Louise Distras‘ fan fundraiser for her new album has reached the halfway mark of it’s goal, she has now recorded two brand new tracks for her, as yet untitled, second album and her new songs will be shared with pledgers very soon. In addition to this Louise has another twenty brand new songs written, demo’d and ready to be recorded as soon as the fundraiser reaches 100%. If you haven’t got involved yet you can help bring Louise Distras‘ new album to life by pledging today.
The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment have a habit of hijacking well recognised days for releases, this years Aprils Fools Day will be the launch date for The Great Foodbank Robbery EP, in advance of the launch they have released a video for a track from the EP, Freaky Flakazoid Counter Culture Kid. The band have also announced they are planning to do a live broadcast on the 2nd April, further announcements regarding the EP’s release and the live webcast will be released over the coming weeks.
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Following a sold out UK tour supporting The King Blues, Louise Distras has announced a string of headline shows and festival dates for 2017, she is currently working on the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut, Dreams From The Factory Floor, and has been championed by Kerrang! Magazine as a ‘Star of 2017’.
Louise Distras‘ official website can be found here
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Hands Off Gretel have announced the dates for their World Against She tour in support of their stunning debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen. As with everything that Hands Off Gretel do this is a completely DIY affair and further tour dates will be confirmed throughout 2017
Hands Off Gretel‘s website can be found here
You can view the tour dates by clicking on the tour flier
Cops And RobbersSelf Released
By AJ Phink
Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are a UK based high energy punk band whose influences include The Stooges, The Ruts, Buzzcocks, The Rezillos and Alkaline Trio. Until January 2015 the band was known simply as Nancy Johnson, they resurfaced from a lengthy hiatus last year with a new vocalist, James Bronson of legendary London rhythm and blues band The Bronsons, and fresh material, the band immediately headed into the studio and they have now issued their debut self released EP, Cops and Robbers, that is available from today, the 20th January 2017.
The EP kicks off with the title track, a wail of sirens precedes a solid guitar riff kicking the EP into life, this and the subsequent track, Terminal Love, are played at a relatively sedate pace, at least when compared to many of the releases I’ve heard this year, with more of a feel of the bands that preceded punk rock, however, the EP kicks into life like it’s been spiked with amphetamines on the infectious track Buzz (In Your Head), it ups the ante and features a hypnotic chorus that will be impossible to dislodge from your memory for weeks, for me this track was the highlight of the EP, this is no slander on the initial pair of tracks, or closing number Stay Out Late, but the frantic pace and insistent chorus raised it above the other tracks.
Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are another band that has emerged from the UK’s thriving grass roots punk scene, this is punk rock played with a melodic old school flourish, but crucially this is not a band that is stuck in the past, they are a band that embraces punks origins as well as influences from the last four decades. This is a solid debut that makes Who Killed Nancy Johnson? another band that I will hoping to catch live at some point this year, there are few bands that play punk rock with the original style and attitude of punks first wave fully intact, but don’t interpret this as meaning that they are in anyway an anachronism, you can also hear the influence of later bands in their sound, it is this combination of elements that contributes to Cops And Robbers being such an impressive debut.
The Cops And Robbers EP is available on CD at gigs, or as a download via a link on the bands website here
Hands Off Gretel have released their latest music video for the track World Against She, the song is taken from their stunning debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen. As with everything that Hands Off Gretel do this is a completely DIY affair and they have announced that they will be back on tour in the UK from February onwards, the latest tour dates can be found here
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Manchester, UK alt rock trio David R. Black have released a video for Brutus, the track will appear on the their, as yet untitled, fourth album that will follow on from 2011’s Secret City. David R. Black are currently putting the finishing touches to the rest of their new album and will be on tour in the new year.
David R. Black‘s Facebook page can be found here
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All Guts No GlorySelf Released
By AJ Phink
The Crash Landings are a street punk band from the South Coast of the UK, their debut album, All Guts No Glory, contains ten tracks that clock in at a meagre, but highly enjoyable, twenty five minutes. The band have been playing this material on the live circuit for a few years, all the while building up a good head of steam in preparation for the release of All Guts No Glory, which was recorded at the tail end of last year. As you’d expect the album has been recorded completely on their own terms, and it’s clear that The Crash Landings are proudly and defiantly a product of the UK’s thriving DIY grass roots punk scene.
