Signal - Love w/​o Moisture

Signal - Love w/o Moisture

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.

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Gunky - Ectoplastic

Gunky - Ectoplastic

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.

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The Resource Network & Big Hog - Split 7"

The Resource Network & Big Hog - Split 7"
The Resource Network & Big Hog - Split 7"

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.

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Krul - EP

Krul - EP

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.

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Super X - Super X

Super X - Super X

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.

Nag - Red Panda

Nag - Red Panda

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.

Rancher - Pummeler

Rancher - Pummeler

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.

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Isolation - Isolation

Isolation - Isolation

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?

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Unclaimed Diamonds - The First Five Slabs

Unclaimed Diamonds - The First Five Slabs

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.

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The Cowboy - The Cowboy 7"

The Cowboy - The Cowboy 7"

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.