Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Karkki & The Car Keys - Bankrobber (Of Your Heart) (Demo)



  It's always good to catch a promising new band just as they're getting going and on today's update we'll be doing just that as I post a song from the very first demo release by Karkki & The Car Keys. Besides the song you'll find below, there's another 2 tracks on the 3 Hits From Heaven demo cassette, just enough to whet appetites ahead of a proper release (the band will be recording their debut 7" later in the summer).

  Also this summer (July 27th/28th) is the Hori Smoku Summer Boogalo in Helsinki in which the band will be playing alongside other cool acts such as The Mummies, Marked Men, King Khan & The Shrines etc.

  The band are a Finnish 5 piece featuring Jesse from The Everybody Knows on drums (they featured on here a few weeks ago  http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/the-everybody-knows-hello-hello.html) as well as Candy Lee (vocals). Jok (guitar), Pet (guitar) and Jo (bass). Think power pop, think rock n roll, think Nikki & The Corvettes and you won't be far off.

  This is Bankrobbber (Of Your Heart).... 
 

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Filaments - Look To The Skies



  Today you're getting the song that kicked off last night's Just Some Punk Songs show. It's the title track from the new album by Chelmsford punks The Filaments. The album will be titled Look To The Skies and it's out on the 15th June on Pirates Press Records.

  It's been 17 years since they released debut album Skull And Trombones. Album number 2, What's Next? came out in 2004 and number 3, Land Of Lions was 2013. You can check them all out here : https://thefilaments.bandcamp.com/
They previously appeared on here in 2014 with classic track B.P.C. (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/the-filaments-bpc.html).

  There's a release party for the new album at The Underworld Camden on June 16th at which they'll be joined by Lion's Law, The Restarts and Knuckledust. Details here : https://www.facebook.com/thefilaments/

  So what can we expect from the new album? I'm assuming it's the usual mix of great song writing, energetic punk beats augmented by trombone, sax and trumpet though on the evidence of the song below we may be getting something slightly more polished. I'm guessing fans of Rancid's Life Won't Wait may well lap it up, I'm also guessing it's going to be very good indeed.

  Drone warfare seems very much the topic under discussion here, a timely subject and one that suggests the album will get you thinking as well as dancing (as is par for the course with this band). This is called Look To The Skies...


Sunday, 20 May 2018

Nancy No Shoes - Crimes Against Humonarchy

 

  So did you all enjoy the Royal wedding????? I'm guessing the band I'm featuring today weren't glued to their tv sets.

  Nancy No Shoes hail from South Wales and are a fast & frantic hardcore punk band who feature amongst their ranks Jimbob Logan from Pizzatramp and Nicola Hardy from Brassick. They're a new band that I know pretty much nothing about, I can't even find a decent photo to post at the top of this update. What I do know, after listening to the song you'll find below, is that they're bloody good, extremely pissed off and the joint male & female vocals remind me a little of Huntington Beach hardcore heroes F Minus.

  The only track I've heard by them so far is the one you'll find below. It definitely leaves me wanting more (especially as Jimbob describes it as "not even the best song on the EP! Some smashers on there!"). Very timely it is too, revealing how the MP for Windsor, Simon Dudley, decided it would be a good idea to coerce the police into removing the homeless from the streets in order to make the town look pretty for the world's cameras. Homeless people were to be kept out of sight though you were seemingly perfectly fine to sleep rough if wrapped in Union Jack flags and were there go catch a glimpse of the happy couple. In the words of Nancy No Shoes, "fuck Simon Dudley, fuck the Royal family and fuck the elitist tories too".

  This is Crimes Against Humonarchy....

Crimes
You just cant sweep them into the gutter You're disconnected Can't even see it Face of a charity You dont even feel it Need some work done And tourisms fun But think where we'd be If you werent thinking of one Here comes the day Tax paid parade Just smile and wave boys Keep up the charade Straight off the streets Straight out of Windsor Like shovelling shit With a spoon made of silver Where's your empathy Where's you heart Dont know why we're asking We knew from the start Crimes Against Humonarchy If a lion could speak Cant tell it dont eat No frame of reference

Saturday, 19 May 2018

The Chromosomes - Watchin' airplanes


pic by Silvy Silvicious

  The Chromosomes are a 3 piece pop punk band from Livorno in Italy who formed in 1993 and who are influenced by The Ramones and The Beach Boys etc. Their line up features Massimiliano Morandi (vocals/guitar), Luca Sardi (bass/vocals) and Matteo Paganelli (drums).

