REVIEW: V/A: Sea Creatures No. 1

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sea_creaturesThis is the first compilation/four band split 7″ in a series from Merman Records. If the first volume is a good indication this should be a great series, however this did come out a while ago and I haven’t seen a second one, hopefully we get one soon. We’ve got bands from all over here New Brunswick and Toronto are represented on Side A, LA and the Windy City on the B. Before we even start on the music that’s in this thing you’re going to notice the cover, it’s pretty great artwork done by billythespacekid.com I fucking love the cover art for this. Two of these bands I’m real familiar with, the other two, not so much. The first one is one I know well, Fear of Lipstick they’ve got a fast catchy song pop punk that I think is the best one on this thing. The Roman Line is a band I hadn’t listened to too much of, this song is really good though. It reminds me of the Slow Death a little bit. Regal Beagle is the other band on here I know well, very Queers/Ramones type surf pop punk stuff. This song is no exception; it’s a surf pop party song, a lot of fun and pretty great. And closing out is The Neutron Bombs, a band that I don’t think I’d ever even heard before. They sound like a band that’s been around way longer than they have, like someone that should be touring with The Damned. The song they have on here is pretty decent, it’s my least favorite on this thing but it’s still really good. So through and through you’ve got four really great songs for one small price with a great package, you really can’t go wrong with this thing.

 

 

 

Side A

  1. Fear of Lipstick – Did Ya Know?
  2. The Roman Line – Squeaky Wheel Gets The Grease

 

Side B

  1. Regal Beagle – Party Again
  2. The Neutron Bombs – Not Listening

Get it from Merman Records HERE

REVIEW: Temporal Sluts/The Leeches: Shitville Confidential

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sluts-leechesTemporal Sluts and The Leeches have teamed up for a split release on One Chord Wonder Records. Both of these bands are ones that I’m not familiar with coming into this. Temporal Sluts throws three fast punk songs at you. They’re a band that play the type of stuff that everyone that’s old probably now says they listened to in high school. The Leeches side is some more straight up punk rock but they’ve got more of a snotty attitude to go with it. The Leeches last two songs ‘Who Do You Think We Are?’ and ‘You Drink Too Much’ are the best on the record. I didn’t care for ‘Who Do You Think We Are?’ at first but by the midway point of the song it had won me over. And ‘You Drink Too Much’ like one of those skate bands from the 90’s where the songs are just fast and catchy.

 

 

 

Temporal Sluts:

1. No Go Condition

2. This Is Rock’n’Roll

3. Dead People Are Dead

The Leeches:

4. Here For The Tricks

5. Who Do You Think We Are?a

6. You Drink Too Much

Get it from One Chord Wonder Records HERE

REVIEW: Beach Slang: Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?

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Beach SlangEvery few years there seems to be the new band that everybody loses their minds over. This year there seems to be two bands doing that, Earth Girls and Beach Slang. Both great bands and seem to have the stuff to be around. But this is clearly about Beach Slang so let’s talk about them. If you like Mega City Four, Jawbreaker or Superchunk you should be listening to Beach Slang. It’s as simple as that. They’ve got all the great power pop/punk/rock mix that makes those bands great and they do it just as well themselves. Beach Slang isn’t some carbon copy Xerox band though; they’ve got their own thing going. In a time where everybody posts what they’re jamming to on Facebook it’s pretty evident that Beach Slang is a hit, either that or I just hang out with people that have impeccable taste because just about everyone seems to be rocking this band. When you hear one or two people talking up a band you might check it out but Beach Slang seem to be growing a nice little following in a very short period of time and I’ll say that these people know what the fuck is up. This is one of the best EP’s I’ve heard this year and it still gets pretty constant rotation. It’s the kind of record where you get bummed that it’s only four songs, but then it’s cool because you realize you can just listen to it on repeat. Don’t sleep on this one or you’ll miss out on some great stuff.

1. Filthy Luck
2. Kids
3. Get Lost
4. Punk Or Lust

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REVIEW: Utter Failure: Eroding Forces

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CoverUtter Failure didn’t waste much time following up their incredible 7″ EP with their first album. The album is some great straight up punk rock. Fourteen songs that’ll make you feel like you’re fifteen again. I lived the EP so fucking much and the album is just about as good. There’s no filler on this LP it’s all songs that you won’t be skipping anytime soon. I’m on my third or fourth loop of listening to this album and they’re still as great as the first time. If you’re tired of a lot of niche punk bands hit up Utter Failure for an out and out great album.

