Saturday, 19 May 2018

HIGLEY

















"idem"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City: Rimrock, AZ
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk
















Higley, the long-gestating project of G-WHIZ's Kevin Carl, have released the LP, CD and digital version of their self-titled debut album today via multiple digital download sites. The band features quite a roster on the other positions with various musicians filling out certain roles during the album's multi-year conception: Bill Stevenson (Descendents), Bob Hoag (Pollen) and James Menefee (River City High), and G-WHIZ bandmates Duane Kiener and Greg Gleason have all contributed at some point or another. Considering the people involved, I think I'm a little surprised that it's a similarity to Pollen that I hear the most.  The slick, distorted guitar and slightly gravely vocals mesh well with the steady, mid tempo rhythm section churning the songs along.  By the books pop hooks and chorus melodies pepper throughout the album and you can't deny their potency and effectiveness. Sometimes the songs feel a little too polished and somewhat clinical.  I wouldn't mind if things went off the rails a bit more and some of the perfection was traded in for a little chaotic energy.  Also the lyrics do lean towards a sort of confessional travel journal direction.  They can get overly heartfelt at times, particularly on "For A Minute," but the band is powerful enough to keep things from getting too sentimental.  It's a totally solid debut album and worth checking out, particularly if you dig Pollen or G-Whiz. The combination of veteran musicians, brilliant melodic voice, punk rock and intelligent lyrics become in a brilliant debut album highly recommended for all those fans of mature punk rock, power pop and conscious lyrics. Excellent
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

WESTERN ADDICTION

















"tremulous"
 Year:  2017
 Couuntry:  US
 City:  San Francisco
 Label:  Fat Wreck Chords
 Format:  CD, LP
 Tracks:  11
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
 Style:        Punk Rock
















Western Addiction is a punk rock band based in San Francisco. The band was formed by four veterans of the HC / punk scene in 2003. Some of the members work for Fat Wreck Chords. They have toured internationally in both the USA and Europe. While the San Francisco band’s sophomore effort comes nearly 12 years after their debut, don’t think they have grown out of hardcore. Tremulous rips its way through 11 explosive tracks, delivering a consistent sound strongly rooted in the past that is plenty aggressive and surprisingly melodic. It sounds like the same band that made Cognicide, just older, wiser - but still pissed off.A large part of that consistency can be attributed to the band’s current form, which consists of founding members Hall on vocals, Ken Yamazaki (also of Dead To Me) on guitar and Chad Williams on drums, as well as 2014 recruit Tony Teixeira moving to guitar. When it came time to record Tremulous, Western Addiction re-connected with original bassist, Tyson “Chicken” Annicharico, who was happy to assist his friends in the studio, adding another connection between the band’s past and present. He even had a hand in shaping Tremulous’ most intense song, the album-closing, five-and-a-half-minute dirge “Your Life Is Precious,” written in tribute to friend (and Enemy You frontman) David Jones, whose unexpected death in 2015 had a profound effect on the band. “I don’t usually write songs in one burst, but I did with that one—every single lyric means something very specific,” Hall says, going on to explain how the song features his first-ever attempt at singing. When he says singing, he really means singing, not your average hardcore throat-bellow. Luckily, he had one of punk’s finest vocalists, Joey Cape, in the producer’s seat for Tremulous, who coaxed him to new heights in his overall performance. “One of the things we asked Joey to work on with us was vocal melodies. He had great input on many songs, especially ‘Ditch Riders,’ ‘Taedium’ and ‘Your Life Is Precious.’” Tremulous fires off salvo after salvo of incendiary hardcore containing a surprising amount of melodicism, but Cape wasn’t the only member of the Fat Wreck family to offer assistance: Propagandhi’s Todd Kowalski delivers guest vocals on “Taedium” (“Propagandhi has continually influenced and enlightened my life, and I respect Todd as a human,” Hall praises). And while the bulk of the album was recorded with Cape and engineer Ian MacGregor in Los Angeles, the band finished up the vocals in San Francisco with Cape at Fat Mike’s Motor Studios.
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Friday, 11 May 2018

