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.

Famous Logs in History - Fancy!

The New York group's newest cas­sette clicks with me in­stant­ly, their quirky pow­er pop tunes strik­ing me as a some­what new wave-ish melange of melod­ic, pre­dom­i­nant­ly ear­ly british post punk some­where in the ex­tend­ed neigh­bor­hood of groups such as Des­per­ate Bi­cy­cles, Mekons, Tele­vi­sion Per­son­al­i­ties and Swell Maps.

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Lamictal - Doctor's Orders

Speak­ing of eggs… here's an­oth­er batch of short and sweet smash­ers in the realm of oc­ca­sion­al­ly hard­core-in­fused garage- and post punk that at one point or an­oth­er kin­da re­sem­bles a cu­ri­ous mix­ture of Big Bop­per, Feed/​Zhoop/​Djinn, S.B.F., Pat­ti and Landown­er.

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Prison Affair - Demo III

An­oth­er tape by Barcelona's best ad­dress for daz­zling­ly up­beat and catchy garage punk de­liv­ers yet an­oth­er ul­tra-com­pact pay­load of low-fi­deli­ty, high-eggi­ness tran­scen­dence, no amount of tape hiss be­ing able to drown out that con­stant bar­rage of ul­tra-po­tent and high­ly in­fec­tious pop hooks bear­ing some vague sim­i­lar­i­ty to acts like R.M.F.C., Nuts, Set-Top Box, Dee Bee Rich or Erik Ner­vous.

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The Blinds - Endless Fascination

This Mel­bourne group's 2017 de­but EP still res­onates with me as one of the most unique ex­pe­ri­ences in the garage-/post-/art punk spere of its time. Al­most five years hav­ing passed since then, it's no sur­prise their fol­low-up EP show­cas­es a some­what more stream­lined yet still am­bi­tious and sur­pris­ing grab-bag of songs which con­tin­ue to draw plen­ty of in­spi­ra­tion from both Chairs Miss­ing-era Wire and ear­ly, Syd Bar­rett-era Pink Floyd, this time lean­ing in heav­ier on the spaced-out post punk side of things, al­so sound­ing not quite un­like a more eleb­o­rate ver­sion of B-Boys or Go­tobeds. Then at their most melod­ic and straight­for­ward, Else­where is the kind of an­themic old­school in­die rock smash­er rarely en­coun­tered these days.

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Pressure Pin - Superficial Feature

The busy Mon­tre­al scene has yet an­oth­er head-scratch­er in store for the dis­cern­ing con­nois­seur of weird-ass garage-/post-/egg-/AD­HD-punk and oh boy, is that a de­light­ful and quirky, dis­joint­ed-as-fuck mess of an EP scav­eng­ing bits and pieces from all the right phe­nom­e­na of con­tem­po­rary punk ec­cen­tric­i­ty in­clud­ing acts such as Print Head, Re­al­i­ty Group, Pat­ty, Slimex, Big Bop­per or Skull Cult.

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Peace De Résistance - Bits and Pieces

When this New York dude's en­chant­i­ng and be­wil­der­ing 2020 de­but EP Hedge­mak­ers hit, i didn't have the slight­est clue who's the mas­ter­mind be­hind Peace De Ré­sis­tance. Turns out it's none oth­er than In­sti­tute vo­cal­ist Moses Brown - yeah, kin­da makes sense in ret­ro­spect, i guess. Dun­no how i missed that. His first long­play­er now un­folds a some­what more elab­o­rate, yet still pret­ty min­i­mal­ist sound­scape that once again feels out of place in all the best ways - a time cap­sule of hazy false mem­o­ries weav­ing ear­ly strains of pro­to-, art- and post punk in­to a vivid, se­mi-plau­si­ble case of the Man­dela ef­fect.

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