Molbo - Rettferdighetens Ridder /​/​ Kerozine - Living In A Nightmare

Two no­table, more or less dun­geon punk-ad­ja­cent re­leas­es have land­ed this week. First off, there's the de­but cas­sette of Oslo group Mol­bo who, on the sur­face, pri­mar­i­ly seem to draw in­flu­ences from that genre com­plex of eight­ies goth, death rock and post punk that's been so en vogue once again for the last decade or so. What sets them apart in that par­tic­u­lar niche though is a cer­tain whim­si­cal egg­punk aes­thet­ic, a sense of joy and fun not of­ten found in an oth­er­wise of­ten overky self-se­ri­ous genre, though ad­mit­ted­ly this can at times have an un­in­ten­tion­al­ly com­i­cal ef­fect as well.

Ip­swich, UK duo Kerozine then ap­proach a vague­ly dun­geon-es­que aes­thet­ic from a more straight­for­ward yet de­light­ful­ly noisy synth-/elec­tro punk an­gle that's every bit as dri­ving and hard-hit­ting as it's catchy, the best rea­son­ably re­cent com­par­isons i can come up with right now be­ing the likes of Spy­roids, O-D-EX, Drýsild­jö­full, Chan­nel 83, C57BL/​6, Ex­pose and Beef.

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Unicorn Fart Sugar - Snack of Plates

An­oth­er mar­vel of covid lock­down-bred noise by a mul­ti-gen­er­a­tional british trio is ar­riv­ing here with a rough­ly three-year de­lay. A break­neck-speed mix­ture of brass-en­hanced garage punk, hard- and post­core, this stuff is com­bin­ing the traits of more re­cent phe­nom­e­na like, say, Ce­ment Shoes, Cri­sis Man and Mys­tic Inane with some equal­ly noisy gruff á la ear­ly-to-mid-eight­ies X, the aus­tralian group that is. Mak­ing the fun com­plete though is the in­fec­tious joy in the vo­cals of lead singer Eliza who, if my crum­my math and the sparse bits of avail­able in­for­ma­tion don't fail me, must've been around sev­en years old at the time of record­ing.

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Chaos OK - Demo /​/​ Valtatyhjiö - Kuristusleikki

Raleigh, North Car­oli­na hard-/post­core pow­er­house Sor­ry State Records has two new treats in store for us. First there's the de­mo cas­sette by At­lanta group Chaos OK. Their name sug­gest­ing some con­nec­tion to old­school british punk al­ready, i'd in­deed say the EP starts out with a some­what UK82-ish vibe in par­tic­u­lar, which then lat­er morphs in­to a shape vague­ly sim­i­lar to more re­cent, slight­ly garage-in­fused hard­core acts á la ear­ly Elec­tric Chair and Kalei­do­scope, on­ly to end things in the guise of time­less pro­to noise, post­core and -punk some­where in­be­tween the worlds of, say, Crass, Flip­per and Dri­ve Like Je­hu. Ex­cit­ing shit!

An­oth­er old­school-ish, al­though a lot more sim­ple and prim­i­tive force of na­ture is the newest 7" by Finland's Val­taty­hjiö who con­vince by sheer force on this one, hav­ing both some traits of '80s con­ti­nen­tal eu­ro­pean hard­core to them as well as - to come full cir­cle as far as british in­flu­ence is con­cerned - some flour­ish­es of clear­ly NWOBHM-in­spired (speed-)metal.

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Whiphouse - Lost Cause

De­mo re­leas­es May 3rd.

Geo - You Are All Strange

Out Of Body re­leas­es April 26th via Er­ste Theke Ton­träger.

Fen Fen - Kill Your Parents

Na­tion­al Threat re­leas­es May 3rd via Sweet Time.

D. Sablu - Scandalous

Vacation - Rare Earth

Rare Earth re­leas­es May 3rd via Feel It Records.

Grand Final - Boomtown

Sport­ing Na­tion re­leas­es May 1st.