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Girobabies Reissue First Two Albums

Girobabies SNW BSABefore the Girobabies released their 2015 album, Who Took Utopia?, there was this… for the first time the Social Not Working and Bus Stop Apocalypse albums have been mashed together onto one CD with additional bonus tracks. This is the first time either of these releases have been available as a physical purchase for at least 5 years.

You can pre order the Social Not Working and Bus Stop Apocalypse CD here

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Washer Release New Album ‘All Aboard’

Washer All AboardAll Aboard is Washer‘s sophomore album, it is built on a blend of aggressive pop music, off-kilter structures, earnest lyrics, and minimalist garage rock. They’ve described their sound as “trying to do a lot with a little,” contorting simple pop formulas into fuzzy punk hits. Built around themes of personal doubt, self-reflection, and being stuck in place, All Aboard is a dark record, but Washer continue to fight toward brighter days. With a never ending onslaught of ramshackle hooks, sing-a-long anthems, and unexpected shifts, Washer have made an album where every moment counts and every song is a single.

All Aboard is now available via Exploding In Sound Records here

Culture Abuse

Culture Abuse

David Kelling


By on 23rd August 2017 at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

 

 

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse Aug 17

I meet with Culture Abuse in the downstairs bar area of The Deaf Institute where the band are gathered ahead of their debut appearance in Manchester, as we end up conducting the interview outside the venue at the band’s request so they can enjoy a smoke it’s impossible to tell who’s answering the question when other members of the band chip in due to traffic and background noise, but the majority of the responses were from vocalist David Kelling, so in the inauspicious surroundings of the alley at the back of The Deaf Institute I find myself interviewing Culture Abuse

Thanks for taking time out to talk to The Punk Site, how’s the tour going so far?

we’ve been gone for almost three months now, it’s been good, it’s been rough, it’s been fun, there have been ups and downs you know, but it’s been good

You’ve been on the road for a while now, where have you been before you hit the UK?

We went to Hawaii and started with a couple of shows there then we flew to New York and did an East Coast tour then it was over the UK to play Hyde Park with Green Day, then we headed over to Italy and stayed there for a couple of weeks and played music before we went to Amsterdam and stayed there for three weeks. Now we’re back here after doing a few festivals such as Lowlands and Pukkelpop, finally it’s this tour with Tigers Jaw and it ends at Reading and Leeds, then we’re going to chill for a few days before heading back home

How do you feel about playing the Reading and Leeds Festivals?

We’re on about 5.30 and … (at this point we’re politely ushered away from the venue by security as Culture Abuse’s smoke cloud was creeping into the venue)

I can take that out if you want

No man, leave it in, fuck it

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 2 Aug 17Right now we’ve moved away from the venue, where are you all from and how did Culture Abuse come together?

We’re a west coast band, California from Bay Area, we’ve all been in other bands in the Bay Area music scene. We’re all kinda like the underdogs and outcasts so we all just grouped together and started this band

How long has it been since Culture Abuse got together?

it’s been going three or four years, when we first started the drummer that we had didn’t want to tour and I just wanted to play music, so I didn’t care, I mean like of course I want to be touring, this is what I want to be doing, but for the first couple of years we could barely even play outside of the Bay Area as our drummer just didn’t want to, and then we basically just had to get a new drummer and start hitting the road

Peach came out last year, which for me was one of the best album’s of 2016

Yeah, we were told we had to make that record, we didn’t even have a drummer at the time, so we got our friend in to do it, practiced four times and went into the studio to do it

I think that really comes across as Peach has a real live feel, what were the influences on the writing of the album?

Ramones, The Clash big time, Weezer, The Beatles, I mean we wanted to make a record that you could just put on regardless of the mood you were in, if you were like really happy or if you were fucking pissed, or if you were anything, we just wanted to make one of those records that you could you just put on in any situation

And now you’ve signed to Epitaph, which is a big deal

Yeah, Brett face timed me today just to talk about mixes of some songs we’re doing, it’s just crazy that the people we get to collaborate with and the people that are around us now are all so talented and insane in their own way, it’s so cool to think about where the future’s going to go. The person that we have to talk to about mixes, even when it’s oh fuck I’ve got to make a phone call, is Brett from Epitaph and Bad Religion, who also owns the fucking label, and he’s helped write, produce and engineer some of my all time favourite records, so yeah Epitaph, yeah it’s cool

Is there a new album or EP in the future?Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 3 Aug 17

We’re going into the studio at the end of September, we get back from this and we’re home for like ten days, then we fly to Riot Fest to play on the Jawbreaker day, we’re home for a little bit and then we go to LA and we start making the new record

Will you be coming back to the UK to play to tour or play any other festivals?

