A little hardcore roundup post thingy or whatever you wanna call this…

In my bum­bling quest to get some at least some shit done, here are three posts worth of re­cent hard­core punk stand­outs rolled in­to one. First there are five bursts of rather quirky, un­con­ven­tion­al noise­mak­ing cour­te­sey of Chicago's De­odor­ant, who had al­ready re­leased a fun lit­tle al­bum via Not Nor­mal Tapes in 2018. On their newest EP, they cov­er a lot of ground rang­ing from old­school hard-/post­core weirdos like Sac­cha­rine Trust, Beefeater, Re­al­ly Red or ear­ly Min­ute­men, to more re­cent groups á la Op­tic Nerve and Mys­tic Inane, round­ed out by a few sub­tle cow­punk vibes like in King Samo. If all of that shit's way to smar­ty­pants art­sy for that tiny brain of yours to han­dle, you might pre­fer the way more straight­for­ward ruckus of slight­ly garage-in­fused no-frills old­school may­hem as pre­sent­ed by Dye of Kansas City. But then again, in case that sounds like way too much fun and you pre­fer a bit more death, de­spair and in­san­i­ty in your punk rock, we've got you cov­ered too in the form of Dal­las group Urn's lat­est EP whose re­lent­less at­tack comes off about as dark and mud­dy as a pot of stale burnt cof­fee… dis­gust­ing and vi­tal­iz­ing at the same same time.

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Dead Finks - The Death and Resurrection of Johnathan Cowboy

Hav­ing re­leased a some­what hit-and-miss de­but tape last year, the Berlin group's newest LP shows off a con­sid­er­ably ma­tured, heav­i­ly roots- and folk-in­flu­enced fla­vor of post punk whose over­all vibe echoes the amer­i­cana-/cow­punk of Angst while al­so evok­ing with a bit of post-Mi­a­mi Gun Club and so­lo Rikk Ag­new. Among their con­tem­po­raries, you might com­pare them to groups such as Jack­son Reid Brig­gs & The Heaters and Low Life. Oth­er times, like in Re­an­i­ma­tion, Piss­ing and Look Of Dis­gust you can sense a cer­tain british in­va­sion-style melan­cho­lia with hints of The Res­onars or The Be­vis Frond. So in a nut­shell, this ain't quite your av­er­age se­lec­tion of in­gre­di­ents for a punk al­bum… which kin­da makes this a per­fect fit for Er­ste Theke Ton­träger who, as i just learned, are gonna be han­dling the eu­ro­pean vinyl re­lease of this beau­ty.

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Algara - Absortos En El Tedio Eterno

Barcelona group Al­gara ini­tial­ly burst on­to the scene last year with a four track de­mo as an elec­tro punk duo, which then quick­ly grew in­to a four-piece group and prompt­ly re­leased an­oth­er tape con­sist­ing of a re-record­ing of the first EP's songs as well as some tracks meant for their first long­play­er, which we fi­nal­ly get to wit­ness in its full glo­ry now. In the mean­time their sound has evolved in­to a com­pact and ef­fort­less­ly flow­ing fu­sion of post-, garage- and elec­tro punk that might be de­scribed as a mix of ISS, Straw Man Army, Rank/​Xerox and UZS, on­ly bro­ken up right in the mid­dle by the strong syn­th­wave flour­ish­es of He­do­nistas.

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3D & The Holograms - 3D & The Holograms

A new Warttman Inc. re­lease by a group made up of some of the usu­al sus­pects known from bands such as Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Sa­tan­ic To­gas and The Gobs, so you al­ready kin­da know what to ex­pect. Need­less to say, this is some glo­ri­ous­ly dumb and rip­pin' shit.

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Cherry Cheeks - Cherry Cheeks

Orlando's Cher­ry Cheeks aka some dude by the name Kyle Harms has al­ready made some waves last year with a string of four in­creas­ing­ly awe­some EPs, yet his de­but full length on To­tal Punk feels a bit un­ex­pect­ed as it, for the most part, de­parts from the heav­i­ly synth-based garage- and pow­er pop sound of its pre­de­ces­sors for a some­what more con­ven­tion­al, gui­tar-cen­tric DIY garage punk aes­thet­ic. That cer­tain­ly doesn't mean these new songs were lack­ing any of the ear­li­er re­leas­es' thrills - this shit's a rather in­ven­tive and un­pre­dictable af­fair once again, quirky and catchy as fuck, bear­ing some sim­i­lar­i­tiy to acts like Freak Genes, Pow­er­plant or Set-Top Box.

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Big Bopper - New Mutations

Doesn't look like these tex­ans are gonna run out of tunes any­time soon, hav­ing just cranked out their sec­ond al­bum over the course of just a few months. Thank­ful­ly the mix is a bit less tin­ni­tus-in­duc­ing this time while the new songs seam­less­ly con­tin­ue the won­der­ful chaos Big Bop­per es­tab­lished eari­er this year, made up of post- and garage punk, noise- and math rock el­e­ments rough­ly in the vein of Pat­ti, Rolex, Cutie, Mys­tic Inane or Brandy, plus some traces of ear­ly Min­ute­men.

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Smirk - Smirk

In an act of crim­i­nal neg­li­gence i some­how failed to post any of the pre­vi­ous EPs by Smirk, the so­lo Project of Nick Vic­ario whose oth­er groups Pub­lic Eye, Cri­sis Man and Ce­men­to might ring a bell with reg­u­lar vis­i­tors of this blog. Af­ter both EPs were com­piled in­to an LP by Drunk­en Sailor Records ear­li­er this year, we al­ready get to en­joy his newest ex­tend­ed play via To­tal Punk /​ Iron Lung Records on which his ul­tra laid-back though nev­er sleepy take on sam­ple-backed garage punk sounds the most ma­ture yet, more to the point and catch­i­er than ever be­fore.

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Dudd Dilemma - Figure It Out /​ Dream Dilemma

Per­fect­ly ex­hil­er­at­ing shit, the first crumbs of noise we get from some group or project that might or might not be based in Los An­ge­les. The first two tracks de­liv­er a fla­vor of elec­tri­cal­ly dri­ven garage punk tak­ing cues from acts like Mononeg­a­tives, Use­less Eaters, Pow­er­plant, RRC or Alien Nose­job while the clos­ing track ups the weird­ness con­sid­er­ably, go­ing all-in on pure synth punk may­hem.

AJ Cortes and The Burglars - Demo

Now that's what i call kid­punk… It's the most heart­warm­ing beau­ti­ful kick­ass thing i've heard in a while and i'm way too soft to with­stand that kind of shit any­way. Nuff said.

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Elephant Rifle - Satryasis

Fol­low­ing their 2018 al­bum Hunk, which some­how didn't re­al­ly click with me, the Reno, Neva­da group's newest EP man­ages to hit all the right spots this time while nev­er re­peat­ing it­self, cov­er­ing a son­ic range span­ning from old­school Am­Rep- and Touch & Go-style noise rock, hard­core punk rem­i­nis­cent of ear­ly Die Kreuzen and in its clos­ing track, some Dri­ve Like Je­hu-es­que Post­core.