Jagger Holly Releases Tongue In Cheek Christmas LP, “It's Christmas Somewhere” Out Now on Monster Zero Records

Release Date: 11/15/2019

Format: Digital and physical

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Location: 

  • Innsbruck, Austria. The band includes members from The Spastic Hearts (USA) DeeCracks (Austria) and On My Arms (Italy) 

Current Lineup:

  • Jagger Holly- Vocals/Bass
  • Darby McCartney- Guitar/Vocals
  • Izzy Adler- Drums

Favorite Tracks: Christmas In Hawaii, What Do You Want For Christmas?, Santa Baby, All Alone On Christmas, 

Sounds Like: Stray The Course, The Queers, Came And Took It, Neon Bone, Lost Love, Latte+, Lawrence Arms, Flatliners, Nerdlinger, and Teenage Bottlerocket


What happened to the crazy Christmas videos from the 70s, 80s, 90’s? They say video killed the radio star, did internet streaming kill the video star? Actually MTv pretty much killed itself by switching over to a reality TV format. This started way before internet streaming became the popular format. So I thought in the spirit of Christmas and that of Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”. I’d revisit some ghosts of Christmas past before checking out the new Jagger Holly release. 

Let’s start things off with the The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight). Next to FEAR’s. “Fuck Christmas” this is by far one of my favorite Christmas videos. The popular school of thought is Joey wrote this for his current girlfriend at the time Linda Ramone. We may never know, but the legal battle over the Ramones copyright continues today.

Another favorite Christmas video of mine is RUN DMC – “Christmas In Hollis”. Not only is the video hilarious; but the song proved that rap could create some excellent seasonal tunes.

Last but number one in my book overall, The Pogues – “Fairytale Of New York”. This controversial song reminds us that not all is happy and joyous.

This review is not really about any of the songs above, but they are all about Christmas. Since the rise 90’s punk. The amount of covers and originals are endless. So how is, Jagger Holly – “Somewhere It’s Christmas” in 3 words, A TOTAL BLAST! The intro track, “Ghost Of Christmas Past”, pays homage to the classic setting up the rest of the album. Personally I’d throw in some hits from the over consumed, People Corrupting People’s album, “White Elephant”. 

“Christmas in Hawaii” is next and comes in with some surf like chords while paying tribute to “Mele Kalikimaka”. “What Do You Want For Christmas” follows with a fantastic love ballad. Speaking on love ballads. I have yet to be Whammed, by “Last Christmas”. Let us hope I don’t hear it. Haha! “Santa Baby” is next with twist on the popular song with Jagger Holly giving us an original version. The lyrics are hilarious. 

“Santa Baby, 

I feel so good lately, 

except for the drugs we used, 

Satan made me do, 

I’m sorry”

The next track is “Lonely”. Talk about seasonal blues! I love this ballad. It’s sad, but it’s for all of us missing someone special this time of year. As Clark Griswold introduces, “Holiday Without You” you are set up for old Griswold family christmas! This is a fun track! The “Ghost Of Christmas Present” follows with a super heavy bass line! This is a great instrumental track only. 

Next up is a fantastic cover of Darlene Love’s, “All Alone On Christmas”. This track appeared on the Home Alone 2 soundtrack. Sadly the movie was forgettable and somewhat strange to say the least. This cover features Lucy Spazzy ( Lucy And The Rats/ Spazzys) on vocals. I dig this version much better than the original. Lucy’s voice reminds me of Kirsty Maccoll. She nails this track! Side note the original was written by Steven Van Zandt

“Number One On My Christmas List” follows with a strong pop punk tune. Jagger Holly is one of those bands I simply love listening to and “It’s Christmas Somewhere” incorporates everything we love and hate about Christmas. The next song is an anthem ballad called, “I’m Not Coming Home Christmas”. Now I’m not sure if this is a rip at Don Henley’s, “Please Come Home For Christmas, but It just might be.   

The “Ghost Of Christmas Future” follows and returns a strong surf/rockabilly beat. I’d be lying if I said, “I hate rockabilly Christmas tunes”. In fact I was raised on them! The final track is, “Mistletoe” and continues the country twang. It pokes fun at atheists celebrating Christmas. It’s time I go try and wrap some presents! 

In conclusion, Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere” is like a snowy Hawaiian adventure from Christmas’s past, and a pop punk rumble through the future. I would love to see, “All Alone On Christmas” hit the pop charts as we need new Christmas songs forced down our throats on November 1rst. I swear to God If I hear one more song! My only con of the album? Well at one point they mention, “Jingle All The Way” as their favorite Christmas movie. I beg to differ! “Christmas Vacation” is the ultimate winner. I kid of course. So if you need a change to the yule, throw on Jagger Holly’s, “It’s Christmas Somewhere”! 

