Whoa, i didn't really expect that record to be this fucking good - a hot contender for my favorite power pop record of 2022, plain and simple. Like a curious eggfolk Resonars or Bevis Frond, these songs also radiate the melancholy, dreamy vibes of Lost Balloons with little hints of early Guided By Voices, Soft Boys, Honey Radar or Woolen Men added to the mix for good measure. The quirky and blown-out lo-fi aesthetics simply can't do anything to lessen the impact and beauty of the superb songwriting chops on display here.Album-Stream →
I almost overlooked this beauty which appears to have been out for a couple months already. Knoxville's Ex-Gold had put out a delightful debut EP in 2018, a couple of whose songs have also been re-recorded for this new one while the new tracks seamlessly continue the excellence of their debut. That means more quirky powerpop and garage punk with both a slight '77- and an oldschool indie rock touch. The best comparison i can come up with right now are UK wisecrackers Proto Idiot but fans of stuff like Tommy and the Commies, Bad Sports, Radioactivity, Sweet Reaper, Corner Boys or Steve Adamyk Band should also get a kick out of this.Album-Stream →
Spanish garage poppers Beta Máximo already left a rather positive impression on me with their couple of fairly recent EPs but with this one, they're finally nailing it if you ask me, striking a perfect balance between snappy garage punk and surf-infused power pop - kinda like a somewhat less eggy, less lo-fi incarnation of Barcelona group Prison Affair.Album-Stream →
A wondrous and strange little EP full of otherworldly garage-/power-/fuzz pop from a Philadelphia Duo. The tape starts out as if the insane pop qualities of, say, Booji Boys or Daughter Bat & The Lip Stings collided with the smart rhythmic post punk of Lithics, while the remaining three songs then settle into a slightly more low-key kraut-leaning psychedelic groove, the likes of which you might suspect somewhere in the lo-fi pop worlds of acts like Germ House, Far Corners, Violent Change, Honey Radar or even early Woolen Men. Excellent shit throughout.Album-Stream →
Um… what meaningful thing is there left to say about a new Alien Nosejob record at this point? They kinda come in two shapes: The grab bag style ones where Mr. Robertson branches out in every direction possible and the hyperfocussed monoculture ones where he doubles down on a single genre - like his hardcore 7"s for example or that synth pop/eurotrash 12" maxi a while ago. Well, this one's another grab bag record and apart from that, it's just the plain old usual awesomeness we've all come to expect from this dude who seems utterly unable to write a dull tune.Album-Stream →
Speaking of the devil… here's the latest venture of the mighty Warttman empire and it's yet another beauty to behold. Four rough gems of catchy garage punk and power pop that, of all the Warttman-related groups, reminds me most of R.F.M.C. and Satanic Togas, albeit with a certain southern rock (in this particular case… southern what, actually??) bent bearing some similarity to what you heard on early Sheer Mag EPs.Album-Stream →
Nice surprise indeed, this lathe cut 7" debut by some Austin duo making catchy noise somewhere in the realm of power- and garage pop. Especially the killer A-Side I'm Old will no doubt be a feast for fans of bands like Tommy & The Commies, Bad Sports, Radioactivity, Cheap Whine or Sonic Avenues.
I'm not sure if Alien Nosejob currently exist as a full blown band, but at least for their second long playing effort, Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants, School Damage, Leather Towel, Hierophants, etc.) has been recording everything on his own. While the last few releases turned out to be a rather wild and unpredictable ride - touching on Power-/Jangele Pop, Synth Pop and Hardcore Punk among other things - Alien Nosejob's newest album is an unexpectedly consistent work mostly operating in a spectrum of sad power pop and more familiar Ausmuteants style garage fare, wrapped in a warm and fuzzy analog aesthetic varying from mid- to high fidelity. Without exception, these songs are top rate stuff, just classic Robertson at his best.Album-Stream →