Gaffer - Hang

De­mo re­leas­es March 20th via Helta Skelta Records.

Shrinkwrap Killers - Stolen Electronics To Shove Up Your Ass

Stolen Elec­tron­ics To Shove Up Your Ass re­leas­es March 13th via Iron Lung Records.

12XU current state of affairs…

Ar­rived at my new cave, re­tained most of my san­i­ty. Fi­nal­ly able to re­lax. Ass on my couch and music's run­ning again, too. This week i'm plow­ing through all the good noise i've missed in re­cent weeks. Prob­a­bly way to much to post here, so what i don't man­age to get crammed in here will prob­a­bly end up on a new Verspan­nungskas­sette-Mix­tape. The blog ma­chine should be rolling again by next week.

In case you haven't noticed already…

…12XU is tak­ing a break right now and will con­tin­ue to do so for an­oth­er 2-3 weeks. This is for the sim­ple rea­son that i'm re­lo­cat­ing to some small and cozy shack just across the Rhine riv­er, a few miles deep­er in­side the busy Ruhr area. Now i need to get some shit done and since get­ting shit done ain't ex­act­ly my forte (and al­so to pro­tect my own men­tal health, which has be­come a rather frag­ile moth­er­fuck­er in re­cent times), i'll take all the time i need and let this blog hi­ber­nate for the time be­ing. To sat­is­fy your ad­dic­tion, you might wan­na check out some oth­er higly rec­om­mend­ed places in the mean­time. 12XU will re­sume reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty some­time around late Feb­ru­ary, or ear­ly March at the very lat­est. See you noise cow­boy!

Signal - Love w/​o Moisture

On their sec­ond EP, New York punks Sig­nal brew up a strong po­tion con­sist­ing of raw noise-/fuzz punk and post punk/-core. To me it sounds a bit like an amal­ga­ma­tion of ear­li­er Lié and Lit­tly Ug­ly girls, but al­so con­tains quite some of the rough, garagey vibes sim­i­lar to Warp or Vexxx.

Al­bum-Stream →

Chubby & The Gang - Speed Kills

No rock­et sci­ence on Chub­by & The Gang's de­but al­bum, just the plain old melod­ic punk rock schtick. But boy, is that some re­al­ly fuck­ing good stuff. '77 catchy­ness is in­ject­ed with loads of hard­core en­er­gy and giv­en a rough garage sur­face. Kin­da like Boo­ji Boys record­ed in high fi­deli­ty.

Al­bum-Stream →

Vangas - Dog Walker /​ Waltz In E Minor

At­lanta noise rock­ers Van­gas stay beau­ti­ful­ly un­con­ven­tion­al on their new 7" via Chun­klet. On the A-side, a slow-burn­ing groove creeps along to­ward an in­evitable erup­tion at its mid­point, where shit fi­nal­ly gets weird. The even more un­pleas­ant B-side then re­minds me quite a bit of their Port­land noise rock con­tem­po­raries Mar­riage + Can­cer or cana­di­ans Near­ly Dead.

Gunky - Ectoplastic

This de­but EP by Philadel­phia band Gunky is kind of an odd and de­li­ciois bas­tard of (post-)punk and noise, bold­ly plun­der­ing its way through large por­tions of un­der­ground punk his­to­ry. I think i hear some echoes of MX-80 and mid-eight­ies Son­ic Youth, The Men­tal­ly Ill and of ear­ly Sac­cha­rine Trust's pro­to post­core. In oth­er mo­ments, their sound re­minds me of more re­cent bands, the likes of like Pat­ti or Plax.

Al­bum-Stream →

Maximum Roach - Dry Rot

This group, prob­a­bly from Phoenix, Ari­zona, sets up some chem­i­cal­ly un­sta­ble noise punk shit weld­ed to a garagecore rock­et dri­ve ready to blow up in your face. At times you might feel pleas­ant­ly re­mind­ed of acts like Beast Fiend, Anx­i­ety, Bo Gritz or Mys­tic Inane.

Al­bum-Stream →

Punter - Demo

An­oth­er batch of awe­some garage punk with an oc­ca­sion­al hard­core edge from the ever re­li­able mel­bourne scene. At times, Punter's mu­sic has a fran­tic qual­i­ty rem­i­nis­cent of Jack­son Reid Brig­gs & The Heaters, com­bined with the slight­ly more ground­ed garage sound of Civic or ear­li­er Vaguess, with the latter's pop in­stincts as well as some Pist Id­iots-style dra­ma boil­ing over at the EP's most an­themic mo­ment, A Minute's Si­lence.

Al­bum-Stream →