The Crash Landings take their lead from the UK Oi and punk scenes, and the US street punk movement, to produce an album that is exactly the kind of bare knuckle punk rock we all need in our lives. Opening track Prozac Empire sets the tone nicely for All Guts No Glory, from the outset it is clear that this is an album of short sharp blasts of stripped down DIY punk rock, and each of the ten tracks on the album hits the spot nicely. Alongside the street punk and Oi there are tinges of ska, most prominently on my personal favourite off the album, Hatemail, there are songs that make a serious point which sit happily alongside the likes of Billy’s Got Tourettes, proving that you can make valid points and still retain a sense of humour.
I can hear a prominent influence from the likes Cock Sparrer, UK Subs and Snuff from this side of the Atlantic, these sit happily alongside the street punk influences from the USA. In less than half an hour The Crash Landings deliver a joyous burst of authentic punk rock that ticks all the boxes, if they ever head to the northern end of the UK you can be assured that I’ll be down the front. All Guts No Glory is further evidence that UK’s grass roots punk scene is alive and kicking, although in the case of The Crash Landings it’s probably stood at the bar ordering another round.
No Guts No Glory can be downloaded here
Ontario punk rockers Excuses Excuses will be releasing their debut EP ‘Frame of Mind’ on November 25th and before it drops they are offering fans a free download of their third and latest single The Outsider. The track is one of five on the band’s debut EP that focuses largely on events and experiences from their teenage years, touching on topics of drug use, personal matters, loss, and the uncertain future.
Excuses Excuses Facebook page can be found here
You can download The Outsider here
Following the release of their debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen, Hands Off Gretel are now half way through their first ever album tour and they’ve released the following statement regarding the reception the album and the tour had received
The support we have received has been amazing, seeing all your faces up close, sweaty and personal each night has been a middle finger to everyone that’s doubted us, everyone that under-estimated that we’d crowd fund the release of an entire album without a record label or a management team around us to help, never mind packaging over 800 pre-orders of our first album. It’s amazing that we’ve been able to achieve what we have all through the power of people, we thank you so much for that! We have a few more November/December dates left on our tour and we ask you to join us, to support the live side of music and have the most fun in person! This is the most special part, to have been fans of us from our very first tour to wherever life takes us in the future… we love all of you so much!
You can order Burn The Beauty Queen directly from Hand Off Gretel here
Burn The Beauty QueenSelf Released
By AJ Phink
Hands Off Gretel were formed by Lauren Tate and Sean McAvinue prior to Hands Off Gretel bursting onto the UK alternative scene early last year when they released their debut EP, Be Mine. Their line up has been augmented with additions of Sam Hobbins, drums, and Joe Scotcher, bass, prior to Hands Off Gretel launching themselves into 2016 with unrestrained zeal. They have retained the DIY ethic and everything about Burn The Beauty Queen, from the artwork to the release of the album, has been done completely and uncompromisingly on their own terms.
Opening track Queen Of The Universe sends a serious message of intent and it builds you up ready for the punkier vibe of the single One Eyed Girl, the album continues to veer between slow burning dark menace and adrenalized numbers. For me Always Right is the stand out track from Burn The Beauty Queen, and is a serious contender for one of my favourite songs of the year, but that’s not to do the rest of the album a disservice, as there isn’t a single weak moment on Burn The Beauty Queen. This is a searing debut album and further proof that Hands Off Gretel are headed upwards and if this doesn’t happen then something is very wrong with the universe.
You can hear the incendiary tones of the likes of The Distillers and Hole in their DNA, along with the influence of the attitude from the riot grrrl movement and bands like L7 and Cay, a band that sadly lie largely forgotten in punks history. I was fortunate to catch Hands Off Gretel at this years Rebellion Festival and I was blown away by just how good they were live, Burn The Beauty Queen only serves to confirm my initial impression that Hands Off Gretel are one of the best new bands to have come from the UK in the last few years.
