Thursday, 10 January 2019

NATTERERS

















"head in threatening attitude"
Year:  2017
Country:  UK
City:  Yorkshire
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk














Dead Kennedys seems the biggest influence for this band, their music, way of to sing and sound production. Natterers is one of the band names on everyone’s lips here in the UK diy scene at the moment; and with good reason. Hailing from Yorkshire, these guys have been touring constantly and have been attracting quite a lot of attention since the release of their 4 track demo last year. I was lucky enough to see them for the first time earlier this year at an all dayer with Discharge and they stuck in my mind as one of the best performances of the day; not only because of their music but also their stage presence. Emma, their powerful vocalist, pointed out she was the only female out of all the bands playing that day and called out for more women to get involved in the punk scene. Something I think we can all get behind. “Toxic Care” was released on June 23rd via Boss Tuneage Records & Serial Bowl Records.  It consists of 6 raw and catchy songs that prove again why Natterers are one of the most exciting up and coming bands in the UK. Check it out below (*Review by Steve Kingston).
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Friday, 4 January 2019

PARANOID VISIONS



















"40 shades of gangreen"
Year:  2007
Label:  Foad
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk
















Paranoid Visions are a punk band from Dublin, Ireland who formed in 1982. They broke up in 1992, had reunion shows and eventually decided to reunite. The band ran their own label, F.O.A.D. (Fuck Off And Die), during the 80s and 90s. The label was based in Dublin and run by guitarist, P.A. as is the bulk of their current administration to date. In 1987, the band started the FOAD2U2 campaign (meaning fuck off and die to U2). These letters could be seen sprayed all over Dublin at the time.[citation needed] Their EP, I Will Wallow is a parody of U2's album, Boy, and their single "I Will Follow". In . The band went on hiatus in the early 1990s reforming for shows in 1996 with the Sex Pistols on the Filthy Lucre Tour and the Damned on their 25th anniversary tour of 2001. In 2005 Toxic Records released the compilation "Outside in" resulting in the band reforming for a few shows in support of the release.The reformation led to a huge creative burst and resulted in the "Missing in Action" ep. The critical and commercial success of the record continued the creative vein and between 2005 and 2017 the band released 5 new albums and 12 singles. The January 2009 release Beware of the God.[6] was voted number 107 in the list of the most important Irish albums in Hot Press magazine, whilst the singles Politician, Treasure on the Wasteland and Outsider Artist (featuring TV Smith) all hit the Irish top 10. In 2013 the band formed an unlikely alliance with Crass vocalist Steve Ignorant which started out life as a single track and led on to regular live performances, 2 albums and 2 singles. The band alongside Steve have played some of the biggest alternative festivals in the world including Chicago's Riot Fest (att 80,000), Canada's Amnesia festival (att 60,000) and the annual appearance at the UK's Rebellion Festival, at which the band performed a set featuring Crass songs for the first time in 7 years alongside tracks by Flux of Pink Indians, Poison Girls, DIRT and Conflict as well as their own material.
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"beware of the God"
Year:  2009
Label: Foad
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk








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"escape from the austery complex"
Year:  2012
Label:  Overground
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk








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"when...?"
Year:  2013
Label:  Overground
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk








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"cryptic cross words"
Year:  2015
Label:  Overground
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk








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P.V. + STEVE IGNORANT
"now and then..."
Year:    2016
Label:   Overground
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk








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"rebellion"
Year:  2017
Label:  Overground
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  40 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism, pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk
















