Lux - New Day

Barcelona's Lux al­ready have a de­mo and a promis­ing de­but al­bum un­der their belt, but with this re­cent EP their sound re­al­ly clicks in­to gear, in which some of the more ex­cen­tric strands of 80s post- and hard­core punk - Man Sized Ac­tion and The Pro­le­tari­at come to mind - col­lide with dis­tinc­tive goth/​deathpunk bass lines. You might al­so be re­mind­ed of more re­cend bands like Street Eaters or the po­tent cow­punk propul­sion of Mur­der­er.

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Glue Eater - Home Alone Demo

Three short bursts of quite charm­ing Lo-Fi garage punk by some dude or band from Mel­bourne, mov­ing on a scale be­tween dan­ger­ous­ly catchy pow­er pop melodies and de­ter­mined hard­core at­tacks. Friends of acts like Boo­ji Boys, Datenight, Erik Ner­vous or Neo Neos will cer­tain­ly ap­pre­ci­ate this.

Spräckta - Demo

This Toronto/​Vancouver based group fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Dam­agers, among oth­ers, gives us yet an­oth­er one of those fuzzed out, de­li­cious­ly ex­plo­sive hard­core-/garage punk mix­tures, at times evok­ing com­par­isons to Ver­ti­go, Fried Egg, Kalei­do­scope or Cü­lo. Ex­cel­lent stuff!

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Apex - Demo #1

Five short and fun blasts of off-kil­ter genre blur­ring rum­ble - part garage-/fuzz punk, part hard-/weird-/noisec­ore, part KBD style strange­ness. Some­what like a mix of Lumpy & The Dumpers and Mur­der­er, this shit might al­so con­tain traces of Flip­per and No Trend.

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Dee Bee Rich - Demo

Not too long af­ter a rather synth-heavy tape by that guy who re­cent­ly seems to be in­volved in pret­ty much any oth­er Berlin band, we get a small en­core ex­hibit­ing a more gui­tar-cen­tric sound, shift­ing the son­ic co­or­di­nates clos­er to the garage. The over­all vibe here kin­da re­minds me of ear­ly Erik Ner­vous.

The Nico Missile - 8 Ways To Get Infected

The Nico Mis­sile is an­oth­er one of Ricky Hell's many pas­times. There are few sur­pris­es here, in­stead you get more of his fa­mil­iar trade­mark of qual­i­ty. If you know some of his oth­er Bands like Fas­ci­nat­ing or Ricky Hell And The Void­boys you kin­da know what to ex­pect: Garage-edged Fuzz Punk and Noise Pop some­where in the Neigh­bo­hood of No Age, Ter­ry Malts, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! TIger! or Male Bond­ing. What more could you want?

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Italia 90 - III

Al­though oth­er british bands of their genre en­joyed much more me­dia at­ten­tion than lon­don art-/post punks Italia 90 have in re­cent years, few oth­er bands, in my hum­ble opin­ion, em­body so much of the soul and re­bel­lious no-bull­shit DIY at­ti­tude of the scene, a bit­ter and emo­tion­al in­dict­ment of a so­ci­ety col­lec­tive­ly shrug­ging off its own guilty con­science. It's about time this Band gets no­ticed a lot more. On their third EP -just like on its pre­de­ces­sors - i hear strong echoes of old post punk greats: Cri­sis, Mem­branes, Swell Maps and ear­ly Mekons for ex­am­ple. Si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly Italia 90 keep ex­pand­ing on their son­ic spec­trum. Usu­al­ly when punks go slow, this tends to re­sult in a hor­ri­ble train­wreck. But sur­pris­ing­ly, the slow­est, most sub­dued mo­ments are the clear high­lights of this record. In Open Veins, the gen­tle per­for­mance col­lides with the dis­il­lu­sioned and an­gry charges de­liv­ered by its lyrics. This com­bi­na­tion re­minds me a bit of re­cent Pro­tomar­tyr, while the clos­ing track Against The Wall has a sub­tle psy­che­del­ic note in com­mon with Wire's Chairs Miss­ing al­bum.

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Fried e/​M - Tour Tape

Mis­souri punks Fried e/​M cre­ate some beau­ti­ful­ly rough and old­school noise, some­where on the fringes of hard­core-, garage- and KBD punk. Their sound specif­i­cal­ly re­minds me of Nox­ious Fumes, but a more re­cent Band like Launch­er might al­so be a good enough com­par­i­son.

Austerity - Anarcho Punk Dance Party

What the ti­tle promis­es, this record de­liv­ers. Dance­able shit? You bet! An­ar­chist mes­sages? Tons of those get pro­claimed here in such den­si­ty you re­al­ly can't miss or ig­nore them. Mu­si­cal­ly, this is not ex­act­ly some­thing you'd as­so­ciate with an­ar­cho punk, al­though this stuff clear­ly has much of the same spir­it. This is in­fec­touis post punk with a punchy post­core edge which, de­spite its dance­floor ef­fec­tive­ness, al­so suc­ceeds in the noise de­part­ment, show­ing no fear of wak­ing up the neigh­bors. This, and their ex­plic­it­ly po­lit­i­cal lyrics seper­ate them quite a bit from last decade's short-lived dance punk ex­plo­sion. In­stead of New York cool you get an ap­pro­pri­ate­ly blunt and dis­tinct­ly british sense of ur­gency, even as they seem to share many of the same in­flu­ences. Gang Of Four, ob­vi­ous­ly, as well as Min­ute­men, mid- to late eight­ies Mem­branes, The Pop Group. And in the present, com­par­ing them to Tics, Pill, Slumb Par­ty, Spe­cial In­ter­est or UZS wouldn't be too far off.

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Paz SS - No Es Para Ti

With their first long play­ing cas­sette, Paz SS from Va­len­cia, Spain de­liv­er a good batch of plain old garage- and fuzz punk done right, eqipped with the nec­es­sary propul­sion by a thor­ough­ly com­pe­tent band. You might com­pare them to the straght garage punk of bands like Ex Cult, Sauna Youth or Foul Swoops, the en­er­getic Fuz­zcore of Ill Globo and oc­ca­sion­al­ly there's even a faint shim­mer of Wipers.

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