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!
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.Album-Stream →
Business as usual on the newest 7" by L.A.'s Flat Worms. Delightful, high quality business that is, with these two songs nailing their very own formula incorporating elements of garage punk, post punk and bursts of noise just dead on. So far, Flat Worms never failed to deliver the goods.
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.Album-Stream →
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.Album-Stream →
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.Album-Stream →
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.Album-Stream →
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.Album-Stream →
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.
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.