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Liza Colby Sound

Liza Colby Sound

Draw

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The Liza Colby Sound hail from New York City and are set to release their new EP, Draw, on the 17th November. Draw contains four songs that give you a fleeting glimpse into everything the Liza Colby Sound is about, the soulful vocals of Liza Colby herself are combined with a soundtrack that embodies dirty, hard hitting rock ‘n roll by a trio who have performed with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, The Jim Carroll Band, The Del Fuegos and Joey Ramone, amongst other well-known names, to create a mesmerising hybrid of styles.

The opening track on the Draw EP, My World, is a glorious dirty slab of rock ‘n roll that channels The Stooges and Led Zeppelin, the rock ‘n roll soundtrack is topped with the sultry soulful vocal delivery by Liza Colby, one that raises the hairs on the back of your neck. I Love You brings the pace down, and delivers a soulful and heartfelt moment on the EP, White Light channels the blues before finally Cryin’ brings things to a close, with a track that encompasses their rock, soul and blues influences.

The only comparable act to the Liza Colby Sound is The Bellrays, and If you love them then you will adore the Draw EP, the Liza Colby Sound mix soul, garage and proto rock to create a stunning hybrid of styles. The result is that I love every moment on this EP, from it’s charged garage fuelled opener, through it’s tender soulful moments and blues heartbeat to the closing track that blends every element together, this is an introduction to a band that seamlessly blend the energy of the garage bands and the swagger of best rock acts with the heart of true soul music. 

The Liza Colby Sound‘s website can be found here and their Bandcamp is located here

All Them Witches Sound Control Oct 17

All Them Witches / The Ghost Wolves

Sound Control, Manchester, UK

1st October 2017
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

It’s almost a year to the day since All Them Witches last appeared in Manchester, since their last appearance they’ve unleashed their finest full length to date, Sleeping Through The War, and are currently touring in support of the album, and they’ve bought The Ghost Wolves along for the ride on their latest European tour. It’s always a good sign to walk into a venue to hear The Cramps being played, standing at the bar you realise they’re playing a good chunk from the Off The Bone album, this is followed by a selection of dark and twisted psyche and alternative which sets the tone nicely for tonight’s opening act. The Ghost Wolves hail from the capital of the most unhinged elements of American garage and psyche, Austin Texas, and they are a worthy successor to the illustrious list of bands from that city, one that includes The 13th Floor Elevators, Butthole Surfers and The Black Angels.

I’ve not encountered The Ghost Wolves before, which is not that surprising given that this is their first UK tour, but knowing Austin’s pedigree for producing some of the best and original alternative bands makes them an intriguing prospect. The Ghost Wolves are a duo comprising drummer Jonathan Wolf, who hammers out the primitive rhythms, and the other element is the primal guitar and vocals of Carley Wolf, their music is borne of The Cramps, Link Wray and delta blues, to create a sound that is the bastard offspring of the dark and dirty elements of rock n rolls history. “Do you like to be good or do you like to be bad” asks Carley Wolf and the answer is obvious, The Ghost Wolves deliver the perfect start to the evening with a set of distorted blues haunted garage punk that is stripped to the bone, and judging by the crowd that are held captivated by The Ghost Wolves set they’ve converted more than a few Mancunians to their cause tonight.
 
Prior to All Them Witches the soundtrack switches to a more eclectic mix, and as befits a band from Nashville there’s an element of unhinged country thrown into the mix. Sound Control is absolutely packed on this Sunday night, and there is evidence that more than a few of those present are throwing caution to the wind ahead of the working week starting over in a few short hours. Prior to their appearance the Black Sabbath classic War Pigs gets an outing and receives a raucous singalong from a good section of the crowd, which only adds to the atmosphere that is building up in Sound Control, and is starting to make it feel like a Saturday night rather than the end of the weekend, this gives way to an atmospheric and headier introduction that signifies the arrival of All Them Witches.
 
All Them Witches kick things off in signature style with a hypnotic riff that steadily builds before they launch into the signature southern psyche. Compared to The Ghost Wolves their stage presence is one that is more restrained and reflects that nature of the haunting soundscapes that populate their set. All Them Witches sound lies somewhere between Hawkwind, when they were in their prime, and The Doors. All Them Witches represent part of the resurgence in psyche, who along with bands such as Evil Blizzard And The Great Machine are rescuing the scene from self indulgence. All Them Witches might deliver a set of extended psychedelia but there’s something captivating about their southern psyche. All Them Witches last played in Manchester almost a year ago to the day, and there’s something about their sound that makes them the perfect soundtrack to a season when the nights start drawing in and Halloween is on the horizon.
 