What are your favorite Christmas jams and movies? Let us know down the comments! 

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Tracks: 

  • 1. Ghost Of Christmas Past
  • 2. Christmas In Hawaii
  • 3. What Do You Want For Christmas?
  • 4. Santa Baby
  • 5. Lonely
  • 6. Holiday Without You
  • 7. Ghost Of Christmas Present
  • 8. All Alone On Christmas
  • 9. Number One On My List
  • 10. It’s Christmas Somewhere
  • 11. I’m Not Coming Home For Christmas
  • 12. Ghost Of Christmas Future 
  • 13. Mistletoe

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Just In Time For Halloween, Teenage Bubblegums Get Horror, Fast And Loud, With New LP, “In Limbo”

Release Date: September 13, 2019

Label:  Monster Zero Records                                           

Format: Digital/Physical/LP

Location: Forli, Italy

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Billy – Guitar & Vocals.
  • Ally – Bass & Vocals.
  • Mingu – Drums.

Favorite Tracks: Burn, Quit It, Compassion, and In Limbo

Sounds Like: Manges, Teen Idols, The Lillingtons, The DollyRots, Nine Inch Nails, Ramones and Bomboloni


Let’s take a minute to recognize one of my favorite small labels, “Monster Zero Records”. They are not owned by the devils at Warner, or Sony, CBS, etc. The folks on their promotion team are just like you and me. In fact per their website, “Monster Zero is a semi-unprofessional punkrock label, based in Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria, Europe. We like punk rock, pop punk, power pop and beer. We love Ramones and 5-Star hotels”. I like punk rock, beer and 5 star hotels! 

They are professionals at getting music on their label out to the masses. We’ve done a ton of reviews from Monster Zero bands, see them here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/tag/monster-zero/. Today I’m happy to show ex pop punks from Forli, Italy, Teenage Bubblegums. The ex pop punks recently dropped their 3rd release, “In Limbo” back in September. Let’s give it a run through! 

The first track is “Quit It”. The buzz saw like notes come flying in before joining in a dark and delicious melody. The next song is “Burn”. The track continues the dark them. The backbeat is amazing. Ally’s vocals make it seem as if the listener is traversing through some creepy haunted house. The bass takes it even deeper. 

“How I Feel” follows with some insane work on guitar and strong chords. As I listen I can feel a sense of anger, emptiness, and hope. The next song is “In Limbo”. We’ve all been there stuck waiting on a change, waiting for an outcome. It can plain suck sometimes! This track; however does not suck! Extremely dark power chords, combined with excellent drum work make this track stand out. 

The track could easily be added to an industrial playlist without sounding out of place. “Never Again” is the follow up track. In starts with Ramonescore sound, yet more on the Horror/Lillingtons side. The simple lyrics seem to fly through like a witch on a broomstick, flying around, searching for kids to add to her brew. 

The next track is “Full Of Agony”. This tracks belongs in a horror movie. It’s fast, fun, although the lyrics would suggest otherwise! “My Mind” follows by coming in with a kick ass buzz saw sound before joining in with the bass and drums. The next track is “High”. Damn this song makes me want to get high haha! It’s pogo worthy in my book, with its energetic and fast melody. 

“Shame” follows up coming in with a siren like intro. I love this track. Goth and industrial fans this may also appeal to you as well. The lyrics are dark and powerful.

Flames, I was walking through the flames

I’ve got some poison running through my veins

And I’ve got so much shame

Flames, I was walking through the flames

My name is loneliness, where did I fail?

And I’ve got so much shame”

The last track on the release is “Compassion”. Have you ever tried to change someone for the better in a relationship? You don’t want to lose them, but also cannot make them love you. I’ve been there and never going back. This track is for all of us whom have undergone the emotions associated. A Ramonescore melody sets the theme before unleashing into onslaught of punk.

In conclusion Teenage Bubblegum’s, “In Limbo” is angry, emotional river, which pulls in different genres such as post punk, pop punk and industrial to an incredible punk rock combination. Be sure to pick this one up on vinyl for the purest recording here, https://teenagebubblegums.bandcamp.com/album/in-limbo

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Track List (Per Bandcamp)

  1. Quit It
  2. Burn
  3. How I Feel
  4. In Limbo
  5. Never Again
  6. Full Of Agony
  7. My Mind
  8. High
  9. Shame
  10. Compassion

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Dorkatron Drops New Video For “Lunch Money” And It’s….