  As well as a bunch of eps and split releases they've also released several albums. You can find a number of these releases on Bandcamp. More band info is available on Facebook and on their blog :

 https://thechromosomes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheChromosomesband/
http://thechromosomes.blogspot.co.uk/

  Their most recent release was last year's Losing Eleven. An album with cool cover art and 11 songs about goalkeepers in padded shirts, teddy bear cuddling heavy metal kids, pretty girls on late night tv shows, rowdy hula dancers etc, it's great fun. As well as the digital version, there's a cd available from Striped Music.... http://www.stripedmusic.com/

  There's loads of bands playing this kind of music but on the evidence of Losing Eleven I think it's fair to say The Chromosomes are Champions League class (if they were a football team they'd be battling away with the likes of The Manges, The Apers and DeeCracks in Europes biggest competition. Check them out.

  Looking out of my window as I type this, the sun's out, the mercury is rising, it's gonna be a great day. Perfect for lying back and Watchin' Airplanes....

Airplanes 
cruisin' above our heads 
here on our favourite spot 
lyin' on the hood of my car 
You and me 
starin' at the blue sky 
tryin' to guess where they come from 
with a load of stories 

And if the rain falls down 
we don't care at all - just 'cause 

we're watchin' airplanes 
wonderin' places 
lookin' up straight in the blue 
we're watchin' airplanes 
stories and faces 
flyin' up deep in the blue 

Who's up there? 
Are they scared to watch down? 
From those little windows 
Maybe they could see us 
You and me 
starin' at the blue sky 
tryin' to guess where they come from 
with a load of stories 

And if the wind blows strong 
we don't care at all - just cause 

we're watchin' airplanes 
wonderin' places 
lookin' up straight in the blue 
we're watchin' airplanes 
stories and faces 
flyin' up deep in the blue 

I must tell you I was afraid to fly 
that I could not breathe 
You give me strength I'm lucky 
to have you here with me


Friday, 18 May 2018

Colour Me Wednesday - Sunriser (Review By Martin Edmunds)


photo : Katie Gatt 

  Back when he was making music, Martin "Ed" Edmunds was in a number of UK bands including Wordbug and Annalise. Nowadays you'll find him co hosting punk show Generating Steam Heat (https://www.mixcloud.com/generatingsteamheat/). The show features an eclectic selection of punk, post-punk, indie, bovver beat, experimental, hardcore, garage, glam etc andis well worth checking out.

  He asked me if he could review the new album by top UK indie band Colour Me Wednesday. The album is titled Counting Pennies In The Afterlife and is available now from Dovetown Records and KROD.

http://www.dovetownrecords.com/

http://krodrecords.eu/product/colour-me-wednesday-new-album

https://colourmewednesday.bandcamp.com/album/counting-pennies-in-the-afterlife

  Over to Ed.....

Colour Me Wednesday-Counting Pennies In The Afterlife 


  Lets get this out in the open straight away, Colour Me Wednesdays 2013 debut album ‘I Thought It Was Morning’ is a classic; hitting the perfect sweet spot between C86 indie pop and melodic punk. The bands identikit, zero musical progression side of their split release with Spoonboy that followed the album was equally as good. Any review of this second album is going to be coloured (coloured-get it!) by either disappointment or relief that they’ve either matched or not a set of songs that I love.

  So, how have CMW negotiated the notoriously difficult second album syndrome? They’ve certainly taken their time; since the first couple of releases mentioned new music has been released at a trickle, digital tracks here (including a great version of Demi Lovatos ‘Cruel For The Summer’) and a 7’’ there (the slightly underwhelming ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ EP) with guitarist/vocalist Harriet Dovetown also recording and touring with The Tuts and her sister, vocalist Jennifer, releasing solo material as Baby Arms. There have also been numerous line up changes with just Harriet and Jennifer remaining from the line up that recorded the debut album.

  The passing years and change in personal, for better or worse, has definitely resulted in a change in sound for CMW. They’ve not gone free jazz quite yet but the sound on ‘Counting Pennies In The Afterlife’ has moved away from the saccharine melodies and adrenalin rush delivery of their earlier releases to something more measured. Jennifers fantastic vocals are still present and correct but generally the pace of the songs is slower, the melodies less ‘obvious’ and the arrangements more complex. The punk attitude is still there with the bands usual smart lyrics but musically this largely moves away from indie pop to an early 90s indie rock sound. Think Juliana Hatfield rather than the Flatmates.

