Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A-Heads - Blood on the pavement

 

  On yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show I took a break from new releases and played a bunch of older songs, one of which was from an album called Ash To The Soil which was released in 2009 and is by Warminster anarcho punks A-Heads. It went down a storm in the chatroom and I was able to tell the listeners that A-Heads had a new record out. It's a split ep on Grow Your Own Records with Pedagree Skum and you can get details on the vinyl version or listen digitally here :  https://anthraxuk.bandcamp.com/album/a-heads-pedagree-skum-split

  Anyone interested in yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show can find the saved version here :  https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-121217/ 

  A-Heads have been around since the early 80's and were from the same Wessex farm that produced Culture Shock, The Subhumans and Citizen Fish. They released a couple of very decent singles (Dying Man & Forgotten Hero) along with various split releases and cassettes before splitting up in 1985. Since reforming there's been the aforementioned Ash To The Soil plus a few other releases which you can find here : https://a-heads.bandcamp.com/

  Today's song is from the split with Pedagree Skum and it's called Blood On The Pavement.....

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Stiletto Bomb - Won't Let Go

 
(photo : Michael Spencer Photography)


  One of my favourite eps of 2015 was Stiletto Bomb's debut, In The Dark. Featuring J Prozac I liked them every bit as much as his long running band The Prozacs. Unfortunately though, whilst The Prozacs released the excellent Exist album earlier this year (https://theprozacs.bandcamp.com/), from conversations with Jay I knew that he was finding it difficult to keep Stiletto Bomb a going concern. It looks very much as though the band will shortly be no more but I was very happy when he sent me a new ep by them which will be their triumphant farewell. The ep due for release early next year (February?) on Pop-A-Pill Records.

   Stiletto Bomb on this release are Jay on guitar and sharing vocal duties with his wife Andrea (Andy Nihilate) and being ably backed by Scotty Blood (bass/backing vocals), Jeff Blood (lead guitar) and the ever dependable Matty Prozac stepping in on drums. It features 6 new tracks and it's great. Which left me rueing the fact that it'd miss out on the Just Some Punk Songs two part Best Of 2017 shows. Luckily, my favourite song from the ep was one Jay wrote a couple of years ago and he was cool enough to release it early as a single.

  The song is in honour, respect and admiration of Dan Vapid who is one of Jay's biggest musical inspirations. The cover features a cool collage of Dan's music and the song is a fitting tribute. It's available name your price here :   https://stilettobomb.bandcamp.com/album/wont-let-go

    This is Won't Let Go.....

Monday, 11 December 2017

P.M.S. - Cocaine Cunt

  Pic by If Leouf 

  P.M.S. are a feminist hardcore punk band from Paris who formed in October 2014 and feature members of Mary Bell and Outreau (the former band appeared on here back in January). The line up is Fredo Mendes Semedo (drums), Isa Vareille (bass), Evelynne Brown (vocals) and Victoria Arfi (guitar).

  They released a demo in 2016 and next month will see them unleash their first ep (on Danger Records). You can check out a track from it and snap up the "name your price" demo here : https://pmsxmusic.bandcamp.com/ 

  The shared song from the new ep is a sub 1 minute kick in the balls called Cocaine Cunt.....



Sunday, 10 December 2017

Booji Boys - Sister



  One of the best labels of 2017 has been Drunken Sailor Records. Possibly the most eagerly awaited release still to come this year, amongst the listeners of the Just Some Punk Songs show, is the new album by The Booji Boys. Today's update features both and throws in a superb "name your price" 21 track compilation as well.

  From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Booji Boys previously featured on here at the start of the year with a song from their self titled album (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/booji-boys-dream-of-booji.html) and have since released the Sweet Boy ep (which includes their take on an Undertones classic) and a cover of Gang Green's Sold Out. You can check out all their released material here : https://boojiboysfuneral.bandcamp.com/

  Drunken Sailor have put out releases by many bands that have appeared on here including TV Crime, Downtown Boys, First Base, Liquids, Cheap Whine etc. They've collected together a track from each of their 2017 releases and made them available name your price here :   https://drunkensailorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/2017-sampler

  Go snap it up now, it's essential listening.

    The new Booji Boys album is called Weekend Rocker and it'll be out in time for Christmas. From the comments I've heard it's going to be a classic. There was a very limited (17 copies!) vinyl version available to the public in October but the rest of us will have to wait a while longer to hear it. There is however a video for one of the songs, this is Sister.....

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Interview With Steve Higgins (Kill The Colossi/Crash Landings/Decatonics, ex-Gonads)



  An interview today with South Coast Steve..... Steve Higgins.

  Steve's been in a number of bands over the years and is currently drummer for 3 very decent Uk acts. We recently chatted about those bands, his thoughts on influential oi legend Gary Bushell and his thoughts on political infighting and the state of the current scene.


Just Some Punk Songs :  How old were you when you discovered punk and who were the first bands you loved?


