  They're "4 pieces of human trash making noise." They play "stupid music for stupid people" and they're a whole bunch of immature, dumb fun. Check out their Facebook page and you'll discover they boast an all star celebrity line up (or maybe they're just bullshitters!) I first came across them last year when they released a very good split album with Sydney's Thee Evil Twin (https://dirtyflairrecordcompany.bandcamp.com/album/10-piece-feed) but I missed debut lp Hey! We're The Missile Studs (which I'll be acquainting myself with later  (https://dirtyflairrecordcompany.bandcamp.com/album/hey-were-the-missile-studs). 




  Anyway, the new album is titled With Love From The Missile Studs and it's getting released on May 7th by Dirty Flair (Aus) and No Front Teeth (UK). Not sure how many of the dayglo yellow vinyl will be left over as there was only 50 pressed (available from Stamp Out Disco (https://stampoutdisco.bandcamp.com/album/with-love-from-the-missile-studs) but it's also on black and it's streaming now so hurry over this way...  https://dirtyflairrecordcompany.bandcamp.com/album/with-love-from-the-missile-studs

  3 of the tracks from the split album resurface along with a bunch of newbies including a rather good cover of a Buzzcocks classic. It's irreverent garage influenced punk that I'm sure you'll love as much as I do. Take a bow Australia, you're home to some killer bands. 

  This track is a fine example of what you can expect, it's called Sooo Useless... 

Monday, 5 April 2021

Boots On The Table - Sick Of Politics

    

  Left or right
  same old shite
  same old rhetoric
  I don't to hear it, I've had enough....

  Boots On The Table (https://www.facebook.com/BOOTS-on-the-TABLE-104895604671374) are a new street punk band with, from what I can make out, members from both Belfast and Toronto. They boast the vocal talents of Rob McLarnon, who you may know from Buck Eejit (https://buckeejit.bandcamp.com/). 

  I don't know anything else about them other than they've released a debut ep on cd ("5 killer choons for just £4 plus p&p. Contact the band page and we'll sort yiz out"). If you want to give it a listen go here : https://bootsonthetable.bandcamp.com/releases

  The Northern Ireland accented vocals prompt me to make comparisons with SLF and maybe Runnin' Riot. It's a very promising debut and I'm looking forward to hearing more. This track bemoans the calibre of politicians on both sides of the left/right divide and it's called Sick Of Politics...  

Play Dead - Skint

    


  Back to South London today to big up 3 teenagers (Joe Blair (Guitar & vocals), Ollie Clarke (Bass & backing vocals) & Louis Englefield (Drums)) from Herne Hill who recently released a belting debut ep titled Skint. They're called Play Dead and they've been making a few waves with airplay on both Radio 1 and 6 Music. 

  They introduced themselves last year with a track extolling the virtues of the Kent seaside town of Whitstable and I jumped on the bandwagon a few months later when I played Shaun on the show. Now that tale of the pint supping, fight starting van driver reappears on what's a fresh, fun ep. 

  A lazy comparison would be to call them the English Chats. I also hear shades of Manchester trio Aerial Salad. 5 tracks of punk tuneage fresh out of the garage, it's available via Blitzcat Records :  https://blitzcatrecords.com/  

  This is the title track, it's a problem most of us can sympathise with in these austere times, it's called Skint... 

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Slobheads - Rothman Blues

  


  Slobheads (https://www.facebook.com/slobheads) are a young trash punk duo from South West London featuring Harry Jarvis (guitar/vocals) and Macey Sherman (drums). They surfaced in 2017 with the Sod's Law ep and followed it up a year later with another called Neighbourhood Nasties. 2 guys with attitude that sing about getting drunk and political ideology that fall somewhere between Slaves and Cool Jerks. 

   And they've recently returned with a very fine new single about another of their vices, smoking. "It's about all the cravings, the poncing and begging for a snout when you run out but the possessiveness of having your own pack of cigarettes and not wanting to share with overs. knowing and feeling the effects of smoking but not having a caring in the world about the implications. its dirty and horrible but do we care enough to quit? Course not!" It's an unmistakably British bluesy stomp with gang vocals from Ross Brunton helping to give it a big, beefy singalong feel. Just one of 24 impressive new punk tracks on the Just Some Punk Songs show later today, you're all invited to join the chatroom and give feedback (https://www.facebook.com/events/118448970218498/). 

