Italia 90 - Living Human Treasure

A new LP by Italia 90, best kept se­cret of con­tem­po­rary british post punk, who so far have man­aged to com­plete­ly avoid as well as out­live the hype cy­cle some of their peers have been rid­ing hard over the past few years. Hard to be­lieve at this point that this is ac­tu­al­ly their first full length re­lease. Over­all, they're stay­ing true to them­selves here with­out mak­ing things too easy ei­ther for them­selves or the au­di­ence, strik­ing a del­i­cate bal­ance be­tween catchy tunes á la New Fac­to­ry, Tales From Be­yond and more cum­ber­some son­ic as­saults like Mag­da­lene and Gol­gatha. Oth­er­wise, a slight­ly Wire-es­que open­ing track gives way to a more fa­mil­iar sound­scape ow­ing a lot to the clas­sics of, among oth­ers, Swell Maps and Mem­branes, the oc­ca­sion­al hint of Crass. Or al­ter­nate­ly, you might al­so draw some com­par­isons to more re­cent acts like Ex­ek, ear­ly Pro­tomar­tyr.

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Kudzu - Kudzu

This Greenville, South Car­oli­na group kicks up an ex­cel­lent rack­et lo­cat­ed somwhere in­be­tween the gears of garage punk, post punk and post­core bear­ing some sim­i­lar­i­tiy to more re­cent stuff á la Big Bop­per, Mys­tic Inane, Doll­house, Cutie, Wymyns Prysyn, Cri­sis Man… just as much as to clas­sic pieces by the likes of Dri­ve Like Je­hu, Hot Snakes, Na­tion Of Ulysses, Rites of Spring or Gray Mat­ter.

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Chimers - Generator /​ Tooth

There's re­al­ly no oth­er way to put it… on their lat­est out­put the group from Wol­lon­gong, Aus­tralia leans in quite heav­i­ly on the an­cient blue­print es­tab­lished pri­mar­i­ly by bands like Mis­sion of Bur­ma, Mov­ing Tar­gets, Vol­cano Suns which, if you ask me, should be more of a thing any­way so yeah, this is good stuff.

Black Button - Rejoice

Hav­ing made some­what of a splash with their un­pre­dictable 2019 de­mo and a more con­venti­nal­ly hard­core-lean­ing EP in 2021, the Rich­mond, Vir­ginia group is shak­ing things up once again with their first full-length ef­fort, sig­nif­i­cant­ly slow­ing things down and seem­ing­ly tak­ing plen­ty of cues from left-field 80s acts on the ex­per­i­men­tal in­ter­sec­tion of hard­core punk and (proto-)noise rock in the vein of, among oth­ers, Flip­per, No Trend, Spike in Vain or Bro­ken Tal­ent, while al­so not en­tire­ly dis­sim­i­lar to more re­cent groups like Soup­cans, Vul­ture Shit, C-Krit or Stink­hole.

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Silicone Values - Bystander Apathy /​ When The Future Seems Futile

It took the Bris­tol group just shy of a year to come up with the newest in­stall­ment in their, so far, ab­solute­ly spec­tac­u­lar and flaw­less run of (dig­i­tal) sin­gles. I'm glad to an­nounce that i've got noth­ing new to say about this one - these two tunes are yet an­oth­er mas­ter­class of melod­ic post punk and pow­er pop songcraft with clear echoes of Buz­zcocks, Tele­vi­sion Per­son­al­i­ties, Mekons and many more arte­facts of pre­dom­i­nant­ly british DIY punk his­to­ry.

Nick G - Broken

This neat lit­tle EP by St. Louis, Mis­souri dude Nick G and friends de­liv­ers sev­en blasts of dark yet melod­ic, heav­i­ly song-based post punk - ad­mit­ted­ly not a ter­ri­bly orig­i­nal thing at this point but not too pre­dictable ei­ther, solid­ly con­struct­ed through­out. A de­fin­i­tive treat for fans of stuff á la Crim­i­nal Code, Pub­lic Eye, VHS, Sieve­head or Bruised… with oc­ca­sion­al flash­es of Trau­ma Har­ness or The Es­tranged to boot.

