Thursday, 11 October 2018

VULTURES UNITED


















"savages"
Year:  2010
Country:  US
City:  Santa Ana, CA
Label:  Red Scare
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore














explosive four piece hardcore punk band started in 2001 in Orange County, California. This their debut full lenght album issued in 2010 through record label "Red Scare". Their music is full of energy, dynamism and screams which can to remind bands of punk, hardcore and garage rock. Lyrically they write related to social issues or politics, but not in a militant sense (like CRASS or similar bands), but using irony, parodies and jokes about religion, nationalism, militarism, etc. They have already played many live concerts next to bands such as: Bad Cop / Bad Cop, Leatherface, Gallows, Ceremony, The Bronx, Dead To Me and many more. The quick rise of this band can only be explained through their originality and honestly. Haircuts, clothes, scenes and songs about girls is something the band can care less about. One of the goals they’ve always held in high regard has been to try and do things different and fresh. And although the band has not re-invented the wheel, they’ve certainly found ways to make it spin faster and forge ahead. Vultures United is true punk/hardcore in every aspect, tipping their hats to past hardcore bands and forging ahead, the way they see fit. Join them, as they prepare to storm the masses with their sonic sound, worldwide. This band will incite a new ideal as to what hardcore punk can accomplish with their latest release "Dirt Hearts".
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"i still feel cold"
Year:  2017
Label:  Red Fang
Format:  2 x LP, 2 x CD
Tracks:  30
Time:  60 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Opera Punk







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Sunday, 7 October 2018

BAD COP / BAD COP

















"warriors"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Fat Wreck Chords
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock














 It’s been a hectic couple of years since Los Angeles punk quartet Bad Cop/Bad Cop dropped their debut full-length, Not Sorry. The band spent a huge chunk of the intervening time on the road, like most bands do—and they wound up discovering some ugly things about themselves, like most bands do. Only for Bad Cop/Bad Cop, it got very serious, very quickly. “We were on the Fat Wreck Chords 25th anniversary tour in 2015, and Stacey was partying really hard,” says co-vocalist Jennie Cotterill. “She ended up bottoming out on the tour, and we had to leave. It was not a good separation. We had to go home and drop off the tour and figure out if we were still a band, what are we going to do about Stacey… Thankfully, Fat helped send her to detox, and she came out of that as a completely new person with a totally different trajectory. Before that, she was demonically possessed. She was destroying everything around her.” Out of that experience came “Amputations,” one of the highlights on Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s explosive second album, Warriors. The song is a slower, bigger sing-along than anything else in the band’s growing catalog, and it’s about the only thing not at a breakneck pace on the record.
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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

CLOWNS

















"bad blood"
Year:  2016
Country:  Australia
City:  Melbourne
Label:  Poison City
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore
















This is a five piece hardcore punk outfit from Melbourne Australia, and they come to become one of the best but the best band in the australian hardcore punk scene. playing live concerts next to bands such as:
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"lucid again"
Year:  2018
Label:  Poison City
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Prog Punk















bursting with psychedelic guitars, electrifying riffs and complicated prog rock influences, "lucid again" is the third LP from Melbourne's unstoppable CLOWNS. The nine new tracks seamlessly combines a powerful punch of punk, hardcore and progressive rock. From the exhilarating guitar-work on album opener and title-track "lucid again", to the catchy melody lines on the first single "dropped my brain" and commanding chorus on 9-minute epic "not coping", these songs are exploding with the band’s signature distortion-drenched sound and rambunctious energy, however the record is distinctly different from their previous releases and is especially evident from the scuzzy-psychadelia infused throughout, with long songs and elaborated structures.
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Saturday, 22 September 2018

IN EVIL HOUR

















"lights down"
Year:  2017
Country:  UK
City:  Darlington
Label:  Snayle
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore















Based in the North East of England, In Evil Hour are a melodic hardcore punk band. Lyrically, their songs are centred around a continued frustration at the willful destruction of our planet earth, as well as a general disgust levelled at our plutocratic, militaristic society where social constructs such as class, nationality and gender dictate the opportunities human beings have access to in life. Excellent and brilliant second full lenght album full of energy, dynamism and political charged lyrics.
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"the world bleeds out"
Year:  2012
Label:  STP
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore








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Monday, 3 September 2018

ONE SQUARE MILE

















"the system"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Hermosa Beach, CA
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Hardcore
















The system is starting to break!!!!” screams vocalist Noel Neville on the anthemic title track of One Square Mile’s full-length debut album The System. Comprised of ex-members from the Circle Jerks, Saccharine Trust, Zero Down, Pennywise and The Resolutions, One Square Mile has delivered an album worthy of their Southern California punk rock and hardcore roots. From the blistering opening track Set In Stone, to the warp speed melodic mash up of Pieces this band brings together exceptional musicianship, thunderous riffs and thought provoking lyrics. Tracks like Over Again, Your War and Dead in My Dream will get you blood boiling while driving you into a mad pit-like frenzy, while tracks like Never Feel the Same and Always take you on a more melodic route with just as much intensity. Recorded at Maple Studios with producer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Weezer, Pennywise and Social Distortion, along with production contributions from Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise), from start to finish One S.
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Thursday, 23 August 2018

