Saturday, 17 November 2018

THE LAWRENCE ARMS


















"apathy and exhaustion"
Year:  2001
Label:  Fat wreck chords
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk

















The Lawrence Arms got together in 1999 after the departure of Chicago punks the Broadways, Slapstick, Baxter, and Tricky Dick. The collaboration of Brendan Kelly (vocals/bass), Neil Hennessy (drums), and Chris McCaughan (guitar/vocals) produced music in the same vein of their previous bands: clever -- often politically inspired -- pop-punk with an aggressive, gritty edge. Asian Man Records released the Lawrence Arms' first album, A Guided Tour of Chicago, in November of 1999, while their second album, Ghost Stories, followed six months later. Present Day Memories, a split release with Asian Man peers the Chinkees, appeared in summer 2001. After 13 straight months of touring and drunken debauchery, the Lawrence Arms joined forces with Fat Wreck for 2002's Apathy and Exhaustion. The Greatest Story Ever Told was issued in September 2003; two years later Cocktails & Dreams, a compilation of B-sides, live recordings, and stray tracks, surfaced. Their next full-length, Oh! Calcutta!, came in March 2006, followed by a statewide tour with NOFX. With the exception of an EP in 2009, the wryly titled Buttsweat and Tears, the band was not to release anything further until 2014, thanks to the members' involvement in side projects the Falcon and Sundowner, and Hennessy's stint with Smoking Popes. In fact, some believed the band had split completely, until they announced in late 2013 that they had signed to Epitaph and would be releasing a new single, "News from Yalta," and a full-length album, Metropole, in January of the following year. The album had a melodic, accessible sound and was hailed as their most mature effort to date. ~ Mike DaRonco
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"the greatest story ever told"
Year:  2003
Label:  Fat wreck chords
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk







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"oh! calcutta!"
Year:  2006
Label:  Fat wreck chords
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk







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"metropole"
Year:  2014
Label:  Fat wreck chords
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk







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RAWSIDE



















"widerstand"
Year:  2010
Country:  Germany
City:  Coburg
Label:  APP
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore


















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Thursday, 15 November 2018

THE PROSECUTION

















"words with destiny"
Year:  2015
Country:  Germany
City:  Regensburg
Label:  LB
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska        Punk














ska punk from Germany. Difficult thing but The Prosecution make the most of it. 'A New Sensation' opens its third album with snotty vocals and gang vocals in the best punk rock style. As a guest, Chris # 2 was brought on board by Anti-Flag, and it's easy to see where the journey is going: If you were to give the political punks of Anti-Flag three horns, the result would probably sound like "words with destiny". This is not only due to the politically motivated and socially critical lyrics of The Prosecution, but also to anthemic choruses and recurrent shouts such as 'the last shot' or 'liars'. Thanks to numerous hardcore elements and the harsh vocals, the music never slips off in unimportant moodiness and can convince with its rich variety. "words with destiny" has its ups and downs, but is still pretty much the best the German ska-punk scene has to offer (*Review by Christina Wenig ).
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"the unfollowing"
Year:  2017
Label:  LB
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska        Punk







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SVETLANAS


















"this is Moscow not LA"
Year:  2017
Country:  Russia
City:  Moscow
Label:  RG
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  25 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Garage Rock
















Svetlanas are a russian punk, hardcore and garage rock influenced band formed in Moscow, Russia, in 2009. Its current lineup consists of Olga Svetlanas on lead vocals, JJ on guitar, Steve on bass, and Diste, Olga's husband, on drums. The band also features its newest addition, bassist Nick Oliveri, from Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age, upon its list of members. As of September 2014, Svetlanas have been exiled from Russia due to their political views primarily expressed through their music, which are portrayed as against the Russian government. Distribution or ownership of Svetlanas' music within the country is now considered unlawful. Their three albums can to remind bands such as: Dwarves, Zeke, Turbonegro, Gluecifer or The Hellacopters.
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DUFFY'S CUT

















"idem"
Year:  2013
Country:  US
City:  Philadelphia
Label:  Oi! the boat
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  27 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Mod        Punk














Duffy's Cut Is a Philadelphia Mod band inspired by 60's British invasion, soul and punk. The band is made up by four veteran musicians who were ex-members of various bands and they can to remind many bands from the sixties such as: The Kinks, The Who, Small Faces or The Beatles, as well as classic punk rock music in the vein of: The Clash, Ramones, The Ruts or Newtown Neurotics, with few distorted guitars, mid-tempo rhytms and a use of some kind of psychedelic keyboards. This debut album become really surprising due its originality, fresh and quality. Highly recommended.
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"killers on the dance floor"
Year:  2017
Label:  Oi! the boat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Mod        Punk


















