During - Birds of Juneau /​​ Big Farmer

Chun­klet In­dus­tries is killing it again with this de­but 7" by a noise rock/​post punk su­per­group, kind of an un­holy trin­i­ty made up of mem­bers of Wil­ful Boys, Spray Paint and Brandy whose sound in­cor­po­rates fa­mil­iar el­e­ments of all three afore­men­tioned groups yet es­chews pre­dictabil­i­ty - with the A-Side giv­ing off that dis­tinct Spray Paint vibe and the oth­er track veer­ing a bit stronger to­wards the oth­er two bands' son­ic hall­marks. To make things even bet­ter, we're al­so promised a full length some­time this fall!

Night Lunch - Table For Two

On their lat­est EP this Dunedin, New Zee­land pow­er duo un­leash­es a bloody hell of noise rock with a vage­ly in­dus­tri­al feel to it, but al­so of the some­what sludgy va­ri­ety that al­ways takes a lot of re­fine­ment to not bore me to death. Yet these guys ef­fort­less­ly pull that thing off, re­mind­ing me - among oth­er things - of groups like Haunt­ed Hors­es or Wax Chat­tels.

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Coach - Coach

An abra­sive yet quite melod­ic wall-of-sound piles up on this Aarhus group's de­but al­bum, a sound in­be­tween the worlds of noise pop, art- and post punk, equal­ly rem­i­nis­cent of Tek­sti TV 666 and Open Your Heart-era The Men, 80's Son­i­cY­outh-isms and some MX-80 edge. And as if all that weren't com­pelling enough on its own, the ad­di­tion of a rest­less brass sec­tion makes the whole thing out­right ir­re­sistible.

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TVO - Alive!

An awe­some new ruckus let loose by some Philadel­phia group, equal parts garage punk and noise rock and car­ry­ing the spir­it of so much clas­sic shit on the in­ter­sec­tion of old school (post-) punk and (pro­to-) noise rock. At one point you might re­call Braini­ac, but most­ly it's 80's stuff like U-Men, X (AUS), Flip­per, Feed­time, No Trend… even a hint of ear­ly Min­ute­men shines through on the clos­ing track. Of the more re­cent scene, i'm think­ing of acts like Cutie or Pat­ti.

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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.