Milt - The Days Of Milt

This Mel­bourne group's tape de­liv­ers a whole buck­et­load of synth-en­hanced garage punk de­light hov­er­ing some­where in­be­tween the ref­er­ence points of Use­less Eaters, Sauna Youth, Aus­muteants, Met­dog… and al­so fair­ly close to the whole Warttman Inc.-affiliated clus­ter­fuck.

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Slimex - Easy Money

Last year's de­but tape of this Port­land group was a per­fect­ly fun lit­tle thing al­ready but this new shit is just so much stronger in pret­ty much every as­pect, their pre­sen­ta­tion tighter and the songs more con­cise, sim­ple yet per­fect­ly bal­anced and 100% ef­fi­cient in their amal­ga­ma­tion of garage-, synth- and post punk, ra­di­at­ing out some se­ri­ous vibes á la Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Mononeg­a­tives, Ghoulies or Warm Ex­it.

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Mateo Manic - Time Don't Matter In Dark Matter

Garage-/synth-/elec­tro punk from Cleve­land, Ohio that carves out its own lit­tle place in the cur­rent land­scape of sim­i­lar groups by way of a cer­tain psy­che­del­ic haze, kin­da like a mix be­tween The Spits, Sil­i­con Heart­beat and Smirk, ob­served through some dense Chrome- or Met­al Ur­bain-es­que fog. Or you might de­scribe it as some kind of garage punk in­car­na­tion of Murderer's hal­lu­cino­genic cow­punk night­marescapes.

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Metdog - Certified Lover Dog

Metdog's fourth ex­tend­ed play is yet an­oth­er trea­sure trove of play­ful and easy­go­ing garage punk… let's not talk about eggs again here. Ad­mir­ers of R.M.F.C., Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp. or Sa­tan­ic To­gas will aprove of this, just as i'm gonna make an ex­cep­tion here and give my full ap­proval for the use of au­to-tune or vocoder or what­ev­er that shit in the clos­ing track is… fuck­ing art, i guess.

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Alien Nosejob - Paint It Clear

Um… what mean­ing­ful thing is there left to say about a new Alien Nose­job record at this point? They kin­da come in two shapes: The grab bag style ones where Mr. Robert­son branch­es out in every di­rec­tion pos­si­ble and the hy­per­fo­cussed mono­cul­ture ones where he dou­bles down on a sin­gle genre - like his hard­core 7"s for ex­am­ple or that synth pop/​eurotrash 12" maxi a while ago. Well, this one's an­oth­er grab bag record and apart from that, it's just the plain old usu­al awe­some­ness we've all come to ex­pect from this dude who seems ut­ter­ly un­able to write a dull tune.

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Daisy Daisy - Fairy Liquid

The de­but EP of this group from Utrecht, Nether­lands is pure con­cen­trat­ed joy from start to fin­ish, chan­neled in­to five prop­er­ly de­ment­ed synth-/garage punk jams won­drous­ly able to by­pass the in­tel­lect en­tire­ly on­ly to make an even big­ger splash with your pri­mal in­stincts. Neat!

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Dudd Dilemma - Figure It Out /​ Dream Dilemma

Per­fect­ly ex­hil­er­at­ing shit, the first crumbs of noise we get from some group or project that might or might not be based in Los An­ge­les. The first two tracks de­liv­er a fla­vor of elec­tri­cal­ly dri­ven garage punk tak­ing cues from acts like Mononeg­a­tives, Use­less Eaters, Pow­er­plant, RRC or Alien Nose­job while the clos­ing track ups the weird­ness con­sid­er­ably, go­ing all-in on pure synth punk may­hem.

The Q-Tips - There Are Those Who Drill Violently​!​

It on­ly took them like… twelve years but fi­nal­ly the Mu­nich duo has re­leased their sec­ond 7" via Sloven­ly Record­ings and it's an ir­re­sistable blast of garage- and elec­tro punk with echoes of The Spits and Stal­ins Of Sound, plus an un­like­ly touch of Big Black in the high­ly com­bustible open­ing track Shut Your Face.

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The Freakees - Freakee Deakee

New shit from one of KBD-in­formed garage punk's prime mak­ers in our time, L.A.'s Frea­kees. Hav­ing tried on quite di­verse styl­is­tic flour­ish­es, bits and pieces on re­cent EPs in­clud­ing pure synth-/elec­tro punk on their pre­vi­ous one, they have nev­er sound­ed more fo­cused than on their newest ef­fort and this pays off ad­mirably as the cur­rent, pret­ty synth-heavy it­er­a­tion of their sound to­tal­ly slaps and might be com­pared fa­vor­ably to acts like ear­ly Launch­er, Alien Nose­job, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Liq­uid As­sets and Sa­tan­ic To­gas.

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C.H.I.M.P. - Demo

…and here's yet an­oth­er ex­quis­ite load of quirky, fun & catchy DIY garage- and synth punk by some aus­tralian dude that fits right in be­tween, say, the last Alien Nose­job full-length and the even more col­or­ful mi­cro­cosm of Warttman-af­fil­i­at­ed groups.

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