Paranoid Visions formed in 1981 and are regarded as Irelands longest serving punk rock band. The band have played with and toured with artists like Jello Biafra, UK Subs, GBH, Poison Girls, Dirt, Conflict, Dickies, Theatre of Hate, New Model Army and The Damned. In 2013 they formed an alliance with Crass vocalist Steve Ignorant and continue to perform and record with him, so far the collaboration has produced two full length albums and two extended play singles. Set for release on August 4th 2017 and available from Advance Records , Paranoid Visions have recorded an extended set of tracks that would have been released as an EP but they have added five bonus tracks creating a hybrid EP/LP release. The album is pressed on beautiful pink vinyl and featuring a Lowry inspired painting of the band outside the Wintergarden in Blackpool, the home of the annual Rebellion festival. After charting in Ireland with their last release with Steve Ignorant, Deko and the band have another chance with this one delivering on 35 years of punk rock innovation and sheer dedication. The simply magnificent opener, No Pasaran (Are You Getting The Picture) is epic in scope and sound. With superb female/male vocal alternating the leads and a massive chorus with keyboard enhancement, I was simply stunned at one of the tracks of the year with some brilliant anti-racism lyrics. Ego Mania (It’s All About You) focuses on the social media trend creating self obsessed citizens “you’ve got a smart phone, but you’re not too bright”!  It’s a powerful punk rock song and Paranoid Visions are a band at the top of their game full of power, anger and melody with some great songwriting chops – the sound reminds me of Anima Mundi, a superb Los Angeles anarcho-punk band…loved it! On Greytown the focus turns to a mosh-pit friendly song about living in despair at banality and it packs a serious punch with a UK Subs vibe. The focus on societies decline continues with Dead Zoo as the band tackles the subject of drug and alcohol abuse. The song opens with a mournful guitar and Deko’s signature voice delivers a ballad style restrained punk/folk track. With some soaring guitar work, the lyrics hit hard and the echoing female backing vocals add an eerie atmosphere to a powerful track. The record is strictly limited to 500 copies and some even more limited edition copies come with a cd version cased in a printed tin. The five bonus tracks consist of three tracks recorded live in the studio (no overdubs / first takes) The Angelus combines military drums with church bells, a priest and builds, and builds with single strummed power chords  before launching into a churning head banger with a New Model Army vibe. Murder Most Foul creates a lonely street scene with footsteps and dogs barking before the pounding bass and reverb tinged chords lead into a great guitar lick to produce a slower number led by the female vocals and telling a story with aplomb – “You Watch your Back” – indeed! The third of the five bonus tracks is a ska-infused boot stomper whereas West One is a heavier punk rock track covering The Ruts classic. The album concludes with a total departure in sound with a stunning dance remix of the 2012 track Statement of Intent featuring the Shend (from the Cravats) – it’s a raver and its bloody brilliant.
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Thursday, 3 January 2019

CRIMINAL STATE


















"children of the forgotten generation"
Year:  2017
Country:  Russia
City:  Nizhny Novgorod
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore















four piece punk band started in Nizhny Novgorod in 2008. After three albums this is their fourth recording which contanins twwelve short and fast songs, in the vein of bands such as: The Exploited, GBH, Chaos UK or Varukers, to mention a few.
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Tuesday, 1 January 2019

GEOFFREY Oi!COTT



















"the good, the bad and the googly"
Year:  2008
Country:  UK
City:  Yorkshire
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!














Best Oi! music in the classic tradition of Cock Sparrer or Cockney Rejects (contains cover), with a 4 Skins artwork parody and the same funny Hard Skin style. Treatet are topics like the favorit forms of sports britains darts, domino and cricket. You will notice that these guys don't take themselves too serious... but the opposite, their lyrics are full of sense of humor, jokes and parodies.
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"no. 1 hits like"
Year:  2011
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!
















Geoffrey Oi!cott – everyone’s favourite sports themed Oi! band – are back , and with “No 1 Hits” become the first band in the world to do a tribute album to themselves “as no one else was going to do it”. Since the release of the debut "the good the bad and the googly", the band have found themselves mentioned numerously in the national press such as The Daily Mirror and BBC2 TV due to recording the walk on music for BDO Darts World Championship Quarter Finalist Garry Thompson (“Glory Glory Garry Thompson” – which is included on this album) as well as mentions/features in publications such as NME, Vice and The Guardian as well as several plays and mentions on Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music show. Coupled with eye catching artwork which is a trademark of the band, “No 1 Hits (Like) Geoffrey Oi!Cott” features 12 slabs of anthemic Oi! music with lyrics centred on the "proper English sport" of cricket. The album is released to co-incide with the band’s third consecutive appearance at the Rebellion Festival where they have become firm favourites.
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"sticky wickets"
Year:  2015
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!

