You can get it as a name your price download here : 

  It's called Rothman Blues...

Saturday, 3 April 2021

the SUCK - J Prozac On A BMX Bike

  


  the SUCK (https://www.facebook.com/StreetRockSUCK/) are a band that no one knows much about but who cares about details when they release such great music. They describe their sound as no bullshit street rock for fans of the Ramones, HEAD, The Vapids and NECK. They released a ST ep in 2018 and followed it up a year later with an album titled In-Cog-Neat-O                                                                (check 'em out here :   https://thesuckstreetrock.bandcamp.com/). 

  Now they're back with sophomore album, Boris Sprinkler (Boris The Sprinkler being the Green Bay, Wisconsin, punks who released a 1998 album titled Suck). It's 10 tracks of catchy as fuck pop punk. They sing about stuff like martini drinking secret agents, drinking, Dungeons and Dragons, 20 sided dice and... more drinking. Their influences are front and centre, it's fun, irreverent and you can find the various coloured vinyl versions over at Mom's Basement Records   https://momsbasementrecords.bigcartel.com/ 


  This is the closing track on the album and the most melodic. I'll be playing it on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show (Sunday 8pm UK time : https://www.facebook.com/events/118448970218498/) Possibly the biggest pop punk earworm of the year and namechecking one of the genre's nicest guys, this is J Prozac On A BMX Bike... 

Friday, 2 April 2021

Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters - If You Only Knew

    


  There's been some really great punk music coming out of Australia in recent times (but you already know that). A number of the more impressive bands are releasing albums that can certainly be tagged as punk rock but which will also find favour with an audience that enjoys driving, guitar led rock without considering themselves fans of the punk genre. I'm thinking in particular of the likes of Stiff Richards, Private Function and Civic, bands that have all been very successful in wowing both fans and critics with excellent recent releases. I think it's only right that Jackson Reid Briggs & The Heaters (https://www.facebook.com/jacksonreidbriggs) are mentioned in the same breath. 

  After a couple of years playing solo, Jackson Reid Briggs enlisted the services of a bunch of drinking buddies and released the 2015 7" Holding On/Burned It. Since then the Melbourne based outfit have been responsible for 5 very impressive full lengths, the latest of which, Waiting In A Corner, has just dropped. 

  
  Bookended by a couple of brief instrumentals (Intro & Outro), are 7 classy rockers that'll remind you of fellow countrymen The Saints and Radio Birdmen. It's an almost hypnotic barrage of wall of sound guitar work with Jackson's vocals being the icing on top of a very appetising cake. It's available now on vinyl (black or ltd edition white) and download from Legless Records  https://jacksonreidbriggs.bandcamp.com/album/waiting-in-a-corner 

  If  you're in the UK or Europe, Drunken Sailor Records (https://www.drunkensailorrecords.co.uk/) will be releasing it in a month. 

  This is If Only You Knew... 

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Power Drill - Prison & Pills

    


  Power Drill (https://www.facebook.com/powerdrill666) are a 4 piece powerhouse from Lennox Head, a seaside village in New South Wales, Australia. They released Haven A Beer, almost exactly a year ago and followed it up in May with a single titled Vomit ( "a simple song about sinking too many bevs and chundering" which makes one wonder if The Chats have a bunch of older brother out there somewhere). 

  And now they're back with a 6 track ep titled State Of Emergency in which they sing about running from dodgy money lenders, Amyl (nitrate, not ...and the sniffers), MILFS, and absentee PM Scott Morrison. It's a modern day snot nosed joy and you can get it here :  https://powerdrill.bandcamp.com/album/state-of-emergency

  This is the opening song, it's called Prison & Pills...

