Monday, 17 May 2021

Dog Date - Rope Burn

   


  Dog Date (https://www.facebook.com/dogdateband) is Dylan, Malcolm, Sean, Leo & Brad and they're from New Jersey. They've been releasing pretty lengthy eps on Bandcamp since 2015 and now they've given some of their best tracks a bit of a polish and put them out on a debut album titled Child's Play. It's available from Pop Wig Records on various coloured vinyl (50 Black 150 Neon Violet 400 Green Splatter) (http://popwig.limitedrun.com/products/698736-dog-date-childs-play-lp) and as a name your price download : https://dogdate.bandcamp.com/album/childs-play 

  If frantic, fuzzed up garage punk is your thing then you'll want to check it out. In the words of the band, it's not for the squeamish... The rest of you will love it. 

  This is just one of the delights on offer, it's called Rope Burn... 

 

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Pom Pom Squad - Lux

   


  Pom Pom Squad (https://www.facebook.com/pompomsquadsux) are from Brooklyn and feature a line up of Mia Berrin (Vocals/Guitar), Mari Alé Figeman (Bass),  Shelby Keller (Drums) & Alex Mercuri (Lead guitar). I've not come across them before though they've quite a few releases on Bandcamp going back to 2015. Their sound mixes elements of alt rock, punk, grunge and riot grrrl and influences include the likes of Kathleen Hanna and Courtney Love. 

  

  June 25th will see the release of an album titled Death Of A Cheerleader which they say will "offer a fresh and decidedly queer take on picking up the pieces—from heartbreak, from injustice—and creating yourself anew." It'll be out on City Slang Records (https://cityslang.com/releases/pom-pom-squad-death-of-a-cheerleader) on coloured vinyl, cd and digital download :  https://pompomsquad.bandcamp.com/album/death-of-a-cheerleader 

  Of the 2 songs streaming, this is my favourite (no doubt because it's the punkiest!). Lux Lisbon is the troubled character from the novel (and movie) Virgin Suicides who is found dead from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. This song ("achingly vulnerable while delivering its message like a thrashing sonic sucker-punch") is inspired by her. It's called Lux... 

Soda City Riot - Resist and Refuse

  


  Soda City Riot (https://www.facebook.com/SODACITYRIOT) are a bunch of self confessed "stupid fucking morons" from Columbia, South Carolina, who play anthemic street punk which contains both political commentary and humour. 

  They've just released a new ep titled Resist And Refuse and it's available to download here :  https://sodacityriot.bandcamp.com/album/resist-and-refuse

  The title track is about being sick of being told what to do by those who dumb us down and rob us blind (something I wish more people were sick about). It's a call to arms with plenty of catchy backing chants and handclaps. A call to stand up and be heard. It's very catchy indeed. It's just one of the many great new releases that'll feature on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show later today (come listen, you'll enjoy it!  https://www.facebook.com/events/464578731310280/)

  Stand tall. Fight back. Resist And Refuse... 

Saturday, 15 May 2021

False Confession - Mortal Coil (Guest Review By Ralph J Rivera)

    


  Another one of Ralph's recommendations today... 

Talk about being blown away. I had no idea what to expect from this new release but I should have known better. False Confession (https://www.facebook.com/falseconfession.hardcore) were one of my favorite bands from that 1984/Mystic Records era of California Punk Rock. They blended 100 MPH songs that are now called "D-Beat" with amazing PostPunk/Goth jams. It didn't hurt that they traded members with DR. KNOW, my ALL TIME favorite band from that era.

SO what does a band that haven't been together in over 35 years sound like? EXACTLY HOW THEY USED TOO! The first 7 songs are complete D-Beat/Modern Hardcore and they end the album with 2 amazing "Goth" style jams that made me love this band. If you've heard their old stuff - you'll LOVE this. If you're new to them - This album, titled Resurrectionists, will make you a fan. I LOVE when bands can come back and STILL write kick ass songs! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED my friends! ALL the original members - Israel, Fred, Harry and Ismael! Unbelievable that these guys can STILL bring something new into 2021! The "Old School" is STILL relevant!