Steve Higgins : I was probably 14 or 15 and remember having Never Mind The Bollocks on cassette by the Sex Pistols and Black and White on cassette by Stranglers. I liked the anti establishment stance most of the bands took towards what was happening in the mainstream
I also got into the Clash, Siouxsie And The Banshees and the John Foxx era of Ultravox!


JSPS : Was there much of a local punk scene or any good local bands?

SH : Not at first as I grew up in Bury st Edmunds, Suffolk.
A few local bands I remember were the Wynd-ups, they became 13th Chime and supported Theatre of Hate in Cambridge. As I remember Criminal Tendencies who later became Condemned 84 had a couple of guys I knew from Bury St Edmunds too. I know that those latter bands have issues.




JSPS : From what I can make out, your first band was Cries Of Tammuz in 1992. Following this was a bunch of bands I'm not familiar with such as The Heroines, Ordeal X, Monument, The Outcast Band and The Unit. What led you to join your first band, were they a punk band and are any of those early bands ones people should track down?

SH : Ok so Cries Of Tammuz was the first band I recorded with in 1993 they were a Gothic alternative Rock band likened to Fields Of The Nephilim
Some people may like some of it, it’s dark and atmospheric In truth I gravitated more towards the Goth Dark Wave side of music in the early ‘80s into the mid ‘00s so the likes of Killing Joke, Banshees, The Cure & Joy Division I had more in common with.
(Steve has a Facebook group called The Church Of Killing Joke : https://www.facebook.com/groups/303605232996/about/)





I guess I reestablished my true punk roots when I moved to the south coast in 2010 when I saw an ad to join The Gonads and the inspiration for the church of Oi came out of that to help me re-connect and find out about the newer bands in the scene we know today.

The Heroines were like Throwing Muses, Pixies, PJ Harvey. Ordeal X had more in common with Killing Joke and the Ruts. Monument was a splinter band of Faces Of Sarah. The Outcast Band are likened to The Waterboys, New Model Army & The Levellers. The Unit are 3 piece punk band which is/was Harv Harks solo project who now plays in Menace and is also in Missile.


The Gonads - Warriors


JSPS : Did joining The Gonads feel like a step up? Where they still drawing in decent crowds this many years on from their heyday and Gary Bushell seems to be a bit of a devisive figure amongst some people. What's he really like?

SH :  Joining The Gonads was a bit of both if I’m honest on the one hand it got me back into playing and listening to punk old and new including Oi and Streetpunk.
My second gig was at the Garage in London supporting the Cockney Rejects in front of 500. On the other hand the Gonads are more of a joke band and I don’t really like that side although he has written a few socio political songs too.

Gonad’s headline gigs were generally only people that heard the early stuff. People recognised Garry more for his tv and journalistic work.

Before I’d met him I knew about his past and my thought was Garry Bushell that wanker. But then as I got to know him a bit better I realised that he was one those people that was constantly kicking against the pricks, although I would say that he could have said more to unite the scene rather than divide.
But in the end I guess when you're young you tend to be blinkered in your opinions then as you get older and wiser your mind expands and opens up more to what’s going on.
I’ve met people through the years at gigs whose opinions and ideologies that they had when young have since changed to be less ignorant and more tolerant.

Like you hinted at earlier people either love or hate Garry Bushell.




The Decatonics - Standards


JSPS : You left The Gonads in 2013 and are now drummer with The Decatonics, Kill The Colossi and most recently The Crash Landings (all great bands that have previously featured on here). Is it hard finding the time to commit to all 3 bands? What does the future hold for them (I think Kill The Colossi in particular have a sound that should see them appeal to young punk fans and with the right material could be one of the biggest home grown punk bands around)

SH :  It’s a case of prioritising which band has gigs etc that specific week so you focus on that.
As regards KtC we have our debut album all recorded, it just needs mixing. Also on Wednesday this week we did a rehearsal as a 3 piece which seemed to go better than expected.



JSPS : Crash Landings' All Guts No Glory was one of my favourite albums of 2016 but they were pretty quiet this year. Anything on the horizon for them?

SH : TCL have a lot of new songs that are being worked on as we speak hopefully there will be an album or ep mid 2018.



JSPS : The oi scene has always been pretty splintered but it seems to me that where it was once left wing against right, nowadays more and more bands that aren't political are getting dragged in and targeted by the more extreme elements just because they refuse to get involved in the political side of things. Have you experienced any of this in the bands you've been in? I'm sure you know of plenty of non political bands that have. Do you think it's something that's getting worse?

SH : That’s a toughie!
I think the bands want people to like them and be entertained by them whilst trying to stand in the middle. I haven’t experienced this in the bands I’ve played in yet.


Kill The Colossi - For Honour






JSPS :  You started Facebook group The Church Of Oi. Their description is "Oi/Streetpunk is a Religion open to one and All Regardless of Race Colour Creed or Subculture. Music Unites All" It's a group that promotes oi music but won't tolerate extremism or politics. To me it seems a safe haven away from scene bullshit where fans can get together and just enjoy the music. There's also an increasing number of great oi bands getting invited to play the Rebellion Festival. Would you agree the oi scene is as healthy now as it's been since the mid 80's? And which new bands do you recommend to anyone who might be looking to explore the scene?