Geoffrey Oi!cott – everyone’s favourite sports themed Oi! band – are back with third album “STICKY WICKETS” . Since the release of the critically acclaimed debut “THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE GOOGLY”, and follow up “NO 1 HITS (LIKE) GEOFFREY OI!COTT”, the band have found themselves mentioned numerously in the national press such as The Daily Mirror and BBC2 TV due to recording the walk on music for BDO Darts World Championship Quarter Finalist Garry Thompson as well as mentions/features in publications such as NME, Vice and The Guardian as well as several plays and mentions on Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music show, and even mentions on Test Match Special. Coupled with eye catching artwork which is a trademark of the band, “Sticky Wickets” features 10 street punk anthems, six songs about cricket and four that come under the title of “arrows and shit” about Darts and Robin Hood. The coloured vinyl LP version also includes a CD of all the tracks. The album is released to co-incide with the band’s seventh consecutive appearance at the Rebellion Festival where they have become firm favourites. Boss Tuneage 2015
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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

MxPx

















"idem"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Bremerton, WA
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk















MxPx is a punk band from Bremerton, Washington founded in 1992 as Magnified Plaid. The band has skate punk leanings, with connections to the pop punk scene. Current members include Mike Herrera on lead vocals and bass guitar, Yuri Ruley on drums and percussion, Tom Wisniewski on lead guitar and backing vocals and Chris Adkins on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. The band's discography includes twelve studio albums, four EPs, four compilation albums, a live album, a VHS tape, a DVD and 20 singles. A number of the group's releases have charted on Billboard, including the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Billboard Christian Albums... yeah, because MxPx are openly christian punk as other bands, as also christian hardcore bands. According to the band they are not a conservative, nationalist and puritan band, but they are closer to left-wing and libertarian principles and ideas. If they respecte me... I respect them.
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"life in general"
Year:  1996
Label:  Tooth & Nail
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  17
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop        Hardcore







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Friday, 14 December 2018

YORSH



















https://ia801501.us.archive.org/32/items/yorsh_2019/o.jpg"shackles of the world"
Year:  2015
Country:  Russia
City:  Podolsk
Label:  Soyuz
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock
















The album "Eorsha" is a good reason to refresh your ideas about the domestic punk-rock scene. The guys have been around for a long time, and over the past five years they have updated their sound, heading towards “alternative music”. Now heavy punching riffs and desperate texts are strung on their punk base, which seems to be a very winning combination. Plus sincerity. When young musicians scream about the existential nature of their existence, it sometimes looks touching, but more often it is ridiculous. When non-indifferent and nervousness retain 30-year-olds in their work, this is worth listening to more closely. Sometimes it happens that the group simply imitates youthful maximalism, in connection with which she wants to regret, but sometimes the musicians go to a new level. With regard to "Yorsh" we can talk about this case.



The disc, which has an extremely memorable cover, begins with the poem “The Word” about the hard fate of the musician. The verse is very student, but captivating with its sincerity: “But you know, maybe an unfamiliar sms will come one day, that your song helped me not to make a step from the roof of the house ...” After that, you wait for the same naive songs, but it was not here: “Yorshi” are chopped up in an adult way, a total slam should be going on at concerts - and the meaningful accents in the songs are set correctly. There are places on the disc that make chanting refrains, and there are those where even the most calm listener cannot resist shaking his head. Paphos at "Eorsha" sometimes very subtly turns into irony, as in the song "Hate." Her entire text is dedicated to the fierce stigma of pop-punk, ska-punk and other tattooed money earners to imitate youth music - but in this text it is impossible to make out almost a word without a booklet printout, because the group made the exact arranging opposite of the hateful genres: loud, heavy and aggressive . Having excellently gone through, the soloist Dima “Falcon” Sokolov suddenly in a pressing anti-war “Living weapon” includes lyrics, which is quite successfully combined with a hard rock chorus. Further, "Yorsh" indulges in the openly foolish (pop-punk) "Men" and "Bad Habits", after which it returns to the verses. (*Review by Алексей Мажаев ).
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HOMESICK

















https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0372043735_10.jpg"terra nullius"
Year:  2018
Country:  Australia
City:  Sydney
Label:  Resist
Foormat:  LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore















Sydney’s very own hardcore offering Homesick are back with a bang, with an eleven-track onslaught that really packs a punch. Teaming up with producer, Jay Maas (Verse, Defeater, Bane, The Carrier), it’s clear that the five-piece have high hopes for their second LP in transcending to the next level. The result is gloriously powerful; representative of the captivating ferocity they’re now notorious for. But it’s not just the pace, or even the sound, that’s caught our attention - it’s the messages contained within, too. Don’t speak Latin? You’re forgiven. Terra Nullius literally translates to “no man’s land”, or land belonging to no-one. It’s a fitting title for an album which so scathingly delivers an on-point commentary on the issues Indigenous Australians regularly face, speaking so candidly on the darkness of colonialism that’s so often whitewashed and overlooked. Tracks like Never Ceded and Nura deal with ancient spirituality and culture of Aboriginal Australians, while lamenting the freedom of these people that was stolen; their stories lost.




