Bamboo Vipers – “Haunted House”

Bamboo Vipers – “Haunted House”

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Release date: July 13, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Santebal Records

Location: South Central England, UK

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Shaun Morris – Vocals.

Jon Webb – Guitar.

Al Woodcock – Guitar.

Alex Rook – Bass.

Jake Stillwell – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Haunted House, Payback, Malcontent

Sounds Like: The Damned, The Exploited, GBH, Rat Scabies, NY Dolls, The Cramps, and Sex Pistols


 

In yesterday’s review of Blinding Eye Dog- “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon!”, I talked about how punk rock has changed so much over the last 40 years. In fact I’ve been on bit of The Damned kick lately, probably since they are due back in Denver this October. I recently listened to the Damned’s, “Plan 9 Channel 7”.

Don’t get me wrong I love the song, but it has this lady singing in the background. It just sounds super strange. In fact it’s actually kind of annoying. Yet it was downright creepy. I popped on the Bamboo Viper’s latest ep, “Haunted House”. How awesome is it CPRA gets to review two bands that have a classic English punk sound back to back? Let’s check this one out!

“Haunted House”, this track is amazing. It has this kind of rockabilly Misfits undertone to it. The guitar shreds on this one. The vocals are dark, yet still have a fair amount of OI. These guys should’ve been on an episode of the, “Young Ones”!

“Malcontent”, is up next on the list. This one has a great little guitar riff leading the song. The sound on this one is fantastic. The song is a bit slower, but the progression leads back into mayhem. “Payback”, rolls us into the next. The hooks on this are spectacular. The bass lends it low tone to follow suit.

This one sounds a little more western than the last. It’s basically about catching your spouse with your boss. Haha! Again there’s another awesome riff. The drums really stick out on this track, by being a bit more commanding and noticeable. This is one of the longer track on the record. It clock’s in at 07:02.

Being a fan of classic punk rock I have to say. I was very surprised how much I REALLY loved this ep. The Bamboo Vipers are paving the way for the return of horror punk. I don’t mean punk like the Lillington’s (Still love them too). I mean punk with a grittier street sound. This whole ep sounds like it came straight off the record player. That my friend’s is a truly great thing!

Track list:

  1. Haunted House
  2. Payback
  3. Malcontent

 

Links:

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

Bandcamp: https://bamboovipers.bandcamp.com

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/77gVLUrnwpGL9bnJz5zasD

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/

The Queers – Punk Rock Confidential (Revisited) (LP)

Release Date: 6/10/18

Format: Digital, Physical

Label: Monster Zero Records in collaboration with Asian Man Records and Rad Girlfriend Records

Location: Portsmouth, NH

Album Lineup:

  • Joe Queer – Guitar/Vocals
  • Cheeto Crash – Bass/ Vocals
  • Hoglog – Drums

Sounds Like: The Ramones, The Dead Milkmen, The Buzzcocks, and the Descendants

Favorite Tracks: Beat Your Heart Out, Motherfucker, Sayonara Sucker, Tamara is a Punk


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Purchase Link: https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/punk-rock-confidential-revisited

Well, to start, what can I say about this band that hasn’t been said before? These guys are legends; 35 years of kicking some serious ass. So it makes sense that they look back and pay homage to a record that helped define their sound.

It’s been 20 years since Punk Rock Confidential first landed, but with the revisited release, it sounds like it could’ve been made yesterday. Having been a while since I heard this album, I was excited to hear it again. Within the first few seconds of the opening track, Tamara is a Punk, it all came rushing back. This is one of those albums you’d blast on a boombox during the summer while biking or skating around town. Yea, I’m old, shut up.

 

The Ramones influence has always been so palpable on this album, but not in a derogatory way. The music doesn’t feel like a rip off, rather like a continuation of the amazing music The Ramones created. In my opinion, its hard to do that, but The Queers make it seem effortless. The spirits of the Ramones clearly live on in these dudes.

