Thursday 22 February 2024

NO SPOILER - When It´s Over

  


  How's this for a press release... "They blend masterfully 77 punk, power pop, glam, indie rock and much more. For fans of 999 , PROTEX, RUDI, THE WASPS, THE BUZZCOCKS, THE UNDERTONES, THE PLIMSOULS, CINECYDE, THE OUTCASTS and even such different bands like SLADE, GIUDA or HUSKER Du." 

  Well it made me want to listen...

  NO SPOILER (https://www.facebook.com/NoSpoilerBand) are from Rome and I think they're new to me though to be honest, I listen to so much music it's equally likely that I've played them on the show years ago and forgotten about it (this seems to be a regular occurrence!). 

 [Edit. Just before posting this update I double checked and the band aren't new to me, I featured a song from them in 2019 : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/07/no-spoiler-satana.html]. 

  Anyway, the press release was announcing the band's upcoming album Ghosting. It'll be out on March 15th and available on vinyl (white or black) and digital download via the ever reliable Take The City Records. You can check out 3 of the tracks from it here :  https://takethecityrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ghosting-lp

  All 3 are great so it doesn't really matter which one I highlight but I'm going with this catchy as fuck blending of 77 era punk and power pop. It's guaranteed to have you singing along and it's called When It's Over... 

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Drunk Mums - New Australia

  


  Back in 2018 I featured a song by a band that I said were causing a bit of a stir down under  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2018/01/drunk-mums-hot-flush.html

  That band were Drunk Mums (https://www.facebook.com/Drunkmums), they're a quartet (Jake Doyle, Adam Ritchie, Dean Whitby & Jonny Badlove) from Melbourne and they're preparing for their their 1st release since their 2020 Adderall/Headshrinker 7"

  It'll be in the form of a new album titled Beer Baby. They're promising 10 "no-holds-barred party anthems that leave no room for sadness, emotions, or rational thinking."  My breath is bated in anticipation.

  It'll be available on vinyl (purple flesh or red) and digital download. You can pre order here :  https://drunkmums.bandcamp.com/album/beer-baby

  This is one of the 2 already available teaser tracks, it's about only earning enough to barely exist. It's called New Australia... 

Tuesday 20 February 2024

Bart And The Brats - Clock-watcher

  
(Guillaume Guerin Photographies)

  I think this is the 5th time I've featured Bart And The Brats (https://www.facebook.com/bartandthebrats) on the blog and they've also made numerous appearances on the show. The most recent of those was a few weeks ago when I played Can't Think Straight which is the title track of their new ep. 

  That ep will be finally out later this week on Juvenile Delinquent Records and Take The City Records so keep an eye (and 2 ears!) on their Bandcamp pages. There's a limited number (300) on 7" vinyl so don't get caught snoozing.



  The band is from La Rochelle, France and feature Bart De Vraantijk who you may know from bands such as Wild Zeros, Teenage Hearts, The Janitors, The Pneumonias & Skeptics. I'm sure by now you know you'll be getting... '77 era punk mixed with a good dose of garage rock. You'll be also expecting some top notch songs and that's exactly what's on offer. 

  As I've already featured the title track on the show, I'm going for a different one on here. Something I'm sure we've all been guilty of, this is Clock-watcher... 


Sunday 18 February 2024

Bloodstains - Anti-Social (Guest Review by Ralph J Rivera)

  


   At nearly 60 years of age I've been listening to "Punk Rock" most of my life. Some of my older friends ask me why I still live the way I do. Well here's my answer - Because of bands like this!  "Bloodstains" from Orange County, California came on my radar in 2020 with their amazing demo that included the future classic "Anti Social". After that they joined the exclusive club of "Hostage Records" bands in 2023 with "Anti Social" released as a 3 song EP.

  I honestly played those 2 releases constantly last year.  Which brings us to 2024 and they have just dropped their self titled LP that I'm already calling my pick for "Punk Rock Album Of The Year"! https://bloodstains714.bandcamp.com/album/bloodstains

  8 songs that will bring you back to those Golden Days of 80's Beach Punk. When D.I., Social Distortion & T.S.O.L. were just putting everyone to shame. This band remember. Every song is a modern day tribute to a once in a life-time sound.

  Kicking things off with the instrumental "The Last Rites" you're in for a thrill ride of instantly infectious songs that will make you feel like a teenager again. And then you get to song 6. The ANTHEM for a new generation of motley beach punks that just don't fit in. "Anti Social". One of the best Punk songs to come out of California in ages. If you can't relate to this song - well I guess you just got old! 

  Here is the new for 2024 version. And just for the record their guitar player David Espinoza is the NEW "Ron Emory" LOL!