BLACKFIRE



















"one nation under"
Year:  1999
Country:  US
City:  Flagstaff, AR
Label:  Canyon
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock














Blackfire is a Diné traditionally-influenced, musical group composed of three siblings: two brothers and a sister. Their high-energy style melds traditional Native American and punk rock into an "alter-Native" attitude with strong sociopolitical messages about government oppression, relocation of indigenous people, ecocide, genocide, domestic violence, and human rights. Blackfire was founded in 1989 by Jeneda, Klee, and Clayson Benally, three siblings born in the heart of the land struggle at Black Mesa on the Navajo Nation. Their mother was a folk singer, and their father, Jones Benally, was a traditional medicine man who raised them on traditional Native songs. Not surprisingly, their children followed suit and have been playing music since "their instruments were bigger than they were."[1] To this very day, Jones and his children perform as the Jones Benally Family, either as a part of or separately from Blackfire performances, which are always at all-ages venues, to display their "traditional form of dance, song and story that has been carried on from the beginning of time...including histories of ceremonys [sic], hunting, agriculture and the foundation of the Diné Culture.
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"silence is a weapon"
Year:  1997
Label:  Tacoho
Format:  CD + CD 2
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock


















Actually this is a double CD, which contains twelve songs of punk rock and alternative rock, and a second CD which contains a fistfull of folk, world music and american native songs.
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Sunday, 12 August 2018

THE COPYRIGHTS

















"report"
Year:  2014
Country:  US
City:  Carbondale, IL
Label:  Red Scare
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop  Punk















The Copyrights play a stripped-down version of pop-punk in the tradition of fellow Illinois bands like Screeching Weasel and the Methadones, with old-school punk and pop influences ranging from the Ramones and the Undertones to Sound Affects-vintage Jam and the first couple of Cheap Trick albums. Formed in the small southern Illinois city of Carbondale (much closer to St. Louis, MO, than Chicago) in 2002, the Copyrights originally consisted of bassist and primary lead singer Adam Fletcher, guitarists/vocalists Brett Hunter and Ken Clifford, and drummer Luke McNeill. Signed to the Washington, D.C., indie Insubordination Records, the Copyrights released their debut album, We Didn't Come Here to Die (produced by Illinois pop-punk legend Mass Giorgini), in 2003. It was subsequently followed by two EPs, 2004's Button Smasher and 2005's Nowhere Near Chicago (both through It's Alive Records). Replacing the departed Clifford with new guitarist Nick O'Neil, the Copyrights returned with their second album, Mutiny Pop, in May 2006. Not wasting any time, various shows followed before the guys (now with Jeff Funburg on board in place of O'Neil) were back in the studio by the start of 2007 to commence recording their next album; Make Sound surfaced that spring via Red Scare. ~ Stewart Mason
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MAD CADDIES

















"punk rock steady"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Solvang, CA
Label:  Fat wreck chords 
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Reggae















The Mad Caddies are at a point in their career where they can do whatever the hell they want and have proven that they are the King Midas of Fat Wreck Chords. Everything they touch turns to gold and their new album Punk Rocksteady is all the proof you need. The idea of converting punk songs into reggae tunes had been discussed for some time now and it has finally come to fruition with 12 wide-ranging tracks that were handpicked by Fat Mike and the band. Every original song that was chosen for this album has a memorable melody that could easily translate to a reggae melody, though some of the quick chord changes were probably difficult to transform. But as the band has stated, a good song is a good song no matter what style it’s played in. The melodies on songs like “She” (Green Day), “2RAK005” (Bracket), and “Alien 8” (Lagwagon) are a perfect fit for reggae and reminded me how much I’ve missed these songs. It could be argued that the Caddies have actually enhanced some of these tunes with that chicka-chicka sound, running bass lines and tons of harmonies, though some punk purists may be upset with such drastic changes. And in some cases, the Caddies version may force the listener to enjoy the original song even more. For example, I’ve always seen “She’s Gone” as a deep cut in NOFX’s catalogue. But this version forced me to listen more closely and made me appreciate Fat Mike’s songwriting skills. Furthermore, the band uses the music to highlight the storytelling by slowly building up anticipation until you ultimately reach the climax of the song. While I was eager to hear all twelve tracks on Punk Rocksteady, two of the songs I was most interested in listening to were the reworked tunes of Operation Ivy and Propagandhi. One of the most identifiable parts on this record is the opening to “Sleep Long”, but the tune completely changes style for the verse and the rest of the choruses with help from Aimee Interrupter and Joshua Waters Rudge of the Skints. And while this version is completely different, it is interesting to see how the band completely and successfully reworked this song. “...And We Thought That Nation-States Were A Bad Idea” was another song I was eagerly anticipating because it is a really difficult song to transform into a reggae tune. The Mad Caddies turned an angry, fast-paced, guitar-heavy song into an upbeat, horn-laced track with heavy harmonies. And to top it off, Fat Mike jumps in at the end of the song with a light-hearted jab at Propagandhi’s aversion to ska. Compared to other Mad Caddies albums (putting the cover idea aside), it would not be their best record simply because it is all reggae and no punk, so therefore doesn’t highlight all of the band’s strengths. But considering the concept, it is an outstanding album and one of my favorite releases of the year. And while this album will probably piss off some of the punk rock police, Punk Rocksteady gave me a newfound appreciation of songs I haven’t listened to in a long time (*Review by Pete Vincelli ).
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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