Yeah, We’ll be coming back to play Glastonbury for sure, if it doesn’t happen next year it’ll be happening the year after, maybe Rebellion next year then Glastonbury and then we’d like to come back and do Leeds and Reading again on the mainstage, then maybe Wimbledon and Wembley, yeah we’re playing Winbledon (chorus of laughter from the band)

Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Punk Site

Yeah, punk rock forever

Culture AbuseYou can read the live review of Culture Abuse at The Deaf Institute here

The Punk Site‘s review of Peach can be read here

Culture Abuse‘s website can be found here and their Bandcamp is here

Live photography from The Deaf Institute by Dean Unsworth

Dean’s Instagram account is located here

The Sandells Release ‘Forwards!’ Album

Sandells Forwards!The Sandells were formed in Manchester in 2006 by Tim Lyons, a mainstay of the Manchester scene in The Things, Harvey’s Rabbit and Red Turns To, the band have comprised a number of musicians over the years before settling on the current line up featuring Brian Benson on drums and Johann Kloos on guitar. It is this line up that has evolved to take up the challenge posed by a near vacuum that was once the Manchester music scene. Three guys who are old enough to remember those days… but with the will to create something new and different, in their own way.

Forwards! can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp here

She Makes War Announce December UK Tour

She Makes War Dec 17 TourShe Makes War have announced three very special shows in December, that will be the only UK headline gigs of 2017. These will be intimate affairs with a solo performance plus a full band set that will be previewing songs from She Makes War‘s forthcoming album that is due out next spring. A signed ltd edition art print of the tour poster, that features artwork by Phie Hackett, is now available for pre-order here

She Makes War‘s website is here and her Bandcamp is here

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False Advertising Release New Single And Announce UK Tour

False Advertising IWBSMH Tour 17Manchester based DIY trio False Advertising have released their new single, Hey You, which is now available via digital retailers. The band are set to release their forthcoming EP I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring on limited edition cassette, that will be available exclusively on the band’s forthcoming UK tour that runs over 19 headline dates across September and October, before going on general release on October 27th. 

I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring can be pre-ordered here

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Fuzzbox Launch New Pledge Campaign

Fuzzbox WGAFFuzzbox have launched a Pledge Music campaign for their latest single, WGAF…. AWGUI!, that translates as We’ve Got A Fuzzbox… And We’re Gonna Use It!, the original rallying cry when Fuzzbox started out in the 80’s. WGAF…. AWGUI! is a fuzzy nostalgia trip back to the 80s and to underline this the band are reuniting with Andy Richards, who produced their hit album Big Bang. As usual with any Pledge Music campaign there are unique opportunities, including the chance to appear in the video or have Fuzzbox perform at your house, as well as WGAF…. AWGUI! being available on CD, download and vinyl.

You can pledge to WGAF…. AWGUI! here

Culture Abuse Aug UK Tour

Tigers Jaw / Culture Abuse / Muskets

Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

23rd August 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Tigers Jaw DI Mic Shot Aug 17It’s back to the Deaf Institute for tonight’s show, a venue that sits in the redeveloped area that surrounds the University area of the city centre, an early arrival is required ahead of the gig as The Punk Site intends to catch a few words with Culture Abuse ahead of their Manchester debut supporting Tigers Jaw. This is a tour that has seen Culture Abuse on the road for the last few months across the USA and Europe, and it follows on from their impressive debut album, Peach, that was released last year and led to their signing to the legendary punk imprint, Epitaph Records. After a brief interview with Culture Abuse, which will appear on The Punk Site shortly, it’s onto tonight’s opening act Muskets, and it’s time the ascend the Deaf Institute stairs. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Muskets Aug 17First up at tonight’s sold out show is Muskets, a band borne of Brighton’s ever growing music scene, they connected with like minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds, the Brighton based quartet open with a hammering introduction that builds into an impressive driving blast of grunge influenced punk. I’ve not encountered Muskets live before but this won’t be the last, their intense bass heavy slacker punk marks the perfect opening to tonight’s bill, and their set is an unrelenting barrage that combines of punk, grunge and post hardcore that sets the stall out nicely for Culture Abuse to bring their West Coast punk to Manchester. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse Aug 17Prior to their set Culture Abuse file out through the crowd to the smoking area, and return shortly afterwards in a suspicious haze and make their way onstage, the start of their set is delayed only by a malfunctioning bass amp before they launch into Chinatown, that precedes Culture Abuse diving headlong into a full tilt set of their own unique laid back intensity to a by now packed Deaf Institute. Live Culture Abuse are stripped of any polish the studio imposed and they are a hypnotic high speed dose of heady punk rock, it’s interrupted by a broken hi hat that results in a rambling and unselfconscious interaction with the crowd with a frank admission that they’re “stoned as fuck” something I picked up might be the case in the earlier interview. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 2 Aug 17Their summer feel good single So Busted makes an appearance and hints at what may be to come on their Epitaph Records debut, but it’s when Dream On, one of the highlights from their debut album, is played that the crowd explode into life, a call for light illuminates the venue, a rare thing in the Deaf Institute, they announce “we’ve got two more as we smoked a joint before” and they kick back in with a stunning Turn It Off, and I’m wondering how a band this baked can play a set this intense and, equipment failures aside, relentless. They make a further rambling declaration of their love for the venue, touring and what they do, that was enforced by a broken string, before ending an all too brief set, with another of their debut album’s highlights, Jealous. I’m left hoping Culture Abuse return to our city for a longer less problem strewn set, as there is no one else out there even remotely like Culture Abuse. As they leave the stage the bass hits the floor and the mic lead is thrown into the roof, where it stays, and they exit in a squall of feedback. 

