Posted on May 17, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Rise Records brings us the new Face to Face album, and I’ve gotta say it’s not quite what I expected. It’s not that it doesn’t sound like Face to Face it’s just not up to the quality that the band has been bringing with the past few albums. As a whole ‘Three Chords And A Half Truth’ just seems really generic. It’s like a band listened to a lot of Face to Face and Bad Religion and tried to imitate it. It’s pretty decent; it’s just like a hollow version of the band that I’ve been enjoying for many years. If you’re a Face to Face fan you’ll most likely find some enjoyment in here but it’s not going to blow you away. If you don’t know the band however I would recommend this album to start off on.
1. 123 Drop
2. Welcome Back To Nothing
3. Smokestacks and SkyScrapers
4. Right As Rain
5. First Step, Misstep
6. Bright Lights Go Down
7. Paper Tigers With Teeth
8. Flat Black
10. Marked Men
11. Three Chords and a Half Truth
12. Across State Lines
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Posted on May 14, 2013 by Uncle Critic
This four way split is probably the most spread out split I’ve ever heard, all the bands come from different parts of the globe but come together for one great record. Chile’s Lili Champ, Japan’s Valve Drive, Los Angeles’ Homewrecker, and Italy’s Colin Farrell are the bands featured on here, each of them does one song and they’re all pretty damn good. Lili Champ has a great song to start things out, it’s an excellent punk rock song that sets the pace for everything to come. Valve Drive might have my favorite song on here, it’s exactly the type of thing I think of when I think Japanese pop punk. Homewrecker’s song is pretty good, though I think it should have closed out this, it’s a little slower than the rest but still good. Closing it out instead is the fastest song which is no surprise since its Colin Farrell. It’s a close call for best song on the record too, you’ve always got quality when Colin Farrell is involved. If you like punk of just about any kind this is a great place to hear some from all over. All four bands are kicking ass on this record, it’s a great purchase.
1. Lili Champ – Saturno
2. Valve Drive – Mary Lou
3. Hopewrecker – Broken Man
4. Colin Farrell – Indie Boyz
Get it from Homewrecker HERE
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Posted on May 12, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Bankrupt is here by way of Hungary with their ‘Rewound’ EP, it’s got five songs that seem to span many different styles. They’re a band that combines punk, surf, rock, indie and everything in-between. The first song ‘Clint’ is like a surfy instrumental, after that ‘Rewound’ is an awesome melodic punk song in the vein of Jawbreaker, Samiam or Dramarama. ‘Weekend’ reminds me of a Buzzcocks song, it’s pretty fucking great. ‘Happenstance’ is pretty much the closest thing to a straight up punk rock song that they’ve got on here, though it does have a heavy rock influence on it. Closing things out is ‘Retro’ which is a bit more of that melodic punk sound with a little indie rock or new wave mixed in just for the hell of it. This is one of the best EP’s I’ve heard all year and it’s certainly the most unique sounding. With a mixing of sounds so perfectly done I can’t even think of another band that is doing something like this today. If you like any of the above mentioned things I highly recommend you check out Bankrupt.
Get it from Bankrupt HERE
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Posted on May 12, 2013 by Uncle Critic
Abolitionist is a band that seems to be heavily influenced by Bad Religion and a lot of the hardcore, or at least harder California bands from the late 80′s. At least that’s a lot of what I hear when I listen to this album. It’s not quite either of those things but a mix of them for sure. If you like California punk and political punk then Abolitionist is probably the band for you.
1. Thank Them
2. Don’t Call it a Coup
3. Little Pieces
4. Another Despot
5. Bright Blood Red Letters
7. United States of Endless Struggle/Are We So Grateful?
8. They Can’t Kill Us All
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Posted on May 11, 2013 by Uncle Critic
This is the debut EP of Martin, a band that’s made up of members of Spraynard and Tit Patrol/The Headies. The result is basically what I expected, fast pop punk that has a heavy rock sound to it that comes together to make some great songs though at the sametime it doesn’t sound like Spraynard or the Headies. The first song ‘People Like You’ is super catchy; it’s the kind of song I’ve listened to a few times before I could go onto the next one. A little Spraynard shines through on ‘Heartstrings’ it’s really an incredible song, I didn’t think anything could top the first one but this one comes damn close. ‘Sandy Bay’ is another great song; it’s one that you’re going to be listening to a lot for sure. ‘Tiny Scratch’ closes it out it’s a cool slower song, it reminds me a little bit of some of Weezer’s slower songs, mixed with something like The Fucking Cops. People need to get one this one now because Martin is a name you’re going to be hearing a lot of, this stuff rules!
1. People Like You
3. Sandy Bay
4. Tiny Scratch
Get it from If You Make It HERE
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