Liquid Face - Crumbling Structure

Qual­i­ty stuff from Good­bye Boozy Records, as usu­al. Liq­uid Face is a project of Cal Don­ald, who al­so plays in Drag­gs, al­though what we get to hear on this 7" is even a bit quirki­er than any­thing Drag­gs have ever done. Synth-/garage punk some­what rem­i­nis­cent of C57BL/​6, Stal­ins of Sound, Puff! or any­thing Cruz Somers has un­leashed up­on us (S.B.F., Race Car, etc…). In re­gard to the aus­tralian scene specif­i­cal­ly, this wouldn't feel out of place along­side the Warttman Inc. cat­a­log ei­ther.

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Mr. Teenage - Automatic Love

This Mel­bourne group's de­but 7" pret­ty much hits the bulls eye at first try, set­ting off a flaw­less garage-dri­ven, high-calo­ries pow­er pop ex­trav­a­gan­za. With­out doubt, ad­mir­ers of Tom­mie and the Com­mies or Bad Sports, among oth­ers, will ap­pre­ci­ate the shit out of this.

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Septic Yanks - Septic Yanks

An­oth­er moldy wet lump of ul­tra­con­ta­gious punk shit, equal parts garage punk, KBD-style mis­chief and hard­core punk of the very old school. Not too far off from stuff like Liq­uid As­sets, Fried E/​M or Launch­er.

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Prison Affair - Demo II

Seems i for­got to post this Barcelona group's first de­mo a while ago, stu­pid me. Well, here's their newest one to make up for it and once again this is a thor­ough­ly fun lit­tle treat of quirky DIY garage punk bear­ing some sim­i­lar­i­ty to R.M.F.C., Dee Bee Rich, Nuts or Erik Ner­vous.

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Alien Nosejob - Once Again The Present Becomes The Past

An­oth­er record by muteant Jake Robertson's shapeshift­ing project Alien Nose­job. Af­ter last year's 7" on Iron Lung Records, this is the sec­ond time he's ven­tur­ing in­to hard­core punk. Tak­ing ad­van­tage of the longer run­ning time, we see him mix­ing things up and ex­plor­ing the genre a bit deep­er this time, re­sult­ing in a quite var­ied set of tunes. Every­thing Robert­son tack­les here, it just works ad­mirably well.

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Modern Needs - Genetic Makeup

Don't know how i didn't ever stum­ble up­on this San Fran­cis­co dude's out­put be­fore ear­li­er this year, when Mod­ern Needs re­leased a cer­tain killer tape called Sur­vey of the An­i­mal King­dom. Well, what's more im­por­tant is that he's got a new al­bum out al­ready and just as ex­pect­ed, it once again de­liv­ers loads of stu­pid fun made up of some old­school US west coast shit, time­less garage punk and plen­ty of KBD-style weird­ness. Of the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion you might think of Launch­er, Liq­uid As­sets, Frea­kees, Fried E/​M… or of old­er ar­ti­facts by The Men­tal­ly Ill, Nox­ious Fumes. Al­so this time, the gen­er­ous use of Synths cre­ates an un­de­ni­able Aus­muteants feel.

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Speed Week - Hey Hey It's Speed Week

Garage punk by a Mel­bourne group sound­ing some­what like a cu­ri­ous mix of some straight­for­ward rockin' shit sim­i­lar to Mi­ni Skirt, Flat Worms, Ex-Cult just as much as the more play­ful ap­proach­es tak­en by the likes of Vin­tage Crop, Dumb.

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Moth - Modern Madness

An­oth­er sol­id EP by Melbourne's Moth, this time com­ing across a bit less synth-heavy than on their last one. Once again this takes some cues from fa­mil­iar garage punk acts like Use­less Eaters, Ex-Cult, Aus­muteants and ear­ly Teenanger, as well as some of the Warttman Inc.-affiliated groups like Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Set-Top Box. Al­so, in Dig­i­tal Cri­sis, their sound takes an un­ex­pect­ed turn to­wards dark post punk of the Ex­it Group, Diät, Rank/​Xerox va­ri­ety.

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The Archaeas - Archaeas

Fol­low­ing a 7" on To­tal Punk ear­li­er this year, we now get a full length taste of this Louisville trio's raw en­er­gy via an­oth­er high­ly rep­utable garage la­bel, Goner Records. Don't ex­pect any­thing clever or orig­i­nal about their mu­sic. In­stead, ex­pect some­thing very fa­mil­iar done ex­cep­tion­al­ly well - an undi­lut­ed blast of straight, stu­pid and sim­ple, '77-fla­vored, balls-to-the-walls un­apolo­getic garage punk may­hem.

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Diode - Diode

Some Los An­ge­les group con­sist­ing of a tru­ly all-star garage line­up de­liv­ers a pleas­ant­ly quirky mix of garage-, post- and synth punk, some­times com­ing across like a cross­breed of Nots and Pow!, or like Prim­i­tive Cal­cu­la­tors-meet-Use­less Eaters in oth­er mo­ments.

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