All Them Witches are not the kind of band I’d normally take to, but there’s something about them that draws me back, and there’s a reason they’re now an annual fixture on my schedule, as I don’t think there’s anyone else delivering this kind of authentic psychedelia out there. I’ll admit It takes me a few songs to tune in what is a very different kind of live set to those that usually attend, but once you slip into their hypnotic grooves you find yourself in a trance and then you’re just along for the ride. Tonight’s show has featured two very different sides of the garage and psyche scene, between Austin’s brash unhinged primitive garage duo The Ghost Wolves and the heady psyche of All Them Witches, but it’s a welcome contrast and one that has made this corner of Manchester the only place to be tonight.
 
The Punk Site review of Sleeping Through The War can be read here
 
All Them Witches website is here
 
The Ghost Wolves website can be found here
 
Sound Control‘s website is located here
 
BOPS

BOPS

BOPS

Rose Coloured Records / Mauvaise Foi Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

BOPS were bottle fed on sixties music, they digested The Beach Boys harmonies and The Kinks savage pop before feeding on the booming sounds of Ty Segall and Girl Band. After relentlessly touring their native France BOPS are now set to release their self tilted debut album, which will be released on vinyl in France, Italy and the UK, BOPS will also be touring in support of the album across those countries. BOPS self titled debut album will be released via Rose Coloured Records (UK) and Mauvaise Foi Records (Europe) on the 13th October.

From the opening beat of Mary it’s clear that BOPS are completely immersed in 60’s garage, pop and psych, elements of the best bands from that decade are littered throughout the self titled album, but to be clear this isn’t a total sixties throwback, the wonderfully titled Mad Oyster contains elements of new wave and power pop in it’s grooves. These elements sit alongside unhinged and eccentric moments of psyche, such as Slit It, Sing I, Jim and Fantasia, the dark and dirty garage of No Voices and Mr Cubalouder, moments of Link Wray inspired distortion such as Sing II and See You There and even a touch of unhinged rock ‘n roll in the form of Wrong and Dunder Mifflin.

BOPS self titled debut album is an instantly familiar, yet totally original, trawl through the trashier side of rock ‘n roll that comes across like a previously unreleased Pebbles compilation, and as Get Primitive!, the legendary best of volume of that series, sits amongst my favourite albums that’s about as higher praise as I can impose on this album. For anyone who has a love for the original garage bands, the eighties garage revival or the current resurgence in the garage and psych scenes you need to acquaint yourself with BOPS, as this unhinged French trio have produced an electic and original release.

BOPS can be pre-ordered via Rose Coloured Records website here

BOPS Facebook page can be found here

Decent Criminal Bloom

Decent Criminal

Bloom

Dodgeball Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 
California’s Decent Criminal have signed with the newly founded Dodgeball Records and are set to release Bloom, the band’s label debut that will be released October 13th. Decent Criminal blend elements of 90’s alternative, garage rock, surf punk, power-pop and good old fashioned punk rock to deliver catchy, upbeat songs that collide with abrasive and often melancholy undertones, the end result is an album that is a more than worthy successor to their 2016 self titled debut album.
 
Cold leads you into the album with a vibrant slab of power pop before Bloom heads into the laid back strains of Still, the acoustic strains of Tender make you think that Decent Criminal are in danger of flatlining, that is until the guitars kick in for an overdriven and anthemic lovelorn chorus. Melt kicks back into the full tilt powerpop before the album’s most heartfelt number, Expectations, marks the halfway point of Bloom. Both Void and Iron are stripped down slice of heady garage rock, Neurotic delivers a gloriously deranged glam punk stomp before Waver returns to the garage infused power pop, finally Bloom ends in style, with the hedonostic lead single, Deviant.
 
