Sunday, 17 March 2019

THE MOVEMENT





















"fools like you"
Year:  2012
Country:  Denmark
City:  Copenhagen
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Ska












The Movement is a trio from Copenhagen, Denmark. They play a fast, short, simple, energetic and dynamic ska punk. Their sound is influenced by the bands from late 70s such as: The Clash, The Jam or Ramones and of course the essential 60s band such as The Who, Small Faces or The Kinks. The Movement is a well dressed band who always wears suits, they know the old mod-slogan: "clean living under difficult circumstances". The band is also well known for its political attitude and its strong principles. The members declare themselves as a socialists and internationalists. They very often play in anti-fas shows next to bands more punk or hardcore oriented. We can say we have found a kind of "red-mod" band and in fact there are some tracks not far to The Redskins music.
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"revolutionary sympathies"
Year:  2005
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Ska










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"move!"
Year:  2002
Label:  Mad butcher
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Ska









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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

STRAIGHTLINE




















"vanishing values"
Year:  2017
Country:  Germany
City:  Munich
Label:  Bird attack
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop        Hardcore















Brilliant and excellent album. It takes a lot for an album to really shake me around and make me feel ecstatic after listening to it. While it’s a rare occurrence, it’s the reason why I keep writing about music. It’s for the little gems like this that come across my inbox and I sometimes have to wonder, “Am I always going to feel like a child when I listen to music?” The answer is indefinitely “yes”. Vanishing Values is a battle from start to finish. Straightline blends skate-punk with metal and thrash to create that exact, particular feeling you had while playing Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 in middle school while eating Totino’s Pizza Rolls on a Tuesday afternoon. The nostalgia that exists in this album is immediately familiar, but believe me, it’s still fresh and urgently aggressive hardcore punk. Bart’s guitar work is top-notch and keeps the entire record interesting down to the last minute. To be honest, the whole band is solid, and this is most obvious on a track like “Fading Away” which is equally heavy as it is catchy. One of the most lovable tracks on this record is “Unfinished Story” which will be an instant hit with anyone who loves older Less Than Jake tracks. I’m most curious to hear how these two tracks in particular carry over live (if they make it into a set-list). Straightline has officially made it onto my “Bands-To-See-Live” bucket list. The entire vibe of Vanishing Values is truly uplifting. You might get the urge to kickflip a 9-set with any of these tracks playing in the background. Or at least dust off that old GameCube sitting in your closet. Either way, you’re going to have a really awesome time while listening to this album (*Review by Catherine Dempsey ).
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"final redemption"
Year:  2012
Label:  Morning Wood
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop        Hardcore








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Friday, 8 March 2019

PANDEMIX






















"in condemnation"
Year:  2019
Country:  US
City:  Boston, MA
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore











The members of East Coast punk outfit Pandemix initially came together through a shared passion for bands like Crass, Subhumans, and Poison Girls. Formed in Boston back in 2016, the group dropped their debut 12" Scale Models of Atrocities, via Boss Tuneage, and played gigs throughout the entire time. The last fact is all the more impressive when you learn that the members of Pandemix don't all live in the same state anymore.




With 2018 seeing the release of a 7" on Dirt Cult called Rank & File, Pandemix is returning to record store shelves with In Condemnation, a 10-track LP that finds the combo expanding on their politically-charged and ferocious hardcore punk. "'A Pox' is one of the handful of songs on this record that Matthew wrote the music for to a looped Ramones drumbeat track," says Shannon, the vocal powerhouse of Pandemix. "Since I live in Pittsburgh and the rest of the band is in Boston, they write without me and send me practice recordings that I write lyrics and melodies to. It's a very non-social way of being in a band, for me, and I think that isolated approach to the creative process maybe results in some stranger lyrics.




"This song puts a finer point on a theme that we've started to explore in the past - namely the idea that all the things that are wrong with society are wrong with us as individuals. My lyric writing process is basically to ask myself questions about my fears; in this case the fear is that maybe humans just fundamentally cannot be good to each other. Will Killingsworth was incredibly patient and stifled laughter (not for the first time) while I tried out a lot of different vocal styles on the bridge before the final chorus, including a Marilyn Manson-style whisper at drummer Ryan Berry's insistence." (*Review by Carlos Ramirez ).
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"scale models of atrocities"
Year:  2018
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  23 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore








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Friday, 1 March 2019

MASKED INTRUDER




















"III"
Year:  2019
Country:  US
City:  Wisconsin
Label:  Pure noise
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk













Masked Intruder have never shied away from a heavy pop influence, but on III, they dive in head first, delivering cotton candy choruses over distorted guitars. First single “No Case” is traditional MI fodder with its criminal themes and modern pop punk sound. But with the exception of a few songs near the tail end of III, that sound is peppered in. “Mine All Mine” has a heavy Buddy Holly influence while “All of My Love” features a giant, hair metal guitar solo. “Just So You Know” is a nice blend – grade-A MI with bigger guitars and a twinkly synth in the bridge. They literally sing “doo-wop, doo-wop” on “Please Come Back to Me.” Intruder Blue’s vocals have never been cleaner or turned up. And it sounds great, often coming across like the Gimme Gimmes circa Take a Break. Clearly producer Roger Lima (Less Than Jake) and co-producer Mike Kennerty (The All-American Rejects) had a hand in the cleaner production, no strangers to getting glossier as their bands grew. Most notably, the songwriting has taken a giant leap forward and the music has adapted to that. Yes, there are plenty of criminal-esque lyrics: “Aside from the ski mask, what would the difference be? You may as well kick him out and take the chance on me!” is a killer line. The Intruders clearly care about the mythology that goes into their albums, but it’s when they thread that wordplay into resonating choruses that everything truly clicks. “We could get the money and we could get away, but you better kiss me now, just in case” is a great example of this. There’s plenty of double entendre to sink into, and you’ll be able to read deeper into it as these songs stay stuck in your head. It makes complete sense that Masked Intruder wouldn’t release III on Red Scare or Fat Wreck. Those influences are there, but Masked Intruder is expanding, to great effect. I’m curious to see how this impacts their fan base because, while it is poppier, almost bubblegum in some cases, there may not be another band that could pull this off, constantly balancing pop punk and doo wop, reeking of cheesiness and earnest. III sees Masked Intruder veering further from their original sound, but it also shows four Intruders who clearly care about their craft. It’s fun, it’s catchy, and, more than any other MI release, it reaches beyond pop punk (*Review by Nick Ep ).
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"m.i."
Year:  2014
Label:  Fat wreck chords
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk








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"idem"
Year:  2012
Label:  Red Scare
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk








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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

MILLENCOLIN


















"sos"
Year:  2019
Country:  Sweden
City:  Örebro
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop       Hardcore













Seminal Swedish skate-punk band Millencolin have announced the release of their ninth studio album 'SOS,' out February 15th, 2019 on Epitaph. 'SOS' will be their first album in four years, and a follow up to 2015’s 'True Brew'. It’s clear the band members are just as unified as they were when they formed Millencolin, roughly 26 years, eight albums and 2,000 live shows ago. “We’re a band truly formed from respect and understanding for each other and our passion for rock music,” explains vocalist/bassist Nikola Sarcevic. “If you ask us, this is the best job in the world!”. 'SOS' was recorded at the band’s own Soundlab Studios, in in Örebro, Sweden and mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. It was produced by vocalist/bassist Nikola Sarcevic and guitarist Mathias Färm in Soundlab Studios, with all artwork, photography created by guitarist Erik Ohlsson. Millencolin have announced their first 2019 festival appearances, including Groezrock Festival in April, Austrian Nova Rock festival in June, and the German Mission Ready festival in July. More European/U.K. dates will be announced soon. With the release of 'SOS', the Örebro based quartet of vocalist/bassist Nikola Sarcevic, guitarists Erik Ohlsson and Mathias Färm and drummer Fredrik Larzon are very excited for the next chapter in their career (*Review by Thomas ).
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"pennybridge pioneers"
Year:  1999
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop        Hardcore








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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

CYANIDE PILLS



















"sliced and diced"
Year:  2017
Country:  UK
City:  Leeds
Label:  Damaged goods
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  18
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock















Great punk rock band from Leeds, UK who have released three full length albums and at least five 7" singles over the last few years. If your a fan of late 70's punk, power pop, mod bands such as The Buzzcocks, The Jam, The Undertones, The Boys or even newer bands such as The Briefs, The Stitches or Cute Leapers you really need to check this lot out.
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Monday, 11 February 2019

BLOWFUSE



















"daily ritual"
Year:  2019
Country:  Spain
City:  Barcelona
Label:  Long beach
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop        Hardcore















