Mononegatives - Apparatus Division

This Lon­don, On­tario group had put out a cou­ple of al­ready quite neat EP's in 2019 but it's on­ly on their new full length de­but that all the mov­ing pieces re­al­ly click in­to place for twelve 12XU-cer­ti­fied killer tracks made up of charm­ing­ly odd, high­ly in­ven­tive and ex­quis­ite­ly en­er­getic garage-, synth- and post punk echo­ing shit like Use­less Eaters, Pow!, Ex-Cult and Preda­tor.

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Ghoulies - Reprogram

This week's manda­to­ry in­jec­tion of De­vo-ish garage- and synth-punk comes from some Perth based group whose quirky and catchy sounds sure­ly won't fail to more than ad­e­quate­ly re-vi­tal­ize ad­mir­ers of groups like Skull Cult, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Alien Nose­job, Iso­tope Soap or Erik Ner­vous.

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Predator - Spiral Unfolds

I've been a bit late to the par­ty when it comes to this At­lanta group which has been around for over a decade by now, with their 2018 No Face 7" be­ing my first ex­po­sure to them. Al­so, i didn't know at that time they're shar­ing mem­bers with post punk min­i­mal­ists Nag. Now that cer­tain­ly makes sense. Not on­ly is this clear­ly the same singer here, but there are al­so abun­dant son­ic sim­i­lar­i­ties to note. Preda­tor kin­da sound like the slight­ly more so­cia­ble cousin to Nag, lean­ing heav­ier in­to garage ter­ri­to­ry with oc­ca­sion­al hard­core mo­ments. I mean like… at times they al­most sound like they're ac­tu­al­ly en­joy­ing them­selves!

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Hideous Sun Demon - Development Hell

This Mel­bourne group's newest EP starts out quite good, then be­comes even bet­ter with every song, first sug­gest­ing kind of a mix be­tween synth-less (at first) Aus­muteants, Ex-Cult, Sauna Youth, ear­ly Teenanger… but al­so with a slight post punk edge á la Flat Worms, Con­stant Mon­grel. The lat­ter ten­den­cy (plus the for­mer­ly elu­sive synths) then kicks in­to over­drive in the record's sec­ond half and that's where things go from good to great, cul­mi­nat­ing in the epic an­ti-hymn Aus­tralia - an un­mis­tak­able fuck you to na­tion­al­ism in their home coun­try whose lyrics strike me as un­apolo­get­i­cal­ly frank and straight­for­ward.

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OK Satán - Fatal Insomniac

I know you've all been wait­ing for this. The sec­ond dis­patch from Copen­hagen garage-/hard­core punk duo OK Satán has ar­rived, fill­ing us in on sev­en epic new sto­ries from their mag­i­cal world lim­it­ed on­ly by an ever-ex­pand­ing tech­ni­col­or hori­zon, deal­ing with im­por­tant and con­tro­ver­sial top­ics such as their names, your very prob­lem­at­ic face and them not giv­ing a shit. An­oth­er bril­liant, mul­ti-lay­ered mas­ter­piece!

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TVO - Alive!

An awe­some new ruckus let loose by some Philadel­phia group, equal parts garage punk and noise rock and car­ry­ing the spir­it of so much clas­sic shit on the in­ter­sec­tion of old school (post-) punk and (pro­to-) noise rock. At one point you might re­call Braini­ac, but most­ly it's 80's stuff like U-Men, X (AUS), Flip­per, Feed­time, No Trend… even a hint of ear­ly Min­ute­men shines through on the clos­ing track. Of the more re­cent scene, i'm think­ing of acts like Cutie or Pat­ti.

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Peacemaker - See You Dead /​ Greed

Here's yet an­oth­er short and sweet tape car­ry­ing one of those de­li­cious old­school hard­core/KBD-style/­Garage Punk hy­brids, so sim­ple and el­e­gant and flaw­less in its ex­e­cu­tion. I nev­er get tired of this kind of shit.

Nasty Party - Celebration

This Sydney/​London based duo hits every nail on the head straight­away on their first EP with an hon­est ur­gency to their straight­for­ward lyrics and a sound not en­tire­ly dis­sim­i­lar to re­cent british DIY phe­nom­e­na like Sil­i­cone Val­ues or Sub­ur­ban Homes, al­though Nasty Par­ty sup­ple­ment their ob­vi­ous Tele­vi­sion Per­son­al­i­ties vibes with quite a bit of Buz­zcocks dri­ve. I'm al­so vague­ly re­mind­ed of Pro­to Id­iot and Freak Genes.

Last Quokka & False Cobra - The West Ghost Split

Plen­ty of good­ness on this split 7" by two aus­tralian bands. Last Quokka's side show­cas­es some of their best ma­te­r­i­al to date and their fa­mil­iar, heav­i­ly garage-boost­ed post­core sound with traces of Hot Snakes and ear­ly Jaw­box, as well as more re­cent groups like Video, Bad Breed­ing and As­cot Stab­ber.

This marks the first time i hear about False Co­bra. Some of the above com­par­isons may al­so ap­ply to their songs, though over­all they lean a lot heav­ier in­to the garage and clas­sic punk side of things, hav­ing a bit of a Ruts or X (L.A.) vibe and al­so some vague sim­i­nar­i­ty to The Liv­ing Eyes, Mi­ni Skirt or ear­ly Teenanger.

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