Beef - Beef

This Cincin­nati group's sec­ond EP sets off a strong new set of high­ly flam­ma­ble charges made up of in­gre­di­ents found some­where in the grey ar­eas of Noise Rock, Post-, Garage- and Synth Punk… a bit like an un­sta­ble mix­ture of Bust­ed Head Rack­et, Brandy, R.Clown, ISS, Spy­roids and Know­so boiled down to an al­most '70s/'80s The Fall-es­qe sim­plic­i­ty and rep­e­ti­tion.

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Texture Freq - Masochistic Episode

A beau­ti­ful­ly over­whelm­ing mud show­er of noise-in­fest­ed Post­core, the de­but EP of this Min­neapo­lis group clear­ly in­her­it­ing some of the DNA of the city's own Noise Rock-re­lat­ed his­to­ry while feel­ing per­fect­ly con­tem­po­rary all the same, main­ly re­mind­ing me of re­cent bands á la Doll­house, Launch­er, Mys­tic Inane, Wymyns Prysyn and Op­tic Nerve… with a touch of Hot Snakes thrown in for good mea­sure.

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Warp - Automatic Gratuity

I'd al­most for­got­ten about this San Fran­cis­co group yet here they are fol­low­ing up their im­pres­sive 2019 de­but al­bum with a new EP show­cas­ing their quirky and in­ven­tive sound on the fringes of noise rock, hard- and post­core in a shape both rougher and more re­fined at the same time, echo­ing some of the great­est noise-/weird­core re­leas­es of re­cent years in­clud­ing those by the likes of Warm Bod­ies, Snif­fany & The Nits, Vexx, Dots, Judy & The Jerks or Mys­tic Inane.

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Hellco - Hellco

A sim­ply de­light­ful de­but LP by this Philadel­phia group, brought to us via lo­cal la­bel SRA Records. I wan­na de­scribe this shit as a mixed bag in the best sense pos­si­ble, an ec­cen­tric repos­i­to­ry of slight­ly cow­punk-in­fused art punk hov­er­ing some­where be­tween garage- and noise-heavy hard­core shit with a cer­tain KBD-ex­ten­sion some­what rem­i­nis­cent of ear­ly Elec­tric Chair plus a touch of Soup­cans on one hand, and then on the oth­er, there are some ubiq­ui­tous echoes to be found of old acts on the in­ter­sec­tion of '80s noise rock and pro­to-grunge like, say, U-Men, Scratch Acid, Vol­cano Suns, But­t­hole Surfers, Min­ute­men, Sac­cha­rine Trust, Feed­time and very ear­ly Meat Pup­pets, just to name a cou­ple of the most ob­vi­ous ref­er­ences.

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Stuck - Freak Frequency

For some rea­son i had my doubts about this record be­fore­hand (dun­no… might have been down to the some­what slick pro­duc­tion? In­tel­li­gi­ble lyrics, urgh!) but now lis­ten­ing to the whole thing, i got­ta say it turns out to be pret­ty fuck­ing awe­some shit once again, even in­cre­men­tal­ly im­prov­ing on the al­ready im­pres­sive qual­i­ty stan­dard of the Chica­go group's pre­vi­ous re­leas­es in a flaw­less batch of smart and elab­o­rate post­core tunes, which at cer­tain points might draw com­par­isons to groups like Bat­piss, Meat Wave, Bench Press, Bloody Gears, ear­li­er stuff by the likes of Tu­nic, Pile and USA Nails, an­gu­lar post punk acts like Lithics, Pill or Mar­bled Eye as well as oc­ca­sion­al flash­es of, say… Jaw­box, Smart Went Crazy, Q and not U and mid-'90s Fugazi. What more could i ask for, re­al­ly?

