In support of their recently released new album, A Good Day For The Damned, the Amsterdam based drunk reggae punk outfit Jaya The Cat will be heading back to the UK this February, as well as undertaking their first visit across the Irish Sea to Dublin and Belfast. Jaya The Cat will also return to the UK in August to play Boomtown and Rebellion Festival, along with a handful of select club shows.
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With their 25th anniversary this year, UK punk rock veterans Travis Cut will have their full back catalogue of LP’s digitally re-issued by the good folks at Bomber Music, starting with their debut album Serial Incompetence on January 22nd.
There will also be a number of shows with the original line up announced in the near future.
A Good Day For The Damned
There aren’t many bands out there willing to commit a career to reggae infused ska-punk, but don’t tell that to European regulars Jaya the Cat. The gruff spoken project of sole remaining original band member and vocalist Geoff Lagadec started its career back in Boston, Massachusetts almost twenty years back, where they took their vocal inspiration from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and made it their own. To this day Lagadec’s rich and rough vocals are the best alternative to Dicky Barrett outside the continent. Now on their seventh full length, A Good Day For The Damned, Jaya The Cat returns for an ode to society’s down and out, forgotten and discarded.
Jaya The Cat has always been a band for the underdog, and A Good Day For The Damned is no different. “Wined Stained Futon” opens as a late night anthem for those that are “just trying to make it through,” as the band paints a scene full of individuals with “more issues than the amount of wine stains than this futon.” The upstroke-meets-hazy-organ-melody depicts the stumbling mood and foggy consciousness of the morning after a night best buried deep in memory. While there’s an acknowledgment that these might not be the best life choices, songs like “Sweet Eurotrash” celebrates those “that never get it right,” living in the moment and the moonlight, providing reassurance to nameless figures that they’re “looking wonderful tonight,” even with the “smudged eyeliner underneath the bathroom light.” They’re the type of themes and morals you probably shouldn’t follow, but are certainly fun to sing along with.
Other highlights includes what can be chalked up as a love letter from Lagadec to his present city of residence. “Amsterdam” utilizes a hefty dose of personification in attributing the internationally recognized capital with all the traits of a playful tease. The band offers an insider’s perspective to the city’s mythic nature and all the truths that come with its notorious nightlife. With references to the bars closing way too early, the band speaks to the life of lady Amsterdam: “now there’s this girl I know, she lives down by the sea, I know I’m not the only one, but sometimes she makes the time for me, then all the fools line-up and she takes their money but she breaks her promises and goes on home alone.” Admirably, the band avoids stating the song title for all but the final line, but manages to conclude choruses with “I’m your man” just shy of finishing the implied rhyme.
A Good Day For The Damned is one of those meaty albums that serves a full course without a bad taste to speak of. The album is finely composed and varied, and the style is consistently executed. Tracks like “Black Heart” and “Wreckage” prove the band’s prowess at catchy mid-tempo tunage, while the title track and “The Streets of Shoreditch” further demonstrate their ability to produce front porch slow burners as well. Jaya The Cat hasn’t changed all that much over the years, but they have polished up and honed their sound, making A Good Day For The Damned an undeniably infectious offering from one of the genre’s most underrated talents.
Amsterdam based drunk-reggae-punks, Jaya The Cat
, have today released their new album, A Good Day For The Damned
, through Bomber Music
. The band, who are part way through an extensive run of German shows, will visit the UK in early December, including a show at the world-famous Camden Underworld
. A Good Day For The Damned
is now available via Bomber Music
and also via digital services including Spotify
A Good Day For The Damned
can be ordered via Bomber Music here
Jaya The Cat‘s UK Tour Dates can be viewed below
Amsterdam based drunk reggae punks, Jaya The Cat have premiered the new music video for Amsterdam, a track taken from the band’s forthcoming album, A Good Day For The Damned, that is set for a November 17th release through Bomber Music. Jaya The Cat will also be embarking on a brief UK tour this December in support of their new album.
A Good Day For The Damned can be pre-ordered via Bomber Music here
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Amsterdam based, American reggae punks Jaya The Cat have announced that they will be teaming up with Signature Brew for their upcoming UK tour. Sam McGregor of Signature Brew expressed his excitement:
“I’ve been a Jaya The Cat fan for longer than I’ve been a beer nerd, and since we started Signature Brew, they’ve always been trying to get their hands on our beer. Now, we’re making it official. Signature Brew is proud to be the official libation of Jaya! Make sure you check them out at some of the legendary independent venues across the UK this December.”
The band will be touring in support of their upcoming disc, A Good Day For The Damned, which is set to drop on November 17, 2017 via Bomber Music.
Amsterdam based, American reggae punks Jaya The Cat have announced details for their next full length. The disc will be titled A Good Day For The Damned and is set to drop on November 17, 2017 via Bomber Music. The album follows their 2012 record, The New International Sound Of Hedonism.
Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered a music video for the song “Sweet Eurotrash,” which can be heard below.
St. Albans, UK rock n’ roll punk act The Zipheads has premiered a new music video. The video features the song “No 2 Ways About It” from the album, Z2:Rampage, which dropped last week via Bomber Music.
Watch the video below.
Playing a mix of classic Rockabilly, Country, Ska, Swing, Surf, Psychobilly and Reggae, The Zipheads have become one of the more unique psychobilly upstarts of the past few years. So many classic and modern influences come to mind. The classic clicking thump of Gorilla’s upright bass echoes through on “Rampage,” and the rustic rock n’ roll twang of “Only Yourself To Blame” of Matchless, all framed by forward marching punk-rock sensibilities akin to The Bones.
The trio’s sophomore LP, Z2:Rampage!, frames itself with the atmospheric opening instrumental call of the surf-infused showpiece “Surfquake.” With just enough swagger in their step and distorted beat in their bass, The Zipheads initial performance captures their zany nature. Under a blanket of energizing, crunching riffs, the band displays a healthy psychobilly humour throughout. Take the light approach given to the apocalyptic scenario framing “Last Man On Earth,” in which they joke, “hey baby, do you remember when you told me you wouldn’t go out with me if I was the last man on Earth? Well guess what!” While the track’s quick, aggressive tempo aligns the band with darker entries in the genre, others like “Ill Repute” thrive on a lighter, expressly 50’s inspired dancehall flare that equally embraces a snarky, tongue-in-cheek attitude.
At fifteen tracks, Z2:Rampage! has some meaty substance, but it’s the diverse scope and unpredictable stylistic jumps that keeps the album fresh across its admittedly exhaustive runtime. Just after the album’s halfway point, “Instead” gallops in with a big country feel. Complete with the type of chugging freight train tuned harmonica rustling up imagery of the trio performing atop a westbound locomotive heading into the distant sunset. A track later, “After All” takes a mellow, lounge-bound approach featuring a smooth, jazzy feel brought on by a sultry saxophone that reaches a mood-setting climax during the late-song bridge. As if they thought the album was still too one dimensional, “Damned” infuses elements of horn-calling western mexi-punk with a latino-flare. Variation and personality abound.
That The Zipheads direct their sound from such a variety of vectors with such success, speaks to the strength of their talent, and make Z2:Rampage! wholly worthwhile. Overall a great dose of psychobilly that may have formed in the UK, but is bound to take the world by storm.
St. Albans, UK rock n’ roll punk act The Zipheads has announced plans for their next LP. The disc will be titled Z2:Rampage, and is due out on November 11, 2016 via Bomber Music.
Check out the title track here, which is streaming via Spotify.
Welsh punk/rockabilly outfit Graveyard Johnnys have premiered a video for their latest full length. The video features the song “Ready To Roll” and is from their latest full length, Dead Transmission, out now on Bomber Music.
Watch the video below.
London feminist post-hardcore quartet Petrol Girls has announced plans for their debut LP. The band is currently recording the follow-up to their latest EP, Some Things, in released back on February 19, 2016 through Panic State Records and Bomber Music. The band comments on their studio progress:
“Things are going really well so far… We’ve recorded drums and guitar live and got seven songs down. We should be able to start tracking bass and vocals by Sunday!”
Donagh O’Leary of Bomber Music elaborates:
“We’re really excited to be working with Petrol Girls, they are an important new band with something to say“ “We’re expecting a great album from them, full of real raw emotion and intelligent anger – things that are sorely lacking in most other bands these days.”
Listen to their current EP at Bandcamp. The new material is expected to drop in Fall 2016.
London feminist post-hardcore quartet Petrol Girls are streaming their new EP Some Things in its entirety ahead of the official release date, February 19, 2016 through Panic State Records and Bomber Music.
Check out the full EP stream here and the band’s recently announce European shows below.
Amsterdam based, American reggae punks Jaya The Cat have premiered a new music video. The video features the song “Fake Carreras” which is from their 2012 record, The New International Sound Of Hedonism, available through Bomber Music.
Check out the full list of tour dates below.
London feminist post-hardcore quartet Petrol Girls has premiered a new song from their upcoming EP. The song is titled “Slug” and will appear on Some Things, which is set to drop on February 19, 2016 through Bomber Music.
Check out the new track below.
London feminist post-hardcore quartet Petrol Girls has announced tour and album details. The band will embark on a tour on January 10th that will run through January 29th. The band will be supporting their upcoming new EP, Some Things, which is set to drop on February 19, 2016 through Bomber Music. The band comments on their upcoming happenings:
“Alongside the songs from our self-titled 7″, we’re very excited to be playing tunes from our upcoming EP ‘Some Thing’, as well as brand new material which we’ll start recording in March to be part of a full-length record later in 2016. We haven’t done an extended UK tour in a few months, so it’s exciting to be hitting up all the places again.”
