Brandon Monkey Fingers - Brandon Monkey Fingers

Bran­don Mon­key Fin­gers of St. John's, Cana­da feel kin­da out of place in this day and age and y'all know i'm a suck­er for that kind of shit. Their de­but al­bum cov­ers a son­ic range some­where in­be­tween old­school fuzz punk, '80s and '90s (pro­to-) grunge and in­die rock sea­soned with just a hint of sludge-y Am­phet­a­mine Rep­tile-style noise rock flour­ish­es. Among the old guard, you might con­sid­er U-Men and ear­ly Mud­honey among their spir­i­tu­al an­ces­tors or the rougher ends of the Se­badoh son­ic spec­trum. Of more re­cent ocur­rences, i'd name Dog Date and Hell­co as pos­si­ble ref­er­ences as well as ear­ly Pale An­gels or a less melod­ic Cal­i­for­nia X. Darth Vader's Bon­er car­ries a sim­i­lar vibe of garage-in­fused noise rock to The Cow­boy and Flat Worms. H.M.P. sounds a bit as if con­tem­po­rary noise rock­ers like Metz, John (timest­wo), Greys or Van­gas got im­bued with heavy over­tones of Angst-es­que psych folk while Nor­bit has quite some Di­nosaur Jr. and Cloud Noth­ings en­er­gy un­der the hood on its way to a '90s Weez­er-es­que melod­ic con­clu­sion.

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Dog Date - Zinger

This New York group is kind of a cu­ri­ous, zeit­geist-de­fy­ing beast in this day and age, wear­ing their fond­ness of late eight­ies to ear­ly nineties punk, grunge and in­die rock on their sleeves with the open­ing track even be­ing ti­tled Nir­vana, al­though i'd rather liken them to ear­ly Mud­honey and the noisy, ear­ly in­car­na­tion of The Pix­ies, maybe a hint of U-Men, Scratch Acid and Dri­ve Like Je­hu aswell. So ba­si­cal­ly, they're the kind of group that would've got­ten var­i­ous Pitch­fork writ­ers wet a decade-and-a-half ago, when the height of the first '90s nos­tal­gia wave hit. These days though, they're kind of an ob­scure odd­i­ty and that makes this record all the more en­dear­ing to me.

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Day Residue - Day Residue

More awe­some shit cour­tesy of Painters Tapes by a De­troit group hav­ing a strong pro­to-grunge vibe to them that wouldn't seem out of place next to ear­ly Mud­honey, U-Men, Feed­time, X (the aus­tralian group) or 80s Sci­en­tists. Al­so you might find some traces of amer­i­can pro­to noise rock á la Flip­per, Bro­ken Tal­ent just as well as more re­cent groups rough­ly in the or­bit of TVO or Vexx in there.

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