Thursday, 30 September 2021

cutters - Midnight Bus

  


Me and my baby, we left on the midnight bus

  Yay! A nice surprise. It's been less than 4 months since Melbourne punks cutters (https://www.facebook.com/cutters138) released their excellent Australian War Crimes ep (How do I know it was excellent? Because the folk in the chatroom when I played tracks from it on the Just Some Punk Songs show kept telling me it was) but they've just popped up with a new track.

This time tomorrow he'll be mine

  It's a cover of a song written by John D Loudermilk
 which was a big hit in Australia for Betty McQuade

We fell out and had an awful fuss

  cutters' take on the song is unsurprisingly the most raucous version. To my ears it's almost veering off into garage punk territory (in the way that Mark E Smith did with a few of the more ramshackle Fall covers). It's might fine indeed and you can snap it up here :  https://cuttersmelbourne.bandcamp.com/track/midnight-bus 

He's gone, my baby's gone and I'm alone

  It's called Midnight Bus... 



Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Pozi - Typing

  


  Pozi (https://www.facebook.com/poziband) are a 3 piece post punk band from London comprising of Toby Burroughs (Drums/Vocals), Tom Jones (Bass/Vocals) & Rosa Brook (Violin/Vocals). Like Austerity, who I featured yesterday, they went down a storm when I played them on this week's show. 

  One of the comments on their new single in the chatroom was "clever arrangement" and I'd certainly agree with that as the song nags away at you slowly insinuating its way into your consciousness. It's the title track of the band's upcoming 5 track ep and it's called Typing.

 


   The ep will be out on October 29th on limited edition sea green 12" vinyl via Prah Recordings and you pre order (and listen to 3 tracks) here : https://poziband.bandcamp.com/album/typing-ep


In support of the ep, there'll be a lengthy UK tour


    Dealing with the anxiety and paranoia that can be experienced when you're in a conversation with someone on Whatsapp, this is Typing... 

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Austerity - Am I Trending Yet

   


  A song today that went down very well with the listeners in the chatroom on this week's show. They seemed especially keen on the lyrics. 

  Austerity (https://www.facebook.com/austeritypunk) are a three piece post-punk / dance-punk band from Brighton. They want to make nerds dance and we want to make punks join unions. They list amongst their influences the likes of XTC, Scritti Politti and Wire and are often compared to Gang of Four, A Certain Ratio and Fugazi. I played a couple of tracks from their excellent 2019 album Anarcho Punk Dance Party on the show but this is their first time on here. 



  A couple of months ago they released a song about social media commentary and how the likes of Katie Hopkins can make cash from spewing out mock outrage which is lapped up as fact by the easily led ("What do you pay to see them get outraged every day? What will we pay, dividing our nation every day?"). It's not without humour but is also biting and sadly all to true. It features Rhi Kavok from Gulls on backing vocals. You can find it here :   https://austeritypunk.bandcamp.com/track/am-i-trending-yet

  It's called Am I Trending Yet... 

 

Monday, 27 September 2021

Pep Talk - Sleepwalk Girl

  


  Another one from Hey Pizza Records today. 

  Pep Talk (https://www.facebook.com/peptalkpunk) are from New York and line up with Rocky, Rookie, Guli, Azeem & Grivet who are also members of The Young Rochelles, New Rochelles, Sketchy and Weird Skin (and have previously been in the likes of The Steinways, House Boat, Isotopes etc...).

  Last month they released an ep titled Next To Me which was a teaser for their upcoming album. Titled Live, Laugh, Lobotomy, that album is out now on various coloured vinyl, cd and digital download. You can snap it up here : https://www.heypizzarecords.com/product/pep-talk-live-laugh-lobotomy-lp/ and here (digitally) : https://heypizzarecords.bandcamp.com/album/pep-talk-live-laugh-lobotomy


    The album is a mighty fine debut, 14 tracks of upbeat Ramones influenced pop punk with hooks aplenty. If you like your punk music to be more infectious than Covid then you'll love it. They've just released a video so I'll feature that today. This is Sleepwalk Girl... 

Sunday, 26 September 2021

The Nilz - Ginger Jesus


  So what's on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show (8pm UK time today   https://www.facebook.com/events/267947205331573)? I'm not telling you other than to say tune in and you'll hear another hour's worth of the best new releases, including the song I'm posting today...