Saturday 17 February 2024

The Spectres - [I Hate The] Summertime

  


  One of the most satisfying things about doing this blog is getting in early on new bands, bands that come out of nowhere and impress from the get go. Today's song isn't by one of those bands. It's by The Spectres (https://www.facebook.com/thespectrespgh), "2-piece rock'n'roll trash from the hills of Greenfield in Pittsburgh, PA" featuring James (Guitar/Drums/Percussion/Vocals) & Dan (Guitar/Baritone/Bass/Organ/Vocals). 

  The sad thing is, after 10 years performing together, they've decided to call it a day. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon at the genesis of a new band, I'm hopping on at the end. But at least they're signing off with a couple of posthumous releases. The first of those is an excellent album titled In Horrifying Sight And Sound which is a garage rock fan's wet dream. It reminds me a little of The King Khan and BBQ Show. You can grab it as a name your price download here :  https://thespectres.bandcamp.com/album/in-horrifying-sight-and-sound

  A fine song to highlight from a fine album, this is (I Hate The) Summertime... 

Friday 16 February 2024

Thieves - Dead Gig

    

  Here's a new song by a young trio called Thieves (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61551392004971) that'll get you moving. 

  They're new to me but I noticed them getting recommended by Caution Elderly People (another super good rowdy young punk band). I clicked play and was pretty much blown away. 

  If they're new to you too you can check out previous releases on Spotify  

  98 seconds of blazing energy, mosh pits everywhere enjoy. It's called Dead Gig... 

Wednesday 14 February 2024

The Follow Ups - Texas Chainsong

  


  The Follow Ups (https://www.facebook.com/TheFollowUps) are a Ramones influenced punk band from Moncton, New Brunswick who've been together since 2017. You can find their music here :   https://thefollowups.bandcamp.com/

  They've a new album on the way which will be released by Moms Basement Records (US) and Faster And Louder Records (Canada). Boasting 14 songs, it'll be available on vinyl (3 different colours) & cd. It'll be titled Know Who Your Friends Aren't and to whet our appetites they've released a teaser single.

  Catchy but not over produced pop punk (which is how we like it around here), this is based on one of the greatest movies ever. It's called Texas Chainsong... 

Tuesday 13 February 2024

Army Of Skanks - Number 10

  


  A quick shout out today for a song which came out at the tail end of last year but which I missed and have only just stumbled upon.

  Army Of Skanks (https://www.facebook.com/ArmyOS) are Wendy Seenan (bass guitar/lead vocals), Carol Lane (lead guitar/backing vocals) & Terry Downes (drums/backing vocals). They're from Coventry and recently released their 4th album, Negative Politics. 




  As you might gather from the title, it's an album on which the band have their say about the state of the nation. Everything from class wars, 9 to 5 wage slaves and plastic surgery disasters, it's a sad indictment of modern day living. You can find it here :  https://armyofskanks1.bandcamp.com/album/negative-politics

  This song is about our unfit leaders and it's called Number 10... 

You ain’t fit to govern You’re a bunch of prats Go back to your lodges And your swanky flats Sign the fracking license When we look the other way Every day inflation Still outstrips our pay When peaceful revolution is impossible It makes violent revolution inevitable When peaceful revolution is impossible It makes violent revolution inevitable The prats at number 10 Have gone and done it again And the press are just Rattling our cages To sell poverty voyeurism to us now Put the thickest bimbos On our tv screens Demonise people Forced to live beyond their means When peaceful revolution is impossible It makes violent revolution inevitable When peaceful revolution is impossible It makes violent revolution inevitable Our reach is still far Further than our grasp This is something that you need to know In your world you think you’re worth 10 k a day Not to us mate… no way…. You’re nothing The prats at number 10 Have gone and done it again The prats at number 10 Have gone and done it again Opened up the coal mines so nobody goes cold But it’s all being exported so the country doesn’t fold Investing our taxes in nuclear energy For nuclear warheads To scare the yank’s enemy When peaceful revolution is impossible It makes violent revolution inevitable When peaceful revolution is impossible It makes violent revolution inevitable When peaceful revolution is impossible It makes violent revolution inevitable When peaceful revolution is impossible It makes violent revolution inevitable The prats at number 10 Have gone and done it again All of them the prats at number 10 Have gone and done it again

Monday 12 February 2024

CLOBBER - Council Estate of Mind

  


  London punks CLOBBER (https://www.facebook.com/Clobber.uk) the band with "a belly full of venom and fists clenched tightly" first featured on here following the release of their debut single Karens, Gammons, Hippies and Conspiracies (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2022/01/clobber-karens-gammons-hippies.html).

  They've continued to impress since then with a string of hard hitting releases so their new single (and the announcement that they're playing both this year's Manchester Punk Festival & the Rebellion Festival) is a great excuse to get them on again. 

