Solvent - Mockery Of Life

A kick­ass de­but EP by this Brook­lyn, NY group. The open­er No Re­course evokes a dis­tinct mid-'80s to ear­ly '90s Dischord vibe á la Rites Of Spring, Na­tion Of Ulysses, Gray Mat­ter… plus a hint of Dri­ve Like Je­hu or more re­cent groups like Wymyns Prysyn, Beast Fiend and Launch­er. Fix­ate comes with a hard change of pace, most­ly re­sem­bling the spir­it of old aus­tralian punk and garage leg­ends like X, Saints and God. Scrap­ing Away then re­turns to the post­core stylings, some­how com­bin­ing a bit of ear­ly Sac­cha­rine Trust with the pro­to-noise rock of Flip­per.

Paulo Vicious - Duas M​ú​sicas Para Dan​ç​ar

Even in a busy week like this one (ya know, band­camp fri­day and what­not…), i just got­ta men­tion this new dig­i­tal two-track sin­gle by Tel Aviv synth-/eg­g­punk act Paulo Vi­cious ''cos if these two songs don't fuckin' rip then i don't know what does, mas­ter­ing the neat trick of con­sid­er­ably slow­ing down things with­out ever evok­ing bore­dom, ef­fec­tive­ly fill­ing the new gaps be­tween the thumps and beeps with plen­ty more of in­ter­est­ing squeeks, groans and kablowies to an al­to­geth­er an­i­mat­ing over­all ef­fect.

Hevrat Ha'Hashmal - Banu La'avod

Fol­low­ing a quite stun­ning de­but EP last year, this is­raeli group just keeps up the en­er­gy lev­el of their very own brand of ex­quis­ite struc­tured chaos on their first full length record. This is yet an­oth­er un­mit­i­gat­ed, noisy kick in the balls be­ing per­formed somwhere in­be­tween the rough specs of noise rock, post punk, hard- and post­core, bear­ing some very slight sim­i­lar­i­ty to groups such as Cutie, Big Bop­per, Brandy, ear­ly Pat­ti… add to that a gen­er­ous help­ing of Big Black on top!

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Puss - Anger Protocol

These New York­ers' lat­est LP is ba­si­cal­ly just an ex­pand­ed ver­sion of their 2021 EP Tri­an­gu­la­tion by way of Stran­gu­la­tion, though i'm gonna say the ad­di­tion of the four open­ing tracks el­e­vates the whole thing to an­oth­er lev­el al­to­geth­er, coun­ter­bal­anc­ing the kin­da rigid, some­what more late-eight­ies noise rock-lean­ing tracks of said EP with a fresh in­fu­sion of chaos that re­al­ly seals the deal here, quite ob­vi­ous­ly tak­ing cues from lo­cal no wave his­to­ry - both the un­struc­tured noisy kind and the funky James Chance-isms - as well as a bunch of oth­er ear­ly eight­ies pro­to noise rock acts á la Flip­per, Prim­i­tive Cal­cu­la­tors and, most of all, No Trend.

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Dog Date - Zinger

This New York group is kind of a cu­ri­ous, zeit­geist-de­fy­ing beast in this day and age, wear­ing their fond­ness of late eight­ies to ear­ly nineties punk, grunge and in­die rock on their sleeves with the open­ing track even be­ing ti­tled Nir­vana, al­though i'd rather liken them to ear­ly Mud­honey and the noisy, ear­ly in­car­na­tion of The Pix­ies, maybe a hint of U-Men, Scratch Acid and Dri­ve Like Je­hu aswell. So ba­si­cal­ly, they're the kind of group that would've got­ten var­i­ous Pitch­fork writ­ers wet a decade-and-a-half ago, when the height of the first '90s nos­tal­gia wave hit. These days though, they're kind of an ob­scure odd­i­ty and that makes this record all the more en­dear­ing to me.

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This Syd­ney group brings a lot of lo­cal bag­gage to the ta­ble with its mem­bers hav­ing been, among oth­er things, in groups such as Bed Wet­tin' Bad Boys, Roy­al Headache, Tim and the Boys and Mun­do Prim­i­ti­vo. But hon­est­ly, they don't sound one bit like any of these groups. Rather, their ra­bid mix­ture of post- and hard­core re­minds me a quite a bit of At­lanta wreck­ing crews Nag and Preda­tor as well as oth­er US groups like ear­ly In­sti­tute, Acrylics, Tube Al­loys, Pyrex, Cork­er and Crim­i­nal Code or, al­ter­nate­ly, Sydney's very own Ar­se and Xilch. Add to that some ul­tra-raw pro­to-noise rock edge á la Flip­per or No Trend and you're rough­ly in the right ball­park. The un­hinged bark of the singer, how­ev­er, re­minds me a lot of UK group Akne.