  The Nilz (https://www.facebook.com/thenilzmusic) are from Dublin and last featured on here a couple of years ago with the title track of a rather tidy ep (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-nilz-welcome-to-toybox.html).

  They've a new album in the pipeline, it's going to be called Unicorn Hardsports and on the evidence presented from this teaser track, it's going to be somewhat of a banger. Maybe they'll play tracks from it when they share a stage with Paranoid Visions at The Opium Rooms in Dublin on Friday 8th October?  https://www.facebook.com/events/897438261207436


   The new song is a rip snorter and is accompanied by a video that comes with a graphic content warning. It's called Ginger Jesus...

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Capgun Heroes - That Girl (Guest Review By Ralph J Rivera)

  


  Another recommendation by Ralph today...

 Well one of the most anticipated albums in the Pop Punk scene finally dropped this Friday. Has it lived up to expectations? You better believe it! Following in a long standing tradition of remarkable bands that have come out of the Chicago "Punk" scene, Capgun Heroes (Joe Capgun (vocals), Matt Cappy (guitar), Andy Hero (guitar), Nick Hero (guitar), Jimmy C. (bass), and Scotty (drums) https://www.facebook.com/CapgunHeroes) have written a debut lp that somehow embraced ALL those influences into an album that they can be damn proud of.

 From flat out scorchers like "Lobotomy", the obvious hit song "That Girl" and if they weren't personally trying to get my approval - covering my favorite Ramones cover ever with "Do You Wanna Dance" and hitting that sweet spot that makes us ALL wanna hit the dance floor. This album pretty much touches on all aspects of our music. You got some Melodic type songs, some Street Punk type songs and the catchy as Hell Pop Punk songs. This is DEFINITELY gonna be up there in my end of the year Top 10.

 I gotta tell you if you love this album - check out their debut EP also because that's what put these guys on my radar and those are also 5 of the catchiest Pop Punk songs you'll ever hear.   https://capgunheroes.bandcamp.com/album/who-the-fuck-are-these-dorks 

  The album is called Last Call For Adderall and it's available on coloured vinyl & cd from Hey Pizza Records : https://www.heypizzarecords.com/product/capgun-heroes-last-call-for-adderall-lp/ and it's available digitally here :  https://capgunheroes.bandcamp.com/album/last-call-for-adderall

  I'm not gonna rock the boat, I'll just go with the video for "That Girl" because it's just that friggin' good!...

Thursday, 23 September 2021

OC Rippers - Eyes Of Satan

  


  A raucous cover for you today of a song originally released by Cleveland, Ohio punk legends The Pagans (check out the original version here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JCOBqPgCTU). 

  OC Rippers are from Beachwood, New Jersey and earlier this year released a very fine album called Wasteland Blues. A song from it and accompanying write up by Ralph J Rivera featured here :  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2021/04/oc-rippers-heart-to-heart.html

  The band are back with 3 more tracks of energetic, sleazy punk n roll in the form of the Born To Fuck (Fall '21 Demo) and as with the album, it's an excellent listen. HI octane, bad taste rock at it's finest, you can get it here : https://ocrippers.bandcamp.com/album/born-to-fuck-fall-21-demo-2

  This is The Pagans cover. It's not always easy to do justice to a song by what many people consider to be one of the classic bands in the genre but OC Rippers knock it out of the park. This is Eyes Of Satan... 



Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Slalom D - Images Of Joy

  


  Some of you may remember that last November I posted a song (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/11/slalom-d-final-girl.html) by Sunderland 4 piece Slalom D (https://www.facebook.com/stopstartstop). Titled Final Girl, it was about survival and hanging on in there and I'm pleased that it's managed to hang on in there and reappear on the band's new album. 

  The album is called Happy Skies and I'm pleased to report that there's plenty of other songs on it that are as good. Unlike many a punk album, most of the tracks run past the 3 minute mark but as a testament to how good they are, none seem overlong. It's an enjoyable and consistent listen with highlights aplenty. You can contact the band on Facebook if you want a cd or visit Bandcamp for the digital version : https://slalomd2.bandcamp.com/album/happy-skies 

  My favourite track? A tricky one as there's a few that are stuck in my head but I have to select one so I'm going with Images Of Joy... 

