On their second EP, New York punks Signal brew up a strong potion consisting of raw noise-/fuzz punk and post punk/-core. To me it sounds a bit like an amalgamation of earlier Lié and Littly Ugly girls, but also contains quite some of the rough, garagey vibes similar to Warp or Vexxx.Album-Stream →
This debut EP by Philadelphia band Gunky is kind of an odd and deliciois bastard of (post-)punk and noise, boldly plundering its way through large portions of underground punk history. I think i hear some echoes of MX-80 and mid-eighties Sonic Youth, The Mentally Ill and of early Saccharine Trust's proto postcore. In other moments, their sound reminds me of more recent bands, the likes of like Patti or Plax.Album-Stream →
This already marks the second time these two bands from Indianapolis are pooling their, um… resources for a split release - this time it's a 7" on Goodbye Boozy Records. Not only is the recording quality a little bit less rough than last time; both bands have also significantly diversified their musical vocabulary.
The Resource Network alternate between smartypants garage punk of the Uranium Club & Yammerer variety, a post punk/-core thingy you could imagine as a weird mix of Rites Of Spring and early Slovenly, and finally a straight punk rocker radiating a Launcher-style KBD Vibe.
Quite a bit of the latter you can also find on Big Hog's side and there's less of a hardcore edge to their new songs - instead you'll find a wild post punk ride you might describe as Patti-meet-early-Minutemen, surrounded by two blasts of noise punk resembling what Lumpy & The Dumpers could have sounded like on some sort of sludge/doom trip.
The australian Scene always finds new ways to surprise, sometimes outright baffle me. This time it's done by a melbourne group featuring members of, among others, Kids Of Zoo, profoundly unsettling my sense of geography by way of having their lyrics sung in japanese. Sound-wise, i'm reminded of more-or-less gloomy post punk stuff by acts like Institute, Diät, Criminal Code, Pretty Hurts or Acrylics - combined with some noisy and rough DIY punk in the vein of Lumpy & The Dumpers, Launcher or Beast Fiend, as well as a faint echo of Hot Snakes.Album-Stream →
This tape by Melbourne group Super-X isn't exactly new stuff, but that shit is way to strong not to be mentioned here. Witness a sonic spectacle unfold, fusing the old garage-/proto punk fuzz of Fun House-era Stooges with spaced out vibes not unlike Destruction Unit or early Telescopes, all the while dragging along with it some traces of contemporary post punk.
It's business as usual for Atlanta's Nag on their newest EP, on which they're staying clear of new experiments and bright ideas. I'm perfectly fine with that. Instead, their sound made from fragments of post-, fuzz- and noise punk once again manages to convince me, crafted into three rock solid songs that aren't even trying to look smarter than they actually are - and that's exactly why they work so well.
What we got here is twelve minutes worth of minimalistic, uncompromising DIY industrial noise/-punk shit by some duo from River Falls, Wisconsin. Being more of a clueless
idiot tourist in this particular field, i'd describe this as what a fully electronic variant of Big Black might have sounded like. Or maybe draw parallels to the more recent but comparably minimalistic noise by Black Pus.
Basically, this Falmouth, UK band's line up consists of local punks Internal Credit minus one dude. Compared to the latter's rather straightforward garage punk, Isolation roll out a somewhat more rigid sound on their debut EP, expanding their solid garage foundation by a certain postcore edge, bringing to mind Hot Snakes or Youth Avoiders, as well as melodic post punk acts like Red Dons, Daylight Robbery, Anxious Living, Nervosas and maybe some tiny traces of Wipers. What's not to like about that?Album-Stream →
This Philadelphia band's debut tape via State Champion Records already makes an excellent first impression. Distinctly 90's indie rock vibes akin to Breeders or more recent stuff by Melkbelly collide with rather contemporary sounding post punk elements, somwhat comparable to WALL or The Baby, radiating a wonderfully crude, off-kilter charme throughout.Album-Stream →
Cleveland's The Cowboy are back! Two years after their explosive debut album, the group featuring members of Pleasure Leftists and Homostupids haven't lost their ability to kick ass with a sound oscillating between garage- and post punk, noise rock overtones, an abrasive surface combined with disarming catchyness. All this reminds me of bands like Plax, Ex-Cult, Shark Toys and Flat Worms. Also, in a rather unexpected turn of events, we get exposed to a laid back indierockin' instrumental tune on the b-side.