Samstag, 1. April 2017
Order here: ETT - 047 - ALLVARET - SKAM OCH SKULD LP
It’s always a good sign when you cannot explain why a band is so awesome. It means something new and inexplicable is at work in their music. Småland, Sweden’s ALLVARET is that awesome.
The elements are easy enough to define: there are the surf-drenched guitars, the outstanding female vocals and the rock ‘n’ roll frenzy of X – a sound which has been brewing in Denmark and Sweden over the last decade with bands like MASSHYSTERI, THE VICIOUS, TERRIBLE FEELINGS, VANA INGET, and NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS.
But there is something more than that, too. Their tuneful hooks take hold of you, drag you deep into their bleak and feral songs and threaten to tear you apart once you’ve been captured.
Their music is simultaneously melancholic, frantic, and joyfully danceable. It’s wild and new and something wholly of its own. The energetic melodies that blast through ALLVARET’s new album are simply mind-blowing.
This Swedish punk band will release their 2nd Album – and it may just be one of the best things that have ever been produced in the history of Swedish melodic punk rock. The anthemic vocals of Sushila are the perfect balance of aggression and sincerity, while the predominantly choppy guitar chords and the drumbeats keep up the motivating energy that drives their music. The ten short and catchy songs that make up this album are simple yet powerful, and the beginning of each new track jolts the listener back into their music.
At first, the inability to understand their lyrics may seem jarring to the foreign listener. However, after listening to the entire album a few times, I forgot they were even singing in Swedish! The surf-rocky guitars and snappy punk drumming release sustaining energy, while the passionate tone of the harmonized male-female vocals, at times angry and at times melancholic, create the perfect blend of hooks that will grab you and lead you into a place set up by this musical phenomenon. Any fan of stripped-down garagey punk that is derived from the past but doesn’t live in it would be well-advised to check out ALLVARET.
Their latest album demonstrates the extent to which they have honed each of their many strengths, reconfiguring rather than regurgitating influences and crafting songs which will lodge themselves firmly into the head of any listener, regardless of whether or not he or she can understand the lyrics.
Freitag, 31. März 2017
Order here: ETT - 046 - MARBLED EYE - "EP 2"
MARBLED EYE is the latest addition to our POST PUNK / ANARCHO PUNK BAY AREA roster. And, what can I say; the bay area never disappoints us here at the ETT hq. The four guys are keenly aware of historical continuities and, from them, draw their own logical conclusions, reducing their influences down to their essential constituent elements and reassembling them into now-music for now-people.
Flouting Rockist conventions with equal doses of stark minimalism and plodding fury, these post-punks resolutely refuse the "post" prefix. MARBLED EYE slithers effortlessly across genre boundaries, drawing upon myriad eras and localities. The Units, Neu!, Wire, Television, CRISIS, and contemporary sounds from the Australian garage rock subterrain like TOTAL CONTROL or INSTITUTE and DIÄT all come to mind. If you are familiar with the MARBLED EYE demo, you will be fanatic about this new EP.
They lean towards the punk side of post-punk. They recall Crisis & Coitus Int. with a mix of anarcho bands thrown in there, too, and create a fascinating tension, a palpable struggle between their inner selves and their music that demands to be heard. As sharp as the band's earlier work, but you can hear that they climbed the next step with this new EP. Expertly tight and catchy drumming, cold as ice, monotone, pitch perfect post-punk vocals and a rhythm section that would make anyone jealous.
This band will do great things, starting right now. A bursting, melancholic post-punk EP and the best start for us in 2017. They do the future-primitive punk thing so effortlessly well that they would have been a perfect addition to Subterranean’s roster some thirty years earlier. I could not be happier to offer you this perfect execution. Enjoy it!
Donnerstag, 30. März 2017
Order here: THE MUFF DIVERS - DREAMS OF THE GENTLEST TEXTURE 12"
Oops, they did it again! A CÜLO and a NANCY guy in a band together? Are you serious? It's gonna be a weirdo for sure – one more time! Debut full-length from this great, underrated ETT band and I have to say I'm completely blown away.
I generally have a pretty low tolerance for bubblegum-punk, rock ‘n‘ roll, but THE MUFF DIVERS, just like their brother band NANCY do it absolutely perfectly. As on their earlier releases, they still sound a lot like the Jabbers thanks to their straightforward punk arrangements and rather high-pitched vocals, though MUFF DIVERS are even sillier and more over the top than the Jabbers (this is like over the top NANCY-level silliness I'm talking about here!).
At its core, this is simple, Ramones-influenced punk with a big Rock’n’roll dose, and at the end of the day could be compared with 90s bands like the Queers or 00s bands like the Spits as anything else, and while that is a very crowded tradition, MUFF DIVERS separate themselves from the pack with truly great songs.
You may not want to like this, but once it's on your turntable I guarantee you'll have a very, very difficult time removing it. Drum machine-fueled punk-pop with some of the most juvenile lyrics I've ever heard, but something about the songwriting here just knocks it out of the park for me. I think the reason is that everything is so centered on the vocals.
I mean, the riffs are interesting and the drum machine is actually pretty cool, but Muff Divers put those simple, catchy vocal melodies right up front in a way that reminds me of classics like Jay Reatard, the Dickies, and maybe even the Ramones. I feel like 90% of the music that I recommend here is riff-based; in other words, the songs tend to hang around guitar parts with the other instruments acting more as texture or accents, but Muff Divers are all about singing along.
I also love the whole idiotic aesthetic here, and if you flipped out about that NANCY stuff we did before (or if you have soft spots for both KBD and 90s underground punk) I have a feeling you'll love what this band is putting down as well. Highly recommended for everyone!
