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The Pearl Harts

Glitter And Spit

Double Bang Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 
With less than a handful of releases under their belt The Pearl Harts have already made a name for themselves with their wild attitude, DIY spirit and incredible live shows, the band’s raw energy and intense delivery has won them fans across the UK and Europe. Now with the help of funding from the Help Musicians Emerging Artists Fund and a highly successful Pledge Music campaign the band are set to release their first full-length release, Glitter and Spit, via their own Double Bang Records imprint on the 23rd February 2018.
 
The opening track, Black Blood, hits you with a menacing dirty guitar riff that’s accompanied by vocals that convey a distinct attitude problem, Go Hard follows it up with a piledriving dark and dirty hit, this style dominates the album and marks Glitter And Spit out as an album that at it’s core carries the weight of the seventies proto metal bands that’s delivered with a punk attitude. There are exceptions to the rule, Lost In Time and Hurt offer some respite from pummelling guitar riffs, and my personal highlight from Glitter And Spit, Hit The Bottle, ups the ante and brings a punkier fuzzed up element to the album whilst Living’s Done harks back to the dawn of the grunge scene.
 
You can hear a variety of influences across Glitter And Spit, the likes of The Distillers, Black Sabbath, L7 and The White Stripes sit at the core of The Pearl Harts debut album, and with Glitter And Spit they’ve certainly created a memorable debut that acts as a serious statement of intent. The almost constantly present heavyweight guitar riffs are served up via a wide range of styles and influences, this combination along with the raw dual female vocals has created a unique and innovative barrage of sound that marks The Pearl Harts out as one to watch in 2018.
 
Glitter And Spit can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl and digital formats here
 
The Pearl Harts website can be found here
 
Screaming Females AAO

Screaming Females

All At Once

Don Giovanni Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Throughout their lifetime as a band the Screaming Females have always moved against the prevailing winds, now with six albums under their belt and more than a decade of touring, they have always remained deeply individual and stuck to their DIY roots. Each new album from the Screaming Females has been a reaction to the last, a chance for the band to challenge and reinvent itself and its audience by switching course and subverting expectations. All At Once, Screaming Females seventh full length, will be released via Don Giovanni Records on the 23rd February 2018 on CD and double vinyl, and a limited edition triple vinyl, LP that captures the band at its most ambitious and expansive.

From the extended build up of Glass Houses that signifies the start of All At Once you can’t help but feel that Screaming Females have brought us something very special with this extended opus, Black Moon confirms this with a pounding anthem that kicks things off in earnest. I’ll Make You Sorry keeps the momentum going with a driven break up song, Dirt brings the pace down and eases a more sinister element into the album and Screaming Females continues to pick up and discard influences and styles almost at will, from the alt rock of Agnes Martin, to the stark indie of Deeply and onto the angular post punk rhythms of Soft Domination and End Of My Bloodline.

All At Once is marked by the album’s centrepiece, Chamber For Sleep parts one and two, a two part view of the afterlife that is linked via a sound collage of improvisational techniques the band have developed over ten years on the road, this may sound self indulgent but it doesn’t come across that way and the experimental part one blends perfectly into the strident and focused second chapter of the song. The final five tracks return to Screaming Females picking and discarding styles, from the psychedelic influences of Bird In Paradise, the straight up punk rock of Fantasy Lens, the alt rock influenced My Body, the gentle almost nursery rhyme like Drop By Drop and the guitar torturing finale of Step Outside.

Releasing a double album can often be a self indulgent exercise, many times you end up wishing that the band had cut away the chaff and released a single volume instead, but that is certainyl not the case with Screaming Females latest release, All At Once is an expansive album that cuts a broad swathe across alternative culture and that seems to adopt and discard influences at will. At times this is part Patti Smith and Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, at others it embraces punk and post punk, and there is an ever present feel of the less commercial side of grunge and alt rock, all of this combines to create an expansive, challenging, experimental and near perfect album that would appear to be either their White Album or Black Album, depending on your perspective.

All At Once can be pre-ordered on CD and vinyl formats via Don Giovanni Records here

Screaming Females website can be found here

L7 Release New Single ‘I Came Back To Bitch’

L7 ICBTBL7 have now released their brand new single I Came Back to Bitch, that follows on from last years comeback single, Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago, which was their first new song in eighteen years. The band have also announced a series of US Spring tour dates in support of the new single that kick off on the 11th April at Boston’s Paradise.

