C-Krit - C-Krit

Fuck, that shit smells… but in a good way. Af­ter their mild­ly dis­turb­ing one-and-a-half tapes on Im­po­tent Fe­tus we fi­nal­ly get their first “full” length cas­sette from Tetry­on Tapes and once again this is some joy to be­hold. Ul­tra-sep­tic hard- and noisec­ore vague­ly rem­i­nis­cent of present-day acts like Soup­cans, Stink­hole or Vul­ture shit but al­so of old pi­o­neers of the Flip­per, No Trend, Bro­ken Tal­ent va­ri­ety. There was a time when, as a kid, folks from my church told me that lis­ten­ing to evil rock’n’roll mu­sic might give you a de­mon in­fes­ta­tion (thank­ful­ly, the fear­mon­ger­ing didn’t work for long…). I don’t know what lis­ten­ing to C-Krit is gonna leave you with but its side ef­fects in­clude vi­o­lent sar­casm, di­ar­rhea and not giv­ing a shit.

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Split System - Split System

Here we have an­oth­er kick­ass, kin­da old­school aus­tralian garage punk ar­ti­fact con­jured up by some folks who un­ques­tion­ably know their craft. On vo­cal du­ties we got none oth­er than the great Jack­son Reid Brig­gs who, free of the temp­ta­tions of gui­tars and ped­als and shit, sounds kin­da re­vi­tal­ized here, un­leash­ing a more nu­anced per­for­mance than what we’ve been used to, while the rest of the line-up does by no means con­sist of un­known faces ei­ther, boast­ing mem­bers of Stiff Richards and Speed Week, among oth­ers. Cap­ti­vat­ing through sim­ple but well-bal­anced songcraft and an un­stop­pable dri­ve, this shit sounds in­stant­ly fa­mil­iar yet comes across play­ful and ver­sa­tile enough to clear­ly dif­fer­en­ti­ate these songs from any of the afore­men­tioned groups.

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Hippyfuckers - ????

A ver­i­ta­ble gut punch, the de­but tape of this St. Louis, Mis­souri group. Hard­core punk with elab­o­rate & flex­i­ble any­thing-goes song struc­tures, at times catchy and melod­ic, in oth­er parts show­ing a gloomy post punk /​ death rock un­der­cur­rent and al­so there’s some of that oh-so-fash­ion­able (don’t get me wrong, i to­tal­ly love that) garage edge to it. You might be re­mind­ed of hard­core-era Hüsker Dü at some points, as well as re­cent hard- and post­core stuff such as Nopes, Pink Gui­tars, Ce­ment Shoes or the col­or­ful yet night­mar­ish hard­core psy­che­delia of Mur­der­er.

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Print Head - Change

A new tape by that mys­tery out­fit (pos­si­bly) from Hicksville, NY on which they stay as un­pre­dictable as ever, this time de­liv­er­ing a batch of in­fec­tious be­low-one-minute melod­ic garage smash­ers - high speed fuzzy pow­er pop kin­da like an al­ter­nate-re­al­i­ty garage in­car­na­tion of ear­ly Guid­ed By Voic­es.

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Isotope Soap - In Need Of Systematic Entropy

With quite a bit of de­lay - as has un­for­tu­nate­ly be­come kind of the new nor­mal for any­thing in­tend­ed to be re­leased on vinyl - we get the newest opus of sweden’s prime synth punk out­fit Iso­tope Soap and oh boy, is this a spaced out new lev­el of quirky and weird even for this group. As you might have no­ticed by now, i’m a suck­er for this kind. Con­sist­ing rough­ly half of in­stru­men­tal in­ter­ludes ra­di­at­ing vibes not un­like a bizarro John Car­pen­ter score, the ac­tu­al Songs on this LP more than ever seem to draw in­spi­ra­tion from old­school pi­o­neers of the genre - yeah, of course there is some De­vo in there but even more i’d sug­gest stuff like Scream­ers, Units and Ner­vous Gen­der, all mixed with more re­cent groups 'a la Set-Top Box, Dig­i­tal Leater and, oc­ca­sion­al­ly, i even sense a touch of grim post punk in the vein of Video or VHS.

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Big Baby - Big Baby's Big Fuckin' Record

Well here’s yet an­oth­er batch of low-orig­i­nal­i­ty, high-en­joy­a­bil­i­ty first-rate kick­ass Garage Punk, the straight­for­ward no-frills kind that will help out those who are al­ready show­ing their first Sick Thoughts with­draw­al symp­toms and the kind that won’t alarm fans of Dadar, Shit­ty Life or, at some points, Boo­ji Boys too much ei­ther. These pret­ty nor­mal Ba­bies on­ly drink beer af­ter all, rather than blood. Ad­mit­ted­ly, that’s mild­ly sur­pris­ing in­deed for a group from Tritts­burgh, Trenn­syl­va­nia.

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Animated Violence - Demo

A fun, smart high-en­er­gy blow of garage-in­fused hard­core punk de­liv­ered by a group that might or mightn’t be from Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, hold­ing a per­fect bal­ance be­tween dumb straight-ahead old­school en­er­gy and the var­i­ous quirks and ec­cen­tric­i­ties of more re­cent hard­core phe­nom­e­na, which sor­ta lo­cates them on the genre map some­where in the ex­cel­lent com­pa­ny of oth­er con­tem­po­rary trou­ble­mak­ers such as Mys­tic Inane, Launch­er, Fried E/​M, Mod­ern Needs or Liq­uid As­sets.

Onyon - Onyon

Sim­ple and catchy post punk from the ever-busy scene of Leipzig, Ger­many. While it won’t win any awards for in­no­va­tion, their synth-heavy, min­i­mal­is­tic ap­proach to the genre has that vague­ly old­school cold-war-era vibe di­aled in just right while in Shin­ing Riv­er Utah, some folk/​americana vibes akin to Angst or mid-to-late 80s Gun Club creep in. Sub­se­quent­ly they like to mix shit up and keep things in­ter­est­ing all the way; de­spite stay­ing well in­side the genre’s es­tab­lished pa­ra­me­ters ra­di­at­ing an un­ex­pect­ed­ly fun, warm and up­lift­ing vibe much of the time.

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