Puritans - Puritans

Rough­ly four years af­ter their last sign of life we quite un­ex­pect­ed­ly get an­oth­er fine EP from this Van­cou­ver group, who pulled off a flaw­less first EP in 2016/​17, fol­lowed by a some­what dis­ap­point­ing, slight­ly un­der­cooked sec­ond ef­fort. On this one, how­ev­er, they're back in their zone and al­ter­nate be­tween two ex­cel­lent in-your-face rip­pers and an­oth­er pair of slow­er, more melan­cholic songs de­mand­ing a bit more pa­tience from the lis­ten­er but cul­mi­nat­ing in a wor­thy pay­off. As be­fore, they re­mind me a lot of a more melan­cholic, sub­dued and melod­ic in­car­na­tion of Rank Xe­rox, Sar­casm or Sieve­head.

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Skeleton Glove - Skeleton Glove

Berlin group Skele­ton Glove have al­ready put out a bunch of demos, all of which suf­fered to a vary­ing ex­tent from their Lo-Fi pro­duc­tion val­ues, so it's nice to fi­nal­ly hear them in a sound that does their sheer son­ic force jus­tice. The re­sult is every bit as good as i could've hoped for, their ul­tra-pri­mal brand of post- and hard­core punk with flour­ish­es of death rock and garage nev­er fail­ing to hit where it hurts the most.

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LLRR - < = >

This EP by Ky­oto group LLRR is a re­al treat! Post punk that's si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly catchy and abra­sive, of­ten dance­able, some­times lean­ing to­wards math rock struc­tures and old­school no-wave-funky in oth­er places. A rock-sol­id rhythm sec­tion cre­ates the ide­al space for gui­tarist Yuzu­ru Sano's un­ruly yet of­ten quite melod­ic erup­tions of noise to un­fold as well as the hyp­not­ic chants by vo­cal­ist Mi­na­mi Yoko­ta, the lat­ter be­ing in­ter­wo­ven in­to the rhyth­mic foun­da­tion to a de­gree sel­dem heard from con­tem­po­rary groups.

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Off Peak Arson - Off Peak Arson

Whoa, what an ex­cel­lent de­but EP by a Mem­phis, Ten­nessee group! The open­er plays out kin­da like Dri­ve Like Je­hu or Hot Snakes in cre­ative over­drive mode, al­so be­ing some­what rem­i­nis­cent of con­tem­po­rary bands like Meat Wave, Mys­tic Inane, Tu­nic or Wymyns Prysyn. Next they change gear en­tire­ly and come up with a mid-tem­po post punk tune in which a puls­ing beat col­lides with some se­ri­ous Fly­ing Nun-style psy­che­delia and a cer­tain Sauna Youth vibe. The lat­ter al­so per­me­ates the sub­se­quent two garage punk smash­ers with echoes of Ex-Cult, ear­ly Teenanger or Dumb Punts, grad­u­al­ly shapeshift­ing in­to more of a post punk and in­die rock style not un­like Go­tobeds, Sleepies or B-Boys, which in the clos­ing track once again morphs in­to kind of a Swervedriv­er-es­que slow jam. There's not a sin­gle weak spot to be found on this record!

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During - Birds of Juneau /​​ Big Farmer

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!

Pigeon - Deny All Knowledge Of Complicity

With the Berlin group's 2018 self-ti­tled full length be­ing their most var­ied, play­ful record and the sub­se­quent Bug EP their loud­est, most un­com­pro­mis­ing one, their sec­ond long play­er re­cent­ly re­leased via adagio830 cer­tain­ly show­cas­es their most con­cise, ef­fec­tive and elab­o­rate bun­dle of songs so far. Once again i'm re­mind­ed of pret­ty much any great post punk act of re­cent years both in- and out­side Berlin. Think Neg­a­tive Space, Pret­ty Hurts, Rank/​Xerox, Diät, Pub­lic Eye, Ex­it Group, Nag… the list could go on and on. In oth­er words: First rate shit!

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Dee Bee Rich - 4

One of my fa­vorite uniden­ti­fied noise-emit­ting Berlin en­ti­ties has done it again! Gear up to be en­rap­tured by four of his newest, straight­for­ward-yet-play­ful lo-fi garage- and post punk jams.

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Maske - Tape 2

The Berlin scene, where every mu­si­cian is al­so se­cret­ly play­ing in all your oth­er fa­vorite groups, has dropped an­oth­er pile of some­thing. That some­thing starts out kin­da like S.Y.P.H. fil­tered through Wire and Crass, sub­se­quent­ly touch­ing on Weird­core stuff á la Stink­hole, Stuttgart-style-post-punk-but-much-more-fun and last but not least, dis­so­nant post punk/​proto noise sketch­es rem­i­nis­cent of Mem­branes. Some­times they opt to spew their lyri­cal nons­ese in the eng­lish lan­guage which i think has its own awk­ward charm.

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Can Kicker - Demo

This de­mo by a Cardiff group lures the lis­ten­er in with an ul­tra-raw hard­core red her­ring, though it doesn't take long af­ter that to re­al­ize there's a lot more to this burst of con­cen­trat­ed Lo-Fi en­er­gy as you blaze a trail through a thick lay­er of fuzz and dis­tor­tion, which fi­nal­ly gives way to bright flash­es of melody and an over­all sound­scape com­bin­ing core in­gre­di­ents of post punk and noise pop, com­ing across kin­da like a beau­ti­ful­ly de­formed cross­breed be­tween Sieve­head and Piles.

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