Kudzu - Kudzu

This Greenville, South Car­oli­na group kicks up an ex­cel­lent rack­et lo­cat­ed somwhere in­be­tween the gears of garage punk, post punk and post­core bear­ing some sim­i­lar­i­tiy to more re­cent stuff á la Big Bop­per, Mys­tic Inane, Doll­house, Cutie, Wymyns Prysyn, Cri­sis Man… just as much as to clas­sic pieces by the likes of Dri­ve Like Je­hu, Hot Snakes, Na­tion Of Ulysses, Rites of Spring or Gray Mat­ter.

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Black Button - Rejoice

Hav­ing made some­what of a splash with their un­pre­dictable 2019 de­mo and a more con­venti­nal­ly hard­core-lean­ing EP in 2021, the Rich­mond, Vir­ginia group is shak­ing things up once again with their first full-length ef­fort, sig­nif­i­cant­ly slow­ing things down and seem­ing­ly tak­ing plen­ty of cues from left-field 80s acts on the ex­per­i­men­tal in­ter­sec­tion of hard­core punk and (proto-)noise rock in the vein of, among oth­ers, Flip­per, No Trend, Spike in Vain or Bro­ken Tal­ent, while al­so not en­tire­ly dis­sim­i­lar to more re­cent groups like Soup­cans, Vul­ture Shit, C-Krit or Stink­hole.

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Another round of boozy…

A thor­ough­ly high qual­i­ty new batch of 7"s and even a CD from the ever re­li­able ital­ian garage punk in­sti­tu­tion Good­bye Boozy Records.
Tee Vee Re­pair­man is yet an­oth­er project of Ish­ka Ed­meades who you might al­so know from acts such as Sa­tan­ic To­gas, Set-Top Box, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Gee Tee, Re­mote Con­trol, Main­frame… this dude seems to be in pret­ty much any­thing out of the Warttman or­bit and be­yond that. Let's just say dude's been's a con­stant fix­ture on this blog in re­cent years and will sure crop up many more times be­cause every­thing he touch­es tends to be­come in­stant garage punk and pow­er pop gold.
A dif­fer­ent beast al­to­geth­er is the 7" by Wayne Pain & The Shit Stains, a sim­ple & stu­pid at­tack of de­cid­ed­ly old­school fuzzed-out garage punk with that clas­sic rock­a­bil­ly edge to it.
Speak­ing of rock­a­bil­ly… Qin­qs have a touch of that go­ing on too, al­though in their case it reeks less of The Cramps and more of The Fall - The Great White Won­der might as well be called How i re-wrote Elas­tic Man - as well as more re­cent oc­cur­rences á la Shark Toys, Ex Cult, Par­quet Courts or The UV Race.
The newest tape by the mys­te­ri­ous Zoids then is an­oth­er en­dear­ing­ly ec­cen­tric treat of min­i­mal­ist elec­tro-/space-/garage punk trans­port­ing more than just a lit­tle bit of a Sui­cide-meets-Met­al Ur­bain /​ Dr. Mix and the Remix vibe. Al­so: Yeah, fuck vinyl 'cos the fu­ture be­longs to the com­pact disc bro.
Dadgad's tracks then serve as the per­fect tran­si­tion be­tween the afore­men­tioned elec­tric space punk stylings and the op­po­site half of a 7" fea­tur­ing - yet again - that dude known as Zhoop… or was it Feed? Djinn? Brun­dle maybe? I don't care re­al­ly it's all good shit!

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Cheap Heat - Demo 2022

This Sch­enec­tady, New York group kicks up a per­fect storm of some­what motörized noise some­where be­tween the cor­ner points of garage punk, hard­core and sleaze rock on their de­mo tape. A high­ly com­bustible recipe that should mix well with oth­er acts á la Ce­ment Shoes, Po­lute, Hip­py­fuck­ers, Flea Col­lar, Doll­house, Cü­lo… and maybe just a smidge of hard­core-era Hüsker Dü on top.