Tigers Jaw DI Aug 17Tigers Jaw are pretty much an unknown quantity to me, and they have tough act ahead of them following Muskets, and especially the excellent dose of channelled chaos that was Culture Abuse‘s all too brief set. Unlike the bands that preceded them Tigers Jaw offer a more restrained and melodic alternative to the other band’s on this tour, and tonight is one of the occasions when the support act has well and truly stolen the limelight. As much as Tigers Jaw deliver a coherent set of energetic indie rock I can’t help but miss the hazy chaos that was Culture Abuse, but the reception they receive from am enthusiastic throng at the front indicates they have own solid following who know every word of their songs and who are crammed into the Deaf Instutute, but for me tonight belonged to Culture Abuse.

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 3 Aug 17The Tigers Jaw website can be found here

The new album by Tigers Jaw, Spin, can be ordered here

Culture Abuse‘s Bandcamp is here and their website is here

The Punk Site review of Culture Abuse‘s debut album, Peach, can be read here

Muskets Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

 

 

Milk Teeth Release Choatic Live Video ‘Fight Skirt’

Milk Teeth Be NiceMilk Teeth’s first Roadrunner Records EP, Be Nice, received a unanimously brilliant reaction with many tipping the quartet to be the next breaking band from the UK alternative scene. The band continue to build on this momentum with the news that they’ll support Good Charlotte this autumn. To coincide with the announcement, Milk Teeth have shared an incendiary live video of Fight Skirt, that features footage from a variety of recent shows, the video perfectly encapsulates the mayhem of their live set with the band’s full-throttled sonic attack.

The Punk Site review of Be Nice can be read here

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Nadine Shah

Holiday Destination

1965 Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Nadine Shah has released her eagerly awaited third full length, Holiday Destination, that follows on from her critically acclaimed 2015 sophomore album, Fast Food, her latest full length contains an eclectic mix of brooding alternative and post punk rhythms, that somehow manages to simultaneously be darker and more accessible than her previous albums. Nadine Shah has never been one to shy away from confronting important issues, and Holiday Destination is no exception as this is an album that is a informed by the refugee crisis as well as by the political upheaval and the worrying shift to the right of recent times. With Holiday Destination Nadine Shah has released a stark, defiant and brutally honest album that is easily her strongest work to date and it is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats via 1965 Records.

Place Like This opens Holiday Destination with a mix of dark post punk that is backed by a curiously danceable rhythm, the stark post punk feel comes to the fore for the album’s title track that addresses the refugee crisis, a song that underpins it’s point with the haunting refrain of ‘how you going to sleep tonight’. 2016 looks back at the tumultuous year that cost us much in so many ways, and in case you were wondering which side of the fence Nadine Shah is on it contains the lyric ‘what is there left to inspire us with a fascist in the white house’. The album’s lead single, Out The Way, is a furious response to the refugee crisis that rattles along on an unsettling military rhythm, and is followed up by the stunning duo of Yes Men and Evil. Ordinary raises the pace of Holiday Destination and showcases Nadine Shah‘s evocative and yearning vocals, whilst Relief returns to the dark danceablilty before you get the track you feel Holiday Destination has building up to, the stunning Mother Fighter, before Jolly Sailor closes the album with a stripped down finale.

