Bad/​/​Dreems - Hoo Ha!

This Ade­laide group has been around for well over a decade by now, yet it al­most ap­pears as if they've fi­nal­ly found their own groove just now on LP num­ber four - or at the very least i can say, hav­ing tak­en a per­func­to­ry glance over their pre­vi­ous records, that their newest one is play­ing in a dif­fer­ent league al­to­geth­er as every­thing here from the song­writ­ing to the arrange­ments and pro­duc­tion smooth­ly as­sem­bles in­to a way more re­al­ized vi­sion while keep­ing things in­ter­est­ing with plen­ty of styl­is­tic va­ri­ety. I'm re­mind­ed of a whole bunch of oth­er Aus­tralian groups in the garage-/post punk spec­trum, among which are garage-/pub rock-lean­ing acts á la Mi­ni Skirt, Hideous Sun De­mon and Pist Id­iots, post punk/-core acts like Bat­piss, Bench Press or Rip Room aswell as some traces of clas­sics from the likes of ('80s) Sci­en­tists and The New Crists.

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Fantasma - Demo

A smart and in­tri­cate­ly con­struct­ed mix­ture of Post Punk, Noise Rock and Post­core is be­ing set off by this New York group on this plain­ly phe­nom­e­nal de­mo. There's no way around ad­dress­ing the ele­phant in the room though: This re­minds me a lot of Straw Man Army - es­pe­cial­ly of their first LP - but you could do a lot worse than be­ing com­pared to a band of such stature, right? Friends of Bloody Gears, Fara­quet, Meat Wave and such will al­so get a kick out of this.

Poison Ruïn - Härvest

In a some­what un­ex­pect­ed but, all things con­sid­ered, per­fect­ly sen­si­ble move, the Philadel­phia group on the cut­ting edge of the still kin­da vague­ly de­fined and de­vel­op­ing dun­geon punk genre re­lease their first full length ef­fort on the well es­tab­lished, rather met­al-lean­ing la­bel Re­lapse Records. Thank­ful­ly this has pre­cious lit­tle in­flu­ence on their sound, aes­thet­ics and pro­duc­tion val­ues, with their newest batch of songs even pre­sent­ing the group at their grit­ti­est and most Lo-Fi so far, their still ab­solute­ly sin­gu­lar, elab­o­rate son­ic con­structs made up of post- and garage punk, noise rock, post­core, a very slight hint of Oi! and on­ly the most an­cient in­gre­di­ents of pro­to- and old-old­school met­al re­main­ing ob­scured by in a thick lay­er of tape hiss all the time. Yeah, the whole thing sounds glo­ri­ous i got­ta say!

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Eunix - Demo

Mem­bers of Bib and Ni­hilis­tic fit, among a whole shit­load of oth­er groups, de­liv­er their first EP here and it's hard to not get ex­cit­ed in face of this ex­plo­sive force. These are su­per-sol­id, ma­ture and elab­o­rate song as­sem­blies made up of a time­less post­core sound which is al­so per­fect­ly able to slow things down - like in the doom/s­ludge-lean­ing ex­cer­cise Face Down - with­out bor­ing you to death. Al­ways al­ways a sign of com­po­si­tion­al ex­cel­lence if you ask me. In re­cent years, we might've heard sim­i­lar blasts from bands like Ro­mance, Shove, As­cot Stab­ber, Flow­ers of Evil or ear­ly Bad Breed­ing.

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Advoids - Advoids

Mem­bers of Diode and Frea­kees gift us yet an­oth­er at­tack of de­li­cious­ly off-the-rails noise, this time close­ly scrap­ing past the rough co­or­di­nates of post punk, post- and weird­core. Some repi­ti­tive The Fall-es­que riff leads in­to pure hard­core an­ar­chy in All the World. Give Me Mine then has a dis­tinc­tive ear­ly Min­ute­men-meet-James Chance kind of en­er­gy to it. Fur­ther you might find some traces of Flip­per, Sac­cha­rine Trust or The Pop Group in there or al­ter­nate­ly, you might iden­ti­fy bits and pieces of more re­cent shit á la Rolex, Big Bop­per or Gay Cum Dad­dies.

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Pig Earth - Exit Wound

A son­ic ex­pe­ri­ence won­der­ful­ly out of touch with the zeit­geist, craft­ed by some Belling­ham, Wash­ing­ton group. Prime in­flu­ence here seems to be a whole bat­tery of ear­ly-to-mid eight­ies, loose­ly SST and Touch & Go-con­nect­ed stuff - on the more strum­my, folk-in­fused side of things ad­mit­ted­ly, but nev­er afraid of spon­ta­neous­ly mor­ph­ing in­to short bursts of hard­core punk ei­ther. Most ob­vi­ous amoung those in­flu­ences would prob­a­bly be shit among the lines of Angst and Meat Pup­pets, ear­ly Di­nosaur Jr. and, sec­on­dar­i­ly, U-Men, Mud­honey and 80s Sci­en­tists, some very slight hints of Dicks and Wipers. Or al­ter­nate­ly, you might think of more re­cent Acts like ear­ly Milk Mu­sic, Dhar­ma Dogs, Chronophage and Damak.

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Fugitive Bubble - Delusion

The Olympia, Wash­ing­ton group's first long­play­ing cas­sette, fol­low­ing two equal­ly awe­some tapes on the fab­u­lous Im­po­tent Fe­tus la­bel, still de­liv­ers the goods of un­pre­dictable, free­wheel­ing hard- and post­core with ad­di­tion­al in­gre­di­ents of garage punk and mild in­san­i­ty, stub­born­ly re­fus­ing to fit in­to your pre­con­cieved no­tions of what this thing called punk rock is sup­posed play out like. A fair­ly eclec­tic, genre-bend­ing ap­proach which you might, if you re­al­ly had to, com­pare to groups as di­verse as Das Drip, Warm Bod­ies, Vexx, Judy & The Jerks, Mys­tic Inane, Hot­mom, Gen Pop or Snif­fany & The Nits at one point or an­oth­er.

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Snarling Dogs - Demo

This group from Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia pulls off a vague­ly fa­mil­iar but nonethe­less spec­tac­u­lar com­bus­tion of catchy old­school hard­core en­er­gy with some cow­punk vibes to it, op­er­at­ing some­where in­be­tween the rough pa­ra­me­ters of Germs, Dicks, the ear­ly hard­core in­car­na­tions of Angst and Meat Pup­pets, as well as more re­cent stuff like Fried E/​m and Mod­ern Needs.

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Romance - Seven Inches of Romance

A neat lit­tle yet-to-be-pressed 7" by a Syd­ney group sound­ing a lit­tle as if a more spiky ver­sion of Lithics col­lid­ed with the likes of noisy post punkers Brandy, the re­cent noisec­ore of Shove, a very slight hint of Wipers and the an­cient record­ings of noise rock­ers World Dom­i­na­tion En­ter­pris­es.

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Dregs - Enemy Not Me

Fol­low­ing up on their al­ready quite awe­some 2019 de­mo, Austin group Dregs shift their sound a good bit away from a more garage- and fuzz punk lean­ing sound, fur­ther to­wards a hard­er to pin-down mix of in­flu­ences on the fringes of 80s-to-mid-90s hard- and post­core, among oth­ers sug­gest­ing the likes of X (US), Dicks or Flip­per at some points, post­core groups like Gray Mat­ter or Dri­ve Like Je­hu at oth­ers while more re­cent bands like Vexx, Cel Ray, Gen Pop or Lit­tle Ug­ly Girls wouldn't sound too far off ei­ther.

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