Tour dates are below.
Folk-punk band Foxes Faux has premiered a new music video. The video features the song “Liars” from their debut album, Fox Tales, available now via Bomber Music.
Watch the video below.
Reading, UK folk punks, Smokey Bastard, have premiered a new music video from their brand new full length. The video features the song “Baba Yaga” and the disc is titled Back to the Drawing Room, which was released last week through Bomber Music.
Watch the video below. Check out our full review here.
Back To The Drawing Room
UK folk punk act Smokey Bastard really embraces their swelling six member cast. Boasting everything from mandolin and banjo to accordion, the band makes a sharp gnashing bite for their latest full length, Back To The Drawing Room. Not only is their folk and mildly polka edge as sharp as a tack (think The Dreadnoughts), but their basic guitar has some serious teeth. While always landing with their footing squarely in the punk scene, some of the chords and solos even land with the muscle of a metal powerhouse. Smokey Bastard has built a reputation on pushes their boundaries, and Back To The Drawing Room continues that trend.
Flying out the gate with a swift mandolin and accordion ruckus, the band’s gruff vocal outpouring quickly sets the scene. “Archipelago” serves as a veritable melting pot of Smokey Bastard’s various elements. Featuring a roughneck tempo and layers of searing gang vocals, the tale of dockside renegades rattles along to layered choruses, beefy riffs and even an eerie Victorian-era, organ-like late-song bridge. Continuing the rough and tumble maritime feel, songs like “Rats” infuse the sea shanty aspect while flexing their guitar chords. In an early transition, the band moves inland to tackle the folk tale of the “Baba Yaga” – a supernatural woodland being out for revenge on those foolish enough to venture into her domain. With an ever escalating pace and and swelling sense of fear, Smokey Bastard weaves the tragic tale of the young Isabella’s untimely demise. It’s a moment of storytelling triumph for Smokey Bastard and one of Back To The Drawing Room’s definite high points.
Aside from the acapella interlude “South Australia” (begging further comparison with The Deradnoughts), the album remains steady in its resolve. Songs like “Faster Than Light” and “Rotter” maintain a speedy punk disposition, with a few others like “Screens” amping up the drum thumping with an indiscriminate metal darkness. “Can Of Worms” takes the transformation even further in what could probably be categorized under folk metal a la Scythia. Generally the band maintains a forward marching momentum, although the tone gets undeniably darker as the disc progresses. Only a few songs blend into the backdrop, with “Alcobatical” and “Faster Than Light” upholding Smokey Bastard’s attitude but with less distinction than with those of previous mention.
Fans of folk punk stand to embrace Back To The Drawing Room’s unapologetic personality with arms wide open. This time around Smokey Bastard lands slightly on the heavier side of the folk punk spectrum, and it suits them. Brandishing their accordion and unleashing a hail of mandolin and banjo punches, Smokey Bastard infused their heavy handed guitar with forceful yet melodic effect. Familiar in sound and fresh in spirit, Smokey Bastard continues to define themselves as one of the UK’s most formidable folk-punk outfits.
Amsterdam based, American reggae punks Jaya The Cat will be playing a handful of European shows this Christmas. They are out supporting their latest output, which is their 2012 record, The New International Sound Of Hedonism, available through Bomber Music.
Check out the full list of tour dates below.
Reading, UK folk punks, Smokey Bastard, have announced plans to had on tour in support of their upcoming brand new full length. The disc will be titled Back to the Drawing Room and will be released through Bomber Music on November 13, 2015.
Tour details can be found below.
Welsh punk/rockabilly outfit Graveyard Johnnys have premiered a video for their latest full length. The video features the song “Little Witch” from their latest full length, Dead Transmission, out now on Bomber Music.
Watch the video below.
German ska act The Offenders has premiered a new music video. The video features the song “Alles Muss Raus” and will appear on their upcoming full length, X, due out October 16, 2015 via Bomber Music.
Listen to the video below.
Yorkshire ska/punk/metal crossover acr Random Hand may have just finished up their final run of shows as a band, but their final, PledgeMusic funded LP, Hit Reset is still awaiting its release on October 2nd via Bomber Music. Random Hand bassist Joe Tilston has said this about the final tour:
“We’ve sincerely had the best send off a band could hope for. On this tour, we’ve played gigs that have represented every aspect of our career to date, from massive festival gigs to thousands of people, who love our music, to peculiar pubs in the middle of nowhere, playing to a hen party and a load of strangers…We’ve said at every turn, we’ll be back, and we will. When? We do not know. We all have new chapters in our lives to figure out. We still all firmly believe this was the right choice to make for Random Hand. Had we carried on blindly and not discussed the issues within, we would have disappeared or fallen apart. Instead we were able to treat ourselves and everyone else, to one last focused blow out, and leave an album we’re damn proud of. Thanks again everyone.”