Sydney to Bris with a car full of drugs A pocket full of pills and a pocket full of nugs The billy in my hand when I see the lights Pedal to the floor it’s time to speed into the night Rip it into gear as the cops are catching up The little Holden Astra can barely keep up They bust down the door and throw me to the ground Been done by the dogs now I’m going to the pound Prison & Pills Hot is the fire in the belly of the beast The food that they serve is too shit to eat Made a deal with the bikies and I lost my toes To get the pills in prison what they say goes Prison & Pills Read it and weep you dogs Prison & Pills

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

NAW - Safe Place (Guest Review By Ralph J Rivera)

     


Bursting out out of Atlanta, Georgia USA - NAW (https://www.facebook.com/NAWAtlanta/) have nailed a sound I absolutely LOVE! Taking the best aspects of 80's/90's "Noise Rock" and filtering it through a healthy dose of modern "Outsider" Punk this band are the future!

In that same place that bands like Moon Pussy and Couch Slut occupy this is dirty, low down scuzzy tuneage that will make you wanna take a shower after being exposed to it! Insane female vocals over a constant beatdown of riffs and distortion. I LIVE to hear bands like this and after a teaser of a 2 song demo this band lived up to ALL expectations.


The new album is titled Head Pain, it's available for pre order on black or transparent pink vinyl and as a digital download : https://nawatlanta.bandcamp.com/album/head-pain

My pick off this face melting is this one "Safe Place"! But trust me - ALL 10 songs on this album will blow your mind!

I see your pain. I hear your words, but I can’t sympathize. Your discomfort and agony is all but synthesized. I can’t be your safe place. I can’t be your shoulder to cry on. I can’t be your solace. I can’t be whatever you want. You see my pain. You hear my voice, but still you ask if I could sacrifice my mental health to give you peace of mind. I can’t be your safe place. I can’t be your shoulder to cry on. I can’t be your solace. I can’t be whatever you want.

Monday, 29 March 2021

BART AND THE BRATS - Try Harder

  


  Bart And The Brats are a new one man project from Bart De Vraantijk (Wild Zeros (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/01/wild-zeros-teenage-lifestyle.html), Janitors, The Pneumonias, Teenage Hearts, Skeptics etc). Hailing from the French coastal city of La Rochelle, they play authentic sounding punk rock with influences ranging from 1977 era Sire Records to the likes of Ramones, Zeros, Kids, Sham 69 etc. 

  

  They've just released a debut album on Brooklyn label Chickpea Records, it's titled Dogged and it's available on 10" vinyl, cassette and digital download : https://bartandthebrats.bandcamp.com/releases

  It's a dozen tracks recorded in 3 days with a friend in a house in the French countryside, it's raw, it's heartfelt and it's well worth checking out. 

  This is about making amends and doing better this time around. It's called Try Harder... 


Sunday, 28 March 2021

The Sentence - Riot

    


  The Sentence (https://www.facebook.com/northwestpunkband) are Watty (vocals), Steve (Guitar), Spike (Bass), Andy (Guitar) & Ged (Drums). Ex members of bands such as What A Riot, Boredom and The Pakt, they formed in 2018 in Lancaster and have featured on here 3 times previously with Bored Teenager, Coppers and Running Away From Police. New versions of the first 2 of those reappear as part of their impressive new album, Broken World. 

  They're an old school band playing anthemic street punk and singing about the boys in blue, taking responsibility for your own actions, civil unrest, missing a loved one etc. The digital download is available on Bandcamp & iTunes now and on Spotify this week. The cd version is also out this week with vinyl to follow : https://thesentence1.bandcamp.com/album/broken-world

  This is about uproar on our streets and it's called Riot... 

Cacerolazo - The Night Will Not Be Silenced

  


  If you've been watching the news recently you'll have no doubt seen plenty of distressing footage from Myanmar. If you've not managed to sit through all the daily reports on the Covid pandemic and you're not aware of what's going on in Asia then here's a brief recap from the Cacerolazo Bandcamp page... 

  Myanmar's military seized power, imprisoned its democratically-elected leaders and imposed a year-long state of emergency on 1 February 2021, claiming "election fraud" from November's polls but without any evidence. The first public display of dissent towards the junta was the day after when people throughout the country banged pots and pans at 8pm, a form of protest known by the Spanish word cacelorazo. It is the sound of solidarity against the regime.

