Civic - Future Forecast

This Mel­bourne group's first long­play­er is a seam­less con­tin­u­a­tion of what was al­ready so lov­able about their pre­vi­ous EPs. Sure, their style of old­school garage punk with that un­de­ni­able Ra­dio Bird­man vibe has grown a quite long beard by now, but what a charm­ing and glo­ri­ous beard that is! To be fair, they're al­so try­ing out some new things here, at some points let­ting a touch of Wipers shine through, dab­bling in dark post punk or try­ing their hands at Am­Rep-style sludgy noise rock. But let's not kid our­selves here; what this group does best at this mo­ment is knock­ing out one straight­for­ward yet so­phis­ti­cat­ed rock­er af­ter an­oth­er with amaz­ing con­fi­dence.

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Youth Regiment - Youth Regiment

An­oth­er Im­po­tent Fe­tus re­lease, an­oth­er short and sweet burst of noisy, old­school-ish hard­core punk ap­proach­ing the genre from charm­ing­ly odd an­gles.

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Pedigree - Connected?

Their 2019 de­but al­bum New Freak was great fun al­ready, but on the bel­gian group's newest EP all the mov­ing parts click in­to each oth­er way more tight­ly and ef­fec­tive, while their quite slick yet pow­er­ful garage punk sound has gained a bit more of a sub­tle post punk vibe. At var­i­ous points i'm re­mind­ed of groups like (ear­ly) Teenanger, Video, Flat Worms, Sauna Youth, Ex-Cult as well as french acts Night­watch­ers & Telecult.

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The Celetoids - Optic Nerve

While their 2017 Pu­pal Stage EP still struck me as a bit un­der­cooked, their newest tape shows these croa­t­ian punks (fea­tur­ing mem­bers of Mod­ern Delu­sion) re­fin­ing their sound in­to some­thing way more con­sis­tent and en­joy­able, made up of straight-ahead punk rock that some­times veers slight­ly to­wards the KBD-in­spired garage sound of groups like Launch­er, Frea­kees… at oth­er times tak­ing some cues from melod­ic, post punk-lean­ing acts in the fash­ion of Red Dons, Xe­tas, Anx­ious Liv­ing or ear­li­er The Es­tranged.

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The Archaeas - Archaeas

Fol­low­ing a 7" on To­tal Punk ear­li­er this year, we now get a full length taste of this Louisville trio's raw en­er­gy via an­oth­er high­ly rep­utable garage la­bel, Goner Records. Don't ex­pect any­thing clever or orig­i­nal about their mu­sic. In­stead, ex­pect some­thing very fa­mil­iar done ex­cep­tion­al­ly well - an undi­lut­ed blast of straight, stu­pid and sim­ple, '77-fla­vored, balls-to-the-walls un­apolo­getic garage punk may­hem.

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Silicone Values - I Hate Fascist Rock And Roll /​​ Dumb Luck

Two de­li­cious treats of end­less­ly charm­ing high­est qual­i­ty DIY Punk by a group from Leeds, not too far off from oth­er Tele­vi­sion Per­son­al­i­ties-in­flu­enced bands of re­cent times like Neu­trals, Sub­ur­ban Homes, Freak Genes.

Tom Lyngcoln - Raging Head

An stun­ning sec­ond so­lo ef­fort by some dude who sim­ply knows what he's do­ing, hav­ing so far played in noise rock and post­core groups Pale Heads, The Na­tion Blue as well as the more folk lean­ing Lee Memo­r­i­al and Har­mo­ny, among oth­ers. This record strong­ly veers to­ward the loud­er side of his discog­ra­phy while still adding a few new in­gre­di­ents to the mix, cov­er­ing a quite im­pres­sive spec­trum in­clud­ing malan­choly Wipers-es­que post punk with hints of Red Dons or Ner­vosas, post­core of the rather melod­ic va­ri­ety rem­i­nis­cent, to vary­ing de­grees, of Meat Wave, Bloody Gears, Hot Snakes as well as some breath­less garage en­er­gy á la Jack­son Reid Brig­gs & The Heaters. Tons worth of larg­er than life dra­ma, the songs to pull it of and a per­for­mance pow­er­ful enough to make you be­lieve every sin­gle note.

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Taulard - Dans La Plaine

Six years have passed now since Taulard of Greno­ble, France put out their ut­ter­ly en­chant­i­ng, oth­er­world­ly de­but al­bum Les Abor­ds Du Ly­cée. Even af­ter such a long time, there's still no oth­er Band quite like them and their gui­tar-less, or­gan-cen­tric, deeply melan­choly and ec­cen­tric (post-)punk sound that on pa­per looks like it could nev­er work, but some­how it does.

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CB Radio Gorgeous - CB Radio Gorgeous 7"

Some­how i must've over­looked this Chica­go quartet's first EP two years ago… got­ta catch up on that now, since their new 7" im­me­di­ate­ly won me over with its first-rate blend of some­what garage- and hard­core-in­fused no-fuss punk rock not too far off from Neg­a­tive Scan­ner (whose des­ig­nat­ed gui­tar user Matt Re­vers is al­so among the per­pe­tra­tors at work here), Vexx and round­ed off by a mea­sured dose of Amyl & The Snif­fers-es­que '77 style riff­ing.

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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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