WAR ON WOMEN

















"capture the flag"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Baltimore
Label:  Bridge nine
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Rock
















As soon as Shawna Porter lets loose in opening track ‘Lone Wolves,’ a song that touches on the gun violence epidemic that’s plaguing America, you know this is going to be good. This Baltimore-based band already placed themselves on the map with their debut, but with ‘Capture The Flag’ they sound ready to take over a whole country. Coined as a ‘co-ed, feminist hardcore punk’ band, Porter definitely doesn’t hold back in her lyrics or her vocal delivery. Songs like ‘Dick Pics’, ‘Predator In Chief’ and ‘Divisive Shit’ leave little to the imagination and are as high on raw urgency as they are low on subtlety. You could be forgiven to think that this is going to be all about the message and not so much the music. Don’t fret. Because just like the messages in these songs are strong, so is the songwriting. There’s plenty of everything to go around. Shreddding riffs, melodic hooks, unbridled aggression and outrage… it’s all present and accounted for. Oh, and the album even comes with a reading list. Except for the abovementioned cuts, War On Women have the perfect single in the form of the catchy and powerful ‘Silence Is The Gift’. And there is more goodness to be found in the form of the gripping ‘Beauty And The Beast’ and the downright ferocious ‘The Violence Of Bureaucracy’. Meanwhile Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna makes a noteworthy appearance on ‘YDHTML’ while more guest appearances can be found in the form of Sharptooth’s Lauren Kashan and adult film actress Joanna Angel (who created the punk rock porn site Burning Angel). The only song I can’t wrap my head around is ‘Childbirth’. But hey, luckily that one calls it a day after a mere 76 seconds. Other than that, War On Women released one helluva solid album with ‘Capture The Flag" (*Review writen by Thomas ).
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"idem"
Year:  2015
Label:  none
Format:  LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Rock








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Thursday, 10 May 2018

THE BRONX


















"V"
Year:  2017
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  ATO
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Garage Rock















The Bronx are a band from Los Angeles, California who began playing punk rock in 2002. Their original goal was to bring passionate, blood-and-sweat punk rock into the 21st Century. Their first self-titled album was released in 2003 on White Drugs. For their second self-title the band signed with Island Records and went on to play music with a hard rock influence that still retained their original punk stylings. The Bronx has since returned to punk rock, yet uniquely with a dual mariachi persona, as is planned for their upcoming double release. The current line up is: Matt Caughthran (vocals), Joby J. Ford (guitar), Ken Horne (guitar), Jorma Vik (drums) and Brad Magers (bass). They were signed to Island Records shortly after they were formed, with the popular belief being they only had twelve live shows under their belt. With the pass of the years they have evoluted and to incorporate other music influences such as: garage rock, rock'n'roll or post-hardcore, with intelligent lyrics related to emotions, feelings and personal issues.
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TURNSTILE

















"time and space"
Year:  2018
Country:  US
City:  Baltimore
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hardcore        Punk



















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Monday, 7 May 2018

CEREMONY


















"zoo"
Year:  2012
Country:  US
City:  Rohnert Park, CA
Label:  Matador
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

