  Cacerolazo are a collective made up of local bands The Rebel Riot, Kultureshock, The Outcast and The Slingshot, as well as several international bands. They've just released a pro democracy anthem to raise awareness about the situation and to help support the civil disobedience movement. It's available as a name your price download and ask that any donations go directly to SupportMyanmar  https://www.isupportmyanmar.com/ 

  You can find the track here : https://cacelorazo.bandcamp.com/releases 

  It's called The Night Will Not Be Silenced... 



Saturday, 27 March 2021

REXXX - Animal

  


   Rexxx (https://www.facebook.com/Rexxx69) are a 5 piece (Rexxx (Vocals), Ryan Reeve (Guitar/Vocals), Harrison Colby (Guitar/Vocals), Sam Reitman (Bass/Vocals) & Jesse Buskov (Drums)) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who've been impressing me with an album titled Pure Pleasure II. 

  They combine elements of garage rock and power pop to brew up something very catchy indeed. It came out last year but it's being given a vinyl release (on "seductive red") by Big Neck Records (https://bigneckrecords1.bandcamp.com/album/pure-pleasure-ii)


  The advertising claims the album "blends bubblegum melodies with grimy punk riffs" and I can't argue with that. Straight from the get go, opener Can't Help It grabs your attention with it's big chorus and stomping beat and for the next 20 minutes we're treated to some truly great rock n roll. You can listen to the full album here : https://rexxx.bandcamp.com/album/pure-pleasure-ii

  Saving the best till last, here's the band's appearance on an episode of Top Of The Pops that you may have missed in which they showcased their Number 1 hit single. It's called Animal... 

Friday, 26 March 2021

Dollhouse - The First Day of Spring

  


  Some of you may remember a very interesting Demo from a couple of years ago by a new band from New York called Dollhouse. I described it as darkly atmospheric hardcore and mentioned how rather than writing lyrics about the usual punk tropes the ep dealt with topics such as watching angels make love, self harming pervert boys and shadow babies (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/08/dollhouse-summer-love.html). It was an excellent debut from a band that were doing something just that little bit different. 

  And now we've been treated to a new ep. 

  It's titled The First Day Of Spring and it's even better than the Demo. Opening track, The Shadow Baby, is a reworked version of one of the earlier songs whilst the other 3 are new compositions. Once again we get lyrics that are darkly poetic backed by a playful hardcore soundtrack. It conjures up some vivid imagery; 

"I'll be your shadow its who I am, take your life from the inside"

"the callus on my thighs are as dark as my heart, not caring about yourself isn't hard its an art"

"look at all the other lovers healthy in their face, healthy in their teeth... we must look so out of place"




  The 7" version will be available from Toxic State Records       https://www.toxicstaterecords.com/records/dollhouse-7 


  This is the title track, it's in equal parts delightful and rather disturbing. It's called The First Day Of Spring... 

if you saw me on the unit would you think that i was fine? would you hold my hand that spring time? if i had chlamydia would you kiss me on the lips? i would think that it was intimate waking to the breath of a person that i hated sharing rooms with a pervert made me nervous and impatient i got you hooked on pills (i needed quarters for the phone) but i forgot all the numbers of my people back home :( it's the first day of spring skipping down the unit i was strong enough to move i watched a teen give birth in the corner of her room hazel eyes and brunette hair she didn't scream she didn't seem to care she just laid there poor ugly Issac always had to cry getting burns from the carpet he was rubbing on his thighs the father was the reason why he turned out so bad so sad the worst friend ever it's the first day of spring

Thursday, 25 March 2021

The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs - Fast, Fucked and Furious

    
(photo : Sarah Remetch and Pike Restaurant and Bar)

  The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs (https://www.facebook.com/TheStreetwalkinCheetahs) have been around since the mid 90's releasing the kind of down and dirty rock n roll that Just Some Punk Songs' favourites such as The Hip Priests, Deathtraps etc would no doubt heartily approve of. Think Stooges, Cheap Trick, AC/DC, New York Dolls etc and you won't be far wide of the mark. Lining up with Frank Meyer (vocals, guitar), Dino Everett (bass), Mike Sessa (drums), Bruce Duff (guitar) & Geoff Yeaton (sax) they're from Los Angeles and have just released their 7th full length (their first since 2006's Resurrection). 



