Arse - Kaputt.

It took the Syd­ney group like a half decade to come up with their third EP but here it fi­nal­ly is in all its glo­ry and spec­ta­cle. Their very own fu­sion of noise rock, hard- and post­core has re­tained every bit of their fran­tic en­er­gy while mix­ing shit up just enough to keep things in­ter­est­ing, for ex­am­ple in Shame Bomb, in which they con­jure up a pre­vi­ous­ly un­heard sense of melan­choly. Oth­er times, their speeds and lev­els of dev­as­ta­tion are reach­ing the ex­plo­sive force of their de­but EP in songs such as Lev­el Skip­per and Prick in the Franger, af­ter the slight­ly more for­giv­ing pre­vi­ous Safe Word EP, while tracks like Night Shift Blues once again su­per­charge all the grime and dirt of old­school Am­phet­a­mine Repile-style riff­ing with a re­lent­less hard­core at­tack.

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Pork Belly - I'm Okay, You're Okay, Everything is Okay

The sec­ond EP by this San Fran­cis­co group, com­ing to us by way of the weirdo suits at the head­quar­ters of Dis­con­tin­u­ous In­no­va­tion Inc., marks a quite im­pres­sive step up in en­er­gy, so­phis­ti­ca­tion, el­e­gance and styl­is­tic va­ri­ety af­ter their al­ready per­fect­ly en­joy­able de­but cass­in­gle in 2020. In the year 2024, their quirky and chaot­ic mix of post­core, post- and art punk with just a smidge of garage punk thrown in for good mea­sure is still gonna evoke uni­ver­sal­ly fa­vor­able com­par­isons to quirky noise­mak­ers in the vein of Rolex, Pat­ti, Re­al­i­ty Group, Big Bop­per, Warm Bod­ies, Ura­ni­um Club and Brandy.

MKVulture - Terminal Freakout

A dense and noisy post punk spec­ta­cle un­folds on this Rich­mond, Vir­ginia group's de­but EP, its four elab­o­rate­ly con­struct­ed songs mak­ing a ful­ly ma­ture and con­fi­dent im­pres­sion al­ready. At times this has a cu­ri­ous vibe of, say, Straw Man Army plus a sub­tle trace of Poi­son Ruïn while in oth­er places this shit re­minds me a lot of some of the past decade's more melan­choly and song-ori­ent­ed post punk acts in the vein of ear­ly Es­tranged, Pub­lic Eye, Crim­i­nal Code, Bruised, VHS, Waste Man as well as At­lanta heavy­weights Wymyns Prysyn and Institute/Mothers's Milk.

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Lamictal - Hard Pill To Swallow

Cal­i­for­nia group Lam­ic­tal fol­low up last year's in­sane pair of EPs with an­oth­er strong tape, their over­all vi­sion com­ing across a lit­tle more fo­cused on here which might in part be a re­sult of ever-so-slight­ly in­creased pro­duc­tion val­ues… al­though pol­ished would cer­tain­ly be the wrong word here as their cu­ri­ous mix­ture of garage punk, hard-, post- and weird­core is still filthy as fuck, up­re­dictable and hy­per­ac­tive, over­whelm­ing the sens­es for just un­der four min­utes be­fore get­ting the fuck out as quick­ly as they turned up. Manda­to­ry shit for friends of, say, Big Bop­per, Rolex or ear­ly Pat­ti.

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Daydream - Reaching for Eternity

This Port­land Group's third full length fur­ther re­fines their ex­plo­sive for­mu­la of se­ri­ous­ly noise- and slight­ly garage-in­fused post­core in­to their most re­al­ized and elab­o­rate ef­fort do date, their hy­per­ac­tive vi­sion of struc­tured chaos con­stant­ly shapeshift­ing and throw­ing curve­balls all the way, lead­ing in­to all kinds of in­ter­est­ing ma­neu­vers. Al­though no two songs are too much alike on here, the most fre­quent­ly ap­plic­a­ble com­par­isons i can come up with are groups such as the var­i­ous in­car­na­tions of New York's Ka­le­o­doscope, ear­ly Bad Breeed­ing, Acrylics and, in some parts, Cri­sis Man, ear­ly Video and As­cot Stab­ber.