Lunch Money – official music video from “The Extra Mile EP” (MZ #71) on Monster Zero Records. Video produced by Jürgen Oberhauser

Read the CPRA Review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/10/dorkatron-the-extra-mile-ep/

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/qhtPtLlGmWI
Dorkatron on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorkatron.school/Get Dorkatron’s ‘The Extra Mile’ EP here: 
https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/dorkatron-the-extra-mile-12-ep

Dorkatron – The Extra Mile on Bandcamp:https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-extra-mile
Tommy’s Hot Stuff: http://www.tommyshotstuff.com/

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Sweatpants Party Releases New Video, “I Hate Pineapple”.

Sweatpants Party

Sweatpants Party is somewhat of a punk rock supergroup from Innsbruck (AT) featuring members of The Apers, Jagger Holly, The 20 Belows and Stockkampf. The band has just released its first song called ‘I Hate Pineapple’ which will be out on the Punk Rock Raduno Vol. 4 sampler this summer.

Check out the new video for ‘I Hate Pineapple’ on Youtube and expect more music by Sweatpants Party soon on Monster Zero!

You can also check out our review of Jagger Holly’s last release here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/11/05/jagger-holly-last-of-the-international-playboys/

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The Hangup’s Return To The Airwaves With New EP, “No Expectations”

 

Release Date: February 21, 2019

Format: Digital, Physical and Vinyl

Label: Monster Zero

Location: Malmö, Sweden

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ale Hangup – Guitar & Vocals
  • Hugo – Bass & Backing vocals
  • Poffe – Drums
  • Ludvig – Guitar & Backing vocals

Favorite Tracks: Stupid World, Out Of Order, Done With You, and Bigger Brain

Sounds Like: The Queers, Screeching Weasel, and old school Greenday


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Sweden’s The Hangups have released their second EP called, “No Expectations” on Monster Zero Records. We reviewed their first EP here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/the-hangups-s-t/. I’m still rocking this record 6 months later. Today we get a brand new one!

I’m lucky I grew up during the time when Look Out Records was releasing some of the best punk bands from the 90s. “No Expectations” continues this tradition. One aspect I tend to dislike are outright depressing bands. I mean no disrespect, and we all need those bands at certain times in our lives. For a music reviewer 10 straight tracks of sadness, is seriously very depressing.

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This is why I adore the Hangups. All of their songs put a Joker like smile on my face.

So let’s check out, “No Expectations”. I have to admit I do have high expectations since I loved their last release. “Stupid World” is the first track up and it will get that dopamine moving. The drums are excellent. I’m feeling the throwback effect already. The lead singer’s voice sounds almost exactly like Joe Queer.

“Out of Order” is the second track up. The track is super fast. Grab your best friend and head for the pit. The drums and riffs are the stars of the track. “Done With You” comes up next. This is pure and 100% break up punk. Everyone and anyone can relate to this song. Where was this song when I really needed it? Damn.

“Bigger Brain” is next and this ends this kick ass EP. This would be my second favorite track. The lyrics are addicting with a thumping bass line. Overall The Hangups record, “No Expectations”, should quickly join your collection. This a 4 track record that gives you that youthful, no fecks given feeling. It’s something we all need in order to remain positive in a world full of shite. Grab your board and pick this one up on vinyl today.

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Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Stupid World

2.Out Of Order

3.Done With you

4.Bigger Brain

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Saturday Night Karaoke – “Professional Goofballs”

Release date: 8/19/2018

Format: Digital and physical

Label:

Location:

  • Jatinangor – Bandung, Indonesia

Current Lineup:

  • Athif Aiman : Drums & vocals
  • Andresa Nugraha : Bass & vocals
  • Prabu Pramayougha : Guitar & vocals

Favorite Tracks:

  • Buzzer Rejector
  • Lamar
  • Never Learn
  • Bartemu

Sounds Like:

Descendents, The Ramones, The Queers, Green Day and Screeching Weasel


 

 

Small Label October continues on with Indonesian punks, Saturday Night Karaoke aka SNK. Their new album, “Professional Goofballs” is out now on Monster Zero Records. It has to be tough in Indonesia being a punk. Here in the states we may get funny looks, or people may talk shit to us. We don’t conform to Uncle Sam’s fake American Pie life. Yet we retain the freedom to dress how we like, listen to our own music, and generally enjoy freedom of movement. Sure its not perfect, but we are not being forced into many things.