For me there’s a distinct influence from the best elements of Siouxsie And The Banshees and Public Image Limited‘s darker works about Holiday Destination, but it’s all delivered with Nadine Shah‘s personal conviction and unique style, and let’s make no mistake this is an album that is fuelled by her personal beliefs and she hasn’t held back in the slightest as Holiday Destination is as defiant as anything created by any politically motivated hardcore or punk band, but it’s delivery is far more subtle and controlled, but not less barbed. I’ll confess that I’ve been a fan of Nadine Shah ever since I heard the stunning track Runaway, from her debut album Love Your Dum And Mad, a good few years ago, but I can say with hand on heart that with Holiday Destination she has raised her game and produced an album that quite simply borders on perfection, and it’s one that will sit amongst my favourite albums of 2017

Holiday Destination is available on all formats here and Nadine Shah‘s website is here

Nadine Shah Releases ‘Holiday Destination’ Album

Nadine Shah HDNadine Shah has released her third album, Holiday Destination, the album’s mix of danceable dark alternative and post punk rhythms follow on from her critically acclaimed 2015 sophomore album, Fast Food. Holiday Destination is an album that is a informed by the political upheaval and the worrying shift to the right of recent times, with Holiday Destination Nadine Shah has released a stark, defiant and brutally honest album that is easily her strongest work to date. Holiday Destination is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

Holiday Destination is available on all formats here and Nadine Shah‘s website is here

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She Makes War Announce European Tour

She Makes War Euro Tour Aug 17She Makes War is the solo project of multi instrumentalist and visual artist Laura Kidd, after a lengthy break from touring She Makes War are returning to live shows, initially with an appearance at Moose Fest in London, UK which is followed by twelve European shows across Switzerland, Germany and Belgium, with UK dates set to follow. 

The She Makes War website can be found here

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Calling All Astronauts

Living The Dream

Supersonic Media
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Calling All Astronauts are a London based politically charged trio that mix electro, rock, punk and post-punk into their sound, this eclectic range of influences has earned them an established fanbase in the alternative underground, this is all the more impressive when you consider that everything is done on their own terms via their own Supersonic Media imprint. Living The Dream is the band’s latest single, and the final release to be taken from their critically acclaimed 2016 album, Anti-Social Network, and the single is due for release on the 25th August 2017.

Living The Dream is dark political single that to me is what Johnny Cash would have sounded like had he been born into a different era, it has a dark electro punk delivery that encompasses the worlds of dance, industrial and punk, along with a slightly retro alternative feel from the early days of the gothic and alternative scenes of the late eighties, and unusually for a release that spreads it reach across so many disparate genres I can see Living The Dream appealing equally to fans of all of them.

The sprawling nature of Calling All Astronauts sound could be partially owed to the fact that their line up contains former members of punk and goth bands, Caffeine and Marionettes respectively, but for me Calling All Astronauts are a band that are far greater than the sum of their parts. Living The Dream is another example of just how strong an album Anti Social Network is, Calling All Astronauts latest single can be pre-ordered from iTunes, but my advice would be to invest a few more of your hard earned pennies and download the whole album instead. 

Living The Dream can be pre-ordered via iTunes here

Anti Social Network can be streamed and downloaded via Bandcamp here

Black Beach Release Stream Of ‘No Place For Me’

Black Beach PLD2Boston garage punks Black Beach are set to release Play Loud Die, Vol. II in September, an EP that they recorded as the follow up to the band’s recent split with Nice Guys. The trio have pulled back from their “always at 10” approach to blown out fuzz, opting for more dynamics while making their sound all the more visceral in the process. One of the Boston underground’s best and most explosive new bands have added nuance to their menace, and they are only getting better in doing so.
 
You can stream the track No Place For Me here
 
Black Beach‘s tour dates can be viewed below

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Colorblind Leaving

Colorblind

Leaving

Suck It! Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Colorblind hail from Norman, Oklahoma and they released their new album, Leaving, in July, which means it has now been available for almost a month, so whilst we are a little late to the party I’m glad that we eventually got here, as Colorblind have delivered an impressive debut full length. Leaving is a release that wilfully defies any expectations you may have had, and it must be said that this is a more than worthy successor to their acclaimed 2016 EP, Turn To Stone. 

The phased guitar introduction to Don’t Leave immediately reminds me of celebrated post punk bands such as The Chameleons, this element is blended with the drive of grunge and the style of indie to create a powerful hybrid, Caroline and Out Of My Mind fully embraces the energy of the grunge influence and this continues into the slightly more downbeat tracks such as Streetlights, Wanted To Believe and What’s Real? There are rockier moments such as Pretty Lies that bring a different dimension to the album and sit alongside the intense shoegaze of Push Me Away, Things We Do and the final number, Lost Cause.

Colorblind are another fine example of the positive results of differing styles and genres colliding head on, it’s impossible to pin down exactly where the bands loyalties lie, but for me that is one of the album’s strengths. If this was just a band recreating the grunge scene then my interest would have waned long before I got to the end of Leaving, but as this is an album that encompasses a clash of styles, with influences stretching from the late seventies onwards, the result is an original fuzz drenched hazy album that carries a strong undercurrent of dark energy.

