OSBO - OSBO

This Syd­ney group brings a lot of lo­cal bag­gage to the ta­ble with its mem­bers hav­ing been, among oth­er things, in groups such as Bed Wet­tin' Bad Boys, Roy­al Headache, Tim and the Boys and Mun­do Prim­i­ti­vo. But hon­est­ly, they don't sound one bit like any of these groups. Rather, their ra­bid mix­ture of post- and hard­core re­minds me a quite a bit of At­lanta wreck­ing crews Nag and Preda­tor as well as oth­er US groups like ear­ly In­sti­tute, Acrylics, Tube Al­loys, Pyrex, Cork­er and Crim­i­nal Code or, al­ter­nate­ly, Sydney's very own Ar­se and Xilch. Add to that some ul­tra-raw pro­to-noise rock edge á la Flip­per or No Trend and you're rough­ly in the right ball­park. The un­hinged bark of the singer, how­ev­er, re­minds me a lot of UK group Akne.

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Hood Rats - Crime, Hysteria & Useless Information

Fi­nal­ly, a full al­bum of Montreal's Hood Rats who've been mak­ing noise for a while al­ready, al­though their sound re­al­ly snapped in­to gear on their two most re­cent EPs in the win­ter of '22 - '23. Now this one is com­prised most­ly of punchy new record­ings of songs al­ready known from said EPs and a 2022 de­mo, but that shouldn't dis­tract you from the fact of what a joy­ous and com­plete as­sault of ear­ly '80s straight-ahead, no-frills US punk- and hard­core en­er­gy this is, en­riched with bits of an­cient KBD- and con­tem­po­rary garage punk. Cer­tain­ly the de­fin­i­tive in­car­na­tion for this lav­ish set of killer tunes!

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Unicorn Fart Sugar - Snack of Plates

An­oth­er mar­vel of covid lock­down-bred noise by a mul­ti-gen­er­a­tional british trio is ar­riv­ing here with a rough­ly three-year de­lay. A break­neck-speed mix­ture of brass-en­hanced garage punk, hard- and post­core, this stuff is com­bin­ing the traits of more re­cent phe­nom­e­na like, say, Ce­ment Shoes, Cri­sis Man and Mys­tic Inane with some equal­ly noisy gruff á la ear­ly-to-mid-eight­ies X, the aus­tralian group that is. Mak­ing the fun com­plete though is the in­fec­tious joy in the vo­cals of lead singer Eliza who, if my crum­my math and the sparse bits of avail­able in­for­ma­tion don't fail me, must've been around sev­en years old at the time of record­ing.

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Chaos OK - Demo /​/​ Valtatyhjiö - Kuristusleikki

Raleigh, North Car­oli­na hard-/post­core pow­er­house Sor­ry State Records has two new treats in store for us. First there's the de­mo cas­sette by At­lanta group Chaos OK. Their name sug­gest­ing some con­nec­tion to old­school british punk al­ready, i'd in­deed say the EP starts out with a some­what UK82-ish vibe in par­tic­u­lar, which then lat­er morphs in­to a shape vague­ly sim­i­lar to more re­cent, slight­ly garage-in­fused hard­core acts á la ear­ly Elec­tric Chair and Kalei­do­scope, on­ly to end things in the guise of time­less pro­to noise, post­core and -punk some­where in­be­tween the worlds of, say, Crass, Flip­per and Dri­ve Like Je­hu. Ex­cit­ing shit!

An­oth­er old­school-ish, al­though a lot more sim­ple and prim­i­tive force of na­ture is the newest 7" by Finland's Val­taty­hjiö who con­vince by sheer force on this one, hav­ing both some traits of '80s con­ti­nen­tal eu­ro­pean hard­core to them as well as - to come full cir­cle as far as british in­flu­ence is con­cerned - some flour­ish­es of clear­ly NWOBHM-in­spired (speed-)metal.

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Delta 8 - Greased Lightning

An awe­some de­but cas­sette by this group out of Athens, Geoar­gia, de­liv­er­ing a sal­vo of fuzzed out tunes on the in­ter­sec­tion of hard­core- and KBD-soaked garage punk. While at times re­sem­bling the noise-laden out­put of groups á la Lumpy and the Dumpers, Soup­cans and Black But­ton i think this stuff would fit equal­ly well with­in the cat­a­logs of LoFi spe­cial­ist cas­sette la­bels Im­po­tent Fe­tus and Deluxe Bias, hav­ing a sim­i­lar sham­bol­ic en­er­gy in com­mon with acts like Sep­tic Yanks, C-Krit, ear­ly Elec­tric Chair, Exxxon and Mo­tor Corp.