Vinyl 12" LP available on Puke N Vomit Records and CD on Nothing But A Nightmare Records. For digital go here : https://falseconfession.bandcamp.com/

My pick off this album is one of the closers called "Mortal Coil". Showing this bands "Goth" side. Absolutely perfect!

INWARD BOUND WITH NO ESCAPE CANT MAKE A SOUND TO CRY FOR HELP NO ONE HEARS WHAT YOUVE SAID YOURE STUCK INSIDE YOUR WEARY HEAD DREAMS ARE JUST YOUR BEST NIGHTMARES GOOD AND EVIL UNACCEPTED DARES YOU LOOK BACK AT LIFE FORWARD TO DEATH THEY LAUGH AT YOU YOU JUST SIT AND CRY.

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Moot - Patient One

  


  Moot (https://www.facebook.com/mootbook) are from Forster, New South Wales and feature a line up of Ross Dreise (vocals), John Walker (guitars), Shane Dalton (bass) and Benjamin Copland (drums). They're "an high energy rock n roll band" and they released a debut ep on Riot Records last year titled Cultural Treason. 




  The 4th of June will see the release of ep number 2 (or debut mini album?). Titled Loathing, Self And Others, it contains 7 tracks and they describe it thus; "A little more reflective but no less uncompromising than past work, the music drips with sarcasm and rages at hypocrisy." Topics covered include one (Bot Farm) which I see a lot of in the Facebook group New Punk Rock Music which I set up, namely scammers asking bands to send their music so that they can play them to their 'massive audience' (all for a price!). Elsewhere they sing about those amongst us that are easily led ("My God's better than yours, science is a hoax, I need a bigger truck, the virus is in the past" etc etc etc). They also sarcastically suggest World War 3 will solve a lot of problems and discuss growing old and trolling. 

  If you don't want to wait till June, it's already streaming here :  https://theincrediblemoot.bandcamp.com/album/loathing-self-and-others 

  Today sees the release of a single which is the first track on the ep. It's about how from little things big things come and I'm sure I'm not the first person who draws similarities between Ross' vocals and those of the legendary Jello Biafra. It's called Patient One... 

Patient one patient one Corona central look what I've done Patient one patient one Corona central what have I done ? From little things big things come The butterfly effect brings the world undone Shoot a prince , start world war one Eat some bat soup in Wuhan Exxon Valdez hits the rocks Abandoned to spill out its guts Union Carbide makes pesticide Thousands killed with cyanide Drugs for baby , family pride Deformed for life from thalidomide Cheaper power for the masses Poisoned water from coal seam gases

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Liquids - You Might Think

  


  A quick glance through the Just Some Punk Songs archives reveals that Indiana punk outfit Liquids (the brainchild of the very talented Mat Williams) have featured on here 4 times so far (or 5 if you count the track I included in the Top 20 Devo-Core songs list I posted in 2017). I've previously described their songs as "lo fi diy hardcore garage stompers" and compared them to everyone from Devo to The Buzzcocks, Dickies and The Spits. Hopefully you're familiar with them by now but if not and you want to check out some "fuzzy pop nuggets with a crunchy centre and hooks aplenty" then head this way... https://liquids1.bandcamp.com/ 

  They're back today with a very cool cover. It's a top notch version of a song that was a hit in 1984 for The Cars (and was on their Heartbeat City album). This time around it's one of the highlights on an album titled Paul Henry's Benefit Compilation. It's "a comp to help raise funds for a new roof that Paul Henrys DESPERATELY needs. Paul Henry's Art Gallery is a staple to the community in Northwest Indiana and has been one of the most important spaces to NWI punk for the last 5 years." 26 tracks of killer punk including music from the likes of CCTV, Abi Ooze, Attestor, Big Zit and many more. It's available on cassette and digital download from Upset Condition :   https://upsetconditiontapes.bandcamp.com/album/paul-henrys-benefit-compilation 

  I love the vocals on this, it's called You Might Think...