Leaving can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp here and their Facebook page is here

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Limp Wizurdz

Fugue State

Stress Engine Records / Suck It! Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

I’ll be upfront, the band name Limp Wizurdz didn’t exactly raise my expectations, this is at least partially Fred Durst‘s fault who has given me an aversion to all things limp, but I’m never one to judge a band by it’s cover, or their chosen moniker. Limp Wizurdz are an oddball punk band straight outta Oklahoma who have released an idiosyncratic and suspiciously hazy release that is at least twice as good as I expected it to be, and whatever preconceptions I may have had have well and truly been binned before the first song is done and dusted.

Fugue State kicks off with Cough! a downbeat distorted melancholy grunge fix that kicks into life likes it’s been spiked with adrenaline, Bike Messenger brings in a grimy post hardcore feel whilst Staple Gun and Cankicker brings a laid back punk approach. Jeff’s Checkers goes off on another tangent whilst Nervous Tick beings a fuzz ridden heavyweight instrumental into the mix before the final track, Spooky, brings Fugue State to a close with a monstrous riff that for me is the album’s finest moment.

Fugue State is not an album that can be identified as one genre, they seem to have pretty much carved out their own niche, but fans of the more left field and experimental punk bands such as Culture Abuse, Butthole Surfers and Dead Milkmen will be in their element with Limp Wizurdz‘s mix of punk, indie, grunge, post hardcore and psyche. Fugue State is a timely reminder why it’s important to keep an open mind, if I had judged this album on the band name or album cover I’d have missed out on a deliciously unique and experimental take on punk.

Fugue State can be streamed and downloaded via the Stress Engine Records Bandcamp here

The limited edition cassette of Fugue State can be ordered via Suck It! Records here

Courage My Love Announce North American Tour

courage-my-loveCanadian alternative rockers Courage My Love are following up their successful summer long stint on the Vans Warped Tour with a run of Canadian dates supporting Simple Plan, the band has also announced a string of headline US shows leading up to the Simple Plan tour. Courage My Love‘s debut album, Synesthesia, is out now on InVogue Records
 
Synesthesia can be purchased via iTunes here and via InVogue Records here
 
You can view the video for Animal Heart, and Courage My Love‘s tour dates, below

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Chambers Release ‘Down A Rabbit Hole’ Single

Chambers DTRHHull and Leeds based sister-doom duo Chambers have revealed the video for their new single, Down The Rabbit Hole, which is out now via I’m Not From London Records. The band are set to head into the studio later this year to record a full EP, and will be appearing at several UK festivals over the summer, with a select handful of European tour dates later this year.
 
Down A Rabbit Hole can be streamed via Spotify here
 
You can view the video for Down A Rabbit Hole, and Chambers tour dates, below

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Sine Cura

I Am Growing, Honestly

Standby Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Texan emo outfit Sine Cura‘s unusual name translates from Latin as ‘Without Care’, and that seems to be an appropriate moniker for a band who only released their debut single, Pressing Flowers, in the summer of 2016, now just two years after their formation the band have signed to Standby Records and have released their debut EP, I Am Growing, Honestly, that features five tracks of their unique blend of emo, indie and punk.

Drive eases you into the EP before it unexpectedly bursts into life with a hyperactive blast of indie infused punk that boasts an anthemic chorus, Growing Pains follows up with another burst of adrenalized emo. This duo of tracks made for a promising start to their sophomore EP, but as their roots are in the emo scene Headache Remedy brings the EP down to earth, but this midway point lull dupes you into a false sense of security as the track suddenly bursts into life for it’s final minute. Their impressive debut single, Pressing Flowers, carries the energy that has characterised the EP and the final number, La Luna, is another track that just can’t keep the restraints on and closes the EP in discordant style.

You can’t help get the feeling that Sine Cura can’t stop themselves from bringing energy into their sophomore release, even the tracks that promised an introspective moment of calm smash into life without warning. Sine Cura may have their roots deep in the emo scene but there are punk and energetic indie influences that come to the fore, and it’s these that make Sine Cura an intriguing outfit that brings a caffeinated rush to the sound, the result is an impressive debut for Standby Records that indicates that this is a band that have a bright future ahead of them.

I Am Growing, Honestly can be ordered via Standby Records here

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Kevin Nichols

I Don't Wanna Die But I Wanna Die

Open Door Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Orange County’s Kevin Nichols began his self produced songwriting career at the tender age of thirteen, now eight years later he has honed his sound and he released his latest full length, I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die, via Open Door Records just shy of a month ago. I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die consolidates Kevin Nichols growing reputation as a prolific purveyor of left field hooks that are submerged in a world of fuzz ridden guitars, with the whole package underpinned by a driving rhythm section and a dark disturbing undertone.

