Plataforma - La Equitativa

Once again Barcelona's scene is killing it! Platafor­ma man­age to do just that thanks to a beau­ti­ful­ly rough, DIY-as-fuck sound in the realm of dark-/post punk with a healthy dose of goth/​death rock doom & gloom. Cri­sis come to mind as well as the ear­ly 2010's Kopen­hagen scene - think Low­er and ear­ly Iceage - and some more re­cent stuff like britain's Dis­joy.

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Girls In Synthesis - Arterial Movements 7"

While their last EP Fan The Flames didn't ap­peal to me as much as i hoped for, their newest 7" shows London's Girls In Syn­the­sis at their best. Just like be­fore, their sound is a skilled bal­anc­ing act on the thresh­old be­tween post punk and noise rock, thus op­er­at­ing in much of the same realm as Bands like USA Nails, Tu­nic or John (timest­wo), among oth­ers. The def­i­nite high­light here is Smart­ing with its kin­da Big Black-es­que way of gui­tar shred­ding.

Black Button - Demo

This band from Rich­mond, Vir­ginia gives us an­oth­er ten min­utes of pissed off and ex­quis­ite no-frills garage punk just drip­ping with loads of raw hard­core en­er­gy.

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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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