REVIEW: The Worthingtons vs The Bleekers: Atomic Beats

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Another awesome release from Making Believe Records, this time we’ve got a split between two great pop punk bands. The Worthingtons are a great Ramonescore band that have five fucking great songs for us. Their side of the split alone would be worth owning the whole thing for. The Bleekers side isn’t quite as good but that doesn’t mean it’s bad, or even semi-ok, their side of the split is great too. If you pick this up you get ten great songs by two great bands. If you like pop punk this is a must.

‘Mutate My Brain’ Between the song title and how it sounds it’s like listening to a slower version of the Mean Jeans (that’s a giant compliment by the way). Amazing way to start this thing out, after all what’s better than a song about going insane and getting a lobotomy?
‘Teen Zombie’ This song is almost as awesome as the first one, by the title you can probably guess what it’s about. Protect your brain!
‘That Boy’ Ramonescore at its best, Ramones, Screeching Weasel or the Queers all wish they’d have recorded this first. The story of a girl in love with a bad boy.
‘She’s A Headcase’ Kicking it into high pop punk gear another great great great jam that you could listen to all night. One thing I like about this band is you always know what song you’re going to get from the title, this is no exception, the girl is a headcase.
‘Russian Spy’ This is my second favorite side of this split, as with the other songs it won’t take you long to figure out what it’s about. There are plenty of whoa’s too, so that’s good. I’ve gotta say though, he’s not a very good spy; he keeps saying “I’m a Russian spy”.
‘Sweat On The Grass’ We’ve got some bouncy pop punk, with a lot of whoa’s, all the makings of a good song.
‘Love Affair’ Reminds me of something the Lillingtons may have done, a lot.
‘Prince Charming’ A very Ramonescore type song here, almost as good as the last song.
‘Travellin’’ Here’s another great one, lots of energy.
‘She’s Your Baby’ They slow things down for this one, the ballad of the album, but don’t think that means the quality slows down too, with this song I can proclaim there is not a bad song on this split.

The Worthingtons:
1. Mutate My Brain
2. Teen Zombie
3. That Boy
4. She’s A Headcase
5. Russian Spy
The Bleekers:
6. Sweat On The Grass
7. Love Affair
8. Prince Charming
9. Travellin’
10. She’s Your Baby

Get it from Making Believe Records HERE

REVIEW: Jerk Store #8

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The newest issue of the Jerk Store zine, number 8 is here. And after getting on board with 6 and 7 I was pretty stoked for this one, add to that the promise of stuff on two of my current favorite bands, Iron Chic and the Transgressions, I was super stoked! Continued in this issue is the sweet layout that not only looks great but makes this thing easy to read. On the first page we get some editorials that verge on rants that are not only entertaining but they make some good points too. Immediately following is a jerk chicken recipe for you foodies. We get a great interview with the Transgressions, this band rules so much I’ll go out of my way to get anything they record if I have to. The interview ruled a lot, top notch job here. After that the short tale of a record store, a nice write up on the Creeps and a no mess around run through of Fest 9. From there there’s no slow down to this one, it goes right into a rad write up on After School Special then brings a good view on the ‘you had to be there’ factor of punk. Now the half way point we get to the thing I was second most stoked for in this issue, the Iron Chic interview. A solid interview, the good quality I’m starting to expect out of Jerk Store delivers again. After that we get what might be my favorite page of the issue. Calling out labels on their bullshit. Lame shipping and payment practices, pre-orders, more updates than you can keep up with. As this goes on it sounds like a handful of labels that comes to mind, but with my own personal experience I’m pretty sure I know who was in mind during the first two paragraphs. I completely 100% agree with this page. Closing this issue out is a nice interview with The Gateway District and five pages of their quick interviews, always a highlight for me. Again I mostly agree with what’s said here and each review is quick as opposed to most you get now a days that seem more book like. This is another fantastic issue by Jerk Store, a zine which might now be my favorite current running one.