    The single's released by Venn Records of London (https://vennrecords.bandcamp.com) and you can also find it here : https://clobberuk.bandcamp.com/track/council-estate-of-mind

  It's a fat free working class anthem that dovetailed nicely when I played it on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show with a track from the new album by fellow Londoners The Chisel. It's called Council Estate Of Mind... 



Sunday 11 February 2024

Gob Psychic - (All Week) Rent Payer

  


  Today's song, by Gob Psychic (https://www.facebook.com/gobpsychic) is just one of the 25 musical treats I've got lined up for you on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://gpr.mixlr.com/). They're from Aarhus, Denmark and describe themselves as a weirdopunk-ish, garage-y, nonsensical, go-getting band.

  They released a debut 6 track ep last October and you can check that out here :  https://leceperecords.bandcamp.com/album/gob-psychic

  March 1st will see them returning with a new ep. This time it'll be available via Slovenly Recordings (on 7 inch vinyl and digital download). Titled Rent Payer it promises sonic ferocity with themes of alienation and apathy. You can find out more here : https://slovenly.bandcamp.com/album/gob-psychic-rent-payer-ep

  This is the lead track. The band have been getting comparisons with Australian cool kids such as Stiff Richards and Split System. On this new track I'm hearing hints of early 80's era Fall, it's called (All Week) Rent Payer... 

Saturday 10 February 2024

Smalltown Tigers - In A Dream (With A Fool Like You)

  


  Smalltown Tigers (https://www.facebook.com/smalltowntigers) are a trio from Romagna, Italy who've just released a debut album on Area Pirata Records titled Crush On You. Featuring a line up of Valli (vocals/bass), Monty (guitar) and Castel (drums) they're a band who's star is very much in the ascendancy.

  Originally influenced by The Ramones, they've added more oomph to their sound (their Facebook invites us to "imagine Suzi Quatro writing a real punk rock record." The album contains 10 tracks and there's not a bad one amongst them. You can find it here :  https://areapiratarec.bandcamp.com/album/crush-on-you

  A definite highlight, this one's called In A Dream (With A Fool Like You)...

Just like drops of summer rain You and me were just the same Now those sparkles in the dark Left me wondering were you are In a dream Without a fool like you All those letters in the mail To tell my friends that I’m ok Every day just moves so slow You left my heart out in the cold In a dream Without a fool like you Now I don’t know what to do I found a home away from you I locked myself behind this door To keep me sane and cry no more

Friday 9 February 2024

Mean Jeans - Break Up With You

  


  Friday is the day that I start getting serious about sorting out a playlist for the next Just Some Punk Songs show and this Friday has been a particularly good one for new releases. The song I'm posted today stuck in my head so I'm recommending you check it out.

  Mean Jeans (https://www.facebook.com/themeanjeans) are a trio from Portland, Oregon, who've been around for almost 20 years and during that time have been a pop punk fans dream. Right from their early, raw Ramones influenced dumb punk rock tunes through to their more refined but no less catchy newer material. 

  They've just treated us to a new album on Fat Wreck Chords called Blasted. It's 15 songs that'll nag away at you. Some albums require a few listens before they hit the sweet spot, this one's instant gratification. It's available here : https://meanjeans.bandcamp.com/album/blasted (at the time of writing you'll have to go to Youtube if you want to stream all the tracks but I 'm guessing they'll be on Bandcamp soon). 

  If there was any justice in the world, this would be a smash hit. It's called Break Up With You... 

Thursday 8 February 2024

The Prize - One Day At A Time

  


  One of my favourite new bands are Melbourne quintet The Prize. A song from their debut ep topped the Just Some Punk Songs 2022 chart and they also featured in last years list. Will they reappear this year? I wouldn't be surprised. 

  They've a split single coming soon on Bargain Bin Records with The Unknowns (another great Aussie band who made last year's JSPS chart). 2 songs per band and definitely worth treating your ears to. 


  As you'd expect with The Prize, we get gloriously catchy melodies. It's power pop mixed with garage punk, it's 70's guitars and great vocals, it's a sure fire winner. This is One Day At A Time... 

Monday 5 February 2024

loveshovel - G.O.A.T.

 



  "Closely related to sheep!..."


  It's not that long ago since Paul Austin introduced us to Australian band loveshovel (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2024/01/loveshovel-dont-look-at-me-guest-review.html) but as their new album, The Only Good Thing I'm Bad At, is now out, I think it's well worth briefly mentioning them again.

  The album's on Youtube and is well worth checking out : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mk36rR-BbnfSrgSlz6HkwjuadngSkg3c4

  Give this song a listen, I think you'll be impressed. It's called G.O.A.T. 

