Peace De Résistance - Bits and Pieces

When this New York dude's en­chant­i­ng and be­wil­der­ing 2020 de­but EP Hedge­mak­ers hit, i didn't have the slight­est clue who's the mas­ter­mind be­hind Peace De Ré­sis­tance. Turns out it's none oth­er than In­sti­tute vo­cal­ist Moses Brown - yeah, kin­da makes sense in ret­ro­spect, i guess. Dun­no how i missed that. His first long­play­er now un­folds a some­what more elab­o­rate, yet still pret­ty min­i­mal­ist sound­scape that once again feels out of place in all the best ways - a time cap­sule of hazy false mem­o­ries weav­ing ear­ly strains of pro­to-, art- and post punk in­to a vivid, se­mi-plau­si­ble case of the Man­dela ef­fect.

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Straw Man Army - SOS

The sec­ond long­play­er (ig­nor­ing last year's Her Majesty's Ship OST) by this Kalei­do­scope-ad­ja­cent New York duo sees their son­ics shift­ing in­to a com­par­a­tive­ly down­beat, dark­er and more cum­ber­some, yet equal­ly re­ward­ing di­rec­tion. There's sim­ply no oth­er group quite like them in the cur­rent post punk/-core land­scape and these chaps clear­ly main­tain their po­si­tion on the cut­ting edge of con­tem­po­rary (art-/post-)punk while si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly be­ing per­fect­ly aware of its rich his­to­ry, cul­mi­nat­ing in what to me is the crown­ing achieve­ment of this al­bum - the slow-burn­ing, sprawl­ing Be­ware, which kin­da sounds like clas­sic land­mark records of the Chairs Miss­ing and The Ar­gu­ment cal­iber boiled down to their very essence.

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Red Gaze - Healing Games

An­oth­er ex­cel­lent EP by that band from Graz, Aus­tria with a sound more akin to some ran­dom Berlin group, mem­bers of whom are al­so play­ing in what­ev­er oth­er group you might al­so have heard of… i don't re­mem­ber ex­act­ly and can't be both­ered to look that shit up right now, okay? Post punk with an ever-so-slight death rock un­der­cur­rent. Yeah, Berlin-es­que as i al­ready men­tioned, think like… Diät, Pi­geon, Clock Of Time but al­so with some sim­i­lar­i­ty to pow­er­house US acts á la Rank Xe­rox or In­sti­tute.

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Exwhite - Estray

I'm kin­da blown away right now by the strength of that lat­est EP by a group prob­a­bly based some­where around the Leipzig/​Berlin/​Halle ax­is of garage- and post punk. What we get is sim­ply first rate melod­ic garage shit record­ed in ap­pro­pri­ate­ly rough fi­deli­ty, sim­ple and stu­pid, stun­ning­ly ef­fec­tive and com­plete­ly en­dear­ing. A feast for ad­mir­ers of, say, Boo­ji Boys, Sweet Reaper, Telecult… even some hint of Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty /​ Marked Men is ev­i­dent here.

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Total Sham - Life as a Total Sham

Gear up for some com­plete­ly un­san­i­tized, garage-in­fest­ed old­school hard­core may­hem, just as rough as it's catchy and fun, on this EP by a Kansas City group that ap­pears to con­sist of the same folks oth­er­wise known as Dye. Fans of groups á la Fried E/​m and Mod­ern Needs are sure­ly gonna ap­prove of this, as will those of slight­ly more garage-lean­ing bands like Launch­er, Liq­uid As­sets or Mys­tic Inane.

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A yum­my new EP by Mon­tre­al punks Pri­ors de­liv­er­ing three new in­fec­tious smash­ers start­ing off with some garage-meets-hard­core en­er­gy akin to sped-up Use­less Eaters or Mononeg­a­tives, fol­lowed by a su­per ef­fec­tive midtem­po post punk stom­per with a hint of Wire. The clos­ing track, then, has a bit of a Scream­ers and De­vo vibe to it and al­so bears some sim­i­lar­i­ty to more re­cent stuff by Iso­tope Soap.

Steröid - S.M.O.K.E. Show

Okay, so it ap­pears egg met­al is a re­al thing now? Kin­da makes sense if you think about it, like the cutesy, garage band-fu­eled lo-fi flip­side to the cur­rent dun­geon punk craze. This shit sounds a bit as if if a par­tic­u­lar­ly lo-fi in­car­na­tion of Sheer Mag at their se­mi-re­cent hair met­al piv­ot had kept at least a healthy min­i­mum of self aware­ness.

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Fuera De Sektor - El Mundo Sigue

Not sure where these folks are based - La Vi­da Es Un Mus Dis­cos' band­camp page men­tions uruguayan bands as an in­spi­ra­tion so maybe that's where the good shit is hap­pen­ing? Their face­book pro­file might clar­i­fy things but these days, i'd rather stay in the dark for­ev­er than log­ging on­to that stink­ing heap of crap one more time (speak­ing of which… C'mon fuck­ers, what are all of you still do­ing over there? Move your punk ass­es over to the open, in­de­pen­dent, non-cor­po­rate fe­di­verse! Bring your friends over too!). Well, whether that's the case or not, their style of post punk re­minds me quite a bit of Barcelona punks Al­gara for more than just their span­ish vo­cals, al­beit with a nice melod­ic street punk vibe and a slight touch of The Es­tranged on top.

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Vision 3D - Hypnose

Pret­ty fuck­ing amaz­ing shit, the sec­ond long play­er of this group from Tour­nai, Bel­gium. Right out of the gate i'm re­mind­ed of so much good stuff both an­cient and con­tem­po­rary on the in­ter­sec­tion of art-, post- and garage punk, round­ed out by a dis­tinct­ly dis­so­nant no wave-ish, noise rock-y edge. Some­times they sound a bit like as if the amer­i­cana-in­fused post punk of Angst were to col­lide with the sim­plis­tic beat of Man Sized Ac­tion and a good mea­sure of ear­ly The Fall strum­mi­ness. Oth­er mo­ments, i imag­ine to hear echos of Mem­branes, Gor­dons or Swell Maps, while you might just as well draw com­par­isons to more re­cent acts such as Hon­ey Radar, Toe Ring, Lithics, Germ House, Shark Toys and Sub­tle Turn­hips.

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Bloody Keep - Bloody Keep

Now what kind of black death is this shit sup­posed to be again? The Band­camp-bred dun­geon punk (micro-)genre rarely fails to amaze when its over-the-top ab­sur­di­ty col­lides with such top-notch per­for­mances and qual­i­ty songcraft re­peat­ed­ly. What kin­da starts out like an old­school black met­al-in­fused bas­tardiza­tion of Chub­by and the Gang and ear­ly Sheer Mag sub­se­quent­ly throws quite a bit of (neo-?)folk punk RNA in­to the mix, dares to build up kin­da elab­o­rate and flex­i­ble song struc­tures while nev­er ne­glect­ing its pop qual­i­ties, mak­ing for a both dread- and joy-in­duc­ing sound­track for a doomed hu­man­i­ty on its way to­wards the new post-apoc­a­lyp­tic dark ages.