Praise the Lord, Duffy's Cut has released their second full length album.  Hallelujah!  Their previous two releases haven't quite satiated my appetite for their unique blend of mod, soul and punk.  That's quite a heady combination of influences.  Take Decca era Small Faces and combine it with The Clash á la '77.  It's infectious, danceable r&b mixed with the fury of punk and real world view of Oi.  Sweet Jesus is it catchy and refreshing.  With a lot of bands playing straight up punk, Duffy's Cut is a musical breath of fresh air.  I also need to address something that has become very apparent over the last few years, Philly fucking shreds!  Holy shit.  There's something in the water (or "werter" as it's pronounced) up there. The album opens with the stirring "Feeling Alright," a rocking yet soulful ode to the everyday trials and tribulations that try to weigh us down while we struggle to keep our heads above water.  A head nodder that asks "How do you feel, man?" and answers with "I'm feeling alright."  Next up are two top tunes, the titular "Killers on the Dance Floor" and "She Don't Dance."  These songs, actually the entire album, are organ driven scorchers.  If I had any dance moves, I would be up and cutting a rug as soon as needle hit wax.  Unfortunately my dance moves look like a full body dry heave set to music.  If you thought their previous releases were good, this record will blow your nips off.  It's obvious that these guys have really taken the time to perfect their sound.  Lyrically, I feel like this is a big step up from their previous efforts.  On previous releases, I felt like the lyrics were a little muddy and, at times, it was tough to decipher what exactly they were trying to convey.  There isn't a single song that I would skip on this album.  Check out "Keep It Moving, " "The Judge," and their cover of "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)." Obviously, I really, really like this record.  I really admire a band that steps out from the crowd and does their own thing with a unique sound.  It's nice to hear a band harken back to the 60's rocking mod sound without being a blatant rip off of The Jam and Paul Weller.  If I'm not mistaken the album is up for pre-order on the Oi! The Boat website.  Do yourself a favor and go order a copy of this record.  Seriously, you will not regret it.  Quick side note, check out the other bands storming out of Philly.  The Jam, Redskins or The Movement deserve your attention as well.  Great music being put out by great people (*Review by Jerry ).
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PEBBLES



















"pebbles Vol. 1"
Year: 1965 - 1969
Label:  AIP
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  19
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock

















Pebbles is a compilation of US underground and garage single record releases from the mid- to late-1960s. It had a limited original release in 1978 and a more general release in 1979 (where the album was identified simply as Pebbles); this album was followed by several subsequent Pebbles compilations and albums (nearly 100 in all). This album is nowadays known as Pebbles, Volume 1 and was originally issued in 1978 as Pebbles, Volume One: Artyfacts from the First Punk Era, an obvious riff on Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, a similar, groundbreaking compilation from 1972. The Pebbles album was originally released as an LP on Mastercharge Records in 1978 as a collaborative effort of several collectors in a limited edition of just 500 copies. The album had no catalogue number and a plain pink-and-black cover sheet; it had the appearance of a bootleg recording. Greg Shaw was probably one of the collectors involved in this album, since the on-line listing of the original liner notes is marked as being "Courtesy of Greg Shaw". The AIP label that he founded released the later volumes in the series. The Mastercharge label appears to have been created only for this release and is apparently not a real record company. The release of this album on BFD in 1979 gained the record and the Pebbles series wide recognition. AIP kept the LP in print for many years. AIP issued the first volume in the Pebbles series in CD format in 1992. Although the CD has bonus tracks and a colored cover, the two formats are largely the same album and even have similar catalogue numbers. Also, ESD released an earlier edition of Pebbles, Volume 1 on CD in 1989 with almost completely different tracks.
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"pebbles vol. 2"
Year:  1965 - 1969
Label:  AIP
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock








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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

TRAPPED UNDER ICE

















"heatwave"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  Baltimore
Label:  Pop wig
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  17
Time:  23 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore












Trapped Under Ice is a hardcore punk band from Baltimore, Maryland that was formed in 2007. Since then they have released an EP and three full-length albums. Taking influence from New York Hardcore, the band has toured all over the world and was signed to Reaper Records. On August 11, 2013, Trapped Under Ice played its last show at Philadelphia's The Electric Factory at This Is Hardcore Festival 2013. The band announced their reunion in early 2015. In 2017 they released their third LP "heatwave", on Pop Wig Records, which can to remind hardcore punk classics of the 80s decade as well as more "new school" oriented sound with slow rhythms, beatdown and metallic guitars.
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BILLY TALENT


















"afraid of heights"
Year: 2016
Country:  Canada
City:  Toronto
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock















