Factory City Children - Factory City Children

The noise on this de­but EP by New York (?) group Fac­to­ry City Chil­dren comes ac­cross like a some­what black­ened vari­ant of garage-/elec­tro punk noise­mak­ers á la S.B.F., Stal­ins Of Sounds, Kid Chrome and The Gobs with a smidge of Sick Thoughts thrown in for good mea­sure. Hav­ing been pre­vi­ous­ly re­leased pret­ty much un­der everyone's radar as a tape, Tox­ic State Records now has it ei­ther as a 7" or a way over­priced dig­i­tal down­load, well know­ing we'll pay the ten bucks any­way be­cause we're all ad­dict­ed to the shit. Cap­i­tal­ism fuck yeah!

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Klint - Guilty

More great fod­der by synth-/elec­tro viking punk mae­stro Klint on this nice com­pi­la­tion avail­able ei­ther dig­i­tal­ly or dubbed on­to pre-loved cas­sette stock, if you're so in­clined - i do cer­tain­ly ap­prove of that, giv­ing old cas­settes a new home! So what we got here is a mix of old shit you might have heard al­ready, old shit you prob­a­bly haven't heard yet and new shit you def­i­nite­ly haven't. Oh and then ap­par­ent­ly there's al­so the mat­ter a of a cou­ple of re­cent­ly un­earthed an­cient wax cylin­ders, glo­ri­ous­ly rough around the edges and un­played since ap­prox­i­mate­ly 1904-1912. Neat!

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Klint - Existence

A new batch of lo-fi viking synth punk mad­ness from that Schleswig dude who at this point doesn't need an in­tro­duc­tion i think, hav­ing craft­ed a very unique niche of his own with a string of EPs and sin­gles over the short span of less than a year. His newest one is an­oth­er strong beast os­cil­lat­ing be­tween snap­py garage punk smash­ers and throb­bing dance floor rough-ups.

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Egg Idiot - Help!

More in­san­i­ty to make your brain hurt from that cer­tain Leipzig garage-/synth punk out­fit fuck­ing around, as the name would sug­gest, on­ly in the eggi­est cor­ners of eggdom. Full of hooks and catchy most of the time, weird as fuck all of the time. Friends of shit á la Nuts, Set-Top Box, Met­dog, Nubot555 and Dee Bee Rich are gonna have an­oth­er ball with this.

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Nubot555 - No Way Back

More in­cred­i­bly bonkers shit out of the bel­gian Bel­ly But­ton Records or­bit. What we get on this dude's de­but EP un­der the Nubot555 moniker (pre­vi­ous­ly the cul­prit has been do­ing shit as King Dick) is some garage- and elec­tro punk may­hem of the over­whelm­ing­ly egg-ish va­ri­ety. These lo-fi gems man­age to coun­ter­bal­ance all their quirky weirdnes with plen­ty of smarts and cre­ative en­er­gy, mak­ing for an im­pres­sive de­but eas­i­ly stand­ing out even in its fair­ly crowd­ed genre pool. I'd say Egg Id­iot have found their match here.

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Freak Genes - Hologram

You can't go wrong with any new re­lease by that UK garage-/synth punk duo team­ing up Pro­to Idiot's An­drew An­der­son with Char­ly Mur­phy of groups such as The Red Cords, In­ter­nal Cred­it and Iso­la­tion. Af­ter ex­plor­ing a more cold, min­i­mal synth aes­thet­ic sound on their pre­vi­ous LP, this one presents them in a some­what fuller sound and prob­a­bly at their catchi­est so far, chan­nel­ing pri­mar­i­ly the spir­it of first-wave synth punk acts á la Prim­i­tive Cal­cu­la­tors, Ner­vous Gen­der, Scream­ers, Units, Min­i­mal Man and of course De­vo (duh!), while from the cur­rent land­scape, com­par­isons to Iso­tope Soap or Alien Nose­job in full-on elec­tro mode may be drawn as well.

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Erste Hilfe - Erste Hilfe

Awe­some synth-/ elec­tro punk shit from Berlin that kin­da plays out like a cu­ri­ous mix of Pisse, Puff! or the most re­cent, elec­tro-heavy Schi­ach EP. Fur­ther you might draw com­par­isons to Spy­roids, Heavy Met­al as well as old synth punk sta­ples á la Scream­ers, Ner­vous Gen­der. Klick­farm in par­tic­u­lar might have tak­en some cues from the Vis­i­tors' clas­sic rip­per Elec­tric Heat as well.

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Klint - Heat Wave

New shit by the world's on­ly viking synth punk project… and we've got an­oth­er win­ner! The ti­tle track just sucks you right in with a throb­bing beat not un­like to the re­cent Dance sin­gle, spiked with a hint of an­cient eu­ro­trash cheesi­ness. With Go Ahead we then get an ef­fec­tive straight-up no-frills punk smash­er, while the odd­ly placed/​titled In­stru­men­tal In­ter­lude feels like fun hom­mage to clas­sic chip­tunes that will al­so mesh well with the on­go­ing dun­geon syn­th/-punk wave.

Klint - Dance

This dude from Schleswig, Ger­many al­ready made an ex­cel­lent first im­pres­sion a cou­ple weeks ago with his de­but 7" on Good­bye Boozy. The art­work sure sug­gests some dun­geon syn­th/-punk affin­i­ty, al­though sound-wise - lack­ing the lat­ter genre's ob­vi­ous black- and/​or old­school "heavy" met­al el­e­ments - i'd rather com­pare this shit to re­cent de­vel­op­ments on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage-, synth- and elec­tro punk and as­so­ci­at­ed acts of the Mononeg­a­tives, Pow!, Liq­uid Face, Ghoulies or Slimex va­ri­ety.

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Reckless Randy - Reckless Randy

Some­how i must've over­looked this Ocean City, NJ dude so far. His long play­ing de­but and third re­lease al­toghether hits my nerve dead-on though, with a va­ri­ety of sim­ple & stu­pid garage-/elec­tro- and, oc­ca­sion­al­ly, synth punk, of­ten with a dis­tinct 77-ish bent call­ing to mind old pi­o­neers à la Scream­ers, MX-80, Met­al Urbain/​Dr. Mix & The Remix as well as a slight hint of Chrome. In Coun­try Girls, quite fit­ting­ly, we even get a touch of Gun Club-es­que amer­i­cana-/cow­punk while of the more re­cent scene, you might draw com­par­isons to groups like S.B.F., Kid Chrome, Zoids or Ma­teo Man­ic.

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