I Came Back To Bitch can be streamed and purchased here

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Rain Share Their New Video For ‘Abstract Vision’

Rain AVRain have announced they will be releasing Abstract Vision on November 24th via Venn Records. Abstract Vision is a five track EP that captures their ability to weave between 90s shoe-gaze, Creation Records and DIY grunge-pop seamlessly. Tracks like Flowers Of Aurora have a wonderfully romantic feel throughout, whilst other tracks like Petrichor have a controlled chaos that ebbs and flows between distorted guitars and drum fills. 

You can pre-order Abstract Vision via Venn Records here

The video for the EP’s title track can be viewed below Read More…

By Gods Move On

The By Gods

Move On

Self Released
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 
Nashville’s The By Gods were born from a potent blend of musings on small town religion, depression, terrorist attacks, celebrity deaths, global politics and the social media reaction to all those events, Move On is the sound of a band trying to come to terms with their own ever-changing and strange reality, the album was written during the last presedential election which acted as a backdrop for Move On. The disturbing political events of last year that inform the album are paired with an impressive hybrid soundtrack that encompasses grunge, alt rock and the noisier side of the indie spectrum, with a faint touch of The Velvet Underground in the album’s low key finale.
 
The post grunge influences are evident from the first chords of the album’ title track, the rumbling bass line gives way to a crunching overdriven guitar riff, every track on Move On recalls the sonic assault that characterised the best bands from the grunge and alternative scenes of the late eighties and early nineties. The By Gods are a band whose influences are worn proudly on their sleeves, the haunting elements that characterised some of the Pixies finest recordings are present along with dissonance and energy of Nirvana and the hooks of the Foo Fighters early recordings, but whilst the album’s inspiration is obvious The By Gods have taken this soundtrack and produced something that is very much their own.
 
It could be argued that Move On is something of a throwback, but when an album is this accomplished I don’t care in the slightest, I haven’t encountered a band that delivers this kind of energising high energy slacker soundtrack in a long long time. With their third album The By Gods have undoubtedly produced their finest release to date, with Move On they seem to have perfected the sound that they have been developing over their first two albums. Dark and tumultuous political times are often said to inspire some of the best music, The By Gods are living proof of this as Move On is an album that sits amongst the best releases I’ve heard this year.
 
Move On is set for release on the 20th October and can be pre-ordered here
 
Muskets Chew

Muskets

Chew

No Sleep Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Muskets found their birth in Brighton, UK where they quickly engaged in the city’s always growing music scene and connected with like minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds, Muskets will release their debut LP Chew via No Sleep Records on October 20th 2017. Their unique blend of grunge tinged hardcore made a distinct impression on me when I caught them live supporting Culture Abuse and Tiger’s Jaw earlier this year, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing whether Muskets can harness the spirit of their impressive ‘slacker punk’ in the studio.

Pond Drop eases you gently into the album before the drums and overdrive kick in, and from this point there’s no looking back. There’s a hefty debt to grunge in the band’s sound, but this is no pale shadow of that scene, Muskets are a band that have developed their own fuzzy and intense hybrid of punk rock and grunge. Whilst there isn’t any filler on Chew, the tracks Chewing Gum and You’re So Cool, both of which were released as singles, stand out as a intense blasts of punk rock amongst the album’s hazier grunge heavy tracks. The end result is that Chew is an impressive debut album by a band who are very much doing things on their own terms.

Chew is an album that blends punk, grunge and alternative to impressive effect, bands such as Fugazi and early recordings by the likes of Pixies, Nirvana and At The Drive In can clearly be heard in the album’s DNA. Chew proves that Muskets are a band that deliver both live and in the studio and their debut full length is a serious statement of intent from this Brighton quartet. Chew is an album that will appeal to those with a love of the bands that informed their sound, and for those of us who just like a good blast of adrenaline fuelled fucked up noise.

Chew can be pre-ordered here via No Sleep Records on physical formats here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Muskets Facebook page can be found here

Gruntruck lost lp

Gruntruck

Gruntruck

Found Recordings
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Seattle grunge legends Gruntruck are set to finally release their long lost third album, the recordings never previously saw the light of day due to legal issues with their label and the sad death of their lead singer, Ben McMillan. During their brief existence Gruntruck only ever released two albums, their third album was recorded at the end of the nineties but it never saw the light of day, until now, when on October 13th the self titled album will be issued via Found Recordings.

