Paulo Vicious - Paulo Vicious /​ Beer - Beer II

An­oth­er mys­te­ri­ous egg­punk bomb has dropped from… well, where in the world ac­tu­al­ly? Re­leased on a Tel Aviv la­bel, the song ti­tles, as google trans­late tells me, are ap­par­ent­ly por­tuguese. Then again, sound-wise, the clos­est ref­er­ence would prob­a­bly be the blown-out may­hem of Barcelona genre over­lords Prison Af­fair with fur­ther com­par­isons to be made to Cologne's Nuts, the ear­ly works of aus­tralian groups á la Set-Top Box, Eu­gh, Midgee, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp and, to come full cir­cle even­tu­al­ly, Tel Aviv's own crude egg­punk sen­sa­tion Vic­tor would fit nice­ly in there too. So, long sto­ry short, this is some pre­mi­um grade glo­be­trot­ting shit, re­gard­less of where these folks might ac­tu­al­ly be lo­cat­ed.

Yet an­oth­er good ref­er­ence point, then again, would be Charleston, South Carolina's Beer and, speak­ing of the dev­il, the world's most beer­est beer band has just re­leased their sec­ond ex­tend­ed play to which most of what i've just said is gonna ap­ply ver­ba­tim so i'm not gonna re­peat my­self and in­stead just gonna crank up the good shit and ad­vise you to do the same 'cos i know your neigh­bors are just gonna love it!

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Metdog - Questions and Answers Regarding Computers and Screens

It's shap­ing up to be a pret­ty awe­some week for egg­punk al­ready, helped fur­ther along by an­oth­er genre fix­ture of the last cou­ple years, Melbourne's Met­dog, hav­ing just re­leased their full length de­but af­ter an im­pec­ca­ble string of EPs and sin­gles. They promised shit about com­put­ers and oh boy do we get shit about com­put­ers here, leav­ing more ques­tions than an­swers though, most of which be­gin with "What the fuck…?". Per­fect­ly un­der­scor­ing the sub­ject mat­ter we get to wit­ness the group at their most elec­tron­i­cal­ly in­clined so far, their over­all vibe here be­ing rem­i­nis­cent of a bizarre 8-bit mashup of vin­tage Aus­muteants with the dis­tinct added flour­ish of Win­dows 3.11 mi­di files.

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The Slads - Tough Times

Bril­liant, thrilling old­school ac­tion on this Philadel­phia group's de­but EP on which a hy­brid garage/​hardcore vibe á la Cut­ters gets fused with a dis­tinct Oi! ten­den­cy rem­i­nis­cent of The Chis­el, Chub­by And The Gang. Then again, there are some ocur­rences of Poi­son Ruïn-es­que riff­ing to be spot­ted as well and some­times the gui­tar leads op­er­ate in clas­sic Ra­dio Bird­man ter­ri­to­ry.

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Rude Television - I Want To Believe

Hav­ing first come to my at­ten­tion via a split tape with AJ Cortes and The Bur­glars, this group from West Palm Beach, Flori­da has on­ly got­ten stronger with every new re­lease and this one is no ex­cep­tion, de­liv­er­ing a new round of catchy, com­pact blasts in the some­what eggy realms of pow­er pop, synth- and garage punk evok­ing thor­ough­ly fa­vor­able com­par­isons to the likes of Gee Tee, Erik Ner­vous, Vaguess and Sa­tan­ic To­gas.

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Cthtr - Cthtr

Al­ready hav­ing a cou­ple EPs un­der his belt, this Whit­ti­er, Cal­i­for­nia dude's first full length cas­sette, al­so his first re­lease fol­low­ing over five years of ra­dio si­lence, im­me­di­at­ley clicks with me. That shit is right up my al­ley with its en­dear­ing­ly crude, mod­er­ate­ly psy­che­del­ic mix of garage-, post- and synth punk car­ry­ing the traits of so many house­hold names, among them the likes of Mononeg­a­tives, Use­less Eaters, Die TV, Elec­tric Prawns 2, Beef, ear­ly Pow­er­plant, Pow!, Freak Genes and Lost Pack­ages.

