Bathouse - Chore

Bathouse re­leas­es No­vem­ber 27 via Hap­pi­est Place Records.

The Unknowns - Waste My Time

Noth­ing Will Ever Stop re­leas­es No­vem­ber 27 via Bar­gain Bin Records.

Potpourri - Angels Dead End

Pot­pour­ri re­leas­es Oc­to­ber 30th via Wast­ed Tapes.

Liquid Face - Crumbling Structure

Qual­i­ty stuff from Good­bye Boozy Records, as usu­al. Liq­uid Face is a project of Cal Don­ald, who al­so plays in Drag­gs, al­though what we get to hear on this 7" is even a bit quirki­er than any­thing Drag­gs have ever done. Synth-/garage punk some­what rem­i­nis­cent of C57BL/​6, Stal­ins of Sound, Puff! or any­thing Cruz Somers has un­leashed up­on us (S.B.F., Race Car, etc…). In re­gard to the aus­tralian scene specif­i­cal­ly, this wouldn't feel out of place along­side the Warttman Inc. cat­a­log ei­ther.

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Mr. Teenage - Automatic Love

This Mel­bourne group's de­but 7" pret­ty much hits the bulls eye at first try, set­ting off a flaw­less garage-dri­ven, high-calo­ries pow­er pop ex­trav­a­gan­za. With­out doubt, ad­mir­ers of Tom­mie and the Com­mies or Bad Sports, among oth­ers, will ap­pre­ci­ate the shit out of this.

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Septic Yanks - Septic Yanks

An­oth­er moldy wet lump of ul­tra­con­ta­gious punk shit, equal parts garage punk, KBD-style mis­chief and hard­core punk of the very old school. Not too far off from stuff like Liq­uid As­sets, Fried E/​M or Launch­er.

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The Celetoids - Optic Nerve

While their 2017 Pu­pal Stage EP still struck me as a bit un­der­cooked, their newest tape shows these croa­t­ian punks (fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Mod­ern Delu­sion) re­fin­ing their sound in­to some­thing way more con­sis­tent and en­joy­able, made up of straight-ahead punk rock that some­times veers slight­ly to­wards the KBD-in­spired garage sound of groups like Launch­er, Frea­kees… at oth­er times tak­ing some cues from melod­ic, post punk-lean­ing acts in the fash­ion of Red Dons, Xe­tas, Anx­ious Liv­ing or ear­li­er The Es­tranged.

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Super-X - Super-X

Hav­ing re­leased a strong de­but EP in 2017, Mel­bourne group Su­per-X now de­liv­er their first full length, once again packed with tons of spaced-out son­ic force. Clas­sic Stooges en­er­gy col­lides with psy­che­del­ic fire­works á la ear­ly Tele­scopes, some un­ex­pect­ed­ly high amount of post punk and a hint of MX-80, while they man­age to keep things in­ter­est­ing and ver­sa­tile through­out the whole jour­ney, evok­ing a rather di­verse clus­ter of com­par­isons such as Pub­lic Eye, Writhing Squares, De­struc­tion Unit, Faux Fe­ro­cious, Bail­ter­space, The Cow­boy or Open Your Heart-era The Men.

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Kaleidoscope - Decolonization /​/​ Straw Man Army - Age Of Exile

Two noisy new ar­ti­facts brought to us by New York's ex­quis­ite D4MT la­bel. First, there's a new ex­tend­ed play by hard-/post­core pow­er­house Kalei­do­scope on which their sound comes across a tiny bit more more sim­pli­fied and straight­for­ward than on last year's killer de­but LP, yet as in­spired, play­ful and in­ven­tive as ever.
Sim­i­lar things can be said about the de­but al­bum of Straw Man Army, a duo i can't find much in­for­ma­tion on, but at a quick glance they seem to con­sist of none oth­er than Kaleidoscope's drum­mer boy and some oth­er dude. Just as you'd ex­pect, this is an­oth­er quite ad­ven­tur­ous ride through the realms of dark post punk both clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary, some­times bor­der­ing on Crass-style min­i­mal­ism, Wipers-es­que melan­cho­lia while al­so re­mind­ing me of more re­cent ec­cen­tric­i­ties by the likes of Mur­der­er or Wymyns Prysyn.

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Warm Red - Decades Of Breakfast

As was to be ex­pect­ed, this At­lanta group's first full length ef­fort is thir­ty min­utes of pure post punk bliss, re­mind­ing me, at sev­er­al points, of some of the genre's best con­tem­po­raries - the rigid rhythms of Know­so and Nag come to mind, mixed with the more play­ful flour­ish­es of Pat­ti or Mar­bled Eye. Oth­er valid com­par­isons might be acts like Bruised, Sar­casm or La­bor.

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