Sounds Like: The Briggs, Buzzcocks, Cocksparrer, STLF, The Tossers, NOISE, Transplants, Dead Boys, and the Street Dogs
2020 sucks, but there’s one thing I have loved so far and it’s Seattle based, The Drown’s album, ‘Under Tension’. The band dropped a new video this morning for “Black Lung”. You can watch it below. Be sure to read everything you need to know about The Drowns here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/?s=the+drowns.
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Favorite Tracks: Mass Hysteria, Call Your Name, Memories, and 80 Shots
Per Bandcamp: “Mass Hysteria” has 10 songs, including the singles already mentioned, and brings together special guest appearances by iconic musicians such as Mark Vecchiarelli (Shades Apart), Frank Lacatena (Slap of Reality / The Sophomore Effort), Scott Hallquist (Ten Foot Pole / DC Fallout), Émilie Pnkmondon (50 Shades of Punk Rock / Excuse me mister) and Felix (Hardlife / Mallet / Kamikazes Refuse).
Sounds Like: NOFX, The Offspring, Bricheros, Pennywise, and The Vandals
As COVID-19 and government corruption race across the globe. I felt like today would be a good day to highlight some awesome underdogs from Brazil. End Of Pipe may have formed in 2006, but their 90’s punk sound continues into 2020. On June 1rst 2020, the band dropped their latest release, “Mass Hysteria”. Oh and today Bandcamp is donating all fees made from purchases to change and racial justice programs today! So be sure to make a purchase! So let’s check out “Mass Hysteria”.
We’re waiving our share of sales this Friday, June 5th, from midnight to midnight PDT. Here’s a list of artists and labels with special releases, including many donating to organizations in support of racial justice and change. https://t.co/G5W0kdakHz
The title track, “Mass Hysteria” is up first. This song reminds me of Bad Religion’s, ground breaking “Suffer” album. Everything on this song kicks ass. Medeiros’s vocals sound like a young Greg Graffin, while the guitar shreds 90’s like chords. Berretta’s drums are like a riptide and lead an angry revolution with Censi’s bass lines. This track has a guest appearance from Felix from Hardlife / Mallet / Kamikazes Refuse.
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The next track is “80 Shots” and encapsulates the Black Lives Matter message, “Society is deeply rooted in systematic racism”. It also features Emillie Plamondon, from 50 Shades of Punk Rock / Excuse me mister. I could go on about this forever, but the message is simple. We MUST stamp out racism in all forms and end police brutality. “80 Shots” is a fantastic song with powerful lyrical content.
“They did not order to stop it Did they want to kill a man or our entire humanity? They had no chance to survive The old racist way of shooting first and asking later”
Would I be an asshole if I said I chose my punk rock family over my own personal family? Well if that’s the case I am indeed an asshole. Our punk rock family has always been there during the worst of times and fits perfectly with the next song, “Choose Your Family”. I bet you will be singing along quickly with this catchy number. Medeiros kills it again on vocals. “Chance For The World” follows brilliantly with some chaotic 90’s chords, and excellent bass lines.
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The next song, “Lost Cause” features a guest appearance by Mark Vecchiarelli from Shades Apart.The guitar absolutely shreds on this track. It has a classic 90s skate punk sound. This is one of my personal favourite tracks. Scott Hallquist from Ten Foot Pole / DC Fallout guest appears on the next song, “Call My Name”.
This is my overall favorite song! It strays the line of great melodic hardcore, yet retains a great pop punk style. The last song is, “Memories”. This one feels dark, yet the chorus provides a gleam of hope. The gang vocals on this one really stick out for me. The work on guitar is super impressive.
Overall End Of Pipe’s, “Mass Hysteria” is an excellent album packed with everything I love about 90s punk rock. The melodic hardcore mixed with occasional metal riff is a blast to listen to. Don’t delay pick this one up and also help Bandcamp support racial injustice at the same time. You can buy this album here, https://endofpipe.bandcamp.com/. Also if your band would like to tour South America contact Uirá Medeiros with Foreign Bands On Tour!