It’s ambitious to comment on such deep matters, but Homesick are clearly an ambitious band. There’s certainly growth on display here, taking listeners on an informative - albeit emotive - journey with this, their sophomore record. There’s an array of cards being laid on the table, too; ranging from grief, mental illness, and suicide, to domestic violence with the track Burdens. It’s political as well, demonstrating that this is a band aware of their surroundings, not just in the context of the music industry, but also as Australians. Despite all of this, there’s a certain duplexity present - at the heart of the music there’s a balance, and the result is clarity emerging from all the anger and sadness.




With melodic moments, raw aggression, and sheer passion resonating both lyrically and vocally, here we have a band worth taking note of - if for nothing else than their pertinacious resistance to silence in every which way. (*Review by Claire Louise ).
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM

















"the ’59 sound sessions"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  New Brunswick, NY
Label:  SideOneDummy Records
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock, acoustic
Style:        Punk        Folk
















The Gaslight Anthem is a punk band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since forming in 2006, they have released five full-length albums and an EP. They were described by Kerrang! magazine as “the best new band you’ll hear in 2008.” The lineup consists of Brian Fallon (vocals and guitar), Alex Levine (bass), Benny Horowitz (drums), and Alex Rosamilia (guitar). On July 29, 2015, the band announced an indefinite hiatus. The Gaslight Anthem’s music embraces many elements of blues, folk and punk rock. The band has described their sound as “Bruce Springsteen singing for a Cure cover band, with a tinge more aggression.” The group’s fondness for Springsteen, a significant influence on their music, is celebrated by fans and critics alike. Representative of such views, one critic wrote, “The Gaslight Anthem are like something out of speculative fiction: this is what pop music would be if Springsteen hadn’t listened to his producer, let The Clash or Ramones record ‘Hungry Heart,’ and launched the C.B.G.B.’ers into megastardom.”
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Sunday, 9 December 2018

RADKEY



















"dark black makeup"
Year:  2016
Country:  US
City:  Saint Joseph, MI
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  42 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock














Radkey is an afro-punk band from St. Joseph, Missouri that is made up of three brothers. Dee Radke is the lead guitarist and vocalist, Isaiah is the bass player and middle brother, and Solomon is the drummer and youngest brother. In late 2014, the band relocated to the nearby metropolis of Kansas City. 2015 debut album from the St. Joseph, Missouri -based alt-rock trio. When an unsigned band from the American Midwest with an age range from 15 to 19 earns a spot on Later with Jools Holland, you know something special is going on. With each new EP and single, anticipation for the release of Radkey's debut album has been growing. Now the wait is over. Dark Black Makeup was produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, The Kills, Drenge) in San Francisco and Sheffield. Radkey have evolved a distinctive sound. They started with a punk base and gathered power and tightness with each new tour. Now with the release of Dark Black Makeup, Radkey reveals a musical maturity beyond their years.Radkey has played in various live concerts next to bands such as: Swingin Utters, Descendents, The Lillingtons, Dead To Me, Teenage Bootlerocket and many more. Brilliant album.
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Friday, 7 December 2018

EXTREMODURO


















"rock transgresivo"
Year:  1989
Country:  Spain
City:  Plasencia
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock
















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"somos unos animales"
Year:  1991
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock







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"deltoya"
Year:  1992
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock







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"pedrá"
Year:  1995
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  1
Time:  29 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock







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"agila"
Year:  1996
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock







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"canciones prohibidas"
Year:  1998
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock







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"minoria absoluta"
Year:  2002
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock







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"la ley innata"
Year:  2008
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  6
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Prog Rock







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"material defectuoso"
Year:  2011
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  6
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Prog Rock







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