Future - Demo

Now that's™ some po­tent shit com­ing out of poland, pre­sum­ably. Equal parts hard­core- and garage punk, ef­fi­cient­ly pro­pelled for­ward by an ul­tra-sim­plis­tic drum­ming style giv­ing the whole thing an al­most cow­punk vibe, but al­so leav­ing plen­ty of room for the noise-laden son­ic tex­tures by the string tor­tur­ing di­vi­sion to spread out - kin­da like you might have heard in the past from Bands like Leche, Mur­der­er, Yam­bag, Lux… maybe even a bit of Wymyns Prysyn hid­den in there.

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Tower 7 - Entrance To A Living Organism

From the same bou­tique New York noise man­u­fac­ture that has brought us, among oth­er things, the vig­or­ous and smart hard-/post­core of Kalei­do­scope, we're giv­en an­oth­er force of na­ture to deal with. The de­but al­bum by Tow­er 7 sure bears some re­sem­blance to the afore­men­tioned Kalei­do­scope but, by al­so tak­ing more than just a few cues from an­cient UK crust tra­di­tion, man­ages to de­liv­er a bunch of blows even more re­lent­less. Their tools of choice are ob­vi­ous­ly a bit more blunt, though equal­ly ef­fec­tive.

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DeStructos - Blast!

A flaw­less de­but EP by a Philadel­phia Duo, de­liv­er­ing four pre­ci­sion blows of a quite smart and ver­sa­tile mix­ture lo­cat­ed some­where in the con­tem­po­rary post­core-/noise rock-/post punk neigh­bor­hood and rem­i­nis­cent of such di­verse acts as Dash­er, Cutie, Donors, Lit­tle Ug­ly Girls, Hit Bar­gain, Street Eaters, Xe­tas.

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Flat Worms - Antarctica

Al­ready a hand­ful of re­leas­es in­to their discog­ra­phy, we kin­da know what to ex­pect from a new Flat Worms record by now. How­ev­er, that doesn't mean they're stand­ing still ex­act­ly. Rather, with every new re­lease they man­aged to fo­cus on and ex­pand up­on a cer­tain facet of their garage-, psy­che­del­ic- and fuzz punk sound, keep­ing things fresh and in­ter­est­ing at all times. This time, record­ing with Steve Al­bi­ni at Elec­tri­cal Au­dio, the re­sult does not on­ly show Albini's trade­mark son­ic char­ac­ter­is­tics, but al­so their over­all sound seems to em­brace some of his lega­cy as a pro­duc­er au­dio en­gi­neer, veer­ing in­to a dis­tinct­ly noise rock/​postcore di­rec­tion that, once again, was al­ways sub­tly present on their pre­vi­ous records but nev­er as much on dis­play as here and might be com­pared to con­tem­po­rary bands like Meat Wave, Metz or USA Nails. Oth­er small but pleas­ant sur­pris­es come in the form of the ti­tle track - a garage jam you could al­most de­scribe as re­laxed - as well as the 90s in­die rock vibes in Mar­ket Forces.

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Fucking - Superior Firepower

It took a while for new ma­te­r­i­al of these Min­neapo­lis punks to sur­face af­ter their first two in­cred­i­ble 7"s. I'm glad to say though, that their unique mix of chaot­ic hard-/garage-/post-/weird­core lost none of its spark and their re­fresh­ing dis­re­gard for com­mon genre tropes and con­ven­tions is on full dis­play here, mak­ing for an­oth­er five glo­ri­ous min­utes of noise, just as i've come to ex­pect from this group.

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Das Drip - _​

Sad to hear that not long af­ter their genre-de­fy­ing/de­stroy­ing/­fuck­ing/de­con­struct­ing/­ex­plod­ing al­bum of last year, this EP is al­ready the swan song of North Carolina's hottest ad­dress in con­tem­po­rary hard­core. So take this last chance to mar­vel at Das Drip's am­bi­tious hardcore/​postcore/​artcore/​weirdcore… cer­tain­ly nev­er bor­ing­core.

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Stuck - Change Is Bad

The de­but al­bum by Chica­go group Stuck is pret­ty much every­thing you could hope for and a mas­sive leap in so­phis­ti­ca­tion over their al­ready rock sol­id de­but EP. Just like back then, Stuck still have no in­ten­tion of rein­vent­ing the post­core wheel, but in­stead ex­hib­it a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of their genre's ins and outs and the skill­ful us­age of its gram­mar and vo­cab­u­lary to quite thrilling ef­fect. While there's un­de­ni­ably some in­flu­ence of their home­town scene of yes­ter­year - as well as the oblig­a­tory traces of 90s Wash­ing­ton - their sound most­ly re­minds me of cur­rent acts such as USA Nails and even more of the re­cent wave of aus­tralian bands like Bat­piss, Bench Press and Noughts.

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Xetas - The Cypher

Their third LP - once again re­leased via the taste­ful­ly named la­bel 12XU Records (which i'm to­tal­ly not in­volved with, i promise!) - presents Austin punks Xe­tas' sound in its most ma­ture in­car­na­tion yet, most no­tice­able in terms of its more con­fi­dent, var­ied and al­ways rock sol­id songcraft. Still rid­ing the fine line be­tween straight­for­ward punk rock and en­er­getic post punk/-core, with the nee­dle point­ing a bit more in the lat­ter di­rec­tion this time, you might de­scribe this shit as a cu­ri­ous mix be­tween Red Dons, Video, Meat Wave and Day­light Rob­bery. In oth­er words: Qual­i­ty Stuff!

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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

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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