Tommy And The Commies - Hurtin' 4 Certain

New tunes by Sud­bury, Canada's Tom­my and the Com­mies. You should know what to ex­pect by now: A bright and col­or­ful spec­ta­cle made up of top notch qual­i­ty pow­er pop, a bit of garage and a whole truck­load of buz­zcocks-style straight and melod­ic punk rock, el­e­vat­ed by a punchy per­for­mance as well as some un­err­ing song­writ­ing skill.

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Mini Skirt - Casino

Al­ready hav­ing a bunch of strong EPs un­der their belt, Mi­ni Skirt of By­ron Bay, Aus­tralia are now de­liv­er­ing their first LP. Of course they do have a few more bones to pick, find­ing ex­pres­sion in some of their most pissed off lyrics to date, while on the mu­si­cal side of things, we get all the good­ness fa­mil­iar from their EPs and more… Garage Punk/​Pub Rock some­what sim­i­lar to Dumb Punts, Pissed Id­iots or WOD, that coun­ter­bal­ances its com­par­a­tive­ly re­laxed pace with a vig­or­ous per­for­mance, this time even re­luc­tant­ly ex­pand­ing their styl­is­tic palette with oc­ca­sion­al flash­es of old­school late 80's/early 90s in­die rock.

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Moth - Machine Nation

Mel­bourne group Moth al­ready had a de­cent de­mo out not too long ago, but this new set of tunes is so much stronger. This is your typ­i­cal con­tem­po­rary garage-/synth punk stuff, plain and sim­ple… but al­so quite com­pe­tent­ly done, pack­ing some se­ri­ous punch and adding a slight psy­che­del­ic touch to the mix - oth­er­wise rough­ly ad­her­ing to the Use­less Eaters, Pow!, Flat Worms and Ex-Cult core for­mu­las. You can't go wrong with these.

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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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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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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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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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