Signal - Love w/​o Moisture

Signal - Love w/o Moisture

On their second EP, New York punks Signal brew up a strong potion con­sis­ting of raw noise-/fuzz punk and post punk/-core. To me it sounds a bit like an amal­ga­ma­tion of ear­lier Lié and Littly Ugly girls, but also con­tains quite some of the rough, gara­gey vibes simi­lar to Warp or Vexxx.

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Gunky - Ectoplastic

Gunky - Ectoplastic

This debut EP by Phil­adel­phia band Gunky is kind of an odd and deli­ciois bas­tard of (post-)punk and noise, boldly plun­de­ring its way through large por­ti­ons of under­ground punk history. I think i hear some echoes of MX-80 and mid-eigh­ties Sonic Youth, The Ment­ally Ill and of early Sac­cha­rine Trust's proto post­core. In other moments, their sound reminds me of more recent bands, the likes of like Patti or Plax.

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Krul - EP

Krul - EP

The aus­tra­lian Scene always finds new ways to sur­prise, some­ti­mes out­right baffle me. This time it's done by a mel­bourne group fea­turing mem­bers of, among others, Kids Of Zoo, pro­foundly unsett­ling my sense of geo­gra­phy by way of having their lyrics sung in japa­nese. Sound-wise, i'm remin­ded of more-or-less gloomy post punk stuff by acts like Insti­tute, Diät, Cri­mi­nal Code, Pretty Hurts or Acry­lics - com­bi­ned with some noisy and rough DIY punk in the vein of Lumpy & The Dum­pers, Laun­cher or Beast Fiend, as well as a faint echo of Hot Snakes.

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Isolation - Isolation

Isolation - Isolation

Basi­cally, this Fal­mouth, UK band's line up con­sists of local punks Inter­nal Credit minus one dude. Com­pa­red to the latter's rather strai­ght­for­ward garage punk, Iso­la­tion roll out a some­what more rigid sound on their debut EP, expan­ding their solid garage foun­da­tion by a cer­tain post­core edge, brin­ging to mind Hot Snakes or Youth Avoi­ders, as well as melo­dic post punk acts like Red Dons, Day­light Rob­bery, Anxious Living, Ner­vo­sas and maybe some tiny traces of Wipers. What's not to like about that?

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Goon - Natural Evil

Goon - Natural Evil

Here's an ultra neat attack made of noise-dren­ched hard-/post­core by a band from Den­ver, Colo­rado. Think of a curious mix­ture of Lumpy & The Dum­pers, Anxiety, Cülo or their quasi-suc­ces­sors Taran­tüla.

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Luggage - Shift

Luggage - Shift

With their third Album, Chicago's Lug­gage deli­ver a seam­less con­ti­nua­tion of the qua­li­ties estab­lished on their 2017 effort Three, even dou­ble down on those. Fit­tin­gly and unmistaka­bly recor­ded at Elec­tri­cal Audio, a brittle, often craw­ling sound in the rough area of Noise- and Math Rock, Post- and Slow­core allows its­elf ample time to unfold and sounds a lot like their home­town in the late 80s to 90s. Or, at dif­fe­rent points, like a more strai­ght­for­ward Shel­lac, slow motion Tar, much lou­der Slint or an even more bleak vari­ant of Code­ine.

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Acrylics - Sinking In

Acrylics - Sinking In

After a num­ber of incredi­ble EPs, it took Santa Rosa's Acry­lics a good two years to assem­ble their fist long player, which - to no real sur­prise - turns out to be their most varied and mature chunk of noise. Their ambi­tious, but simul­ta­ne­ously always per­fec­tly cohe­rent mix of styles draws a per­fect tri­angle bet­ween the dark post punk of Cri­mi­nal Code, hard­core punk of the quite punis­hing variety remi­nis­cent of Cülo, Hate Preachers, Impulso and for­ward thin­king Post­core of acts like Ivy and Bad Bree­ding.

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Kumusta - Kumusta #1

Kumusta - Kumusta #1

Exqui­site shit from Rouen, France. Kumusta emerge on the scene with a fun mix­ture drawing a line from noise rock & -core on one end of the spec­trum, some raw garage energy on the other, a shit­load of post punk & post­core in bet­ween. Ima­gine a fusion of slo­wed-down Bad Bree­ding with Cri­mi­nal Code in cer­tain moments, or at other times, you might be remin­ded of Australia's post­core powert­ools Bat­piss and Bench Press.

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Lux - New Day

Lux - New Day

Barcelona's Lux already have a demo and a pro­mi­sing debut album under their belt, but with this recent EP their sound really clicks into gear, in which some of the more excentric strands of 80s post- and hard­core punk - Man Sized Action and The Pro­le­ta­riat come to mind - col­lide with dis­tinc­tive goth/​deathpunk bass lines. You might also be remin­ded of more recend bands like Street Eaters or the potent cow­punk pro­pul­sion of Mur­de­rer.

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Austerity - Anarcho Punk Dance Party

Austerity - Anarcho Punk Dance Party

What the title pro­mi­ses, this record deli­vers. Dan­ce­able shit? You bet! Anar­chist messa­ges? Tons of those get pro­c­lai­med here in such den­sity you really can't miss or ignore them. Musi­cally, this is not exac­tly some­thing you'd asso­ciate with anar­cho punk, alt­hough this stuff clearly has much of the same spi­rit. This is infec­touis post punk with a pun­chy post­core edge which, despite its dance­floor effec­tiveness, also suc­ceeds in the noise depart­ment, sho­wing no fear of waking up the neigh­bors. This, and their expli­citly poli­ti­cal lyrics sepe­rate them quite a bit from last decade's short-lived dance punk explo­sion. Ins­tead of New York cool you get an appro­pria­tely blunt and dis­tinc­tly bri­tish sense of urgency, even as they seem to share many of the same influ­en­ces. Gang Of Four, obviously, as well as Minu­te­men, mid- to late eigh­ties Mem­bra­nes, The Pop Group. And in the pre­sent, com­pa­ring them to Tics, Pill, Slumb Party, Spe­cial Inte­rest or UZS wouldn't be too far off.

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