  It's titled One More Drink and as occasional JSPS guest reviewer Ralph J Rivera says, "it's the definition of rock n roll!" 11 tracks, not a bad one amongst them, and impressive guest appearances from the likes of Rikk Agnew (Adolescents) and John Easdale (Dramarama). A special mention goes to Paul Roessler (The Screamers/45 Grave) who did a great production job. It's released on Dead Beat Records and you can get it here : https://shop.dead-beat-records.com/products/the-streetwalkin-cheetahs-one-more-drink-lp 

  I think the title of this track sums things up nicely, it's called Fast, Fucked and Furious... 
  

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Leftards - CCP

    


  Hailing from Wollongong, Australia, Leftards are "a unique supergroup made up of the least-good members of four unpopular Wollongong bands." They have as their line up; Lez Miserable (guitars), Dr Sound (drums), Uncle Jim (bass, backing vocals) & Ronny Wreckless - vocals / "percussion"). Ronny has featured on here previously when he introduced us to some unknown Aussie bands  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/09/top-10-unknown-but-fucking-amazing-new_29.html

  Blessed (or cursed?) with a couldn't give a fuck attitude and a penchant for causing mayhem, they've been wowing (or annoying?) the fans Down Under for around 3 years now. 2018 saw them debut with the Apocalypse Cabaret ep and they followed up a year later with Deep C Divers. Last December saw the release of ep number 3, it's titled Artifuct and it's available on silver vinyl, cd & download through vocalist Ronny's Wreckless Enterprise label : https://leftards.bandcamp.com/album/artifuct 




  It's 5 tracks dealing with subjects such as uneducated know-it-alls, internet warfare and hair metal band tattoos. They're a band who are better than they let on and they've just released a video for the lead track, a song which I think is decrying the government as the enemy and comparing it with the Chinese Communist Party.

  This is Just Like The CCP...   

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Les Shirley - Fuck It I'm In Love

    


  I think it's fair to say that the song you're getting today has been one of the most popular that I've played on the show recently. It originally surfaced as a single in January with the promise that it was the first release from an upcoming full length. That full length is now out. 

  Les Shirley (https://www.facebook.com/shirleytheband/) are Raphaëlle Chouinard (guitar & vocals), Sarah Dion (bass) & Lisandre Bourdages (drums), a kick ass power rock trio from Montreal. They formed in 2018 and released a debut Self Titled ep the following year. Now they're back, singing about "love, girl power, and conspiracies" on their debut album Forever Is Now. If you're in the mood for something that's easy listening but not naff, something catchy but not cloying, then you should check it out. 


  It's available on limited edition electric blue silver splatter vinyl, black vinyl and digital download :  https://shirleytheband.bandcamp.com/album/forever-is-now 

  One of the biggest ear worms of the year so far, this is Fuck It I'm In Love... 

I think we met at a bar on a Monday
We had a mutual friend and we kicked it right away
I’m so glad you came
If I recall you were wearing a shirt that night
A pair of black and white vans and that smile that fucking smile
I won't forget that
2 AM, now we starting to make a move
Maryanne had a place yeah we could walk under the moon
It was so magical
So we’re smoking and laughing and I’m playing guitar
I wanna kiss you so bad but the pills all up in my blood
I think I’m in love
Yeah I can take a fight!
Bring it!

I can take a fight
I can get in line

The night is fading away outside the window
I really wish I could stay but it’s time for me to go
Will you remember me?
If anything I can take you out sometimes
And in the back of my car we’ll watch the sunrise a hundred times

And fuck it I’m in love
I can feel it all the time
Fuck it I’m in love
I’m about to loose my mind

I can take a fight
I can get in line

Fuck it I’m in love
Fuck it I’m in love
Fuck it I’m in love
Fuck it I’m in love

Monday, 22 March 2021

Markus - Scooter Boy

  


  Markus (https://www.facebook.com/markusistliebe/) are a new name to me but they're from Munich and they've just released their 4th ep. They're a 3 piece comprising of Markus Beger, Markus Burnuthian & Markus Will. They kicked off in 2019 with Die Leyla which featured 9 noisy tracks, none of them going past the 60 second mark. The tracks were a little longer on last March's Meeresbrisée whilst November's Moon Boots was another dissonantly brief affair. 

