Archive for the ‘Punk’ Category

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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

LIFE – Bum Hour

Posted: August 29, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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MM faves and mighty Hull outfit LIFE have shared a new single from their forthcoming album A Picture Of Good Health. It is the wonderfully entitled Bum Hour.

They say “Bum Hour is the isolation when you shut your door. Bum Hour is about not being at ease on your own. Bum Hour is ‘that’ pattern and routine broken. It’s the need to live again in that moment as you watch the bars buzz from your lone-parent window. Your only comfort, your saviour, your little boy in his bedroom. You find yourself scrolling through your phone an act of self-harm and torture. Your mates are out – you lie down and sleep.”

Listen and love its queasily anthemic magnificence. Lots of live UK dates too.

 

Catch them on tour:

Sun 1, September – Wilkestock Festival, Frogmore Hill
Fri 20, September – Warren Records, Hull
Mon 23, September – Rough Trade, Bristol
Tue 24, September – Rough Trade, Nottingham
Thurs 26, September – Rough Trade East, London
Thurs 24, October – Phase One, Liverpool
Sat 26, October – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
Sun 27, October – YES, Manchester
Mon 28, October – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Tues 29, October – Fulford Arms, York
Wed 30, October – King Tuts, Glasgow
Fri 1, November – Tunnels, Aberdeen
Sat 2, November – Think Tank, Newcastle
Mon 4, November – Sugarmill, Stoke
Tues 5, November – Cookie, Leicester
Wed 6, November – Moth Club, London
Thurs 7, November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Fri 8, November – West End Centre, Aldershot
Sun 10, November – Anvil, Bournemouth,
Mon 11, November – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tues 12, November – Joiners, Southampton
Wed 13, November – Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Thurs 14, November – Horn, St Albans
Fri 15, November – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
Weds 4, December – Academy 2, Dublin, IRE
Thurs 5, December – McHughs Basement, Belfast
Fri 6, December – Kasbah Club, Limerick

Cat Scan – In Nature

Posted: August 11, 2019 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Punk, Rock
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In Nature, the debut LP by LA post-punk group Cat Scan, on Volar Records sees a release on the 6th September.

Check out Dirty Movie from it, a sonically intense blast of garage punk with riffs so sharp you could cut yourself on them.

Play it loud and order the album via Bandcamp here.

 

Here are ten new tunes all nicely collected up for you in one easy post – from the righteous fury of IDLES and Honey Lung to the traditional folk of Bonny Light Horseman and Devendra Banhart. We also have new songs from the likes of the Lumineers, Parsnip, New Pornographers, Sleater-Kinney, Angel Olsen and The Growlers.

Whatever floats your boat, there is something here to enjoy.