Rip Room - Alight and Resound

This San Fran­cis­co group just de­liv­ered a stun­ning­ly con­fi­dent de­but LP made up of smart post punk and post­core, burst­ing with elab­o­rate, dra­matur­gi­cal­ly dense song struc­tures, tight­ly in­ter­lock­ing grooves and arrange­ments. In the con­tem­po­rary land­scape you might com­pare bits and pieces of this record to an ex­pan­sive clus­ter of groups like Bat­piss, Meat Wave, Bloody Gears, Stuck, Bench Press, Noughts, Lithics or Tu­nic. Go­ing a bit fur­ther back in time, you might aswell rec­og­nize the oblig­a­tory bit of Dri­ve Like Je­hu, Fugazi or Jaw­box, even find some Wire-es­que flour­ish­es in there if you just lis­ten close­ly enough.

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3D & The Holograms - VR Execution

Pro­mo EP re­leas­es June 6th via Good­bye Boozy Records.

Billiam - Turrets

Tur­rets Over Graigie Burn re­leas­es June 6th via Good­bye Boozy Records.

Osees - Funeral Solution

A Foul Form re­leas­es Au­gust 12th via Cas­tle Face Records.

Gonk - Crocodile Socks

Fuck Money - Heart Throb

Poison Ruïn - Not Today, Not Tomorrow

Dun­geon punk's chief am­bas­sadors be­stow up­on us the gift of three new bat­tle cries and oh boy, are they get­ting more epic, de­ter­mined, elab­o­rate and ridicu­lous with each re­lease… and i'm all down for it!

Mitraille - Mitraille

The Bel­gian garage punks' first full length re­lease is hands down their strongest ef­fort so far, a bot­tom­less well of de­ment­ed fun some­where in­be­tween more straight­for­ward garage fare á la Sick Thoughts, Shit­ty Life, Dadar and the ever-so-slight­ly more eleborate/​artsy Ex-Cult, Tyvek or Shark Toys va­ri­ety.

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L'appel Du Vide - Abwärtsspirale

An ex­cel­lent dis­patch from the Chem­nitz post punk scene most­ly evok­ing com­par­isons to Berlin based acts á la Diät, Pi­geon or Pret­ty Hurts, al­though you might al­so find some sem­blance of Stuttgart's Karies in there. The clear high­lights on here are the al­most bal­ladesque songs Delir­i­um and Das Pro­gramm, reach­ing melod­ic heights akin to the very best of Sieve­head, Pu­ri­tans or the most re­cent Crim­i­nal Code LP.

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Beta Máximo - Spain Vice

Span­ish garage pop­pers Be­ta Máx­i­mo al­ready left a rather pos­i­tive im­pres­sion on me with their cou­ple of fair­ly re­cent EPs but with this one, they're fi­nal­ly nail­ing it if you ask me, strik­ing a per­fect bal­ance be­tween snap­py garage punk and surf-in­fused pow­er pop - kin­da like a some­what less eggy, less lo-fi in­car­na­tion of Barcelona group Prison Af­fair.

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