The Stools - Half Track Mind

From the al­ways ex­cel­lent UK pow­er­house Drunk­en Sailor Records we get an­oth­er de­li­cious 7" of full of raw and prim­i­tive, fuzzed-out and hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing, at times hard­core-pro­pelled garage punk bliss by a De­troit group, eas­i­ly eclips­ing their re­cent EP on Good­bye Boozy Recs which i liked a lot al­ready.

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Dark Web - Decoy

Their 2018 Clone Age LP sure had its mo­ments, but this Philadel­phia group's sec­ond al­bum is just plain spec­tac­u­lar, their songs be­ing so much more fleshed out, their sound hav­ing so much more grip to it and the propul­sive rhythms car­ry­ing an over­all vibe bring­ing to mind The Spits or Mind Spi­ders. This is some catchy old­school garage punk per­fec­tion right here.

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Germ House - World's A Chore

An­oth­er ex­cel­lent EP by Rhode Island's Germ House, a so­lo project of Justin Hub­bard who al­so hap­pens to be play­ing in Far Cor­ners. These three songs once again sparkle with his fa­mil­iar stripped-down lo-fi charme and a son­ic range that stretch­es from abra­sive post- and art punk - which sure­ly owes a thing or two to The Fall or Des­per­ate Bi­cy­cles - to clas­sic garage rock and con­tem­po­rary garage punk, while al­so re­veal­ing a sur­pris­ing catchy­ness, deep melan­choly and a play­ful vibe rem­i­nis­cent of The Woolen Men.

Pringue - The Age Of Cringe

A fresh batch of fucked up lo-fi DIY garage punk jew­els by some barcelona group, re­mind­ing me of so much that's good right now in the genre. Like a weird mix of R.M.F.C., Neo Neos, Erik Ner­vous, Alien Nose­job in hard­core mode… al­so, there's a strik­ing sim­i­lar­i­ty to fel­low barcelo­ni­ans Prison Af­fair. Wait, are these the same band?

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Warm Exit - Warm Exit 7"

Brus­sels group Warm Ex­it has a new EP out and just as i sus­pect­ed that thing fuckin' rules. Four new high volt­age garage-/synth punk smash­ers some­where in the neigh­bor­hood of Pow­er­plant, Aus­muteants or what­ev­er the Warttman em­pire is up to right now.

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Big Jar of Mayo - Big Jar of Mayo

More qual­i­ty shit cour­te­sey of Deluxe Bias. This ab­surd­ly short cass­in­gle of noise in the realm of KBD-in­formed weird­core, garage- and post punk will sure be a de­light to folks who've al­ready de­vel­oped a huge bon­er for Mys­tic Inane, Rolex or Fried E/​M.

Nick Cage - Lost Cause

Man, this has been a lame week as far as new mu­sic is con­cerned. I don't wan­na with­hold from you one stand­out re­lease though, this lit­tle gem op­er­at­ing right in the mid­dle be­tween garage punk, hard- and post­core - kin­da like a mix be­tween Fried E/​M, Mod­ern Needs, Mys­tic Inane… with a spoon­ful of Dri­ve Like Je­hu thrown in at the right mo­ments.

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Nice Surprise - Nice Surprise

Nice sur­prise in­deed, this lathe cut 7" de­but by some Austin duo mak­ing catchy noise some­where in the realm of pow­er- and garage pop. Es­pe­cial­ly the killer A-Side I'm Old will no doubt be a feast for fans of bands like Tom­my & The Com­mies, Bad Sports, Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Cheap Whine or Son­ic Av­enues.

Exxxon - Gas Tape /​ More Gas

This group of un­clear prove­nance re­cent­ly put out their sec­ond tape - once again via Wyoming cas­sette la­bel Deluxe Bias - and just like the first one it's a mas­sive lo-fi blast of noise that sounds a bit like The Stooges and MC5 reimag­ined as a hard­core band. A certein Bad Brains dri­ve adds even more to the over­all old­school vibe and in the cur­rent scene, you might de­scribe them as a slight­ly souped-up ver­sion of Vexx… yeah, makes per­fect sense i guess. Their fuel's got 50% more X.

Poison Ruïn - Poison Ruïn II

I al­ready liked this Philadel­phia group's first tape a lot but its suc­ces­sor rais­es the bar even high­er for their own mix­ture of garage-, post- and dun­geon punk that doesn't shy away from al­low­ing quite a bit of very old­school "heavy" met­al in­to the mix - in re­gards to the movie just as much as the genre.

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