REVIEW: The Life And Times: Day II b/w Day III

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Hawthorne Street Records brings us the new 7” single from ‘The Life And Times’, it’s just two songs but stretches over seven minutes. Slow moody spaced out somewhat indie alt-rock is what you’ll find within this single, this is definitely a record to sit around relax and listen to. I’m not a big fan of the vocals here, but on the plus side they’re not very imposing either. This is that get high and lay on a couch music. If any of these things sound like how you like to spend your day skipping work doing then you might want to give this record a look into.

1. Day II
2. Day III

Revolver’s Golden Gods Awards voting is open!

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Revolver’s Golden Gods awards are coming up in April, Wednesday April 20th to be exact. Normally I think this is pretty cool but still generally leaves the bad ‘awards show’ taste in my mouth. It was recently announced that Chris Jericho is hosting it this time, which peaked my interested. Chris Jericho is not only a great wrestler he’s also a legit metal dude so this thing should be fun (and hopefully will include a bunch of Iron Maiden references). So let’s look at what we’ve got here…these are my picks…It may seem that I’m bias, but there’s a reason I like Iron Maiden so much, it’s because they’re the greatest group of musicians to ever come together.

Epiphone Best Guitarist(s)

John 5 (Rob Zombie)
Dan Donegan (Disturbed)
Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind)
Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
Janick Gers, Dave Murray, and Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)

There’s really only one choice here, Iron Maiden has the three best guitarists to ever play music, not even a contest here. Though if Maiden wasn’t in the mix Gus G shreds like a mofo.

Drum Workshop Best Drummer

Tommy Clufetos (Ozzy Osbourne)
Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
Joey Jordison (Rob Zombie)
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
Mike Portnoy (Avenged Sevenfold)

Again, Iron Maiden. Nicko is a fucking beast.

Best Vocalist

Glenn Danzig (Danzig)
Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
Chino Moreno (Deftones)
Ozzy Osbourne (Ozzy Osbourne)
M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
Corey Taylor (Stone Sour)

This is almost laughable; if vocalist is up for grabs it always goes to the greatest front man of all time, Bruce Dickinson.

Affliction Album of the Year

Avenged Sevenfold, “Nightmare”
Black Label Society, “Order of the Black”
Deftones, “Diamond Eyes”
Ozzy Osbourne, “Scream”
Stone Sour, “Audio Secrecy”
Volbeat, “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven”

The only album that I didn’t hate, Volbeat.

Samson Zoom Best Live Band

Avenged Sevenfold
Gwar
Iron Maiden
Megadeth
Rammstein

Now, I don’t like Rammstein, but I do have to admit they put on one hell of a show…..but they’re no Iron Maiden. Consistently putting on the greatest show on earth is the only band with a giant Eddie.

Most Metal Athlete

Chris Cole (pro skateboarding)
Dan Hardy (MMA fighting)
Toni Lydman (NHL)
The Miz (WWE wrestling)
Jeremy Shockey (NFL football)
Mike Vallely (pro skateboarding)

Well, I’m not too into skating so I’ll admit to ignorance there, but isn’t that more of a punk athlete anyway? Dan Hardy…no. The Miz…laughable. So we’re down to Shockey and Lydman, you’ve always gotta go with hockey as the more metal sport so that alone gives him a big tip of the scale, and ultimately the winning vote (from me).

Best New Band

Asking Alexandria
Black Veil Brides
The Damned Things
The Pretty Reckless
Times of Grace
We Are the Fallen

Well instead of trying to pretend I’m better than everyone and know everything, I’ll man up and admit I only know one of these bands….and don’t like that one who shall remain nameless so I’m ducking out of this one.

Eagle Rock Comeback of the Year

Accept
Faith No More
Murderdolls
A Perfect Circle
Soundgarden
System of a Down

This one is an easy choice too, that Accept album fucking ripped. It’s so good this is another runaway vote.

REVIEW: Colin Farrell: Danger Zone EP

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Italy’s Colin Farrell is here with their new EP ‘Danger Zone’, Colin Farrell does what they do, offer up fast cool punk rock right to your ears. This four song EP comes in at about four minutes, the first two songs aren’t even a minute long. But don’t let the short length of the EP fool you, this is good stuff. This EP is about on par with their previous, which I liked a hell of a lot. If you like in your face punk rock, think along the lines of Wimpy in the Queers, then you need to check out this EP.