The lead single from the self titled album, Bar Fly, opens things with a dark and distorted opener, from this point Gruntruck continue to live up to their reputation as one of the loudest and heaviest of the grunge bands, every track delivers a heavyweight blow from a scene that changed everything, and fans of Gruntruck will not be disappointed by the eleven tracks that populate this lost album. The greatest tribute that can be paid to the influence of the grunge scene, and bands like Gruntruck, is that it’s influence is still being felt on the current music scene.

It’s a fitting legacy that Gruntruck‘s long lost album will finally be released, as an album like this should never languish unheard in the vaults. It’s no surprise that this album is a time capsule that dates back to the later days of grunge as that is exactly what you get, whilst this is by no means a lost classic it’s an album that deserves to be heard. The main issue is that the production on Gruntruck‘s lost album is distinctly on the raw side, but it could be argued that this captures the nature of the recordings as they were laid down and maybe that’s how things should be, although I can’t help thinking that maybe a slight re-master wouldn’t have hurt.

You can pre-order Gruntruck‘s lost third album via Found Recordings here

Gruntruck‘s Facebook page can be found here

Slowkiss Sign To Wiretap Records

Slowkiss Promo Oct 17Slowkiss have signed to Wiretap Records after the label fell in love with the quartet from Santiago, Chile and their blend of punk, grunge and shoegaze. The band’s new EP, Ultraviolet, will be released next month, ahead of the release of the Ultraviolet EP Slowkiss have released a new music video for the track Empty Eyes, the first track taken from the new EP.

You can view the video for Empty Eyes below Read More…

L7 Release New Single ‘Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago’

L7 DispatchLegendary pioneers of American grunge punk, L7 have released their electrifying onslaught of a new single, Dispatch from Mar-a-Lago, on Don Giovanni Records. The track is the result of Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner’s first writing collaboration in 18 years. A raucous, bombastic party rock anthem for the sinking Titanic, it is a sardonic yet joyous middle finger of a track that sits somewhere between Anarchy In The UK and Springtime For Hitler.

Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago can be streamed and purchased via Don Giovanni Records here

You can stream Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago here

Milk Teeth Reveal New Track ‘Nearby Catfight’

MIlk Teeth GAMilk Teeth have unleashed the new track Nearby Catfight, a quick fire assault of snarling attitude, effervescent punk rock and gnarled grunge melodies. The track is the first to be taken from the band’s new EP, Go Away, which will be released on November 17th and is accompanied by a feline feast of a video in which Milk Teeth literally struggle to herd kittens. The band will also be touring as support on Good Charlotte‘s UK tour.

Go Away can be pre-ordered here

You can view the Nearby Catfight video, and Milk Teeth‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Gruntruck To Release Lost Album On October 13th

Gruntruck lost lpSeattle grunge legends Gruntruck have announced the release of their lost third album, as well as debuting a live video for the lead single, Bar Fly. Due to legal issues with their label and the death of their lead singer Gruntruck only ever released two albums, a third album was recorded at the end of the nineties but it never saw the light of day, until this October 13 when it will be issued via Found Recordings.

You can pre-order Gruntruck‘s lost third album here

The video for Bar Fly can be viewed below Read More…

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

 

 

Muskets To Release Debut Album ‘Chew’

Muskets ChewFresh off a stint with Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse, Brighton-based four piece Muskets have announced the release of their debut LP Chew on punk mainstay No Sleep Records. Their unique blend of grunge-tinged hardcore borrows the gritty-ness of Fugazi and mixes it with the energy of early At The Drive In while maintaining a certain sensitivity that’s all its own.

You can stream the lead single from Chew, You’re So Cool, via Spotify here

You can pre-order Chew via No Sleep Records here

Vant Announce ‘Last Days Of Punk’ UK Tour

Vant Last Days Of Punk Tour Aug 17After releasing their debut album, Dumb Blood, earlier this year and playing the main stages of this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, Vant have announced the Last Days Of Punk UK tour for this autumn. Frontman Mattie Vant had this to day about the tour

This summer we made our US debut in New York and Chicago at Lollapalooza, we’ve been all over Europe and last weekend we played the biggest shows we’ve ever done on the main stages of Reading & Leeds Festivals. This autumn we’re going back to the spirit of punk, back into intimate venues across the UK, many in places we’ve never played before, getting up close with our audience and bringing the Dumb Blood era to a hot and sweaty conclusion before starting work on our next album.

