Cult Objects - Secrets of Pain​-​Free Living

The de­but Al­bum of this Philadel­phia group is, in a word, fuck­ing im­pres­sive. Ver­sa­tile, in­ven­tive post punk this is, mov­ing about somwhere in­be­tween the repet­i­tive ab­strac­tion of Nots, the no-bull­shit di­rect at­tack of Lié, grooves, noise erup­tions and melod­ic tex­tures rem­i­nis­cent of ear­ly Pro­tomar­tyr, some sparkling Son­ic Youth-es­que walls of noise and the re­lent­less propul­sion of Ner­vosas, then clos­ing out the al­bum with a jam en­veloped in a thick psy­che­del­ic haze.

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Dehidratált Fejek - Igyad Azt Menjünk

Damn, i thought i was done blog­ging for the week and then this un­ex­pect­ed lit­tle gem of crude and sham­bol­ic noise by a Bu­dapest group crops up last minute, their sound strik­ing me as a pe­cu­liar fu­sion of odd­ball garage punk in the Ed­dy Cur­rent Sup­pres­sion Ring and UV Race vein with sim­i­lar­ly weird acts in the post punk and old­school in­die rock field such as Tree­house, Kitchen's Floor, The Molds and City Yelps.

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McQQeen - II

An ex­quis­ite jet-pro­pelled rack­et, the sec­ond long­play­er by Athens, Geor­gia group Mc­QQeen - now proud­ly car­ry­ing the Big Neck Records seal of qual­i­ty. What kin­da starts out a bit in the vein of bands á la Flat Worms, The Cow­boy and Fash­ion Pimps & The Glama­zons with a con­spic­u­ous Psychedelic/​Space Rock un­der­cur­rent then ex­pands in­to a quite com­pre­hen­sive sweep through much of what is and has been great on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage punk, noise rock, post punk and -core in­clud­ing con­tem­po­rary acts of the Metz, John (Timest­wo) or Spray Paint kind as well as the oc­ca­sion­al flour­ish of De­struc­tion Unit's space punk ex­cess, the fuzz punk or­gies of ear­ly The Men, even some slight touch­es of U-Men or McLusky are to be found in there.

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Welt Star - Ich Hasse Blumen

Some fa­mil­iar faces at work here, al­though it takes some de­tec­tive work to un­tan­gle the neb­u­lous web of con­nec­tions es­pe­cial­ly of gui­tar play­er and vo­cal­ist Robert Pawliczek. That dude has played in a lot of groups al­though i can't ex­act­ly con­firm all of them. So he seems to have had a hand at, among oth­ers, Heavy Met­al, Bob­by Would, Nee­dle Ex­change, Itchy Bug­ger, Pit­va… al­so, pos­si­bly, Diät and Id­io­ta Civ­i­liz­za­to? Of those two i'm the least sure. On bass du­ty, we ap­pear to have the same Bill Gray known of Bands like Shark Toys, Re­arranged Face. And this be­ing a Re­fry Records re­lease, of course they've got Vin­ny "Vaguess" Ear­ley com­plet­ing the line-up on drums. As you might have sus­pect­ed, the mu­sic fuckin' rips too, their post punk with some garage over­tones strik­ing me kin­da like a su­per brit­tle and dry ver­sion of Rank/​Xerok or the afore­men­tioned Diät.

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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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