Samstag, 8. Oktober 2016
Order here: NEW BERLIN - BASIC FUNCTION LP
The moment you realize this album could have easily been a complete killed by death sampler or some non-existent CRISIS, WIRE, WARSAW demo hybrid recording from 1977…
NEW BERLIN started out as a one man project in TEXAS. Indeed, the 13-track, 24-minute affair is the stuff that ’80s indie dance nights are made of. The McAllen-based trio — founded by Michael Flanagan, Gustavo Martinez, and Andrew Richardson — cut a rug with ringing guitars, frantic bass lines, and hyperactive drums, sounding like a particularly nervous SMITHS trying to impress John Peel.
What should i say? This is a stripped down, bare bones, fucking perfect record. Hardcore Punk, perfectly introduces you to what this band is all about: worn down and beaten vocals speakin' honestly, accompanied by anarcho-bass lines and awkward guitar sounds. All-in-all, it all just comes together beautifully.
Personally, I feel it meshes best in Fan Boy, my personal favorite track that always leads to graceless head-bouncin'. It’s got the sound, the energy, the recording and the attitude. NEW BERLIN brings influences from a host of punk sub-genres together to the year 2016 and made a instant brilliant classic for my ears. If you're already a fan you know what to expect: deceptively simple but supremely catchy songwriting, spare arrangements, and memorable vocals that somehow sound remarkably British despite the singer being South American.
I'd say that NEW BERLIN lack the looseness, weirdness, and sense of experimentation of the original UK DIY bands. Perhaps it's just the limitations of the play time, but taken together these tracks sound like pretty straightforward punk to me, and the combination of minimalist production and upbeat, simple pop songs reminds me almost as much of a Billy Childish-type record as it does tot he Desperate Bicycles or the Television Personalities.
That's certainly not meant as a slight so much as a warning that this is way more straightforward and way more punk rock than all of the UKDIY descriptions of this record seem to indicate. Definitely a banger of a 12“ though, and no one will regret forking down their twelve bucks for this.
Freitag, 9. September 2016
Order here: KRIMEWATCH - DEMO TAPE
Hardcore punk retaking the basics. Everything is on spot here, so I don’t even know what to say. Created in NY - Japanese punk meets American hardcore; keeping it simple with shouty vocals and driving beats with lyrics in English and Japanese. Rude, crude punking to the max. This band brings early 80's NYHC vibes, with some hard and fast more modern breakdowns and a japanese hardcore touch together to create their signature sound.
No frills, just good riffs a meandering bass and forcefull, confident vocals, pure power on the drums, that’s it. The five tracks within this demo are catchy, aggressive and exemplifies perfectly how the new wave of NY punk is working and back on track. Live they are a bloody mess in the right way and showed this on their first US tours.
KRIMEWATCH have proven themselves to be one of the best new American punk bands. One of my favourite demos of the last years. This band have nailed what it seems like they’re trying to do. 100 % ETT approved, this rules!
Sonntag, 4. September 2016
Order here: BIB - "POP" EP
When you hear Omaha, Nebraska, you might think of steak, Warren Buffet, or Saddle Creek Records. But you probably don’t think of hardcore. In comes BIB. Noisey, blown out hardcore from the middle of nowhere. Following the “everything louder than everything else approach” to their demo, Bibs already colossal riffs sound like an avalanche when the bottom drops. Squirmy effected vocals veer their sound from huge to weird. Live, sometimes seen with 3 guitar players, Bib takes their wall of sound to a whole new level that will leave your eardrums vibrating.
BIB presents POP. Their follow up release to their 2015 Demo. POP takes you on a panicked journey through a wormhole of anxiety and isolation.
BIB's brooding sound is steeped in mutant destruction and caustic anger—a mid-tempo hardcore foundation with thick, chainshaw guitars and gruff grunts, pummeling towards metal. The band is self-loathing but not self-sabotaging. Placing headphones blaring BIB into your eardrums has the empowering effect of plugging a phone charger into an outlet; you’re struck with a visceral surge of energy that is possibly dangerous. Play BIB while walking down the street in your hood, and no one is going to fuck with you.
BIB continues their wall of noise style production on this release, with delayed vocals that sound like they're being tossed off of a mountain. BIB mixes quick, full chord riffs with crushing breakdowns. Vocals weave between child like shrill barks, primordial grunts, and pressure reducing singing. The final track, P. M. F. ends the record with a chaotic blast of organ that perfectly captures BIB's pop and hardcore sound.
The straight ahead, downstroke pounding demo has been compared to the likes of Hoax mixed with Pissed Jeans, this EP is one step over! This band slays harder than riot police at a G8 summit.
Sonntag, 24. Juli 2016
Order here: Nancy - "A Nice Package" LP
Holy fuck, these guys are so gooooooooooood. I never usually start a promo like this, but god damn there's a first time for everything. Nancy is a two-piece from Brooklyn, and they play the rockiest punk I've heard in a long time. Their sound is like it should have come out decades ago, and their two-song 7" we released a year ago is a brilliant masterpiece.. With their newest release there’s no excuse for ignoring this band anymore...
After a few releases of quality hardcore punk, we get back with a recent slice of catchy pop punk/rock n roll that might remind you of MEAN JEANS or possibly NOBUNNY if you need some modern refernces. My NANCY boys aren't afraid to add spoonfuls of sugar to their brand of garage punk. As everyone knows, too much sugar can rot your teeth but these guys add just enough to cause your feet to twitch and your heart to soar.
If you’re looking for a good time, NANCY is your salvation. These New York punk prophets have that uncanny ability to craft songs like desert-born incantations: packed with scorching hot riffs so catchy that they’ll possess you to do unspeakable things (or at least dance a lot).
