Shitty Life - Limits To Growth

Great fun as al­ways, the newest EP by Italy's Shit­ty Life on which they once again in­fuse their garage punk with tons of hard­core speed and en­er­gy (or vice ver­sa), mak­ing for an­oth­er straight­for­ward no-frills at­tack that will sure­ly please sym­pa­thiz­ers of acts á la Cri­sis Man, Dadar, Gluer or Easers.

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Power Flower - Anarchy Now or Fuck Off

This weeks prime ex­hib­it un­earthed from the bermu­da tri­an­gle of Garage-, Synth- and Egg­punk-re­lat­ed de­men­tia comes from a bunch of hun­gar­i­an folks let­ting loose a rack­et that leaves noth­ing be de­sired for con­noiseurs of the genre, scratch­ing an itch sim­i­lar to well known genre en­ti­ties á la Ghoulies, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Slimex, Gee Tee or Set-Top Box.

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Sid Eargle - Cheap Thrills

I over­looked this this gem by South Car­oli­na dude or band Sid Ear­gle the first time around so i'm glad the greek la­bel Body Blows shoved this in my face a sec­ond time. Hid­den in­be­tween a mess of in­stru­men­tals and in­ter­ludes there's al­so an ex­cel­lent al­bum to be found plun­der­ing away at old­school garage and punk his­to­ry with an un­de­ni­able Dead Boys vibe, among oth­er things.

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Memory Ward - Memory Ward

This neat lit­tle tape on Phoenix, Ari­zona la­bel To­tal Peace de­liv­ers yet an­oth­er burst of rough-as-fuck noise-in­fest­ed hard­core punk with a weird­ly melod­ic un­der­cur­rent to bash your head against.

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Trigger Cut - Soot

Back from the lit­er­al ash­es of a cer­tain prac­tice space apoc­a­lypse, noise rock­ers Trig­ger Cut re­turn as strong and vi­tal as ever with their newest LP which sees the group in­creas­ing­ly carv­ing out their own lit­tle place in­side their genre while skill­ful­ly pay­ing hom­mage to nu­mer­ous clas­sics all the while - think of shit like Bas­tro, Dis­tort­ed Pony, any­thing Al­bi­ni-re­lat­ed… al­so some re­al sur­pris­es here, like the open­er Wa­ter Fukkery, hav­ing a melod­ic old­school emo-/post­core vibe to it rem­i­nis­cent of clas­sic acts in the vicin­i­ty of Dri­ve Like Je­hu, Au­to­clave, Quick­sand or Jaw­box. With­out ques­tion this is their most di­verse, in­ven­tive and play­ful record to date.

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Gaffer - Dead End Beat

A su­per ef­fec­tive bunch of straight­for­ward punk smash­ers by a Perth grounp - sim­ple at first glance yet al­ways care­ful­ly con­struct­ed for max­i­mum im­pact. Plau­si­ble com­par­isons from re­cent years would in­clude bands such as Xe­tas, Cool Jerks, Flow­ers of Evil or Dead Years while from long be­fore that, you might see flash­es of Naked Ray­gun, Laugh­ing Hye­nas, Hot Snakes, Man Sized Ac­tion and the like…

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11 PM Records' latest Batch (Rolex /​ Phantom /​ Z-Pak)

Just a quck hint here about three ex­cel­lent new tapes cour­te­sey of the ever-re­li­able 11 PM Records. The post-/math-/weird­core pow­er­house Rolex doesn't need any in­tro­duc­tion, i think, de­liv­er­ing a snap­py three-and-a-half min­utes long fire­works of eleb­o­rate, hy­per­ac­tice and chaot­ic post­core. Phan­tom then rep­re­sent some­thing of an op­po­site to that with old­school hard­core punk of the most pri­mal and un­ruly kind. Z-Pak, last but not least, ap­pear to to com­bine the qual­i­ties of both afore­men­tioned acts. What's not to love about that?

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Flea Collar - Flea Collar

Fun and un­set­tling all the same, the sec­ond re­lease by some Cleve­land, Ohio dudes who have al­ready brought us such won­ders as Wood­stock '99, Spike Pit and Bad Noids. The thing starts off kin­da like Bad Brains or Cir­cle Jerks with a ran­dom dose of Deep Pur­ple mixed in… such un­speak­able things ap­pear to be in fash­ion right now and i'm all for it! At oth­er times you may find bits and pieces of The Men­tal­ly Ill, Flip­per, Nox­ious Fumes and oth­er weird­ness from an era when hard­core punk was still al­lowed to be fun, not yet cod­i­fied to death and most of all not tak­ing it­self so fuck­ing se­ri­ous­ly. A free­wheel­ing spir­it nowa­days kept alive by acts such as Mys­tic Inane, Launch­er, Liq­uid As­sets or Ce­ment Shoes, among oth­ers.

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Kitchen's Floor - None Of That

Wow, i didn't re­al­ly ex­pect this to hap­pen. A good sev­en years af­ter the group's sor­ta clas­sic LP The Bat­tle Of Bris­bane we fi­nal­ly get an­oth­er al­bum by what at this point ap­pears to ex­ist as more of a so­lo ven­ture by vo­cal­ist Matt Kennedy. His sin­gu­lar sound and vi­sion in the realm of post punk, noise rock and that un­like­ly folk-y un­der­cur­rent comes ac­cross as sharp and un­com­pro­mis­ing as ever though, ap­pear­ing beau­ti­ful­ly out of step with the zeit­geist.

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Alien Nosejob - Stained Glass

Af­ter years of ven­tur­ing in­to some­times more, some­times less ob­vi­ous (sub-)genres, the lat­est long­play­er of Jake Robertson's Alien Nose­job marks kind of a re­turn to his Aus­muteants roots in some places, while still car­ry­ing plen­ty of echoes of his more ec­clec­tic ven­tures of late. Oh, and most of all, he's div­ing knee-deep in­to clas­sic-/dad rock ter­ri­to­ry this time but thank­ful­ly do­ing so with style, grace and a sense of hu­mor. Smash­ers like Shuf­fling Like Coins and Coastal Liv­ing 2 are prob­a­bly as close to a tonge-in-cheek AC/​DC knock­off as you're ever gonna get.

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