Somewhere in the middle of Florida is UV-TV, they write melancholy pop songs that are a mass of jagged and abrasive edges that combine strong hooks with infectious chainsaw guitar riffs, a sound that has drawn comparisons to Black Tambourine, The Jesus And Mary Chain and The Shop Assistants, but for me there’s also a hefty dose of two of my home town’s, Manchester UK, favourite sons woven into their DNA. Glass was self-recorded over a hectic two days in a retired Gainesville train station, and it was released via Deranged Records on the 10th March.
From the opening hyperactive blast of Wasting Away, the finest minute of buzzsaw guitars you’ll hear this year, I had a good feeling about this album, and my gut feeling about this release was right on all eleven counts. The first six tracks are all sparkling amphetamine laced punk rock that should have you bouncing round the room, it’s only as you get deeper into the album’s latter stages that they branch out and their other influences become apparent. Take It All has a distinctly post punk feel to it, whilst Severed Hand and the title track bring a darker element to Glass. The penultimate track, FEAR, channels the authentic feel and sound of the first wave of UK punk bands, whilst the epic Dissolve closes things in a hectic squall of feedback and noise that builds to a crescendo that is a fitting end to what for me is undoubtedly going to be one of my favourite albums of 2017.
It’s rare to find an album that has one foot firmly in the past, but that also manages to be the most refreshing blast of energetic punk rock I’ve heard this year. UV-TV owe an equal debt to The Jesus And Mary Chain, Shop Assistants and the Buzzcocks, along with elements of Joy Division and the C86 UK indie scene to make a hybrid that is one of the best albums I’ve encountered in a long time. The enthusiasm and franticness from the organic lo-fi recording process really comes across, and if you want an idea of just how impressed I was with Glass, I promptly bought their 2014 Demo EP when I had finished writing this review. I’m normally sceptical of what is written on press releases but the closing line on theirs is prefect, this is UV-TV, listen loud.
You can pre-order Glass
on vinyl via Deranged Records here
‘s website is here
can be found here
and the Deranged Records Bandcamp
It’s been just over a decade since Career Suicide released their landmark debut album, Attempted Suicide, now they are back with their sophomore album, Machine Response, they are bolstered by a new line up that features two of it’s founding core members, vocalist Martin Farkas and guitarist Jonah Falco (Fucked Up), as well as Dallas Good (Sadies, Andre Williams, John Doe, Half Japanese and Elevator to name but a few) on second guitar, along with Jon Sharron on bass and Ian Romano on drums. Career Suicide have delivered something in Machine Response that when played was akin to running into an old friend I hadn’t seen in three decades.
Opening track Cut And Run kicks off Machine Response with a blast of old school hardcore, from this point onwards it’s a no holds barred blast from the past where there is no subtlety or respite from the relentless full tilt assault, Machine Response delivers eleven tracks of brutal in your face hardcore played as it used to be. Career Suicide‘s reappearance coincides with bands such as Boston’s The Proletariat returning to touring, and on the other side of the pond bands like Criminal Mind and The Restarts have been releasing fine hardcore albums and tearing it up live in recent years, and maybe this is an indication that the hardcore scene is refocusing and refining itself as a much needed voice of dissent and protest against current events.
Machine Response veers in and out of pure speed, bursts of melody and chunky tempo shifts that channels the American hardcore scene of the eighties, normally I don’t see the point of recreating something from the past, but this is such a refreshing blast of in your face roots hardcore fury that you can’t help but be impressed by it’s honesty. In an age where many bands that fly the hardcore flag are so far removed from it’s origins that it’s unrecognisable, Career Suicide have taken hardcore full circle back to it’s intense primitive roots, and not before time.
can be pre-ordered on CD and vinyl via Deranged Records here
Punk is a beautiful thing, it might be a little raw and rough, it might make you into a rattling fiend, it might obscure your hearts soft beats, but it will always be insightful and highly strung. Neighbourhood Brats live off that ethos. The band know how to soften the core and they know how to place a hard exterior around it too. With Recovery, Neighbourhood Brats have excelled, they’ve placed their punk spirit in between the lines and have let their exuberance and excitement spill over.
The rugged guitar sounds are insanely good, the sequences are inspiring; the thematic punk aura travels through the structure that has been built by this likeable band. The key notes and fluttering musical drama is explosive at times, you can almost smell the carnage, pulling at the hairs in your nostrils.
Recovery blasts in with Year Of The Brat. It’s a song that has those immediate sneers that’ll hook you in. The belting drums and highly driven guitar work brilliantly, securing a majestic finish. One Wasted Year is evocative and sincere, bruised by sadness and yearning. The female vocals add a tenderness. The lyrics are about feeling victimised and that awful feeling of self-hate.
Suburbia sounds different. The tones echo. The guitar slaps the melody hard. The roughness is well engineered. An atmospheric tinge is also apparent, spraying it’s vibe like a rain storm. Lip Service evokes with a soaring guitar riff that will please the punk order. It’s about life being stale and making no sense. I sense a little spurt of alienation.
Neighbourhood Brats have excelled with Recovery. The riffs are monumental and the brashness somewhat attractive – the way punk is meant to be.
The Dublin band with the cocky name, The #1s, have announced the release of their upcoming self titled album. The album will be released on August 5th through Deranged Records.
Full track listing for The #1s can be seen below.
Austin post punk outfit Institute, which features members of Wiccans and Glue are streaming a track from their upcoming, but as yet untitled, single due for release later this year on Katorga Works Records. The band are also streaming their self titled debut EP, which has just had a vinyl pressing thanks to Deranged Records.
The band are currently out on the road supporting these releases, full tour dates, and both streams are available below:
Wade McNeil of Alexisonfire’s new solo project, Black Lungs, is set to release a new 7″ titled Valley of the Dolls later this month. It will feature two brand new songs and was recorded by Jonah Falco of Career Suicide and Fucked Up. The 7″ is available for download on iTunes and the vinyl will be released on November 23rd on Deranged Records including 500 limited edition on yellow vinyl.
Black Lungs will also be performing at Sneaky Dee’s November 20th with Junior Battles and Monster Truck.