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Black Rooster - Maladjusted

  


  Black Rooster (https://www.facebook.com/blackroosteruk) are a 3 piece from West London fronted by singer/songwriter Lucille Rees (ex Screaming Violets). They list amongst their influences the likes of Buzzcocks, Stooges, Ramones, The Slits and Sleaford Mods. They play a kind of fuzzed up garage punk with Lucille singing in a can't give a fuck style (which is hard to do properly and make it work but she sounds great). 

  They've recently released an album titled '74-75' and I'm really enjoying it. The subject matter of the songs is challenging and often harrowing and the press release mentions how Lucille's dysfunctional upbringing due to reconstructive surgery at East Grinstead Hospital saw her develop a liking for morphine and other drugs from an early age. 




  The first of the album's 14 songs is the title track and it kicks things off in style conjuring up images of riots on the street ("It's 74-75. Great time to be alive"). Boring sounds like a long lost exercise in nihilism from punk's golden age whilst Shut Your Mouth decries incessant yap yap yapping. Dog House is a homage to Iggy Pop whilst elsewhere Lucille laments that Society makes her want to scream...

  I wouldn't be surprised if a few people get to the end of the album and decide it's all a bit one dimensional which would prompt me to say "I get where you're coming from but that just adds to the charm." You can check it out for yourself here :  https://open.spotify.com/artist/0tTrg5bffeyau300Cdqu2h 

  You'll be able to catch them live when they play London's Soho club, St Moritz on 17th July.

  I could have highlighted any of the songs (I'll play a different one on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show) but I might as well share the one they made a video for. It tells the tale of when Lucille's adoptive mum would take in and look after problematic children from London. Just as a certain amount of stability was in place, Lucille's adoptive mum died when Lucille was 17 years old leading to further instability and drug abuse. It's called Maladjusted... 

Monday, 10 May 2021

SUCK - Copkiller

  
(photo : Nick Lee Cayanan Hutt)

  Another song about the boys in blue today courtesy of SUCK (https://www.facebook.com/suckband666), a synth infused garage punk trio from Kassel in Germany. They formed a couple of years ago when members of Catch As Catch Can and Counts On Crack joined forces with comic book artist Isabell Rutz. Their debut release was a 6 track ep titled Frog and they followed it up with a split ep with Berlin fuzz rock band BALAGAN. 

  And now they're preparing to release their 1st 7". 

  


    Featuring Isabell Rutz (vocals/synth), Patrick Pietsch (drums/vocals) & Jakob Fast (guitar/bass/backup vocals) it'll be out on June 18th via Leeds label Eeasy Records (https://www.eeasyrecords.com/) though it'll be limited to 50 copies so get those pre orders in quick. It's streaming now : https://suck.bandcamp.com/album/copkiller-b-w-hell-and-heaven

  This is the A side, it's a 77 second burst of "filth thrash/garage caked in synth and shouty vocals" which conjures up imagery of screaming sirens, tear gas, flailing truncheons and broken bones. It finishes with the title shouted over and over again. It's a short but potent thrill. 

It's called Copkiller...


Sunday, 9 May 2021

The Johnnies - Bash Me With That Truncheon...​

    

  ACAB...Here We Go

  
  The Johnnies (https://www.facebook.com/TheJohnniesNZ/) formed in January 1982 and split up a couple of years later. They're from Christchurch, New Zealand and their line up featured Mike Smith (bass), Neil McRobie (drums), Vince Haughey (guitar) and Rick Tindall (vocals). They released a very rare 7" single... 500 copies, a number of them thrown into the crowd at the release party at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Christchurch in December 1982. It featured the following tracks Who Killed Johnny / And You / Govt. Don't Care. 


  You missed out on a copy? Don't worry, the band reformed in 2019 and they've just released a 9 track album which features those songs plus several more that are just as good.


