Tuesday 28 May 2024

Sooks - Library (Guest Review By Paul Hammond)

  


  I featured Sooks a few days ago (https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2024/05/sooks-medicareless.html) but just in case you didn't believe me, here's a 2nd opinion from Punk AF's Paul Hammond...

It’s not often these days that I get chance to listen to a whole album from any band let alone purchase one.

 

‘Sooks’ (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558047555029are a 4 piece band from Perth, I’ve had quite a few non Australian listeners enquiring what is a ‘sook’, well it’s a female Crab!

 

There’s so many great female fronted punk bands around at the moment and these are another from the Australian gift that keeps on giving.

 

They’ve just dropped an album called ‘Moral Decay’ containing 14 tracks that pack a right punk rock punch.

 

Great catchy songs, dirty guitars and aggressive vocals delivered right in your face.

 

I’ve heard so many great Aussie girl punk from the likes of Amyl & The Sniffers, Vicious Blonde, Mitch Please, Backhand, & Dicklord just to name a few.

Sooks remind me a little of ‘Dickmove’ from New Zealand who are another great band.

 

The album is available on Bandcamp and very worthy of your attention. 

https://sooksband.bandcamp.com/album/moral-decay

 

Sooks are the featured band on Punk AF Radio next week Friday June 7th.

This track is called Library...

Monday 27 May 2024

Be Fair - Roddy Piper

  


  Be Fair (https://www.facebook.com/BeFairSY) the Sheffield/Leeds melodic punk quartet are no strangers to Just Some Punk Songs. I was lucky enough to stumble across their introductory demo 3 years ago https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2021/08/be-fair-cero-deniro.html and the release of a single the following year saw them return : 

  And now they've just put out one of their strongest songs so welcome back guys.

  It's the 3rd part of a trilogy of singles following on from Montreal Screwjob and Hadfield 5 and I think it's easiest just to let the band introduce it in their own words...

  "It’s 2020. The political system in the UK is a complete joke, led by a clown of a prime minister and a ruling party treating us like characters in a collective Sims game controlled by the elite. Be Fair hadn’t been a band for very long, forced in and out of isolation like the rest of the world. We had written our first set of songs, including this one. This song captures how I felt at that time. I was infuriated by the broken promises, hypocrisy, and double standards of our government. While we isolated from loved ones and people died, Parliament partied. People tore down statues, we saw a frightening rise in right-wing politics, and an institutional denial of inconvenient historical truths. I was enraged by what I witnessed day in and day out, but even more so by the fact that it's been this way for as long as I can remember, with no sign of change. Since then, I've sung this song countless times on stage to small audiences, usually at the end of our set when my untrained and unskilled vocals are nearly ripped from my throat. Yet, I still scream the last lines of this song with every last drop as hard as I did the first time, and I will continue to do so as long as I feel the same frustration. By some sort of serendipity, we finally decided to release this song—one we've had for years but never felt ready to share—just as a general election was announced in the UK.

  "Roddy Piper" is the name of a beloved Canadian wrestler turned actor who sadly passed away in 2015. The name was given to this song as a working title by our Wrestling loving guitarist Dickie - it stuck - and now that's what the songs called. We wrote it years ago, it has nothing to do with wrestling... but we love it, and hope you will to."


  It's a song that starts slowly before building into a glorious crescendo of angst, it's called Roddy Piper... 

Sunday 26 May 2024

LEMON BOY - I'm Fine

    


  I don't know much about LEMON BOY (https://linktr.ee/lemonboyband). They're a trio from Seattle; Yasiman Ahsani (Guitar/Vocals), Nicole Giusti (Bass Guitar/Vocals) & Ethan Geller (Drums/Mastering). They tag their music as sour punk. What's sour punk? On the evidence of their new album, it's an attitude fueled mix of garage punk and riot grrrl. 

  That new album is titled Eat. Skate. Die. You can check it out here :  https://lemonboyband.bandcamp.com/album/eat-skate-die

  It's always good when a band you've just stumbled across choose a strong track to kick an album off with as it immediately grabs your attention. LEMON BOY did that with this song. It's called I'm Fine and it's definitely more than just fine... 

 I’m fine I’m doing just fine
 I’m fine I’m doing just fine
 The smell of cigarettes stuck in your hair
 Cause I’m tired of losing sleep
 In the corners of your sheets
 I’m sick I can’t compete
 With these golden city dreams
 I can’t go
 I can’t go anywhere
 I can’t go
 I’m fine I’m doing just fine
 I’m fine I’m doing alright
 It’s 6am can’t sleep
 Can’t stop grinding through my teeth
 You’re tired you can’t compete
 With these emerald city dreams
 I can’t go
 I can’t go anywhere
 I can’t go
 Maybe I’m addicted to the thoughts inside my head
 Maybe I just need someone to come and turn me on
 And on and on and on yeah yeah
 I’m fine I’m doing just fine
 I’m fine I’m doing just fine
 The smell of cigarettes stuck in your hair
 Cause I’m tired of losing sleep
 In the corners of your sheets
 I’m sick I can’t compete
 With these golden city dreams
 I can’t go
 I can’t go anywhere
 I can’t go We're fine!!