The ten monosyllabically titled tracks that make up Bloom is an unexpected package of wistful songs whose  tones are carried along in a strangely upbeat style given the melancholy feel of the album. Decent Criminal‘s sophomore album contains many elements that remind me of some of my favourite bands both past and present, including These Animal Men and Culture Abuse, and the soaring guitars and treble led solo’s that permeate the album mix with hooks and melodies to create an irresistible and heady combination. Bloom indicates that Decent Criminal are another impressive addition to the ever growing and impressive roster that Dodgeball Records has amassed in it’s short lifespan.
 
Decent Criminal will release Bloom on October 13th 2017 via Dodgeball Records.
 
Bloom can be pre-ordered here
 

BOPS To Release Debut Album Via Rose Coloured Records

BOPSBottle fed on sixties music, BOPS digested The Beach Boys harmonies and The Kinks savage pop before feeding on the booming sounds of Ty Segall and Girl Band. After relentlessly touring their native France BOPS are now set to release their debut album, which will be released on vinyl in France, Italy and the UK, BOPS will also be touring in support of the album across those countries. BOPS self titled debut album will be released via Rose Coloured Records (UK) and Mauvaise Foi Records (Europe) on the 13th October. The Rose Coloured Records website can be found 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

Teen Mortgage Release Video For ‘Is It’

Teen Mortgage STSnotty garage punk duo Teen Mortgage have released a music video for Is It, a track taken from their debut EP Strange Times that was released earlier this year on Wiener Records. Is It is the first single taken from the EP, a release that is a heavy collision of skate punk sensibilities and low fi garage fuzz, that makes it perfectly clear that genre boundaries can and should be collapsed at every opportunity.

Strange Times can be streamed and purchased here

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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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Gold Phoenix Release New Single ‘Lotion’

Gold Phoenix LotionGold Phoenix are a soundclash of raw and riff heavy garage rock, their new single, Lotion, is released today, the 14th August, and it is an energetic tongue in cheek three minutes that boasts a unique video. Lotion follows on from last year’s acclaimed single, Oh So Hard, and see’s the band return to both recording and touring, with the remainder of 2017 to be spent touring the UK with European dates to follow in 2018.

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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

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

The Two Tens To Release New LP ‘On Repeat’ On August 18th

Two Tens ORThe Two Tens are set to release the follow up to their stunning debut album, Volume, later this summer, the  familiar themes of heartbreak, heartache and depression have reared their heads again on the LA based duo’s new studio LP, On Repeat, but the pile driving garage rock that dominates the thirteen original tracks are an equal and familiar punch in the gut. The Two Tens also plan to hit the road hard later this summer in support of On Repeat, and promise a number of music videos to accompany the high octane tracks that fuel this new release.

On Repeat can be pre-ordered on physical formats via Man Della Records here

You can stream the title track from the forthcoming album here

Trampolene Release Title Track From ‘Beautiful Pain’ EP

Trampolene BPSwansea city rockers TRAMPOLENE are set to continue to deliver their unique combination of garage rock, kitchen-sink poetry and acoustic heartbreakers with their release a new four track EP, Beautiful Pain, on Friday the 7th July.  The title song is now available now when you pre-order the Beautiful Pain EP from iTunes, the track is about the desperate hope, crushing pain and the heart mangling joy of falling in love, Mills & Boon it ain’t.
 
You can pre-order the Beautiful Pain EP via iTunes here and stream the title track here
 
You can view Trampolene‘s tour dates below

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Sharkmuffin Tsuki

Sharkmuffin

Tsuki

Little Dickman Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The core of Sharkmuffin is the New York duo of Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, along with other musicians who flesh out their line up for live shows, currently the line up is augmented by Drew Adler on drums and Chris Nunez on guitar, and has previously included Hole‘s Patty Schemel. The duo proudly integrate a wide range of influences into their sound, everything from The Ronettes to Nirvana is thrown into the melting pot to create a unique combination of styles, now Sharkmuffin have released their sophomore album, Tsuki, that follows on from their 2015 debut full length, ChartreuseTsuki is available via Little Dickman Records from today, the 5th May 2017, on celestial splatter vinyl and download formats.