With 17 songs, this LP will get the party going at your pad. A lot of people have compared them to the RAMONES which is lazy, but also totally true. Both NANCY boys contribute their great voices to the microphone, so get ready for ultimate melody.
This debut LP is soaked in sticky-sweet vocals, galloping stints of foot-stomping beats, and those irresistible, glistening punk rawk hooks. Now I know what you’re thinking: “hooks” means “trite”. WRONG – check out those loopy, gnarly key changes in the middle of the title track. And that’s really the best thing about this no-bullshit crew: the tunes are familiar enough to get you raucous and weird enough to keep you interested. “(Why Am I) Crying?” has all that in spades. Twistable grooves? Check. Ear-searing guitar tone? Of course. Croon factor? A resounding 10.
2013 saw the release of the A - Side , the 8 track s/t LP and this year they follow that up with the B – Side, an infectious LP, which contains the catchy as hell tracks (Get The) Revvup and (Why Am I) Crying from the Single we put out as a small appetizer ... so sling me a few bucks and enjoy a sugar rush. This is NANCY! I know you always wanted more, but were too afraid to ask for, now I can help you!
Sonntag, 3. Juli 2016
ORDER HERE: ETT - 040 - MIRROR - "UNIVERSAL DISMAY" EP
Space Punk! VAASKA, IMPALERS, WICCANS, INSTITUTE, BLOTTER and countless other bands fame. We have Texas at it's best... That's what my boy DANIEL LUPTON from SORRY STATE has to say about em!
"Mirror from Austin, Texas issue their debut vinyl, and this blistering EP clearly establishes them, along with Impalers, Vaaska, Glue, Strutter, Kurraka, et al, as one of the very best current punk bands populating that fertile scene.
Like Strutter, there’s a psychedelic element to Mirror’s pogo- and noise-punk-infused sound; while the rhythm section smashes and bashes with the best of them, the guitars swirl around over top of the chaos, creating a woozy, hallucinogenic effect that is uniquely Mirror’s own. If you’re into S.H.I.T., Blazing Eye, Strutter, or Dawn of Humans it’s a fair bet that you’ll love this Mirror EP, not because it sounds just like any of those, but rather because you have exactly the kind of adventurous ear for hardcore that this band is likely to catch.
Perfect production and a wild yet bruising performance make this one of the must-hear hardcore EPs of 2016".
Freitag, 3. Juni 2016
Order here: ETT - 039 - DAUÐYFLIN - DREPA DREPA EP
I always searching for great people, making great music and this time I found an outstanding band in Iceleand. A Noisy, raw, energetic, dirty, feminist PUNK BAND, packed in a wave full of reverbed guitar work. Born in Reykjavík and with a great Demo Tape under their belt, Dauðyflin presenting us their first proper EP. And it's even more gnarlier and uglier than their previous work. Someone is obviously mad at you and you were just caught in the middle of this sonic mess presented by Dauðyflin.
The ep just explodes out of the speakers, but it's more than just the in-the-red production that generates the intensity. The riffing is just truly wild and off the wall. They definitely have some POGO vibes going on thanks to the bubbly, front-of-the-snare-kick -mix , but I think that they have a little bit more three dimensionality to their sound than most bands flying the pogo punk flags.
The first outstanding part, rather than focusing on the bouncy rhythms and simple melodies, is the complete brooding, dark, and heavy ugly feeling on the complete record. While the next thing that stuck out, obviously, were the vocals. There are so many ways to approach the hardcore punk vocal but rarely have I heard the howl employed so effectively.
All in all the ramshackle drums, crazy vocals, and the early Italian HC spirit made me fall in love with this band. The raw production and quirky arrangements that put the bass right up front and make it carry much of the weight of the songs feels good, as good as possible for that kind of freak out dark punk music.
This could be the soundtrack to some weird psychedelic punk haunted house movie. So all in all we have an infectious guitar riff- vocal scream dynamic hardcore punk record from the first iceland based hardcore punk band i have ever heared. In my opinion essential, believe the hype!
Mastered by genius Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios
Dienstag, 12. April 2016
I've never followed modern Oi! ( besides CRIMINAL DAMAGE ) very closely because so few current bands get anywhere close to giving me what I get from the classics. However, with bands like THE BRASS, CROWN COURT, and RIXE a little renaissance seems to be happening; in much the same way as the No Way generation of early 80s USHC-inspired bands reinvigorated the hardcore scene in the early and mid-00s, a new crop of Oi! bands is finally making music that can stand with the classics.
ULTRA have it down pat... gruff and tough, but with the hint of simple, terrace-chant melody that makes Oi! so immediate and memorable. If you're into bands like the ones i mentioned before... you won't be disappointed.
Shortly after the brilliant COLD CIRCUITS 12" my mate Paul, told me they‘re gonna start a more OI! influenced Band with members of SYNTHETIC ID, COLD CIRCUITS among many others and what should I say? They killed it again! The same old question, what is the secret ingredient of these guys? Whatever these Bay Area guys secretly mix in their drinks, it seems to bring out an endless flow of brilliant and catchy, yet distinctive songs – in each of their bands, again and again and again...
Anyway, it's pretty clear that the early UK Oi! sound is the primary inspiration here... not only is the general, rootsy pub rock / oi! approach largely the same, but a lot of the songs are built around the same kind of hammer-on rock and roll riffs that drove a lot of that early UK stuff. I would say this is a little more melodic than the first bands you get in mind when you are thinking of the first UK Oi! wave.
They build their songs around the same kinds of hyper-speed Rock n Roll riffs, and the singer has a brilliant melodic growl. I've never said it many times before in these descriptions, but I've always been a big fan of the bands that lie on the more melodic end of the Oi! spectrum, and ULTRA definitely hit that sweet spot, particularly with the title track, which is even more melodic than anything on the tape. The guitar line is downright poppy--almost giving it a punky power-pop edge a la the BOYS or something like that--and the vocals in the choruses gets me every time. But hey, it's not like ULTRA are shy about their influences anyway, right?