Saturday 3 February 2024

X-S Discharge - Hassles

  


  Something a little different today, a little older than usual but (sort of) a new release all the same.

  XS Discharge were a band from the Elderslie district of Paisley formed by twin brothers Paddy and Charles “Chik” Doherty who's parents had come over to Scotland from Ireland. They started off in the early 70's playing Irish rebel songs interspersed with covers of Bowie and Alex Harvey in bands such as Zenith, Phoenix, and Lonely Road before embracing the punk revolution.


 

   I think their first release came in 1979 when they contributed a track (Machete Shuffle) to the Spectacular Commodity compilation ep from the Groucho Marxist Record Co:Operative. The ep also featured songs by Mod Cons, Sneex, The Poems and The Mentol Errors.

The following year they released a 4 track ep titled Life's A Wank and it's one of those songs I'm posting today.


 
   But why you ask. Why go back to 1980 when for the last few years the blog's been concentrating on new releases?

  The reason is that that Sealedrecords have released the Groucho Marxist Record Co:Operative compilation album on white vinyl (plus a 40 page booklet) which gathers together a number of lesser known "classics" released by Paisley punk bands between 1979 and 1981. You can check it out here :  https://sealedrecords2.bandcamp.com/album/groucho-marxist-record-co-operative

I'll play one of the Defiant Pose songs on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show.



  
  This track sums up the attitude of punks back in the day. Fuck it. It's just a way of life, let's get on with living. It's called Hassles... 


Friday 2 February 2024

Itchy & The Nits - Square

  


  Today's song has left me salivating in anticipation of the upcoming album that it's blazing a trail for. 

  Itchy & The Nits (https://www.facebook.com/itchyandthenits) are from Sydney and they impressed me last year with their excellent S/T demo ep https://warttmanninc.bandcamp.com/album/itchy-the-nits 

  They're a band that will having you thinking of all girl garage bands from the 60's. You'll also think of more recent garage pop rockers such as the ones namechecked on the Bandcamp page (Donnas, Brentwoods, Thee Headcoatees & Nikki & the Corvettes). 

  The album will be titled Worst Of and it's going to feature the 7 tracks from the demo plus 5 brand spanking new ones. It'll be released on March 22nd by Total Punk Records on vinyl, cassette & digital download and you can pre order it here : https://totalpunkrecords.bandcamp.com/album/worst-of-lp 



  Confirmation that the new songs will be equally as great as the old ones, this is called Square... 

Thursday 1 February 2024

Loose Articles - I'd Rather Have a Beer

  


  Raising a glass to all the man slags today...

  Loose Articles are the Manchester quartet who "specialise in discord, repetition, tales of boozy nights out and radical politics." I've played a few of their previous releases on the show but it appears they've so far been missed out on here so let's put things right.

  They've a new album on the way via Alcopop Records and a single has just been released from it. It's their usual mix of catchy tune, fun and social commentary. This time around they encourage you to leave those dodgy casual relationships alone and just go out and have some fun with your mates instead. You can find it here : https://bfan.link/i-d-rather-have-a-beer?

  It's called I'd Rather Have A Beer...

Monday 29 January 2024

Pink Suits - C.O.F.F.E.E.

  


  Quite often this punk malarkey can be a serious business. Serious bands addressing serious topics of the day. Margate duo Pink Suits (https://www.facebook.com/pinksuitsband) can happily sit in the company of those bands. But at the same time they add a touch of flamboyance. They're not afraid to make serious points in a fun way. This song (and accompanying video) is lots of fun.

  They featured on here almost 3 years ago with a track from their impressive debut album Political Child  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2021/04/pink-suits-my-old-mans-dustman.html

  Album number 2 is on it's way, it'll be titled Dystopian Hellscape and the 2 teaser singles released thus far strongly indicate they're no one hit wonders. You can find the debut album and the 2 new tracks here :  https://pinksuits.bandcamp.com/




  If you haven't seen this video yet, I strongly advise you to click on it. Raise a pot, this is C.O.F.F.E.E.... 

Sunday 28 January 2024

Fire Man - World Peace, Eventually

   


  I've had today's song lined up to post for a couple of weeks since it went down a storm on the show. It's by Fire Man (https://www.facebook.com/firemanband/), a new band to me, who are from New York. 

     They've been around for a while but my first experience of them is their new ep, Territorial Conquest 2024. The first song, the title track, is a good introduction. It's mid paced, passionate hardcore, the kind of song that impresses you with both the musicianship and the lyrical content. The next track starts with a sample of John Brown's Body and over it's 6 minute runtime gives plenty of food for thought (this is the track that the 3 Bandcamp reviews pick out as their favourite from the ep). 

