the tale of me and you (2013/EXPECT CANDY)
INDIE/POP-ROCK. After more than 10 years of guitar and vocal duties in ALL GIRL SUMMER FUN BAND, Kim Baxter wrote and co-produced her debut solo album, "the tale of me and you", with her husband, Chris Flanagan (LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS). The pair played all the instruments on the album which was recorded in their home studio in Oregon. Baxter is best known for her catchy, short and sweet pop song writing, but on "the tale of me and you", she flexes her song writing muscles. The result is an album that is still fun and catchy but the songs are longer, the lyrics are deeper, and the instrumentation is layered and more dynamic. Years of love and hard work went into these songs and it can be heard.
bilder fressen strom (2010/WE DELIVER THE GUTS/UNUNDEUX)
GRINDCORE. JAPANISCHE KAMPFHÖRSPIELE, in addition to their pretty unique approach at a combination of punk-infused death/grind with whatever samples they dig up, have always been about the lyrics. The brilliant booklet artwork give hints as to how much these guys despise what’s around them, as the lyrics reek of insidious cynicism and ridicule against our beloved system. The full-length contains 27 songs and packed with great riffing, thick groove and an equally punchy, yet subtly improved production; compared to their last full-length “rauchen und yoga” to boot. The tempo is a bit slower, blast beats are used only as complementary elements, heaviness and groove are more prominent, chaos less so. If you like MISERY INDEX check this out.
exist to get piss't (2012/GIVE PRAISE)
HARDCORE-PUNK. Finally re-pressed and available: the 1st full-length of the German-American cross section. Skate-punk at its finest. Mix POISON IDEA, BLACK FLAG, VERBAL ABUSE and grab the skateboard! But besides those to be classified is, but always the blood, sweat & tears driving a stylish plate produce worth - otherwise you find almost everything right. Hell yeah, well done!
IMPULSE INTERNATIONAL, THE
run and hide/arm the girls (2008/DERANGED)
POP/POST-PUNK. From the ashes of DIRT BIKE ANNIE comes the IMPULSE, INT'L. A trio from New Jersey that delivers 2 excellent guitar driven power-pop gems. They mix the guitar hooks of the REAL KIDS with the upbeat tempo of UK power-popers the BUZZCOCKS. Nothing complicated, just really catchy punk!
IMPULSE INTERNATIONAL, THE
point of action (2009/DERANGED)
POP/POST-PUNK. From the ashes of DIRT BIKE ANIE comes the IMPULSE INT'L. A trio from New Jersey by way of Florida that delivers an album's worth of excellent guitar driven power-pop gems. IMPULSE INT'L play an infectious, heartwarmingly melodic brand of poppy garage-punk, throwing around influences from bands like THE UNDERTONES, THE BUZZCOCKS and THE EXPLODING HEARTS. Just perfect guitar power pop to die for, beyond infectious!
IMPULSE INTERNATIONAL, THE
the real kid (2008/DERANGED)
POP/POST-PUNK. Here we have the 2nd 7" from NJ's (by way of Florida) IMPULSE INT'L and it's another power-pop gem. As a comparison, the IMPULSE INT'L reminds of early BUZZCOCKS and other upbeat UK classics, which pretty much means they play extremely catchy power-pop. Their 1st 7" received top notch reviews and this is more of the same brilliant sound.
POWER-VIOLENCE HARDCORE. East-Van-Sludge-Violence sums it up. MUDLARK's earth shattering full-length LP is an explosive combination of power, mid '90s sludge and ear shattering thrash which almost borders on noisecore at times. Another staple in the Canadian power-violence resurgence. If you enjoy THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE stuff you will be soothed by MUDLARK's songs of unease. First 500 copies include a MUDLARK 7" as a bonus. What are you waiting for?
i disse mörke tider (2011/ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA )
PUNK-ROCK. "i disse mörke tider" is the newest effort by the infamous danish punk-band THE ASSASSINATORS. This 7" sounds more like their early stuff. Amazing - be prepared for a their full-length in 2011.
sigt efter hjerbert (2008/ALERTA ANTIFASCISTA)
PUNK-ROCK. "sigt efter hjerbert" is the 1st full-length album after 2 highly acclaimed 7"s of the punk-rockers from Copenhagen. Lovely driving punk somewhere in between GORILLA ANGREB, NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS and french LA FRACTION. Sweet but still powerful with top snotch female vocals, with good political lyrics and explanations in a nicely done sleeve with huge booklet.
songs of faint and distortion (2013/FOBOFILE)
NOISE/AVANTGARDE/METAL. Absolutely wild, off-the-rocker experimental-avantgarde-technical-death-grindcore from Italy with significant math/jazzcore influences, along with about a hundred other things. The band expresses interest in a semi-improvisational approach to songwriting and a strong fondness for JOHN ZORN - that should tip you off to what kind of music we're dealing here with. The music is nothing short of being just... confused, deranged, nihilistic, crooked, anti-catchy, anti-melodic. All 3 guys in the band deserve big marks for musicianship, but specially the drummer, his performance akin to that of a wild animal in a cage. Colored vinyl is limited to 300 copies and is handnumbered.
OUT ON A LIMB
POST-PUNK/NEW-WAVE. "drowned" is the 1st full-length of this band from Chemnitz/Leipzig. Complex groovy with wave-guitar sounds and nice melodies and a lot of energetic post-punk influences like WIPERS, JOY DIVISION and THE ESTRANGED. Vinyl includes a digital download card.
INFERNAL STRONGHOLD / PIZZA HI FIVE
split (2011/SIT & SPIN)
BLACK-METAL/GRINDCORE. Philly black-thrash champions INFERNAL STRONGHOLD lay down 3 pulverizing tracks on the a-side. Definately a great follow up to the "godless hoise" full-length. Fast as hell evil as fuck and downright brutal as it gets! Keepin up the speed is PIZZA HI FIVE from Ohio. They're laying down 8 super fast mincing blasts sure to damage the ear drums.
life (2013/CRICKET CEMETERY)
INDIE/ELECTRO-POP. NYTEOWL's 1st full-length, "life", follows a string of successful 7"s, including "valentine" that featured heart-pumping electro-soul jams. "life" adds a dark twist to those elastic synth beats - like sounds emitting from a Bladerunner nightclub. Aptly titled, "life", expels a range of emotions that illustrate the rollercoaster ride that life indeed is. It represents the soul-felt journey through ups and downs that everyone goes through while evoking a poignantly dark, digital future. "life" is 9 tracks of spaced-out electronic-pop from. Limited to 300 copies.
HARDCORE. The final release from Oxnard's IN CONTROL features 3 new exclusive songs and a re-recorded version of "he fails me" (originally on "the truth hurts"), along with a new recording of "fuel the fire", which originally appeared on "the nard curse" 7".
DIRECT CONTROL / STRUNG UP
split (2006/NO WAY)
HARDCORE. This full-length teams up East-Coast and West-Coast thrashmasters STRUNG UP from the Bay-Area and Virgina's DIRECT CONTROL and was originally released as a companion to the bands' joint tour in 2006. Both bands sling fast-paced hardcore with rapid-fire vocals and a serious love of alcohol. Angry and urgent fuckin hardcore from 2 of the best bands in the current underground hardcore-punk scene. This is a ripper!