Billy Talent is a punk band from Toronto, Canada. They formed in 1993 with Benjamin Kowalewicz as the lead vocalist, Ian D'Sa on guitar, bassist Jon Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk. There have been no lineup changes, although Aaron is currently taking a hiatus from the band due to an MS relapse, and Jordan Hastings from Alexisonfire, Cunter and Say Yes is currently filling in for him. In the 24 years since their inception, Billy Talent sold well over one million albums in Canada alone and nearly 3 million albums internationally. The band existed for almost a decade before mainstream success. The members met and played in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School under the name Pezz and remained underground in Toronto's indie music scene until 2001. The band renamed itself Billy Talent after running into legal trouble with the old name. It was then that Kowalewicz's connection with an employee of Warner Music Canada's A&R department landed the band a record deal and launched them into mainstream success. Since then, Billy Talent has made three multi-platinum records in Canada, and continues to expand their success overseas, this included touring for 20 months supporting their second album. They released their third album, entitled Billy Talent III, on July 14, 2009, and their fourth album, entitled Dead Silence, on September 4, 2012. Dead Silence was followed up by a full UK tour over the course of October and November 2012. To commemorate the longevity since the release of their first studio album, the band has released a greatest hits album entitled Hits on November 4, 2014. The band regrouped and began to prepare material for its fifth studio album. Just prior to entering the studio, drummer Aaron Solowoniuk made the difficult decision to sit out the recording sessions while he continued his longstanding battle with multiple sclerosis. Fellow Canadian Jordan Hastings was quickly recruited to play as Solowoniuk's studio stand-in, and in early 2016 the group completed work on Afraid of Heights, which was released that July.
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"dead silence"
Year:  2012
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock







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"billy talent II"
Year:  2006
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock








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Monday, 12 November 2018

COCK SPARRER

















"idem"
Year:  1978
Label:  Decca
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!

















This is the debut studio album of 1978 issued in Spain through label "Decca records". Their style is influenced by pub rock, glam rock and 60s mod music as delivered by bands like the Small Faces, The Kinks and The Who and they became in the best Oi! band ever with the pass of the years. Their lyrics mostly dealt with topics related to the daily lives of working class people, football, beer, unemployment and others similar subjects. Their name derives from their original name, Cock Sparrow, a Cockney term of familiarity. This debut album has not succes nor UK neither rest of the world in 1978, but was re-issued several times through different record labels such as: Razor Records, Pure Impact, DSS, Lonsdale, etc. with some changes in the song list, remastered sound and artwork too. You can to read more info about this release HERE or HERE.
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"shock troops"
Year:  1982
Label:  Razor
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!








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"running riot '84"
Year:  1984
Label:  Syndicate
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  27 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Oi!


















As many british bands started in 1976, Cock Sparrer seem unsure which way to go and the band recorded this third album softer, slower and more melodic than ever with eight new songs plus two classics taken of a live concert. Using keyboards, acoustic guitars, electronic drums and some sound effects a little bit closer to new wave or synth-pop similar to mainstream pop bands of the 80s. The answer of both, audience and medias, was not very good and Cock Sparrer disbanded late 1984.
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"guilty as charged"
Year:  1994
Label:  Bitzcore
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  43 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!








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"two monkeys"
Year:  1997
Label:  Bitzcore
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!








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"here we stand"
Year:  2007
Label:  Pirates Press
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Tracks:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!








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"forever"
Year:  2017
Label:  Pirates Press
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!









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"Live and loud"
Year:  1983
Label:  Link
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!


















During 1983 Cock Sparrer were touring around UK to promote their second album entitled "shock troops". The label "Link" keep one these live recordings but made, distributed and put on the market this album four years later (in 1987) under the title "Live & Loud" (in fact many british bands did the same under different titles). The quality sound is brilliant and all songs are from their two first albums except a The Clash cover ("white riot") and a new song "the sun says", which was published one year later on the album "Running Riot'84".
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"live at holidays in the sun"
Year:  2003
Country:  UK
City:  Morecambe
Label:  Knock out
Format:  CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:  21
Time:  80 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi
















twenty years after recording their first official live album ("live & loud"), Cock Sparrer decided to come back and to record another official live album. This time was in Morecambe city, during the festival "Holidays in the sun" next to many other bands. The result was also excellent: brilliant quality sound, high technical level and a lot of songs (twenty one), wich became this album in their biggest one. Isued on CD and also double LP format.
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"runnin riot across USA"
Year:  2000
Label:  TKO
Format:  CD, 2 x LP
Tracks:  19
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!








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"Live in San Francisco"
Year:  2009
Label:  Pirates press
Format:  CD, LP, DVD
Tracks:  21
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!








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THE UNSEEN

















"state of discontent"
Year:  2005
Country:  US
City:  Boston, MA
Label:  Hellcat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk












State of Discontent is the fifth official album by the punk group The Unseen and their first on Hellcat Records, a subsidiary label of Epitaph Records. It was released on May 9, 2005, internationally and a day later in the United States. It was produced by Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion fame and Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys. The album has a slightly different sound to their earlier work, utilizing more of a post-hardcore edge, and included guest appearances by Lars Frederiksen of Rancid and Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The final track is a cover version of "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones.
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"internal salvation"
Year:  2007
Label:  Hellcat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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