SH :  Yes I believe that punk Oi Streetpunk alternative music has no colour or creed, as you can see what has happened with particularly the Skinhead culture worldwide like the Far East etc and South America.
The scene is in a good place right now but there will always be someone somewhere that wants to stir up negativity.
Regarding the 80s I was someone who was more on the anarcho punk side of things with the likes of Crass, Exploited, Discharge etc.
New bands I like are the more melodic progressive ones like
Arch Rivals
Booze n Glory
Boots n All
Out of Order
City Saints

The Mistakes
Grade 2
Dare I say Crash Landings
Resistance 77
I could mention KtC ­čśť


Make sure you check out Never Be Quiet Records too.

Being in a covers band can be fun but at the same time it can make you complacent I always have a need to be playing, recording and writing new otherwise I’d get bored.
As Drummer musician and yourself as a DJ you may be seen as liking one specific style of music but because we are enthusiastic about music it doesn’t make any difference as to what style it conforms too as long as you like it.

 

JSPS :  Thanks Steve, it sounds as though you'll be having a busy and productive 2018 and I look forward to hearing the new stuff...


Kill The Colossi - Fuck The Taxman


Friday, 8 December 2017

Fatskins - Only Came Here To Fight (Reviewed By Jason Long from Smash The Discos Webzine)

 

  This week's guest review is courtesy of Jason Long who is the man behind the excellent Smash The Discos webzine. He's looking to make the zine bigger and better and has enlisted the services of a few extra contributors, including myself so hopefully you'll be seeing some of my stuff in there soon. If you're a fan of punk, oi and hardcore feel free to bookmark it......  https://smashthediscos.wordpress.com/

  Jason's chosen a song by Phoenix, Arizona oi band Fatskins. They formed in 1996 and feature a line up of Mike (vocals), Wynn (guitar), Tom (bass), Kris (rhythm guitar) and Wayne (drums). You can get more info on them here :  https://www.facebook.com/Fatskins/

  Their Viva! ep is on Bandcamp : https://fatskinsphx.bandcamp.com/


  Over to Jason..... 

Whenever anyone asks me about The Fatskins, the first song I point them to is Only Came Here To Fight, off of their 2015 release, Viva!

The Fatskins are the first, and top, name in American Skinhead Rock n Roll. Mike Oxley has a no nonsense, "spit it the fuck out and say what you mean" approach to writing lyrics, with a charged vocal presence to boot. That ability truly shines in "Only Came Here To Fight". I truly love this song because of where the journey takes you. The opening of the song sets the mood for anyone who can relate to the night of the hunt, when you're in that dark mood and shit's about to get seriously real. This is followed up with one of the most catchiest choruses you could ever ask for. One part I always wait for is the pick slide before the last chorus. It's amazing how something so simple can pump you up so heavily, prepairing you for whatever obstacles you're about to face that day. Even if you're not in some sort of fucked up mood, like I am in most of the time, Only Came Here To Fight is a rocked out tune that deserves it's place near the top of your playlist. For me, personally, it reminds me that a punch in the face is never the final blow, but rather much needed therapy that puts shit into perspective, haha.

Take it from someone who obsessively murders tracks to death. I've been listening to it daily for over a year now and haven't tired of it yet. Enjoi...




Thursday, 7 December 2017

Knock Off - This Ain't No Love Song

 

  I played today's song on the Just Some Punk Songs show a few months ago when it was first released and thought I'd give the album a proper listen and post something from it on here. The album was Like A Kick In The Head by London band Knock Off and I was very impressed with it. 14 tracks of quality UK street punk, pretty much any of which would have a case for going on here. But for some reason it was missed out.


  Fast forward to November and the band posted a lyric video for the song that was my initial favourite from the album. It was added to the "to do" list for the blog but kept getting pushed back as new releases got in the way. But today, enough waiting, enough waffle, you're getting a belter of a song from a cracking home grown trio.

  Despite only forming as recently as 2013, Knock Off have already released 3 great albums. Like the bands that have influenced them (The Partisans, The Business, GBH, UK Subs etc) they write songs that are gritty and hard hitting but which are also catchy as hell.  Having caught them at Rebellion earlier this year I can also confirm that they're bloody good live too. You can check them out here :  https://knockoff.bandcamp.com/

  Well worth the wait, this is This Ain't No Love Song....

 
 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

!Mess! - Keep Running



  !Mess! are a street punk rock and roll band from Kapfenberg in Austria who've been together since 2016 and feature Bernd (vocals/guitar), Joe Diepold (guitat/vocals), Face (bass/vocals) and Schwini (drums/vocals). Most reviews of them seem to throw up comparisons with US Bombs so I'll not buck that trend. They write "snotty yet melodic" streetpunk, no politics. As they say, they do care, they just don't cry about it.

  A few months ago they released their debut album, Tales From The Heart. It's available through Wanda Records and you can check it out here :  https://messpunkrock.bandcamp.com/album/tales-from-the-heart

    This is Keep Running......


