Born From The Ashes of Skudfux (RIP), Jerkswitch Releases Debut Album, “Bufo”

Release Date: 3/08/2019                                                              

Format: Digital (Buy the shit outta this so we can get a vinyl release)

Production: Mixed by Jason Lang at Studio 3

Label: Thousand Island Records

Location: Montréal, QC, CAN

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • EJ – Guitar & Vocals
  • Will – Guitar & Vocals
  • Dewey – Drums
  • Gab L.A. – Bass & Vocals

Favorite Tracks: Revolution Part II, Survive, Suicide Mission, Fuck God and Fuck Reality, Fuck No, Manhole To Hell, Drink And Stink, Jake,

Sounds Like: Black Flag, Skudfux, Op Ivy, and Abolitionist


Why start this article off with a clip of High Fidelity? How is Jerkswitch’s “BUFO” even related to “High Fidelity? Let me tell you why. This 16 track debut album is FULL of non-stop fantasic fucking music. Personally when I heard the Skudfux was no more. I was a bit sad as I love them. Sometimes when something ends, it’s because something bigger and better is coming.  Skudfux is now Jerkswitch!

This compilation album of old and new songs is a whopper at 16 awesome tracks. Let’s dig in further.  “Revolution Part II” kicks off the record. You can listen to part one here. From the start you can feel a more polished sound. This is probably one of my top 5 intros of all time. The hunger, the passion, this is the ultimate set up.

Now my second favorite is actually the second track, “Survive” from the “FERN” EP. This is some hardcore ska punk. The lead singer has an almost Jello like tone. It’s just shy of being a little to metal, as the ska punk element is beautifully retained. The pit will be dangerous on this track. “Suicide Mission” is up next. It starts out with a heavy bass line before exploding into nonstop pogo madness.  

“Fuck God And Fuck Reality” is up next. I absolutely love this track. From the opening guitar strum and drums straight into the heart pumping power chords. How long we will sit by and allow the church and/or Republican Party to dictate moral policy to us? The Catholic Church has died in popularity here in the states. A new and evil Republican church took over. Check out the lyrics below!

“I never was one to believe,

What I could not see,  

All them catholic fairytales,

Keep em away from me,

And I don’t like what I see,

They don’t like what I am,

I’ll stand proud and say,

Fuck God and fuck reality”

These lyrics are so simple, yet so spot on to this writer. The swath of southern states passing women’s reproductive rights restrictions proves to us that the church is more concerned about social control and less about society as a whole. Let’s move onto the next song, “Better Days”. This song is providing hope for the hopeless with awesome lyrics and sweet guitar riffs. “AlertA” is next with an instrumental tune.

“Fuck No” is another song from the FERN Ep. This track cracks me up every time I listen. How many times a day do you say Fuck No? This is yet another great song. The anthems and whoas are perfectly timed. It is very catchy. “O Negative” comes up next with more of ska kickass Squirrel Nut Zippers sound, yet gets harder with the progression. This band is insanely talented.  

Drown” starts out slow and serious note. I hear maybe some grunge influences, maybe even a bit of some surf punk. “Drink And Stink” comes roaring in with a fast skate punk sound. Advance warning before joining the pit on this track, it’s gonna be rough. I love this song! “Jake” another track from FERN is next up. Jerkswitch goes back to its roots with a great skapunk sound.

“Manhole To Hell”, is another energetic song along the lines of skatepunk. This is for anybody who has ever been oppressed by another.  This song is full of anger, passion, and some amazing drum work. This song has to kill the lead singer’s voice. “All By Myself” slows down upon intro and build into circle pit loving madness. With the steely sound, guitar solos, this reminds me a lot of Faith No More.

This song is KILLER!

Jerkswitch goes acoustic next with, “I’m So Sorry”. The composition of this track is beautiful. I think that’s a cello in the background. Wait this is punk. There are no cellos in punk. I kid of course. Again full blown talent and rightly displayed on this track. “About A Punk” speeds the pace back up with some skapunk. I adore this track. Not only is it skankable, the lyrical content is fucking amazing.

Anyone who has ever been in local band, worked with locals, can relate to this track. We all ask or friends and coworkers to come to our shows and they don’t. We ask them to share our albums, facebook posts and they don’t. It’s up to us as bands, promoters, and fans to help support the punk scene in any way we can. This track has serious potential for doing very well.

