Cosas Ilegales - Cosas Ilegales

This is al­ready the sec­ond awe­some re­lease for this week com­ing out of Mex­i­co. To be fair, this record is al­ready a few months old but still… there's clear­ly some­thing brew­ing over there. The de­but al­bum by this group is a high­ly con­cen­trat­ed caf­feine shot of drum ma­chine-dri­ven full-speed-straight-ahead garage punk with some slight sim­i­lar­i­ty to groups like S.B.F., Kid Chrome or Ar­se. Some­times noisy, some­times melod­ic, al­ways catchy and ex­hil­a­rat­ing.

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Trigger Cut - Rogo

On their sec­ond LP, noise rock/​postcore trio Trig­ger Cut con­sid­er­ably raise the en­er­gy lev­el with­out sac­ri­fic­ing much of the pre­ci­sion work, so­phis­ti­cat­ed struc­tures and arrange­ments we've al­ready wit­nessed on their de­but al­bum. Es­pe­cial­ly in the first half there are some se­ri­ous Jaw­box and Bas­tro vibes go­ing on. In the past i'd have told you that Ralf Schaarschmidt's cur­rent and past bands are among the very best the ger­man noise rock scene has to of­fer but hon­est­ly, at this point, even world­wide there aren't that many groups op­er­at­ing at their lev­el.

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Nopes - Djörk

Third long­play­er by this Oak­land group and of course it's some pret­ty amaz­ing shit once again. I still find it kin­da hard to be­lieve how what start­ed out as sort of a Hüsker Dü sounda­like has de­vel­oped in­to one of the most pow­er­ful, orig­i­nal and in­stant­ly re­gog­niz­able bands of re­cent years, ef­fort­less­ly chan­nel­ing the raw en­er­gies of hard- & post­core, noise rock and garage punk in­to a row­dy, un­pre­dictable force.

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Fugitive Bubble - Fugitive Bubble /​/​ C-Krit - C-Krit

Im­po­tent Fe­tus, the mar­vel­lous new-ish cas­sette sub­la­bel of the equal­ly fan­tas­tic Stuc­co em­pire, has al­ready brought quite a bit of joy to the world re­cent­ly with that Sep­tic Yanks tape. In the mean­time, they've al­ready re­leased two new pud­dles of noise to bathe in, made by two groups of un­known where­abouts, eas­i­ly up­hold­ing the high qual­i­ty stan­dards.
Fugi­tive Bub­ble cre­ate a de­light­ful and in­ven­tive mess of fuzzed out hard-, noise- and weird­core, at times re­mind­ing me of Das Drip, Warm Bod­ies, Vexx, the ear­ly out­put of NAG or Kalei­do­scope.
C-Krit, on the oth­er hand, sound a lot like a dis­fig­ured cross­breed be­tween Soup­cans, No Trend and Lumpy & The Dumpers. Al­so, their fucked up ren­di­tion of the Scream­ing Sneak­ers ever­green Vi­o­lent Days is pure gold.

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Prized Pig - PPEP

A thor­ough­ly pleas­ant lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, this de­but EP by some Los An­ge­les group, made up of noise rock, post- and garage punk in­gre­di­ents, re­mind­ing me of a slight­ly garage-lean­ing in­car­na­tion of Nag, spiked with some weird­ness of the Soup­cans, Stink­hole or Lumpy & The Dumpers va­ri­ety. Tasty shit.

True Sons Of Thunder - It Was Then That I Was Carrying You

The good­ness con­tin­ues on To­tal Punk's sec­ond long play­ing record. True Sons Of Thun­der are a Mem­phis group fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Man­a­tees and Obli­vians, among oth­ers. You might al­ready have no­ticed their re­cent 7" on Good­bye Boozy or even their first two al­bums, re­leased be­fore this blog came in­to be­ing. Their newest one sees them al­ter­nat­ing be­tween straight-ahead garage punk some­what sim­i­lar to The Cow­boy or Flat Worms and blues-soaked, repet­i­tive noise rock somwhere in­be­tween Cows, Near­ly Dead and var­i­ous old Am­Rep shit, as well as some un­de­ni­able U-Men vibes. With Skate Rock we even get a nice lit­tle hard­core dit­ty.

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The Unfit - The Unfit

This Seat­tle group has been around for quite a few years now, but it took them just as long to come up with their de­but LP. Thus, it's no re­al sur­prise this thing sounds rather ma­ture for a de­but record, with a firm grip on this par­tic­u­lar sub­genre some­where be­tween the garage-lean­ing zones of the post­core spec­trum and some con­tem­po­rary noise rock - right in the neigh­bor­hood of bands like ear­ly Video, Hot Snakes, As­cot Stab­ber, Da­vid­i­ans or Flow­ers Of Evil.

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Wax Chattels - Clot

Two years af­ter their promis­ing, though at times some­what un­der­cooked de­but LP, we get to hear a way more con­sis­tent sopho­more ef­fort by this Auck­land, New Zee­land trio. Their rather ab­stract yet al­ways catchy com­po­si­tions some­where on the fringes of Post Punk and Noise Rock - plus a hint of In­dus­tri­al - at sev­er­al points re­mind me of Acts like Girls In Syn­the­sis, Haunt­ed Hors­es, Ice Bal­loons or Tu­nic - with a small dose of Light­ning Bolt sprin­kled in for good mea­sure.

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Shifting - It Was Good

Hav­ing on­ly re­leased one 7" be­fore, the ma­tu­ri­ty of this Dublin group's de­but al­bum is quite stun­ning - noth­ing less than a ful­ly re­al­ized, ver­sa­tile and in­ven­tive take on Noise Rock, Post­core and Math Rock clear­ly tak­ing some cues from clas­sic 90's and ear­ly 00's acts like Un­wound, Bas­tro, Chavez, Fro­dus, some ear­ly Shel­lac, while still stand­ing on its own two feet. In the cur­rent genre land­scape, Mul­ti­c­ult might al­so be a some­what use­ful com­par­i­son.

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Brandy - The Gift Of Repetition

It's quite fit­ting that the first-ever 12" record on US garage über­la­bel To­tal Punk starts with a thump­ing groove rem­i­nis­cent of ISS, whose most re­cent EP might have been the last 7" ever to be re­leased on that la­bel - the tran­si­tion in­to a new To­tal Punk era couldn't feel any smoother re­al­ly, re­as­sur­ing us that de­spite a change in for­mat, the label's spir­it is still the same, is alive and well. Grown up a bit, maybe. New York garage noise group Brandy sound their most com­pact and force­ful on their sopho­more LP af­ter hav­ing cut their teeth al­ready on a rough and bril­liant de­but al­bum and on an­oth­er 7" - guess on what la­bel that one came out… More ever be­fore you can feel some dis­tinct Feed­time in­flu­ence, while in their most ab­stract mo­ments there's some kind of a Spray Paint vibe go­ing on. But even more than that, i'm re­mind­ed of con­tem­po­rary post punk acts Know­so and NAG, both of whom had re­leased records on To­tal Punk in the past - just amaz­ing how things come full cir­cle here.

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