The Swamp Rats – “Manslaughter Of Natural Magnitude”

Release date: May 29, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: DIY

Location: Denver, CO

Current Lineup: 

Ethan – Drums

Seth- Guitar and vocals

Favorite Tracks: The Munsters (Theme cover), Icepick Lobotomy, Rigormortis Blues, Alien LSD

Sounds Like: The Turbonauts, Dead End, Hayley and The Crushers, Lucy and The Rats, Dick Dale, Tiger Army, and The Cramps.


 

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The one genre we don’t seem to get to review much is by far surf. We reviewed Arvada, Colorado based band The Turbonauts back in May.  I realized back then how much I really enjoy listening to surf music in general. I don’t know if it’s the guitar fuzz or the Ventures popularized drum surf beat. As soon as I hear it. I’m already hooked. As I started listening to The Swamp Rats, “Manslaughter Of Natural Magnitude”. That old familiar feeling came back to me.

Now let’s mix in some baddies from the “Monster Era”. Now add in some kick ass scifi references as well. What do you get? This is a homegrown mile high monster of an album. Yeah I’m gonna use some gifs on this review. So prepare yourself now for the epic proportions of cheese like gifs coming your way.

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The album starts with ‘Spacehelmet Aquarium’. This song has some great drum work. It’s a great intro into the rest of the record. Now many of these songs are purely instrumental as is this one. I could be wrong, but I think I hear an organ or keyboard in the background.  It gives off that surfy, yet kinda creepy feeling.

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‘Waterboard Your Neighbor” is up next. For whatever reason this song reminded me of the show CHIPS. No idea why, but probably when the boys are chasing down some baddies. The guitar on this absolutely shreds.

‘Skiffilin Daze’, slows down the record, yet brings it around with a funk beat. This song will sure to be a favorite among those super high in the audience. Haha! ‘Broken UFO’ comes up next on the album. This one brings back the fuzz! I really like the guitar riff on this one.

‘Munsters’, this is cover of the theme song from the hit tv show with the same title. This is a fantastic little cover! It brings back some great memories of watching the show with my grandfather.

 

‘Creature From The Black Spitune’, this is a rocking song with some some awesome sound clips. The drums return with a vengeance.  The title is obvious a fun take on the movie, The ‘Creature From The Black Lagoon’. ‘Benders Family Inn”, now I could be wrong on this one. I think this song may be referring to American serial killers, The Bloody Benders. This is actually the only song I can tell with band vocals. It has great little western twang to it. I really dig the progression towards the end of the song.

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‘Rigormortis Blues’, is up next and returns back to a surf sound. This one will get those guys and gals out on the dancefloor. Yet it still retains that creepy, “Monster Mash” feel. ‘Alien LSD’, is the last song on the record. It’s quick and acts as if more of a finally type outro.

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The Swamp Rats have crafted a monster. Their psychobilly surf sound is like walking through a cheesy 1960’s monster movie. Except in this movie Frankie Valli is an evil scientist that surfs and makes monsters. If I could change one thing about this album would be the addition of an upright bass. Be sure to check out their music here, https://theswamprats1.bandcamp.com/album/manslaughter-of-natural-magnitude !

Track list:

  1. Spacehelmet Aquarium
  2. Waterboard Your Neighbor
  3. Icepick Lobotomy
  4. Skiffilin Daze
  5. Broken UFO
  6. The Munsters
  7. Creature From The Black Spitune
  8. Benders Family Inn
  9. Rigormortis Blues
  10. Alien LSD

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Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Swamp-Rats-826496250782370/

Bandcamp: https://theswamprats1.bandcamp.com/album/manslaughter-of-natural-magnitude

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Blinding Eye Dog – “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon!”

Release date: July 4, 2018

Format: Digital and physical

Label: Bad Taco Records

Location: Baltimore, MD

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Ron “Elvistopholes” Clark – Vocals and Latex Modeling;

Sean “Rev. Von Horrorsin” Harrison – Drums and Baby Making;

Bugsy “Dr. Pervert West” Bryant – Guitar and Heavy Drinking;

“The Goatman”, Jude Iscariot – Guitar and Prison Stories;

Nick the Genie – Bass and jumping around

Favorite Tracks: Puppet Massacre, Baltimore Lean, Call of Cthulhu, Seed, Stupidville USA,

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Minor Threat, The Exploited, FEAR, The Damned, Circle Jerks, The Cramps, New York Dolls, Dead Kennedys


 

Blinding Eye Dog – “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon!”

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When writing album reviews sometimes I have the hardest time aligning a band with a certain genre. There are so many different genres of punk these days. It actually makes my job somewhat difficult. There’s post punk, hardcore, horror punk, pop punk, skate punk, and etc. Most people, not all have their own favorite genres.  My favorite genre is more of a classic sound like the Clash or The Damned.

So what happens when you find a band that combines so many different genres? You get Baltimore punks, Blinding Eye Dog! Their latest album, “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon” dropped on the 4th of July. This album struck me. I really wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of different genres.  Lately we’ve had our fair share of hardcore and pop punk.

So let’s check out some of my favorites from the album. “Icenian Queen” starts off the album with a horror punk sound. It reminds me a bit off the Damned’s, “Machine Gun Etiquette”. It has a great classic sound, with ripping shreds on guitar. “StupidVille USA, is next up on the track list.