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Bare Knuckle Hooligans - My Home

 

  A punchy little number today from a band from South Bend, Indianna. Bare Knuckle Hooligans formed in 2015 and are a street punk/oi 3 piece featuring Johann FireOved (drums), Jeff Pissed (guitar/vocals) and Jeff The Chef (bass/vocals).

  They play up tempo working class anthems and have a few releases on their Bandcamp page that you can check out :  https://bareknucklehooligans.bandcamp.com/

  The song I'm posting today is from their new album, Never Walk Alone. It's out on top label Crowd Control Media (you should check out their impressive catalogue of releases) and it's available in Highlighter yellow, clear or black vinyl. More details, plus the digital version here :  https://crowdcontrolmedia.bandcamp.com/album/bare-knuckle-hooligans-never-walk-alone-12

  12 songs about the blood sweat and tears of the working man, fighting to stay alive in broken streets, working class revolt etc. It's fast paced, gritty and in your face. Definitely one of the best of the late 2017 street punk/oi releases and sure to appeal to both the punks and the skins.

  This is My Home....



Monday, 4 December 2017

Armoured Flu Unit - This Machine Kills Fascists



  Armoured Flu Unit are the Southampton based hardcore anarcho-punk band who released a very impressive debut ep earlier this year on Global Resistance Records which was covered here :  http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/armoured-flu-unit-human-error.html

  They aim to voice opinions against the injustice, inequality and prejudices that we're all subjected to on a daily basis. They point out that the world is full of greed, unhealthy pride, anger, resentment, lust, rape, envy, jealousy, spitefulness, dishonesty & homophobia and that these are just other words for fear. They say we must strive so that all people believe in peace if we are to evolve as a species. Focus on goals other than monetary wealth and embrace the similarities between races rather than worry about the differences. All common sense really but not a situation that many politicians, money men and militarists would benefit from.

  So Armoured Flu Unit are angry and frustrated. Which means they release great music. Case in point being their second ep, This Machine Kills Fascists. https://armouredfluunit.bandcamp.com/album/this-machine-kills-fascists-digital-download  With the far right crawling back out from under their rock, this song, the title track, is as relevant as ever.....

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Vista Blue - Nobody Wants Booster

 

  One of the nicest people that I've met on the internet whilst compiling this blog is Vista Blue's Mike Patton. He seems to send me links to his band's new releases every other week. In fact he's so nice, he doesn't just let myself and anyone else who might promote his music download his stuff for free, he makes it all available on Bandcamp name your price so that everyone can enjoy the wonderful power pop tunes that he seemingly has no problem writing. He's a bit like Santa, if Santa was benevolent all year round.

  Which brings me nicely to today's song. Mike contacted me last week with the link to Vista Blue's new ep. It's titled Christmas Sounds and you can snap it up here :  https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/album/christmas-sounds . Being the grateful type of guy that I am, I told him "If you think I'm posting a Christmas song in November, you can sod off." So he sent me a link to a new single they've also just released (https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/album/yer-so-bad-my-little-blue-one). He's not one to hang around between releases!

  Anyway, it's December now so even though I'm not a massive fan of Christmas songs I make an exception for Vista Blue as they're so damn catchy. I even threw a bunch of images together to make an admittedly amateurish video. Have a Merry Christmas Mike and I look forward to loads more messages in 2018.

  This is Nobody Wants Booster.....

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Varukers - Eyes Of A Killer

 

  The Varukers are one of the early pioneers of D-beat. Forming in Leamington Spa in 1979, their heavy sound and political lyrics saw them gain plenty of fans and along with the likes of Discharge and GBH they took the basic punk sound and moved it in a heavier direction. They split for a couple of years at the end of the 80's but it wasn't long before they were again a going concern. There's been plenty of line up changes down the years but one constant is vocalist Anthony "Rat" Martin. Another long serving member is guitarist Ian "Biff" Smith. Rat is also a member of Discharge whilst Biff graces Sick On The Bus. The current line up also features Brian Ansell (bass) and Kevin Frost (drums).

  They featured on here previously with a golden oldie ( http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-varukers-how-do-you-sleep.html ) but are back today with a stand out track from recent album Damned And Defiant. Many bands that are approaching their 40th year could be forgiven for taking a pipe and slippers approach and just going through the motions. That certainly isn't the case here. The album is as hard hitting (musically) and relevant (lyrically) as ever. You can order it here : http://www.thevarukers.com/shop.htm

  This is Eyes Of A Killer.....
 

Friday, 1 December 2017

State Funeral - Age Of Pigs (Reviewed by Darren Bourne from Tadpole Records)

photo by James Tillson

  It's Friday so that means it's guest review day. This time round you're getting a review by Darren Bourne who's the driving force behind Brighton label Tadpole Records. He's chosen a song by State Funeral so I'll just add a couple of links to his label and leave you in his capable hands....

http://tadpolerecords.bigcartel.com/

http://tadpolerecords.blogspot.co.uk/



  State Funeral are a 4 piece Hardcore band from Brighton UK, they are Archie (Vocals, also in Imposter), Charlie (Bass, also in Imposter / Gnarwolves), Idy (Guitar) and Joe (Drums, also in Vile Spirit / Lawful Killing) they have helped create a great live scene down in the south of England along with other local bands like Vile Spirit, Gutter Knife, Never, Imposter and Telekinesis.



