Archive for the ‘Punk’ Category

  1. Pet Shimmers – Feels Hz (featuring Goat Girl)
  2. Sleaford Mods – O.B.C.T.
  3. William The Conqueror – Thank Me Later
  4. Wye Oak – Evergreen
  5. The Regrettes – Pumpkin
  6. Weyes Blood – Everyday
  7. Sparrow Steeple – Roll Baby
  8. Tacocoat – Grains Of Salt
  9. Bench Press – Respite
  10. Hand Habits – what lovers do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danish band PowerSolo are apparently Donkey-Punk legends!

We don’t even know what that means, but we like the sound of it and happily enough their brand new 7″ release Transfixing Motherfucker is a raw blast of primordial proto-punk that fair blew the cobwebs out of our ears and our speakers. We have lead track Backstab for your listening pleasure below.

They’ll be in the US for SXSW next month if you’re lucky enough to be going. Or buy from Bandcamp here.

 

Sabrina is Not in This Chat is a three-piece experimental rock band from Los Angeles.

Combining influences from Lightning Bolt and Primus to Slint and Don Caballero, the band have disregarded the rules of genre, tempo and songwriting, to make a sound that is uniquely challenging but also familiar. Their sprawling debut record Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin, is out now on L.A. DIY collective label Penniback Records (order from Bandcamp here).

Check out the off-kilter punk drone of It’s Been A Weird Day and the menacing stop-start threat of Sink Into Me.

 

 

  1. Flat Worms – Surreal New Year
  2. The Uranium Club – Man Is The Loneliest Animal
  3. Ånge Teenage Angst – Ånge Teenage Angst
  4. A Merge Group Plays “Heroes” – V-2 Schneider  (David Bowie cover)
  5. Esther Rose – Don’t Blame It On The Moon
  6. W.H. Lung – Simpatico People
  7. MELTS – Echoes
  8. Wand – Scarecrow
  9. Sharon Van Etten – Never Grow Old  (James Cleveland Moore, Sr cover)
  10. Laura Stevenson – Living Room, NY
  11. Steve Earle & The Dukes – L.A. Freeway  (Guy Clarke cover)
  12. Adia Victoria – The Needle’s Eye
  13. Flying Fish Cove – Johnny Paper
  14. Charly Bliss – Capacity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We posted Arre! Are!’s excellent track Anthem a couple of weekends ago, and now the Malmö, Sweden based quartet have shared a second track from upcoming long player Tell Me All About Them.

I Feel It All is another explosive statement of intent – showcasing the band’s unique brand of feminist rock ’n’ roll, with influences from surf, garage rock and punk.

Stream it here. You can order the album via label PNKSLM Recordings here.

 

  1. Deer Tick – White City  (Pogues cover)
  2. Mekons – Lawrence of California
  3. Bear’s Den – Fuel On The Fire
  4. Ritual Howls – Alone Together
  5. JAWS – Do You Remember
  6. The Mountain Goats – Younger
  7. Interpol – Fine Mess
  8. Lucy Dacus – La Vie En Rose  (Edith Piaf cover)
  9. Sophie Morgan – Bloodbuzz Ohio  (The National cover)
  10. Martha – Love Keeps Kicking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re thoroughly enjoying our first introduction to Working Men’s Club.

Named after the venues they used to sneak into, they are a new band made up of teenagers from Calder Valley – an area of old mill towns that links Leeds and Manchester.

Their jerky debut single Bad Blood fuses 70s Magazine style guitar lines with the stomp of Parquet Courts’ at their most punky. From The Knack style infectious grooves to half-spoken words with more than a touch of the late, great Mark E Smith drawl about them, it’s the feeling of a Saturday spent scuffing about in thrift stores and hanging out with friends.

Stream it here – ones to keep an eye, and an ear, on!

