The Q-Tips - There Are Those Who Drill Violently​!​

It on­ly took them like… twelve years but fi­nal­ly the Mu­nich duo has re­leased their sec­ond 7" via Sloven­ly Record­ings and it's an ir­re­sistable blast of garage- and elec­tro punk with echoes of The Spits and Stal­ins Of Sound, plus an un­like­ly touch of Big Black in the high­ly com­bustible open­ing track Shut Your Face.

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Antibodies - LP 2021

An­ti­bod­ies' third "long"-player presents the group from Char­lottestown, Cana­da as fresh and lov­able as ever, de­liv­er­ing yet an­oth­er brief old­school burst of slight­ly noise-in­fest­ed, fun and some­what quirky hard­core punk that doesn't over­stay its wel­come and knows how to keep things in­ter­est­ing through­out.

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Imploders - Imploders

In case you like your hard­core punk wild, catchy and in­no­cent like it's 1981 on the US west coast… there's your new jam as it won't get much more 1981 than this Toron­to group's de­but EP. These five ridicu­lous­ly ap­peal­ing tunes don't sound anachro­nis­tic in the slight­est though. Rather, with their time­less garage and KBD vibes, they fit in just as well with con­tem­po­rary groups á la Launch­er, Frea­kees, Liq­uid As­sets or Ce­ment Shoes.

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Deck In The Pit - In A Lane

Some weird-ass shit, this archival re­lease con­tain­ing the com­plete record­ings, made in or around 2016, of a short-lived Bris­bane group… and of course it doesn't take a fuck­ing ge­nius to fig­ure out this is yet an­oth­er project re­volv­ing around ec­cen­tric avant-garde gui­tar tor­tur­er Glen Schenau of Kitchen's floor, plus two oth­er dudes who played in Syd­ney 2000 and Piss Pain re­spec­tive­ly. It might be their in­volve­ment ren­der­ing this stuff al­most ap­proach­able for a Schenau-re­lat­ed ar­ti­fact, al­though by ap­proach­able i mean: No more ap­proach­able than, say, ear­ly The Fall or Mem­branes records are ap­proach­able. If that sounds ap­proach­able to you, then this will too!

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Tommy Cossack - Tommy Cossack

With this Lon­don dude's de­but tape hav­ing been such an in­cred­i­bly fun ride, its fol­low-up - a hot mess made up of re­worked/re­mas­tered/re-heat­ed old­er demos and a pair of new tracks - sure feels a bit un­fo­cused in di­rect com­par­i­son, yet still man­ages to kick plen­ty of ass on its own. An­oth­er adorable batch of quirky DIY garage punk that, de­spite its british ori­gin, has a pre­dom­i­nant­ly aus­tralian feel to it with groups like Set-Top Box, R.M.F.C. and Sa­tan­ic To­gas com­ing to mind as well as the un­avoid­able Ausmuteants/​Alien Nose­job, a touch of Use­less Eaters.

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Fashion Pimps & The Glamazons - Fashion Pimps & The Glamazons

A Cleve­land, Ohio group presents a rough and dis­so­nant mix of noise rock and post punk with a sharp garage edge on their first EP which, in the cur­rent mu­sic land­scape, po­si­tions them rough­ly in­be­tween such Groups as The Cow­boy, Spray Paint, Flat Worms and Plax, at times sup­ple­ment­ed with a cer­tain Flip­per vibe.

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Heavy Metal - V: Live At The Gas Station Fighting The Devil

I don't think i ever gave Berlin's mys­tery act Heavy Met­al the full spot­light on here and in ret­ro­spect i can't re­al­ly tell if that was be­cause Heavy Met­al weren't quite ready for me or 'cos i wasn't quite ready for Heavy Met­al. All i can say is i've been mon­i­tor­ing their cu­ri­ous and pro­lif­ic tra­jec­to­ry over the past few years and with every re­lease their garage-/elec­tro-/to­tal­fuck­ingnuts-punk bas­tard con­coc­tions res­onat­ed a bit bet­ter with my bro­ken brain un­til fi­nal­ly they hit a pre­fect sweet spot with their fifth (duh…) long­play­er on which they come off kin­da like a more out-there ver­sion of a cer­tain North Car­oli­na group that's been ru­mored to not be punk enough for heavy met­al or some­thing… thrown in a blender with a healthy dose of Swell Maps or Mé­tal Urbain/​Dr. Mix & The Remix. Nev­er be­fore have they sound­ed this neb­u­lous and just wrong in all the right ways, ex­cept maybe for the idea of fight­ing the dev­il… that sim­ply doesn't strike me as the most heavy met­al thing to do. It might please the chris­t­ian rock crowd, though.

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Vacation - Existential Risks and Returns

Once again stu­pid me was way too late notic­ing that a new record by Cincin­nati, Ohio's pop wiz­ards Va­ca­tion has hit the shelves via Sali­nas Records, re­peat­ed­ly prov­ing their knack for craft­ing re­fined jew­els of melod­ic noise at the in­ter­sec­tion of old­school nineties-style in­die rock, grace­ful pow­er- and noise pop. This shit is catchy as fuck with­out ever get­ting too for­mu­la­ic or pre­dictable. A rare breed these days and even more rarely does it ever come across as pow­er­ful and flaw­less­ly ex­e­cut­ed as here. An al­bum of twelve hits and ze­ro miss­es as for this group, "pret­ty good" sim­ply doesn't cut it.

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The Freakees - Freakee Deakee

New shit from one of KBD-in­formed garage punk's prime mak­ers in our time, L.A.'s Frea­kees. Hav­ing tried on quite di­verse styl­is­tic flour­ish­es, bits and pieces on re­cent EPs in­clud­ing pure synth-/elec­tro punk on their pre­vi­ous one, they have nev­er sound­ed more fo­cused than on their newest ef­fort and this pays off ad­mirably as the cur­rent, pret­ty synth-heavy it­er­a­tion of their sound to­tal­ly slaps and might be com­pared fa­vor­ably to acts like ear­ly Launch­er, Alien Nose­job, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Liq­uid As­sets and Sa­tan­ic To­gas.

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Rakete Fehlstart - Schmidt

Garage punk made by a group from Stuttgart, Ger­many which, de­spite its ger­man lyrics, thank­ful­ly doesn't sound all that ger­man. Rather i'd com­pare them to re­cent groups of the more or less KBD-in­flu­enced breed like Liq­uid As­sets and Frea­kees. Fur­ther par­al­lels might be drawn to Erik Ner­vous, Use­less Eaters or Sauna Youth. A fine se­lec­tion, that is.

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