  I won't bore you by mentioning every song, I'll just advise you to check them out yourselves. It's available on cassette and digital download (all profits will go to Doctors Without Borders) :                 https://firemannyc.bandcamp.com/album/territorial-conquest-2024




  This was the song that initially caught my attention, it's called World Peace, Eventually...

When all is said and done Will you be breathing out the dust made from all our bodies The time for war is now, Yeah, we are being watched right now in books we make the story No time to question why Yeah, I look out and question why We bomb ourselves for glory We live in fear of words, We choose a death cult made of words and suffocate the peace What side will you be fighting? If you’re not here, where are you? It’s time to stand for justice World peace, eventually We know what’s coming next Yeah, we all know we’re coming next They love the taste of weakness Will you allow the feast? Or will you spill blood for the meek? Defending who is weakest? It’s time for sacrifice Will you give up a tiny slice To show that we mean business I’ll give my life for this Yeah I would give my life for this For justice, then for peace What side will you be fighting? If you’re not here, where are you? When will you stand for justice World peace, eventually World peace is coming next Someday

Friday 26 January 2024

The Scumbags - Give a Fuck

  


  The Scumbags (https://www.facebook.com/thescumbagsuk) are a new West Midlands trio who've been attracting a lot of attention recently. Both locally and further afield (they were recommended to their record label, Council-Pop Records by none other than Kepi Ghoulie). 

  They've just released a debut 7" single and it's available on banana yellow vinyl (limited to 100 copies so get in quick to avoid disappointment). There's also an option to pay £20 for a bundle of cool stuff including the single, a t shirt, keyring, badges & stickers. You can find out more here :       https://council-poprecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-scumbags-give-a-fuck-limited-edition-bundle

  The single features a couple of lively tracks, one about an encounter with the boys in blue (as a travelling football fan in my youth I can attest that the west midlands police could be a bunch of twats) and the other a spikey fuck you to back stabbing rats.

  From your favourite new band, this is Give A Fuck... 

Monday 22 January 2024

The Shitfits - My Right

  


  The Shitfits (https://www.facebook.com/the.shitfits.2023) are a female fronted, three-piece Power Pop Punk band settled in Portland, Oregon. They feature a line up of Tiff O'Knee (guitar/vocals), Jose (bass) & Bowden (drums). I played a song on the show by them last November and made a mental note to watch out for the release of their debut album. 

  That album is now with us and it was a wise idea to watch out for it. It's titled Collateral Damage and it's 10 tracks that combine catchy melodies with something a little more grittier (just how I like my pop punk). It's available on vinyl or digital download https://theshitfits.bandcamp.com/album/collateral-damage

  A topical hot potato, this track's about women having the right to choose in a world dominated by men. It's called My Right... 

Sunday 21 January 2024

Corker - Distant Dawn (Guest Review By Paul Charles Hammond)

  


  Last September, regular contributor Ralph Rivera recommended we check out A Fitting Compensation by Corker "possibly the MOST "Modern" sounding record of 2023."    https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2023/09/corker-fitting-compensation-guest.html

  Today, Punk AF (https://www.mixcloud.com/punkafradio/) host Paul Hammond is equally impressed by the band's follow up release...

  A couple of hours before doing my Punk AF show this week I got several ‘Bandcamp’ notifications about new releases. This late in the day I would normally roll these into the following week but this time I decided to check a few out. I saw that ‘Corker’ from Cincinnati had released a new track called ‘Distant Dawn’.

  I’ve heard and played the band before and thought they were OK, the album ‘Falser Truths’ was a mixed bag of cross genres and styles without any defining identity for me. ‘Distant Dawn’ blew me away instantly, 3 minutes of fast paced, guitar driven punk rock, full of hooks and very well produced. This is a very distinctive defining sound and I hope this is the direction they go.

  Their Bandcamp says it’s a first taste of their new album coming this year. If this track is anything to go by then, like the band name it will be a corker! https://corker.bandcamp.com/track/distant-dawn

  Distant Dawn...

Saturday 20 January 2024

Mr. Splice Guy - The Day My Baby Gave Me a Surprise

    


  I don't often post covers on here but this is the 2nd in 3 days. Hopefully it proves as popular as the previous one. 

  Mr. Splice Guy are a new collaboration between Brand New Luddites (https://brandnewluddites.bandcamp.com/) and Underwater Bosses (https://underwaterbosses.bandcamp.com/). Their vocalist has this singing malarkey in his genes as he's a descendent of Von Trapp Family (who were immortalised in The Sound Of Music).

  They've just released a new ep called Procedural Degeneration on Sharawaji Records which is available on cool looking red splatter on yellow 10" vinyl, cd or digital download :   https://mrspliceguy.bandcamp.com/album/procedural-degeneration 

  It features 6 Devo covers that take the essence of the originals and adds twangy surf rock guitars. It tackles both the "hits" and the "lesser known classics" and it adds a pleasingly fresh spin. 