ULTRA are definitely up there with RIXE, THE BRASS and CROWN COURT as top-shelf modern Oi! , and if you've been following that sound this is pretty much an essential purchase. So, if the description above moves you , I'd encourage you to check this out, as aside from THE BRASS it's probably the best-executed record in this style I've heard in a very long time.
Sonntag, 24. Januar 2016
Order here: ETT - 036 - The Muff Divers - No Muff Too Tuff EP!
Oh, shit. A CÜLO and a NANCY guy in a band together? Are you serious? It's gonna be a weirdo for sure... This two-man project features AJ Durso of GAS RAG, BIRTH DEFORMITIES, CÜLO, etc... and Joe Muffin of NANCY fame, already that info should be enough for an outstanding combination!
So the MUFF DIVERS play a sweet mash up of punk, rock, & 70's glam. Our boy from SORRY STATE RECORDS Daniel found the correct words for this EP: Drum machine-fueled punk-pop with some of the most juvenile lyrics I've ever heard, but something about the songwriting here just knocks it out of the park for me. I think the reason is that everything is so centered on the vocals. I mean, the riffs are interesting and the drum machine is actually pretty cool, but MUFF DIVERS put those simple, catchy vocal melodies right up front in a way that reminds me of classics like JAY REATARD, THE DICKIES, and maybe even THE RAMONES.
I feel like 90% of the music that I recommend here is riff-based; in other words, the songs tend to hang around guitar parts with the other instruments acting more as texture or accents, but MUFF DIVERS are all about singing along. I also love the whole idiotic aesthetic here, and if you flipped out about that DESTROY ALL ART compilation (or if you have soft spots for both KBD and 90s underground punk) I have a feeling you'll love what this band is putting down as well. Highly recommended.
So we have a beefy drum-machine-fueled punk with hooks, could it be the new CONEHEADS? The new DICKIES? The new JAY REATARD? WE SHALL SEE! You only have to know that it rules and is the kinda stuff that will stick in your head for days! GET IT!
Donnerstag, 21. Januar 2016
Order here: ETT - 035 - GAG - America's Greatest Hits LP !
Your favorite mid-tempo manglers are back and you should hold on to your fucking shit because this noisy hardcore punk outfit will make you want to fight someone. GAG is from Olympia WA and bring deranged, distorted and noisy hardcore with strength and anger. This record is a continuous attack on your senses. And I mean that in the best possible way! Ferocious dissonant hardcore focused in intensity and all-out rage. Experimental hardcore, an album of feedback and reverb drenched punk. A storming sea full of noise, with delayed waves!
Our friends at sorry state said: I've loved this band pretty much from the beginning, but "Locker Room" just blows away their previous records with heavy, spot-on production and a complete sense of recklessness that very, very few bands are capable of capturing on record. Much like Gay Kiss and Avon Ladies, Gag at their best have this way of combining the meathead brutality of Hoax with something more dissonant, uncomfortable and exciting. Basically, what that means is that the bass player is playing a total pit-clearing riff while the guitar player(s?) just wail out with sheets of noise over the top. A simple formula, perhaps, but one that is executed to perfection here. This is the type of band you expect to see people emerging from the pit bruised and bloody after watching them.
Their earlier releases perhaps left a bit to be desired fidelity-wise, but this 12" hits with maximum impact. The sound is raw, fucked, and wild hardcore with a heavy delay on the vocals and weird changes throughout. If you like bands like GISM, Church Whip, or United Mutation not just for their aggression but also for their weirdness as well, you'll flip for GAG.
You want any references? I don't have a clear one! Listen to this beast and judge for yourself! The only thing I can say, the flagship of the NEW WAVE OF INDUSTRIAL HARDCORE IS BACK! This is music for freaks! Play it loud, get weird and spread the noise with the upside down smile!
Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2015
Good news for people with short attention spans! A band called Woodboot is a master in making traditional sounding punk music, which has the recognizable properties of each song being short and to the point. The main focus point is to f#ck everyone around you that isn’t into this rough around the edges punk tracks!
Expect no poetry, no lyrics about love or other discussions in the in your face lyrics, it’s all ‘up yours’ all the way! Expect being energized by pure negativity, everything is wasted, there is no future and if you try to argue; expect some violently happy induced head cracks!
Starting and stagnating as a two-piece, this jangly Brisbane duo of Daniel and Julien decided to thicken their sound two years ago, and so formed a fully-fledged band. The addition of second guitarist Sam and drummer Donnie prompted an album, and CRIME TIME is the second release for these garage grime ‘n’ rollers. The group follows in the footsteps of THE SPITS and the RAMONES with fast-paced, three-chord gusto.
Brisbane, Australia's Woodboot present their debut LP: CRIME TIME. It's actually their second album, following on from 2014's KRANG GANG non-demo tape. Razar's aggro energy must hang over Brisbane like some horrible cloud. It's present in Woodboot, embedded like DNA. Audible in the aggressive guitar work that fills Crime Time. Vocals are snotty, surly and raw, taking their cues from the first wave but moving beyond that original template set by The Ramones and early aussie punk. It's pissed off, but poppy, there's a heavy air of shit-headed sarcasm throughout the record, sneering at the listener and scratching at the door.
The drumming is hard hitting and primitive, prehistoric sounds and a perfect backbone for the band. At times I hear both a rocket to russia and something akin to Wire's early demos, but the beat is harder and the level of aggression displayed here is infinitely greater.
