Nasty Party - Loaded Dice

While i couldn't quite warm up to the pre­vi­ous EP of Sydney's Nasty Par­ty, with their newest re­lease they re­al­ly hit the spot once again just like their did with their bril­liant de­but EP. Tread­ing in some­what sim­i­lar ter­ri­to­ry to Mekons- and Tele­vi­sion Per­son­al­i­ties-wor­ship­ping groups á la Sub­ur­ban Homes, Sil­i­cone Val­ues or Pro­to Id­iot, they round things off with a strong Buz­zcocks fla­vor.

The Missed - Activation

Af­ter their more pow­er pop-lean­ing de­but EP, the first full length of this Cleve­land group fea­tur­ing Ner­vosas' Mick­ey Marie on gui­tar and vo­cals, while not a ex­act­ly de­par­ture from their pre­vi­ous record, ex­pands their col­or palette quite a bit. Over­all the vibe here is more grim and melan­choly, steer­ing clos­er to moody yet melod­ic post punk ter­ri­to­ry with a dis­tinct Wipers in­flu­ence while once again prov­ing their stun­ning abil­i­ty at craft­ing catchy and unique hooks. Of more re­cent bands, you might con­sid­er them in a loose­ly re­lat­ed Or­bit to groups like The Es­tranged and Day­light Rob­bery.

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Spodee Boy - Neon Lights

These Nashville garage punks' lat­est EP con­tin­ues the strong cow­punk vibes that took cen­ter stage rough­ly since their Rides Again EP, this time mak­ing a much stronger case for their vi­sion though, thanks to a much im­proved song sub­stance and a su­per tight per­for­mance, which ain't all that sur­pris­ing once you learn that at least in their cur­rent in­car­na­tion, these ap­pear to be the ex­act same dudes oth­er­wise known as Safe­ty Net. The two mid­dle tracks Barn Burn­er and The Plan then again have a bit of a Flat Worms or - quite fit­ting­ly - The Cow­boy feel to them.

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Kat Haus - Flesh

While this cana­di­an dude's pre­vi­ous EP was plen­ty of fun al­ready, his newest one is even bet­ter. Ec­cen­tric and at times rather kinky garage punk this is, kin­da like a more laid-back Erik Ner­vous or Liq­uids with some Mod­ern Lovers-es­que pro­to punk vibes or a more en­er­getic vari­ant of the re­cent Peace De Ré­sis­tance al­bum. Then again, Who? comes across as kind of a goth/​dark wave/​dance punk hy­brid, which he al­so man­ages to pull off smooth­ly.

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Die TV - Side A

Fun DIY punk shit by some dude based in Marmo­ra, New Jer­sey, os­cil­lat­ing be­tween the poles of elec­tri­cal­ly dri­ven garage- /​synth punk and bizarro post punk with some quirky, over-the top goth stylings. Think of a mix be­tween S.B.F., Set-Top Box, Stal­ins of Sound or ear­ly Kid Chrome… fans of The Spits or Iso­tope Soap shouldn't miss out on this as well.

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Rip Room - Alight and Resound

This San Fran­cis­co group just de­liv­ered a stun­ning­ly con­fi­dent de­but LP made up of smart post punk and post­core, burst­ing with elab­o­rate, dra­matur­gi­cal­ly dense song struc­tures, tight­ly in­ter­lock­ing grooves and arrange­ments. In the con­tem­po­rary land­scape you might com­pare bits and pieces of this record to an ex­pan­sive clus­ter of groups like Bat­piss, Meat Wave, Bloody Gears, Stuck, Bench Press, Noughts, Lithics or Tu­nic. Go­ing a bit fur­ther back in time, you might aswell rec­og­nize the oblig­a­tory bit of Dri­ve Like Je­hu, Fugazi or Jaw­box, even find some Wire-es­que flour­ish­es in there if you just lis­ten close­ly enough.

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Poison Ruïn - Not Today, Not Tomorrow

Dun­geon punk's chief am­bas­sadors be­stow up­on us the gift of three new bat­tle cries and oh boy, are they get­ting more epic, de­ter­mined, elab­o­rate and ridicu­lous with each re­lease… and i'm all down for it!

L'appel Du Vide - Abwärtsspirale

An ex­cel­lent dis­patch from the Chem­nitz post punk scene most­ly evok­ing com­par­isons to Berlin based acts á la Diät, Pi­geon or Pret­ty Hurts, al­though you might al­so find some sem­blance of Stuttgart's Karies in there. The clear high­lights on here are the al­most bal­ladesque songs Delir­i­um and Das Pro­gramm, reach­ing melod­ic heights akin to the very best of Sieve­head, Pu­ri­tans or the most re­cent Crim­i­nal Code LP.

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Flexï - Nothing

The sec­ond ex­tend­ed play by this New York group is a new load of high­ly con­cen­trat­ed post punk bliss, sure to en­er­gize ad­mir­ers of pow­er­house acts such as Rank/​Xerox, Mar­bled Eye, Nag, Neg­a­tive Space, Know­so or ear­ly In­sti­tute. There al­so ap­pears to be a slight noise rock edge at play here, kin­da re­mind­ing me of shit like Brandy or Cutie.

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Fen Fen - 3 Songs

The first few noisy ar­ti­facts of this De­troit group - a kick­ass EP's worth of stand­alone tracks un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous­ly dumped on their band­camp page - span a gamut evok­ing some of the best ref­er­ences on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage punk and post­core, rang­ing from straight­for­ward garage R'n'R acts á la Sick Thoughts, ear­ly Video & Teenanger, to the ex­plo­sive genre bas­tards of Cri­sis Man, As­cot Stab­ber and Flow­ers Of Evil, not to men­tion some un­mis­tak­able Hot Snakes kind of vibe all the way through.