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Pedigree - Run Away

Pedi­gree of Tour­nai, Bel­gium fol­low up their ex­cel­lent 2020 mi­ni-LP with an­oth­er strong batch of tunes, con­tin­u­ing the trend of their orig­i­nal­ly more garage-lean­ing sound grad­u­al­ly mov­ing in­to more of a post punk di­rec­tion and even some flash­es of '90s post­core can be gleamed in songs such as Trapped, S.A.D. and Bread, call­ing to mind bits and pieces of Jaw­box, Dri­ve Like Je­hu, Pol­vo and Hot Snakes. Dis­graced, on the oth­er hand, has more of a melod­ic sen­si­bil­i­ty right out of the Vaguess, Bad Sports or Mo­tor­bike play­book. And over­all, my pre­vi­ous com­par­isons to french groups á la Telecult, Night­watch­ers still hold true, as well as a bunch of in­ter­na­tion­al acts like Sauna Youth, Teenanger, Video, or Clamm.

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Rifle - Under Two Flags

Last year's de­mo by this Lon­don group has been a thor­ough­ly pleas­ant oc­curence al­ready and their newest EP even packs con­sid­er­ably more of that same kind of punch, their mix of noise-heavy post­core and garage-lean­ing fuzz punk at times com­ing across like a vari­ant of Hot Snakes or Obits with more of a melan­cholic un­der­cur­rent which al­so kin­da re­minds me a lot of Wymyns Prysyn, with fur­ther cred­i­ble com­par­isons to be made to acts such as As­cot Stab­ber, Cri­sis Man, Ze­ro Bars, Beast Fiend and Mys­tic Inane.

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Luggage - Hand Is Bad

Chica­go trio Lug­gage have, over the course of the past eight years, proven to be a true bul­wark in the sec­tor of un­apolo­get­i­cal­ly ex­cen­tric, dis­so­nant and un­wieldy noise rock, post­core and math rock which they usu­al­ly hap­pen to throt­tle down to a slug­gish crawl. If any­thing, they've just grown ever more un­com­pro­mis­ing over the years, cul­mi­nat­ing in their newest de­formed lump of an LP, yet an­oth­er chal­leng­ing out­burst of noise heav­i­ly in­debt­ed to the likes of Slint, Tar, Shel­lac and if i had to name some­thing more con­tem­po­rary, i'd say the first two Be­hav­ior al­bums (es­pe­cial­ly the spec­tac­u­lar sec­ond one Bit­ter Bit­ter) make a close enough com­par­i­son as well.

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Zero Bars - Demo 2023

A strong de­mo by this Toron­to group has four de­li­cious no-frills bangers in store for us lo­cat­ed rough­ly on the in­ter­sec­tion of garage punk and post­core, hav­ing some Hot Snakes en­er­gy to them and a sim­i­lar vibe to the ear­ly works of Video and Teenanger in ad­di­tion to straight­for­ward punk acts such as As­cot Stab­ber, Flow­ers Of Evil, Piss Test as well as a more ec­cen­tric breed of garage-meets-hard­core acts á la Launch­er and Mys­tic Inane. Mu­sic to my ears!

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Dizzy Daze - Proto-Being

Ex­cit­ing shit in the realm of noise rock, post­core and garage punk on this Tokyo group's newest EP show­cas­ing quite a bit of styl­is­tic va­ri­ety. Pro­to-Be­ing crash­es right out of the gate like a mix of Mul­ti­c­ult, Tar and Dri­ve like Je­hu. Slug then ex­hibits a more catchy, melod­ic sen­si­bil­i­ty akin to, say, Bitch Mag­net, Pol­vo or Chavez. Ev­i­dence has some acid-drenched pro­to punk vibe to it like MX-80 col­lid­ing with ear­ly The Men plus a hint of Wipers and last but not least, Dis­con­nect ra­di­ates some dis­tinct Hot Snakes-meeet-Na­tion Of Ulysses kind of en­er­gy.

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