Fried e/​M - Tour Tape

Mis­souri punks Fried e/​M cre­ate some beau­ti­ful­ly rough and old­school noise, some­where on the fringes of hard­core-, garage- and KBD punk. Their sound specif­i­cal­ly re­minds me of Nox­ious Fumes, but a more re­cent Band like Launch­er might al­so be a good enough com­par­i­son.

Austerity - Anarcho Punk Dance Party

What the ti­tle promis­es, this record de­liv­ers. Dance­able shit? You bet! An­ar­chist mes­sages? Tons of those get pro­claimed here in such den­si­ty you re­al­ly can't miss or ig­nore them. Mu­si­cal­ly, this is not ex­act­ly some­thing you'd as­so­ciate with an­ar­cho punk, al­though this stuff clear­ly has much of the same spir­it. This is in­fec­touis post punk with a punchy post­core edge which, de­spite its dance­floor ef­fec­tive­ness, al­so suc­ceeds in the noise de­part­ment, show­ing no fear of wak­ing up the neigh­bors. This, and their ex­plic­it­ly po­lit­i­cal lyrics seper­ate them quite a bit from last decade's short-lived dance punk ex­plo­sion. In­stead of New York cool you get an ap­pro­pri­ate­ly blunt and dis­tinct­ly british sense of ur­gency, even as they seem to share many of the same in­flu­ences. Gang Of Four, ob­vi­ous­ly, as well as Min­ute­men, mid- to late eight­ies Mem­branes, The Pop Group. And in the present, com­par­ing them to Tics, Pill, Slumb Par­ty, Spe­cial In­ter­est or UZS wouldn't be too far off.

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Paz SS - No Es Para Ti

With their first long play­ing cas­sette, Paz SS from Va­len­cia, Spain de­liv­er a good batch of plain old garage- and fuzz punk done right, eqipped with the nec­es­sary propul­sion by a thor­ough­ly com­pe­tent band. You might com­pare them to the straght garage punk of bands like Ex Cult, Sauna Youth or Foul Swoops, the en­er­getic Fuz­zcore of Ill Globo and oc­ca­sion­al­ly there's even a faint shim­mer of Wipers.

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Basement Boys - Basement Boys

A some­what quirky an­i­mal, this de­but al­bum by Min­neapo­lis' Base­ment Boys. Starts out by ra­di­at­ing a kind of post punk vibe sim­i­lar to Plax or The Cow­boy, then in­creas­ing­ly skews to­ward garage punk, au­gu­ment­ed by a small dose of noise and some beach goth melan­choly, at times re­mind­ing me of stuff like Co Sonn, Ex-Cult, Shark Toys or ear­ly Wavves.

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Sandré - Ave Muñón

On their de­but LP, Barcelona's San­dré de­liv­er a round­house kick of un­err­ing pre­ci­sion, a sound lo­cat­ed some­where on the fringes of post punk, post- and noisec­ore; al­ways keep­ing the del­i­cate bal­ance be­tween a raw, im­me­di­ate im­pact and self-con­fi­dent am­bi­tion. Spec­u­lat­ing about pos­si­ble in­flu­ences, i'm think­ing of a wide ar­ray of bands like Down­town Boys, ear­ly Die! Die! Die!, Les Savy Fav - but i'm al­so feel­ing a very dis­tinct vibe akin to oth­er span­ish acts of re­cent years, es­pe­cial­ly the likes of Ju­ven­tud Juché, Be­tu­niz­er and Cubano Vale.

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Rita Repulsa - Rita's Revenge

Boston elec­tro punk duo Ri­ta Re­pul­sa en­ter the scene with their first EP, whose large­ly sam­ple-dri­ven con­tents rough­ly re­sem­ble the charme of an ex­tra brain dam­aged ver­sion of North Carolina's ISS, sup­ple­ment­ed with a sub­tle dose of noise rock and a lyri­cal fix­a­tion on… Mighty Mor­phin Pow­er Rangers?!? Works for me.

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Richard Rose - Richard Rose

Richard Rose are a new band from Los An­ge­les whose line­up in­cludes mem­bers of Ex-Cult, GØGGS, Bad Sports and OBN II­Is - in the small world of garage punk, it doesn't get much more ex­quis­ite than this! Their mu­sic how­ev­er doesn't sound all that much like cal­i­for­nia to me, but rather i'm re­mind­ed of high en­er­gy aus­tralian garage acts like Jack­son Reid Brig­gs & The Heaters, Mi­ni Skirt, Dumb Punts or WOD. Some­what of an out­lier here is Queen Se­lene, a crawl­ing ston­er jam, which is usu­al­ly not ex­act­ly my cup of tea, but for some rea­son i kin­da like this one.

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Wet Specimens - Haunted Flesh

Wet Spec­i­mens' cur­rent EP - their third al­ready - turns out to be a mas­sive son­ic as­sault made of un­com­pro­mis­ing break­neck hard­core punk with traces of post-/dark punk, bear­ing some sim­i­lar­i­ty to what we've heard in re­cent years from bands like Acrylics, Pol­i­cy, Anx­i­ety or Im­pul­so.

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Warp - Traffic Control

Warp hail from San Fran­cis­co and have mem­bers of - among oth­ers - Flesh World and Blank Square among their line­up. Their de­but al­bum is al­ready kick­ing butts in a ful­ly con­vinc­ing fash­ion and de­liv­ers an adorably ex­cen­tric sound rough­ly in the realm of fuzz- & garage punk, hard- & post­core which comes across just as un­pol­ished as it's in­ven­tive. The whole thing is some­what rem­i­nis­cent of bands like Vexx or Dots, as well as the oc­ca­sion­al faint echo of Sur­fa Rosa-era Pix­ies. Qual­i­ty stuff!

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