Sweet Reaper - Closer Still

On al­bum num­ber three Ven­tu­ra, Cal­i­for­nia garage punks Sweet Reaper seam­less­ly pick things up where they left off rough­ly two years ago with an­oth­er strong batch of bit­ter­sweet, melod­ic bangers of some Wipers-es­que fla­vor as well as vary­ing de­grees of sim­i­lar­i­ty to more cur­rent acts, the likes of Cheap Whine, Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Red Dons, Dadar.

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Nag - Dead Deer

Atlanta's Nag have been a con­stant pres­ence in the con­tem­po­rary post punk scene for quite a while now, so i'm kin­da sur­prised it took them this long to come up with their first long play­er. The sur­pris­es don't end here. Hav­ing been kind of the genre's bad boys - al­ways a bit more rough and un­kempt than most of their peers - we fi­nal­ly get to hear them in a com­par­a­tive­ly hi-fi sound, strip­ping away some lay­ers of fuzz and noise, in­stead re­veal­ing a sharp­ened rhyth­mi­cal fo­cus and a much di­ver­si­fied set of styl­is­tic choic­es, draw­ing com­par­isons to var­i­ous house­hold names à la Neg­a­tive Space, Rank/​Xerox, Pret­ty Hurts, Diät, Know­so, Bruised or Ex­it Group.

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Future - Demo

Now that's™ some po­tent shit com­ing out of poland, pre­sum­ably. Equal parts hard­core- and garage punk, ef­fi­cient­ly pro­pelled for­ward by an ul­tra-sim­plis­tic drum­ming style giv­ing the whole thing an al­most cow­punk vibe, but al­so leav­ing plen­ty of room for the noise-laden son­ic tex­tures by the string tor­tur­ing di­vi­sion to spread out - kin­da like you might have heard in the past from Bands like Leche, Mur­der­er, Yam­bag, Lux… maybe even a bit of Wymyns Prysyn hid­den in there.

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All Hits - Men And Their Work

An­oth­er eight snap­py punch­es of straight­foward garage punk on this Port­land three-piece's sopho­more EP/mi­ni-LP, wor­thy of car­ry­ing the Iron Lung seal of qual­i­ty and re­mind­ing me at times of Sauna Youth, Ex-Cult, Teenanger… com­ple­ment­ed by cer­tain '77 vibe á la Amyl and the Snif­fers.

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F.E.I.D.L. - F.E.I.D.L.

Two re­li­able german/​austrian la­bels have an­oth­er blast in store for the dis­cern­ing garage af­fic­i­na­do, made by some Vi­en­na folks who have fig­ured it out quite nice­ly where to si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly touch their in­stru­ments at all the right times, in just the right way and in­ten­si­ty, in or­der to have them emit nois­es pleas­ing to my ears.

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Permanent Collection - Nothing Good Is Normal

Didn't ex­pect this to hap­pen… A whop­ping sev­en years af­ter his last EP, Oakland's Ja­son Hen­dardy aka Per­ma­nent Col­lec­tion is re­ac­ti­vat­ing his old mu­si­cal en­deav­or and de­liv­ers a bril­liant new al­bum which - in spite of its rather fa­tal­is­tic sound­ing ti­tle - di­als back the son­ic doom and gloom of his pre­vi­ous ef­forts, the dark post punk tone tak­ing the back seat while the melod­ic noise pop & shoegaze as­pects take cen­ter stage - a con­sis­tant­ly fun high en­er­gy ride from start to fin­ish. If you ever wished acts like A Place To Bury Strangers or Cer­e­mo­ny (VA) woud spend less time less time spac­ing out and cut straight to the chase in­stead, this record ist for you.

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Tony Dork - Struggle Street

Here's some qual­i­ty no-frills ass-whop­pin', hip-shakin' straight-ahead garage punk by a Mel­bourne group whose ruckus kin­da sounds like the re­sult of cross­breed­ing some Mi­ni Skirt with ear­ly Teenanger or maybe Obits. Then you feed the re­sult­ing breed a di­et con­sist­ing of a tol­er­a­bly small amount of Oi!, some ear­ly 80s US West­coast Punk, even a slight hint of Crass maybe. The grown up beast might re­sem­ble what Tony Dork are do­ing here and i think it's quite a beau­ty to be­hold.

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The Deadbeat Club - Vital Earnings

An­oth­er love­ly treat from Austin la­bel Dig­i­tal Hot­dogs. The rather quirky kind, rough around the edges and full of sweet­ness in­side, strange and fa­mil­iar at the same time. Just like you've prob­a­bly come to ex­pect of any­thing re­leased by this out­let. There's bare­ly any in­fo on the ac­tu­al band in ques­tion. I found two bands of this name list­ed on band­camp, but i don't think we're deal­ing with ei­ther of those here. What we get in­stead is a sheer wealth of catchy as fuck tunes wrapped in­to dreamy, yet pow­er­ful sound­scapes some­where in the realm of post punk, noise pop, shoegaze and 90s In­die Rock, some­what rem­i­nis­cent of the ear­ly Lo-Fi ad­ven­tures by Eric's Trip, Guid­ed By Voic­es, Fly­ing Saucer At­tack, maybe even a bit of Se­badoh. Or you may choose to draw com­par­isons to more con­tem­po­rary acts in the vein of The Molds, Tree­house, Par­don­er, Rat Columns or Teardrop Fac­to­ry. What­ev­er your view­point on this, you've got im­pec­ca­ble taste, sir. You are made for this record.

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Liquid Assets - Offshore Accounts

I've al­ready failed to men­tion this group at least two times and feel kin­da bad about that - al­though you might have heard them al­ready on some of my "Verspan­nungskas­sette" mix­tapes. So, if you haven't been ac­quaint­ed with this Ot­tawa group's chem­i­cal­ly un­sta­ble garage-/hard­core-/KBD-style punk ex­trav­a­gan­za yet, here's your next chance. This tape, brought to us by malasyan punk strong­hold Pissed Off! Recs, con­tains pret­ty much every note of their de­mo tape and 7" re­leased last year in, as it ap­pears to me, most­ly re-record­ed and ex­tra ex­plo­sive ren­di­tions.

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Brain Bagz & Blood Bags - Split LP

Thor­oug­ly en­joy­able shit, this split LP on Big Neck Records.
Blood Bags from Auck­land, New Zee­land sure know how to trig­ger a de­li­cious­ly blown out garage-/fuzz-/s­ton­er punk ri­ot evok­ing com­par­isons to The Cow­boy and ear­ly The Men, com­plet­ing the fun with some raw stooges pow­er, strong Fun­house-es­que propul­sion.
Salt Lake City's Brain Bagz then pro­duce a Sound that feels close­ly re­lat­ed in spir­it and in its pri­mal en­er­gy, but casts a much wider net in its choice of in­flu­ences - start­ing off with a kin­da Cramps-meet-Scratch Acid vibe and sub­se­quent­ly tak­ing many cues from the 80s pro­to noise rock com­plex in­clud­ing the likes of No Trend, Flip­per, Live Skull.

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