  Titled 1981, the album is unsurprisingly a throwback to an era long gone but it still sounds great today. I know absolutely nothing about the New Zealand punk scene 40 years ago but if it was anything like this then I'm a fan! Recorded, engineered and mastered by Arnie van Bussel at Nightshift Studios in Otautahi/Christchurch, Aotearoa-New Zealand, April 2021, they'll be getting the physical product sorted soon but for now you can check out 1981 on Bandcamp : https://thejohnniesnz.bandcamp.com/album/1981

  This is the opening track, It starts with the guitar mimicking the sound of a speeding police car before going on to tell the story of the heavy handed boys in blue arriving to break up a party. It's called Bash Me With That Truncheon... 

The Phakes - Kill All Smicks

  


  The Phakes (https://www.facebook.com/ThePhakes/) are new to me and are a DIY punk rock and roll band from Northern Ireland. I think they've only been around for a few months and I've not got much info to share (I can't even find a decent photo to post up above) but I can tell you they're raw, rough around the edges and very promising indeed. I've also been told that they're "a wee side project for a couple of the lads from Petty Youth." (https://pettyyouth.bandcamp.com/)

   They've been drip feeding a few songs onto Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvx4Gt9EKBHAdsyPS_HV3Vg) and it's the latest one of those I'm sharing today. They call it a "cheeky wee tribute 2 our fav typea scum." It's a hardcore rollercoaster of a track with Oi! Oi! Oi! chants and a rather tasty guitar solo. If you're wondering, a smick is "a young lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour" and is Northern Irish slang for a chav. 

  This is Kill All Smicks... 

Saturday, 8 May 2021

The Ableist - Sucked Back Into the Sun (feat. Alice Kraynak)

    


  The Ableist (https://www.facebook.com/theableist) are from Chicago, Illinois and earlier this year released a very interesting Self Titled album in which they enlisted the aid of a number of guests to produce something pretty special. It's a mix of hardcore and post punk, the pace varies from brooding instrumental to spoken word to shouty ragers but it all coalesces into a more than satisfying whole. It's available as a name your price download and you'd be daft not to check it out : https://theableist.bandcamp.com/album/the-ableist 

  Last week I played a track from it on the Just Some Punk Songs show and it went down a storm in the chatroom. It features Alice Kraynak on vocals and violin as well as Barry Cabrera (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Stephan Piven (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Jairus Paulus (Bass), Johnny Chacon (Drums), Paul Scanty (Lead Vocals), Sean Jones (Backing Vocals) & Maddie Bomher (Backing Vocals). As with many of their songs, it's an intelligent political treatise that both stimulates the mind and gets you jumping around. It's called Sucked Back Into The Sun...

Sucked back into the sun // Is this all we can become? // Sucked back into the sun // Displaced beneath the stars // If human nature’s built on greed the commodity of the air we breathe won’t come cheap when the day comes for us to all asphyxiate // The culture that we cultivate, the colonial narrative that states “accept a wage, you’re not a slave, but conditions are too late to change” // Is there such a thing as solace in disassociated worlds? // Have we simply reached the solstice and descended on return? // This struggle is systemic, corrosive at its core // These solipsistic visions to expropriate the earth // Serve some cosmic calling to enslave us from our birth // While the planet is imploding to accommodate its growth // They’re doubling up the bodies in the prisons and the morgues // But you retain your privilege when you advocate reform // Sucked back into the sun // Look at what we’ve become // Sucked back into the sun // Deny the looming shadow // Human nature fluctuates based on circumstance and change // While we create, will we embrace their inherent right to subjugate? // Our culture we can cultivate this instinctive narrative that states // “Reject their ways, you’re not a slave, the conditions are ours to claim” // There’s no such thing as solace in a genocidal world // We’ll confront the cataclysmic while the constellations burn // This fight against oppression must drive us at our cores // Dismantling every vision to commodify our worth // To serve the cosmic calling to preserve our planet earth // We can liberate the species while the nebulae disperse // Not reducing human beings to cells and freezer drawers // Cause the pursuit of abolition is to actualize reform // It’s the turning point in history where we die or we evolve // Earn our place among the planets or fall extinct among the stars // We can embrace emancipation or have hell eclipse us all // But the truth of human nature lies in the abandonment of the law