Tsuki starts with a short introduction that contains some wise words on Grandmother Sharkmuffin Says, “don’t worry about shit but you go have a fun time”, following that piece of wisdom Sharkmuffin seem intent on following her advice. Space Glow kicks in and manages to embrace their broad influences with a short slice of lo-fi garage punk, but that’s not the end of the story. The attitude and delivery varies across the whole of Tsuki, whether it’s the full on fuzz of Stacey, the more sinister vibe of the innocent sounding Puppy Love, the dark undercurrent of I Wanna Be You, the unsettling mid way marker of Atama or the twisted sixties pop of Too Much Fun and unsettling psyche soundscape of Scully Is A Sharkmuffin, this is album that veers wildly across genre’s.

Grandmother Sharkmuffin clearly knows her stuff as Sharkmuffin have delivered an album that manages to embrace the swagger of garage punk, the attitude of the punk and the drive of grunge, which are all wrapped up in a twisted lo-fi pop sensibility. There is a heavy influence from the riot grrrl and grunge scenes, along with an ever pervading sway from the worlds of punk and garage, in short Tsuki is an incredibly original hybrid of pretty much everything from the headier side of the alternative scenes, not an easy trick to pull off but Sharkmuffin have done exactly that with an idiosyncratic and unpredictable album.

Tsuki can be ordered via Little Dickman Records here

Sharkmuffin‘s website can be found here

Janitors HUM

The Janitors

Horn Ur Marken

Cardinal Fuzz
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Cardinal Fuzz have unleashed yet another release from the strange and fuzzy place in which this label exists, this time they have brought us Sweden’s The Janitors who are self styled purveyors of ‘Stökpsych’ a scuzzy barbed wall of fuzz that channels the dark recesses from the worlds of garage and psyche. The Janitors latest full length, Horn Ur Marken, follows on the their last release, Evil Doings Of An Evil Kind, that was released two long years ago. Horn Ur Marken is now available from Cardinal Fuzz on black vinyl, that is presented in a full colour fluorescent UV sleeve, and CD.

Horn Ur Marken kicks in as it means to go on with a seriously dark slab of fuzz in the shape of the opening track, Trojan Horse, where treble laced guitar sits atop a wall of dark fuzz and a pounding relentless drum beat, this is followed by the slow grind of the album’s epic title track, the intensity builds up across this ten minute opus until it ends it a squall of feedback that fades into the mind warping dark groove of Neon Times. The relentless dark twisted tones continue with the almost hypnotic beat of Blizzard and the sinister vibes of Into The Woods and Fear Of All before the tripped out finale, Alarmatica, brings Horn Ur Marken to an end.

The Janitors have delivered a dark slice of psyche from the dark heart of Scandinavia, Horn Ur Marken is an album with immense walls of fuzz that are coupled with a consistently sinister undercurrent. If you are a fan of the darker side of psyche and garage then The Janitors are a band that should definitely be on your radar. Their unique blend of influences, that are shaped by the current state of world affairs, is one that is idiosyncratic and whilst it follows in the tradition of fellow Swedish purveyors of fuzz such as The Nomads, The Hellacopters and The Hives, Horn Ur Marken takes things into a darker place and you can’t help but feel that in Cardinal Fuzz they have found their spiritual home.

Horn Ur Marken can be ordered from Cardinal Fuzz here

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Pulled Apart By Horses / Tigercub

Sound Control, Manchester, UK

6th April 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control Tigercub 1Welcome to musical menagerie that sees Pulled Apart By Horses and Tigercub visit Manchester’s Sound Control, as is the increasingly common and very annoying policy of many venues, the bands start ridiculously early, especially for those of us who reside in the suburbs, to make way for a club night, so we’ve missed Thee MVPs by the time we finally get into the venue. This is annoying as I always try to catch every band and was looking forward to seeing them, hopefully I’ll catch them on their next visit to the city. On the plus side at least we arrived in time for Tigercub, as with the last gig I attended at Sound Control bass heavy hip hop precedes the arrival of the bands.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control Tigercub 2Tigercub make an unassuming entrance and launch into a haunting introduction, before their bass heavy aural assault laced with reverb drenched guitar hooks kicks in. Tigercub are underpinned by a remorseless rhythm section that is complimented with some twisted guitar riffs, all of which is overlaid with a vocal drawl that is delivered with a laid back style that belies the energy of their material. Tigercub straddle genres, they possess the bass heavy drive of grunge that is mixed with indie, punk and garage, and a dash of pretty much everything else is thrown into the mix, to create a cocktail that’s hard to describe, but if you think of a J. Mascis fronted Nirvana channelling early Muse and you’re about half way there.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control Tigercub 3Tigercub deliver a grinding heavy mix of alternative styles that defies categorisation, even when you think you’ve got a handle on them another card is dealt from the bottom of the pack to keep you off balance. I had no idea what to expect from a band called Tigercub, but it wasn’t the heady pounding mix that is delivered by this Brighton Trio, what I do know is that they have a captivating and original sound that I hope to experience again. What was a sparsely populated Sound Control at the start of the night has filled up nicely during the course of Tigercub‘s support slot, ready for Pulled Apart By Horses headlining set in support of the excellent new album, The Haze, that was released last month via Caroline International