Woodboot aren’t trying to do anything different. It’s nothing you haven’t heard before but it’s done with such angsty energy and enthusiasm that it doesn’t matter. This record contains feel good tunes that are easy to listen to and don’t take much dissecting for ultimate partying.
Samstag, 17. Oktober 2015
I`m very happy to welcome another outstanding band in our cacophonyc post punk rooster! After Synthetic ID and Cold Circuits, the Berlin based 3 piece PRETTY HURTS got my attention with their demo recordings and with this new EP they blew my mind away!
Cold, dark and icy post punk hits noisy, nervous and insanely driven punk. Disappointment, irritability, alienation, teen-angst, nightmares and hypnagogic hallucinations, packed on a 7". Cold and bleak, but bouncing in defiance, with sporadic tinges of fear. While other bands of their ilk go for a more sullen approach, PRETTY HURTS harnesses their aggression to power through each song like a well-oiled machine.
There’s a sense of urgency and neurosis that’s ever-present throughout Escapement, which makes this one of the better EPs to surface this summer. If there was any EXPECTATION for this 7" PRETTY HURTS can answer with a shy, cold but defining YES! get this EP or listen to the boring other stuff out there...
Freitag, 25. September 2015
I was on tour, it was the first day, I saw this band and I wanted to put out this tape! Music for the Working Class Kids...
Let Adam from Katorga Works introduce this band to you: Oi! Oi! Oi! This is the hotly anticipated debut recording of NYC's The Brass, who have instantly become one of the best live bands in the NYC punk scene. Instead of playing what many see as the modern NYC sound, The Brass has both boots planted firmly in classic UK oi!, in particular Blitz. The sound is rough, direct and angry.
THE BRASS delivers one of the sickest, hardest and best demo’s recorded on American soil in 2015. An absolute killer. It's some of the best Oi! to come out of NYC in fkn god knows how long. The short, snappy tunes are up-tempo, no nonsense, and mad as hell, and the genre's working class origins shine through the NYC grime on grafter's anthems like "Treading Water," with its "back to work!" gang chants and desperate howls from vocalist Clay and the lads that "the only thing between me and the streets, is one shift on the 9-5."
This is from the streets for the streets, a honorable successor for a NY Band like IRON CROSS. Straight to the point, no bullshit, dirty-sounding the NEW NY WAVE OF Oi! This demo is so good that it would be impossible for you not to singalong. For those tired of derivative bands using Oi! as a smokescreen for tough guy silliness, THE BRASS is refreshing. Oh, sure, the sounds they make are rough and tough, but there's more to it than that, and that's what sets them apart from the rest of the Oi! wannabes.
The Brass is coming to a working class city near you and they will tear it down. Grab the tape, the us version was sold out instantely...
Dienstag, 28. Juli 2015
Here it is, the soundtrack of your summer! All the way from Toronto, Ontario, the stunning debut record of TOTAL LOVE! The first time I listened to this record, I knew it was the start of something amazing. What you get is a sun-soaked beach, garage, punk, pop gem that will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.
Simple, haunting, instantly memorable pop songs that will leave you glad to be alive. Let's just call it beach punk; these guys are keeping it tight and far from over-produced.
Their formula is simple: big, poppy riffs and catchy choruses, jangly upbeat guitars and reverb soaked vocals. Confident, heart-felt, refreshingly irony-free beach pop that is just about the catchiest thing you have heard in a long time.
This is a fantastic and exhilarating summertime pop album, so get your beers and yourselves ready to start summer in TOTAL LOVE! I guess you could say we are a TOTAL LOVE fan and I know that after listening to this record, everyone else will be, too...
Samstag, 4. Juli 2015
Finally! After two stunning demo tapes SIN MOTIVO created this untold hardcore punk 12" bastard. Born and bred in Fort Worth/ Denton, Texas' legacy of DIY, SIN MOTIVO seeks to push what it means to be punk in 2015. In equal parts Victim In Pain and Too Many Humans, SIN MOTIVO perpetually pushes Punk's lack of attention span.
Psychedelic drudging interwoven with a classic hardcore punk formula balances out to create a true sonic seduction. All aspects mentioned before are finally realized in their recent opus, El Desierto, an LP brought to you by members of Wiccans, The Sentenced, and Treatment.
Their recordings capture that energy perfectly and form some of the most driving and propulsive hardcore punk I have heard in ages. You need to hear this. These songs are chaotic and unrelenting. Constant changes make the songs feel relatively short although some of them stretch out over five minutes and even the shorter songs just plod along. Sin Motivo isn't afraid of frantically throwing anything and everything into a speedy, punk rock blender that persists of thumping around for a moment before exploding into a hardcore nail bomb.
If you like your hardcore chaotic and turbulent, you're in for a hell of a ride. This is hardcore punk with demonic vocals and hard-as-nail beats that is extremely hard to shake once you have heared it. Ferocious, dissonant hardcore focused in intensity and all-out rage. A record full of uneasiness and trepidation.
SIN MOTIVO is another living proof for how great the current Austin punk/hardcore crop is. Recorded / Mixed by Dentons finest, Mark Ryan and Jeff Burke ( Marked Men, High Tension Wires, Mind Spiders, Radioactivity ) and mastered by Daniel Hussain ( Red Dons ) I am more than honoured to release this timeless LP.
Sonntag, 15. Februar 2015
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If you’re looking for a good time, NANCY is your salvation. These New York punk prophets have that uncanny ability to craft songs like desert-born incantations: packed with scorching hot riffs so catchy that they’ll possess you to do unspeakable things (or at least dance a lot).
With simply two songs, this 7" will get the party going at your pad. A lot of people have compared them to the RAMONES which is lazy, but also totally true. Both nancy boys contribute their great voices to the microphone, so get ready for ultimate melody.
