Thursday 15 February 2024

GBH

 








"leather, bristles, studs and acne"
Year:  1981
Country:  UK
City:  Birmingham
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Hardcore











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"city baby attacked by rats"
Year:  1982
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  18
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Hardcore








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"city baby's revenge"
Year:  1983
Label:  Clay
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Hardcore








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"midnight madness and beyond"
Year:  1986
Label:  Rough Justice
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk








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"a fridge too far"
Year:  1988
Label:  Rough Justice
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Hardcore








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"punk junkies"
Year:  1997
Label:  We Bite
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk













The mid-'90s was a time of tribulation for GBH, having in quick succession been dropped by their label, fired their manager, and seen their drummer deported. Thus, when the German indie label We Bite offered them a deal, the group bit quick. The resulting album refracts much of this turbulence, ferocious in sound and delivery, and echoing with the band's frustration and fury. It's also longer, by four tracks, than their previous sets, a reflection of the extra time they'd been saddled with between full-lengths. And so across 16 numbers, GBH seethe, boil and roil, in an aural exorcism to finally conquer the demons that were dogging their lives. In times like these, even everyday annoyances can become overwhelming, as the raging "Impounded" makes clear, the angriest song ever written about having one's car towed. And the band's bitter mood permeates everything, even the delights of "Tokyo After Dark" quickly sour, with a "Damn Good Time" to be had by none. That latter number is a dire warning about casual sex in the age of AIDS; the making of a child murderer, life in death row, and sleazy politicians also raise their wrath, while life itself is mostly misery. But it's this sheer fury that makes the album so compelling, along with the band's vociferous sound. "We had a great time making this record," they claim in the sleeve notes. Not surprising, having finally been able to put their fury to bed. And although Punk Junkies was released in 1996, it was available only briefly, thus this reissue is welcome, as are the inclusion of three bonus tracks (Review by Jo-Ann Greene ).
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"momentum"
Year:  2017
Label:  HellCat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk













The 12th studio long-player from the British punk stalwarts, and their first outing since 2010's Perfume and Piss, Momentum finds G.B.H. both raging against the machine and taking in the scenery. Recorded in Birmingham with engineer Michael Rosen and producer Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), the 12-track set opens with the fiery "Birmingham Smiles," a heartfelt ode to the band's industrial stomping ground that muses "Everybody's got a hometown/Not everybody's got a home." "Tripwire Strange" continues to mine nostalgia and the banality/weirdness of a life spent on the road, but that maverick benevolence is quickly dispelled via combustive, old-school pit offerings like "No News," "The Perfect Storm," and "Population Bomb." The band addresses their longevity on the feisty title cut, and again on the surprisingly sultry (sounding), groove metal-laced "Fifty What," the latter of which manages to lament the socio-political aimlessness of the 2010s musical zeitgeist -- "If we borrowed and we stole/well at least we had a goal" -- without coming off like a gang of addled, lager-headed ex-hooligans defending their lawns. Late album cuts like "I Never Asked for Any of This," the Give 'Em Enough Rope-era Clash-inspired "Blue Sky Thinking," and the boozy "Liquid Paradise" deliver the goods as well, confirming that even after nearly 40 years together, G.B.H. have plenty of petrol left in the tank ( Review by James Christopher Monger ).
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Saturday 3 February 2024

THE SLACKERS

 








"don't let the sunlight fool ya"
Year:  2022
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  Pirates Press
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae











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"idem"
Year:  2016
Label:  Special Potato
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae








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"the radio"
Year:  2012
Label:  Moanin'
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae








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"the great rocksteady swindle"
Year:  2010
Label:  HellCat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae








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"self medication"
Year:  2008
Label:  Pirates Press
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae


































"close my eyes"
Year:  2003
Label:  Hellcat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:      Ska Reggae








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"wasted days"
Year:  2000
Label:  HellCat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks: 10
Time.  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae








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"the question"
Year:  1998
Label:  HellCat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  19
Time:  54 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae








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"redlight"
Year:  1997
Label:  HellCat
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae








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Friday 2 February 2024

BORN AGAINST

 








"nine patriotic hymns for children"
Year:  1991
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  Vermiform
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  22 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore Punk











One reason history is studied and analyzed is to prevent the repetition of mistakes. Born Against were the product of eight years of boot-to-mouth Reaganomics and a dangerously regressive conservative agenda in the judicial system. With the election of Vice President Bush Sr. and the looming Gulf War along with the explosion of punk into the mainstream with Nirvana meant punks had plenty to be pissed off about. History is repeating itself and depending on your sense of humor, Born Against is the luckiest band in the world. They should have become a relic and a mere timemarker for the feelings of the working class and youth at the time, but instead they've become one of the most relevant bands again today and in my opinion even more so than in the early nineties.