Saturday 25 May 2024

Echo Chambers - Empty Words (Guest Review By Paul Austin)

  


  Another guest review today by Paul Austin of Revolt Into Style Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063450477170). 

  Echo Chambers (https://www.facebook.com/echochambersrdg) are a DIY punk/alternative band from Reading UK that play songs about ”life, liberty and lawnmowers!”

  Formed in the lockdown of summer 2020 they have already released a few tracks and now a new EP “Versificator” which, after a quick bit of investigative work, means “one who creates verse;a poet”. They're a trio with a line up of Alice Brown (Drums/Vocals), Alan Gow (Guitar/Vocals) & Charlie Loveday (Bass/Vocals). 

  There are 4 tracks on the EP that musically sit in the punk structure with some great lyrics. The EP kicks off with the track “Empty Words”, which is very relevant here in the UK as we enter into 6 weeks of “national empty words” campaigns. The second track “Not My Job” is a brilliantly observed story of all the things you should be capable of doing yourself, like picking up after your dog and forming your own musical opinions. 

  Next up “Physical Things”, which reminded me lyrically of some of Buzzcocks songs where Pete Shelley used to list things, like in the track “I Believe”. This track is all about things the band like, such as “fish and chips” and “pick `n` mix”. Closing out the EP is musically the least “punk” track called “Cry” which lyrically is a bit more introspective.

  Overall a great EP and would recommend it. You can check it out here :  https://echochambersrdg.bandcamp.com/album/versificator

  This is Empty Words... 

Friday 24 May 2024

Cut Piece - GUGI

   


   I'M GIVING UP ON GIVING IN...

  Cut Piece are from Portland, Oregon and feature vocalist Laura from Petite (a band who featured on here a few years back https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2017/12/petite-torches.html) alongside Mary (drums), Samantha (bass) & Zach (guitar). I posted a song from their Self Titled ep last year :  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2023/09/cut-piece-accept-defeat-dont-sabotage-me.html

  Today sees the release of a debut album titled Your Own Good and it's every bit as impressive as I was expecting. It's available on vinyl and digital from Total Punk Records with the label enthusing thus; "Songs about the fucked-up state of our world, the overwhelming apathy of the population at large, self-empowerment, and the creeps who lurk the neighborhood. Featuring one of the hardest bangers in the game, a constant barrage of hook exchanges between the wiry guitars and rumbling bass, and a powerful vocalist shouting out calls to protest, ‘Your Own Good’ is an absolute banger of a debut. Dark, powerful, and 100% TOTAL PUNK!"



  I'm going to highlight the closing track as it has the same passion and intensity as the preceding 10 songs but the addition of some brass instrumentation sees it standing out from the crowd. It reminds me a little of Downtown Boys. It's called GUGI... 

Thursday 23 May 2024

Judy And The Jerks - Worth A Shot

  


  Hattiesburg (Mississippi) hell-raisers Judy And The Jerks return today with a blink and you'll miss it track from their new split album with Parma (Italy) power punks Shitty Life.

  Featuring a line up of Julie Gore (vocals), Austin Griffith (guitar), Hampton Martin (bass) & Sarah Krock (drums), Judy and the Jerks are a band that are at their most ferocious on this release. They rattle through 10 songs in well under 10 minutes and by the end of their contribution you're gasping for breath... but there's no let up as Shitty Life step up to the plate with another 4 bangers (one of which I'll play on next week's Just Some Punk Songs show).

  You can snap up the split on cassette or as a name your price download from Earth Girl Tapes :  https://earthgirltapes.bandcamp.com/album/split 

  And if you fancy experiencing the mayhem in a live setting there's a tour on the way...

SUMMER 2024 SHITTY LIFE / JUDY TOUR


 07 JUNE - NYC, NEW YORK - Oh Bondage, Up Yours Fest*
 09 JUNE - BRISTOL - ENGLAND - The Exchange *
 10 JUNE - SHEFFIELD - ENGLAND - Delicious Clam *
 11 JUNE - LEEDS - ENGLAND - Mabgate Bleach *
 12 JUNE - LONDON - ENGLAND - Shacklewell Arms *
 14 JUNE - ITALY - PADOVA - Yucca Fest
 15 JUNE - SLOVENIA - ILIRSKA BISTRICA - MKNZ
 16 JUNE - CROATIA - ZAGREB - Club Attack
 17 JUNE - SERBIA - BELGRAD - Akab Okretnica
 18 JUNE - HUNGARY - BUDAPEST - Kripta
 19 JUNE - AUSTRIA - WIEN - Rhiz
 20 JUNE - CZECH REP. - PRAGUE - Dragon H Fest
 21 JUNE - POLAND - POBIEDNA - Izero Hardcore Fest
 22 JUNE - GERMANY - BURGHAUSEN - Burgkellar Bar
 23 JUNE - ITALY - TRENTO - Smash Fest!
 *NO SHITTY LIFE

  This song is Worth A Shot...   