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Another round of boozy…

A thor­ough­ly high qual­i­ty new batch of 7"s and even a CD from the ever re­li­able ital­ian garage punk in­sti­tu­tion Good­bye Boozy Records.
Tee Vee Re­pair­man is yet an­oth­er project of Ish­ka Ed­meades who you might al­so know from acts such as Sa­tan­ic To­gas, Set-Top Box, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Gee Tee, Re­mote Con­trol, Main­frame… this dude seems to be in pret­ty much any­thing out of the Warttman or­bit and be­yond that. Let's just say dude's been's a con­stant fix­ture on this blog in re­cent years and will sure crop up many more times be­cause every­thing he touch­es tends to be­come in­stant garage punk and pow­er pop gold.
A dif­fer­ent beast al­to­geth­er is the 7" by Wayne Pain & The Shit Stains, a sim­ple & stu­pid at­tack of de­cid­ed­ly old­school fuzzed-out garage punk with that clas­sic rock­a­bil­ly edge to it.
Speak­ing of rock­a­bil­ly… Qin­qs have a touch of that go­ing on too, al­though in their case it reeks less of The Cramps and more of The Fall - The Great White Won­der might as well be called How i re-wrote Elas­tic Man - as well as more re­cent oc­cur­rences á la Shark Toys, Ex Cult, Par­quet Courts or The UV Race.
The newest tape by the mys­te­ri­ous Zoids then is an­oth­er en­dear­ing­ly ec­cen­tric treat of min­i­mal­ist elec­tro-/space-/garage punk trans­port­ing more than just a lit­tle bit of a Sui­cide-meets-Met­al Ur­bain /​ Dr. Mix and the Remix vibe. Al­so: Yeah, fuck vinyl 'cos the fu­ture be­longs to the com­pact disc bro.
Dadgad's tracks then serve as the per­fect tran­si­tion be­tween the afore­men­tioned elec­tric space punk stylings and the op­po­site half of a 7" fea­tur­ing - yet again - that dude known as Zhoop… or was it Feed? Djinn? Brun­dle maybe? I don't care re­al­ly it's all good shit!

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Nag - Human Coward Coyote

A new mi­ni LP by Atlanta's post punk force of na­ture Nag - i guess every­body knows what to ex­pect at this point and i'm to­tal­ly okay with that as there still ain't a whole lot of groups quite like them. De­spite the raw in­gre­di­ents of their sound be­ing as old as post punk it­self, there's a unique qual­i­ty to their vi­sion, about as sim­plis­tic as you can get away with in some places while amaz­ing­ly elab­o­rate where it counts in oth­ers, with the oc­ca­sion­al touch of psy­che­delia and ham­mered home with a rough and un­re­lent­ing force.

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Die TV - Side D

Side num­ber four by Marmo­ra, New Jer­sey garage trou­ba­dor Die TV is yet an­oth­er su­per-sol­id batch of garage-/synth-/elec­tro punk minia­ture good­ness. Not much more to add to that oth­er than what i al­ready said about his pre­vi­ous re­leas­es: Friends of weird­ness in the same or­bit as, say, Pow­er­plant, Stal­ins of Sound, Erik Ner­vous, The Spits, Set-Top Box, Dig­i­tal Leather… re­joice!

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Gaffer - Dead End Beat

A su­per ef­fec­tive bunch of straight­for­ward punk smash­ers by a Perth grounp - sim­ple at first glance yet al­ways care­ful­ly con­struct­ed for max­i­mum im­pact. Plau­si­ble com­par­isons from re­cent years would in­clude bands such as Xe­tas, Cool Jerks, Flow­ers of Evil or Dead Years while from long be­fore that, you might see flash­es of Naked Ray­gun, Laugh­ing Hye­nas, Hot Snakes, Man Sized Ac­tion and the like…

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