In case you haven't noticed already…

In case you haven't noticed already...

…12XU is taking a break right now and will con­ti­nue to do so for ano­t­her 2-3 weeks. This is for the simple rea­son that i'm relo­ca­ting to some small and cozy shack just across the Rhine river, a few miles deeper inside the busy Ruhr area. Now i need to get some shit done and since get­ting shit done ain't exac­tly my forte (and also to pro­tect my own men­tal health, which has become a rather fra­gile mother­fu­cker in recent times), i'll take all the time i need and let this blog hiber­nate for the time being. To satisfy your addic­tion, you might wanna check out some other higly recom­men­ded pla­ces in the mean­time. 12XU will resume regu­lar activity some­time around late Febru­ary, or early March at the very latest. See you noise cow­boy!

Signal - Love w/​o Moisture

Signal - Love w/o Moisture

On their second EP, New York punks Signal brew up a strong potion con­sis­ting of raw noise-/fuzz punk and post punk/-core. To me it sounds a bit like an amal­ga­ma­tion of ear­lier Lié and Littly Ugly girls, but also con­tains quite some of the rough, gara­gey vibes simi­lar to Warp or Vexxx.

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Chubby & The Gang - Speed Kills

Chubby & The Gang - Speed Kills

No rocket sci­ence on Chubby & The Gang's debut album, just the plain old melo­dic punk rock schtick. But boy, is that some really fuck­ing good stuff. '77 catchy­ness is injec­ted with loads of hard­core energy and given a rough garage sur­face. Kinda like Booji Boys recor­ded in high fide­lity.

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Vangas - Dog Walker /​ Waltz In E Minor

Vangas - Dog Walker / Waltz In E Minor

Atlanta noise rockers Van­gas stay beau­ti­fully uncon­ven­tio­nal on their new 7" via Chun­klet. On the A-side, a slow-bur­ning groove creeps along toward an ine­vi­ta­ble erup­tion at its mid­point, where shit finally gets weird. The even more unplea­sant B-side then reminds me quite a bit of their Port­land noise rock con­tem­pora­ries Mar­riage + Can­cer or cana­di­ans Nearly Dead.

Gunky - Ectoplastic

Gunky - Ectoplastic

This debut EP by Phil­adel­phia band Gunky is kind of an odd and deli­ciois bas­tard of (post-)punk and noise, boldly plun­de­ring its way through large por­ti­ons of under­ground punk history. I think i hear some echoes of MX-80 and mid-eigh­ties Sonic Youth, The Ment­ally Ill and of early Sac­cha­rine Trust's proto post­core. In other moments, their sound reminds me of more recent bands, the likes of like Patti or Plax.

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Maximum Roach - Dry Rot

Maximum Roach - Dry Rot

This group, pro­bably from Phoe­nix, Ari­zona, sets up some che­mi­cally unsta­ble noise punk shit wel­ded to a gara­ge­core rocket drive ready to blow up in your face. At times you might feel plea­s­antly remin­ded of acts like Beast Fiend, Anxiety, Bo Gritz or Mys­tic Inane.

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Punter - Demo

Punter - Demo

Ano­t­her batch of awe­some garage punk with an occa­sio­nal hard­core edge from the ever reli­able mel­bourne scene. At times, Punter's music has a fran­tic qua­lity remi­nis­cent of Jack­son Reid Briggs & The Hea­ters, com­bi­ned with the slightly more groun­ded garage sound of Civic or ear­lier Vaguess, with the latter's pop instincts as well as some Pist Idi­ots-style drama boi­ling over at the EP's most anthe­mic moment, A Minute's Silence.

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Alien Nosejob - Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud

Alien Nosejob - Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud

I'm not sure if Alien Nose­job cur­r­ently exist as a full blown band, but at least for their second long play­ing effort, Jake Robert­son (Aus­mu­te­ants, School Damage, Lea­ther Towel, Hiero­phants, etc.) has been record­ing ever­ything on his own. While the last few releases tur­ned out to be a rather wild and unpre­dic­ta­ble ride - tou­ch­ing on Power-/Jan­gele Pop, Synth Pop and Hard­core Punk among other things - Alien Nosejob's newest album is an unex­pec­tedly con­sis­tent work mostly ope­ra­ting in a spec­trum of sad power pop and more fami­liar Aus­mu­te­ants style garage fare, wrap­ped in a warm and fuzzy ana­log aes­the­tic vary­ing from mid- to high fide­lity. Wit­hout excep­tion, these songs are top rate stuff, just clas­sic Robert­son at his best.

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New Strangers - Cold Shoulders

Iron Cages - January 2020 Tour Promo

Iron Cages - January 2020 Tour Promo

On their newest EP, Washington's Iron Cages give us three excel­lent new blasts of gara­gi­fied hard­core punk which indi­cate mas­sive step for­ward for the band, towards a more com­pact and cohe­rent sound fri­ends of stuff along the lines of Fried Egg, Punk Gui­tars, Cülo, Anxiety or Elec­tric Chair will surely appre­ciate.