Monday, 20 September 2021

The Prostitutes - Headcase

  


  An exercise in brevity today... 

  I've written plenty about The Prostitutes (https://www.facebook.com/tutespunk) over the last few years. They've been around for 26 years now, fronted by the ever present Kevin McGovern. The other members may change, as may the band's location, but the music remains kick ass punk rock. 

  It's not that long ago since the release of the Shapeshift 7" but they're swiftly back with a new track. Recorded in Columbus, Ohio and hot out of the studio, it's a 1 minute adrenalin rush that Kevin describes as both experimental and abrasive. You can find it as a name your price download here :  https://theprostitutes1.bandcamp.com/track/headcase

  It's titled Headcase... 

 I got no class
 I hate your style
 I can’t see for miles and miles
 Headcase

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Wet Leg - Chaise Longue

  

(photo : @jonowhite_ )

  Ok, I know it's been out for a few months and I know all the shakers and movers have been banging on about it. I also know I should have featured it on here ages ago but when everyone and his mother is jumping onboard the bandwagon it's tempting to let them get on with it and try and draw people's attention towards less well known music. 

  But I keep heading back to Youtube to watch the video. It's the best video of the year. It's got something that makes it stand out, makes it special. It's also approaching 1 million views so you've probably already seen it and know what I mean. 




  But then along comes another reason to finally feature it. The single is getting a 7" release. If you like your music on vinyl it's a must have. It's already appears to have sold out in a day but sign up to the mailing list for details of more copies https://wetlegband.com/#

  Wet Leg (https://www.facebook.com/wetlegit) are Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, they're from the Isle Of Wight and they've the potential to be massive. Are they punk? Punk as fuck mate, certainly more punk than those boring old farts who won't listen to anything released since the early 80's. In a genre covered by a wide umbrella, they stand out. They're fun, they're probably filthy (unless they only actually want muffins buttering!) and they do it all with a knowing look and an aura of immense coolness. 

  Obviously, with this being their debut single it could be a fluke and these heights may never be reached again. But I'm hopeful that won't be the case. 

  The single is on Domino (https://www.dominomusic.com/uk) and you can download it here :  https://wetleg.bandcamp.com/album/chaise-longue

  This is Chaise Longue...

Friday, 17 September 2021

Travis Cut - Protest And Politics

  


  If you were bored and you decided to dip into the Just Some Punk Songs archives, you're likely to discover some really cool music. If you're really lucky, you might click on something as good as Travis Cut's (https://www.facebook.com/TravisCutBand/) classic Another Dumb Punk Rock Song All About A Girl (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2014/02/travis-cut-another-dumb-punk-rock-song.html). A wonderful song from a London trio who were much beloved of the great John Peel and who're much missed on the UK punk scene. 

  But now, 19 years after calling it a day, they're back! Well, not really back, but they have just released a (sort of) new ep. 




  In Feb 2002, Travis Cut recorded their 3rd and final John Peel session.  A few weeks later they went back into the studio and recorded the same songs.  It was meant to be the first session for their 4th album.  That album never happened so instead, nearly 2 decades later; these songs are finally seeing the light of day with their own vinyl release.

  The ep is titled In Transit and it's available now from Brassneck Records on 2 limited vinyl colours (only 100 of each). https://brassneckrecords.bigcartel.com/product/travis-cut-in-transit-7-colour-vinyl 

  All 3 tracks are great and make me very sad indeed that their 4th album never came to fruition but at least we have a glimpse of what might have been. You can listen here :  https://brassneckrecords.bandcamp.com/album/in-transit

The obvious thing to do now would be to highlight the title track, In Transit. It's a wonderful song but I'm not going to post it below as also included on the ep is one of my all time favourite Travis Cut songs. This is Protest And Politics... 


 I know I make more enemies than friends
 The roads I choose always seem to be dead ends
 I’m the master of bad decision making
 I never read, the writing on the wall
 Will you stand by me of me or will you watch me fall.
 My heart is full, with what I care for
 It's fit to burst, that’s what it's there for
 I’m the master of bad decision making
 I never read, the writing on the wall
 Will you stand by me or will you watch me fall

 I would go out tonight
 But I haven’t got a cross to bear
 Just because we’re not singing, of protest and politics
 It doesn’t mean that we don’t care

 My life is full, of half read books
 Guessing games and misread looks
 I’m the master of bad decision making
 I never read, the writing on the wall
 Will you stand by me or will you watch me fall

 

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Enola Gay - Salt

  


  Just over a year ago I featured the debut single by Belfast post-punk/shoegaze/noise quartet Enola Gay (https://www.facebook.com/enolagaybelfast/). It was a very impressive calling card, a pummelling soundtrack accompanied by well thought out and topical lyrics about racism (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2020/07/enola-gay-birth-of-nation.html). 