Ahead of the street date, the band have released a stream of the lead single, After the Alarm. Check out the stream below, along with the cover art for Hit Reset
German ska act The Offenders has premiered a new song. The track is titled “Harsh Reality” and will appear on their upcoming full length, X, due out October 16, 2015 via Bomber Music.
Listen to the track below.
Ducking Punches has announced that they have signed a publishing deal with Bomber Music. The band is currently in the midst of recording their next full length, Fizzy Bain, due out later this year on No Panic Records. Head honcho of Bomber Music, Donagh O’Leary, comments:
“We’re really happy to have signed Ducking Punches. As a band they really represent the ethics of what punk is all about. They are a talented bunch and a pleasure to work with. The new album is going to be brilliant, we’re looking forward to hearing the final result!”
The new record is available to pre-order on Pledge Music and will feature guest vocals by Frank Turner.
Reading, UK folk punks, Smokey Bastard, have announced plans to release a brand new full length. The disc will be titled Back to the Drawing Room and will be released through Bomber Music on November 13, 2015.
The band plans to fund physical copies of the album through PledgeMusic and while providing fans with access to exclusive updates, videos and bonus material. Perks will include signed CDs, beautiful vinyl albums and brand new T-shirts as well as some big ticket items.
Final all the details here. The album will follow 2011’s Tales From The Wasteland.
Ska/Metal/Punk crossovers Random Hand have announced that they will appear as the special guests of Less Than Jake, in the UK, next week. Tour dates are below.
On announcing an extended break from being a band, Random Hand launched a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the final album. The new album, yet to be titled, will be released through Bomber Music on September 14th 2015
The term punk n’ roll and punkabilly commonly gets thrown around when a psychobilly band ventures further from the expected bass-thumping, ghoul-time boogie while maintaining an unorthodox approach that can’t be confused for traditional rockabilly. It’s a tough middle ground to break into without coming across as a watered down version of The Cramps, but those with enough energy and vision can pull it off – as per personal favourite The Living End.
Which leads to another emerging name: South Wales trio Graveyard Johnnys. Known for their rambunctious stage presence and full throttle approach to songwriting, their penmanship makes for a vigorous listen that stays true to form but doesn’t hesitate to veer from the pack. With their latest full length, Dead Transmission, fans of punk and psychobilly should be quick to recognize their budding reputation.
At their core, the band delivers all the adrenaline of your typical upright bass slapping outfit. Songs like hip-shaking 50’s showpieces “Because Of You” infuse rockabilly rhythm with vibrant distortion, driving tunes into memory with hand clapping vigor and 50’s dance floor scuffle. The general formula amps up for open road thumpers like “Ready To Roll,” and settles down for more casual, acoustic laced country twanged rumblers like “One Day Forever.” Such examples serve as the backbone of a well-oiled punkabilly machine. But their true potential stems from their a host of “extras,” infusing fresh ideas into classic sounds.
Moments like the title track subtly draw on rhythmic guitars reminiscent of modern artists like The Strokes in beat and tempo, but blend admirably into the punkabilly framework. For instance “Little Witch” throws in dirty and fuzzed out Hot Hot Heat-esque vocals across a blanket of rumbling rock n’ roll riffs. Combined with an intermittently surfacing organ, the resulting bridge really pops. When Graveyard Johnnys take chances, the result typically does just that. Diverging from the genre’s typically menacing themes, “Mothers” unravels as a charming acoustic-heavy track with heartfelt lyrics that could double as a mother’s day card. On a reflective and more serious note, the band honors their maternal link: “this one’s for our mothers, the girls that set us free, the only people in the world who let us be who we wanted to be, who took us seriously.” It’s highly unorthodox but stands tall late in the track listing.
Graveyard Johnnys will likely garner initial comparisons with countrymen The Grit, but before long stand much further apart from the crowd. At its core, Dead Transmission is a rock solid punk n’ roll record with plenty of tricks of its sleeve. While still far from revolutionary, Graveyard Johnnys inject their own dose of high octane thrills across a refreshingly broad canvas of made-for-the-stage tunes.
West Yorkshire, UK based ska punk outfit have announced a final tour before going on an extended hiatus. The band are also working on a new PledgeMusic funded album which is due to drop via Bomber Music on September 14th, the day after the final show. Bassist Joe Tilston explains the logic:
“We’re wanting to give all the classics one last hurrah, before we go on an extended break. The new album we’re writing is a hard hitting punk rock album, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it. It’s a real shame though that we’re writing something that we’re not going to tour though. The new record is going to be released the day after the last gig, as a parting gift”
Check out the full list of dates below.