Killing Insects, the lead single from the album, starts things off with a sinister fuzzy feel, and this mood that permeates the entirety of the album. I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die is not an album that has stand out moments or bright upbeat singles that you’d pick for a playlist, this is an album that comes across as a carefully constructed full length, and one that is meant to be heard as an album rather than on shuffle. The dark twisted indie undercurrent and the blasts of distorted post grunge guitar blend together perfectly with Kevin Nichols own unique style to create and a disquieting and unsettling soundtrack.

Kevin Nichols latest release possess elements from the likes of The Jesus And Mary Chain and Grandaddy, but accompanying the dark indie feel is the intense guitar attack of Mudhoney and the whole package has a dark undercurrent running through it making this a unique package. At times I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die is a difficult listen, but it’s one that worthy of your time, and after an hour in the company of this album you can’t help but find yourself falling for it’s dark charms.

You can purchase I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die via Bandcamp here

The ltd edition cassette of I Don’t Wanna Die But I Wanna Die can be ordered via Open Door Records here

Milk Teeth Be Nice

Milk Teeth

Be NIce

Roadrunner Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Ever since the release of the Smiling Politely EP back in 2013 Milk Teeth have been steadily building up a head of steam with a relentless touring schedule and a succession of releases, including their stunning 2016 debut full length Vile Child, and now everything seems to be falling into place for Milk Teeth, they have been steadily gaining media attention and following their tour earlier this year with Creeper and Energy they have signed to a new label and the band have now released their new EP, and Roadrunner Records debut, Be Nice.

Owning Your Okayness kicks off the Be Nice EP in classic Milk Teeth style, a big distorted riff that recalls the finest moments of Magnapop, The Muffs and Veruca Salt but with Milk Teeth‘s own enthusiasm and energy added to make this a perfect start to their first release for Roadrunner Records. Prism brings a more polished and anthemic feel that is carried by an undercurrent of fuzzed up bass before the driving Fight Skirt kicks things back into gear with a perfect song that encapsulates everything that I love about Milk Teeth. The final track, Hibernate, is a departure from Milk Teeth‘s usual frantic style, a dark stripped down and haunting number that makes the Be Nice EP a perfect showcase for one of the UK’s most promising bands.

I was fortunate enough to catch Milk Teeth earlier this year on their UK tour with Creeper, to say I was impressed by them live is an understatement as I promptly bought their superb Vile Child album the day after, now with the Be Nice EP they’ve bought an extra dimension to their sound without losing any of their immediacy. Be Nice indicates that Milk Teeth have stepped things up and proves that they are a band that sit comfortably amongst the best in the UK at the moment, the release of their new EP and the fact that they have the muscle of Roadrunner Records behind them indicates that if you can catch them live this summer you should, as I suspect that current run of headline of shows will be your last chance to catch them in an intimate venue.

The Be Nice EP can be ordered here

Hands Off Gretel Uk Tour July 2017

Hands Off Gretel / The Loved And Lost

Stalybridge Tavern, Manchester, UK

7th July 2017
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 IntroTonight’s show brings the unlikely duo of Hands Off Gretel and The Loved And Lost to the Stalybridge Tavern, a venue located on the Eastern outskirts of Greater Manchester that offers the enticement of free music and good beer to bring in the punters, the chance to see a band as impressive as Hands Off Gretel is one that would have seen me attending regardless, but when you add free entrance in a venue that is developing a reputation as being the grass roots home of punk and alternative music on this side of town, then you have an invitation that is too good to turn down, so we travel across Greater Manchester to another grass roots venue that is located on the ragged edge of the county.

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 Loved And LostThe Stalybridge Tavern lies near an abandoned nightclub on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, its an intimate venue that hosts a constant stream of grass roots shows courtesy of Indigo Bravo Promotions, who are the determined flag wavers for the alternative and punk scenes on this side of town. But before we get to see Hands Off Gretel there is Worcester’s The Loved And Lost who are opening tonight’s show. The Loved And Lost bring a distinctly different element to the evening as they are closer to the gothic rock of Evanescence than the predicted punk or alternative support that is usually a feature of an Indigo Bravo promoted show, but I’ve never had an issue with a mix of genres in a show and a diversity of styles always keeps things interesting

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 Loved And Lost 2The Loved And Lost start their set off with some dark anthemic alt rock that swiftly gives way to the more full blooded rock of Light Me Up, throughout their set their sound continues to veer across the rock spectrum, all the while maintaining the kind of stadium feel that the best bands of this nature possess. Whilst this isn’t really my kind of thing you can’t help but get the feeling that we’ll be hearing a lot more of The Loved And Lost in the future, throughout their set they engage the crowd and seem to win over much of the audience awaiting Hands Off Gretel and they deliver an accomplished set of atmospheric and melodic rock.