 

  1. Flat Worms – Shouting At The Wall
  2. Cass McCombs – The Great Pixley Train Robbery
  3. Low Life – The Pitts
  4. Weyes Blood – Andromeda
  5. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Cannot Be Saved
  6. Grim Streaker – A.D.D.
  7. Potty Mouth – 22
  8. The Cowboys – Somethings Never Change
  9. Arre! Arre! – Anthem
  10. Shana Cleveland – Face Of The Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having been fortunate enough to cross the pond for SxSW a couple of times, I got a surreal case of deja-vu when I arrived at Coventry Central Library on Saturday night. In Austin, seemingly every available venue than can host live music is utilised and I saw gigs in churches, restaurants, shops, cook-out BBQs, and even front rooms. Entering the library felt just like that, just in the midlands not Texas. Anyway, up three or flights of stairs to a floor, filled not unsurprisingly, with shelves and shelves of books. A stage had been set up in the middle of the room and a small trestle table sold bottles of water for a pound. I’d missed the support band (The Maitlands, which was a shame as they’re really rather good), there was no bar, and positioned between large print fiction and reference tomes, not a whole lot of atmosphere either.

Given the above, you would think the odds would be stacked against Dublin’s Fontaines DC, our favourite discovery of last year, but thankfully the room quickly started to fill, the band clearly on the radar of Coventry’s alternative kids too. They took the stage in a suitably low key fashion, tuning up, hopping off the stage and then a few moments later drifting back on again before being joined by frontman Grian Chatten. Between songs, they are a band of few words, and Chatten prowls the stage nervously looking for all the world like one of the caged big cats at the zoo that endlessly circle the outer limits of their enclosure. He didn’t have much in the way of space either – it wasn’t a large stage – but nevertheless he made the best of it, pacing back and forth, plucking at his shirt, his lip, his hair, eyes roving restlessly over the now full audience.

Each time a song starts though, it is a completely different story. All the nervous energy, agitation, restlessness and adrenalin are channelled into a series of snarling, ferocious blasts of pure punked up rock’n’roll. Big is a snappy, jackhammer of a tune, and the savage put downs of Chequeless Reckless is an early highlight. Sha Sha Sha is a too-short, visceral slab of proto-punk, while Liberty Belle with its opening line “I love that violence that you get around here” just ups the ante and the bar even higher. On through the slower Lotts, and almost Joy Division like TV Screens, and even despite the muddy sound (as the library dispensed with any notion of “quiet please” by turning the volume up way past eleven to distortion levels), the crowd are swept up and along in the band’s thrilling and uncompromising world.

As the set begins to draw to a close Fontaines DC roll out the big guns – Hurricane Laughter is a repetitive, addictive barnstormer like punk smack, and the feral, frenzied Boys In The Better Land is, if anything, even better. Finally, latest single the needling, provocative Too Real ends the show with a flourish of pogoing and (sober) sing-a-longs to the chorus.

Is it too real for ya?

Behind me weighty tomes hurl themselves unbidden from the shelves. For them its all been too much, a library is no place for such shenanigans, but for the rest of us, Fontaines DC have just given us the clearest possible indication, and vindication, that they’re the real deal.

We’d love to give you the dates for their April tour, but no point, all sold out. Just catch them when you can…

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s one from The Maitlands

 

 

Back with a bang – no less than fifteen corking new tunes to check out from last week…

  1. Sleaford Mods – Kebab Spider
  2. The Coathangers – Bimbo
  3. Mercury Rev featuring Norah Jones – Okolona River Bottom Band
  4. Ryan Adams – Manchester
  5. FIDLAR – By Myself
  6. Meat Puppets – Nine Pins
  7. Stella Donnelly – Old Man
  8. Beirut – Landslide
  9. PRIESTS – The Seduction Of Kansas
  10. Cherry Glazerr – Wasted Nun
  11. Abjects – Never Give Up
  12. Ex Hex – Cosmic Cave
  13. Adia Victoria – Different Kind Of Love
  14. TOY – Mechanism
  15. Wintersleep – Beneficiary