DROPKICK MURPHYS

















"11 short stories of pain and glory"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  Boston, MA
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock, acoustic
Style:        Punk        Folk















The hardcore punk/Celtic folk outfit Dropkick Murphys formed in South Boston in 1995; vocalist Mike McColgan, guitarist Rick Barton, and bassist Ken Casey comprised the original nucleus of the group, with a series of drummers passing through the lineup before the addition of Matt Kelly in 1997. After a series of EPs, including Fire & Brimstone, Tattoos & Scally Caps, and Boys on the Docks, the Dropkick Murphys signed to Hellcat Records to issue their 1998 full-length Do or Die, produced by Rancid's Lars Frederiksen; McColgan exited the group soon after (he later went on to form the like-minded Street Dogs) and was replaced by vocalist Al Barr for the follow-up, 1999's The Gang's All Here. Mob Mentality, a split release with the Business, appeared in mid-2000, but at the same time the band was going through an extensive redesign. Their five-piece arrangement expanded into a septet, as Marc Orrell stepped in after original guitarist Rick Barton left the band to get married. James Lynch (guitar), Spicy McHaggis (bagpipes), and Ryan Foltz (mandolin) were also added to the lineup to enhance the band's growling sound. Frederiksen, who produced the band's first two albums, left the Dropkicks to venture out on their own for their third studio effort, Sing Loud, Sing Proud. Bassist Ken Casey took over, and the album, which featured collaborations with ex-Pogue Shane MacGowan and Cock Sparrer's Colin McFaull, was issued in early 2001. Their Irish pride shone through the next year, when Live on St. Patrick's Day from Boston, MA was released in the summer. Recorded at the biggest Irish-American celebration of the year in a town known for its widespread Irish heritage, the set was a blistering example of their intense and lively gigs. As the band prepped for the annual Vans Warped Tour in summer 2003, they released Blackout in June; the album featured new bagpipe player Scruffy Wallace and accordionist Tim Brennan (who further took over mandolin and tin whistle after Foltz left following some touring). The Murphys reworked the Boston Red Sox anthem "Tessie" on their mid-2004 EP Tessie, which subsequently became the theme song to the Sox's World Series run that year. Warrior's Code followed in 2005, and one of its songs, "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," was later used in the 2006 Martin Scorsese film The Departed. Soon after, the band recorded The Meanest of Times, a collection of songs about family loyalty, featured guest appearances by Spider Stacy of the Pogues and Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners, and was released in mid-September 2007. In January 2008, however, Orrell announced his decision to leave the band in order to pursue other projects. Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA, a CD/DVD of tracks culled from the week of St. Patrick's Day shows in Boston in 2009, was released in 2010. For their next studio effort, the band looked inward to create a concept album, combining their own experiences to create the fictional character Cornelius Larkin. The result was their seventh album, Going Out in Style, which was released in 2011 on their Born & Bred label. 2012 saw the band follow up with Live at Fenway before returning the next year with their eighth studio effort, Signed and Sealed in Blood. The Murphys returned in early 2017 with their ninth studio effort, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory. The album was their first to be recorded outside of Massachusetts, with the band relocating to El Paso, Texas for the entire creative process. Inspired by the group’s work with the Claddagh Fund for recovering addicts, it was released once again through their own imprint, Born & Bred Records. ~ Jason Ankeny
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"do or die"
Year:  1997
Label:  HellCat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock, acoustic
Style:        Punk        Folk







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Sunday, 10 June 2018

HARD LEFT


















"we are hard left"
Year:  2016
Country:  US
City:  Oakland , CA
Label:  Future Perfect
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Oi!















Hard Left is a mod and skinhead band from members of Lunchbox, Boyracer and Black Tambourine. Hard Left wear their politics on their sleeves. Hard Left hearken back to the early days of street rock to tell stories about now and to motivate the listeners. Hard Left is about action – lift every voice and chant, join arms and resist. Musicallly the band can to remind the classics of Oi! music such as: Angelic Upstarts, Cockney Rejects or Cock Sparrer, but also the clean, few distorted and elegant mod sounds of the 60's decade. But the band's politics are more anachronistic than nostalgic. Unions are relatively weak nowadays. Even in the Bay Area, public opinion has not sided with BART strikers in the last couple of years. Still, even if history has conspired to vilify communism and annex the notion of a "labor movement" to textbooks in most people's view, Hard Left's propaganda in our era of inequality feels highly relevant. Their knowing adherence to outmoded album cover iconography shows that Brown and Schulman are confident enough to own their unfashionable idealism. "Since the collapse of the Soviet Union - of course, that sort of communism needed to fall - but it paved the way for this end-of-history thought and sort of liberal triumphalism," Brown said. His wife, McKean, he continued, put it best when she dubbed Hard Left "Utopian Oi!".
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