  This year they've continued to impress with a clutch of intelligent, razor sharp tracks, the latest of which I'm posting today. As well as releasing music (and getting plenty of airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music etc), they've been (and will be) busy playing live so check out their Facebook page for gigs. 

  Their latest song is a political treatise dealing with media manipulation and "promised fables." You should lend it your ears https://enolagay1.bandcamp.com/track/salt

  It's called Salt...

 Why’d you slugs vote for the salt
 Brainwashed by the Tory cult
 Chump changed by a different Trump
 Feel the thump now you’ve finally made the jump

 Ya say millennials are all so hysterical
 To whack lipstick on the proverbial
 Didn’t your ma ever say “Son,
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun”

 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The-

 Stop voting for trickle-down economics
 With the next generation left with no food in their stomachs
 Fed nothing but tall tales and promised fables
 With Prince Andrew sitting at the kids table

 No sweat...

 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun
 You’ll go blind by staring at The Sun


Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Resin - Bad Day (Guest Review By Ralph J Rivera)

  


  Ralph returns today with a noisy recommendation...

 Well it's been a bit since I decided to do a proper review for any new records because pretty much this Summer was lame. A bunch of older bands we ALL know putting out the same old, same old. BUT this week opened up a floodgate of new Punk bands dropping quality music!




  I have to mention an amazing tape comp. that just came out on 9/11 on No Label called "Between The Coasts" that features the best up and coming Punk Bands from the Midwest, USA.   https://nolabel3.bandcamp.com/album/between-the-coasts I discovered MANY new faves on this one so check that out also (it's available as a name your price download).

  But the band I'm writing about are called RESIN. A new band based out of Los Angeles, California that check all the appropriate boxes! Completely ruthless Modern Day Punk Rock that wears it's "Poison Idea/the Germs" influences proudly! They have TWO amazing demos out on 1753 Recordings (both also name your price) the newest of which is "Bad Trip, Bad Day". I LOVE when new bands can just make me wanna slam dance all over my apartment! These guys bring the "Old School" heat and I'm seriously looking forward to a full length sometime in the future! I'm gonna leave it up to Mick to chose a song to feature because HONESTLY! - I LOVE EVERY SONG on these demos! Listen! Enjoy!


  This track is called Bad Day... 

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Mini Skirt - DIY Nightmare

  

  You know the phrase a match made in heaven? It can definitely be used when talking about this union of Aussie punk heavyweights. Both Mini Skirt (from Byron Bay) and C.O.F.F.I.N (from Sydney) have featured on here previously and both are bloody brilliant. Brilliant alone, and as their new split release proves, equally as brilliant in collaboration.                                              https://www.facebook.com/miniskirt666/                                         https://www.facebook.com/coffin.aus

  The ep features a couple of tracks from each band, it's available now on a split 7" (500 copies but as of writing this very few remaining) and you can find it streaming here :                                        https://coffin-aus.bandcamp.com/album/c-o-f-f-i-n-mini-skirt 

  The CO.F.F.I.N (Children Of Finland Fighting In Norway) songs rock like fuck (but what else would you expect, these guys are masters of this kind of thing) whilst Mini Skirt offer up possibly my favourite music by them so far (no mean feat!). 

  I'm going to play a track by each band on the Just Some Punk Songs show later today (https://www.facebook.com/events/4970382709644621/) but for the blog I'm highlighting a song by Mini Skirt which has firmly lodged itself inside my brain. It reminds me of powerful 80's UK anarchic post punk, it's naggingly addictive, it's called DIY Nightmare... 





Saturday, 11 September 2021

Bad Anxiety - Police

    


  Hattiesburg, Mississippi seems to be a hotbed of noisy, rough around the edges punk rock. I've featured Judy And The Jerks several times on here (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/search?q=hattiesburg) and Hampton Martin from that band is behind a new hardcore punk solo project called Bad Anxiety. 