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 2Hands Off Gretel are now stripped down to a trio following the departure of their bass player, with the multi talented Lauren Tate taking over bass duties for their latest tour. By the time they take to the stage the Stalybridge Tavern is standing room only for the long awaited return of Hands Off Gretel to Greater Manchester. Although Lauren Tate is slight figure clad in vintage chic the punk attitude and the defiant scream belies her slender frame, and she has twin counterparts in hyperactive guitarist Sean Bon And the powerhouse drummer Sam Hobbins. Its hard to believe that this is this is their first show without their original bass player, where many bands would have cancelled or delayed shows in these circumstances Hands Off Gretel have carried on as they didn’t want to disappoint any fans. 
 
Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 1Much of tonight’s set is culled from the impressive debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen, but earlier material such as Be Mine is included in a mesmerising and impressive set. I last caught Hands Off Gretel at last years Rebellion Festival, since then they’ve released their debut album and seem to have toured non stop regardless of what has befallen the band, and it must be said that their commitment and strictly DIY attitude seems to be serving them well. Lauren Tate is apologetic for tonight as she’s limited on movement following the departure of their bass player and her having to take on these duties, but she needn’t have been, as tracks a such One Eyed Girl are delivered with as much fury and energy as ever.
 
Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 3Bigger Than Me closes the set and brings the raw howl that characterises the darker elements of Hands Off Gretel‘s material, there have been obvious comparison to the likes of Babes In Toyland, Hole and L7 but these stand as influences on their sound and Hands Off Gretel are very much their own band, and one that you need to experience live. Sadly tonight sees a relatively short appearance as the band have had to rework their set to work as a trio, and Lauren Tate has had to learn the bass lines in less than a week, the fact this show took place is a testament to the independence and spirit, and despite everything that has befallen them recently they have delivered a triumphant and blistering set, this is all the more impressive when you realise that Lauren Tate had never played bass until earlier this week.
 

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 4Hands Off Gretel‘s website and online shop is located here

The Punk Site review of Burn The Beauty Queen can be read here

The Loved And Lost‘s website is located here

Indigo Bravo Promotions Facebook page is here

Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Decent Criminal Sign To Dodgeball Records

Decent Criminal BloomCalifornia’s Decent Criminal have signed with Dodgeball Records, the newly founded label started by Showoff frontman Chris Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes. Decent Criminal will release their debut album, Bloom, on October 13th, with pre-orders, including vinyl, launching on September 29th via Dodgeball Records.

You can stream Deviant, that is taken from their forthcoming album, here

Dodgeball Records Website is here

False Advertising Announce Extensive UK Tour

False Advertising IWBSMH Tour 17Manchester’s False Advertising, have announced the I Would Be So Much Happier… UK Tour with extensive headline dates running throughout September and October. The band have also revealed a new EP, I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring, which will be available exclusively at their forthcoming live dates on ltd edition cassette. The new EP is a collection of the standalone releases from 2017 and includes the track It’s Been A While (So Sick), whose lyrics were contributed by anonymous young people as part of Three Minute Heroes project.
 
The Three Minute Heroes compilation can be downloaded for free here
 
You can view the video for Honest, and False Advertising‘s tour dates, below

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Energy - UTM

Energy

Under The Mask

Shadowland Productions
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Boston’s Energy will be releasing the Under The Mask EP on the 21st July ahead of their headlining UK tour that kicks of in Manchester on the 29th July, their latest release follows on from last years Apparition Sound album and their new material proves that even after over a decade together they are still moving forwards. The new record features five tracks of signature Energy punk rock that intertwines the sombre melancholy melodies, introspective lyrics and infectiously poppy hooks, creating a record that will demand, and deserves, repeat listens.

Under The Mask begins in ominous style with the creepy introduction to the lead single from the EP, The Witching Hour, before it launches into the finest slab of horror punk you’ll hear this year, the superb opening track is followed by the comparatively downbeat title track that keeps the eerie mood going, The Shape Retreats forms a brief atmospheric bridge before Under The Mask kicks straight back into life with A Prayer For Rain that brings a more straight up melodic punk element into the mix. I Killed Your Boyfriend veers into Masked Intruder‘s criminal territory, so much so that we now have another suspect for that band’s identity, and finally Leave Me Alone ends what has been a near perfect EP in fine style.

The Under The Mask EP represents a perfect blend of the styles of The Misfits, Masked Intruder and AFI that’s delivered in an accessible and perfect five track package that is amongst the very best releases I’ve encountered in 2017, the mix of pop and horror punk is perfectly pitched, settling in neither camp yet embracing both, and delivered in Energy‘s own unique style. Based on the Under The Mask EP, and their debut UK appearance on the Creeper tour that I encountered earlier this year, I can’t wait to catch Energy live again, happily I don’t have long to wait and a live review of their forthcoming UK tour will follow on The Punk Site shortly.