This debut 7" is soaked in sticky-sweet vocals, galloping stints of foot-stomping beats, and those irresistible, glistening punk rawk hooks. Now I know what you’re thinking: “hooks” means “trite”. WRONG – check out those loopy, gnarly key changes in the middle of the title track. And that’s really the best thing about this no-bullshit crew: the tunes are familiar enough to get you raucous and weird enough to keep you interested. “(Why Am I) Crying?” has all that in spades. Twistable grooves? Check. Ear-searing guitar tone? Of course. Croon factor? A resounding 10.
If you've been looking for a new song to hum at your shit job, it'll take no time to get hooked on these kickers. There’s no excuse for ignoring this band.
UPCOMING EUROPE TOUR! CATCH EM!
Fr. 20.03.2015 Wiesbaden
Sa. 21.03.2015 Houthalen - Crossbone Fest
So. 22.03.2015 Rotterdam - V11
Mo. 23.03.2015 Paris - La Mecanique Ondulatoire
Di. 24.03.2015 Grenoble
Mi. 25.03.2015 Tübingen - Epplehaus
Do. 26.03.2015 Munich
Fr. 27.03.2015 Kreuzlingen - Klub Horst
Sa. 28.03.2015 Milan - Ligera
So. 29.03.2015 Zagreb - Attack
Mo. 30.03.2015 Budapest
Di. 31.04.2015 Vienna
Mi. 01.04.2015 Brno
Do. 02.04.2015 Warsaw
Fr. 03.04.2015 Leipzig - Zoro
Sa. 04.04.2015 Berlin - Bei Ruth (Daniil)
So. 05.04.2015 Kiel - Just A Little Bit Dangerous Fest
Mo. 06.04.2015 Gothenburg
Di. 07.04.2015 Stockholm - Estniska Foreningen
Mi. 08.04.2015 Oslo
Do. 09.04.2015 Aalborg - 1000 Fryd
Fr. 10.04.2015 Copenhagen - Dödsmaskinen
Sa. 11.04.2015 Rheine - Trinkhalle
Not hyped enough? Daniel from Sorry State record says:
Debut single from this NYC band who had a killer demo a while back. The only bad thing I can say about this record is that it's almost painfully short... Nancy sound like a slightly poppier version of the Spits... the guitars are big, simple, and Ramones-influenced, and the vocals have the kind of nasal sound of early Europunk bands like Lost Kids or Ivy Green. Like the Spits, they're also about concision, so only two songs leaves me really, REALLY wanting more... if you like garage-punk whose guitars have balls while the vocals satisfy your pop sweet tooth this is bound to be a favorite.
ETT - 028 - The Coneheads - L.P.1. aka "14 Year Old High School PC-Fascist Hype Lords Rip Off Devo for the Sake of Extorting $$$ from Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L.P."
Get it here: THE CONEHEADS LP.1. aka "14 Year Old High School PC-Fascist Hype Lords Rip Off Devo for the Sake of Extorting $$$ from Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L.P."
NWI scene is on another level to the rest of humanity. Oh yes, it's going to get weird once you put this shit on. Coneheads are a basement punk band who have decided to douse themselves in creepy circus riffs, robot meets alien vocals with science-fiction wackyness. Keep in mind, it's still punk and man is it catchy. Who said weird can't be catchy?
They sound like DOW JONES AND THE INDUSTRIALS on speed or a more manic DEVO. The only reference point I can conjure is the Urinals, as if that whim is somehow relevant. Inverse of the shrouding of identity, the music is exactly the opposite. They make a land grab and are settling in for a bit. This would perfectly in 1982 but I doubt they were born before 92. Major points for historical awareness. The rhythm barrels along while solos are interspersed at six second intervals, desperately played like a blur between a jerry lee richard piano solo and a fevered banjo picker who lives in an Appalachian cave.
Alien insectoid Vocals. A Residents and Night Fever pair of renditions square it out. Listening, I am informed my eyes are in a militant glare with a spooky goof mouthgrin. It's hard to find the line between cheap gimmick and true weirdness sometimes, but this one shows that line with every spin. This band is highly addictive and leaves you stunned
Limited 500 copies
Freitag, 26. Dezember 2014
Get it here: Rats Rest - Permanent Catastrophe EP
When it comes to timeless and catchy early 80s US punk sound in these fast and modern times of ours, Rats Rest from Kansas City could take a big part of the cake. If you like the old-school hardcore punk, melodic with a raspy fucked up voice, expressive vocals, mid paced drum-hitting going fast, heavy bass lines, catchy guitar works with a hard-rock attitude / playing, alongside lyric themes about depression, drugs and death, written with a personal view, then this is your new favourite band. I’m reminded of a depressed Marked Men, a bouncy No Hope For The Kids, or a street-punk-infused Leatherface as I spin these tunes. They get it pretty much right, from the well-sung vocals to the guitar solos that occurs over some moody, incessant bass-lines, its always super catchy! So put your sticky fingers on a copy of this and enjoy it!
LIMITED 300 COPIES!
Mittwoch, 19. November 2014
Get it here: Gloom Sleeper - Demo Tape
For starting a good melodic dark post punk band (or probably any band) you need one thing - some sort of soul. Luckily Gloom Sleeper from Bielefeld, Germany, got this very special thing about their music. It's understandable to be tired of all that newish post / goth punk hype, but when a band starts with a demo tape like this, you have to be down with it once again! Propelling melodic post punk, with a noble sense for writing dancable and catchy songs. There's no hiding behind a wall of sound, no banks of effect pedals, only well-constructed songs that are simultaneously filled with doomed thoughts, self-immolation - and joy.
A beautiful blend of post punk and punk rock with a tinge of Goth. If you need comparisons: Take the guitar work of the outstanding Estranged, add some Warsaw and Killing Joke and you know what Gloom Sleeper are all about...