They released a 6 track demo which you can download on their Bandcamp which also came out on Boss Tuneage Records as a one sided Flexi Disc https://statefuneraluk.bandcamp.com/releases



  And in 2018 they’ll be releasing a 12” LP on Static Shock Records http://staticshockrecords.limitedrun.com/ & plan to tour Ireland and mainland Europe at some point, if you like bands like Void, Minor Threat, Negative Approach, etc… You should check these guys out & they are a fantastic live band. 

  This Is Age Of Pigs.....

RAISED TO TRUST 
FOREBEARS KNOW BEST 
RESPECT YOUR ELDERS 
EXCEPT THE TARGET ON YOUR CHEST 
ASSUMED THEY HAD WISDOM 
THAT DISPROVED THE YOUTH 
PENSIONS OVER EDUCATION 
WE KNOW THE TRUTH 


AGE OF THE FATTENED PIGS 
STUCK IN THEIR SACCHARINE PAST 
STEERING THEIR DOOMED SHIP 
SIDING WITH UKIP 
WHILST WE’RE TIED TO THE MAST 


RAISED TO TRUST YOU 
KILL OUR FUTURE FOR YOUR OWN 
MAKE US WORK FOR LESS AND LESS 
WE’RE LAZY BECAUSE WE MOAN 
CALL US ENTITLED 
BECAUSE WE WANT THE SAME AS YOU 
TREAT US LIKE SPOILED SHIT 
BECAUSE WE WANT WHAT WE’RE PROMISED TOO 


AGE OF THE FATTENED PIGS 
STUCK IN THEIR SACCHARINE PAST 
STEERING THEIR DOOMED SHIP 
SIDING WITH UKIP 
WHILST WE’RE TIED TO THE MAST 


TIED TO THE MASTERS



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tarant├╝la - Reactors Leaking Radiation

 

  British Columbia label Deranged have released some great music this year, Much of it has featured on here or on the Just Some Punk Songs show (Career Suicide, UV-TV, Pressing On, Flowers Of Evil, Helta Skelta, Night People etc). They're building up a catalogue that certainly packs a mighty punch. Their most recent release is an ep by Chicago hardcore punk band Tarantula. It's titled Weird Tales Of Radiation and you can check it out here :  https://derangedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/weird-tales-of-radiation-and-hate

  If you're blown away by that release then you can find more of the same on the band's Bandcamp page : https://tarantulashocktroopskill.bandcamp.com/

   The band formed out from ashes of C├╝lo and features Corey Feutz, Jared Gatis, John Nickelson and Nathan Gattis and the ep was mastered by Geza X who has worked with several of America's biggest punk bands such as Dead Kennedys, Germs, Redd Kross, Black Flag, Weirdos and The Avengers... His You Goddamn Kids album is an early 80's classic.

  If you're a fan of brutal hardcore music then you'll enjoy this. Reactors Leaking Radiation.....






Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Dead Ending - Make My Own Way

   

  Dead Ending are a hardcore punk "supergroup" featuring members of bands such as Articles Of Faith, Alkaline Trio, Suicide Machines, The Bomb, Noise By Numbers, Ensign and many others. The line up is Vic Bondi (vocals), Jeff Dean (guitar), Derek Grant (drums) and bassist Nate Gluck (who replaced Joe Principe).

  Formed in 2012, they've released 3 eps and last year's Class War single (which featured here : justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/dead-ending-ivanka-wants-her-orange-back.html). Now they're back with debut album, Shoot The Messenger. It's on Alternative Tentacles records and you can check it out here :  https://deadending.bandcamp.com/album/shoot-the-messenger

  It's definitely one of the best hardcore albums of the year. 7 Seconds once sang "you gotta stand the strongest when dissention's all around." Well that time is now and Dead Ending are certainly standing strong. They've got the message and they've certainly got the music. Play it loud.

  This is Make My Own Way.....

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Datenight - Too Good

 

  Today you're getting one of those updates featuring a band that don't post much info on their Facebook page so I have to waffle on in order to fill the requisite couple of introductory paragraphs before leaving you to do the bit you clicked on the link for; check out the song of the day.

  Datenight are from Nashville, They're a young trio featuring Grayton Green (vocals/guitar), Isaac Talbott (bass) and Thomas Borelli (drums). I think their first release was a cassette album in 2015 but the first time I heard them was earlier this year when they released the Datenight Does Dallas ep. You can find that here : https://datenightband.bandcamp.com/album/datenight-does-dallas

  Their latest release is a split ep with fellow Nashville act Spodee Boy. It came out in October on Drop Medium records and you can check it out here : https://dropmedium.bandcamp.com/album/split-7   It's also available on 7" :   https://floridasdying.com/products/datenight-spodee-boy-7?variant=251363524629 

  They play lo-fi, fuzzed up garage/pop punk songs. This is Too Good....