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Mo egg on ya face (Paulo Vicious /​ Dårskap /​ Gurk)

In re­cent years, i high­ly doubt there's ever been such a thing as a bad week for egg­punk but this one has been es­pe­cial­ly fruit­ful with three no­table, way above av­er­age re­leas­es. Paulo Vi­cious of Tel Aviv you might al­ready be fa­mil­iar with from last winter's kick­ass de­but EP and on this one, they seem­less­ly con­tin­ue the de­praved fun with strong echos of Prison Af­fair, Set-Top Box, Nubot555 and, at times, an added sheen of 8-bit chip­tunes. Oslo, Nor­way act Dårskap then ap­proach egg-re­lat­ed nois­es with a bit of a dun­geon un­der­tone and some ever-so-slight traces of old­school death rock, beg­ging the ques­tion if there's some over­lap with an­oth­er Oslo group, Mol­bo, who've al­so been fea­tured on here just a week ago. To round things out with what is prob­a­bly the most straight­for­ward and clas­sic (hah!) sound­ing ex­am­ple of the bunch, Stock­holm, Sweden's very own Gurk de­liv­er four new at­tacks of ul­tra-catchy egg-in­duced joy on their newest EP that might just be their strongest ef­fort to date.

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Klint - Somebody Cut Out My Brain

As thrilling and en­er­giz­ing as ever, this new dig­i­tal two-track sin­gle by Schleswig, Ger­many viking synth punk wiz­ard Klint. Lots of catchy trea­sure to be found in there if you can make it alive to the bot­tom of this filthy, rat-in­fest­ed spike pit. And yeah, thats no ex­ag­ger­a­tion here as es­pe­cial­ly the ti­tle track takes his one-of-a-kind odd­ball aes­thet­ics to a whole new lev­el of noisy and abra­sive depths while nev­er fail­ing to de­rive plen­ty of joy­ful de­light out of the process!

Molbo - Rettferdighetens Ridder /​/​ Kerozine - Living In A Nightmare

Two no­table, more or less dun­geon punk-ad­ja­cent re­leas­es have land­ed this week. First off, there's the de­but cas­sette of Oslo group Mol­bo who, on the sur­face, pri­mar­i­ly seem to draw in­flu­ences from that genre com­plex of eight­ies goth, death rock and post punk that's been so en vogue once again for the last decade or so. What sets them apart in that par­tic­u­lar niche though is a cer­tain whim­si­cal egg­punk aes­thet­ic, a sense of joy and fun not of­ten found in an oth­er­wise of­ten overky self-se­ri­ous genre, though ad­mit­ted­ly this can at times have an un­in­ten­tion­al­ly com­i­cal ef­fect as well.

Ip­swich, UK duo Kerozine then ap­proach a vague­ly dun­geon-es­que aes­thet­ic from a more straight­for­ward yet de­light­ful­ly noisy synth-/elec­tro punk an­gle that's every bit as dri­ving and hard-hit­ting as it's catchy, the best rea­son­ably re­cent com­par­isons i can come up with right now be­ing the likes of Spy­roids, O-D-EX, Drýsild­jö­full, Chan­nel 83, C57BL/​6, Ex­pose and Beef.

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Chaos OK - Demo /​/​ Valtatyhjiö - Kuristusleikki

Raleigh, North Car­oli­na hard-/post­core pow­er­house Sor­ry State Records has two new treats in store for us. First there's the de­mo cas­sette by At­lanta group Chaos OK. Their name sug­gest­ing some con­nec­tion to old­school british punk al­ready, i'd in­deed say the EP starts out with a some­what UK82-ish vibe in par­tic­u­lar, which then lat­er morphs in­to a shape vague­ly sim­i­lar to more re­cent, slight­ly garage-in­fused hard­core acts á la ear­ly Elec­tric Chair and Kalei­do­scope, on­ly to end things in the guise of time­less pro­to noise, post­core and -punk some­where in­be­tween the worlds of, say, Crass, Flip­per and Dri­ve Like Je­hu. Ex­cit­ing shit!

An­oth­er old­school-ish, al­though a lot more sim­ple and prim­i­tive force of na­ture is the newest 7" by Finland's Val­taty­hjiö who con­vince by sheer force on this one, hav­ing both some traits of '80s con­ti­nen­tal eu­ro­pean hard­core to them as well as - to come full cir­cle as far as british in­flu­ence is con­cerned - some flour­ish­es of clear­ly NWOBHM-in­spired (speed-)metal.

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