 

Indonesia is ruled by Sharia law and many punks have been arrested simply for being punks. I’m proud to review SNK’s new album and provide them with a safe place to visit! This album’s mix of poppy and catchy punk tunes sounds like it rolled right out of southern California. This album is just plain fun. My personal favorite tracks on the album are, “Buzzer Rejector”, “Lamar, “Never Learn”, “T.S.B.”, “Do The Gawking Geek, and Bertemu”.

 

The mix of punk and nerdcore add to the fun atmosphere the album sets. ‘Do The Gawking Geek” is absolutely hilarious. Yet the track “Bartemu” with its mix of surf, pop and punk, shows us that SNK is extremely talented. Overall I think any pop punk fan will love this album. Be sure to check them out here, https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/professional-goofballs!

 

Tracks: (Per Badcamp)

  1. Venus The Internship Clown
  2. Buzzer Rejector
  3. Lamar
  4. Never Learn
  5. Nostalgic Feeling
  6. Vaporwave
  7. Midnight Madness
  8. T.S.B.
  9. Come Home, Buddy!
  10. Do The Gawking Geek
  11. Weekend Bed Club
  12. Bertemu

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Sugus – 1995

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Release Date: 09/22/2018

Format:

  • Digital

Label:

  • Monster Zero (NL)
  • Rufus Recordings (SP)

Location:

  • Madrid, Spain

Current Lineup: 

  • Drums & vocals: Begutus
  • Guitar & vocals: Head Power
  • Bass: Blote
  • Guitar & vocals: Pepe Useless

Favorite Tracks: 1995, A Weasel In My Pants, By My Side, Hocquet,

Sounds Like: Ramones, NOFX, Queers, Lagwagon and the Mr T Experience


 

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Yesterday I coined the term for this month’s theme as, “Small Label October”. We’ve been writing a ton of reviews on small label bands and feel they deserve way more recognition. We’ve checked out A Jam Records, Lockjaw, 1,000 Islands Record, and today’s lucky contestant is Monster Zero Records.

In case you’re not aware, Monster Zero has slew of kick ass bands and distribution releases like, DORKATRON, The Queers – Punk Rock Confidential Revisited, Lameshot – Try Again, Lucy And The Rats, Neon Bone, The Hangups, and Rene SG. You can see all of our reviews on the bands above at https://www.coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews .

So let’s check out, Sugus, and they’re long awaited release, “1995”. The Spanish punks hailing from Madrid are celebrating more than 20 years of playing together. This album is packed with fast riff, catchy tunes, and good times. They remind me of a massive combination of 80’s and 90’s style punk bands like, the Ramones, the Queers, and Lagwagon. Although they may sound similar they still throw in their awesome unique sound.

Some of my personal favorites on the are A Weasel In My Pants, and By My Side. Be sure to check them out here!

For Spanish Speakers:

Ayer acuñé el término para el tema de este mes como “Small Label October”. Hemos estado escribiendo un montón de reseñas en bandas de pequeños sellos y sentimos que merecen mucho más reconocimiento. Hemos revisado A Jam Records, Lockjaw, 1,000 Islands Records y el afortunado concursante de hoy es Monster Zero Records.

En caso de que no lo sepas, Monster Zero tiene un montón de bandas de kick ass y distribuciones como DORKATRON, The Queers – Punk Rock Confidential Revisited, Lameshot – Try Again, Lucy And The Rats, Neon Bone, The Hangups, y Rene SG . Puedes ver todos nuestros comentarios en las bandas de arriba en https://www.coloradopunkrockarmy.com.

Así que echemos un vistazo, Sugus, y se espera su lanzamiento, “1995”. Los punks españoles provenientes de Madrid están celebrando más de 20 años jugando juntos. Este álbum está lleno de riffs rápidos, melodías pegadizas y buenos tiempos. Me recuerdan a una combinación masiva de grupos de punk estilo de los 80 y 90 como los Ramones, los Queers y Lagwagon. Aunque pueden sonar similares aún lanzan su increíble sonido único.

Algunos de mis favoritos personales son A Weasel In My Pants y By My Side. ¡Asegúrate de revisarlos aquí!

Tracks:

  1. 1995
  2. Actitud (ESP)
  3. Hocquet
  4. Sí fuisteis vosotros (ESP)
  5. By my side
  6. A weasel in my pants
  7. Fire
  8. Sorry we’re punks
  9. Crack
  10. Humanity
  11. Marathon man
  12. Madrid (ESP)
  13. Bringin’ you back
  14. Alambrada (ESP)

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