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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Shrudd - Microbiome /​ Bizarro

Two new EPs by some Louisville, Ken­tucky group who've ap­par­ent­ly re­leased a ton of shit al­ready but are cer­tain­ly new to me. The Mi­cro­bio­me EP de­lights with quirky and en­er­getic garage-/synth punk in the vein of Bil­liam, Spodee Boy, Gholies, ear­ly Erik Ner­vous, Spits, Why Both­er? as well as clas­sic Reatard-re­lat­ed ar­ti­facts. A nice com­pan­ion piece then is the more hard­core-mind­ed Bizarro EP dab­bling in a way rougher aes­thet­ic of fuzzed-out old­school may­hem.

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Achterlicht - Demo II

De­mo num­ber two of this Haar­lem, Nether­lands group seam­less­ly car­ries on with the fun and ex­cite­ment of its pre­de­ces­sor in the form of no-frills catchy, sim­ple and ef­fec­tive garage- and synth punk smash­ers sure to please friends pri­mar­i­ly of oth­er eu­ro acts á la Dadar, Shit­ty Life and Mi­traille.

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Gremlin - Same Fate /​ Bliss

Fol­low­ing their still fresh, sen­sa­tion­al de­but EP, this new 2-track dig­i­tal sin­gle of Cincinnati's Grem­lins can do no wrong ei­ther, Same Fate be­ing a snap­py and per­fect­ly eco­nom­i­cal garage punk dit­ty while Bliss once again taps in­to their more psych-in­fused melod­ic sen­si­bil­i­ties with some dis­tinct hints of Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Ex-Gold or Bad Sports.

Sklitakling - Sklitakling

Fol­low­ing a thor­ough­ly en­tic­ing de­but EP last year, Bergen, Nor­way group Skl­i­tak­ling present an even stronger first LP, re­tain­ing the strum­my, quirky charm of the de­but while ex­pand­ing and branch­ing out styl­is­ti­cal­ly. Their song­writ­ing has won a lot of con­tour since then, their idio­syn­crat­ic arrange­ments com­ing across much crisper now. De­spite their nor­we­gian ori­gin, i can't help but feel re­mind­ed of the dan­ish scene of the past decade - the Copen­hagen ap­proach to post punk you might say - with the likes of Iceage, Melt­ing Walk­men, Spines and, just re­cent­ly, Pleas­er com­ing to mind at var­i­ous points as hav­ing a sim­i­lar sense of melan­choly and melody. In ad­di­tion, there's a dis­tinct cow­punk vibe at play here, kin­da like an LSD-soaked ear­ly Angst, Gun Club and, es­pe­cial­ly, the more re­cent hal­lu­cino­genic ex­is­ten­tial night­mare of Mur­der­er.

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Soft Shoulder - It's A Small World After

(…) as fo­cused as they haven't been in a long while (…) i wrote about their pre­vi­ous al­bum Smile Building's Ex­it. Tempe, Ari­zona group Soft Shoul­der then be like: "Hold my beer…" and come around the cor­ner with yet an­oth­er LP, record­ed around the same time as its pre­de­ces­sor and pre­sent­ing their sound in an even more snap­py and com­pelling light. Their unique blend con­sist­ing of both con­tem­po­rary and an­cient post punk mag­ic tricks, old­school noise rock and dis­tinct­ly no wave- and '80s The Fall-in­formed noise ex­per­i­ments has nev­er had more catchy ap­peal and sparkle than on this record.

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Gremlin - 1-800-GREMLIN

Lux­u­ry new fod­der for garage- and egg­punk afic­i­na­dos by this Cin­ci­nati, Ohio group. Soft Vi­o­lence and Why Fight res­onate the quirky mad­ness of groups like Prison Af­fair, Nuts, Beer, Cher­ry Cheeks and Pringue but ex­tend that aes­thet­ic with a dis­tinct psy­che­del­ic feel trans­port­ed main­ly through the poly­phon­ic vo­cals here. The lat­ter ten­den­cies are al­so leav­ing their mark on Null Fu­ture, which ex­pert­ly treads in old­school garage punk ter­ri­to­ry re­sult­ing in a vibe á la Mononeg­a­tives with a more purist fuzz punk edge. Clos­ing track It Goes On, then, close­ly re­sem­bles the kraut-y psy­ched-out post punk vibes of fel­low Cincin­nati groups The Drin and The Serfs, sug­gest­ing some of the same folks might be at work here.

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Paranoias - Chemical Sustain

Af­ter a promis­ing de­mo fol­lowed by what struck me as a kin­da rushed sound­ing de­but EP strug­gling to add sub­stance and shape to their rather ba­sic rock'n'roll for­mu­la, the Perth group's first full length fi­nal­ly has them op­er­at­ing right in the goldilocks zone again. Grant­ed, this still ain't the most orig­i­nal thing garage punk has ever seen but these songs sim­ply work and it's hard not to be ex­cit­ed by their fran­tic en­er­gy com­ing across a bit like a mix of ear­ly Ner­vosas, Vexx, Ex-Cult and, more re­cent­ly, Cel Ray with fur­ther bits and pieces rem­i­nis­cent of groups á la Piss Test, The Neu­ros, Gen Pop and The Aban­dos.

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TGRX - Turbo23

That's the dude from The Uglies bark­ing here, right? These aus­tralians' new EP ain't en­tire­ly dis­sim­i­lar to the lat­ter group's out­put, push­ing the whole thing in­to a more quirky, ad­ven­tur­ous di­rec­tion though, fre­quent­ly hav­ing some Use­less Eaters or Know­so feel to it in ad­di­tion to quite a bit of musty dun­geon-es­que vibes through­out the whole thing.

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Busted Head Racket & Billiam - Genetic Southern Hemisphere Christmas

Two cur­rent pow­er­hous­es of weirdo garage- and synth punk join forces for this neat new lit­tle EP and guess what: It sounds ex­act­ly like you'd ex­pect and all i can fur­ther say is what the fuck is not to like about that propo­si­tion? The shit rules!