Monday, 27 November 2017

One Week Stand - Your Last Song



  One Week Stand are from Coventry, formed in 2014 and feature a line up of Gaz Cruise (lead vocals/guitar), Connagh West (guitar/backing vocals), Amber Blenkinsopp ( guitar/backing vocals), Dan Nash (bass/backing vocals) and Moose (drums). They list amongst their influences the likes of Green Day, Blondie, The Clash, The Jam and Ramones and their sound is old school pop punk with a dash of ska thrown into the mix.

  In November 2014 they released debut ep, Punk Drunk Love. They followed it a year later with the Targets ep and then in August 2016 unleashed debut album Tales FromThe Bedroom. Their second album was out last month, it's titled Scratch and you can check it out (along with their previous releases) here :  https://oneweekstand.bandcamp.com/

  This song is a 5 minute break up song written iat the the end of a relationship for vocalist Gaz Cruise and it's called Your Last Song....

Beaten down and out and I'm tired 
This thing we had has expired 
It's time for you to go back home 
Peterborough bound, you're high and lonely 
This is definitely the perfect time to phone me but this time I'm not coming back 

This is the last song I'll ever write about you 

Take, take, take me away from you, you 
I'm so bored so don't waste my time 
You're out of line 
Go, go, go away from me 
You, you need to realise you're no longer mine 
You're out of time 

Gonna pay a hypnotist to erase my memory 
I'm burning all the pictures of me and you 
Loneliness has taken it's toll but it's better than staying with you 'till I'm old 
Being with you's like my wallet's got a hole 

This is the last time I'll ever think about you 

Take, take, take me away from you, you 
I'm so bored so don't waste my time 
You're out of line 
Go, go, go away from me 
You, you need to realise you're no longer mine 
You're out of time 

You need to realise you're out of time 

Gonna hire an exorcist to exorcise my memory 
I'm burning all the memories of me and you 

Take, take, take me away from you, you 
I'm so bored so don't waste my time 
You're out of line 
Go, go, go away from me 
You, you need to realise you're no longer mine 
You're out of time 

You're out of time 
You're out of time 
You're out of time 
You're out of time 
You're out of time 
You're out of time

 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Damn Broads - Car Bar

 

  Damn Broads are 3 piece all female punk band from Torrington, Connecticut, who formed in 2010 after meeting through an ad posted on Craigslist. Combining elements of street punk, oi, hardcore and ska, they've been compared to bands like The Pist, Black Flag and Minor Threat. Their line up features Michelle Threat (bass/vocals), Crazines (guitar/vocals) and Taytoxic (drums/vocals).

  Following a couple of demos (The Damn Demo & Politics And Lady Parts), they released their debut album, Loud, Fast And In The Dark in 2012. A couple of years later they returned with Guilty As Charged. Sandwiched in between these albums was a split with The Minor Cuts.

  The song I'm posting today is taken from their new album, Looks Do Kill. You can find details and check out a few tracks here :  https://damnbroads.bandcamp.com/

  Kicking off with a jingle for Pabst Blue Ribbon before swiftly bursting into a hard hitting celebration of their favourite vehicular watering hole. With punchy overlapping vocals that remind me a little in style of Good Clean Fun (not that those straight edgers would ever extol the virtues of alcohol), this is a great intro to the album. It's called Car Bar....


Saturday, 25 November 2017

The Celetoids - Must Be The Gremlins

 

  The Celetoids are a lo fi garage punk band from Croatia and feature members of Modern Delusion and Chresus Jist. They announced themselves with a 2015 demo which featured an early version of the song you'll see below alongside a cover of The Urinals' I'm A Bug. You can find it name your price here :   https://theceletoids.bandcamp.com/album/demo-recording

  Last year they released an 8 track limited edition tape on Doomtown Records which quickly sold out but which has recently been re released by Drunken Sailor Records on 12". You can find details of the vinyl version or download it digitally here : https://drunkensailorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pupal-stage-12

  You may well be thinking to yourselves, "I've not listened to much Croatian music, I wonder what sort of things the youth of that country would sing about and will I be able to understand any of it?"  I can tell you that they sing in English and cover such topics as Max Headroom, the paranormal, suicide and Gremlins.

  This is Must Be The Gremlins....

Friday, 24 November 2017

Suckin Diesel - Rock n Roll (Reviewed by Michael Kerr from Takers & Users)



  Today's guest review is by Michael Kerr who's previously featured on here in his role as guitarist and backing vocalist with Belfast oi band Takers & Users.

https://www.facebook.com/takersandusers/

https://takersusers.bandcamp.com/releases


  He's chosen a song by fellow Belfast band Suckin Diesel and you can check them out here :

https://suckindieselbelfast.bandcamp.com/

  Thanks Michael.....

  Suckin Diesel are a band I’m fairly familiar with, as I played guitar with them for about six years. When I played with them we were a mediocre hardcore band, since I left they’ve moved to more of a street punk sound. Ironically, I left to focus on playing in a band with more of an Oi or street punk sound. Regardless, they’ve now cemented their own sound and playing style and haven’t looked back.