1. The Next Tragedy
2. I Won’t Apologize
3. Buffalo And The Up All Night Crew
4. Fuck Your World
5. Corner Of The World
6. Hold It Together
7. Wasted
8. Truth
9. Sucks
10. Johnny Taliban
11. Pretty Pictures
12. Unchanged
13. Piano Song From Hell 2
14. Psychological Breakdown

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REVIEW: A Page Of Punk: Fool’s Punk Line

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CoverHoly shit! Drunken Sailor Records scored a big hit with A Page Of Punk. The insanely great band from Tokyo, Japan doesn’t fuck around. Their album is forty nine songs and is still under thirty minutes! These songs are crazy, violent, happy and fast. They’re somewhere between thrash, punk, power violence and pop. They remind me a lot of another band from Japan I like a ton, Razor’s Edge! These songs blaze through in no time but still leave a lasting impression. They’re the type of band that’ll make you have a one man party and cheer you up when you’re down. If you like fast thrashy punk than A Page Of Punk’s Fool’s Punk Line is exactly what you need!

Side A
1.WE ARE A PAGE OF PUNK
2.YOU OUGHT TI DIE
3.FUCK AMERICA
4.FUCKIN’ SYSTEM FUCKIN’ LIFE
5.THIS IS PUNK NOT ROCK
6.I HAVE NOTHING
7.LOSER
8.POPUNK
9.駆け抜けて青春パンク、まるで銀杏BOYzの様に。
10.石原慎太郎
11.MAILとDOWNLOAD
12.REVOLUTION
13.I HATE YOU
14.NOTHING
15.SQUATTER
16.KEEP ROCKIN’ FUCK OFF!
17.TOO FAST TO SPEAK
18.WAIT FOR THE SUN
19.MARK AND NEIL
20.YOU ARE PUNK
21.PUNK IS MY WAY OF LIFE
22.GOOD MORNING WORLD
23.WORKING

Side B
1.シュプレヒコール
2.明日は明日の風が
3.ロクデナシpt.3
4.アメリカだね。
5.やかまし村
6.WHERE ARE THEY NOW
7.WRONG THINGS
8.河川敷の家
9.VOTE!!
10.強、群、貸、我、苦、流、是
11.イジ、メーテー、ホシ、イー、ヨル
12.チョ、止マッテクダサイ
13.透明ヨーゼフ(シュトラウス)
14.バカ(自分)
15.外
16.イルコモンズ
17.ヨテーチョーワ
18.夏色ダッシュのブルース
19.I LOVE DIVE
20.重い惰性
21.ナイヒト
22.3mmぽっちの
23.イバラミチ
24.反対方向( Fool’s Punk Line。)
25.サヨナラ
26.WE ARE A PAGE OF PUNK

Get it from Drunken Sailor Records HERE

REVIEW: The Ponches: Onions & Tuna Fish

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PONCHES_ONIONS_TUNA_FISHThe Ponches are here with their new EP from One Chord Wonder records. It’s just two songs but they’re a couple of good ones. The first and title track ‘Onions & Tuna Fish’ is a quick and catchy one, easy to sing along to and all. Personally though I think the real gem comes with the second song ‘Kick Down The Doors’, it’s a little long for a punk song (three and a half minute) but it’s really a great song so I’ll excuse the time. Both of these songs are rad but this is worth owning for ‘Kick Down The Doors’ alone. Scoop up a copy from One Chord Wonder records.

1. Onions & Tuna Fish
2. Kick Down The Doors

REVIEW: Et Tu Brute: Not in Our Stars

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a4028928136_2Et Tu Brute is here with their Not in Our Stars EP, its six songs, all of them great. I think my favorite is either ‘Focus Schmocus’ or ‘Vengeance! Via Song.’. They have sort of an Alkaline Trio influenced sound to them (ya know, back when they were good) which is a thing that I like a LOT, but it just doesn’t sound like another band Et Tu Brute has their own distinctive sound for sure. These songs have great melodies and lyrics. ‘Not in Our Stars’ is an EP for people that miss that good Late 90’s-early 2000’s punk sound and Et Tu Brute is a band that you should keep your eye on for sure, I suspect they’ve got a lot of great things coming.

1. Hydrocodone II
2. Focus Schmocus
3. To Things Working Out
4. Vengeance! Via Song.
5. Tell Me How You Really Feel
6. Dellwood Park

Get it from Et Tu Brute HERE

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