B.E.E.F. 39X - Man-Simulator 5

At first lis­ten, i can't help but think of the tex­an (neo) no wave/​chaotic noise rock con­nec­tion around bands like Flesh Narc, Gay Cum Dad­dies and a few oth­er projects shar­ing much of the same per­son­nel. How­ev­er, this band is from Philadel­phia, mak­ing any as­so­ci­a­tion with those rather un­like­ly. Al­so, on clos­er in­spec­tion, their sound and songs come across a lot more struc­tured, com­pared with the kin­da se­mi-im­pro­vised feel of the Den­ton scene's out­put. Sound­wise, this is some­what less in the no wave camp, lean­ing more in­to the noise rock side of things and now that i'm think­ing of it… I al­so see quite some sim­i­lar­i­ties to their ge­o­graph­i­cal­ly much clos­er New York con­tem­po­raries Spray Paint and Big Neck Po­lice, as well as a hint of cana­di­an noise punks Sop­cans.

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Warm Exit - Demo

On their de­mo, Brus­sels out­fit Warm Ex­it come up with a flaw­less lit­tle dose of synth-en­hanced garage punk, al­ter­nate­ly re­mind­ing me of con­tem­po­rary genre pow­er­hous­es like Aus­muteants, Dumb, Erik Ner­vous or Pow­er­plant.

Krul - EP

The aus­tralian Scene al­ways finds new ways to sur­prise, some­times out­right baf­fle me. This time it's done by a mel­bourne group fea­tur­ing mem­bers of, among oth­ers, Kids Of Zoo, pro­found­ly un­set­tling my sense of ge­og­ra­phy by way of hav­ing their lyrics sung in japan­ese. Sound-wise, i'm re­mind­ed of more-or-less gloomy post punk stuff by acts like In­sti­tute, Diät, Crim­i­nal Code, Pret­ty Hurts or Acrylics - com­bined with some noisy and rough DIY punk in the vein of Lumpy & The Dumpers, Launch­er or Beast Fiend, as well as a faint echo of Hot Snakes.

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Super X - Super X

This tape by Mel­bourne group Su­per-X isn't ex­act­ly new stuff, but that shit is way to strong not to be men­tioned here. Wit­ness a son­ic spec­ta­cle un­fold, fus­ing the old garage-/pro­to punk fuzz of Fun House-era Stooges with spaced out vibes not un­like De­struc­tion Unit or ear­ly Tele­scopes, all the while drag­ging along with it some traces of con­tem­po­rary post punk.

Nag - Red Panda

It's busi­ness as usu­al for Atlanta's Nag on their newest EP, on which they're stay­ing clear of new ex­per­i­ments and bright ideas. I'm per­fect­ly fine with that. In­stead, their sound made from frag­ments of post-, fuzz- and noise punk once again man­ages to con­vince me, craft­ed in­to three rock sol­id songs that aren't even try­ing to look smarter than they ac­tu­al­ly are - and that's ex­act­ly why they work so well.

Digital Leather - Compass

Be­cause You're A Win­ner re­leas­es May 1st.

Lié - Digging In The Desert

You Want It Re­al re­leas­es Feb­ru­ary 28th via Mint Records.

Mush - Eat The Etiquette

3D Rou­tine re­leas­es Feb­ru­ary 14th via Mem­phis In­dus­tries.

Launcher - Bone Saw

Bone Saw re­leas­es Feb­ru­ary 7th via Wan­da Records.

Algara - Enamorados Del Control Total

En­am­ora­dos Del Con­trol To­tal re­leas­es Jan­u­ary 30th via La Vi­da Es Un Mus Dis­cos.