Eugh - The Most Brilliant Man Alive

Eugh - The Most Brilliant Man Alive

While we're at it, speaking of Kit­chen People and Warttman Inc., here's ano­t­her blast of synth punk insa­nity by some Kit­chen People-affi­lia­ted solo pro­ject, bea­ring obvious simi­la­ri­ties to Warttman acts like Set-Top Box and Rese­arch Reac­tor Corp., with maybe a bit of Digi­tal Lea­ther or Trash­dog sprinkled in from time to time.

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Kitchen People - Planet Perth

Kitchen People - Planet Perth

The mighty Warttman gang's newest recruits are Kit­chen People who have already done a few releases before, alt­hough - let's be honest here - none of those has been quite as rip­ping as their newest EP of appro­pria­tely weird, quirky mute­ant garage-/synth punk. These dudes should fit in com­for­ta­bly with the rest of Warttman's fucked up bunch.

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Isotope Soap - An Artifact Of Insects

Isotope Soap - An Artifact Of Insects

So far, the synth-/ga­rage punk pro­ject Iso­tope Soap a.k.a. swe­disch punk vete­ran Peter Swe­den­ha­mar has released not­hing but top qua­lity stuff in the form of three EPs, all of them were reis­sued last year on a com­pi­la­tion album via Emo­tio­nal Response. His first long­player doesn't dis­s­ap­point eit­her. On it, Swe­den­ha­mar con­si­der­a­bly expands his eclec­tic raid of obscure punk history, resul­ting in his most varied and play­ful release yet, incor­po­ra­ting among other things moments of trippy space punk, pure synth pop, dreamy kraut­s­capes. And of course also a lot of his more strai­ght­for­ward signa­ture Devo-meet-Aus­mu­teas­nts style that made up the bulk of his EPs.

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Trashdog - Dipshitticus

Trashdog - Dipshitticus

What a beau­ti­fully der­an­ged kind of mess, the second Album by Trash­dog a.k.a. Andrew Jack­son, the dude also respon­si­ble for Aus­tin, Texas label Digi­tal Hot­dogs. I didn't expect a lot of nor­malcy here to begin with, but none­theless i'm kind of asto­nis­hed by the mas­sive amount of top notch good­ness scat­te­red wildly across this record, espe­ci­ally after i found Trashdog's first effort to be of some­what incon­sis­tent qua­lity. Roughly one third here con­sists of dumb jokes and various shades of fuck­ing around. Ano­t­her third turns out to be bril­li­antly weird and inven­tive song­craft in a spec­trum of garage punk, power pop, synth-/elec­tro punk and a tiny hint of glam. And as for the remai­ning third, i'm some­what unde­ci­ded in which of the first two cate­go­ries i should file that stuff. The whole of it makes for an awe­some, if at times over­whel­ming, dis­ori­en­ting rol­ler coas­ter ride. Some kind of white album on stu­pid pills.

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Warm Exit - Demo

Warm Exit - Demo

On their demo, Brussels out­fit Warm Exit come up with a flaw­less little dose of synth-enhan­ced garage punk, alter­na­tely remin­ding me of con­tem­porary genre power­houses like Aus­mu­te­ants, Dumb, Erik Ner­vous or Power­plant.

Dee Bee Rich - Demo

Dee Bee Rich - Demo

Not too long after a rather synth-heavy tape by that guy who recently seems to be invol­ved in pretty much any other Ber­lin band, we get a small encore exhi­bi­t­ing a more gui­tar-centric sound, shif­ting the sonic coor­di­na­tes clo­ser to the garage. The over­all vibe here kinda reminds me of early Erik Ner­vous.

Spray Paint - Into The Country

Spray Paint - Into The Country

For the aus­tin noise rockers with that dis­tinc­tive no wave edge, the past three years were mar­ked exclu­si­vely by several col­la­bo­ra­tion pro­jects, resul­ting in one album, ano­t­her EP and two 7"s, all of it first rate stuff. Now we get a new "regu­lar" album, alt­hough the record­ings already date back to the year 2016. Accord­in­gly, these songs sound more like the logi­cal evo­lu­tion from their last LP Feel The Clamps, released that same year. As always with this band, there's no rush to reinvent them­sel­ves. Ins­tead, their sound is evol­ving gra­dually and dili­gent, reve­aling only a few new facets at a time. Most nota­ble this time is a more mini­ma­list approach to their com­po­si­ti­ons as well as the increa­sing use of drum machi­nes and syn­ths. And as always, the results are quite thril­ling.

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