Kitchen People - Planet Perth

The mighty Warttman gang's newest re­cruits are Kitchen Peo­ple who have al­ready done a few re­leas­es be­fore, al­though - let's be hon­est here - none of those has been quite as rip­ping as their newest EP of ap­pro­pri­ate­ly weird, quirky muteant garage-/synth punk. These dudes should fit in com­fort­ably with the rest of Warttman's fucked up bunch.

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Knowso - Psychological Garden

Cleve­land, Ohio's Know­so al­ready had 7"s out on both To­tal Punk and Neck Chop Records in the past, which kind of amounts to the ul­ti­mate seal of qual­i­ty in today's garage land­scape. Their newest EP con­tiues all the good­ness and care­ful­ly branch­es out from there. At times they re­mind of a mix be­tween Nag, more re­cent Use­less Eaters and Con­stant Mon­grel. Oth­er times i can draw par­al­lels to the weirdo post punk of Pat­ti or the un­ruly noise-/garage hy­brids of Brandy and Hash Redac­tor - boiled down to their bare skele­ton. Al­so, Turn­ing Point has some Wire thing go­ing on and you know that kind of shit will al­ways be ap­pre­ci­at­ed here.

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CB Radio Gorgeous - CB Radio Gorgeous 7"

Some­how i must've over­looked this Chica­go quartet's first EP two years ago… got­ta catch up on that now, since their new 7" im­me­di­ate­ly won me over with its first-rate blend of some­what garage- and hard­core-in­fused no-fuss punk rock not too far off from Neg­a­tive Scan­ner (whose des­ig­nat­ed gui­tar user Matt Re­vers is al­so among the per­pe­tra­tors at work here), Vexx and round­ed off by a mea­sured dose of Amyl & The Snif­fers-es­que '77 style riff­ing.

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Donors - Donors

Now this one's a cu­ri­ous beast. Nashville group Donors al­ready won my at­ten­tion two years ago with their first EP and a some­what more con­ven­tion­al mix of garage- and post punk, but this is a dif­fer­ent lev­el of weird­ness al­to­geth­er, as they in­fuse their sound with in­creas­ing amounts of dis­so­nant no wave hav­oc and pro­to noise rock á la Flip­per, No Trend. What in the world could i com­pare this stuff to? Tyvek or Con­stant Mon­grel reimag­ined as a no wave act? Spray Paint as a garage band? I'm not en­tire­ly sure what they ac­tu­al­ly set out to do but there's no doubt they're suc­ceed­ing with fly­ing col­ors. Just when you thought you made sense of the whole thing, the clos­ing track Fine Print man­ages to sur­prise once again by adding some Haunt­ed Hors­es-style in­dus­tri­al fla­vor to the mix.

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Nuts - Demo

The cologne scene ap­pears to be pick­ing up steam in re­cent months. Newest piece of ev­i­dence is this thor­ough­ly en­joy­able de­mo of quirky one-man DIY garage punk some­what in the vein of acts like Prison Af­fair, Set-Top Box, T.L.B.M, Dot.Com, Dee Bee Rich… maybe even a bit of ear­ly Erik Ner­vous. Fine stuff!

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Shrinkwrap Killers - Stolen Electronics To Shove Up Your Ass 7"

On their re­cent 7" via Iron Lung, Oakland's Shrinkwrap Killers blow a pret­ty lit­tle hole in your speak­ers by way of a flaw­less one-two punch made up of fuzzy, melod­ic garage punk and bear­ing some sim­i­lar­i­ty to The Stal­ins Of Sounds, S.B.F. or Kid Chrome. Nuff said.

The Cowboy - WiFi on the Prairie

Not too long af­ter their re­cent 7" sug­gest­ed some amount of re­lax­ation in the Cleve­land trio's sound, they fall right back in­to their tense and grit­ty old ways on their sec­ond al­bum - even dou­ble down on them com­pared to the al­ready rough blast of their de­but al­bum three years ago - amount­ing to an­oth­er per­fect round of fuzzed out garage noise glo­ry, this time re­mind­ing me of ear­ly Green­berg-era The Men in all their un­com­pro­mis­ing force.

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Isotope Soap - An Artifact Of Insects

So far, the synth-/garage punk project Iso­tope Soap a.k.a. swedisch punk vet­er­an Pe­ter Swe­den­hamar has re­leased noth­ing but top qual­i­ty stuff in the form of three EPs, all of them were reis­sued last year on a com­pi­la­tion al­bum via Emo­tion­al Re­sponse. His first long­play­er doesn't dis­s­ap­point ei­ther. On it, Swe­den­hamar con­sid­er­ably ex­pands his eclec­tic raid of ob­scure punk his­to­ry, re­sult­ing in his most var­ied and play­ful re­lease yet, in­cor­po­rat­ing among oth­er things mo­ments of trip­py space punk, pure synth pop, dreamy krautscapes. And of course al­so a lot of his more straight­for­ward sig­na­ture De­vo-meet-Aus­muteas­nts style that made up the bulk of his EPs.

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Modern Needs - Survey of the Animal Kingdom

San Francisco's Mod­ern Needs let off one de­li­cious fart af­ter an­oth­er in­to the at­mos­phere, con­sist­ing of straight, sim­ple & ef­fec­tive Fuzz rem­i­nis­cent of ear­ly 80s west­coast punk & hard­core as well as plen­ty of crude KBD-vibes. As such, they make good com­pa­ny to oth­er con­tam­po­rary bands like Launch­er, Frea­kees, Beast Fiend or Liq­uid As­sets.

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The Worms - Back To The Bog

This Lon­don trio de­liv­ers some new high qual­i­ty bursts of de­cid­ed­ly crude garage punk with a clear post punk edge. Ad­mir­ers of bands like Con­stant Mon­grel, Ex Cult, Tyvek, Use­less Eaters or Shark Toys will know to ap­pre­ci­ate this.

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