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This song has a powerful message and sadly defines the state of the American union. How many bad things in small towns are swept under the rug? I really enjoy the progression and drums on this one. “Feel The Bern”, is up next. This song has a more hardcore edge to it and it kicks ass!

“Baltimore Lean”, a little slower, yet still has somewhat of a steely sound on bass. This one has some catchy lyrics to it and sounds a little like the New York Dolls. “Puppet Massacre’ is up next. This would be my favorite on the album. It’s more on the horror punk side. It has a kick ass guitar intro and wicked vocals.

 

“Tom Otter’s Lane”, is up next on the track list. This song sounds very Black Flag influenced. It fast and heavy. There’s a sweet little guitar shred towards the end. “ I Can’t Believe It’s Not Haggis”, rolls the album on. This one really sounds like a Cramps song at the intro. See where I’m going with this?

“Call of Cthulhu”, is up next on the album. This would be my second favorite song. This one has more of a Dead Kennedy’s sound. It’s catchy and drums pound. This one is a crazy pit waiting to happen. “Frankenhooker” comes in with a Dead Boys like sound. The lyrics are funny, better watch out for the Frankenhooker!

“Bong of Cthulhu”, well this one has more of metal sound. I guess this would be called, “Stoner Punk”? Haha. This one slows the record’s progression down, with a little funk. “Seed” is up next on the track list. This one really sounds like FEAR. It speeds the album back up.

“Grab Life”, is up next. It continues the speed with some great drums and excellent vocals. This is about the evil orange haired monster, “Führer Trump”. “Rush Hour” is up next. It continues the fast pace of the album. This is probably my third favorite song on the record. I love the surf punk fuzz on this one.

“Cum On Aileen”, this is a pure horror punk song. This one has some great drum work. “Berserker”, is up next on the record. No not the “Berserker” song from Clerks, haha! This one has almost a metal undertone to it. “Honey, It’s Okay”, I absolutely love the trumpet and vocals on this one. This is like a serial killer’s theme song!

Overall “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon”, should be in every punk’s collection. Personally I’d love to have this on vinyl simply for a more raw sound.  The combination of genres and influences marks this one as one of the more memorable albums of 2018. You can pick up a physical copy here, https://blindingeyedog.bandcamp.com/album/rlyeh-wasnt-built-in-a-decade-hon

Track List:

1. Icenian Queen

2. Stupidville, USA

3. Feel the Bern

4. Baltimore Lean

5. Puppet Massacre

6. Tom Otter’s Lane

7. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Haggis

8. Call of Cthulhu

9. Frankenhooker

10. Bong of Cthulhu

11. Seed

12. Grab Life

13. Rush Hour

14. Cum On Aileen

15. Berzerker

16. Honey, It’s Okay

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blindingeyedog/

Bandcamp: https://blindingeyedog.bandcamp.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/blindingeyedog/

Website: http://www.blindingeyedog.com/

Proton Packs / Livermores – Party Time For Astronauts 7″ Split

Release Date: March 17, 2018

Format:

Label:  I Buy Records (IT), Mom’s Basement Records (US), Commando Records (IT) (Collab)

Distro: Monster Zero

Location:

Proton Packs – Siena/Arezzo Italy

The Livermores – Ancona, Italy

Current Lineup(s): (Per Facebook)

Proton Packs

  • Matt, Brodie
  • Alex,
  • El Lèon Blanco

Livermores

  • P.P. – vocals/bass
  • Mattia – drums
  • Nisba – guitar/vocals

Our Favorite Track(s):

Proton Packs

-Living On Mars, USA Vs Usb

The Livermores

-Rave On Club, Panama Papers

Artwork: Riccardo Bucchioni ( Screeching Weasel, Riverdales, Manges ecc ecc)

Sounds Like: The Ramones, Latte+, The Lillingtons, Head And Mange


 

Being the old school geezer I am. My first introduction to “Horror Punk” was The Misfits – Walk Among Us, way back in 1994. I was already late to the party as Danzig had already gone solo with, “Danzing” in 1986. While my buddies were rocking out to the pop stations on FM, I was buying old albums by the Ramones and T.S.O.L. The Ramones were able to cross horror and pop punk leaving a legacy to be followed. Bands now like the Proton Packs and Livermores are continuing the tradition of mixing catchy pop punk sound with horror/scfi themes.

The Proton Packs and Livermores have teamed up to create a 7” split, “Party Time For Astronauts”! This split offers us 4 songs, 2 per artist. My personal favorites on the album, “Living On Mars” and “Panama Papers”. Both songs have catchy lyrics, mind blowing guitar riffs, and powerful drum progressions. My only regret is listening to this digitally. In fact I’ll probably buy the 7”, as I really want to hear this on vinyl. Not only for an old school sound, but the kick ass artwork by, Riccardo Bucchioni!

 

Sadly I couldn’t locate a video for the any songs by the Proton Packs located on the EP.  They still kick ass. Check out “Stay Puft Marshmallow Man”! They really show off they’re Ecto Punk here!

 

You can stream and download the ep here, https://ibuyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ibr009-party-time-for-astronauts. As I suggested you can pick up the 7” here, https://www.ibuyrecords.it/prod/proton-packs-the-livermores-party-time-for-astronauts. Be sure to follow them both them on Facebook, Livermores – http://www.facebook.com/thelivermores, Proton Packs – http://www.facebook.com/theprotonpacks . If you want the latest news be sure to follow http://www.facebook.com/ibuyrecordszine!