Favorite Tracks: Boomerang Kids, Spies Among Us, Gaslighting, Poverty Row, and many more
Sounds Like: Dead Kennedys, Protected Left, Chew Thru, The Corps, Anti-Flag, and The Shell Corp
Vancouver punks ATD aka A Total Disappointment dropped their first self titled release today via Kinda Cool Records. Why did I decide to checkout ATD? Well I’m fucking pissed as many of us are. George Floyd was murdered by those who swore to protect and serve. The world watched as cowards in uniform held George to his death. I really didn’t want to write about this today, but I’m boiling. This morning as I pursued the headlines my anger and blood pressure rose. I decided instead to escape into music with ATD’s, “A Total Disappointment”.
The first track is “Slipt” comes in fast, with some wicked drums. They remind me of being a kid and skating my ass off. There’s a sense of unity while the guitar busts out a quick change up. Next up is another amazing track, “Boomerang Kids”. Holy shit is this track fast as hell!
The next track is my favorite off the record and is called, “Spies Among Us”. This sounds so much like the Dead Kennedys. From the onset of the intro to the lead singer’s Jello-like voice. The lyrics on the song are not only scary, but sadly true. We are spied on everywhere we go. Our phones listen to our conversations so later they can recommend, “The best burger in town”. How long before “Minority Report” becomes the real deal?
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If you’re at the protests today wear a mask and sunglasses. Don’t get added to their list! The next tune is “Curmudgeonly Lighthouse Keeper”. It’s really heavy on bass, sounding a bit like the early Cro-Mags or Gorilla Biscuits. Another favorite follows with, “Moonlight Clan”. It speaks of the dangers of capitalism and materialism. This track feels like another kick ass nod to the Dead Kennedys.
“Gaslighting” is next and times out at a massive 1:32! Speaking of that I’m gonna add this to my list of favorite songs under 2 minutes. “Poverty Row” follows with Bouncing Souls like charge. I feel like many of us can relate to this track.
“I’ve got my rights, my human rights. But without fair pay I can’t make rent today. I won’t lose sight, but still I know, I’m living on Poverty Row.”
I remember when my daughter was little, spending my last few dollars on getting her fed, while I went hungry that night. Our society panders to those with cash and throws everyone else in the gutter. This track needs a music video! “Let Down” is next up. This track feels like a tribute to all of us who feel like we let down our friends and family. It’s yet another pogo worthy track. I love the chorus!
Sometimes we need a push to do something great. Maybe it’s a friend’s advice, a job loss, a fucking ruthless pandemic, or just a kick in the ass. “Good Things” is next and is exactly the kick in the ass we need right now. It follows the fast and rhythmic tone of the record. I really want this on vinyl now! “Peak Paranoia” is next and has some awesome guitar riffs. The “Whoas” were unexpected, yet seem to fit perfectly.
“Teenage Vanities” follows its fast and crazy and clocks in at a massive 16 seconds! Sadly the last track is next. “Bunk Monk” is a direct fuck you to organized religion. It reminds me of the TV show, “Father Ted” from the 90’s. The head priest of the region was an evil bastard of a man and definitely a “Bunk Monk”. The track may be referring also to the 39 men who committed suicide in the name of their cult in 1997.
In reflection, ATD’s “A Total Disappointment” is a fantastic record. The mix of hardcore, metal, and thrash are like entering your first punk show all over again. As you see above I posted a quote from Mr Rogers. Music helps me through some of the hardest times. I sure hope it will help you too. I highly recommend you grab this one on vinyl before they sell out! You can check them out here, https://kindacoolrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-total-disappointment
Track List (Per Bandcamp) Slipt Boomerang Kids Spies Among Us Curmudgeonly Lighthouse Keeper Moonlight Clan Gaslighting Poverty Row Let Down Good Things Peak Paranoia Teenage Vanities Bunk Monk
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On May 19, 1951 a legend was born in Forest Hills, NY, NY. On what would be Joey Ramone’s 69th birthday, 20 bands got together to release a Ramonescore comp called “Ramonescore Brigade. Three awesome labels, Mom’s Basement Records/Mom’s Cellar Dweller, Waterslide Records, and Council Pop Records got together to release this kick ass record on vinyl. It is currently sold out so I suggest you hit them up and ask to make a purchase. Denver locals The Bricheros are also on the record with “Narcoleptic Youth”.