  After years of recording live demos, they’ve now recorded an as of yet, unreleased 6 track ep that includes this song. Production wise, I think they got everything right. A complaint I have with lots of punk music is that the bass drum is too low, not with this recording though. I think they got the guitar and bass levels spot on as well. At the minute in the punk/oi scene there’s a bit of a revival of the classic sound where the production might not be as polished, or the song writing as catchy. If you prefer your punk and Oi less polished you may not be a fan of this, but if you’re a fan of melodic street punk you’ll like this.
You can find more of their stuff on their facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/suckindieselbelfast/

Keep up the good work lads. 


*Edit* Anything that could be construed as a compliment is a fuckin lie, I just wrote it because their bassist has a jaw like a post box and fists like anvils.


  This is Rock n Roll...

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Sapphics - Boredom Queen



  The Sapphics are from Limoges in France and their line up features Clement (lead vocals), Tom (lead guitar), Lucas (rhythm guitar), Guillaume (bass) and Benoit (drums). They mix elements of garage, punk, surf and rock to produce a sound influenced by the Californian scene that's led them to be compared to artists such as Ty Segall and Fidlar. They formed in 2014 and are currently preparing to self release their debut album Camel Toes. It'll be available on vinyl and cd on 1st December and you can find details here :  https://thesapphics.bandcamp.com/

  The album contains 11 tracks of  fuzzed up rock riffing. Don't visit the album expecting your basic 3 chord angry punk rock rants, this is a more laid back, spaced out adventurous affair (though that's not to say it doesn't have plenty of pulse pounding up tempo moments). Imagine The White Stripes mixed with Iggy Pop, even better just listen to the song that's posted below (which, showing their versatility, doesn't sound like either The White Stripes or Iggy Pop!).

  This is Boredom Queen....






Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Grim Deeds - Dead Inside


  It's not been the best of years for Californian solo artist Grim Deeds. He says 2017 has been painful and challenging but he also says that all the emotional turmoil has made for good songwriting inspiration. Between January and September he's hidden himself away in various classroms, garages and even his car where he's recorded the 31 songs that have now surfaced on his latest album, Do Not Mock Satan. The songs have had a therapeutic effect, they've given him a purpose. From talking to various people from the bands that appear on this blog, I know he's not the only one who's been struggling this year. There's been a few people struggling with work, family and life in general who have found solace in their music. It's been hard at times for them to find the time and motivation to carry on creating music but they've pressed on and I'd like to take the opportunity to let them know that there are people out there that are grateful for the chance to listen to the fruits of their labour.

  And before I get too mawkish, Do Not Mock Satan.... As I mentioned, it's a sprawling album, recorded during the course of the year and it's Grim responsible for pretty much everything although he does enlist the help of a few guests such as Marky Kobane, Maria Surfinbird, Cederick Forsberg and Brad Lipman. The songs are short, often quirky pop punk ditties.  If you've ventured across Grim's prolific output before you'll already know what to expect.

  You can find it here :

https://grimdeeds.bandcamp.com/album/do-not-mock-satan

  "The world has turned to grey as my spirit wastes away"...."and I wish I could be happy just like you and all your friends".... "though I try my best, I still walk around depressed." Even though 2017 hasn't been the best, even though the lyrics might be bleak, the music is still upbeat and lifts the spirits. Hopefully 2018 is a great year for all my punk friends. This is Dead Inside....


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

South Class Veterans - For Hire

 

  It's possible that the eagle eyed (eagle eared?) amongst you may recognise today's song. It was originally released earlier this year in demo form and it's by New Jersey street punk/oi band South Class Veterans. The band (Bosco, Dan, Sean, Greg & Scott) features members of  One4One, Oxblood and Thick As Thieves.

  Now remastered, the song will be on their debut single which will be available next month on Skin Collector Records in Brazil. A German label is scheduled to release it in Europe and the UK in April and it'll also be available in the US. In support of the single they'll be playing a number of gigs including one in January at the Brighton Bar with US Bombs. You can get more details here :  https://www.facebook.com/Southclassveterans/

  So back to today's song, it's about being working class in a world of greed. Getting up at the crack of dawn to go to a crappy minimum wage job, to slave away the day whilst your boss bitches and whines, the only respite being the all too short weekend. It's about being a cog in their wheel, just managing to get by with enough to keep a roof over your head and your family fed. It's about the life of the working man and woman. It's very good. It's called For Hire....
 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Morgan Brown (Pardon Us, Down And Outs etc)



  I've got a great top 10 for you today chosen by Morgan Brown who's a member of a couple of the best British bands of recent years, Pardon Us and Down And Outs. Originally from Ireby in Cumbria he now lives in Liverpool and has also graced a number of other bands including Flamingo 50, Town Bike and The No Marks.

  Here's a couple of links to some excellent name your price music....

https://pardonus.bandcamp.com/

https://downandouts.bandcamp.com/


Thanks Morgan.....