Energy‘s website is located here and their Bandcamp is here

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Silverstein

Dead Reflection

Rise Records / New Damage Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Silverstein have now been with us for 17 years, despite the passing of the years this is a band that always retained their commitment to the spirit of their punk and hardcore roots, and now they have released their eighth full length, Dead Reflection, which came out on the 14th July via Rise Records and New Damage Records. Their latest release follows on from 2015’s I Am Alive In Everything I Touch and Dead Reflection is an album that indicates that Silverstein still have plenty of life left in them, despite approaching the end of their second decade together.

Last Looks kicks things off in full blooded post hardcore rush that continues throughout Dead Reflection, but this isn’t just an relentless assault, the album contains melody that is perfectly balanced against the intense and brooding soundtrack. Tracks such as the heartfelt Mirror Box, Secret’s Safe and the tortured closer Wake Up bring the pace down, whilst The Afterglow take things closer to their roots, but for the most part Dead Reflection is an authentic album of modern post hardcore that demonstrates that Silverstein aren’t content to carry on recreating the past and are determined to continue pressing forward.

Dead Reflection is an album that’s informed by personal loss and it carries a very real sense of darkness and isolation, but having said that it is not an album that allows itself to wallow in self pity and self doubt, Silverstein‘s latest album comes across as a redemptive and cathartic release that is written from a deeply personal perspective, and despite the dark subject matter it feels like this an album that has given the band a new lease of life. For those who already love Silverstein this will be an essential release, and for me Dead Reflection seems to be a positive and logical step forward for the band.

You can order Dead Reflection via Rise Records (US) here and New Damage Records (CAN) here

Washer To Release ‘All Aboard’ Album On September 15th

Washer All AboardBrooklyn’s Washer have announced that their new record, All Aboard, is set to be released on September 15th via Exploding In Sound Reords and the band is now streaming a new song, Your Guess Is As Bad As Mine. All Aboard is an album filled with fuzz, aggression, off-kilter rhythmic structures and mangled pop hooks, throughout the record Washer filter complex musical ideas into minimalist garage rock, creating a brilliant and bright sampling of DIY punk.

You can stream Your Guess Is As Bad As Mine here

You can pre-order All Aboard via Exploding In Sound Records here

Milk Teeth Reveal Video For ‘Prism’ From ‘Be Nice’ EP

Milk Teeth Be NiceEverything is falling into place for Milk Teeth ahead of the July 28th release of their new EP and Roadrunner Records debut, Be Nice. Now Milk Teeth further build anticipation for the EP by sharing the video for the track Prism that combines unsettling and colourful imagery with an energised performance, the video neatly complements the track’s punchy mix of attitude, melody and aggression.

The Be Nice EP can be pre-ordered here

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Sons Release Video And Stream Of ‘Zealot’

Sons ZealotSONS fuse face melting noise and relentless attitude, with influences spanning from Slaves, Blood Red Shoes and No Age to Death From Above 1979 and Lighting Bolt, the Brighton duo take the timeless power duo dynamic and throw away the rulebook, adding an amount of sheer velocity, energy and volume to an already towering sound. The hard hitting Brighton two piece have now unveiled the video for their new single, Zealot, that is due for release on the 25th August via Till Deaf Do Us Party Records with the single available now via Spotify

The Zealot bundle can be pre-ordered here and the single can be streamed via Spotify here

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Circa Survive Release New Track ‘Lustration’

Circa Survive TAFew bands in alternative rock can claim to be as adventurous as Circa Survive, now the Pennsylvania band are back to explore brand new territory with their sixth full-length, The Amulet, that is due out on September 22nd via Hopeless Records. To celebrate the announcement Circa Survive have released an imaginative new music video for the album’s first single, Lustration.

You pre-order The Amulet here and stream Lustration via Spotify here

You can view the vide for Lustration, and Circa Survive‘s tour dates, below

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Chambers Release ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ Single

Chambers DTRHChambers have revealed they will release a brand new single Down The Rabbit Hole on 4th August 2017 via I’m Not From London Records, the band have also announced they will be appearing at several UK festivals over the summer, with a select handful of European tour dates later this year. Down The Rabbit Hole is a dark, spiralling, punk rock jack-hammer of a track that shows yet another side to Chambers‘ inventive approach to the alternative music spectrum. Chambers will be heading into the studio later this year to record a full EP.

You can stream Down The Rabbit Hole here and view Chambers tour dates below Read More…