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 1After a lengthy set up and an eclectic, to say the least, DJ set, Pulled Apart By Horses take to the stage to an absolutely packed Sound Control, from the first number they kick straight into overdrive with their high octane garage infused rock, and its clear from the off that they already have an established, and very vocal fan base, in Manchester. As the second song kicks in an enthusiastic and sweaty mosh pit has already formed and as good as I thought the The Haze album was, what has becomes immediately clear is that Pulled Apart By Horses are a band whose natural home is on stage, as the energy levels have already been raised to critical levels.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 3Pulled Apart By Horses set encompasses their four albums, throughout they maintain their high energy levels for a set of genre spanning rock that really has to be experienced live, their onstage intensity is matched by the crowds reaction, one that is as enthusiastic as I’ve seen at a midweek gig in Manchester. The set played tonight is one that’s as relentless as I’ve heard, there is no slow number to pause for breath or to slip to the bar, every song they deliver is as good as the last, and if you want to see the spirit of rock ‘n roll embodied in a band then go and see Pulled Apart By Horses, as their brand of garage fuelled rock ‘n roll is as good as anyone I’ve seen, thankfully there are no metal or rock clichés or excesses as this is stripped down rock ‘n roll at its finest.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 2My previous exposure to Pulled Apart By Horses was reviewing The Haze and I thought that was a damn fine album, but as good as that album was live they are a totally different prospect, and as energetic as the band were it must be said that just as much credit must go the audience who have given it everything tonight, from circle pits and demented mosh pits to a steady wave of crowdsurfing throughout the set. Pulled Apart By Horses would seem to be an odd choice of name, but after seeing them live it’s one that makes perfect sense, after seeing the commitment of the crowd and the band tonight I can only imagine that’s exactly what they feel like after a show like this.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 4Pulled Apart By Horses include an intense cover of The Beatles classic Helter-Skelter in the set, that is delivered with the spirit of the original, and its a compliment to them to say that this is easily the best cover I’ve heard of this classic number, and believe me I’ve heard a few. It was impressive that the pit was that frantic and frenzied as I’ve seen in a while, as an added bonus it kept people filming the show to an minimum, and I can’t think of a better way of keeping this annoying trend out of live shows. The night ended with the vocalist and guitarist Tom Hudson surfing across the crowd, it seems that the last hour has flown by in a loud, sweaty, energetic blur and if tonight wasn’t rock ‘n roll then I don’t know what is.

Pulled Apart By Horses Sound Control 5Pulled Apart By Horses website is here

The Punk Site Review of The Haze can be read here

Tigercub‘s web presence can be found here

Thee MVPs Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

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

The 99 Degree Release Teaser Track For ‘Boot Hill Surf Club’ EP

99 Degree Boot Hill Surf Club 2The 99 Degree‘s new EP, Boot Hill Surf Club, will be released in the near future with a launch show confirmed for the 12th May at Manchester’s Castle Hotel. They will be warming up for the release of their new EP with an appearance at Manchester’s Get Fucked festival on the 29th April. The 99 Degree‘s debut single, Dead Or Alive, is still available as free download here 

Tickets for the launch show on the 12th May can be purchased here

You can listen the teaser for the forthcoming Boot Hill Surf Club EP here

The 99 Degree To Release ‘Boot Hill Surf Club’ EP

99 Degree Boot Hill Surf ClubThe 99 Degree have announced they will be releasing their new EP, Boot Hill Surf Club, in the near future with a launch show confirmed for the 12th May at Manchester’s Castle Hotel. They will be warming up for the release of their new EP with an appearance at Manchester’s Heaven On Earth festival on the 22nd April, The 99 Degree‘s debut single, Dead Or Alive, is still available as free download.
 