  He's introduced his new endeavour by way of a debut Demonstration ep. There's 100 copies available (Blue cassette tape in white case. Includes lyric insert and bonus song) via local DIY label Earth Girl Tapes and you can also grab it as a name your price download :   https://earthgirltapes.bandcamp.com/album/demonstration

  I think I've mentioned previously that I'm a bit fussy when it comes to hardcore punk. I like my music to have a bit of a tune that I can hang my hat on and these songs happily fall into that category. They're also fast, aggressive and everything else hardcore fans look for. Written during a period of lockdown isolation, the ep's a blast. 

  This is my highlight, it's called Police...

Friday, 10 September 2021

Amyl And The Sniffers - Knifey

  

All I ever wanted was to walk by the park
All I ever wanted was to walk by the river
  

  What better way to follow up The Chats than by featuring a song by an Australian band that's probably taken off even further into the stratosphere than that shed rocking trio.

  Amyl And The Sniffers (https://www.facebook.com/amylandthesniffers) are Amy Taylor (vocals), Bryce Wilson (drums), Declan Martens (guitar) & Fergus Romer (bass). They're from Melbourne and over the last few years they've become one of the punk scene's hottest tickets.


 

  And they've just released a new album titled Comfort To Me. You've hopefully already heard the 3 teaser tracks that have been drip fed to stoke up anticipation. You probably love the band's high octane sound, Amy's a great vocal point for the band. She's a Tasmanian devil in shorts and bikini top, she's high energy and is blessed with a powerful voice. The boys compliment her superbly and are better than ever this time around. 


  There's gonna be loads of proper reviews of the album, no doubt pretty much all full of praise and most saying the same things so I don't need to drone on. I'll just point you towards the music  :   
  
  As I mentioned, the album is virtually non stop, high energy punk rock throughout but the song I'm featuring is one of the more restrained offerings. At least musically. Lyric wise it's one of the most powerful. It deals with the fear and vulnerability felt by women (although I suppose it could be a fear felt by anyone) who have to walk home alone, especially as it's getting dark and there's not really many other people around. This is Knifey... 

Thursday, 9 September 2021

The Chats - Holier Than Thou

 


   If you're a Just Some Punk Songs visitor (which if you're reading this, you are!) then you no doubt already know of The Chats (https://www.facebook.com/thechatsband). Like me, you probably like them a lot. You may also know that the Sunshine Coast trio have just finished recording a new record (which they say sounds shit hot). It's definitely a release I'm looking forward to. 

  Whilst we wait, I'm posting a new song by them. No idea if it'll be on the new record (possibly not?) but it is on an album titled The Metallica Blacklist. If you fancy the idea of 53 artists covering the 12 tracks from Metallica's S/T album (aka The Black Album) then you're in for a treat. Personally I'm not a fan of Metallica but even I like the Chats' cover. You can find more details here :  https://www.metallica.com/the-metallica-blacklist/

  All profits will be donated to the contributing artists' charity of choice with The Chats choosing Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation and The North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. 

  In order to compare and contrast, I had a listen to the Metallica original of this song and it wasn't my cup of tea. Happily, The Chats' version is a scrappier, briefer and altogether more enjoyable affair. It's called Holier Than Thou... 

No more!
The crap rolls out your mouth again
Haven't changed, your brain is still gelatine
Little whispers circle around your head
Why don't you worry about yourself instead?
Who are you? Where ya been? Where ya from?
Gossip is burning on the tip of your tongue
You lie so much, you believe yourself
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself
Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are
You know not
Before you judge me, take a look at you
Can't you find something better to do?
Point the finger, slow to understand
Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand
It's not who you are, it's who you know
Others lives are the basis of your own
Burn your bridges, and built them back with wealth
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself
Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are
You know not
Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are
You know not
Not!

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Victims Of Bayswater Bridge - Sleeping In My Car

  


  Watch Your Head!

  The Bayswater Subway is a road under rail subway near Bayswater railway station in Perth, Western Australia, with a low clearance of 3.8 metres. It has become well known in Perth and has received significant media coverage for being frequently struck by tall vehicles. It has it's own twitter page (https://twitter.com/BayswaterBridge?) which keeps a tally of how many days have gone past without it being hit. 

