Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Deathtraps - Are We Having Fun


photo by Jacs Aberdare


  Those that checked out yesterday's update (and there were plenty of you due to Bamboo Vipers' frontman Shaun sharing it over 40 times!) would have noticed me mention that Ashley Colman was very impressed with the Deathtraps song I'd played on the show and had snapped up the cd for a bargain £5. I guess it's as good a time as any to feature that song today.....

  Deathtraps are a "gutter level garage rock n roll" trio from Newport, Wales, who formed from the ashes of The Sick Livers in 2016 and list amongst their influences the likes of Chuck Norris Experiment, The Damned, Zeke, Motorhead, Johnny Thunders, Hip Priests etc. The sound of their music is raw, rocking and full throttle and the line up features Veej Von Trapp (vocals/guitar), Fraser Von Trapp (bass) and Matty Von Trapp (drums).

  Last year they self released their impressive debut album, Justice For The Risca One. You can snap it up "name your price" on Bandcamp (or do as Ashley did and order the cd).

https://deathtraps.bandcamp.com/album/justice-for-the-risca-one
http://deathtrapstheband.bigcartel.com/

  They hint that there could be a new split release in the pipeline so keep an eye on their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/deathtrapsband/

  This song has a catchy as hell chorus and features a guest appearance by Adam Jones, it's called Are We Having Fun....

Someone help me find my happy pills 
I need them just to get me through the day 
I'm choking on another fantasy 
I sit and laugh and then I throw it all away 

Are we having fun yet, I don't know 
Are we having fun yet, I don't think so 

Canned laughter give me my happy queues 
So I never ever really have to care 
Tune me into your reality 
or leave sitting, shaking, laughing over there 

Are we having fun yet, I don't know 
Are we having fun yet, I don't think so 

I get addicted to, the things that you put me through 
Can I ride the rollercoaster one more time? 
The things that you say and do 
the shit that you put me through 
are we having fun yet? I don't, I don't 

Someone help me find my happy pills 
Someone help me find my happy pills 

Are we having fun yet, I don't know 
Are we having fun yet, I don't think so 

I get addicted to,ss the things that you put me through 
Can I ride the rollercoaster one more time? 
The things that you say and do 
the shit that you put me through 
are we having fun yet? 
I don't, I don't I don't think so

 
 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Bamboo Vipers - Silver Boots

 

  Those of you that listened live to this week's Just Some Punk Songs show (you can catch up here if you missed it : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-180218/)  will have heard me play lots of new music by British bands that went down well with the people in the chatroom (even as I'm typing this I've received a message from regular listener Ashley Colman to say "Deathtraps cd ordered 5 mins ago, £5 Bargain!). The song that I thought went down best of all was by Bamboo Vipers and it's that one I'm posting today.

  Bamboo Vipers are from Lymington and are a "hard punk rock 'n' roll band, armed to the teeth with ever-evolving killer tunes." They boast a line up of Shaun Morris (vocals), Jon Webb (guitar), Al Woodcock (guitar), Alex Rook (bass) and Jake Stillwell (drums). Veterans of the UK scene, members have previously featured in bands such as The Cropdusters, Peeping Toms etc.

  In 2014 they released an album titled Dangling The Bait which Uber Rock called a winner and compared them with both Dead Kennedys and UK Subs. Now they're back with a new ep and they've another sure fire winner on their hands. I'm not sure how long this link will work for as the last one vanished pretty quickly but if you get in early you can get a free download of the ep :  https://wetransfer.com/downloads/52e9798075642fbc19b4fc79a63a502d20180218163521/dd1d4dc710ff90c57e37d2e80f76ebf220180218163521/dec2ba 

  You can get more info on the band here :  https://www.facebook.com/BambooVipers/

  This is the song that got the chatroom excited, it's a glamtastic, 70's inspired romp namechecking the likes of Suzi Quatro, Ted Heath, Jon Pertwee, Burt Reynolds, Blue Peter etc. Pull on your Silver Boots and play loud.....

Monday, 19 February 2018

Dog of Man - Sculpture of Calm



  Dog Of Man are a "psyche punk/alt rock" band from Brighton who I know pretty much nothing about other than that they're not your typical punk rock outfit. Their first release surfaced at the end of 2015 and was a full length summation of their early recordings titled It Came From The Basement.

  They followed it up last November with the 3 track ep, Stay Human. You can find both releases "name your price" on Bandcamp....
https://dogofman.bandcamp.com/

  You can check out tour dates or photos of dogs in jackets etc here :  https://www.facebook.com/d0g0fman/

  The opening track from the ep reminds me a little of Nirvana. This is Sculpture Of Calm....