Dead Or Alive is available for free here and the band’s Facebook page is here
 
Tickets for the Boot Hill Surf Club launch show can be purchased here
 

Arc Flash Release Full Stream Of ‘Carbon Copy’ LP

Arc Flash Carbon CopyLawrence, Kansas duo Arc Flash are set to release Carbon Copy, their explosive full length debut on March 31st via High Dive Records and ahead of the release date the band have released a full stream of the record. Carbon Copy is an album full of blistering punk energy, infectious hooks, and raw fuzz, that makes the band’s sound explosive and aggressively catchy. 

You can stream Carbon Copy in full via Uproxx here

Carbon Copy can be pre-ordered here

The Two Tens Release ‘Keeping Hope Alive’ Single

TTwo Tens KHAhe Two Tens have released their new single, Keeping Hope Alive, on vinyl and digital formats, the new release also features a Little Richard cover, Bama Lama Bama Loo, on the b side. Keeping Hope Alive is taken from The Two Tens forthcoming sophomore album, that is due for release in July 2017 on Man Della Records. The Two Tens will be performing a series of headline shows before touring with The Dollyrots and Go Betty Go

Keeping Hope Alive can purchased and streamed here

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The Two Tens To Release New Single ‘Keeping Hope Alive’

Two Tens KHAThe Two Tens have racked up a lot of accomplishments since the release of their first EP, Volume 1, including three additional EPs, the full-length LP Volume, and four US tours. Since then, The Two Tens have signed with Man Della Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled second album, due July 14th. They’ve already tracked three songs in Minneapolis with producer John Fields, including Keeping Hope Alive, the lead-off single which will be released in advance of the album on February 10.
 
Keeping Hope Alive can be pre-ordered on vinyl and digital formats here
 
The video for Keeping Hope Alive can be viewed below

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The 99 Degree

Dead Or Alive

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The 99 Degree released their debut single, Dead Or Alive, earlier this year, they play an unhinged combination of surf, psych and garage which sounds like it originates from a sparsely populated ghost town in the mid west of America, rather than the urban sprawl of Greater Manchester in the UK. The 99 Degree have regularly been tearing up stages in the North West of England, but now those further afield can be exposed to their unique brand of garage psychosis

Dead Or Alive opens with the kind of ominous tones that usually precede a mysterious stranger gunning people down in a spaghetti western, this is a dark and deranged preacher killing murder ballad that captures the spirit of the best Sergio Leone westerns and combines this with the ghost of the original spirit of deranged rock ‘n roll. Vocalist Joe Sartini delivers the murderous tale with his transatlantic spanning vocal style while Phil Turner‘s twisted Gretsch guitar tones give the single it’s underlying menace, the whole package is underpinned by Paul Featherstone and Craig Trickett‘s rock solid rhythm section that keeps The 99 Degree‘s excesses securely anchored.

If you have any love for primitive garage bands such as The Cramps, or the original purveyors of garage and psyche that populated the legendary Pebbles compilations, then The 99 Degree are a band you need to acquaint yourself with, and as this single has been made available as a name your price download then what are you waiting for?

Dead Or Alive is available as a name your price download via The 99 Degree‘s Bandcamp here

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All Them Witches

Live In Brussels

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Ahead of their October tour of the UK, Nashville’s All Them Witches released Live In Brussels, a new live album recorded at Belgium’s Ancienne Belgique whilst on their first European tour in March 2016. Live In Brussels continues All Them Witches tradition of releasing live recordings off their own back, direct to their fans, who are as loyal as they come. On their recent summer tour across North America the band were robbed of $4500’s worth of their venue checks and merchandise sales, and faced little other option than to set up an online donation page to try and recoup lost funds in the middle of the tour, their fans impressively topped the goal in under 24 hours. So what has caused this level of dedication amongst their fan base?

The first observation is that for an album release that All Them Witches are giving away the quality is stunning, every note and instrument is crystal clear. The opening number, The Death Of Coyote Woman, has elements of The Doors at their peak along with some fine blues stylings. Funeral For a Great Dying Bird eases into When God Comes Back and the tempo increases and this incorporates some excellent fuzz drenched guitar work. All Them Witches build up and bring down the pace throughout Live In Brussels building up to the triumphant final track My Last Name Is The Blues. This is an accomplished fourteen track live album of laid back psychedelia, blues and stoner rock, and if you have any love for the bands of the mid to late 1960’s that pioneered this style then you should really be adding this to your collection.