Side Hey Johnny Terrien & The Bad Lieutenants – I Lost My Mind McBain – When I Was Old Atoms – Pre-Teen Coke Fiend Evil O’Brians – I Wanna Be Dumb Follow Ups – Hey Yo (Ballad Of Razor Ramon) Fil McRackin & The Hens – Great Eggspectations Black Russians – A Blaze In The Soviet Sky Softcrime – Skip The Punk Rock Show Radio Blast – Dog In The Window Tarleks – Silver Machine
Side Ho Barbecuties – Wearing Thin Yodees – Loony Radio Buzzkills – Without A Trace Prozacs – We Wanna Rock Kobanes – Dilemma Mean Black Cat – Don’t Sell It (Don’t Give It Away) Anderson Stingrays – I Don’t Wanna Be A Vampire Heart Alarms – Digging In My Heart Bricheros – Narcoleptic Youth Sad Sally – F.L.N
The Kids – Pale Lips, Secrets – Grumpster, Mood Ring – Eroders, Number Seven – The Speedways, I’m Just A POS – Battlebeats, Hit And Run – Natalie Sweet, Bubblegum Music – ABC Music, Pinch Points – Stranger Danger, World War IX – Fired For Partying, More Kicks – Blame It On Satellite, The Gala – Gimmie Gimmie, Los Pepes – Positive Negative, and Danger Inc – Your Boy
The days of going into your local record store and coming across a kick ass comp may be over. That hasn’t stopped Toledo based Wassup Rocker Radio from releasing a massive new 25 track comp, “Sick Sounds 2”. I am loving every single track as each band has something new and different to offer. Read the press release below from Wassup Rocker Radio’s Alex Kish!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Toledo, Ohio) The underground music scene has gone digital. DIY internet radio programs—like The World Famous Wassup Rocker Radio Show out of Toledo, Ohio—have allowed picky punk music fans to enjoy a curated music experience with just the click of a mouse.
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The show’s second digital compilation, Wassup Rocker Radio Presents: Sick Sounds 2,takes that idea one leap further, allowing a range of unique independent rock bands to show off their collective might. The free digital-only release—slated to drop on Bandcamp on March 7th 2020 —showcases Wassup Rocker Radio program director and host Alex Kish’s picks for the best new garage rock, power pop, glam, punk and rock and roll tunes from around the world, including a previously unreleased track by Indiana’s ABC Gum.
Featuring fresh songs from 25 bands, includingHammered Satin(Burger Records / Dead Beat Records),Grumpster(Asian Man Records),The Whiffs (Dig! Records) and Canada’sPale Lips (Spaghettytown Records) the compilation boasts approximately an hour of thoughtfully crafted mayhem.
“I hope the compilation inspires listeners to support these often under recognized artists (and their respective independent labels), whether that be through purchasing more music from the band or providing a review or recommendation,” Kish said. “I know these bands put their heart into their songs. My job is to get that music out there, on the front lines. Creating a complication allows the music to shine brighter than it would alone.”
About Wassup Rocker Radio
Wassup Rocker Radio is a radio show featuring the latest garage rock, punk and power pop. The show also hosts concerts in the Toledo and Detroit area. Recordings of past internet radio episodes and ones on WXUT-FM are available here.
—END OF PRESS RELEASE—I don’t know about you guys, butI personally cannot wait for this comp to drop on 3/7/2020! So many bands for everyone. Be sure to hit that download it’s FREE! Also support your fellow creators that help bring non mainstream bands to the forefront like CPRA and Wassup Rocker Radio. Share posts, share music, and help spread the underground word!
Favorite Tracks: Two Shots, Bleeding Edge, Unlucky 17
Sounds Like: The Trade Ins, Descendants, The Dead End, The Living Deads, Lillingtons, and Ghoulies
Besides the major music players like Rage, Social D, and etc. How many lesser known bands have landed on a video game soundtrack? Wait I mean bands that didn’t appear on any Tony Hawk Proskater games? Ok I also mean bands that didn’t appear on the NHL 2009 soundtrack, which in fact had Billy Talent W/ Anti-Flag?
Boston’s Duck & Cover did just that by landing their song, “Knock Em Down” on the Rockband 4 soundtrack. This was back in 2015 when plastic guitars were all the rage. I thought that tidbit was kinda cool. It always sucks to only hear major artists in video games. Congrats to Duck & Cover for making it on there. Anyway this review isn’t about “Knock Em Down ” or Rockband for that matter. It’s about Duck & Cover’s latest release, “Two Shots”.
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The first track is “Two Shots”. I love this song. Have you ever had a bad relationship never go away? No matter how hard you try that person is always coming back around in one way or another? This song has some great chords, drums, and vocals. So far I would say along the lines of the Lillingtons, but more on the rock side.