Thursday, 6 May 2021

RMBLR - Main Muscle

 


 For the second time in just over a week I'm bringing you a new song from one of the coolest labels around (following on from a track by The Boatsmen). Spaghetty Town Records (https://www.facebook.com/SpaghettyTown / https://spaghettytownrecords.bigcartel.com/) is an independent label from Atlanta, Georgia who are building up a very impressive catalogue of releases ("dirty rock, punk, power pop, bovver rock and whatever else we like").  Today I'm featuring a song from a 6 track ep which will be out (digitally) next week. 

  RMBLR (https://www.facebook.com/rmblrterritory) formed in 2016 and play 70's influenced punk rock n roll. If you've missed their previous releases you can catch up here :  https://rmblr.bandcamp.com/. They featured on here previously back in 2018 :  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/01/rmblr-name-game-guest-reviewed-by-ed.html 

  The RMBLR MF ep will be getting a vinyl release in June (black and very limited colour variants) and you can pre order it here : https://spaghettytownrecords.bigcartel.com/product/rmblr-mf-ep If you're in Europe then try Wanda Records. 

  The track you'll find below is a catchy singalong in which frontman Chase Tail is singing about his heart whilst a boogie woogie piano competes with guitar and drum to showcase a Chuck Berry influence. I'm looking forward to hearing the full release.

  This is Main Muscle... 

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

The Shivvies - Phone Booth

  


  Do you like The Lillingtons? Love Teenage Bottlerocket? Go wild for Masked Intruder? Or maybe you're old school and think The Ramones are the greatest band of all time. 

  If so, read on...

  The Shivvies (https://www.facebook.com/theshivvies) are a new pop punk 3 piece from Rotterdam featuring members of The Real Danger (https://therealdanger.bandcamp.com/), The Windowsill (https://shieldrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/the-windowsill-showboating) and Giant Eagles (https://shieldrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/giant-eagles-second-landing); Michiel Walrave (bass/vocals), Marien Nicotine (guitar/vocals) and Robert Buijsman (drums). 

  They recently released a debut Self Titled album and it's been blasting through my headphones at regular intervals ever since. It's the best pop punk album so far this year and with it being available as a name your price download there's no reason not to go and check it out :  https://theshivvies.bandcamp.com/album/the-shivvies  
The vinyl and cd versions will be out in the summer on Shield Recordings (http://www.shieldrecordings.com/). 

  It starts with a shout of 1-2-3-4 before we're treated to one of the catchiest pop punk songs around. Wearing it's influences on it's sleeve Goodnight Baby sets a high benchmark that happily the remaining 13 tracks live up to. There's the heartbreakers (like the one at the bottom of this update), the fun singalongs (SHIVVIES), the pharmaceutically fantastic (Chemicals) and the rather ridiculous but oh so snappy (Crocodile). Every song is a winner and they even sign off with a gorgeous 5 minute love song that fades out with a sax solo! 

  This one's called Phone Booth... 

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Solidarity Not Silence - This Is Sisterhood

  

  "So how many will have to speak
  For what we say to be believed..."


  Now this is something a little bit special. 

  You've possibly heard about the court case involving a group of women who are being sued for speaking out against a man in the music industry over his treatment of women. They (Nadia Javed (The Tuts), Ren Aldridge (Petrol Girls) and 'Anon') are having to personally fund (at the risk of bankrupting themselves) their legal defences and as the name of the collective suggests, they're joining together in solidarity rather than being silenced. 