Of course, this release wasn’t done without a little fanfare. Two new songs have been added from the original release (Punk Rock Confidential Revisited and Beat Your Heart Out) as well as two killer color choices, if you’re like me, and want the vinyl.

Bottom line, this revisited version is worth the time to check back in. It’s everything to be fondly remembered from 1998. Now, excuse me, I’m gonna go find my boombox.

Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Queers-156515077754764/

Streaming: https://open.spotify.com/album/1qyWXt0qComRP2IASvsjhG

Asian Man Records: http://asianmanrecords.com/

Monster Zero Records: https://monsterzerorecords.com/

Rad Girlfriend Records: http://radgirlfriendrecords.storenvy.com/

Purchase the vinyl version: https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/queers-the-punk-rock-confidential-revisited-lp

Rat Scabies – P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt

The rock world has pretty much shit on the idea of drummers writing songs, ever since the Beatles decided to put “Octopus’ Garden” on an album. To hear people talk about the song, one would think that it was the musical equivalent of the Hindenburg explosion or something. That ONE song has been a curse to drummers all over the world who want to write songs (a curse which Dave Grohl seems immune to… perhaps we should examine his DNA, for a cure). It’s safe to say, there isn’t a modern drummer alive who hasn’t been the butt of a joke relating to a song that they had absolutely NO influence in writing!

Well, maybe it’ll kill some of my cred, but I’m willing to risk it, in defense of the drummers… I’ll just come out and say it…

I fucking LIKED “Octopus’ Garden,” and I don’t fucking care WHAT anybody thinks about that!

So, HERE’S TO THE DRUMMERS!

The BACKBONE of the rhythm!

The one ALWAYS obscured by the other band members!

Usually, the CRAZIEST member of the band!

OI OI OI!!! DRINK UP, FUCKERS!!!

… now…

Having said that, Rat Scabies, the ICONIC drummer from The Damned, has his own album out now, and it kicks ass!!!

It’s eclectic, quirky, and would fall into the same kind of “unclassifiable” genre as bands like Ween. The album takes routes through several genres; everything from Big Band, to Pink Floyd, to a song that feels like you’re in a seedy basement punk show in London, c. 1980; and just about everything in-between. It’s largely instrumental; only a few tracks have vocals, but it is heavily laden with clips from various places.

In it’s entirety, the album is a really fun, very British-sounding album that’s best enjoyed while completely stoned out of your mind. Take a few dabs, pour yourself a nice sipping whiskey (I recommend Tullamore Dew or Bulleit Bourbon), and then sit back and enjoy this trip through eclecticity!

… and because I’m sure you want to know where to pick up this spinning disc (or other means of digital transfer), you can find it here: ​https://ratscabies.bandcamp.com/

It’s best heard on vinyl! https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/rat-scabies-p-h-d-prison-hospital-debt-cd/

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2018

The Cramps-Bad Music For Bad people

I know, I know… most people like to review new stuff…​​​  … but I thought that maybe it’s a good idea to revisit some older music in these reviews, because most people that read these things are looking for music that’s new to them, and are looking for something to sink their teeth into.

I first heard this album in about 1993.  What instantly leapt out to me was that it’s just plain damn entertaining!  I liked the “surfabilly” vibe they had… I liked the simplicity of the music and the complexity of the bizarre vocals that seemed to mock Elvis Presley.
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When I listen to them now, through more seasoned and experienced ears, I hear the combined sounds of the early New York scene, like The Ramones, New York Dolls, and Lou Reed; but with a drunken Southern slur.  I also hear the early California scene, like Dick Dale, Dead Kennedys, and some of the horror elements of Dead Boys and Misfits.
Over the years, this album and band has influenced COUNTLESS bands and artists, and is known as one of the earliest, and therefore most influential across not only Punk, but also Goth and Indie genres!

If you’re looking for a great album to make you feel like you’re sitting in CBGB c. 1977*, then this one will take you there!