The second track is “Bleeding Edge”. It’s much darker, with some excellent riffs on guitar. If the vocals weren’t as dark this track could easily be mixed in with an 80’s Corey Hart or even a Scorpion’s song. The next is my second favorite song on the record, “Unlucky Seventeen”. It’s lyrically addicting, simple, and fun to dance along with.
Overall Duck & Cover’s, “Two Shots” is a fantastic little EP that will appeal to punks, rockabillies, and anyone who loves some good old rock n roll. Their mix of horror, ramonescore beats, created a new fan right here! How cool is this vinyl? Check em out here, https://duckcover1.bandcamp.com/album/two-shots
Sounds Like: New Narrative, Voice of Addiction, No Use For A Name, Implied Risk, Modern Goon, The Drowns, Ten Foot Pole, Lagwagon and the Descendents
Check out the new video release from Melbourne Skatepunks Judo Chop! And you better pronounce it that way! I cannot wait to hear more. You can purchase the single here, https://judo-chop.bandcamp.com/releases
Sounds Like: Ferocious Dogs,Sunset Silhouette, Descendants, New Narrative, Face To Face, 10 Ft Pole, Pulley, and Voice Of Addiction
Back in September 2019 we were first introduced to the Red Light Rebels. Skabones got to check out their split EP, “Red Light Rebels Vs Bottlekids”. I still listen to that split on a frequent basis. You should definitely go check it out here. Since that time the Red Light Rebels have been playing shows and rocking out with legends like the UK Subs.
In that time they managed to record a brand new EP, “Rewind Erase” which drops on 1/31/2020. Although, “Dead To Me” was released first on the split above. If there’s one thing I love about the Red Light Rebels, every song no matter fast or slow, feels anthemic. That means every track gets your heart beating and your head thinking. How many bands really make you feel that way? For me the list is actually kind of short, but I digress. So let’s take a deep cut look at “Rewind Erase”.
The first track is indeed, “Rewind Erase”. A note strike and kick ass drum intro bring this track in with an assault style speed. In my head I can’t get the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack out. Was this song made 20 years too late to be on it? The next track is by far my favorite song on the EP, “Dead To Me”. As I mentioned back in September this track deserves to hit the airwaves!
“Call To Arms” follows and slows the tempo a bit. It seems a bit darker, yet somewhat uplifting in nature. I may be wrong, but it may be dealing with addiction of some sort. The pure talent in this track displayed by the boys is beyond me. The guitar solos give a solid throwback to a Suicidal Tendencies old school skatepunk feel.
“Perfect The Last Chapter” follows with some melodic speed punk. Tommy goes hard on drums while Sam’s bass leads the troops. The song has some fantastic lyrical content as well. The last track is “Let Go”. This song is just plain fun as hell. It has some excellent hooks, heavy on bass, and the vocals are fantastic! See yet another anthem song right here! We all have something/someone to let go.
In retrospect, “Rewind Erase” by the Red Light Rebels proves to me everything I learned about them from the Bottlekids split. They fucking RULE. This EP needs to be heard by anyone who craves the early days like when Milo went to college. Pick it up here on release day, https://redlightrebelsx.bandcamp.com/
Canada seems to be bursting at the seams with tons of great new music. In the last few months we’ve reviewed some other Canadian bands such as Jerkswitch, Hangtime, and Trashed Ambulance. All of them I have really enjoyed listening and singing along. Today we’re going to check out the latest release from, Spewers, “A New Disappointment”.
“No Change” is the first track up. This song is heavy on bass with an old school punk sound. “Citizen” is the next up. Bring your pogo and jump in the pit. It’s fast and fun, like early Black Flag or DK. “I Feel Gray” rolls in next. This track is pure street punk. The bass and drum throw in a disturbing perfect darkness.
“Sensitive Punks”, follows with a fast heavy progression. Watch out for the pit! It’s gonna get nasty. Now “Slime Category”, is the last track on the EP. The song has a wicked buildup intro into the vocals. This one speaks to all of us that bust our asses. Only to be left with pennies come pay day. This is by far my favorite track as it crosses back and forth with an almost metal sound.
In review, “A New Disappointment” by Spewers is a fantastic little EP. I honestly wish it was a bit longer. It’s also NYP in the bandcamp store currently, although toss them at least $1.00 a track! You can listen and download here, https://thespewers.bandcamp.com/album/a-new-disappointment
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