‘Strip Club’ Who doesn’t like strip clubs? This is a pretty awesome fast song to start out, there’s even some “GO!”’s in there.
‘Schizophrenia’ This song has an awesome intro on it, but it doesn’t stop there, this song might be the best on the EP. It’s so good, and it doesn’t waste any time.
‘I Don’t Want To Play With You’ Much like the others this song rules a lot, it’s a little longer (but not much) and there’s a slight bit more pop crammed in here, but there’s no bubblegum songs here, more the snotty type pop punk.
‘I Loved You (When I Was A Boy)’ Like the last song, more of a snotty pop punk infused with the song, this is my second favorite song on the EP, you should be able to learn the lyrics real easy too.

1. Strip Club
2. Schizophrenia
3. I Don’t Want To Play With You
4. I Loved You (When I Was A Boy)

Get it from Colin Farrell HERE

REVIEW: Restorations: Strange Behavior

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Paper + Plastick bring us this one sided 12” EP from ‘Restorations’. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect since Paper + Plastick puts out of a lot of different stuff but I was pretty quickly pleasantly met with some great songs here. This EP may only be four songs but it falls just short of the twenty minute mark, with the last track being over seven minutes. This is a pretty damn good EP, the first two songs are pretty different from the last two, but that’s in big part to the vocals. I like every song on here to a degree. If you’re a fan of slow time chill rock music give these tunes a listen.

‘Title Track’ With the raspy vocals and the twine in the tune it’s almost like a Frankie Stubbs goes country song. It’s a pretty good song, starts out real strong but I wish it was a little shorter.
‘Linear Notes’ Slightly less country sounding, more of an indie rock or a light rock song. We’ve still got the Stubbs like vocals though, even more so maybe in this song. This one is longer than the first song but I actually like this song way more, it kind of rules a lot.
‘The Reappearing American Hobo’ A slower really relaxing song, reminds me a little of Koufax, without all the keyboard and weirder stuff. Cleaner vocals, not sure if it’s a different person or just a different style. We’ve also got some female vocals on this one. Almost as good as a song as the last one is.
‘Documents’ I won’t say this song is the dud of the album but it is my least favorite. It’s alright but it seems a bit tedious and really goes on way way too long. But that being said, it’s not too bad.

1. Title Track
2. Linear Notes
3. The Reappearing American Hobo
4. Documents

Get Strange Behavior from Amazon HERE

REVIEW: Kill That Girl: …We Wanna Be Monkeys!!!

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In 2008 Making Believe Records brought us this release by ‘Kill That Girl’. I instantly liked it before even hearing it because, well how can you not like an album that has monkeys in the title? This might not be the longest listening experience you’ll have, the whole thing being just over twelve minutes, but it will be a great listening experience. Kill That Girl went from a band I’ve never heard of to a great pop punk band who I will be keeping an eye out for from now on. If you like pop punk in the style of the Queers, The Prozacs, Teenage Bottlerocket, or any of the great three chord pop punk bands, you need to get into this.

‘Dictator (an intro…)’ A sample intro in the form of a quote from ‘Mean Girls’ (great movie).
‘Fashion Zombies’ A awesome quick paced pop punk song. Catchy as hell, if the whole album is like this it’s going to be a five star listen.
‘Sad’ This sounds a lot like a Prozacs song, and that’s a very good thing, this song is a whole lot of awesome.
‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ A Cyndi Lauper cover, not one I expected, because who covers this song? It’s a great song, and this is a great cover. It makes a perfect pop punk song, I’m so glad this happened.
‘Stupid Bitches’ Pop punk needs songs about girls, but this isn’t you’re ‘I’m in love with that girl’ song. Best song on the album.
‘Beatrice Is In Love’ Here’s a song about love; it looks like ‘Kill That Girl’ does both styles. A great follow up to the previous song too.
‘Oh, Mary’ To close things out another cover song, this time a Manges one. At the risk of making a lot of Manges fans angry, I think this is the better version of the song. Excellent closer!

1. Dictator (an intro…)
2. Fashion Zombies
3. Sad
4. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
5. Stupid Bitches
6. Beatrice Is In Love
7. Oh, Mary

Get it from Making Believe Records HERE

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