Monday, 8 May 2017

PROPAGANDHI

































"failed States"
Year:  2016
Country: Canadda
City:  Winnipeg
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Prog Rock




























Propagandhi is nowadays a "prog punk" band formed in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1989 by guitarist Chris Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesky. The band is currently located in Winnipeg, Manitoba and completed by bassist Todd Kowalski and guitarist Sulynn Hago. While their earlier work was aligned with the skate punk and pop punk as 90s decade tradition, in later years Propagandhi records have moved towards a heavier, slowier and more technical progressive rock influenced sound. Both in their lyrics and hands on activism, the band's members champion various radical left wing causes and veganism, and have taken a vocal stance against human rights violations, sexism, racism, nationalism, homophobia, imperialism, militarism, violence, capitalism and organized religions. Celebrating three decades of life in the political and musical hinterlands, Propagandhi will release their sixth studio album, "failed States", on September 4th. This album willfully careens between brazen heavy metal tendencies, progressive rock structures and the ragged punk rock roots of Propagandhi's earlier work, further raising the lyrical and musical bar set by their critically acclaimed 2009 release, "Supporting Caste". The excellent artwork is by Canadian artist Kent Monkman and everybody can to admire more paintings of him HERE .
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"supporting caste"
Year:  2009
Country:  Canada
Label:  G7 Welcoming Comite
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Prog Rock




























Unbelievably, it has been a full four years since ‘prairie skids' Propagandhi released their previous full-length, Potemkin City Limits. Since then the band has experienced some notable changes: recruiting David ‘Space Beaver' Guillas (ex-Giant Sons) on second guitar in 2006; announcing the closure of their own G7 Welcoming Committee record label in early 2008; and more recently, parting ways with the label that brought them to the world, Fat Wreck Chords. Transitionary times, but not a transitionary album for Propagandhi, whose latest offering, Supporting Caste, is as focused, grounded and absolutely vital as the band has ever been. Opener "Night Letters" arrives like an adrenaline-filled syringe into the heart of an overdosed junkie. Blasts of down-tuned thrash intersect a melodic lick and Kowalski screams stirring lyrics, with verses dispersed in between an insane riff that bursts from the speakers like a rabies-infected dog; meanwhile, somewhere in the world Kerry King closes his eyes in disbelief, for it was not him who wrote this riff. Title track "Supporting Caste" finds Chris Hannah contemplating the insanity of recorded history ("Because history exalts / only the pornography of force / that of murderers and psychopaths") whilst touching on issues of power and of feeling powerless, ultimately concluding with a relatively upbeat sentiment: "if you're cast on thin ice, you may as well dance." Hannah then shifts his target, expressing his disillusionment with religion and its rigid prescription to binary oppositions on "Terntium Non Datur" (Latin for, roughly, no third way) before the brilliant "Dear Coach's Corner," which explodes with a mind-bending, face-melting intro that eventually settles into an excursion towards more melodic territory, complemented by some nice picking by The Beave on second guitar, as Hannah documents his often underestimated vocal abilities whilst commenting on the idiocy of nationalism and militarism, juxtaposed with references to his beloved game, ice hockey. Kowalski returns to lead vocal duties on "This Is Your Life," his best contribution to the Propagandhi canon since "Fuck the Border," before Hannah returns to the forefront with one of the album's many highlights, "Human(e) Meat," which shoots down the paradoxical notion that it is possible to kill humanely, played out with a stunning, screaming solo. Lyrically, this theme continues on "Potemkin City Limits," with Hannah presenting an extremely poignant and touching account of animal suffering - proving here again, as he has done repeatedly over the years, that his lyrics can stand alone, and stand out, as prose on their own merit (continue to reading HERE ).
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

ANTI-PASTI

































"rise up"
Year:  2016
Country:  UK
City:  Derby
Label:  Westworld
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock



























They are a british punk band active from 1979 to 1984, and come back in 2012 until nowadays. During its first era the band recorded two albums quite popular in the hardcore punk scene then, early 80s. In 2016 Anti-Pasti recorded this third full lenght album which contains twelve song farest of fast UK82 punk or simply hardcore, and closer to classic rock or even hard rock. Their lyrics have also changed to become more intelligent, rational and mature, nothing to do with nihilism, "non futurism" or "chaoism" as their congenres early 80s decade. In August the album "rise up" was finally released to great reviews, and have reveled a new singer (GeZ Addictive) and confirmed they have an album of new material on the way.
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JOHNNY MOPED

































"it's a real cool baby"
Year:  2016
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Damaged Goods
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock


























The long awaited Johnny Moped new album, has finally made. The band started in 1976 but they have recorded just three albums. Since the beggining they have recorded punk songs, but also music more new wave, pub rock or simply classic rock oriented. This third album does not dissapointed at all with sixteen songs of high quality rockin 1977 punk music. Nor hardcore neither metal here, just few chords taken of Chuck Berry and sound, tempo and lyrics own of classic punk rock. Nothing more... nothing less. Very good
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"cycledelic"
Year:  1978
Country:  UK
Label:  Damaged Goods
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock




