Firstly, please note that this is a top ten punk songs, rather a top ten songs if any genre - I listen to all kinds of stuff, but figure that readers if this blog can live without me rambling on about old country songs or Beach Boys records. Also, this is hardly definitive - I change my mind all the time, depending on my current mood, and there are definitely loads of songs which I will kick myself for not including here. That said, in no particular order, here we go:

  1)  HUSKER DU - Celebrated Summer

It's no exaggeration to say that the Huskers changed my life when I first heard them at 14. This is my favourite song of theirs, with all the intensity if their early hardcore material, combined with the melancholic, almost folksy tunefulness which Bob Mould was moving towards. The lyrics are at once a joyful hymn to youth, and an elegy for its passing. Perfect.



  2)  SNUFF - Somehow

I think some people probably view Snuff as part of the whole '90s Fat Wreck scene as a result of their later work, but I've always felt that they have a completely distinct sound, especially in their original incarnation. The whole first LP is an exhilarating listen, but this song in particular always gets me...



  3)  SLEATER-KINNEY - One Song For You

Combining the righteous fury of the early Riot Grrrl movement with some stellar musicianship and more nuanced lyrical take on the politics of gender and sexuality, S-K were pretty much untouchable in the later '90s. Dig Me Out may be the go-to album, but this deep cut from follow up The Hot Rock captures their mesmerising vocal and guitar interplay and rhythmic dexterity at a definite peak.



  4)  THE DAMNED - Love Song

Whilst I know the Pistols and Clash were important, The Damned are still my favourite early UK punk band, particularly the Machine Gun Etiquette era line-up. The blend of a raging Motorhead-inspired rhythm section with a big anthemic singalong pop melody was completely new, and stands up brilliantly to this day



  5)  J CHURCH - Tide Of Fate

J Church are criminally underrated, and Lance Hahn was a tremendous song writer, as well as an excellent human. His songs took in all manner of topics, from political history, through conspiracy theories, arthouse cinema, and obscure pop culture references, to more personal themes. This song celebrates the brief, joyous moments of freedom which make the daily grind tolerable, and it's wonderful.



  6)  NAKED RAYGUN - Home Of The Brave

Raygun strike a perfect balance between the artfully weird and upliftingly melodic sides of punk, with this track falling very much into the latter category. I saw Jeff Pezatti play this with The Bomb at a little gig in Stoke a few years ago. Me and my pals got to sing some back-ups, and it's one of my favourite ever gig memories.



  7)  RAMONES - Outsider

Along with Husker Du, the Ramones were my introduction to punk, and I still don't really think there is any better music. The first 3 albums defined their classic sound, but there are tons of gems in the later records too, this being one of the finest!



  8)  RUDIMENTARY PENI - Bloody Jellies

I love a bit of anarcho punk, and, along with the Subhumans, Peni are obvious stand-outs within the genre. Enigmatic, intelligent, chilling and so fucking powerful!



  9)  CAVES - Need It Most

My first 'proper' punk band was Flamingo 50, which me and Lou Hanman started while we were still in Uni. Since then, she's gone on to do great things with Caves, Worriers, the Mikey Erg Band and more, and amazingly seems to keep getting better! The most recent Caves LP is an absolute triumph, and this is one of the highlights. Mega.



 10)  MARTHA - Chekhov's Hangnail

The are so many great DIY punks doing amazing things in the UK right now, and I think Martha are right at the top of the heap, combining the grit and drive of punk with irresistible pop hooks and lyrics which mix the political and personal with warmth, pathos and humour. They're one of the most vital bands in existence right now, and this song is among their finest.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Vanilla Poppers - Footsteps

 

  I've played Vanilla Poppers a few times on the Just Some Punk Songs show (shows get saved here if anyone wants some cool background music to accompany their internet browsing : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/) and truth be told I thought I'd already featured them on here. Turns out I haven't so today I'll be correcting that oversight.

  They're from Cleveland (Ohio) and Australia (vocalist Christine Pap moved from Melbourne to Cleveland) and formed in 2015 featuring members of  bands such as Prison Moan, Cruester, Grin And Bear It, Rubber Mate, Perverts Again etc...

  They quickly released a name your price demo (https://blowbloodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/vanilla-poppers-demo-cassette) and tour tape (https://blowbloodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tour-tape). Both were on Pap's own Blow Blood Records  (https://www.facebook.com/BlowBloodRecords/) . Next up was the 7" ep on Negative Jazz records titled Lurking In The Corner Of Cleveland Ohio.

  They returned a couple of months ago with their debut S/T album, it's on Lumpy Records and you can check it out here :  https://blowbloodrecords.bandcamp.com/album/lumpy-records-release-s-t-lp

  As well as Christina Pap, the band also features Jo Coone (guitar), Steve Osborne (bass) and Drew Vaccaro (drums).  This song is about that feeling you get when you're walking home alone and you think you're being followed. You think you've glimpsed something out of the corner of your eye, you can hear footsteps coming up behind you and you're getting paranoid that someone's coming for you. It's called Footsteps....