The Carp - Demo

Kick­ass me­chan­i­cal post punk from Cleve­land, Ohio. From the very first notes it doesn't take much of a ge­nius to fig­ure the ob­vi­ous in­volve­ment of Know­so mem­bers and it ap­pears there are al­so con­nec­tions to Cru­el­ster, among oth­ers. While Know­so stay the most ob­vi­ous com­par­i­son here, there's al­so a slight sem­blance of At­lanta rip­pers Nag and Preda­tor. At oth­er times the're branch­ing out in­to a Wire-es­qe vibe as in Cut Ups while The Old Way bears some sim­i­lar­i­ty to the bad-trip cow­punk of Mur­der­er.

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Glaas - Qualm

Re­li­able qual­i­ty shit from the Berlin post punk scene, once again fea­tur­ing some of the usu­al sus­pects known from groups such as Use­less Eaters, Id­io­ta Civl­iz­zat­to, Clock Of Time, Ex­it Group… and boy does it sound like it, es­pe­cial­ly with re­gards to the lat­ter two bands, strik­ing a sleep­walk­ing bal­ance be­tween clas­sic death rock flour­ish­es, tight-ass grooves and noisy tex­tures. Though not ex­act­ly push­ing the bound­aries of the worn-in, dis­tinc­tive Berlin sound, they nonethe­less man­age to stray just far enough from their son­ic com­fort zones to keep things fresh and in­ter­est­ing while even in their most con­ven­tion­al mo­ments, their vig­or­ous thrust nev­er fails to elec­tri­fy.

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Ra!d - Ra!d

As co­in­ci­dence would have it, here's yet an­oth­er group of some­what fuzzy where­abouts al­though the avail­able ev­i­dence gen­er­al­ly points to­ward Penn­syl­va­nia this time. On their most re­cent full-length ef­fort, a war­bly blown-out lo-fi acoustic in­tro gives way to a knock­out punch of a post punk blast that sounds a bit as if the hal­lu­cino­genic haze of groups á la Piles or Die! Die! Die! en­tered the pitch black worlds of Nag. Oth­er times we get some­what more con­ven­tion­al yet nonethe­less ass-kick­ing flash­es of old­school doom- and sludge-lean­ing Am­Rep-style noise rock col­lid­ing with the spaced out acid punk ex­cess of, say, De­struc­tion Unit, Hamer or Su­per-X.

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Night Babes - NBEP

I haven't got the slight­est clue where these folks hail from and al­so how this EP, hav­ing been re­leased a year ago ap­par­ent­ly, could go un­no­ticed for so long. 'Cos this cer­tain­ly ain't your typ­i­cal av­er­age bor­ing post punk record. Their sound of equal parts post punk and -core equipped with some ex­cel­lent garage propul­sion kin­da bridges the gaps be­tween a wide range of stuff of ear­ly Pro­tomar­tyr or Con­stant Mon­grel cal­iber on the Post Punk side of things, more garage-lean­ing acts in the Tyvek, Par­quet Courts or Go­tobeds vein, plen­ty of Hot Snakes-/Drive Like Je­hu-es­que post­core vibes and even the oc­ca­sion­al hint of Mis­sion Of Bur­ma or Mov­ing Tar­gets can be found in there.

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Vintage Crop - Kibitzer

Don't ex­pect too many sur­pris­es from the newest Vin­tage Crop LP but ex­pect plen­ty of good­ness nonethe­less, fol­low­ing that cer­tain garage punk for­mu­la the Mel­bourne group cer­tain­ly did their part to es­tab­lish in tan­dem with fel­low acts such as Pinch Points, Dumb, Ura­ni­um Club and Abort­ed Tor­toise, of which they de­liv­er a slight­ly more straight­for­ward and catchy vari­ant here, al­so con­tain­ing some oc­ca­tion­al traces of stuff like Pat­ti, Par­quet Courts or In­sti­tute. The two stand­outs here are the slow­er jams Im­pact of Wis­dom and The Bloody War in which their song­writ­ing qual­i­ties re­al­ly get to shine, the lat­ter one al­so car­ry­ing a melan­choly, dis­tinct­ly wire-es­que vibe.

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Germ House - Germ House

The newest EP of Rhode Is­land one-man-band Germ House aka Justin Hub­bard car­ries an­oth­er strong batch of songs in their trade­mark jux­ta­po­si­tion of rus­tic post punk ab­strac­tion and a folky un­der­cur­rent. Es­pe­cial­ly in the first half, these songs feel a tad more de­vel­oped than usu­al this time while still re­tain­ing their over­all quirk­i­ness and their min­i­mal­ist, frag­men­tary charme.

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Pigeon - Permanent Quest​ /​ ​Riged

Sev­en more inch­es of undi­lut­ed great­ness from Berlin post punk stal­warts Pi­geon. The a-side is a tur­bocharged strem­roller just as catchy as it's abra­sive while the b-side track goes a more cum­ber­some, slow and stub­born route to a no less pul­ver­iz­ing ef­fect.

Pisse - Lambada

I'm sure everyone's al­ready tak­en no­tice, but i can't leave that one out here, a new re­lease by the on­ly ger­man punk group i've ever heard of. In a nut­shell, Pisse are still very much Pisse (and yes, that is in­deed the ger­man word for piss), their jet of yel­low liq­uid still be­ing very pre­cise­ly fo­cused on the var­i­ous process­es and phe­nom­e­na in­volved in the grad­ual crush­ing of the hu­man soul in that so­ci­ety of ours while not spar­ing the punk scene their due amount of ridicule ei­ther. Their mu­sic on the fringes of post- and garage punk ain't noth­ing to be em­bar­rassed about ei­ther, even in the clos­ing track Fa­vorit, which drags some Sui­cide-es­que synth min­i­mal­ism through a de­cid­ed­ly ger­man schlager hell.

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Green/​Blue - Paper Thin

This project re­volv­ing around Jim Bla­ha (The Blind Shake, Jim and the French Vanil­la) and An­nie Spar­rows (So­vi­ettes, Awe­some Snakes) sounds quite un­like any of Jim Blaha's oth­er groups that i'm aware of on their sec­ond LP, these songs with­out ex­cep­tion hav­ing a dreamy, melan­choly pow­er pop vibe and an un­like­ly post punk edge to them - kin­da like a mix be­tween Ra­dioac­tiv­i­ty, Mind Spi­ders and a slight­ly mut­ed The Es­tranged fused to­geth­er by rock sol­id song­writ­ing chops.

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Ambulanz - Ambulanz

The Leipzig scene de­liv­ers re­li­able qual­i­ty once again with this EP made up of hy­per­ac­tive garage-/post punk bas­tardiza­tions call­ing to mind a clus­ter of groups á la Ony­on, Pat­ti, Big Bop­per, Warm Red, Cat Scan, Rogue… a bit of Ex-Cult & Con­stant Mon­grel, maybe??

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