All Them Witches first two studio albums, 2012’s Our Mother Electricity and 2014’s Lightning at the Door, laid the groundwork for where we find ourselves today, their latest LP Dying Surfer Meets His Maker has seem them evolve into a sophisticated psych-rock outfit that remains faithful to the bands that paved the way for them. Live In Brussels follows on from their critically acclaimed new album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker and it is a live album as it oughta be, a complete and uncut live performance without overdubs. As Live In Brussels is available as a ‘name your price’ download you really have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by checking this band out

Dying Surfer Meets His Maker can be purchased here

Live In Brussels can be downloaded as a ‘name your price’ download here

The Punk Site‘s live review of All Them Witches from October 2016 can be read here

Trampolene To Release ‘Pocket Album Five’

trampolene-divided-kingdomSwansea city rockers Trampolene, who continue to deliver electrical shockers with their unique combination of garage rock, kitchen sink poetry and acoustic heartbreakers, release a new five track mini album, Pocket Album Five, via Mi7 Records on Friday the 25th November. Pocket Album Number Five was recorded live at Ray Davies’ Konk Studios and it is the follow up to The Gangway. A new single, Divided Kingdom, is available now when you pre-order Pocket Album Five on iTunes.
 
Tour dates can be viewed below and Pocket Album Number Five can be ordered here

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Leopold And His Fiction Confirm US And European Tour Dates

leopold-and-his-fiction-cowboyIn addition to the release of their new single and video, Cowboy, Leopold And His Fiction have commenced a global tour this week with stops in New Orleans, London, Hamburg and a home town show in Austin, Texas. Leopold And His Fiction combine gritty ingenuity, delicately crafted lyrics and blistering guitar work to produce an impactful live performance. The tour is in anticipation of their new album Darling Destroyer, slated for release in early 2017 and Cowboy can be downloaded via iTunes

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Leopold And His Fiction Unveil ‘Cowboy’ Single And Video

leopold-and-his-fiction-cowboyTexas based group, Leopold And His Fiction, released their new single Cowboy today, along with a music video, to kick-off their global tour. They are described as “an introduction to the album as a whole” by Leopold himself. The track features scorching guitar riffs and a thrillingly raw vocal performance, while the character driven visual accompaniment jumps seamlessly between nostalgia and modernism. Their tour is in anticipation of their new album Darling Destroyer, slated for release in early 2017.
 
Leopold And His Fiction‘s web presence can be found here
 
Cowboy can be purchased via iTunes and the video can be viewed below

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Idiot Genes Release ‘iScratch’ from ‘Oof Bonk’ LP

Idiot Genes OBIdiot Genes specialize in a raw and immature style of punk, balancing explosive grunge and heavily damaged garage rock with a reckless lack of sobriety. The Boston quartet are crude and ready for debauchery, and it’s safe to say they don’t take themselves too seriously in the process. Channelling their mayhem into a genuine studio recording for the first time.

Oof Bonk is due out on September 23rd via Midnight Werewolf Records

You can listen to iScratch here and pre-order Oof Bonk here

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The Conquerors

Wyld Time

High Dive Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

The Conquerors are psych pop sextet from Kansas City, Wyld Times is the band’s full length debut and it is due out on August 26th on High Dive Records. This is an unashamedly retro album, and this is quite possibly the most authentically sixties band I’ve heard since The Fuzztones. Whilst those legends of the garage revival scene mainline pure unadulterated garage rock, The Conquerors blend elements of sixties soul, pop and garage together for an authentic trip back in time. Alongside the obvious sixties influences you can detect hints of the likes of The Strokes and The Libertines in their sound.

Wyld Time is so embedded in the past in it’s style and delivery that at times it’s hard to believe this is a contemporary album. This is an authentic album of sixties pop and garage, everything from the bands appearance to the art work and the album title scream sixties and the harmonies and chord changes come straight from The Beatles songbook. That’s not to say that The Conquerors are in any way a cover band or unoriginal, it’s just that they are wearing their influences firmly, and proudly, on their paisley patterned sleeves. There isn’t a weak track on here but I can’t help feeling that the only thing it’s lacking is a stand out track, something that really picks you up and shakes you, as many of the original garage bands singles did to me when I was first exposed to the likes of Nobody’s Children, The Thirteenth Floor Elevators and The Seeds.