Punk rock is such a finicky thing. If it’s not avant-garde, or if there’s even a hint of self-awareness, it’s like it’s not even worth the effort. The genre’s core foundations trace back to the DIY mindset, where basement bottom dwellers became widespread heroes whose work would almost always be deemed “unlistenable” by the masses. Consult your history: Most of punk rock’s key names started out in the muck, pushed ahead by select ears, and, more often than not, if you trace back to their earliest releases, you’ll be surrounded by scratchy, four-track recordings, chock-full of one-to-two-minute cuts that lampoon mainstream culture or churn out fractured, ear-splitting noise, replete with attitude. But, all bands evolve. Take American hardcore punk act Ceremony, for example. Since its 2005 inception, the Bay Area quintet has released half a dozen EPs and singles, in addition to three stellar LPs: 2006’s Violence Violence, 2008’s Nothing Moves You, and 2010’s Rohnert Park. It’s all gloomy, dirt-ridden post-punk, aptly taking advantage of its strengths: Ross Farrar’s obstreperous, authoritative vocals and the band’s guitar work that sounds orchestrated by a 17-year-old Phil Spector. It’s been an agreeable evolution for the group, too. Violence Violence sported 20 brilliantly confused thrash punk tracks that never tripped over two minutes, Nothing Moves You capitalized on the group’s clear adoration for doom metal, and the fully realized Rohnert Park eschewed the chunky distortion and penchant for dark experiments for more level-headed garage punk.
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DEAD TO ME



















"Moscow penny ante"
Year:  2011
Country:  US
City:  San Francisco
Label:  Fat Wreck Chords
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Pop Punk

















Dead to Me is a punk band from San Francisco. The band formed in 2003, shortly after One Man Army broke up and founding members Jack Dalrymple and Brandon Pollack sought out other SF punks to shore up the lineup of a new band. Jack shares vocal duties with bassist Chicken, who ayed in Western Addiction. Chicken's cousin Ian Anderson is the drummer. Original Guitarist Kyle from Semi-Evolved Simeans left after breaking his ankle on tour, and Nathan shortly joined after. Jack left in 2008 after his wife had their first kid. Dead to Me was a three piece with Chicken, Nathan and Ian. However Nathan left to pursue a solo career. Sam and Ken joined, making Dead to Me, again a 4 man band.

In 2006, the band released its debut album, cuban ballerina on Fat Wreck Chords. Many of Dead To Me's songs deal with addiction and recovery (Chicken had recently emerged from rehab), while others address strife around the world (i.e. war in Iraq and expanding prison systems). It was produced by Alex Newport, who previously produced records for At the drive-in and the locust.
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SINGLE MOTHERS



















"negative qualities"
Year:  2014
Country:  Canada
City:  London, ON
Label:  HC
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock















Single Mothers are full of negative qualities. Lyrically, it's obvious. But music wise, it's totally the opposite. Remember "Winter Coats" from these dudes? One of the most jacked up jams ever. That was the moment I fell in love with Single Mothers. Jeremy Bolm touted them as one of the most energetic, amped bands around and safe to say that upon exploring them, the Ontario natives were definitely living up to billing. Their 2011 EP proved why. They had a lot of pent up rage, frustration and decadence to release and write/sing about. In terms of melodic hardcore, unabashed punk and don't—give—a—fuck lyrics, this debut LP really hits all the notes they've struck in the past (which made them more than likeable) and further allows them to flesh out their sound. More completely at that. It's what you expected...plus more. Negative Qualities is the dominating and harsh piece of music you expected from them, intended to shake people down and take your hand to scribble this record down as a contender for top ten of 2014. It's that intrusive. The record's full of attitude and feels like a middle finger in your face. Snarky, sarcastic and condescending. All mapped out over punk at breakneck speeds while Andrew Thomson spews his usual rants on drugs, alcohol, girls, sex, basements, blackouts and all the frowned—upon shit in society. It's so obnoxious and immature that you wonder when or if he'll ever get into clever lyrical territory and dump this frat boy gig, but what shocks you the most is how much of a fuck you end up NOT giving, because the music is that friggin' good. "Marbles," "Womb" and "Half—Lit" are examples of their sneering sound that rub them as angrier than ever. Refreshing nonetheless. Why? Because amidst this bratty disposition, you've got amazing punk riffs, frenetic drum work with cymbals crashing and matching the lo fi feedback, and overall, you're swamped with Single Mothers' distorted, sweaty basement fuzz - all painting their portrait as damaged goods oh so well (*Review writen by Renaldo 69 ). Awesome artwork, paintings and wall by Cleon Peterson.
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