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Jug - Or Not /​ Innuendo - Peace & Love

Ex­cel­lent shit strad­dling the fine line be­tween hard- and post­core with a smidge of garage thrown in is what we get on the de­but EP of Win­nipeg group Jug, reach­ing our shores cour­tesy of the al­ways re­li­able Van­cou­ver noise forge Neon Taste Records. Their sound en­cap­su­lates ex­act­ly the rough and un­ruly qual­i­ties i seek out most from these gen­res, at the same time sound­ing rea­son­ably elab­o­rate and well-con­struct­ed. At points, you might draw com­par­isons to stuff like Acrylics, Mys­tic Inane, Ar­se, Day­dream, Video, Cri­sis Man, ear­ly Bad Breed­ing… plus a sur­prise hint of '77 New York in My Body's Doomed!

Sim­i­lar things, al­beit in a somwhat dumb­er, equal­ly fun and de­light­ful­ly prim­i­tive fash­ion, are then brought forth on the de­but LP of Milwaukee's In­nu­en­do which has just dropped via Un­law­ful As­sam­bly and Roach Leg Records and on which they hit a sweet spot be­tween sim­ple and stu­pid old­school hard­core en­er­gy and KBD-drenched garage in­san­i­ty, in­gre­di­ents that have stood the test of time be­ing pre­sent­ed in a way here that still feels fresh and alive.

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Leaking Head - Leaking Head

An­oth­er bomb has just dropped via Tetry­on Tapes. The pre­vi­ous EP Bet­ter Homes & Gar­dens by the Rochester, NY group was a per­fect­ly fun oc­ca­sion al­ready, al­beit one still kin­da strug­gling to seam­less­ly in­te­grate their old­school '70s/'80s met­al el­e­ments in­to their over­all aes­thet­ic. This new cas­sette rec­ti­fies this in part by way of a rough-as-fuck Lo-Fi sound that sim­ply fits them a lot bet­ter while their pow­ers of song con­struc­tion have un­doubt­ed­ly made plen­ty of progress as well, re­sult­ing in an un­for­giv­ing force that skill­ful­ly im­bues some of the most fu­ri­ous in­stances old­school hard­core grime and filth with a dis­tinct dun­geon punk note.

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Arse - Kaputt.

It took the Syd­ney group like a half decade to come up with their third EP but here it fi­nal­ly is in all its glo­ry and spec­ta­cle. Their very own fu­sion of noise rock, hard- and post­core has re­tained every bit of their fran­tic en­er­gy while mix­ing shit up just enough to keep things in­ter­est­ing, for ex­am­ple in Shame Bomb, in which they con­jure up a pre­vi­ous­ly un­heard sense of melan­choly. Oth­er times, their speeds and lev­els of dev­as­ta­tion are reach­ing the ex­plo­sive force of their de­but EP in songs such as Lev­el Skip­per and Prick in the Franger, af­ter the slight­ly more for­giv­ing pre­vi­ous Safe Word EP, while tracks like Night Shift Blues once again su­per­charge all the grime and dirt of old­school Am­phet­a­mine Repile-style riff­ing with a re­lent­less hard­core at­tack.

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RONi - Demo

Oh look, it's that mys­te­ri­ous dude again who al­so goes by such names as Zhoop, Djinn, Night­man, Feed, Brun­dle and even more dis­guis­es i can't re­call right now. As usu­al he does ex­act­ly one thing on here and he gets it right every sin­gle time - five ex­cel­lent no-frills min­i­mal­ist det­o­na­tions on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage-, hard­core- and fuzz punk.

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The Slads - Tough Times

Bril­liant, thrilling old­school ac­tion on this Philadel­phia group's de­but EP on which a hy­brid garage/​hardcore vibe á la Cut­ters gets fused with a dis­tinct Oi! ten­den­cy rem­i­nis­cent of The Chis­el, Chub­by And The Gang. Then again, there are some ocur­rences of Poi­son Ruïn-es­que riff­ing to be spot­ted as well and some­times the gui­tar leads op­er­ate in clas­sic Ra­dio Bird­man ter­ri­to­ry.

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