Sonntag, 26. Oktober 2014
Get it here: ETT - 025 - THE GOTOBEDS - "Poor People Are Revolting" LP
The Gotobeds' members come from Pittsburgh, Penn., a place notorious for keeping great local bands to itself. But the racket these guys kick up on their first album, Poor People Are Revolting, might be too strong for the city to contain.
Guitarists Eli Kasan and Tom Payne spent the last few years as part of the local hardcore band Kim Phuc. Joined by bassist Gavin Jensen and drummer Cary Belbeck, they bring that energy to The Gotobeds, a rowdy, ramshackle party house of a band, built on the intersecting bedrock of post-punk and indie rock. On Poor People Are Revolting, there's something crazy going on in every room, the front porch and the backyard: a party that never dies down or seems to stop, even as the neighbors complain and the cops drive past. Working from the spirit and fundamentals of a small handful of influences — the design sense and intellectual rowdiness of The Fall; the constant evolution and masterful poker faces of Wire, from whose drummer these guys borrowed their name; the sturdy, heroic melodic sense and layered tape-loop production of Mission of Burma — The Gotobeds' members paint a dirty, driven, vulgar portrait of Rust Belt restlessness.
Poor People rockets out of the gate with "Fast Trash," a great intro to The Gotobeds' boundless energy. Two-parter "Wasted on Youth/Melted Candle" starts out with a tuneful riff that ratchets past pandemonium. Every song here is an honest-to-goodness anthem, ready to sweep you up in the throttling, last-call anxiety that permeates the band's work — even through all 10 minutes of the single repetitive riff that makes up "Secs Tape."
Were these guys from New York City, they'd probably be too tired and broke to play with this level of fevered, feral inspiration. With no fear of being priced out, they launch one of the greatest arguments against Big Apple living with their single "NY's Alright." Like the album's title, the song is a double-edged sword, couching the relative excitement of New York (and hearing all about it from everyone who's moved there) against the reality of people staring into their cellphones on crowded sidewalks, constantly trying to maintain a standard of living that The Gotobeds can enjoy for next to nothing. The sentiment is hammered home in the video for the track, as the band drops a Parquet Courts LP out of its sleeve, only to see it shatter on the floor.
One of the strongest American rock debuts in years, Poor People Are Revolting is an obscene gesture hoisted toward anyone who'd claim that the genre is dead.
Get it here: BUY CRIMINAL CODE -SALVAGE EP
In my opinion, Criminal Code need no introduction. If you are not familiar so far, let Daniel Vandenberg explain this band for you! Criminal Code from Tacoma, Washington, play an anthemic, sneakingly melodic mixture of post-punk and cacophony of raw wavy punk. Formed in 2011, they’ve just released several 7“s and their debut LP No Device on Deranged Records, a welcome shot in the vein (or kick in the teeth) to an increasingly ethereal genre. They took their Husker Du/Greg Sage influences and made it their own unique sound.
The new 7“ harkens back to the raw, stripped down and primal intensity that characterised the early days of post punk, back when it was still considered just punk, only punk that was a little off and slightly more unsettling than usual. Criminal Code straight rip and rock with an urgency and rabid junkieunpredictability that was traded in long ago when post punk started investing wholeheartedly in synthesisers and chorus pedal collections and diverting down broodier pathways to goth and whatever-wave. Criminal Code are a perfect mess of contradictions, simultaneously full-bodied and forceful, and cold, distant and washed-out, like a hardcore heart in pale post punk skin, or vice versa. While specifically for Criminal Code’s European tour, the EP neatly coheres and expands on their Husker Du Over A Cliff guitars and post-post (post) Wipers despair/rage. Snag the EP on tour and dig hard!
Criminal Code are embarking on a lengthy European tour. Here are the dates. Don’t miss them!
11.03.2014 Kortrijk - Pits
11.07.2014 London - Static Shock Fest
11.08.2014 Antwerp - Het Bos
11.09.2014 Osnabrück - Bastard Club
11.10.2014 Hamburg - Hafenklang
11.12.2014 Münster - Gleis 22
11.13.2014 Amsterdam - Winston
11.14.2014 Stuttgart - Revier
11.17.2014 Zagreb - Attack
11.20.2014 Brno - Vegalite
11.21.2014 Nuremberg - Projekt 31
Dienstag, 15. Juli 2014
Get it here: BUY LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS - COLLECTION LP
From time to time, LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS prove themselves to be the terminus of the Slime Punk Express. Blown out and covered in slime, Lumpy gnashes his way through these 12 tracks about ghouls, gnats, piss, sex pits and bad breath. In the realm of screaming, searing "throbbing idiot punk" (as LUMPY calls it), this is gold. It's fast, it's vicious, and it does not give a fuck. Total raw, warped punk just like I love it! LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS sound exactly like what you'd imagine Ren & Stimpy's latin-jazz freakout band!
This band is about the filth inside, which is not to be confused with the darkness, it's not mental anguish and black godlusts that are spewing forth here, just the natural logistics of flesh, the slippery smelly stuff, honesty of form in the chitterlings and the old shambles. Semi-solid beings playing songs of uncomfortable physicality.
Wrap this whole package up in an absolutely gorgeous 2-color, screen-printed sleeve (art by LUMPY himself) and you have a 100% essential hardcore LP.
Get your physical copy in the ETT online-store and make sure to take a bath afterwards!
Donnerstag, 10. April 2014
Get it here: BUY NEEDLES//PINS- SHAMEBIRDS LP
How many current bands try to sound unique and outstanding, especially like the kind of pop music that NEEDLES//PINS are playing? We’re talking about awesome snotty power pop laced punk rock from Vancouver / Canada.
