Prison Affair - Demo III

An­oth­er tape by Barcelona's best ad­dress for daz­zling­ly up­beat and catchy garage punk de­liv­ers yet an­oth­er ul­tra-com­pact pay­load of low-fi­deli­ty, high-eggi­ness tran­scen­dence, no amount of tape hiss be­ing able to drown out that con­stant bar­rage of ul­tra-po­tent and high­ly in­fec­tious pop hooks bear­ing some vague sim­i­lar­i­ty to acts like R.M.F.C., Nuts, Set-Top Box, Dee Bee Rich or Erik Ner­vous.

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The Blinds - Endless Fascination

This Mel­bourne group's 2017 de­but EP still res­onates with me as one of the most unique ex­pe­ri­ences in the garage-/post-/art punk spere of its time. Al­most five years hav­ing passed since then, it's no sur­prise their fol­low-up EP show­cas­es a some­what more stream­lined yet still am­bi­tious and sur­pris­ing grab-bag of songs which con­tin­ue to draw plen­ty of in­spi­ra­tion from both Chairs Miss­ing-era Wire and ear­ly, Syd Bar­rett-era Pink Floyd, this time lean­ing in heav­ier on the spaced-out post punk side of things, al­so sound­ing not quite un­like a more eleb­o­rate ver­sion of B-Boys or Go­tobeds. Then at their most melod­ic and straight­for­ward, Else­where is the kind of an­themic old­school in­die rock smash­er rarely en­coun­tered these days.

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Crisis Man - Asleep In America

An­oth­er pow­er­ful punch in the nuts from that Cal­i­for­nia su­per­group shar­ing mem­bers with the likes of Acrylics, Pub­lic Eye, Vi­o­lent Change and Cer­e­mo­ny. Here, they de­liv­er their most com­pact and vig­or­ous set of new tunes so far, hav­ing fine-tuned their for­mu­la of equal parts hard­core- and garage punk for max­i­mum im­pact, fus­ing the un­re­lent­ing force of Acrylics and Bad Breed­ing with the abra­sive garage qual­i­ties of, say… ear­ly Teenanger or Video.

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Klint - Dance

This dude from Schleswig, Ger­many al­ready made an ex­cel­lent first im­pres­sion a cou­ple weeks ago with his de­but 7" on Good­bye Boozy. The art­work sure sug­gests some dun­geon syn­th/-punk affin­i­ty, al­though sound-wise - lack­ing the lat­ter genre's ob­vi­ous black- and/​or old­school "heavy" met­al el­e­ments - i'd rather com­pare this shit to re­cent de­vel­op­ments on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage-, synth- and elec­tro punk and as­so­ci­at­ed acts of the Mononeg­a­tives, Pow!, Liq­uid Face, Ghoulies or Slimex va­ri­ety.

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The Vortex - Executive Dysfunction

This San­ta Ana group emits short and noisy KBD-soaked ar­ti­facts, equal parts old­school garage- and hard­core punk with the oc­ca­sion­al touch of Gun Club. The over­all im­pres­sion ain't too far off Neo Neos or any of mae­stro Voltaire's var­i­ous hard­core projects, ear­ly Erik Ner­vous and maybe some hint of Launch­er, meshed to­geth­er with some beau­ti­ful ac­ci­dent of the kind that might've just as well oc­cured on some ran­dom Deluxe Bias or Im­po­tent Fe­tus re­lease.

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Pressure Pin - Superficial Feature

The busy Mon­tre­al scene has yet an­oth­er head-scratch­er in store for the dis­cern­ing con­nois­seur of weird-ass garage-/post-/egg-/AD­HD-punk and oh boy, is that a de­light­ful and quirky, dis­joint­ed-as-fuck mess of an EP scav­eng­ing bits and pieces from all the right phe­nom­e­na of con­tem­po­rary punk ec­cen­tric­i­ty in­clud­ing acts such as Print Head, Re­al­i­ty Group, Pat­ty, Slimex, Big Bop­per or Skull Cult.

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Exwhite - Estray

I'm kin­da blown away right now by the strength of that lat­est EP by a group prob­a­bly based some­where around the Leipzig/​Berlin/​Halle ax­is of garage- and post punk. What we get is sim­ply first rate melod­ic garage shit record­ed in ap­pro­pri­ate­ly rough fi­deli­ty, sim­ple and stu­pid, stun­ning­ly ef­fec­tive and com­plete­ly en­dear­ing. A feast for ad­mir­ers of, say, Boo­ji Boys, Sweet Reaper, Telecult… even some hint of Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty /​ Marked Men is ev­i­dent here.

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Total Sham - Life as a Total Sham

Gear up for some com­plete­ly un­san­i­tized, garage-in­fest­ed old­school hard­core may­hem, just as rough as it's catchy and fun, on this EP by a Kansas City group that ap­pears to con­sist of the same folks oth­er­wise known as Dye. Fans of groups á la Fried E/​m and Mod­ern Needs are sure­ly gonna ap­prove of this, as will those of slight­ly more garage-lean­ing bands like Launch­er, Liq­uid As­sets or Mys­tic Inane.

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Priors - NEWNEWNEW

A yum­my new EP by Mon­tre­al punks Pri­ors de­liv­er­ing three new in­fec­tious smash­ers start­ing off with some garage-meets-hard­core en­er­gy akin to sped-up Use­less Eaters or Mononeg­a­tives, fol­lowed by a su­per ef­fec­tive midtem­po post punk stom­per with a hint of Wire. The clos­ing track, then, has a bit of a Scream­ers and De­vo vibe to it and al­so bears some sim­i­lar­i­ty to more re­cent stuff by Iso­tope Soap.

Steröid - S.M.O.K.E. Show

Okay, so it ap­pears egg met­al is a re­al thing now? Kin­da makes sense if you think about it, like the cutesy, garage band-fu­eled lo-fi flip­side to the cur­rent dun­geon punk craze. This shit sounds a bit as if if a par­tic­u­lar­ly lo-fi in­car­na­tion of Sheer Mag at their se­mi-re­cent hair met­al piv­ot had kept at least a healthy min­i­mum of self aware­ness.

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