  They recently released Reservoir and it's my favourite yet. It's available on cassette from Berlin based record label Späti Palace (https://spaetipalace.bandcamp.com/) and as a digital download :  https://markusistliebe.bandcamp.com/album/reservoir 

  Their sound has been described as post-punk/noise rock, I can hear influences from the likes of Kleenex/Lilliput or maybe a more contemporary comparison would be with Berlin band Toylettes. It's mainly fast and shouty which is a good thing. This is my favourite track and it's called Scooter Boy...  

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Born Shit Stirrers - Richard Gere

  


  Born Shit Stirrers (https://www.facebook.com/bornshitstirrers) are from Fukuoka, Japan and they're rather bloody good. They line up with Jon (guitar/vocals), Roque (vocals), Lum (guitar/vocals), Watt (bass) & Jun (drums) and they featured on here last April with an excellent track called Bored Of Education (justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/04/born-shit-stirrers-bored-of-education.html) which deservedly earned a place in the annual Just Some Punk Songs end of year chart (it'd have been much higher if it had been longer than 25 seconds!). 

  It was just one of a number of modern day classics that graced their most recent album, Lester (22 tracks in 23 minutes and just the tip of the iceberg of cool releases by the band since they formed in 2016) https://bornshitstirrers.bandcamp.com/





  They've been collaborating with Kumamoto (Japan) band Ledzepvietcong (https://onionskin.bandcamp.com/) on a split 7" 9 track ep titled Overworked Underfucked which is due out in July on top UK label Serial Bowl Records. I was fortunate enough to be sent the songs earlier this week and I can safely predict that fans are gonna love them. They've just released a teaser track (https://serialbowlrecords.bandcamp.com/track/richard-gere) which I'm posting below and I've been ok'd to play a different song on the Just Some Punk Songs show later today (https://www.facebook.com/events/533449181567888). 

  It's in your face, couldn't give a fuck punk rock at it's best by 2 kindred spirit bands. This track boasts a couple of "big name" guest appearances with Mike Watt (Minutemen) on bass and Reverend Norb (Boris The Sprinkler) adding backing vocals. It's a cover of a song by an unknown band called The Bumblebees and it's called Richard Gere... 

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Macho (Detroit) - It's NOT Okay

  


  "Do you like good music?" asked Arthur Conley on his 1967 smash hit Sweet Soul Music. 

  Obviously you guys do which is why you visit this blog. 

  "Do you like free music?"  

  I'm guessing the answer is also yes. So step this way...

  Wassup Rocker Radio Presents: Sick Sounds 3 is the 3rd instalment of what's building up into a very tasty series of releases from Alex Kish. It's a collection that gathers together some of the best bands that he's featured on his excellent radio show ( https://www.mixcloud.com/wassuprockerradio/ ), many of those bands have also been covered on here so you know you'll love them. 




  This time around Alex presents us with 20 tracks from the likes of Fun Time Objects, The Putz, Dennis Cometti, Goldie Dawn, The Yum Yums and many more. Definitely worth downloading (name your price) https://wassuprockerradio.bandcamp.com/album/wassup-rocker-radio-presents-sick-sounds-3-2

  An obvious joy of these type of compilations is discovering bands you've not previously come across and the song I'm posting today is by one of those. Macho (Detroit) (https://www.facebook.com/machobanddetroit/) unsurprisingly hail from Detroit. They're a 3 piece, Helen (vocals/guitar), Annie vocals/drums) & Luckey (guitar), who've released a couple of very decent eps (https://machodetroit.bandcamp.com/). 