NEEDLES//PINS start where White Wires, Gentleman Jesse, Young Governor and others leave off and take their really own incredible song craft at work here – all instantly likable and infinitely memorable. It’s unique and outstanding in a serious way! For everyone who loves jams catchy as fuck: NEEDLES//PINS are just what you needed. The “Shamebirds” LP will make the coldest, loneliest and most boring of days fun and crazy again. The songs circle somewhere between mid-period Replacements, Selling the Sizzle-era Smugglers, The Hives’ “incredibly famous for a minute” stint and ‘70s/’80s Canadian power pop punk (Pointed Sticks / Teenage Head) and you’d be close. It’s just awesome!
Please go out and catch them on their upcoming European Tour with their friends from Sonic Avenues and see two of the best power pop / punk bands at their boiling point. So haul your ass out of your easy chair and get this one!
The US pressing will be out on Dirt Cult Records!
Dienstag, 18. März 2014
Get it here: BUY BLOTTER EP
500 copies are made - 500 on Black Vinyl
Hey, Hardcore-Fans! Lose your minds! Here’s the real deal. Blotter is everything you want from a modern day hardcore punk band. Over the past few years, Austin, TX has seen a resurgence in young, quality punk bands. Blotter is one of the top tier groups of this new school of Texas hardcore and Under Armour '77, their debut vinyl effort, stands as some of the best work this scene has produced. Primordial ooze USHC at its finest.
Blotter is yet another new hardcore punk featuring members of Wiccans, Glue, Impalers and Creamers.
Blotter delivers just brutal, stomping stuff with a perfect, early 80s-sounding 8-track production. This five piece band rages through five songs in a little over five minutes. Fast precise hard hitting drums, loud distorted guitar that flirts with chaotic, noisy feedback, compliment dynamic and aggressive vocals that have just the right amount of snot and grit. Their sound touches on classic 80’s hardcore, whilst paying no tribute to any other HC band I’ve listened to in the last few years. This is unique, this is weird, fucked up and awesome! No filler on this EP – it’s all legit. No nonsense Hardcore in 2014, go and get your copy. Fuck.
Get it here: Buy Secret Prostitutes / Crooked Bangs Split 7"
500 Copies are made
100 Secret Prostitutes Edition - Black Vinyl with Blue / Green Silksreen Cover
100 Crooked Bangs Edition - Black Vinyl with Orange / Red Silkscreen Cover
300 Normal Edition - Black Vinyl with Black / White Silkscreen Cover
Two bands located in Texas, one sings in French, the other in Indonesian and I’m gonna put out a Split 7“ for them… Do you know which bands I’m talking about!? If not, here is the answer: Crooked Bangs and Secret Prostitutes.
After their stunning first record, Crooked Bangs approach their sound in a way that is sinister but also inviting, a veil of gloom — courtesy of Ginestra’s foreboding vocals and Wendel’s snappy guitar work — with an inducing rhythm section. There are elements of ’70s punk and ’60s garage rock lurking throughout, but these influences don’t override their own ideas. The upfront person is vocalist/bassist Leda Celeste Ginestra, who sings like she discovered punk in the catacombs of a Parisian cabaret. Alternating between French and English lyrics, Ginestra brings uncommon depth and richness to macabre depictions of blood castles and flesh-ripping wolves. At the same time, she's quick to morph into guttural, Linda Blair-style screeching when the song demands it. Guitarist Samantha Wendel cuts the clutter in favor of finding the perfect surf-goth tone, while drummer Phillip Gonzalez plows through the anxious night like a pepped-up trucker.
On the flip there will be the mysterious reincarnation of KBD Punk. In my opinion there’s no introduction needed! You just have to know that the KBD spirit of the band and the music fit genuinely into the era of the style. They would fit perfectly into the early Houston punk scene of bands looking for a place to play. The beat and Indonesian lyrics will cause you to tap your boot, shake your ass and scratch your head while you’re banging it. But it will always make you smile, unlike your KGB counterparts who haven’t been this confused since trying to understand the argot of contempt sung secretively by bands behind the Iron Curtain.
Get it here: Buy Cold Circuits – s/t 12“
200 Copies - 200 on Black Vinyl
The Bay Area is one of the most interesting places for punk these days – one of the most outstanding bands from there are the Cold Circuits! Shattered guitar sound, mutated post punk basslines creating a danceable despair with bratty darkwave vocals, this is so punk! No garage, no post punk, no deathrock or whatever…
The icy, anxiety-ridden post punk is replaced by salivating droning punk. Less twitching, more pogoing, but still ravaged by the mounting dissolution and paranoia. A fucking great rhythm section (well known from Synthetic ID) rounds this whole thing down. Cold and bleak with sporadic tinges of fear. If you are a fan of Terrible Feelings and also Rank//Xerox, Cold Circuits will be your new obsession! Keep your eyes open – the 12“ will be limited to 200 copies!
Get it here: Buy Happy Hookers For Jesus EP
300 Copies - 300 on Black Vinyl
If you are looking for a new and outstanding band from Europe, here you got it. My mind was blown after the first time of listening to these songs that are so depressive, cold, pissed and snotty. One thing was sure: I just had to repress this EP because 200 copies are far too little for this killer 7“.
What you get is pure Danish unrelenting punk rock damage! Take the smarmy music oft The Urinals, speed it up to 150 % and crank the volume up to the max and you hear what the Happy Hookers For Jesus are all about. This 7“ is a little bastard of punk that‘s stuck in your head with the first listen. A nihilistic feedback orgy in four acts, packed with merciless insanity, screeching guitars, distorted echo-voice and a totally wasted I-don't-give-a-flying-fuck-attitude, all thrown together in a stinky garage. So, get it or get lost!