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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