Lip - Commodity

Baltimore's Lip first won my at­ten­tion through a split EP with Nag a while ago. While there's def­i­nite­ly some sim­i­lar­i­ty to said At­lanta post punk group, i'd say what they're pulling off on their lat­est EP bears a much clos­er re­sem­blance to groups like Sieve­head, Rank Xe­rox or Crim­i­nal Code. At times, their sound has a more pro­nounced old­school goth/​death rock vibe to it though, bring­ing to mind Dis­joy or, more re­cent­ly, Clock Of Time.

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Speed Week - Hey Hey It's Speed Week

Garage punk by a Mel­bourne group sound­ing some­what like a cu­ri­ous mix of some straight­for­ward rockin' shit sim­i­lar to Mi­ni Skirt, Flat Worms, Ex-Cult just as much as the more play­ful ap­proach­es tak­en by the likes of Vin­tage Crop, Dumb.

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Moth - Modern Madness

An­oth­er sol­id EP by Melbourne's Moth, this time com­ing across a bit less synth-heavy than on their last one. Once again this takes some cues from fa­mil­iar garage punk acts like Use­less Eaters, Ex-Cult, Aus­muteants and ear­ly Teenanger, as well as some of the Warttman Inc.-affiliated groups like Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Set-Top Box. Al­so, in Dig­i­tal Cri­sis, their sound takes an un­ex­pect­ed turn to­wards dark post punk of the Ex­it Group, Diät, Rank/​Xerox va­ri­ety.

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Chainshot - Chainshot

Hard­core Punk that starts out like a throw­back to the ear­ly days both in terms of its un­com­pro­mis­ing force as well as its in­ven­tive­ness, un­bur­dened by genre rules and con­ven­tions. Then things get… even more in­ter­est­ing with every pass­ing minute. Of­ten mak­ing use of un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly melod­ic gui­tar work and catchy garage-style riff­ing, the Nashville group's freestyle ap­proach to plun­der­ing their way through punk's rich his­to­ry fits in just as well with more re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Hard­core and bands such as Ce­ment Shoes, Rolex or Pink Gui­tars.

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Wax Chattels - Clot

Two years af­ter their promis­ing, though at times some­what un­der­cooked de­but LP, we get to hear a way more con­sis­tent sopho­more ef­fort by this Auck­land, New Zee­land trio. Their rather ab­stract yet al­ways catchy com­po­si­tions some­where on the fringes of Post Punk and Noise Rock - plus a hint of In­dus­tri­al - at sev­er­al points re­mind me of Acts like Girls In Syn­the­sis, Haunt­ed Hors­es, Ice Bal­loons or Tu­nic - with a small dose of Light­ning Bolt sprin­kled in for good mea­sure.

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The Archaeas - Archaeas

Fol­low­ing a 7" on To­tal Punk ear­li­er this year, we now get a full length taste of this Louisville trio's raw en­er­gy via an­oth­er high­ly rep­utable garage la­bel, Goner Records. Don't ex­pect any­thing clever or orig­i­nal about their mu­sic. In­stead, ex­pect some­thing very fa­mil­iar done ex­cep­tion­al­ly well - an undi­lut­ed blast of straight, stu­pid and sim­ple, '77-fla­vored, balls-to-the-walls un­apolo­getic garage punk may­hem.

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Diode - Diode

Some Los An­ge­les group con­sist­ing of a tru­ly all-star garage line­up de­liv­ers a pleas­ant­ly quirky mix of garage-, post- and synth punk, some­times com­ing across like a cross­breed of Nots and Pow!, or like Prim­i­tive Cal­cu­la­tors-meet-Use­less Eaters in oth­er mo­ments.

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Other Half - Big Twenty

Yet an­oth­er post­core LP by yet an­oth­er UK group, this time of the more con­ven­tion­al yet thor­ough­ly con­vinc­ing va­ri­ety. Think of a mix of old guard sta­ples like Jaw­box, Dri­ve Like Je­hu, Hot Snakes… while of the new school, Bench Press, Stuck or USA Nails might come come to mind.

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Shifting - It Was Good

Hav­ing on­ly re­leased one 7" be­fore, the ma­tu­ri­ty of this Dublin group's de­but al­bum is quite stun­ning - noth­ing less than a ful­ly re­al­ized, ver­sa­tile and in­ven­tive take on Noise Rock, Post­core and Math Rock clear­ly tak­ing some cues from clas­sic 90's and ear­ly 00's acts like Un­wound, Bas­tro, Chavez, Fro­dus, some ear­ly Shel­lac, while still stand­ing on its own two feet. In the cur­rent genre land­scape, Mul­ti­c­ult might al­so be a some­what use­ful com­par­i­son.

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Brandy - The Gift Of Repetition

It's quite fit­ting that the first-ever 12" record on US garage über­la­bel To­tal Punk starts with a thump­ing groove rem­i­nis­cent of ISS, whose most re­cent EP might have been the last 7" ever to be re­leased on that la­bel - the tran­si­tion in­to a new To­tal Punk era couldn't feel any smoother re­al­ly, re­as­sur­ing us that de­spite a change in for­mat, the label's spir­it is still the same, is alive and well. Grown up a bit, maybe. New York garage noise group Brandy sound their most com­pact and force­ful on their sopho­more LP af­ter hav­ing cut their teeth al­ready on a rough and bril­liant de­but al­bum and on an­oth­er 7" - guess on what la­bel that one came out… More ever be­fore you can feel some dis­tinct Feed­time in­flu­ence, while in their most ab­stract mo­ments there's some kind of a Spray Paint vibe go­ing on. But even more than that, i'm re­mind­ed of con­tem­po­rary post punk acts Know­so and NAG, both of whom had re­leased records on To­tal Punk in the past - just amaz­ing how things come full cir­cle here.

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