Gluer - Gluer

On their first full length ef­fort, this Stock­holm group kicks up an ex­cel­lent fuss di­vid­ed in­to snap­py to-the-point punk blasts tak­ing place some­where be­tween the poles of garage punk, hard- and post­core with cer­tain par­al­lels to acts like Ten­e­ment Rats, Sick Thoughts and ear­ly Teenanger on the more garage-lean­ing side of things as well as garage-in­fused post­core acts such as Video, Cri­sis Man, As­cot Stab­ber, Bat­piss, Flow­ers Of Evil.

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Coke Asian - Kegel Excess

The most un­ex­pect­ed gem of this week comes from a Paris group and ap­par­ent­ly has al­ready been record­ed in 2018. This is a puz­zling and over­whelm­ing burst of chaot­ic noise crude­ly wedged in­be­tween the edges of garage punk, KBD-style odd­i­ties and the weird­er fringes of ear­ly 80s hard­core punk. The open­er VVV evokes a vibe kin­da like a mix be­tween fel­low french­men Sub­tle Turn­hips and US hard­core odd­balls Landown­er while Moose Lodge con­jures up the lega­cy of, among oth­ers, pro­to noise rock­ers of the Flip­per, Bro­ken Tal­ent or Fun­gus Brains cal­iber. City Blocks unites the qual­i­ties of Bad Brains and MC5 in a neat lit­tle pack­age. Oth­er times, they evoke The Men­tal­ly Ill or kin­da bridge the gap be­tween Neos and Neo Neos while nu­mer­ous more re­cent groups á la To­tal Sham, Liq­uid As­sets, Launch­er, Cri­sis Man, Frea­kees or Li­po­suc­tion aren't too far off ei­ther at one point or an­oth­er. This shit is as unique as it's prim­i­tive and most­ly un­pre­dictable, more than once de­fy­ing any at­tempt at cat­e­go­riza­tion.

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Ra!d - Ra!d

As co­in­ci­dence would have it, here's yet an­oth­er group of some­what fuzzy where­abouts al­though the avail­able ev­i­dence gen­er­al­ly points to­ward Penn­syl­va­nia this time. On their most re­cent full-length ef­fort, a war­bly blown-out lo-fi acoustic in­tro gives way to a knock­out punch of a post punk blast that sounds a bit as if the hal­lu­cino­genic haze of groups á la Piles or Die! Die! Die! en­tered the pitch black worlds of Nag. Oth­er times we get some­what more con­ven­tion­al yet nonethe­less ass-kick­ing flash­es of old­school doom- and sludge-lean­ing Am­Rep-style noise rock col­lid­ing with the spaced out acid punk ex­cess of, say, De­struc­tion Unit, Hamer or Su­per-X.

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Night Babes - NBEP

I haven't got the slight­est clue where these folks hail from and al­so how this EP, hav­ing been re­leased a year ago ap­par­ent­ly, could go un­no­ticed for so long. 'Cos this cer­tain­ly ain't your typ­i­cal av­er­age bor­ing post punk record. Their sound of equal parts post punk and -core equipped with some ex­cel­lent garage propul­sion kin­da bridges the gaps be­tween a wide range of stuff of ear­ly Pro­tomar­tyr or Con­stant Mon­grel cal­iber on the Post Punk side of things, more garage-lean­ing acts in the Tyvek, Par­quet Courts or Go­tobeds vein, plen­ty of Hot Snakes-/Drive Like Je­hu-es­que post­core vibes and even the oc­ca­sion­al hint of Mis­sion Of Bur­ma or Mov­ing Tar­gets can be found in there.

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Sniffany & The Nits - The Unscratchable Itch

The full length de­but of this Lon­don group is a per­fect storm of de­light­ful­ly off-the-rails hard- and post­core, of­ten per­me­at­ed with un­ex­pect­ed­ly melod­ic sub­cur­rents and at first glance kin­da play­ing out like a mid­dle ground be­tween weird­core pow­er­house Warm Bod­ies and fel­low some­one-and-the-some­things group Judy and the Jerks… but theres more than just that go­ing on here with mo­ments rem­i­nis­cent of an eclec­tic clus­ter of am­bi­tious hard­core groups á la Acrylics, Cri­sis Man, Mur­der­er, Kalei­do­scope or Straw Man Army.

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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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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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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.

Crisis Man - Asleep In America

An­oth­er pow­er­ful punch in the nuts from that Cal­i­for­nia su­per­group shar­ing mem­bers with the likes of Acrylics, Pub­lic Eye, Vi­o­lent Change and Cer­e­mo­ny. Here, they de­liv­er their most com­pact and vig­or­ous set of new tunes so far, hav­ing fine-tuned their for­mu­la of equal parts hard­core- and garage punk for max­i­mum im­pact, fus­ing the un­re­lent­ing force of Acrylics and Bad Breed­ing with the abra­sive garage qual­i­ties of, say… ear­ly Teenanger or Video.

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Straw Man Army - SOS

The sec­ond long­play­er (ig­nor­ing last year's Her Majesty's Ship OST) by this Kalei­do­scope-ad­ja­cent New York duo sees their son­ics shift­ing in­to a com­par­a­tive­ly down­beat, dark­er and more cum­ber­some, yet equal­ly re­ward­ing di­rec­tion. There's sim­ply no oth­er group quite like them in the cur­rent post punk/-core land­scape and these chaps clear­ly main­tain their po­si­tion on the cut­ting edge of con­tem­po­rary (art-/post-)punk while si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly be­ing per­fect­ly aware of its rich his­to­ry, cul­mi­nat­ing in what to me is the crown­ing achieve­ment of this al­bum - the slow-burn­ing, sprawl­ing Be­ware, which kin­da sounds like clas­sic land­mark records of the Chairs Miss­ing and The Ar­gu­ment cal­iber boiled down to their very essence.

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