After one single in 1977 was the turn of Johnny Moped debut album entitled "cycledelic". And despite it was not much succesful, the work has more than acceptable quality music, sound and lyrics. There were several re-issues, the last one was in 2016 through record label "Damaged Goods" on CD and LP format. A fistful of good songs that didn't gave enough courage to the band and there was a long hiatus of complete inactivity until 1990, twelve years later.
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Saturday, 22 April 2017

THE BRISTLES

































"last days of capitalism"
Year:  2015
Country:  Sweden
City:  Landskrona,
Label:  Heptown
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         D-Beat



























The Bristles is a veteran raw punk band formed in 1982 from Landskrona, Sweden. The band broke up in 1985. In 2008 reunited. In 2010 the album Reflections Of The Bourgeois Society was out, In 2012 the band’s 2:nd album, Bigger than Punk, was released. In 2014 the cassette EP "Val" was out and now the the new album "last days of capitalism" is out late 2015, 23 Oct. The band name comes from GBH debut album "leather, bristles, studs and acne" and in effect their music style is very influenced by fast punk early 80 such as: Discharge, GBH, The Exploited, Chaos UK and similars. The Bristles are not a political militant band in the sense of CRASS, for example, but they have affirmed some principles and ideas as: anti-fascism, anti-racism or pro- animal liberation, to mention just a few ones. It's clear and more than obvious the band has not the goal to got money making punk music, and everybody can to download their complete discography in this official Bandcamp .
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

BLACK VOLVO



























"bad driving"
Year:  2017
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Amsterdam
Label:  TNS
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  17
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore





























I still wondering with these veteran musicians who started this new band in 2010 in their born city Amsterdam. Until date they has recorded an EP plus a debut album, and now this new second album which contains seventeen songs with the best of punk rock and hardcore in the californian style, in the sense this is optimistic, positive, fast and light. Yeah light, fast and really short as the pioners bands from 1981 or 1982. It seem is enough to listen to two or three albums from that period, perhaps Minor Threat and Black Flag? hardcore, punk and also a bit of classic rock'n'roll touches to achevied this great album. Simple, direct, noisy and great.
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Friday, 24 March 2017

THE MEMBERS

































"at the chelsea nightclub"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock



























The Members started in 1976 as another teenage band into the punk rock explosion late 70's decade, but quickly they incorporated to their music different elements, sounds and influences closer to reggae, funk, post-punk and new wave. With intelligent and original lyrics, sometimes about personal issues, sometimes about social issues, the band achieved their acclamed debut album in 1979 issued by label "Virgin Records" (Universal Music). With an ironical voice, few distorted guitars, original drums section and some kind of avantgarde style, The Members took the attention of public and medias during its first short period of activy, just until 1983. In 2007 the band come back and still active performing mostly for UK, Europe and US. They participaed in popular festival "Rock Against Racism" and other benefit concerts and events.
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Friday, 17 March 2017

PANSY DIVISION










































"quite contrary"
Year:  2016
Country:  US
City:  San Francisco
Label:  Alternative Tentacles
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk





























Pansy Division is back with the follow-up to the cult band’s 2009 album That’s So Gay (Alternative Tentacles). Titled Quite Contrary, this new Pansy Division full-length is fourteen tracks of the band’s signature punk rock sound. Speaking of the Pansy Division’s sound, being that for the most part it has existed at the intersection between punk and pop, it is kind of what I imagine a collaborative project between The Dead Milkmen and The B-52s might be like, or something along those lines. Quite Contrary is the album that marks Pansy Division’s 25th anniversary as a band; an important release from an important band, to be sure. Pansy Division, pioneers of the queercore movement, were one of the first open all-gay bands in punk rock. What’s more, the members turned out to do what they set out to do pretty well, hence Pansy Division’s cult following over the years. Now, after six albums, comp appearances, live album and best-of releases, a DVD documentary, a bunch of 7” records, a handful of lineup changes, and countless shows, Pansy Division is still at it. And Quite Contrary, the band’s seventh album, is a decidedly more mature offering from the band, dealing less with humor and risqué themes and more with meaningful, personal relationships, as well as views against bigoted right-wing religious fanatics and socio-political issues. In addition to Quite Contrary, Alternative Tentacles is releasing a 7” of two Pansy Division songs. Side A is “Blame it on the Bible” (which also appears on Quite Contrary), and Side B is “Neighbors of the Beast” (which is only available on the 7” release). Standouts on Quite Contrary include: “Love Came Along,” “You’re on the Phone,” “I’m the Friend,” “Blame it on the Bible,” and “Too Much to Ask.” There is also a very cool cover of The Pet Shop Boys’ synth-pop song “It’s a Sin,” on which Pansy Division puts its punk rock stamp. Both the Quite Contrary album and Blame it on the Bible 7” will be available from Alternative Tentacles on September 9, 2016. On September 20, in support of the new material and to celebrate 25 years of Pansy Division, the band will be hitting the road for a handful of US tour dates.
(*NOTE = this review was writen by James G. Carlson ).
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"total entertainment!"
Year:  2003
Country:  US
Label:  Alternative Tentacles
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk