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Glaas - Cruel Heart, Cold Summer

Re­peat­ed­ly the Berlin group fea­tur­ing mem­bers of, among oth­ers, Use­less Eaters, Id­io­ta Civl­iz­zat­to, Ex­it Group und Clock Of Time de­liv­ers the goods of elab­o­rate­ly con­struct­ed, slight­ly deathrock-in­fused post punk grooves, with Clock Of Time be­ing the most ob­vi­ous com­par­i­son among the groups men­tioned as these folks do in­deed play some vari­ant of what i can't help but clas­si­fy as quite tra­di­tion­al Berlin school of the past decade-plus, scratch­ing a sim­i­lar itch to bands like Pi­geon, Li­iek, Diät, Pret­ty Hurts… Not that i'd con­sid­er that to be a bad thing at all. Quite the con­trary - af­ter all, "Berlin sound" wouldn't be a thing re­al­ly if it hadn't been built up over the years to em­body such a con­sis­tent lega­cy of im­pec­ca­ble qual­i­ty re­leas­es.

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Fantasma - Demo

A smart and in­tri­cate­ly con­struct­ed mix­ture of Post Punk, Noise Rock and Post­core is be­ing set off by this New York group on this plain­ly phe­nom­e­nal de­mo. There's no way around ad­dress­ing the ele­phant in the room though: This re­minds me a lot of Straw Man Army - es­pe­cial­ly of their first LP - but you could do a lot worse than be­ing com­pared to a band of such stature, right? Friends of Bloody Gears, Fara­quet, Meat Wave and such will al­so get a kick out of this.

During - During

It took a good while for this group's de­but LP to fi­nal­ly ma­te­ri­al­ize af­ter the the la­bel Chun­klet In­dus­tries al­ready promised this long­play­er around the re­lease of the Birds Of Juneau 7" in the sum­mer of 2021… I sus­pect you can once again blame the chal­lenges of the cur­rent vinyl econ­o­my for that. It's an­oth­er strong record though, on which the group fea­tur­ing mem­bers of such pow­er­hous­es as Spray Paint, Wil­ful Boys, Brandy, Pam­pers and Pyrex ad­mirably man­ages to keep things ex­cit­ing with quite a bit of eclec­tic va­ri­ety. For ex­am­ple, we get a kind of Swell Maps-go-Syn­th­wave vibes in HoloLens, a strong dub feel in Mall­man, kin­da like a sped-up vari­ant of Ex­ek. That all said, you can't re­al­ly de­ny their sound ob­vi­ous­ly hav­ing in­her­it­ed the largest chunk of its DNA from Spray Paint, es­pe­cial­ly their lat­er work (al­though, speak­ing of DNA, a cer­tain no wave vibe is ever present on here aswell). Fur­ther i've al­so got a sus­pi­cion though that there'll be some quite fa­mil­iar sound­ing echoes of this record to be heard on the up­com­ing Pyrex LP on To­tal Punk!

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C57BL/​6 - LP 1

It's been a whop­ping five years since we last heard of this Los An­ge­les group. Their first LP (duh!) is a bit heav­ier on the hard­core- and garage punk side of things af­ter their old­er shit had been lean­ing stronger in­to its synth-/elec­tro punk ten­den­cies. Those re­lent­less­ly bru­tal elec­tric beats are still front and cen­ter here though, giv­ing es­pe­cial­ly the epic open­ing shot Open World kind of an in­dus­tri­al-tinged, cursed Aus­muteants-meet-Big Black vibe… with ad­di­tion­al over­tones of Cri­sis Man maybe?

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Poison Ruïn - Härvest

In a some­what un­ex­pect­ed but, all things con­sid­ered, per­fect­ly sen­si­ble move, the Philadel­phia group on the cut­ting edge of the still kin­da vague­ly de­fined and de­vel­op­ing dun­geon punk genre re­lease their first full length ef­fort on the well es­tab­lished, rather met­al-lean­ing la­bel Re­lapse Records. Thank­ful­ly this has pre­cious lit­tle in­flu­ence on their sound, aes­thet­ics and pro­duc­tion val­ues, with their newest batch of songs even pre­sent­ing the group at their grit­ti­est and most Lo-Fi so far, their still ab­solute­ly sin­gu­lar, elab­o­rate son­ic con­structs made up of post- and garage punk, noise rock, post­core, a very slight hint of Oi! and on­ly the most an­cient in­gre­di­ents of pro­to- and old-old­school met­al re­main­ing ob­scured by in a thick lay­er of tape hiss all the time. Yeah, the whole thing sounds glo­ri­ous i got­ta say!

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