  This was always one of my favourite Devo songs, one I bought on 7" vinyl on one of my frequent school lunchtime trips to my local indie record store. It's called The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise...  

Friday 19 January 2024

loveshovel - Don't Look at Me (Guest Review By Paul Austin)

  


  

Australian punk band loveshovel have really impressed me with all of their 4 tracks they have so far released. Why do I like them? Modern punk with melodies and great songs. I think their 4 tracks are now out on an EP called “Dirty Word.”  https://open.spotify.com/album/7EJ1f0aAwpfuiNGWtx93Qm

 First track “No Hunks” is a no nonsense protest song against men who still don`t know what is acceptable. Next track “GOT BIT” is a cautionary tale of crypto currency, say no more. 3rd track and my favourite on the “EP” is called “Don`t Look At Me”, chiming guitar at the beginning before it explodes into “Don`t Look At Me, Don`t Talk To Me, You`re Drunk”, continues at a frantic pace until the last minute where it slows down before re igniting. The last and newest track is the title track “Dirty Word” and is probably the most “musical” but no less enjoyable. Overall a great EP that has enough to keep you going back to it and I shall certainly be keeping an eye out for future releases.



   This song's about working late, getting to the party and feeling out of place amongst a bunch of pissed up revellers. There's only one thing for it... Give me a fuckin' drink! It's called Don't Look At Me... 

 

Thursday 18 January 2024

Accidente - Boys don’t cry

  


  Regular readers will know I'm a fan of Madrid band Accidente (https://www.facebook.com/Accidentepunk). I last featured them on here only a month ago (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2023/12/accidente-atajos.html) but I noticed they've contributed a cover of one of my favourite songs to a new compilation album titled HCXHC - VOL VIII.

   The comp is available from HARDCORE HITS CANCER and 100% of the donations will be earmarked for LA CASA DELS XUKLIS (afanoc.org), Barcelona, Spain. A foster home for children and adolescents with cancer and their families. You can find out more and get the comp here :  https://hardcorehitscancer.bandcamp.com/album/hcxhc-vol-viii


  You'll recognise the song, it was a hit single for The Cure in 1979 and it's a crowd favourite Accidente have played live down the years. It's called Boys Don't Cry... 

Wednesday 17 January 2024

Destroy The Idols - A Glimpse Of Hell

  


  Destroy The Idols (https://www.facebook.com/Destroytheidols) are a skate punk band from Essex who I played on this week's Just Some Punk Songs show but who've also been getting noticed by "proper" radio stations, including the BBC. They're new to me but if I've worked this out correctly they were called If All Else Fails but they recently changed it due to other bands having the same name. 

  They've just released a lively debut (under their new name) ep titled The Gunn. It's named after their guitarist Stuart Gunn who played on the ep before heading off back to Australia. The other members of the band are William Third (Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter), Andy McBane (Bass) & Pete Harrison (Drums). Amongst their influences they list the likes of NOFX, Lagwagon & Rancid.

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

  This is the opening track, it's called A Glimpse Of Hell... 

Tuesday 16 January 2024

The Pingers - Speed Signs

  


  Another new Australian band for you today. The Pingers (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100090893810507) are a quartet from Cooma, New South Wales who've just released a debut 8 track ep. It's titled Pink Mitzi and it's one hell of an introduction.

  The line up of the band is Teagz (Vocals), Casey (Guitar/Vocals), Ollie (Bass/Vocals) & Steeno (Drums/Vocals). They're a whole bunch of shouty, foul mouthed fun. Their live shows look well worth catching, here's a clip of one of the songs from the ep https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdH6tEBb68A 

  They endorse drinking, punching cyclists and telling their friends about their social faux pas. They'll have you singing along to their version of an Agnostic Front classic or shouting the lyrics "BIG CLITS LITTLE DICKS..."

  You can get the ep here : https://thepingers.bandcamp.com/album/pink-mitzi 

   This song suggests they like living life in the fast lane, it's called Speed Signs... 

Monday 15 January 2024

Virvon Varvon - GOOGLE IT

  


  "You just need to type it in..." 

  It's been 5 years since I last featured London band Virvon Varvon. At the time I described them as "Garage punk that's catchy as hell, scuffed up pop that brings to mind the kind of trashy but oh so cool bands that Tina Lucchesi has graced" https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2019/04/virvon-varvon-mind-cancer.html

  The song I featured was the title track of the Mind Cancer cassette which was released by Girlsville  https://girlsville.bandcamp.com/album/virvon-varvon-mind-cancer

  Now Girlsville are unleashing a new cassette from the band titled Four Bars Of Hate. Maybe a better title for it would be 8 Tracks Of Chaotic Punk Fun! The scuffed up pop tunes are still present and correct, it's an album that impresses from the get go as vocalist Hanne Highway suggests forcibly that maybe Baby should be left in the corner. That's far from the only treasure on a release that demands repeat plays though as you'll discover if you click here : https://girlsville.bandcamp.com/album/virvon-varvon-four-bars-of-hate-2
 
  The track I'm highlighting is a brief piece of advice. GOOGLE IT... 