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Only Strangers - Saturday Night

 

  Only Strangers are a band from Stoke On Trent who ventured onto my radar a couple of years ago when they released a very good split ep with Pardon Us. They've been together since 2010 and feature a line up of Declan O'Reilly (guitar/vocals), Adam Gater (bass/vocals), Joe Hawthorne (guitar) and Paul Beard (drums).

  As well as their split ep, they've also released a couple of eps and featured on a few compilations but it's the release of their debut, Self Titled, album that'll bring them to the attention of a wider fanbase. It's out now on Manchester label Horn & Hoof Records and you can get it either on cd :  http://hornandhoof.co.uk/ or digitally : https://onlystrangers.bandcamp.com/album/only-strangers-s-t 

  It's definitely a record that should be checked out by fans of the passionate, gruff voiced bands that usually end up wowing the crowds at The Fest in Gainesville. Think Hot Water Music, Iron Chic and (closer to home) Dauntless Elite etc. Think top notch song writing with a driving melodic punk backbeat. These are strangers you'll enjoy getting acquainted with.

  I'll play a different song from the album later today on the Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.facebook.com/events/575635936120644/) but for the blog, this is Saturday Night....

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Vile Assembly - Division Of Labour

 

  Vile assembly are the Liverpool based band that have been getting people to sit up and take notice . Forming with the intention of being whistle blowers on an unjust society, not only are they spreading their message at home, they've been picking up plenty of radio play in The States. They've come to the notice of legendary dj Rodney Bingenheimer and they'll also be playing a few west coast shows (including an industry show at SIR Studios). Add to this a support slot with The Damned in Paris at the end of May, they're a band you'll be hearing more of.

  Featuring 3 friends (Paul Mason, Mark Webb & Mark Wainwright), they'd owned a music studio in Liverpool for a couple of decades but hadn't contemplated making music themselves. Budding poet, and now lyricist and vocalist, Paul Mason was very firmly of the opinion that the world was a vile place, this opinion was reinforced following his decision to spend a month sleeping rough on the streets of Liverpool and San Diego. He found it both horrendous and inspirational and years later Vile Assembly were born in an attempt to shine a spotlight on the ills of modern society.

  They've already picked up global recognition following the release of their first 2 singles, Suicide Feast and Gone. Now they return with a new single which is from debut album, Fattened By The Horrors Of War.

   Great music, intelligent lyrics (in this case railing against corrupt politicians and corporate criminals), what's not to love. This is Division Of Labour....

   

(For this and many more great new punk releases tune in to this week's Just Some Punk Songs show which will air at 8pm gmt on Sunday 17th Feb  :  https://www.facebook.com/events/575635936120644/). 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Pkew Pkew Pkew - Before We Go Out Drinking (Reviewed by Spike Forehand)

 

  It's Friday so you're getting another guest review, kindly stepping into the breach today is Spike Forehand. He's contributed a few paragraphs to give his thoughts on Canadian band Pkew Pkew Pkew. Cheers Spike....

  Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew write songs that are straight the point.  No bullshit melodrama or vague references to woman or mental health issues.  It’s all drinking, skateboarding, baseball, pissing off the neighbors, pizza, being broke, and drinking some more.  They don’t so much avoid the depressing/self-deprecating shit, but acknowledge it and say, “Fuck it – let’s go drinking – we’ll pay the price tomorrow.”  

  It’s all played with anthemic power chords and shouted call-and-response lyrics that operate on some weird sub-conscious level to directly link to your fist-pump reflex mechanism.   

  This formula has landed them gigs on tours with Direct Hit!, Anti-Flag, Reel Big Fish and The Flatliners as well as a slot at Fest the last couple of years.


 
  Their 2016 debut/2017 re-release is called +One and it pretty much kicks ass from stem to stern.  So – grab a beer and visit their bandcamp at https://pkewx3.bandcamp.com/ 

  Here’s one that any self-respecting broke-ass drinker would appreciate, it's called Before We Go Out Drinking...   


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Cool Jerks - Patriots

 

  Cool Jerks are from Leeds and dropped a calling card in 2016 with their 6 track demo cassette. It's very limited, on Ukranian label Tapetalks and it comes with a lyric sheet which has all the lyrics translated into Russian (http://cooljerks.bigcartel.com/). It's also available digitally "name your price" on the Bandcamp link I'll post below.

  2017 saw them tour the Ukraine before they finished the year in style with the release of another cassette. again on Tapetalks and also on Bandcamp : https://cool-jerks.bandcamp.com/album/patriots. It's very good so check it out.

  Described as being "a furious record full of anger aimed at emerging trends in domestic and foreign policy of international governments, as well as people supporting what is happening with their ignorance...", it takes no prisoners. All 4 tracks are well worth your time and I'd suggest they're a band worth keeping an eye (and 2 ears) on.... https://www.facebook.com/cooljerkspunk/ 

  This is the title track from the ep, it's called Patriots....