I can’t think of another debut album from 2016 that’s impressed me this much, Burn The Beauty Queen is an album that you need in your collection. It combines the attitude of punk and the riot grrrl movement but they have channelled that anger and energy to create a fuzz drenched classic that is quite simply one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.
Hands Off Gretel are on tour in the UK for the remainder of 2016 and their tour dates can be found here
You can purchase Burn The Beauty Queen directly from Hands Off Gretel here
Louise DistrasDIY - Self Released
By AJ Phink on 11th September 2016 at via e-mail
Hands Off Gretel have announced a full UK Tour in support of their forthcoming album, Burn The Beauty Queen, which can still be pre-ordered until September 2nd. The album has been recorded with a DIY ethic and pre orders can still be made, including limited edition formats of the album and exclusive merchandise. If you pre order the album it will be sent to you two weeks before the official release date.
You can pre-order Burn The Beauty Queen here
Hands Off Gretel have announced extensive UK tour dates in support of the forthcoming debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen. Pre orders can still be made, including limited edition formats of the album and exclusive merchandise. You can pre order Burn The Beauty Queen, prior to the 2nd September, here
Details of Hands Off Gretel‘s UK tour dates can be found here
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In February Hands Off Gretel went off into Wales to record their debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen, and it is now finished. The album has been recorded with a DIY ethic and pre orders can still be made, including limited edition formats of the album and exclusive merchandise. If you pre order the album it will be sent to you two weeks before the official release date.
You can pre order Burn The Beauty Queen, prior to the 2nd September, here
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Burn OutSelf Released
By AJ Phink
Atomic Lights are a punk trio from Minnesota who have been in existence for about four years, in that time they have released two EP’s and an album, in addition to this they have toured relentlessly, including playing alongside such acts as Teenage Bottlerocket, Guttermouth, Mustard Plug, The Copyrights and The Single Mothers. Burn Out, which features some striking sleeve artwork from Matt Sullivan, was recorded at Immortal Audio by Andy Mathison, from Class Of 86.
Burn Out is an excellent bout of snotty punk rock, it opens with two tracks that have an urgent and frantic approach, there’s a brief change of pace at the half way mark, the wonderfully titled Chased Through The Woods By Clowns starts like a Butthole Surfers acid trip, but this reassuringly gives way to more furious punk rock tones before too long. The rest of Burn Out is made up of chunks of frantic punky goodness and I find myself very impressed with this consistent and impressive six track EP. For me the finest moment on the EP is the excellent No Vacancy, it contains an absolutely killer riff and is a perfect slice of infectious DIY punk rock that just fizzes with energy.
It must be said that Burn Out is a massive leap forward from their lo-fi debut album, Noise Complaint, that was released last year. Burn Out is six tracks of snarling punk rock that contains elements of hardcore, yet they retain just the merest hint of a bouncy pop punk sheen, just a hint mind you. If you’re fan of the likes of Guttermouth, The Swingin’ Utters, Off With Their Heads and Teenage Bottlerocket then you should download Burn Out. The bottom line is you can get this impressive EP for free but maybe you should chuck them a some of your hard earned pennies, this is an outstanding release from a band doing things on their own terms, and for those reasons I think Atomic Lights deserve your support.
Burn Out can be ordered, for pay what you want, from their bandcamp here
Underground – The Subterranean Culture of DIY Punk Shows, written by Daniel Makagon, is all about the history and future of DIY punk touring in the USA and The Social History of Basement Shows.
In Underground, Makagon, shows that no matter who you are, organizing, playing, and/or attending a DIY punk show is an opportunity to become a real part of a meaningful movement and to create long-lasting alternatives to the top-down economic and artistic practices of the mainstream music industry. Punk kids playing an illegal show too loudly in someone’s basement might not save the world, but they might just be showing us the way to building something better. Makagon explores the culture of DIY spaces like house shows and community-based music spaces, their impact on underground communities and economies, and why these networks matter.
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Pre-order here via Microcosm Publishing