This Kill Rock Star reissue is the combination of the Veriform-released "nine patriotic hymns for children" and the 10 inch-only Battle Hymns Of The Race War. These 18 songs are some of the heaviest songs I've ever heard and are a creation of genuine anger; nothing is forced here. It's honestly refreshing in the cesspool of metalcore and hardcore bands cashing in today who have no real hardcore influences or knowledge of punk. The problems sung about still exist, and for the most part have gotten worse, and lyricist/vocalist Sam McPheeters holds nothing back. The lyrics are progressive as expected, but the real charm of McPheeters' writing comes in his versatility. His intelligence is prominent and he takes many roles and forms and uses satire and sarcasm to effectively get his point across. In "Test Pattern" he plays the role of a TV drone barely able to contain his excitement as he snarls in a lightening fast manner:

Not on until ten but it's gonna be good, two niggers gonna beat each other raw. The New Season's just starting and we're sure you'll agree it's the best one yet!

Somehow with globalization and the spread of disposable culture through new mediums such as the Internet, songs like "Mount The Pavement" ridiculing "pre-fab culture" are all too poignant. Other topics covered include the spreading of racial divisions through conservative media (with McPheeters calling out Rush Limbaugh!), pro-choice, free speech, capital punishment, with the band even penning their own "Holiday In Cambodia" with "Poland;" eh, kinda. Anyways, the issues are fucking relevant nonetheless, written by a band that broke up ten years ago.

Punks sickened by the overly glossy and poppy production of bands vying for spots on commercial radio will be pleased to hear the production here is very raw and mostly guitar-driven, almost to the point of grating my ears. Like any good band, Adam Nathanson and Sam McPheeters are a formidable pair of guitarist-vocalist, up there with the best in history. The guitar playing seems to be a stepping stone between the muscled intensity of Greg Ginn and the mathy and complex spazz-outs of Frodus's Shelby Cinca. They weren't the most proficient musicians by any means, but there are enough key and rhythm changes and even some math to keep your attention for a seemingly short 41 minutes. The songs range from blistering fast, three-chord rockers to more varied, structured, slow headbangers, all equally intense and angry. Also, as a fair warning, there aren't any catchy choruses or too many memorable melodies. Each to his own. In the booklet, you also get some bizarre McPheeters artwork. He shows how really strange he is in the awesome bonus song at the end, which had me cracking up. This is also essential for any fan of Refused to see that Born Against were "fucking dead" long before the Swedish lads. To contradict the strong anti-capitalist stance of the band, I say, "buy buy buy!" (*Review by Kenjamin ).
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"battle hymns of the race war"
Year:  1993
Label:  Vermiform
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  20 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore Punk














Let me start out by saying that this is my favorite Born Against release. It's got everything I love about them both musically and politically, and is possibly the most caustic and concentrated attack they put out. On top of all of that, it's got goofy and iconic samples of children's cartoons, police raids, a talk show which singer Sam McPheeters called into, and even a threat left on one of the band member's (probably McPheeters again) answering machine, which was quite potentially an inspiration for Chris Bickel of In/Humanity using the sample of Jamey Jasta from Hatebreed threatening him.

Born Against is an incredibly important band in terms of helping to define early 90s hardcore punk. Musically, they had a lot in common with so-called emo and post-hardcore bands, but lyrically they were far more aggressive. That's not to say some of those bands were not political, but none of them were nearly as confrontational as Born Against, who took after bands such as The Crucifucks and Dead Kennedys in their respective unrelenting, uncompromising political assaults and sharp, biting satire. While their strange combination of instrumentation and lyrics helped to set the tone for punk and hardcore that would follow, I can't think of any bands who were able to fully pick up where Born Against left off.

So, why post a vinyl rip of the 10" when there are plenty of rips of the CD version which contains both of their LPs? Well, stupid audiophile shit aside, the vinyl version contains a track which never made it to the CD, and I want people to hear it. The track in question is a seven minute intermission which features a cartoonish old woman talking about the wrath of god, terrorist attacks, war, white supremacy, and a whole list of things while the tune of "Santa Clause Is Coming To Town" loops in the background. It's something that needs to be heard to be believed. So what are you waiting for? (*Review by Joey  )
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Tuesday 30 January 2024

THE BURIAL

 








"a day on the town"
Year:  1988
Country:  UK
City:  Norton
Label:  Radiation Reissues
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae











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Sunday 28 January 2024

ZARAMA

 








"indarrez"
Year:  1984
Label:  Discos Suicidas
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk












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"gaua apurtu arte"
Year:  1985
Label:  Discos Suicidas
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk








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"dena ongi dabil"
Year:  1987
Label:  Elkar
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk








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"bostak bat"
Year:  1989
Label:  Elkar
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk n'Roll








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"sexkalextrik"
Year:  1991
Label:  Elkar
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Power Pop








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"binilo bala"
Year:  1994
Label:  Elkar
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Power Pop








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Wednesday 17 January 2024

SAVAGES

 








"adore life"
Year:  2016
Label:  Matador
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks: 10
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post-Punk













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"silence yourself"
Year:  2012
Label:  Matador
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post-Punk








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Thursday 11 January 2024

SKIN DEEP

 








"more than skin-deep"
Year:  1988
Country:  UK
City:  Doncaster
Label:  Mad Butcher
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska Reggae












Skin-Deep was a short-lived band born in Doncaster, being active from 1985 until 1988. Some of its members had met in another local Punk band called Chuckie Egg & The Soldiers, with only one live show known, which took place in their hometown. Despite having been formed in ’85, the band was unable to perform live until February ’86 as none of them were old enough to hire a van.