Wednesday 22 May 2024

Celebration Summer - For Want Of

  


  Celebration Summer (https://www.facebook.com/CelebrationSummer) are a melodic punk band with gruff vocals from Washington DC who featured on this blog a couple of years ago :  https://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.com/2022/08/celebration-summer-fraud.html

You can check out their music here : https://celebrationsummer.bandcamp.com/

  They return today with their contribution to a compilation album from For Love Of Records titled Yesterday & Today: DC Does Dischord. It's the label's first ever release and what a way to kick things off. A lovingly compiled homage showcasing the dynamism & diversity of Washington DC label Dischord. 

  It boasts 27 bands putting their own unique spin on a bunch of classic tracks. It's available as a gatefold double vinyl LP with a portion of the proceeds to benefit We Are Family DC (wearefamilydc.org). You can indulge yourself on some great music here :  https://forloveofrecords.bandcamp.com/album/yesterday-today-dc-does-dischord

  One of the treasures plucked from the trove is this cover of a track featured of Rites Of Spring's 1985 S/T album. It's called For Want Of... 

I, I believed memory might mirror no reflections on meI, I believed that in forgetting I might set myself freeBut I woke up this morning with a piece of past caught in my throatAnd then I choked
I, I bled, I tried to hide the heart from the headAnd I, I said I bled in the arms of a girl I'd barely metBut I woke up this morning with the present in splinters on the groundAnd then I drowned
And if I can't see, it's for want of you
You said I see, if there's nothing here, then it's probably mineWell, my, my turn to see, if there's nothing here it'll always be mine, mineI woke up this morning with a piece of past caught in my throatAnd then I choked
I, I guess I've learned the taste of the days that will always burnI, I guess I've learned if it's in the corner of my eye, well I can always turn'Cause I woke up this morning with the present in splinters on the groundAnd then I drowned, yeah
And if I don't see, it's for want of you, you

Tuesday 21 May 2024

SOOKS - Medicareless


 Doctor Doctor Will You Meet My Needs
  Are You Gonna Take My Pain Quite Seriously
  Doctor Doctor Listen To Me
  Cause I Know What's Right For My Body...


  SOOKS (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61558047555029) are an exciting new(ish) band from Perth, Australia who attracted attention back in 2022 with the release of a blistering 7 track Demo cassette. 

  Featuring a line up of Rudah (Drums), Ange (Words/Vocals), Morgin (Bass) & Kyle (Guitars/Composition) I think it's safe to say that the release of their debut album has seen them more than fulfil that early promise.

  The album's titled Moral Decay and it's a hardcore punk fans wet dream. Aggressive but accessible, lean and mean it's an album you'll be revisiting again and again. It's available via Permanent Residence on 12" vinyl and on digital : https://sooksband.bandcamp.com/album/moral-decay

  I played album opener Library on a recent show and I'll play a different one next week but for the blog it seems rude not to go with the video they've just released. This is Medicareless... 

Monday 20 May 2024

Fantasy Premier League Final Table

 



  Here's the final table for the Just Some Punk Songs league. Congratulations to Vinny Vincent on his     3rd successive victory with his team Dingo Ate My Baby. Congratulations also to Harrison Flint who's team Harrison's XI beat Graham Powell's Red Man Walking 69-63 in the cup final. 

Rank

Team & Manager
GWTOT
1
Dingo Ate My Baby
Vinny Vincent
752372
2
El Loco Motives
Richard Howe
842353
3
Rebel Express AFC
Tim Bray
622337
4
Haggis's Heroes
Phil Harris
712320
5
BOVINE BANJO BASHERS
Skot McGuffog
722313
6
Wretched Rovers
Pete Marler
772285
7
sameheads
Jack Collinson
802225
8
Inner City Sumo FC
Chris Collins
742225
9
Harrison’s XI
Harrison Flint
692217
10
Marxist Rashford
James Coppard
802217
11
Rays Dreamers
RAYMOND PLANT
542181
12
Just Some Punk Songs
Mick Fletcher
512180
13
Red Man Walking
Graham Powell
632174
14
Back in a Minute
Gary Webb
662160
15
Playing To The Crowd
Matthew Rayner
492157
16
What the Herr Daniel
Rob Wilkinson
722153
17
Stenbungalowmuir
Alan Beningfield
922144
18
Hello you counts
paul spice
592137
19
Colin's Team
Colin Clark
632121
20
Fat Latch FC
Ian Jay
552097
21
Quigley XI
Joseph Quigley
462080
22
ACES
ANDREW PLANT
562045
23
CyberHawk
Gary Hough
432020
24
Richter Scale United
Steven Milton
401983
25
Enter the Pieman
Simon Poxon
551979
26
Stärkande Starköl
Anders Jacobsson
521966
27
Change Name
Josh Poxon
381746
28
EzeLikeSundayMorning
D M
341447