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Klint - Stark EP & Should Be Honey /​ Sherbet (Golden Twenties) 7"

Al­ways an oc­ca­sion of pure, un­mit­i­gat­ed joy, new songs by Schleswig, Ger­many so­lo viking synth punk war­rior Klint. The self-re­leased new Stark EP de­liv­ers six-and-a-half ex­cel­lent new blows of the equal­ly rough and noisy, weird and catchy as fuck synth punk ac­tion we all know and love. His Should be Hon­ey /​ Sher­bet 7" re­leased si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly via ital­ian garage punk in­sti­tu­tion Good­bye Boozy then goes on a thrilling ex­per­i­men­tal side quest in­volv­ing heavy use of an­cient brass and vo­cal sam­ples pulled from 1920s swing records. This is some­thing… kin­da ran­dom, baf­fling and un­ex­pect­ed for sure. Sick shit!

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Jëg Hüsker - Demo!

Ex­cel­lent new shit by a group from Karl­sruhe, Ger­many fea­tur­ing, as far as i can tell, the two mem­bers of Thee Khai Aehm. There are par­al­lels to be drawn to that group, es­pe­cial­ly con­cern­ing the heavy dun­geon-es­que vibe of which much is re­tained here as well, but over­all i'd say this group's garage- and fuzz punk sound is a dif­fer­ent kind of beast al­to­geth­er, in­volv­ing way high­er ve­loc­i­ties and more styl­is­tic va­ri­ety. The open­er has some pri­mal pro­to punk en­er­gy to it while the melod­i­cism of As Loud As Me re­minds me of ear­ly No Age or Wavves. Give Me Beat ven­tures deep in­to hard­core ter­ri­tor­ry and clos­ing track Fo­mo Boy is a force­ful blast of clas­sic dun­geon punk ex­cess. Well… if the word "clas­sic" even has any mean­ing for a genre this young. What­ev­er, there's no use ar­gu­ing with this kind of fury.

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ØL - Demo

Ger­man lan­guage "deutsch­punk" that doesn't suck still is much of a rar­i­ty, sad­ly. This thing here in­deed does not suck in the slight­est though. The de­but LP of this group from Aachen treads an in­ter­est­ing mid­dle ground, hav­ing clear echoes of some of the bet­ter and quite ob­vi­ous ger­man in­flu­ences (think the likes of Oma Hans, ear­ly Muff Pot­ter, Tur­bostaat, Oiro, Düsen­jäger…) while at the same time hav­ing a more garage-lean­ing vibe to them rem­i­nis­cent of a quite di­verse bunch of in­ter­na­tion­al acts like Cri­sis Man, Flow­ers Of Evil, Waste Man, As­cot Stab­ber, Mys­tic Inane… plus the oca­sion­al hint of Hot Snakes /​ Dri­ve Like Je­hu to boot!

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The Vortex - The Vortex

The San­ta Ana, Cal­i­for­nia group fol­lows up on last year's kick­ass Ex­ec­u­tive Dys­func­tion EP with an equal­ly ex­cit­ing suc­ces­sor (al­beit one con­sist­ing most­ly of re-record­ings of pre­vi­ous­ly known tracks) on which once again time­less garage punk stylings meet plen­ty of old­school hard­core en­er­gy and KBD-re­lat­ed de­prav­i­ty. A fun ride through­out whose over­all vibes and oc­ca­sion­al blues- and cow­punk lean­ings this time around call to mind ear­ly Dicks, among oth­er things.

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Ambulanz - II

An ex­cel­lent sec­ond tape by this Leipzig group dab­bling in pret­ty much ex­act­ly the catchy and play­ful kind of blend in­be­tween the worlds of garage- and post punk you've come to ex­pect com­ing out of that lo­cal scene which ain't a bad thing at all - it's all qual­i­ty shit and friends of fel­low Leipzig groups á la Exwhite, Laff Box, Lassie and Ony­on will sure­ly have a ball with this one too!

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