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Monday, 27 February 2017

THE MEATMEN


























"Pope on a rope"
Year:  1995
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  Meat King
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Hardcore       Punk       Metal

























Punk pranksters The Meatmen had one of the nastiest, most offensive senses of humor in all of hardcore - and that's saying something. Politically incorrect before the term existed, frontman Tesco Vee - the one constant in the band's lineup - kept things as gleefully stupid and tasteless as possible, cracking graphic jokes about various bodily functions while baiting women, racial minorities, homosexuals, rival punk rock bands, and handicapped children. The Meatmen's music was generally standard-issue hardcore punk, with nods to heavy metal in their latter years; much more important, however, was their sheer outrageousness, which was the real basis for their following.










Meatmen founder Tesco Vee was born Robert Vermuellen, and grew up mostly in Lansing, MI, where he discovered the music of Detroit proto-punkers like the MC5 and the Stooges. Starting in his teenage years, he published several punk fanzines, chronicling the Midwestern scene in one called Touch & Go. In 1980, he adopted the stage name Tesco Vee (the first part after his favorite record store) and teamed with brothers Rich and Greg Ramsey (bass and guitar, respectively) to form the Meatmen. Initial drummer Jim Forsey quickly gave way to Eliot Rachtman, and the Meatmen soon built a following for on-stage antics that had little to do with Vee's day job as a fourth-grade teacher.
Later in 1980, Vee teamed with Necros bassist Corey Rusk to found Touch & Go Records, which released the Meatmen's 1982 debut EP, Blood Sausage. It was followed in short order by another EP, Crippled Children Suck; it was later reissued as part of an LP that also included demos and outtakes. By this time, Rachtman had been replaced first by Mr. X and then by ex-Necros drummer Todd Swalla; meanwhile, Greg Ramsey had also quit to have brother Rich take over his guitar slot, at which point Mike Achtenbourg joined on bass. Vee, uninterested in the business aspects of running a record label, also ceded control of Touch & Go to Rusk, who would build it into one of the most influential indie labels of the '80s. The Meatmen's -- and Touch & Go's -- first full-length LP, We're the Meatmen...and You Suck!!, appeared in 1983, and contained both Blood Sausage tracks and live versions of Crippled Children material. Following its release, the first version of the Meatmen disbanded, and Vee relocated to Washington, D.C.










With help from ex-Minor Threat guitarists Lyle Preslar and Brian Baker, Vee recorded the solo EP Dutch Hercules in 1984. Preslar and Baker subsequently formed the backbone of a musically potent new version of the Meatmen, which featured bassist Graham McCulloch and drummer Eric Zelzdor. Leaving Touch & Go for Homestead, this lineup released War of the Superbikes in 1985. Baker subsequently left the group to start the early emo band Dag Nasty, and was replaced by Stuart Casson. Casson, in turn, left halfway through the recording of 1986's Rock & Roll Juggernaut (now on Caroline), and was replaced by James Cooper; when Cooper left in 1987, Casson came right back. Also in 1987, Zelzdor departed and gave way to Mark "Gooly" Kermanj. This lineup embarked on a farewell tour in 1988, which produced the live album We're the Meatmen...and You Still Suck.










Two years after the Meatmen's breakup, Tesco Vee emerged from retirement to form the Hate Police, which recorded several singles and an album over 1990-1993. Meanwhile, Touch & Go compiled the entirety of the Meatmen's recordings for the label on 1991's evocatively titled Stud Powercock: The Touch and Go Years. In 1993, after the Hate Police disbanded, Vee teamed with a Meatmen-influenced band called True Grit to form a third version of the Meatmen, this time featuring guitarist Norman Voss, bassist Mark Davis, and drummer Mark Glass. Vee formed his own Meatking label to issue the new lineup's first effort, the limited-edition Toilet Slave, in 1994. The follow-up, 1995's Pope on a Rope, featured new drummer Rob San Pietro and landed the group support slots with the likes of Gwar and Butt Trumpet. War of the Superbikes, Vol. 2, released by Go Kart in 1996, featured the entirety of the original album plus a selection of new songs to fill out the CD. A final EP, Evil in a League with Satan, appeared in 1997 before the group broke up once again. A decade later, the Meatmen returned to the studio to begin work on Cover the Earth, which was released in 2009 and followed by a mammoth U.S. tour. ~ Steve Huey
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"savage sagas from The Meatmen"
Year:  2014
Country:  US
Label:  Self Destructo
Format:  CD , LP
Time:  20
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Hardcore       Punk       Metal





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