  There's a crowdfunding page set up if you'd like to support them or just to learn more :  https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/solidaritynotsilence/ 

  Another way to help is by checking out a new song that's just been released. It features Nadia Javed on lead vocals and guitar, Harriet Doveton on bass and backing vocals, Jodi M Burn on drums, Katie Gatt on lead guitar, Ren Aldridge on spoken word and Choir Noir & friends on choir vocals. The opening speech is by Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre). You can find it here :  https://solidaritynotsilence.bandcamp.com/track/this-is-sisterhood

  This is what they have to say about the song : This song release is not only to raise funds and awareness for our case and survivors but it’s for the wider issues at hand. It's for anyone who wasn’t believed, who spoke up and got shut down, for the fuckery caused by the CPS, for that person who is too scared to speak up, who has to live with the haunting trauma. We hope that this song is somewhere you can feel safe, believed and less alone. We hope the message reaches you and the people who need to hear it and helps them as much as it’s helped us. We’ve been fighting this for over 4 years and it’s taught us resilience but also how hard it is to get JUSTICE. We have so much admiration for survivors.

  My opinion is that not only is it a for very worthy cause, it's a powerful and very classy song that in a way makes me think of a gritty, punked up companion piece to This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman). It's a track that builds to a big choral finale and it's a message that should be shared far and wide so feel free to get sharing. 

  It's called This Is Sisterhood... 



Monday, 3 May 2021

The Subways - Fight

  

      "If we want a future
     Then we must do what's right
     If we want to live
     Then we have to learn to fight"

  The Subways (https://www.facebook.com/thesubways/) are Billy Lunn (lead and backing vocals/guitars) & Charlotte Cooper (bass/co-lead and backing vocals) from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire and they've been around for almost 2 decades now (drummer and co founder Josh Morgan recently left due to family reasons). 

  They've just released their first new single since 2015 and it's very good indeed. It's "a gesture of love and solidarity with the Black community, and it's a wake-up-call to the white community (about the importance of allyship in the fight for equality and justice)" It was inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement. It's the first release from an upcoming new album (their 5th) and suggests we're going to be in for a treat. 




  The single is available on ltd edition splatter vinyl from Alcopop Records  https://shor.by/SubwaysFight 

  "Everybody's mesmerised by Eton-Oxford clowns"

  It's a politically charged rallying cry to raise our voices and our fists. Stand up and fight for justice.

  Fight...

Silence Means Death - Atomgrad (Guest Review By Dirk Ceustermans)

   
(Photo : Tom Bruelemans)


 Belgian punk fanatic Dirk is back today with something suitably noisy for you to check out...

Atomgrad by Silence Means Death,
taken from Đornata/Silence Means Death split 12", release on Angry Voice Records in 2020.

  Bruges is a town I avoid because of its fame. The mass tourism suffocates the town in a way it does not appeal to me. I should definitely reconsider visiting now that Corona dropped a veil of silence onto its medieval town centre. I want to sense the vibes that effect Silence Means Death's (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063534879627) inspiration to dark and depressive lyrics. I guess it is the D-Beat thing to do.

  Usually crust, d-beat or power violence (a misplaced name for ultrafast hardcore imho) doesn't get me high. However some Belgian and Dutch bands seem to keep it interesting and really enjoyable. SMD is definitely one of them. I saw them perform in Ghent, with a whole string of bands that I do not recommend seeing if you went on the booze the night before. Crude SS was the reason I went over to see the gig. Crude SS were not in good form, or just plain bad that night, SMD saved the day! So I thought to feature them as recently I collected a bit of their stuff on wax.

  These guys from Bruges bring you an excellent blend of Motorhead in a D-Beat package. Vocals do remind me of the singer and good friend Pies, from Belgian's D-Beat legends Capital Scum, but the music has that unmistakable Motorhead inspiration. 

  I selected Atomgrad, one of the first track I heard from them, ripping D-Beat drums and that definite Swedish D-Beat influence in it. At first I even though the title was a Swedish word, but research enlightened me this refers to "closed cities" around military bases or nuclear research plants etc... The song refers most likely to Pripyat, founded on February 4, 1970 as the ninth "atomgrad", a type of closed town in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. (from wiki). 