If you have any love at all for the kind of sixties garage that populated the legendary Pebbles and Nuggets compilations then The Conquerors are a band you need to investigate, as you won’t find a more authentic slice of a bygone era without revisiting the original records. Wyld Time is a slick retro psych soundtrack that has one winklepicker clad foot stuck firmly in the past.

Wyld Time can be pre-ordered here

Idiot Genes New Booze Fueled LP Due Out September 23rd

Idiot Genes OBIdiot Genes specialize in a raw and immature style of punk, balancing explosive grunge and heavily damaged garage rock with a reckless lack of sobriety. The Boston quartet are crude and ready for debauchery, and it’s safe to say they don’t take themselves too seriously in the process. Channelling their mayhem into a genuine studio recording for the first time, Oof Bonk is the band’s latest album and it is due out September 23rd via Midnight Werewolf Records.

You can stream the track Winedust here

You can pre-order Oof Bonk here

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The Lee Harveys

Bullet For The President

FOAD Musick
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The Lee Harveys are a punk quartet from Dublin, Ireland that in the three short years since their debut album was released have toured relentlessly, including a recent headlining slot on the Pavillion Stage at this years Rebellion Festival. This is The Lee Harveys third full length album, it follows on from their acclaimed albums, Gun City and Still Angry. Lead singer, Bitzy, was in a punk band back in the dawn of punk in the late seventies, after a lengthy break of several decades he decided to return to the fray, this would go someway to explaining the original punk feel that The Lee Harveys possess.

Be What You Want To Be opens the album in impressive style, it’s an impassioned and energetic calling to follow your own path, every track on this album is delivered with a wonderful raw feel, the production is minimal and lets the quality of the bands songwriting and delivery shine. Every bass line is solid and the guitar hooks are all sparkling and addictive, there is an influence from the first wave of European punk bands, but alongside that there are other influences present, including elements of rock ‘n roll and sixties garage, that make The Lee Harveys an original and contemporary band that you need to hear.

This is not by any means a predictable punk album, whilst it has an authentic sound and live feel, that suits the material perfectly, there is so much more to The Lee Harveys than just being another punk band. All twelve tracks are well crafted melodic numbers that make me wish I could turn back time and ensure that I’d caught them at this years Rebellion Festival. On the strength of this release I will be getting hold of their first two albums, as this is a solid and original album that marks them out from pack.

The Lee Harveys first two albums, Gun City and Still Angry, are both available for pay what you want here

Bullet For The President can be ordered from FOAD Musick here

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Yeesh

Confirmation Bias

Tiny Engines Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Chicago trio Yeesh have brought us Confirmation Bias, their first release for Tiny Engines Records, the album was recorded and mixed by Dave Vettraino at Public House Sound Recordings in Autumn 2015. This is their sophomore album, and it has the unenviable task of following the success of last years debut release, No Problem.

Confirmation Bias opens with a slow build up of feedback that gives you the idea that you’re going to be in for an aural assault, and it doesn’t disappoint, they lurch straight into Xan Wagon, this is a slice of frantic disjointed punk rock, had the album continued in the vein then I’d have been happy enough, but it doesn’t, it never settles into it’s comfort zone once. Yeesh incorporate elements of indie, garage, punk, post punk and even a touch of hardcore into their idiosyncratic blend of styles and influences, trying to describe a band like this is a difficult task, we can try a less together Fugazi, or maybe a more together Dead Milkmen, but neither of these quite hits the spot, especially as the sound and style varies from song to song, and even during songs.

Confirmation Bias is ten deranged slices of whatever the hell this is, it has a definite punk influence but it has incorporated so many other styles they’ve become a unique beast, that has it’s own unique sound. Another point in it’s favour is that the album has a wonderful live quality to it, you get the impression the touches in the studio have been very light and Yeesh have made exactly the album they wanted to. I think the best advice is that you give the two tracks that are available for streaming, via the link below, a go and make your own mind up.

Confirmation Bias was released on July 22nd and can be ordered here