Maske - Tape 2

The Berlin scene, where every mu­si­cian is al­so se­cret­ly play­ing in all your oth­er fa­vorite groups, has dropped an­oth­er pile of some­thing. That some­thing starts out kin­da like S.Y.P.H. fil­tered through Wire and Crass, sub­se­quent­ly touch­ing on Weird­core stuff á la Stink­hole, Stuttgart-style-post-punk-but-much-more-fun and last but not least, dis­so­nant post punk/​proto noise sketch­es rem­i­nis­cent of Mem­branes. Some­times they opt to spew their lyri­cal nons­ese in the eng­lish lan­guage which i think has its own awk­ward charm.

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Can Kicker - Demo

This de­mo by a Cardiff group lures the lis­ten­er in with an ul­tra-raw hard­core red her­ring, though it doesn't take long af­ter that to re­al­ize there's a lot more to this burst of con­cen­trat­ed Lo-Fi en­er­gy as you blaze a trail through a thick lay­er of fuzz and dis­tor­tion, which fi­nal­ly gives way to bright flash­es of melody and an over­all sound­scape com­bin­ing core in­gre­di­ents of post punk and noise pop, com­ing across kin­da like a beau­ti­ful­ly de­formed cross­breed be­tween Sieve­head and Piles.

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The Smog - First Time, Last Chance

Let me be blunt here: You guys wan­na con­vince me to pay the equiv­a­lent of ~4,60€ for a dig­i­tal down­load of on­ly two songs, those two songs bet­ter be fuck­ing bril­liant. Luck­i­ly, fuck­ing bril­liant is ex­act­ly what these these two tracks by some Tokyo group are. Ka-ching!

Mononegatives - Apparatus Division

This Lon­don, On­tario group had put out a cou­ple of al­ready quite neat EP's in 2019 but it's on­ly on their new full length de­but that all the mov­ing pieces re­al­ly click in­to place for twelve 12XU-cer­ti­fied killer tracks made up of charm­ing­ly odd, high­ly in­ven­tive and ex­quis­ite­ly en­er­getic garage-, synth- and post punk echo­ing shit like Use­less Eaters, Pow!, Ex-Cult and Preda­tor.

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Coach - Coach

An abra­sive yet quite melod­ic wall-of-sound piles up on this Aarhus group's de­but al­bum, a sound in­be­tween the worlds of noise pop, art- and post punk, equal­ly rem­i­nis­cent of Tek­sti TV 666 and Open Your Heart-era The Men, 80's Son­i­cY­outh-isms and some MX-80 edge. And as if all that weren't com­pelling enough on its own, the ad­di­tion of a rest­less brass sec­tion makes the whole thing out­right ir­re­sistible.

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VR Sex - Cyber Crimes

This Los An­ge­les group's most re­cent EP is some ex­cel­lent, al­beit dis­turb­ing shit. Gloomy post punk about rather dark sub­ject mat­ter con­cern­ing the hu­man abysses both ex­posed and en­abled by our mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy (and yes, that ex­plic­it­ly in­cludes child porn and -abuse, among oth­er things). Sound-wise, i would de­scribe this as a weird fu­sion of The Es­tranged and The Spits, sup­ple­ment­ed with some se­ri­ous death rock and synth wave ac­tion.

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Ghoulies - Reprogram

This week's manda­to­ry in­jec­tion of De­vo-ish garage- and synth-punk comes from some Perth based group whose quirky and catchy sounds sure­ly won't fail to more than ad­e­quate­ly re-vi­tal­ize ad­mir­ers of groups like Skull Cult, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Alien Nose­job, Iso­tope Soap or Erik Ner­vous.

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Misanthropic Minds - Welcome To The Homeland, Greetings From The Wasteland

Boom! What this cana­di­an group has spit on­to their de­but tape is sev­en min­utes of ab­solute­ly flaw­less and un­re­lent­ing, slight­ly garage- and KBD-soaked old­school hard­core fury ex­pos­ing not a sin­gle weak link in their break­neck per­for­mance.

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Spyroids - Passage To Hell

Oh my… it took a good two years (or rather, two some­what be­low-the-usu­al-stan­dard years) for this Los An­ge­les duo to come up with a fol­low-up to their fiendish­ly fun de­but EP. Just as back then, this is noth­ing short of an­oth­er glo­ri­ous spec­ta­cle of sleazy, stinky, for­bid­den synth-/elec­tro punk de­light, the likes of which you'll on­ly ever en­counter in the shadi­est cor­ners of Bandcamp's adult en­ter­tain­ment sec­tion.

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