Sunday 14 January 2024

Grave Faces - Living For Nothing

    

"If you don't stand for something
  Then you're living for nothing..."

  A new band for you today (don't you just love getting in on a band at the start of their journey). 

  Grave Faces (https://www.facebook.com/thosegravefaces) are a new UK punk quintet from Teeside. I've not much info on them as they've not really done anything yet but they do have a gig lined up at Off The Ground coffee shop in Middlesbrough on Friday 23rd February where they'll be sharing a stage with Onlooker and Fast Blood. Get your tickets here : https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Middlesbrough/Off-The-Ground/Onlooker--Fast-Blood--Grave-Faces/37168935/




  And they've also just released a first demo track. It's one of those DIY punk earworms that sounds both familiar and fresh. It's melodic and memorable, strong vocally and the instruments are played with plenty of  vim and vigour. It makes me want to hear more which I guess is exactly what a calling card is supposed to do. 



  This is Living For Nothing... 

Saturday 13 January 2024

Steve Colbourne - National Service (Guest Review By Paul Austin)

  


  If you enjoy discovering new music you may be familiar with Paul Austin's Facebook group New Music for punks/new wavers which aims to introduce people to new music that deserves an audience.  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063450477170

  It's pretty much the same mission statement as this blog so I was happy when Paul got in touch to ask if he could send me his first ever attempt at "journalism." As far as new music recommendations go, it ain't half bad...

  I get sent a lot of new music to listen to so how do I sort out the stuff I like….well at the end of the day it all comes to personal taste…..mine are quite eclectic having lived through and experienced and enjoyed a variety of genres from punk, post punk, indie, brit pop and electronica.

 I was recently contacted by a singer/songwriter from the Nottingham area called Steve Colbourne, who pointed me in the direction of his album “Erysimum”  

  First thing that hit me was there are some great well constructed songs on there and pretty good production, which I find always helps during the initial listening experience. Musically it`s quite hard to pin down, lets just say it kept an old punk interested through most of the tracks with hints of New Model Army/Killing Joke and some heads down no nonsense punk rock and roll.

 The opening track “Red, White and Blue” has a propulsive bassline and a great guitar riff that sets the standard for the overall feel of the album with very few low points Standout tracks for me are the most “punky” tracks on the album called “National Service” and “Another Monday Morning” and the early Killing Joke…esque “Broken English” and the more brit pop tune “Genetically Lucky”. Overall a great listen.

  This is National Service...

Friday 12 January 2024

Baby Mullet - Take a Hint

  


  Baby Mullet (https://www.facebook.com/babymullet69) are the three piece female fronted rock band from Naarm/Melbourne who featured on here last year with a track from their My First Sex Tape ep (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2022/08/baby-mullet-not-your-toy.html). 

  On that song they were calling out boys with bad intentions and they return today with a new single which is similarly themed. This time around they're giving a bit of advice to those guys who won't take no for an answer. Sorry fella, you're out of luck, you suck, get fucked. You can find it on Spotify :  https://open.spotify.com/track/0xuUbJNrgrTeLjfPxRn6Xc

  It's called Take A Hint... 

Tuesday 9 January 2024

MC16 - Polytechnic

  


  I think this makes it half a dozen Just Some Punk Songs appearances for Shropshire trio MC16 (https://www.facebook.com/MC16band) so they must be doing something right. They've been drip feeding us some excellent singles over the last 5 years (https://mc16band.bandcamp.com/). 

  Their latest release is a track on the January 2024 edition of Dammit Record's Dam-Nations compilation series (they feature alongside other cool acts such as Lone Creep, North Sea Fever, Be Fair etc...).   


  Often on comps you'll find that bands offer up throwaway tracks that they aren't going to use elsewhere but happily MC16 bring home the bacon as always with this one so I wouldn't be surprised to see it resurface again, hopefully on an album (hint hint lads!). 

  It's called Polytechnic...