  When it works it works fantastically well. The slowed down and atmospheric ‘Disown’ is a beautiful song while ‘Not My Turf’ covers similar ground with the added bonus of some noise guitar. It’s also great to see the tried and tested indie influence of the Phil Spector/60’s girl group thud make an appearance on ’Boyfriends Car’. If you’re expecting the instant hits of the past you might be left to scratch your head (although ‘Heathers Left For Dead’ comes close) as this album takes time to work it’s magic.

  There’s a cliche that says something along the lines of you have all your life to write your first album and things get really tricky with the second. In a nutshell, this is the sound of CMW ‘growing up’, trying new ideas and developing as a band. This album isn’t as immediate as the debut but give it time and gems like ‘Take What You Want (And Then Leave) reveal themselves. 

  So am I relieved or disappointed? Certainly not disappointed. I’m happy to be hearing the sound of CMW moving forward and I’ve got a feeling that sticking with ‘Counting Pennies In The Afterlife’ there’s much more to come. I already like this a lot but give it a week or so and I’ve got a feeling that I’ll be hooked.    

Ed X
@gensteamheat

  This is the new video, the song is called Sunriser.....

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Stuart Diggle (Litterbug)



  Another great Top 10 for you today courtesy of Litterbug guitarist/vocalist Stuart Diggle. You may have seen Litterbug feature on here a few days ago with a song from their highly rated new album, Countdown To Schadenfreude. Whilst chatting about his Top 10, Stuart told me this, "We probably released the 2nd album 6 months too early, as the last one came out in only June last year, but this was originally going to be an ep on vinyl only. We got carried away and I got impatient with release date as the last album has gotten very good reviews and responses so we tried to back it up to keep interest and allow new found followers to hear new songs and back track on some of our older stuff."

    https://www.facebook.com/litterbugblackpool/

  Not only does he select 10 cracking songs he also writes plenty of commentary to flesh out his selections "I always like geeky stuff like that..."

  Cheers Stuart, over to you....


1. The Damned - New Rose ..

As regularly discussed with my mates, this track is the only song that can outshine some tracks on Never Mind the Bollocks. New Rose being the first punk record and somehow the greatest . The drum intro just literally kicks everything else into touch





2.Sex Pistols - Bodies .. 


As a young kid hearing this for the first time, it was like seeing that horror movie that disturbs you and will probably last a lifetime in the back of your mind. The intro sounds off kilter and awkward, akin to the shower scene in Psycho or the classic Jaws theme tune. When the violent feel accompanied by industrial language is unleashed, you knew something so out there was happening. It was like the epitome of everything that Punk once upset society with.




3. Ramones - Teenage Lobotomy ..


Simply because I have to pick one classic punk pop tune by them. It’s Alive transformed the Band as a live act, whilst the studio production often searched for the perfect radio friendly pop song. There are so many to choose from, but I love the drum start and rhyming tell ‘em with cerebellum is classic da Brudders stuff.





4. Pixies - Tame ..


It would be easy to just stick with straight up punk rock labelled bands, but the dynamics on this track of the quiet loud genre they basically stumbled across and invented is at its peak with this track. The album Doolittle is possibly my fav all time record. The way the whole album ebbs and flows through the fast to slow and the wild to calm is all born out in Tame. So diverse in sound but definitively the Pixies. They are unique to this day and a shining example of being creatively leftfield whilst mastering the underground. A genius song writer that is Frank Black, Black Francis.





5. Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device ..


If there is nothing surprising about these old school classics, it’s because that’s exactly what they are. I could easily have opted for the B side Wasted Life, which I nearly did. SLF brought politics into their songs and also unified a city in the best possible and positive way. Through their art. Alternative Ulster is also a fantastic song with classic intro, if not over played. That’s probably why this track edges it, apart from the fact I remember my mum saying she loved the bass on Suspect Device's production. The Stranglers were her fav punk act by the way.