After supporting The Business in London, they were approached by Link Records. The relationship between the band and the label turned out to be quite fruitful. In 1986, their first recordings appeared on the famous compilations “Oi! the resurrection”(Link Records, 1986) and “The Sound of Oi!” (Link Records, 1987).

Early in '88 they went to The Billiard Room Studio in Leeds to record their first and only full-length record titled “More Than Skin-Deep”. Finally the album was released in July ‘88 on the ska-focused label Skank Records, subsidiary of Link Records. Several songs on the album were enriched with a brass section and a keyboard.

After three years active the band played their final gig at the iconic Brixton Fridge, supporting Bad Manners. They had already decided to split up after the show, which did not go very well. For some reason, the promoter tried to kick the band off the bill, a thing that didn’t happen thanks to Buster Bloodvessel (Bad Manners singer). Instead of that, as an act of revenge, the organization made them play right at the door opening. Unfortunately, most of his fans missed their final show.

That was the end of Skin Deep, which disbanded with an album and having performed only 19 gigs, none of them in the place where they come from, Doncaster.

The track "Never change" was also recorded in the same session as "Self Respect" (which was the track that appeared on the compilation "Oi! the resurrection"), but remained unreleased until 1997, when the English label Captain Oi! released the compilation "Oi! the demos" on CD, together with other bands like The Burial, Red London, The Crack or Angelic Upstarts.
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Monday 8 January 2024

NUGGETS

 








"NUGGETS Vol.1"
Year:  1965 / 1968
Label:  Rhino
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  27
Time:  70 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock













Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era is a ground breaking compilation album of American garage rock singles released in the mid-to-late 1960s. It was assembled by Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, and Lenny Kaye, later lead guitarist for the Patti Smith Group. The original double album was released on LP by Elektra in 1972 with liner notes by Kaye that contained one of the first uses of the term "punk rock". It was reissued with a new cover design by Sire Records in 1976 and more recently as an expanded four-CD box set in 1998 by "Rhino Records".
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"NUGGETS: Vol. 2"
Year:  1965 / 1968
Label:  Rhino
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  31
Time:  74 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock








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"NUGGETS Vol. 3"
Year:  1965 / 1968
Country:  US
Label:  Rhino
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  30
Time:  79 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock








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"NUGGETS Vol. 4"
Year:  1965 / 1968
Label:  Rhino
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  30
Time:  70 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock








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Sunday 31 December 2023

NIGHTWATCHERS

 








"common crusades"
Year:  2021
Country:  France
City:  Toulouse
Label:  Lövely
Format:  LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  28 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Indie Rock











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"la paix ou le sable"
Year:  2019
Label:  Lövely
Format:  LP
Track:  14
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Indie Rock
























Saturday 23 December 2023

SAMIAM

 








"stowaway"
Year:  2023
Country:  US
City:  Berkeley
Label:  Pure Noise
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Indie Punk









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"astray"
Year:  2000
Label:  Burning Heart
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Indie Punk








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"trips"
Year:  2011
Label:  Hopeless
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Indie Punk








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"clumsy"
Year:  1994
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks.  11
Time:  36 min.
GGenre:  rock
Style:        Emo Hardcore








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"Billy"
Year:  1992
Label:  New Red Archives
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Indie Punk








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Thursday 14 December 2023

VERBAL ASSAULT

 








"on / exit"
Year:  1991
Country:  US
City:  Newport
Label:  Atomic Action
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  8
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Hardcore











Verbal Assault is a hardcore punk band that started in Newport, Rhode Island. They played their first show on 21 November 1983, released a demo ("The Masses"), three EP's ("Learn", "On" and "Exit"), a 7" ("Tiny Giants") and an album ("Trial"). Throughout the 80's they toured North America and Europe extensively, and played their last show on 4 August 1991. This compilation was remasteredby Nick Townsend in 2021, and is combining the "ON" EP and "Exit" EP. Remastered. Artwork by Jason Farrell. Recorded at Inner Ear Studios by Eli Janney in 1989 and 1991.
Verbal Assault has reformed and is playing shows again as of 2021.
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"live choice series"
Year:  1989
Label:  Live Your Choice
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Post Hardcore








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"Trial"
Year:  1987
Label:  Atomic Action
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore Punk








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