Following last year's somewhat uneven debut LP of this Berlin group, their newest album is a huge step forward in every aspect - the hugely improved song substance being driven forth with unrelenting momentum and captured in a mid-fi aesthetic that fits them perfectly. Soundwise, they're clearly taking cues from a long lineage of proto- and oldschool garage punk - obviously Stooges, MC5 and Death to begin with, in addition to Dead Moon and some Wipers touches but, most of all, that austalian breed of groups like Saints, Radio Birdman, Scientists appear to have left their mark in their sound, not to mention the larger-than-life fuzz punk one-hit-wonders God - but while the latter seemed to flame up and burn out over the short duration of one glorious A-side never to reach such heights again, S.U.G.A.R. show no signs of wear yet, repeating that marvel eightfold for a certified all-killer-no-filler album.Album-Stream →
A marked change of pace for La Vida Es Un Mus Discos - a label usually more concerned with the rougher ends of the hard- and postcore spectrum - the debut album of this basque group has a contemporary Lo-Fi appeal to its unique take on garage punk with a somewhat murky and bent (or dare i say: Warttman-esque?) sound aesthetic where either guitars sound like synths or vice versa, i wouldn't be able to tell either way. While their playfulness and melodicity call to mind recent stuff by the likes of Prison Affair, Alien Nosejob's hardcore 45s, Beta Maximo or Algara, there's also a raw and authentic 80s hardcore undercurrent going on here peppered with some gentle flashes of Oi! and 90s emocore.Album-Stream →
Whoa, i didn't really expect that record to be this fucking good - a hot contender for my favorite power pop record of 2022, plain and simple. Like a curious eggfolk Resonars or Bevis Frond, these songs also radiate the melancholy, dreamy vibes of Lost Balloons with little hints of early Guided By Voices, Soft Boys, Honey Radar or Woolen Men added to the mix for good measure. The quirky and blown-out lo-fi aesthetics simply can't do anything to lessen the impact and beauty of the superb songwriting chops on display here.Album-Stream →
The second full length of these frenchmen is a bucket of super straightforward, simple and catchy-as-fuck oldschool garage punk joy sparkling with '77 energy - there's nothing too smart about if yet plenty to delight in nonetheless when these folks kick up a primitive storm coming across a bit like a mix of Buck Biloxi and the Fucks, The Spits, The Uglies and - quite obviously - Sick Thoughts.Album-Stream →
A couple of supercombustible noise attacks equal parts garage- and hardcore punk injected with tons of unwieldy KBD energy - a new raw and primitive delight for friends of shit roughly in the same orbit as, say, Fried E/m, Total Sham, Launcher, Modern Needs or Freakees…Album-Stream →
Debut tape of a Perth duo featuring folks otherwise known from Ghoulies and Aborted Tortoise… just as you'd expect from that, this thing fucking rips! A Lo-Fi DIY garage punk vibe meets some oldschool melodious '77 simplicity, occasionally also crossing over into rather contemporary sounding post punk- and egg-related territories. This is out on Goodbye Boozy and Under The Gun Records but this shit would also fit right in with the Warttman posse so it's probably no coincidence that some dude also involved with Tee Vee Repairman and Satanic Togas contributed some creative input here as well.Album-Stream →
Rare Spam releases September 16th via Contact Minimal Records.
Patty Hearse releases September 30th via Cardinal Fuzz (EU/UK) & Little Cloud Records (US)
Desire Choir releases November 4th via Post Present Medium.