  I inform you of the above as I assume it's where today's band get their name. Victims Of Bayswater Bridge (https://www.facebook.com/victimsboorloo) are from Perth and feature a line up of  AJ Winter (rhythm guitar/vocals), Amber Baldock (drums), Adam Brown (lead guitar) & Zack Yack (bass). They describe themselves as a malcontent mob of flea-ridden punks shredding on rocknroll earworms with reckless abandon.


   They've a new single which you can get on cassette (there's only "roughly 20 copies"). A track from it is on Bandcamp now and it's really rather excellent. It's "written about arrogant abusing toxic male bogan cunce AJ used to serve at cashies armadale in the buys and loans room, that'd act completely superior whilst being completely on their ass relying on you to buy their worthless garbage." It's a wonderfully shambolic delight so check it out.  https://victimsofbaysiebridge.bandcamp.com/album/sleeping-in-my-car-2

  Sleeping In My Car... 
  

Monday, 6 September 2021

J Prozac - Toothless Wonder

 


  J Prozac (https://www.facebook.com/jprozac) is no stranger to Just Some Punk Songs, he even wrote and performed the Just Some Punk Songs theme tune! (https://jprozac.bandcamp.com/track/just-some-punk-songs). He returns today with a song from a very cool split 7" single which has been produced in collaboration with fellow JSPS regulars Jeffrey Thunders And The Scabs.  

  It's a release that both acts bring their A game to. It's a 4 track ep titled Cheers To The End. A couple of songs by each band of snappy punk rock lovingly pressed on brightly coloured vinyl (307 copies : 42 Blue Splatter, 58 Black, 97 Red, 82 Yellow & 28 Transitional Variants). You can get them from Die Hipster! & Ratgirl Records, more details and digital downloads here :  https://jprozac.bandcamp.com/album/cheers-to-the-end

  Jeff & The Scabs contribute a couple of killer straight up punk n roll jams in his traditional Dead Boys/Heartbreakers/New York Dolls style. Whilst talking about them I'll point you in the direction of another new song they've just released (which I'll play on next week's show) :  https://jeffreythundersandthescabs.bandcamp.com/track/there-must-be-something-better

  As for Jay, he's joined this time around by former Prozacs drummer Glenn Robinson (aka Pavid Vermin : https://pavidvermin.bandcamp.com/). Together they serve up a very catchy pair of tunes. The track you'll find below was originally written by Jay for his buddies Color Killer (check it out here :   https://colorkiller.bandcamp.com/track/toothless-wonder) but he loved it so much he's re recorded it. This is Toothless Wonder... 


Sunday, 5 September 2021

The Bollweevils - Black Hole in My Mind

  


  I've mentioned several times in the past that my favourite ever pop punk album is Death By Television by The Lillingtons. It's an album I raved about a few years ago when I did a guest review for Faster And Louder (https://fasterandlouderblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/retro-reviews-lillingtons-death-by.html). An album choc full of pretty much perfect punk songs. Today I'm featuring a cover of one of the best. 

  Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, The Bollweevils have been around (on and off) since 1989 and have racked up a pretty impressive back catalogue of songs that could be tagged as pop punk but skirt nearer the punk end of the spectrum than the pop end. Part of the reasons for the band dropping off the radar a few times is that vocalist Daryl Wilson became a emergency room doctor and much of his time has been taken up working on the frontline. 

  As has become a habit with the band though, they've recently raised their heads above the parapet and not only have they announced they'll be playing at Riot Fest and The Fest, they've also released a new single. It's titled Liniment And Tonic, it's their first new material for 6 years and it's available via Red Scare Industries. You can find it here : https://thebollweevils.bandcamp.com/album/liniment-and-tonic-single 

  Whilst the title track is an ode to Daryl's day job, the flip makes a very decent fist of covering a classic. This is Black Hole In My Mind... 

They used to call me Captain Scott
I used to be an astronaut
Put me on a rocket into space
And now I'm lost without a trace

And now I'm really out of sight
And now nothing's gonna be all right
Yeah

My life has been a waste of time
I've got a black hole in my mind...

