Cherry Cheeks - Motivator /​ No Ticket /​ Neighborhood WATCH!

I tried hard to dis­miss this Or­lan­do, Flori­da project as just an­oth­er cook­ie cut­ter DIY synth punk/-garage ar­ti­fact of our times… with the first EP that was. The sec­ond one was able to sow some mis­trust in my own judge­ment. Num­ber three fi­nal­ly served as a re­minder on how full of run­ny shit my dys­func­tion­al lump of grey mat­ter can be some­times - so bad i wish some­one would trans­plant an anus on­to my head. Evo­lu­tion, you're such a ter­ri­ble dis­ap­point­ment… These twelve songs are an in­cred­i­bly fun synth punk ride over­all, the kin­da pop ori­ent­ed va­ri­ety, just get­ting pro­gres­sive­ly bet­ter with each new EP. Take a juicy bite if you can stand stuff like Trash­dog, Warm Ex­it, Dot.com, Set Top Box, Pow­er Plant, T.L.B.M., Spy­roids.

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New shits on the (fediverse) block.

Just a quick an­nounce­ment: In­stead of tak­ing care of this blog as i should, i re­cent­ly pro­cras­ti­nat­ed my own mastodon in­stance in­to ex­is­tence. Or more specif­i­cal­ly, it's ac­tu­al­ly a plero­ma in­stance. Or for those who still don't get what the fuck all that gib­ber­ish is sup­posed to mean: Mastodon and Plero­ma are two com­pat­i­ble serv­er im­ple­men­ta­tions of the Ac­tiv­i­ty­Pub pro­to­col, which quite a few de­cen­tral so­cial plat­forms are based on, mastodon be­ing the most pop­u­lar of those at this mo­ment.

Al­so in the works is a Hubzil­la in­stance, which is sup­posed to bridge the gap for me be­tween Mastodon/​ActivityPub and the in­com­pat­i­ble Di­as­po­ra net­work. In the long term, my aim is to go ful­ly in­de­pen­dent of the big com­mer­cial plat­forms. I'd be de­light­ed if a few of you dip their toes in the warm fe­di­verse wa­ters too, sim­ply be­cause the cor­po­rate web sucks so hard at this point any­way and i'd like to ac­cel­er­ate its death a lit­tle bit.

So right now you can find me at these ad­di­tion­al places:
@groschi@elefant.onetwoxu.de
@12xu@elefant.onetwoxu.de

If you want a user ac­count on elefant.onetwoxu.de, just tell me via the con­tact form… but be aware that this piece of shit might not be 100% sta­ble yet, def­i­nite­ly needs a bit of fine tun­ing and you're ba­si­cal­ly be­com­ing my guinea pig if you dare to reg­is­ter. That thing could ex­plode at any mo­ment.
Thus, un­til i have that stuff un­der con­trol, i'd rather rec­om­mend you reg­is­ter an ac­count on the mu­sic-themed linernotes.club in­stance - or any oth­er inc­tance whose user base, themes and poli­cies ap­peal to you. Mastodon al­lows you to move your ac­count some­where else at any point, just in case stuff didn't work out for you.

Tommy And The Commies - Hurtin' 4 Certain

New tunes by Sud­bury, Canada's Tom­my and the Com­mies. You should know what to ex­pect by now: A bright and col­or­ful spec­ta­cle made up of top notch qual­i­ty pow­er pop, a bit of garage and a whole truck­load of buz­zcocks-style straight and melod­ic punk rock, el­e­vat­ed by a punchy per­for­mance as well as some un­err­ing song­writ­ing skill.

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Pork Belly - Jinx & Chew

Promis­ing and fun shit, this first dig­i­tal sin­gle by some San Fran­cis­co group. Post-/art punk of the par­tic­u­lar­ly quirky, play­ful kind that ad­mir­ers of bands like Pat­ti, Rolex, Re­al­i­ty Group or Emer­gency Con­tact will sure­ly ap­pre­ci­ate.

Mini Skirt - Casino

Al­ready hav­ing a bunch of strong EPs un­der their belt, Mi­ni Skirt of By­ron Bay, Aus­tralia are now de­liv­er­ing their first LP. Of course they do have a few more bones to pick, find­ing ex­pres­sion in some of their most pissed off lyrics to date, while on the mu­si­cal side of things, we get all the good­ness fa­mil­iar from their EPs and more… Garage Punk/​Pub Rock some­what sim­i­lar to Dumb Punts, Pissed Id­iots or WOD, that coun­ter­bal­ances its com­par­a­tive­ly re­laxed pace with a vig­or­ous per­for­mance, this time even re­luc­tant­ly ex­pand­ing their styl­is­tic palette with oc­ca­sion­al flash­es of old­school late 80's/early 90s in­die rock.

Al­bum-Stream →

Moth - Machine Nation

Mel­bourne group Moth al­ready had a de­cent de­mo out not too long ago, but this new set of tunes is so much stronger. This is your typ­i­cal con­tem­po­rary garage-/synth punk stuff, plain and sim­ple… but al­so quite com­pe­tent­ly done, pack­ing some se­ri­ous punch and adding a slight psy­che­del­ic touch to the mix - oth­er­wise rough­ly ad­her­ing to the Use­less Eaters, Pow!, Flat Worms and Ex-Cult core for­mu­las. You can't go wrong with these.

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Sweet Reaper - Closer Still

On al­bum num­ber three Ven­tu­ra, Cal­i­for­nia garage punks Sweet Reaper seam­less­ly pick things up where they left off rough­ly two years ago with an­oth­er strong batch of bit­ter­sweet, melod­ic bangers of some Wipers-es­que fla­vor as well as vary­ing de­grees of sim­i­lar­i­ty to more cur­rent acts, the likes of Cheap Whine, Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Red Dons, Dadar.

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Nag - Dead Deer

Atlanta's Nag have been a con­stant pres­ence in the con­tem­po­rary post punk scene for quite a while now, so i'm kin­da sur­prised it took them this long to come up with their first long play­er. The sur­pris­es don't end here. Hav­ing been kind of the genre's bad boys - al­ways a bit more rough and un­kempt than most of their peers - we fi­nal­ly get to hear them in a com­par­a­tive­ly hi-fi sound, strip­ping away some lay­ers of fuzz and noise, in­stead re­veal­ing a sharp­ened rhyth­mi­cal fo­cus and a much di­ver­si­fied set of styl­is­tic choic­es, draw­ing com­par­isons to var­i­ous house­hold names à la Neg­a­tive Space, Rank/​Xerox, Pret­ty Hurts, Diät, Know­so, Bruised or Ex­it Group.

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Future - Demo

Now that's™ some po­tent shit com­ing out of poland, pre­sum­ably. Equal parts hard­core- and garage punk, ef­fi­cient­ly pro­pelled for­ward by an ul­tra-sim­plis­tic drum­ming style giv­ing the whole thing an al­most cow­punk vibe, but al­so leav­ing plen­ty of room for the noise-laden son­ic tex­tures by the string tor­tur­ing di­vi­sion to spread out - kin­da like you might have heard in the past from Bands like Leche, Mur­der­er, Yam­bag, Lux… maybe even a bit of Wymyns Prysyn hid­den in there.

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All Hits - Men And Their Work

An­oth­er eight snap­py punch­es of straight­foward garage punk on this Port­land three-piece's sopho­more EP/mi­ni-LP, wor­thy of car­ry­ing the Iron Lung seal of qual­i­ty and re­mind­ing me at times of Sauna Youth, Ex-Cult, Teenanger… com­ple­ment­ed by cer­tain '77 vibe á la Amyl and the Snif­fers.

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