6. PIL - Death Disco ..


Just for the pure bloody cheek of Lydon coming up with something most wouldn’t have expected. The voice has changed as dramatically as the music, but Wobble's bass line alongside Levene’s stunt guitar sounds, just sounded alien to everything at the time. It probably wouldn’t have got beyond the garden gate if it wasn’t for the music press and business awaiting anything the new Mr Rotten could deliver, but thankfully it came through. Metal Box was a pretentious work of art.





7. Buzzcocks - Times Up ..


They wrote brilliant pop songs filled with romantic failure that everyone could and still can relate too, but this is the track I always wait for a their live show, and sometimes don’t get. We totally ripped off the guitar intro riff for one of our songs, I Will Not Explain. Shameless plagiarism that i’m not going to apologise for.





8. Killing Joke - Pssyche ..


For me, Killing Joke are the best live act from the old school bands. Still creating , still passionately meaning every word and the original line up too. Hypnotic live act. I was tempted to plump for a lighter sentimental track, like Love Like Blood or the more recent and brilliant track In Cythera, but this track summed up the bands tribal feel and sharing the lyrics between band Members was a winning idea.





9. Nine Black Alps - Buy Nothing ..


I could have strayed into softer music , which I have penchant for, like Grandaddy, Eels or Weezer, or something from another culture perhaps, but it’s edginess and controlled anger in music that has influenced and disciplined me throughout life. This band appeared on the scene in 2005 I think. They had a few albums, but the debut, Everything Is, was a classic. This track, however, was from the second album. It’s fairly ferocious in its message and poignant in an age where corporates cash in on people’s misfortune or find other corrupt methods of beating a system “legally“ whilst hanging out the consumer to dry. Remember the day you could miss a train and jump in the next for free? Not now, you get punished even if it’s not your fault and it will cost you more when buy that second ticket. Or simply go back to the Day credit or debit card charges came in and added and inflated unnecessary postage costs for anything you bought. The flirting with false advertisement and basic rip off ventures in today’s society are far too saturated for anyone to take on the bigger guy. It’s fairly disgusting. I’ve gone off track there, but not really, if you listen to this song. I recommend listening to the first album Everything Is. Great lyrics from Sam Forrest. I could have gone for a Nirvana track, but their legacy doesn’t need to hitch a ride.





10. Cyanide Pills - Alone Tonight ..


Got to go for at least one outsider / unknown band in the top 10. Cyanide Pills, from Leeds, have 3 albums and a plethora of power pop punk singles. They are possibly the best live act of the recent 21st century punk bands. They take their image from the Ramones and stage antics from Johnny Thunders. Some argue it’s choreographed, but it’s entertaining and whilst some acts are trapped in a shell on stage a little bit, like our good selves, it’s good to see a band using presentation as an important part of their performance. It does give them an edge. They have many good songs to choose from and I don’t mind admitting that Litterbug at times, aspire to reciprocate similar ideas tunes wise. You could select a brilliant 20 track album from their back catalogue, but I’ve opted for this more gentle track for its simplistic feel and fantastic backing vocals. I was close to picking Big Mistake, also from the 3rd album. They are great tunesmiths, plain and simple.




Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Coachwhips - Hey Fanny



  Coachwhips were a rambunctious garage punk band from San Francisco comprising John Dwyer (vocals/guitar), John Harlow (drums) and Ann McNamara (keyboards/backing vocals/tambourine). A later incarnation of the band saw Matt Hartman take over on drums and Val-Tronic on keyboards & tambourine. They formed in 2001 and split in 2005 (though there were reunion shows a few years ago). Dwyer is now frontman of Thee Oh Sees.

  So why does today's update feature a song that first surfaced on a 2003 7" split with Trin Tran? Well, firstly because it's a damn good song (the purpose of this blog being to draw attention to damn good songs) and secondly because it's reappeared again on the reissue of Coachwhips' Night Train compilation. Comprised of outtakes, demos and other choice cuts, the album was originally released in 2017 but is now available in expanded form on the excellent Chicago label Girlsville....   https://girlsville.bandcamp.com/album/coachwhips-night-train-2

  Girlsville's Courtney DelMar gives more details on the album in this article :  http://www.50thirdand3rd.com/john-dwyers-pre-oh-sees-band-coachwhips-ready-expanded-reissue-of-night-train-girlsville/

  If 21 tracks of primitive garage/blues punk n roll sounds like your thing then this album would be an invaluable addition to your collection. It's the perfect antidote to the anodyne pap that far too often passes for modern music.

  This song is called Hey Fanny....