Here we are at the last track, “Richmond Hill” this is beautiful outro instrumental track. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of anything instrumental. In this particular album though the instrumentals blend like threads of a book binding. So there we have it. Jerkswitch’s debut album, “BUFO” is the definition of a perfect album. This record will appeal to not only fans of punk, but other genres as well. I personally cannot wait for more music from Jerkswitch!

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Track List (Subject To Change)

  1. Revolution Part II 03:32
  2. Survive 03:18
  3. Suicide Mission 02:00
  4. Fuck God and Fuck Reality 03:44
  5. Better Days 02:58
  6. AlertA 04:40
  7. Fuck No 04:05
  8. O Negative 04:16
  9. Drown 03:20
  10. Drink and Stink 01:27
  11. Jake 02:23
  12. Manhole to Hell 03:10
  13. All by Myself 03:07
  14. I’m So Sorry 03:12
  15. About a Punk 03:16
  16. Richmond Hill (The Mutation) 02:24

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These Fast Times – “On the Other Side of Fear”

These Fast Times – “On the Other Side of Fear” Review

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Release date: July 20, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Thousand Islands Records

Location: Montreal

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

  • Jeffery Vuorela (Guitar / Vocals)
  • Ryan Kennedy (Drums)
  • Jason Bellefontaine (Bass / Vocals)
  • Thomas Kolofsky (Lead Guitar)

Favorite Tracks: It’s Not Just Me, Lights Too Loud, On Our Way,

Sounds Like: Nerdlinger, Shift – D, Filthy Hearts, The Hang Ups


 

Awhile back we coined the term, “Break Up Punk” to describe an ep by Swedish punk’s, The Hang Ups. I’m sure we were not the first outfit to coin this term. So when I started listening to our advanced preview of, “On The Other Side Of Fear”, break up punk was the first thing that popped into my brain. Keep in mind this track order may be subject to change before release.

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So let’s check out the album. ‘Falling In Love’ is first up. This track is a great introduction into the album.

The sound effect taken from Alan Watts recording, “Falling Into Love”. The premise when we fall in love we throw in all of ourselves and forget to take our brains with us.  The band plays a beautiful instrumental in the background on this one.

‘It’s Not Just Me’, a great example of “Break Up Punk”! This track has some very well written lyrics, it’s pretty powerful. I really dig the guitar riffs and fuzz sound on this one. This is a song that no matter who you are. You can relate to at some point in your life.

“And now this has gone on for too long,

My goals and my love on the wayside,

No matter I’ll get her back until she finally leaves,

Thank God it’s not just me”

Ashley Madison’, is a little heavier on the shred size. The bassline and drums are fantastic. For some reason Jared Leto’s the Joker from Suicide Squad popped into my mind during this one. It’s a bit on the insane, but good side.  

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‘My Thanks’, slows the album back to a more melodic sound.The song is still heavy on the bass line. This song is basically says, “Thanks for nothing, except all the messed up things you did to me”.  It definitely relates to the human condition.

Next up on the record is ‘Take Me Home’. This one slows down the record. It’s extremely heartfelt. You really start to feel the pain in the songwriter’s heart.

The  next track, ‘That Was Easy’, returns with a wonderful rip roaring fuzz sound. The duet is immaculate and blends almost perfectly.

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‘The Grind’,  the hero of our story struggles with trying to continue the love tragedy.

It talks about one night stands, financial struggles, and references, “My Thanks”. I really love the drums on this one, especially towards the end.  ‘Light’s Too Loud’ is up next.

The band recently released a video for the song. Be sure to check it out below. This is probably my second favorite song on the album. The video itself looks strangely similar or with purpose to the Talking Heads video for, “Once In A Lifetime”. This really kicks some ass! The fuzz is strong, the lyrics are amazing.

‘On Our Way’, this one really reminded of the Dead Milkmen or Vandals.  It has some great riffs and great bass lines. ‘Movies And Popcorn’, is the next track. It continues the storyline with again some great lyrics and enjoyable amount of fuzz. ‘End Of Day’ follow towards the end of the album. This was come in as my third favorite on the album. I love the cymbals in the background. You can just feel confusion the writer is going through on this one.

‘Dadcore’, I really like this track. There’s some thrash, that accompanies the fuzz. This track has a really deep message. Actually it’s a bit of a tear jerker for myself.

Overall, “On The Other Side Of Fear” is journey though the beginning and end of a bad relationship. This is perfect for someone feeling lost and in need of music that relates to them. These Fast Times, have combine each of their skills to produce a dramatic and definitive punk album.

Links:

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

Bandcamp: https://thousandislandsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-other-side-of-fear

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

Website: https://www.thesefasttimes.com/