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Neon Belly - The Boys Are Alright

  


  So what's on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show I can hear you all asking... (Go on, be honest, you've thought of nothing else as the countdown to Sunday's show begins!). Well, it's the usual hour of killer new releases, some by bands you'll know and love (such as The Stranglers, Dwarves, Naked Raygun, The Queers etc) and others by exciting new talent (several bands who've recently featured on this blog, including the one I'm posting today). It airs at 8pm (UK time) on Sunday before getting broadcast during the week by several stations in places like Hong Kong, Chile, Germany, France, The US, UK etc. It then gets uploaded to Mixcloud the following Sunday so you can listen at your convenience https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/ 

  If you want to listen live, and maybe come in the chatroom and interact with fellow punk music fans you can get details here : https://www.facebook.com/events/245750820779834/ 



  So, today's song. It's by a band from Wilmington, North Carolina called Neon Belly. They feature a line up of Lacie Jay (vocals), PMAttitude (guitar/bass) & Nice Derek (drums/production). They've just released a Self Titled 5 track ep which is available on Bandcamp as a name your price download https://fortlowell.bandcamp.com/album/neon-belly and on 7" vinyl from Fort Lowell Records. It's on an assortment of coloured variants and limited to 100 hand numbered copies. You can get it here : https://www.thefuzzyneedle.com/shop/neon-belly-neon-belly 

  It's a fundraiser release, 100% of the sales from this record will be used to provide School Supplies & Hygiene Products in New Hanover County as part of a charity drive managed by Wanda's Creative Hair Salon at 1001 Castle St, Wilmington, NC 28401 [Phone: (910) 297-1745]. 

  Their sound is straight up shouty, enthusiastic punk. Female vocals, rough and ready production all performed with great gusto. One of the highlights is a cover of a song released as a single in 1978 by Netherlands band The Filth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81c_T42rx-8). I think it's better than the original. 

  This however is the lead track, it's called The Boys Are Alright...

They say our boys are alright
Yeah, our boys are raised right So then tell me why every mass shooter has beat his mom or wife They say our boys are alright Yeah, our boys are raised right So then tell me why every mass shooter has beat his mom or wife They say our boys are alright Yeah, our boys are raised right So then tell me why every mass shooter has beat his mom or wife They say our boys are alright Yeah, our boys are raised right So then tell me why every mass shooter has beat his mom or wife What'd you say, what'd you say? Your daddy was rough, he raised you up so tough Raised you up so tough, never man enough Never man enough

Friday, 3 September 2021

The Battery Farm - Roy Keane Isn't Real

  


  Manchester "gutter punk" 4 piece The Battery Farm (https://www.facebook.com/thebatteryfarm) have been putting together a killer back catalogue of great music (proof of which can be found here :  https://thebatteryfarm.bandcamp.com/). 

    They'll shortly be adding to that impressive collection with the release of a new ep. It'll be titled Dirty Den's March Of Suffering and it's going to be released on October 15th by Blindside Records (https://www.facebook.com/BlindsideRecordsUK/). 

  To give us an idea of what to expect, they've teased us with a track from it, it's titled Roy Keane Isnt Real and it's a vibrant 2 minute outpouring of the kind of contemporary punk that's helping to keep our favourite genre fresh and exciting. There'll be a gig to celebrate the launch of the ep at Gullivers NQ pub in Manchester and you can get details and tickets here : https://linktr.ee/thebatteryfarm? 

 This is Roy Keane Isn't Real... 





Thursday, 2 September 2021

Blemish - You Look Like A Cop

  


  Blemish are Gustavo, Katia, Lisa & Rick and they've just released a 7 track cassette on Tunisian label A World Divided. There's 100 copies so if you want one, don't hang around. 

  I don't know anything about them other than that 3 of the songs originally appeared last year as part of Demo Fest 2020 (https://demofest.bandcamp.com/album/blemish-demo-fest-2020) so I'm going to have to talk a little bit about their music (which I usually try to avoid as I'm useless about describing why I like something, it's much easier to just say it's good and give you various bits of info on the band!). 

  To my ears, they take inspiration from early 80's UK punk (Riot City Records etc) and mix in some darkly gothic undertones. It all adds up to a very pleasing sound. I'm not sure if it's Katia or Lisa on vocal duties but she makes an impressive fist of things, the rest of the band are no slouches either with an urgent and very listenable backbeat. All the songs are winners so go check them out...            https://awd-tapes.bandcamp.com/album/blemish

  This track is called You Look Like A Cop...