Polytechnic, we are learning faster Polytechnic, we are learning faster Live wire, live wires Make bigger fires Live wire, live wires Make better fires I got myself a Mickey Mouse degree No doors opened, no opportunities Polytechnic, we are learning faster Polytechnic, we are learning faster Live wire, live wires Make bigger fires Live wire, live wires Make better fires Please read it, it sounds important Who sent it? it looks important Who signed it? It looks important You can’t stay in bed all day, when you wanna earn a living for your strikers pay You can’t stay in bed all day, when you wanna feel special on your birthday You can stay at work all day, if you wanna watch your kids in the school play You can’t stay at work all day, if you wanna decorate your hallway

Monday 8 January 2024

Fast Eddy - In Too Deep

  


  The chatroom for last night's Just Some Punk Songs show seemed very keen on this song, with a couple of listeners deciding it was their favourite song of the evening. As good a reason as any to get it on here.

  Fast Eddy (https://www.facebook.com/fasteddydenver) are a quartet from Denver, Colorado who's line up features Arj Narayan (drums/backing vocals), Micah Morris (vocals/guitar), Lisandro Gutierrez (guitar) & Devon Kane (bass). They play tuneful garage rock with influences ranging from The Stooges through to The Hives with a dash of power pop added to the mix. You can find their earliest releases here : https://fasteddy.bandcamp.com/album/s-t 

  2022 saw them release their most recent album, Take A Look, and they'll be following that up with a new album which will be titled To The Stars. It'll be available via Spaghetty Town Records (USA), Boulevard Trash (USA) and Beluga Records (EU). The first single from it dropped last month and was called Spirit Commander (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXsRVvled3U).

  This is the new one, it's about relationships, inner conflicts and having to decide whether to carry on going through the motions or to get out. It's called In Too Deep... 

Sunday 7 January 2024

Knowso - Last Of The Punks

  


  The old guard is gone...
  We are the last ones standing...


  Knowso are from Cleveland, Ohio and have been around for almost a decade but I have to be honest and say they've never really clicked with me. They're not your typical verse, catchy chorus, verse kinda band that you can sing along to. They're a little more ambitious than that. Angular guitars, jarring rhythms, abstract lyrics...

  They released a couple of albums (Specialtronics Green Vision & Rare Auld Trip/ Psychological Garden) which were distributed in the UK by Drunken Sailor Records  https://drunkensailorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/specialtronics-green-vision-lp https://drunkensailorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rare-auld-trip-psychological-garden-lp but I never gave them much more than a cursory listen.

  But their new album, Pulsating Gore, seems to have worked it's magic on me. I'm enjoying it. I'm not sure if it's more accessible than previous releases or if my brain has just decided it was wrong before. Check it out and see what you think... https://sorrystaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/pulsating-gore

  The song I'm highlighting first attracted me due to the title but it's also a very cool track. It's called Last Of The Punks... 

Friday 5 January 2024

Consensus Madness - Let's Go to War

  

   Come On Soldier... 

  
  Got to admit, I don't know too much about Consensus Madness. I know they're from Chicago and that they released a very enjoyable debut Self Titled 7" on Iron Lung Records back in September  https://ironlungrecords.bandcamp.com/album/consensus-madness-lungs-249

  I know they combine punk rock with hardcore, and I know that I like them.




  I also know they recently closed out 2023 with a 5 track demo ep on Open Palm Tapes. Inviting you to pogo till your legs give out, it's an energetic outpouring of rage at the mundanity of living in a capitalist society. You can find it here : https://openpalmtapes.bandcamp.com/album/op-27-consensus-madness-2023-demo

  Don't waste your brain, Let's Go To War... 

Thursday 4 January 2024

Stuart Pearce - Nuclear Football (Guest Review By Martin Carter)

  



I First came aware of Stuart Pearce from Nottingham when Mick kindly sent me a link to their Bandcamp page telling me that they were similar in sound to The Fall whom I've been a diehard fan of since first hearing them in 1978. Without hesitation I clicked on the link and started to listen to some tracks from their debut album "Red Sport International". I could immediately hear the Fall sound influences in some of the tracks but obviously they were more than a direct copy but also had some great ideas of their own and I pre-ordered the red vinyl without hesitation. It is now one of my favourite albums from last year and one I regularly listen to.

(A song from Red Sport International featured here : https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2023/07/stuart-pearce-forza-garibaldi.html)
Onto this new release which has one studio recording "Nuclear Football" which is another great track in the same vein as their previous tracks. An upbeat keyboard led song with great vocals and lyrics on one of their favourite topics "football" . There are four more tracks on the EP which were all recorded live and sound excellent including a live version of the lead track. I would love to see them live at some point in the near future and based on the sound of this it would be well worthwhile. They are back in the Studio in February to record their follow up album according to their Instagram page which I'm already looking forward to hearing. I've always been passionate about music and the older I get finding something that sounds fresh and hits the target gets less and less often but Stuart Pearce are definitely high scorers. The Nuclear Football EP is now available as a digital download on Bandcamp.


This is Nuclear Football...