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Sex Hater /​ Clinic /​ pH People /​ Alien Birth

Just an­oth­er quick roundup of nois­es and dis­tur­bances out of the ex­tend­ed hard­core or­bit. Start­ing off the batch with Sex Hater of Kansas City, who will sure­ly please ad­mir­ers of chaot­ic and down­right filthy hard­core shit in a sim­i­lar vein to groups á la To­tal Sham, Fried E/​m or Launch­er.

Speak­ing of filth, Clin­ic from Fres­no, Cal­i­for­nia di­al that cer­tain as­pect even fur­ther - their lat­est EP feel­ing like one sin­gle murky pud­dle of prim­i­tive anger and deep de­spair, not en­tire­ly dis­sim­i­lar in some places to the ear­ly Beast Fiend EPs.

pH Peo­ple, a group of un­known ori­gin, then slow the tem­po down con­sid­ery­bly while by no means lack­ing en­er­gy - their tape on Ur­ticaria Records is a po­tent mix­ture from the fringes of har­core punk and (pro­to-) noise rock with clear echoes of most­ly old­er stuff á la Flip­per, Spike In Vain, Nox­ious Fumes or Bro­ken Tal­ent.

And last­ly, there's one for the dun­geon dwellers among us in the form of Philadelphia's Alien Birth who de­liv­er an old­school met­al-in­fest­ed beast kin­da like a mix be­tween a more prim­i­tive Poi­son Ruïn and Gold­en Pel­i­cans go­ing all in on their sleaze rock lean­ings.

Shitty Life - Limits To Growth

Great fun as al­ways, the newest EP by Italy's Shit­ty Life on which they once again in­fuse their garage punk with tons of hard­core speed and en­er­gy (or vice ver­sa), mak­ing for an­oth­er straight­for­ward no-frills at­tack that will sure­ly please sym­pa­thiz­ers of acts á la Cri­sis Man, Dadar, Gluer or Easers.

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Memory Ward - Memory Ward

This neat lit­tle tape on Phoenix, Ari­zona la­bel To­tal Peace de­liv­ers yet an­oth­er burst of rough-as-fuck noise-in­fest­ed hard­core punk with a weird­ly melod­ic un­der­cur­rent to bash your head against.

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11 PM Records' latest Batch (Rolex /​ Phantom /​ Z-Pak)

Just a quck hint here about three ex­cel­lent new tapes cour­te­sey of the ever-re­li­able 11 PM Records. The post-/math-/weird­core pow­er­house Rolex doesn't need any in­tro­duc­tion, i think, de­liv­er­ing a snap­py three-and-a-half min­utes long fire­works of eleb­o­rate, hy­per­ac­tice and chaot­ic post­core. Phan­tom then rep­re­sent some­thing of an op­po­site to that with old­school hard­core punk of the most pri­mal and un­ruly kind. Z-Pak, last but not least, ap­pear to to com­bine the qual­i­ties of both afore­men­tioned acts. What's not to love about that?

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Headcheese - Best Before 2022

This group from Kaloomps, BC, Cana­da de­liv­ers a joy­ous lit­tle ride around the weird­er fringes of ear­ly-to-mid 80s hard- and post­core with some mean funky grooves thrown in as well as that cer­tain garage punk ad­di­tive and - to make the mess per­fect - giv­en a thor­ough KBD-style fuck­over. Al­so not too far off from some­what re­cent groups in the vein of, say, Mys­tic Inane or Fried E/​m, among oth­ers.

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Big Screen - Demo

A cou­ple of su­per­com­bustible noise at­tacks equal parts garage- and hard­core punk in­ject­ed with tons of un­wieldy KBD en­er­gy - a new raw and prim­i­tive de­light for friends of shit rough­ly in the same or­bit as, say, Fried E/​m, To­tal Sham, Launch­er, Mod­ern Needs or Frea­kees…

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