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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Thursday, 23 February 2017

THE LILLINGTONS

































"stella sapiente"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
Label:  Fat Wreck Chords
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Punk




















Wow, it's been eleven years since we put out the last release from The Lillingtons. Where've they been? Perhaps it was interdimensional reptoids from outer space? Was it another bout with Russian spies? Or maybe singer Kody was abducted by some other band and forced into side-project servitude? It's anyone's guess, really, but they're back on planet Earth and we have four new songs of paranormal punk for ya. From they typical optimistic and lighter punk rock, they come back with this new elegant post-punk style. Will this creepy album mark a return for these mysterious Wyoming weirdos... nobody knows...
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"too late show"
Year:  2006
Country:  US
City:  Newcastle
Label:  Red Scare
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock






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"the backchannel broadcast"
Year:  2001
Country:  US
Label:  Red Scare
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





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"death by television"
Year:  1998
Country:  US
Label:  Red Scare
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





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Monday, 13 February 2017

ZEN GUERRILLA


































"positronic raygun"
Year:  1998
Country:  US
Label:  Alternative Tentacles
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Garage Rock





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"trance states in tongues"
Year:  1999
Country:  US
City:  Newark, DE
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Garage Rock



























Eight years ago, in the belly of a Mill Creek trailer park, located in the swamp flats of Newark, Delaware, a retired DuPont plastics pioneer creates an astro-robot. Zen Guerrilla was a rock band originally from Newark, Delaware and currently from San Francisco, California. After suffering mechanical damage through molecular subfusion, the robot becomes zombie-like, demolishing schools, terrorizing towns, feasting on teenagers and creating neverending havoc! Reversing the powers of nature via atomic energy, the creator assembles four nuclear-powered rocketmen to battle the warped creature. Fueled on frequency and R&B, the operation known as ZEN GUERRILLA is born.
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GERMS







































"gi"
Year:  1979
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Rhino
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  19
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock




























The Germs are an American punk band from Los Angeles, California, originally active from 1977 to 1980 and reformed in 2005. Their 1977 single, "Forming"/"Sexboy", is generally regarded as the first punk record from Los Angeles.[citation needed] The band's early lineup consisted of singer Darby Crash (Sam Kruegel), guitarist Pat Smear, bassist Lorna Doom, and their most consistent drummer Don Bolles. They released only one album, 1979's (GI), and were featured the following year in Penelope Spheeris' documentary film The Decline of Western Civilization, which chronicled the Los Angeles punk movement. The Germs disbanded following Crash's suicide on December 7, 1980. Their music was influential to many later punk and alternative rock acts. Smear went on to greater notoriety performing with Nirvana and the Foo Fighters. In 2005 actor Shane West was cast to play Crash in the Germs biographical film What We Do Is Secret. He performed with Smear, Doom, and Bolles at a production party for the film, after which the Germs re-formed with West as singer. The new lineup of the band has performed a number of tours in the United States, including performances on the 2006 and 2008 Warped Tours.
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

SAMIAM























"soar"
Year:  1991
Country: 
City: 
Label:  New Red Archives
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop  Punk



















Samiam was formed in late 1988 after the breakup of the Gilman club mainstay Isocracy. Their first show was in January 1989 with Christ on Parade. They released records through New Red Archives and Hopeless Records in the US and Burning Heart Records in Europe. In the mid-'90s, the band had two releases on major labels, Atlantic Records in 1994 and Ignition/Tommy Boy in 1997. This path achieved modest mainstream success; a video for "Capsized" gained a lot of airplay on MTV, they performed on The Jon Stewart Show in 1994 and the single "She Found You" garnered considerable radio play in 1998. The band toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Japan with Bad Religion, Green Day, The Toadies, Sense Field, blink-182, and Millencolin.
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

CHIN CHIN










































"sound of the way west"
Year:  1985
Country:  Switzerland
City:  Biel
Label:  Farmer
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Lyrical themes: social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock


































Chin Chin, an all-female group consisting of Karin (guitar/vocals), Esther (bass/vocals) and Marie-Anne (drums/vocals), was formed in 1982 in Biel, Switzerland. At the time experience wasn't needed, a desire to play was. Technical ability was a bonus, a hunger to perform a must. So, although Esther and Marie-Anne had experience as singers for local band Sophisticated Boom Boom, neither had actually played bass or drums respectively before. Similarly, while Karin had some training in classical acoustic guitar, she'd never been in a band or played electric guitar before. It was veteran Swiss punk-rock band SOZZ that gave the eager girls their first break, letting them practice in their rehearsal room and lending them guitars and drum kit until they could afford their own. Musically the band had many influences: The Clash, The Ramones, X-Ray Spex, Blondie, Generation X, Siouxsie & The Banshees, David Bowie, Motown, 1960s girl groups and glam rock bands like T-Rex and Slade. Early rehearsals saw the girls cover classics such as The Ronettes' "Baby I Love You" and The Crystals ' "De Do Ron Ron Ron" due to their relative simplicity, but original material soon followed and, in November 1983, Chin Chin played their first gig at the AJZ/Coupole in Biel. Although the band started life as a trio, it was always the aim to recruit a lead singer and a second guitarist, but the search was to prove very difficult. Although there was a vibrant alternative scene in Switzerland, female musicians were virtually non-existent. There were plenty of girls wanting to sing, but few who actually could. The band would hold more auditions than the singers could notes. And although Chin Chin saw themselves as a punk-rock band, catchy pop vocals and harmonies played a big part in their songs, setting them apart from the other contenders in the process. Eventually, Carol joined the band as lead singer and Chin Chin's first and only 7" "We Don't Wanna Be Prisoners" (containing 3 self-penned songs) was released in the summer of 1984 on the band's label Farmer Records, co-owned with SOZZ, making Chin Chin one of the only all-female bands in Switzerland writing their own material, playing regular gigs and releasing records. However, soon after recording, Carol left Chin Chin, and Karin, Esther and Marie-Anne decided to continue as a three-piece with Karin and Esther sharing lead vocals at live gigs. In 1985, Chin Chin's album Sound Of The Westway was released on Farmer Records, containing 12 original compositions recorded and mixed in just 7 days. Sound Of The Westway is a brilliant mix of punk-informed crunch and buoyant pop melody that shows Chin Chin to be true pioneers of DIY noisy pop. As it happens this combination of DIY punk ethic, fuzz guitars and bubblegum pop was also gaining traction in the UK with the nascent C86 scene. Featuring bands like Shop Assistants and The Pastels, C86 was a confluence of young bands who were as influenced by Phil Spector as The Ramones, and Chin Chin fit right in next to groups like The Rosehips and The Fizzbombs. Sound Of The Westway caught the attention of NME journalist The Legend!, who published the first UK interview with the band. On the heels of this great press, Chin Chin were approached by the management of Scottish band The Shop Assistants with an offer to support them on their German tour. The tour was hugely successful, leading to the release of the "Stop Your Crying" EP on Scotland's legendary 53rd and 3rd label and a busy period of appearances on TV, radio and more gigs in Switzerland, France and Germany. Apart from headlining their own gigs, Chin Chin also supported bands like The Pogues, The Anti-Nowhere League, TV Personalities, New Model Army and Die Toten Hosen. Sound Of The Westway has gone on to become one of the most sought-after 80s indie-pop records and for good reason. Tunes like "Dark Days" and "Stay With Me" still sound remarkably fresh today; the band's fierce DIY stance and girl-positive ethics have echoed down through indie music since.
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