  There you go, you got the threat of nuclear disaster, the D-Beat and the superb musicianship, the ingredients to get some exciting powerful punk from one of the most touristic cities in Flanders. Very appropriate for a city drenched into silence during this pandemic era.


  Atomgrad...

Take a last deep breath while you still can A nuclear fallout the end of our days Atomgrad Radiation will strike without a sound Can we escape to survive Atomgrad We took the future from our children away The price we pay is way too high Living into a nuclear world All the warnings we have ignored See us moving to our final course The acid rain drips from my face

Sunday, 2 May 2021

The Glycereens - Neon City Lights

  


  Hailing from Brisbane, The Glycereens (https://www.facebook.com/theglycereens) are Heli Puhakka (vocals/guitars), Sol M Robinson (vocals/guitars), Chrissy Langham (vocals/drums) & Nathan Smith (vocals/bass). They've just released a new album (a follow up to their 2018 debut Hangin' On) and I recommend you check it out. 




  It's titled Atomic Army and it's a catchy mash up of garage and bubblegum pop punk influenced by the likes of The Stooges, Blondie, Radio Birdman, Cosmic Psychos, Buzzcocks etc. It's available on 3 different coloured vinyl versions (red, yellow, splatter) but they're going quick so grab one now. It's also streaming here : https://theglycereens.bandcamp.com/album/atomic-army 

  Highlights are plenty, the Ba Ba Ba Ba's in New Shoes will worm their way into your brain, Alone Tonight reminds me a little of bands like The Shop Assistants (I'll be playing it on the show later today  https://www.facebook.com/events/299092535026310) and opener I Don't Care rocks along with both riffs and melody aplenty. 

  The song I'm highlighting though is the first single from the album and the one they've released a video for. This is Neon City Lights... 

Saturday, 1 May 2021

The Lillingtons - Automaton

  
(photo : Bambi Guthrie)

  There's always a danger that any release by Newcastle, Wyoming kings of pop punk The Lillingtons (https://www.facebook.com/TheLillingtons) will be their last. They seem few and far between nowadays and stories of them reaching the end of the road often resurface so anything we do get should be treasured. I frequently tell anyone that'll listen about my love for their Death By Television album (https://fasterandlouderblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/retro-reviews-lillingtons-death-by.html) but pretty much everything they've ever released is great, including their brand new ep. 

  Titled Can Anybody Hear Me? (A Tribute To Enemy You), it's 6 lovingly rendered covers of songs originally recorded by a band they had a strong kinship with. From San Francisco, Enemy You were never the most high profile of bands but they produced a small but impressive body of work. Tragically, frontman David Jones (who was earlier in another excellent band, After School Special) passed away in 2015 but his memory lives on. 

  The ep is a fitting tribute and it's available on vinyl and cd from Red Scare Industries (a portion of proceeds will be donated towards to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).   https://redscare.storenvy.com/ 


  This is the opening track, it was originally on the 1999 album Where No One Knows My Name (https://enemyyou.bandcamp.com/album/where-no-one-knows-my-name). You can hear the Enemy You version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUOYODllgEE

  It may be a cover but it sounds like classic Lillingtons. Please don't let it be their last release. It's called Automaton...

By the time you get this note I will be nowhere to be found
I know the secret and I'm going underground
My eyes have seen the things they never should have seen
And now they know it and they're coming for me
They'll keep trying in any way
But I'll be running every day (and I'll be hoping for you)
Automaton
Skins with cyborgs beneath
They're automatons
And they're coming after me
Only toil, strife and time have brought me to this end
Thought I was different but I'm just the same as them
And all the thoughts and ideas I believed were mine
Are only borrowed from someone from another time
Don't you cry for me today
I never had a chance anyway ('cause under my skin it's the same)
Automaton
Skins with cyborgs beneath
They're automatons
They're coming for me
They're automatons
Less man than machine
They're automatons
And they're just like you and me