Archive for the ‘Punk’ Category

Sometimes you get an email from a band that already pretty much sums up everything we might want to say about a record in a couple of brilliant sentences.

Deeside’s Chupa Cabra is a perfect case in point. First, they describe their music as “nauseating, salivating, hypnotizing, no good sucker-punch-piss-yourself polystyrene agitator Blues“. Nice!

And they go on to describe their new single Violent Urges as “a word-salad murder-ballad set to the beat of a brick in a washing machine. It’s the urge to shout at the telly, it’s quitting smoking, it’s the space between the holes in your memory. Chupa Cabra’s new single is a call to trepan the masses. Bring your own anaesthetic.

‘Word-salad murder ballad’ might be our favourite song descriptor of the year.

Good tune too. Listen in.

 

Fun fact: The Chupacabra translates as literally “goat-sucker”; from chupar, “to suck”, and cabra, “goat”, it is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico.

ShitKid – Get Jealous

Posted: November 22, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Fiercely independent Swedish duo ShitKid’s upcoming release Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete” presents four incendiary new blasts of grungy punk as they were originally conceived. Firstly as English-language tracks, before “Mellan himmel å helvete” (‘Between Heaven and Hell’) takes the same instrumental tracks and lays new Swedish vocals over the top. The effect is two sides of the same coin, defined by the subtle differences in the vocal delivery in what are their first recordings in their native Swedish.

The excellent lead single is Get Jealous, and it is out now.

 

The Restless Bear label’s first vinyl release is a split EP from GRAVVES and Deh-Yey.

We have both tracks for you – North Wales noisy alternative punks GRAVVES have shared a new video for Jaws, fairly precisely dubbed a “short, hectic and animated barrage of riff-heavy punk rock

While Chester’s Deh-Yey scornfully question the all pervasive influence of mobile technology and social media with A Matter of Life & Likes.

Stream them here…

 

 

GURU – Don’t Talk / LTD

Posted: October 18, 2019 in Alternative, Music, Punk, Rock
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A pretty much perfect companion piece to our earlier post today from Blood Vision

Brighton punks GURU have a new double A side digital single to promote – Don’t Talk / LTD actually saw a release yesterday and we’re loving it.

Don’t Talk slams out of the gate with nary a backwards glance and proceeds to accelerate to warp speed on the back of some potent punk riffs and lyrics borne of frustration. LTD is, if anything, even better – a tense, propulsive anthem that builds to a frenzied crescendo. I’d love to see this live…

Top notch stuff. Stream them both here.

 

 

 

Hailing from Northampton, Blood Visions play the sort of no holds barred, unapologetic punk rock that all too often comes across as little more than weakly derivative of what has gone before.

Thankfully not so with new single 01604ever, which is taken from their upcoming self-titled EP, this five-piece avoid all the usual pitfalls and best of all have taken the time and trouble to build their frenetic attack around a proper song. There are shades of Titus Andronicus for sure, but in a damn good way, and this is a track we’ve been blasting out all morning.

Now you should too…

 

 

Petrol Girls’ latest single No Love For A Nation explores the band’s inherent abhorrence of nationalism and borders in general.

Vocalist Run Aldridge says “This track is our anti-nationalist anthem. As a band, we come from three different nation states – Austria, Lithuania and the UK – and hold no love for any of them.

It is a pulverising slab of meaty, anthemic punk rock. Give it a spin.

 

Panik Attaks – Terror

Posted: September 13, 2019 in Alternative, Music, Punk, Rock
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Just discovered this while trying and failing to clear down the MM Inbox.

Punk rock at its finest from Dublin’s Panik Attaks – just how many brilliant bands are coming out of Ireland at the moment?

Love this!

 

Wonk Unit – Cyclists

Posted: September 12, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Wonk Unit, the unique punk quartet born out of the South London town of Croydon, return with a new single Cyclists, that furthers the bands inimitable take on punk rock, and finds them this time taking aim at selfish cyclists.

Last Summer on route to a festival on some country lane we were unfortunate enough to get stuck behind two cyclists, yes two abreast,” explains frontman Alex Johnson. “Did they care about the motorcade snaking behind them? Course not! Go read the highway code – two abreast is cool but ONLY IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. It’s the rules. So, I was tapping my hands on the dashboard when the funk took hold. “Cyclists riding 2 abreast blocking traffic, blocking traffic”. After about three months the cyclists decided to fix a puncture and we made it to the festival. By then the song was already a Wonk winner in the van! We jammed it in soundcheck and was a hit in our set later that night. The end.

The end result is just over two-minutes of additive wonk genius that once ingested, is almost impossible to get out of your system.

In short, you’ll be humming this for weeks.

 

Vivian Girls – Memory

Posted: September 11, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Punk, Rock
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During their initial run as a band, Vivian Girls were a band of outsiders for outsiders – a band for the freaks and the malcontents. The ones who loved The Wipers as much as Burt Bacharach as much as The Shangri-Las. They were the band that made the punks feel like they could sing harmonies and pop fans could get in touch with their anger. Cassie Ramone’s lyrics alternated between love, loss and rage. They were heart-on-their-sleeves romantics in one breath and a spiralling explosion of feedback in the next.

After their third album -2011’s Share the Joy – the members of Vivian Girls parted ways and the band who had known each other since they were teenagers, went about the business of living. Katy Goodman and Ali Koehler both moved to Los Angeles, continued making music (La Sera for Goodman, Best Coast and Upset for Koehler) and started families. Ramone continued to make art in Brooklyn, released two solo records and two full-lengths with Kevin Morby as The Babies, and moved to Los Angeles in 2018 after a phone call with Goodman kickstarted the idea of playing music together again.

The result is a reunion record titled Memory, it may conjure images of a band waxing nostalgic about the halcyon days of yore, but it is anything but a pleasant reminiscence. The latent darkness that always haunted their records is on full display upon their return. After eight years, Vivian Girls are back and they haven’t forgotten what they went through. It’s a loud, snarling journey and there’s a sense of streamlined direction and intensity to the performances: Memory is an album filled with personal reflections on toxic relationships, the false promise of new love, mental health struggles, and finding ways to accept oneself amidst it all.

Listen to Sick, Something To Do, and latest single Sludge. Videos to watch too. And pre-order the album here.

It’s good to have them back.

 

 

 

Dune Rats – Rubber Arm

Posted: September 3, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Our favourite fucked-up Aussie muckers are back with a new record!

The mighty Dune Rats have shared Rubber Arm, and happily they have shown absolutely no musical progression at all, sticking with their tried and tested hyperactive, stoned punk rock with another mighty shout-a-long chorus.

Great video too. Welcome back boys.