The Cowboy - WiFi on the Prairie

The Cowboy - WiFi on the Prairie

Not too long after their recent 7" sug­gested some amount of rela­xa­tion in the Cleve­land trio's sound, they fall right back into their tense and gritty old ways on their second album - even dou­ble down on them com­pa­red to the already rough blast of their debut album three years ago - amoun­ting to ano­t­her per­fect round of fuz­zed out garage noise glory, this time remin­ding me of early Green­berg-era The Men in all their uncom­pro­mi­sing force.

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Isotope Soap - An Artifact Of Insects

Isotope Soap - An Artifact Of Insects

So far, the synth-/ga­rage punk pro­ject Iso­tope Soap a.k.a. swe­disch punk vete­ran Peter Swe­den­ha­mar has released not­hing but top qua­lity stuff in the form of three EPs, all of them were reis­sued last year on a com­pi­la­tion album via Emo­tio­nal Response. His first long­player doesn't dis­s­ap­point eit­her. On it, Swe­den­ha­mar con­si­der­a­bly expands his eclec­tic raid of obscure punk history, resul­ting in his most varied and play­ful release yet, incor­po­ra­ting among other things moments of trippy space punk, pure synth pop, dreamy kraut­s­capes. And of course also a lot of his more strai­ght­for­ward signa­ture Devo-meet-Aus­mu­teas­nts style that made up the bulk of his EPs.

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Modern Needs - Survey of the Animal Kingdom

Modern Needs - Survey of the Animal Kingdom

San Francisco's Modern Needs let off one deli­cious fart after ano­t­her into the atmo­s­phere, con­sis­ting of strai­ght, simple & effec­tive Fuzz remi­nis­cent of early 80s west­co­ast punk & hard­core as well as ple­nty of crude KBD-vibes. As such, they make good com­pany to other con­tam­porary bands like Laun­cher, Frea­kees, Beast Fiend or Liquid Assets.

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The Worms - Back To The Bog

The Worms - Back To The Bog

This Lon­don trio deli­vers some new high qua­lity bursts of deci­dedly crude garage punk with a clear post punk edge. Admi­rers of bands like Con­stant Mon­grel, Ex Cult, Tyvek, Useless Eaters or Shark Toys will know to appre­ciate this.

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Shit Blimp - A Groundbreaking Standard of the Genre

Shit Blimp - A Groundbreaking Standard of the Genre

On their recent EP some Cleve­land, Ohio based group ser­ves us ten flaw­lessly exe­cu­ted deep brown pudd­les of fil­thy and con­ta­ge­ous hard-/noi­se­core, boi­led down to less than ten minu­tes of quirky, messy joy.

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Constant Insult - History In Shorthand

Constant Insult - History In Shorthand

Whoa… didn't really expect to hear from those Min­nea­po­lis folks again, as five years have already pas­sed since their strong debut EP. On their first long player we get more of that stuff - times 10, thanks to noti­ce­ably refi­ned song­craft and force­ful per­for­man­ces. This is plain old unpre­ten­tious, melo­dic Punk­rock with a clear early 90's bent at its very best. Kinda like a Fusion of Day­light Rob­bery and Super­chunk, but you might also hear some Echoes of Jaw­brea­ker, Samiam, even a very slight trace of Lea­ther­face every now and then…

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Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Use Me 7"

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads - Use Me 7"

New recor­ded mate­rial by Hank Wood & his crew has become a some­what rare occu­rence in recent years… but whenever some new tunes crop up, you're instantly remin­ded why you fell in love with his soul-infu­sed Garage Punk in the first place - more than ever, i'd say. Song­wri­ting and arran­ge­ments are just as spot-on here as we've seen on past releases, pro­pel­led for­ward by razor sharp per­for­man­ces. Those ham­mers keep hit­ting every nail with impres­sive pre­cision.

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No Age - Turned To String

Goons Be Gone releases June 5th via Drag City.

Lithics - Hands

Tower of Age releases June 3rd via Trou­ble In Mind.

No Trend - Teen Love

…finally! Was about fuck­ing time for this shit to get reis­sued.
Too Many Humans​​ /​​​ Teen Love releases May 28th via Drag City.