Nowadays, Blowfuse is one of the most known and active punk rock bands of their country, Spain. The band, hailing from Barcelona, was founded around 2008 and began playing shows under the name Godfarts. While gaining renown as Godfarts they released their first album “Messed Up Minds” in 2010. The band was renamed to Blowfuse in 2013. The same year they released “Into The Spiral”, which was recorded, produced and mixed by Darian Rundall, who also worked with bands like Pennywise, TSOL, Suicidal Tendencies and U.S. Bombs. Influenced by 80’s and 90’s punk rock waves and the skateboard lifestyle, Blowfuse crafts a style of its own, mixing the aggressiveness of hardcore punk, the catchy melodies of 90’s punk rock, the powerful classic rock riffs, and their acid and paranoiac lyrics. They have toured with bands like Pennywise, 7 Seconds, and played all over Europe. Sometimes even for a length of more than two months. Blowfuse also played with bands such as Adolescents, Face to Face, Authority Zero, A Wilhelm Scream, Youth Brigade, The Casualties, The Unseen and many others. In 2013 they even played the mainstage at the prominent Resurrection Fest, sharing the stage with Bad Religion, Millencolin and Biohazard. Being as young as they are, living one of their best moments, working on new projects, touring, filming their peculiar videos… And of course, totally committed to what they loved, and still love, music.
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"couch"
Year:  2014
Label:  Morning Wood
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  7
Time:  21 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop        Hardcore







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"into the spiral"
Year:  2013
Label:  Anchored
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop        Hardcore







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Saturday, 2 February 2019

HOT WATER MUSIC



















"no division"
Year:  1999
Year:  No idea
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  32 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock








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"exister"
Year:  2012
Country:  US
City:  Gainesville
Label:  Rise
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  35 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop  Punk













Hot Water Music is a Gainesville, Florida punk outfit known for Chuck Ragan and Chris Wollard's raspy vocals, as well as their searing Jawbreaker guitars on earlier albums. The act first formed in 1993, and their first record, Finding the Rhythms, was released on "No Idea Records" and "Toy Box Records". Many fans commonly refer to Hot Water Music as the abbreviation, HWM. The name Hot Water Music comes from a Charles Bukowski book. HWM recorded an album with their good friends and mentors Leatherface for the first volume of the BYO split series. They also recorded with Alkaline Trio for a split LP on Jade Tree shortly thereafter. In 2001, Hot Water Music signed with Epitaph Records and released the record A Flight and A Crash, and went on to release two more records with Epitaph, Caution and The New What Next. In addition to their full length albums and the two aforementioned split releases, Hot Water Music have also released 5 other EPs and split albums: Push for Coin (1995 - demo tape), Eating the Filler (1995- Toybox Records), Hot Water Music vs. Discount (New American Dreams) and Colors, Words, and Dreams (2002 - split with The Casket Lottery, Second Nature Recordings). In 2005 the band took a hiatus as vocalist Chuck Ragan wanted to spend more time with his family. Soon after, the rest of the band formed The Draft, and released their debut record, In A Million Pieces, September 12, 2006 on Epitaph Records, along with various 7" vinyl records on No Idea. Ragan has opted for a solo-acoustic act with No Idea records, releasing a monthly vinyl to prelude a full studio album, as well as two live discs. As for Hot Water Music, No Idea is getting ready to release a b-sides disc later this year. Members of Hot Water Music have been in various side projects, including Crows, Rumbleseat and Blacktop Cadence. On October 22, 2007, music website Punknews.org reported that a reunion of the band is currently in the works.
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"light it up"
Year:  2017
Label:  Rise
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  35 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop  Punk







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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

US BOMBS


















"road case"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Orange County
Label:  Stope records
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock
















The U.S. Bombs will never die. Even when the day comes where the band no longer plays shows or makes records, they will still be bombing away in our hearts. Love’em or loathe’em, you can’t deny their place in punk rock history and Road Case, the Bombs new LP on Slope Records is here to cement their place in the eternal lore of leather, spikes, and most importantly, mother fucking fun. Opening track, “Riot Sirens” is classic Bombs all the way and when the Master of Disaster, Duane Peters, starts off with a line like, “Tonight’s the night, be ready for a riot…” you know it’s time to buckle up and take a ride with him and the boys that won’t let up until you need to flip the record to the other side. Recorded in couple of sessions over 2017 and 2018, Road Case is an instant classic and when the band takes the show on the road in late 2018 and early 2019, you’ll want to be up close to see and hear these songs live. Odes to skateboarding (“Pink Motel”) and struggle (“Refugee”) and excess (“Needles”) permeate this record, which is the first LP by U.S. Bombs since 2006. Road Case drops on November 23, 2018 and will be available here on Slope Records website, in record stores around the world, and from the band themselves on tour. Grab yours today (*Review by Slope ).
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"back at the laundromat"
Year:  2001
Label:  HellCat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock







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"war birth"
Year:  1997
Label:  HellCat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock







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Saturday, 26 January 2019

JARS


















"jars II"
Year:  2018
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Label:  They Live
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Hardcore
















The fans of the band tend to draw parallels between their favorite Moscow noise-makers and various United States outfits of the 1990s. The band members themselves, Anton (guitars and vocals), Sasha (bass) and Max (drums), though, are more inclined to self-deprecation. Visitors to their web resources are much more likely to encounter self-mockery than arrogance or the PR rhetoric befitting an international marketplace.
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