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

Rational Anthem: Spooky Ghost Ectoplasm Tour!

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Touring to Fest and back with The Murderburgers! Most of these dates are in the works, and we’ll post the info as we get it!
October
15 Minneapolis MN – @ Charlie Siren House

16 Madison WI

17 Chicago IL – @ Township
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18 Bloomington IN – @ Wash-Out

19 Cincinnati OH

20 Columbus OH – @ Carabar
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21 NYC – @ Tobacco Road
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22 NYC – TBA

23 Philladelphia PA – @ Creep Records

24 Baltimore MD – @ Sidebar
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25 Richmond VA

26 NC

27 Atlanta GA

28 Tallahassee FL

29 Tampa FL – Ybor Pre Fest2 @ New World Brewery 6:00PM (Rational Anthem)
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30 Tampa FL – Ybor Pre Fest2 @ New World Brewery 8:30PM (The Murderburgers)
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31 Gainesville / FEST13
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November
1 Gainesville / FEST13 @ Durty Nelly’s 3:00PM (Rational Anthem)
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2 Gainesville / FEST13 @ Loosey’s 1:00AM (The Murderburgers)
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3 Sarasota FL

4 Sarasota FL

5 Orlando FL @ The Peacock Room
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6 St.Augustine FL @ Nobby’s
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7 Athens GA @ Caledonia Lounge
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8 St. Louis MO @ Fubar

9 Normal IL

11 Cedar Falls IA @ Octopus College Hill
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The Headies tour dates

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9/4 @ 15th HAUS Columbus, OH
w/Whiny and Jose Garza

9/5 @ The Brass Rail Fort Wayne, IN
FORT WAYNE PIZZA PUNX FEST DAY 1!

9/6 @ the Next Level Sheboygan, WI
w/the Jetty Boys and Wringer

9/7 @ Hexagon Bar Minneapolis, MN
w/Dingus, Wringer, and Brain Caves

9/8 @ Octopus College Hill Cedar Falls, IA
w/Wringer, Fat Pat and the Butts

9/9 @ Blind Bob’s Bar Dayton, OH
w/the Trash

Night Birds Tour Dates

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8/21 – Trenton, NJ @ Millhill Basement w/ IRON REAGAN
9/5 – Philly, PA @ Union Transfer w/ BUZZCOCKS
9/20 – Lancaster, PA @ ABAG w/ WHIFF, TIGHT FITS
10/4 – Balt, MD @ Ottobar (U+N Fest) w/ SCREAMING FEMALES
*10/18 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes w/ AGENT ORANGE
10/30 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum (PRE FEST) w/ LESS THAN JAKE
10/31 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest
*11/1 – Gainesville, FL @ The Fest

* = All surf instrumental set, AKA, KILLER WAVES set.

Wringer Tour Dates

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July 28th – Bloomington, IN @ Kim and Alison’s basement w/ DIRECT HIT!,Guerilla Poubelle,Tiny Teeth
August 4th – TBA Anywhere between Bloomington and New Jersey(Shoot us messages ya’ll)
August 5th – Trenton, NJ @ Millhill
August 6th – Brooklyn, NY @ TBA
August 7th – Coram, NY @  O’Brien’s w/Warm Needles & more
August 8th – Boston, MA @ O’Briens Pub w/The New Warden
August 9th – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar w/ The Headies, Dewtons, + Way more
August 10th – Columbus, OH @ Bourbon St
August 13 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop

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

Get it from Dead Broke Rekords HERE

Get it from Drunken Sailor Records HERE

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