TVO - Alive!

An awe­some new ruckus let loose by some Philadel­phia group, equal parts garage punk and noise rock and car­ry­ing the spir­it of so much clas­sic shit on the in­ter­sec­tion of old school (post-) punk and (pro­to-) noise rock. At one point you might re­call Braini­ac, but most­ly it's 80's stuff like U-Men, X (AUS), Flip­per, Feed­time, No Trend… even a hint of ear­ly Min­ute­men shines through on the clos­ing track. Of the more re­cent scene, i'm think­ing of acts like Cutie or Pat­ti.

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Dummy - Weird

Yup, ac­cu­rate ti­tle for the third cas­sette by Min­neapo­lis punk project Dum­my aka Sean Al­berts of Skull Cult, QQQL and Bel­ly Jel­ly fame. An­oth­er met­ric ton of smart, quirky and at times sur­pris­ing­ly elab­o­rate Garage-, Synth- and Egg-re­lat­ed weird­ness that nev­er fails to make me smile is be­ing crammed in­to a rather con­ve­nient form fac­tor here.

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Peacemaker - See You Dead /​ Greed

Here's yet an­oth­er short and sweet tape car­ry­ing one of those de­li­cious old­school hard­core/KBD-style/­Garage Punk hy­brids, so sim­ple and el­e­gant and flaw­less in its ex­e­cu­tion. I nev­er get tired of this kind of shit.

Nasty Party - Celebration

This Sydney/​London based duo hits every nail on the head straight­away on their first EP with an hon­est ur­gency to their straight­for­ward lyrics and a sound not en­tire­ly dis­sim­i­lar to re­cent british DIY phe­nom­e­na like Sil­i­cone Val­ues or Sub­ur­ban Homes, al­though Nasty Par­ty sup­ple­ment their ob­vi­ous Tele­vi­sion Per­son­al­i­ties vibes with quite a bit of Buz­zcocks dri­ve. I'm al­so vague­ly re­mind­ed of Pro­to Id­iot and Freak Genes.

Roy and the Devil's Motorcycle - Learn To Lose

Im Re­ich Der Wilden Tiere (No Milk No Sug­ar) re­leas­es May 18th via Voodoo Rhythm Records.

Health Plan - Post Traumatic Growth

Health Plan re­leas­es May 7th via Buz­zhowl Records.

The Dead Space - La La Man

Chlo­rine Sleep re­leas­es May 7th via 12XU Records.

Last Quokka & False Cobra - The West Ghost Split

Plen­ty of good­ness on this split 7" by two aus­tralian bands. Last Quokka's side show­cas­es some of their best ma­te­r­i­al to date and their fa­mil­iar, heav­i­ly garage-boost­ed post­core sound with traces of Hot Snakes and ear­ly Jaw­box, as well as more re­cent groups like Video, Bad Breed­ing and As­cot Stab­ber.

This marks the first time i hear about False Co­bra. Some of the above com­par­isons may al­so ap­ply to their songs, though over­all they lean a lot heav­ier in­to the garage and clas­sic punk side of things, hav­ing a bit of a Ruts or X (L.A.) vibe and al­so some vague sim­i­nar­i­ty to The Liv­ing Eyes, Mi­ni Skirt or ear­ly Teenanger.

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Motor Corp - Demo

Deluxe Bias is killing it once again with an­oth­er ridu­cu­lous­ly short cas­sette con­tain­ing three dark brown pud­dles of hard­core punk that couldn't get much more pri­mal than this, over­whelm­ing the lis­ten­er by sheer son­ic force be­fore they even had the time to make any judge­ment about what the fuck they've just been lis­ten­ing to.

TJ Cabot & Sonic Hz - Out Of Touch

While, for my own taste, re­leas­es by that cana­di­an garage weirdo TJ Cabot have so far been a rather hit-or-miss af­fair, his newest 7" - a col­lab­o­ra­tion with synth wave artist Son­ic Hz - falls square­ly in­to the "hit" cat­e­go­ry. This high-sug­ar feast for your eardrums art­ful­ly com­binines the best in­gre­di­ents of both worlds and re­minds me quite a bit of Sweden's synth punk pow­er­house Iso­tope Soap.