  The track which features on Sick Sounds 3 was their debut single. Released at the start of last year it's a catchy garage pop song with plenty of grit and bounce. It's enthusiastic, fun Riot Grrrl that'll have you dancing around. It's NOT okay... 

Friday, 19 March 2021

Incisions - Repeat Prescription

    


  It's Friday so we may as well finish the week with another hardcore banger. 

   Incisions (https://www.facebook.com/incisionsmcr) are the Manchester noise makers who featured on here back in 2018 with their anti war anthem War In Your Head (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/10/incisions-war-in-your-head.html). It was a trailblazer for their debut Self Titled album (https://tnsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/incisions) and suggested we were in for something fast, furious and fun. And that's exactly what we got.

  Jump forward to the present and they're preparing to release album number 2. Titled Bliss, it'll be out on TNS Records on April 2nd. They've been stoking up anticipation by drip feeding us a series of teaser tracks. No Shame was a dissection of a life lived in the shadows of other people's expectations whilst Fuck The World was a harsh look at the state of the world and a commentary on the punk scene's divided reaction to it "And all the punk bands are singing happy songs. At least while the world burns you can all sing along."




  You can pre order Bliss here : 




  The concluding song of this "teaser trilogy" is accompanied by the rather cool video you'll find below. Tackling themes of addiction, self doubt and loss of control, this is Repeat Prescription... 

  Don’t wake me when you leave But make sure I can still breathe Can’t afford a repeat prescription Spent all my money on drug addiction I am in too deep
  There’s no way to retrieve This life I’m trying to leave Can’t afford a repeat prescription Spent all my money on drug addiction I can never sleep
  Can’t feel anything from the neck down I know I’m gonna die but I can’t slow down No I can’t deny that it’s my fault But I’m still gonna do Whatever I want

Thursday, 18 March 2021

F. Emasculata - Mulder, It's Me

   


  Another noisy one for you today...

  Cornish hardcore punks F. Emasculata (https://www.facebook.com/F.Emasculata) last featured on here almost 2 years ago to the day (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/03/f-emasculata-whats-in-jar.html) with a track from their excellent Take Me Home ep. Featuring members of Rash Decision and Swansong, you may notice that they're quite fond of the X Files. 

  

  They've a new album on the way and it'll be titled Hail Mulder. I'm in no doubt it'll be great so watch out for it. 

  "Mulder, it's me" is quite possibly the most often spoken line in the entire X Files series. It's also the title of a Gillian Anderson biography written by Gil Adamson & Dawn Connolly and it's been plastered across numerous items of clothing. 

  It's also the name of a new single, the first to be taken from Hail Mulder. It's available as a name your price download and though you might trust no one, make an exception and believe me when I tell you it's rather fab : https://f-emasculata.bandcamp.com/album/mulder-its-me-single

  Mulder, It's Me... 


Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Illiterates - We're Coming Out

    

  Illiterates are a hardcore punk band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who surfaced in 2019 with a pretty damn impressive Demo before following it up 6 months later with the 5 track Fall Tape. 

  And now they're back with a debut album which more than lives up to expectations.

  It's titled LP (or I suppose it's possibly just self titled?) and it features a dozen tracks which race through from opener LB Scheme to the closing Replacements cover in the blink of an eye (or about 12 minutes if you're counting). 

  It's the kind of hardcore I like. Fast, furious and hard hitting but with just enough melody to make it easily accessible. Yesterday's guest reviewer Ralph reckons he's getting an early Poison Idea vibe from it and I'm not going to argue with him. It's available on vinyl or as a name your price download :   https://illiteratespgh.bandcamp.com/album/lp

  This is the cover. We're coming Out... 

One more chance to get it all wrong
One more chance to get it all wrong
One more night to do it all wrong
One more warning
One more warning sound
We're comin' out
We're comin' out
We're comin' out
One more day anyway
One more chance anyway
One more night anyway
Anyway
Anyway
We're comin' out
We're comin' out
We're comin' out
We're comin' out
One more chance to get it all wrong
One more time to do it all wrong
One more night to get it half right
One more warning
One more warning sound

We're comin' out
We're comin' out
We're comin' out
We're comin' out