The Last Days Of Punk tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

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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

Sine Cura IAGH

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

Kevin Nichols IDWDBIWD

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

The Hiding Place To Release New Single ‘Are You Even There?’

Hiding Place AYETThe Hiding Place are a band that pride themselves on being hard to pigeon-hole, walking the tightrope between post-hardcore, gloomy punk, grunge and old-school emo, the band have a broad range of influences that they distil into an intense and powerful sound that never fails to impress audiences. The Hiding Place are currently working on an untitled follow-up to 2014’s So This Is Home EP, the new release is slated to drop later this year and promises to both surprise and thrill their current fanbase and new fans alike. Before the new record lands, the band will release their brand new video and single, Are You Even There? on September 15th, the track unleashes a supremely appealing hook that will be bolted to your head indefinitely and the cut is backed up by an equally compelling video.
 
The Hiding Place‘s Facebook page can be found 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

Muskets Release New Single ‘Chewing Gum’

Muskets Tour Aug 17Muskets found their birth in Brighton, UK where they quickly engaged in the city’s always growing music scene, they connected with like minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds, now the Brighton based outfit have premiered a new song, Chewing Gum, with a full album due to follow in the Autumn on No Sleep Records.

Chewing Gum can be streamed on all digital platforms here and via YouTube here

Musket‘s UK tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

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

Young Planetary Release New EP Via Hidden Home Records

Young Planetary IATNAYTSIdaho’s post hardcore punk quintet, Young Planetary, released their latest EP, I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise, via Hidden Home Records at the end of last month. The EP is now available on CD and digital formats as well as being available for streaming and download via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most major digital platforms.

Young Planetary‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can stream and purchase I Am The Night And You’re The Sunrise here

Hands Off Gretel Announce UK Tour With Skating Polly

Skating Polly Hands Off Gretel Tour July 17Alternative new wave grunge band Hands Off Gretel from South Yorkshire, will support US band Skating Polly on six dates of their headline UK tour this July. The two bands, both heavily influenced by riot grrrl bands of the 90’s, first met when Lauren Tate from Hands off Gretel watched Skating Polly supporting Babes in Toyland in 2015 in Manchester. Following an exchange of CD’s at this gig, Hands off Gretel were invited to support Skating Polly in London in 2016 and played a sold out gig at the Lock Tavern.  Skating Polly return to the UK in July, to support Kate Nash on her European tour, inbetween these dates they will play a series of headline dates and have asked Hands Off Gretel to join them as special guest on their headline UK tour.

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Night Owls Release New Single ‘Out Of My Head’

Night Owls promo June 17Night Owls have announced their return with a brand new single, Out of My Head, that is now available via Till Deaf Do Us Party Records. The Night Owls have taken a leaf out of the shoegaze scene handbook for their new single, that sees them taking a doped up, dreamy and melodically obtuse approach to their raucous serrated grunge pop. The band will play a single launch show on the 24th June in Leeds at Hyde Park Book Club, with support coming from La Bête Blooms and Treeboy & Arc.

You can stream Out Of My Head here and view the Night Owls tour dates below

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Muskets Announce UK Tour With Weatherstate

Muskets Tour Aug 17Muskets found their birth in Brighton, UK where they quickly engaged in the city’s always growing music scene. Here, they connected with like-minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds. Now the band have announced a series of UK dates with Weatherstate that commence on August 11th at Southampton, The Joiners.

Muskets will be releasing a new single shortly, and a full album will follow later this year.

You can view the video for their last single, 17 Years, and Muskets tour dates, below Read More…

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

Daddy Issues Release Stream Of ‘I’m Not’ From Deep Dream LP

Daddy Issues Deep DreamNashville three piece indie grunge band Daddy Issues are bravely tackling the trauma of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse in their new single, I’m Not. Daddy Issues have released a stream of the new track that is taken from their debut LP, Deep Dream, which will be released on May 19th 2017 via Infinity Cat Records.

You can stream I’m Not via NPR here and pre-order Deep Dream here

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Daddy Issues To Release Debut Album ‘Deep Dream’

Daddy Issues Spring Tour 17Nashville indie grunge band Daddy Issues have announced the release of their debut album, Deep Dream, and they’ve shared a new track, In Your Head. Deep Dream will be released on May 19th via Infinity Cat. Daddy Issues are currently on tour with Tacocat and will swing through SXSW after a stop at Savannah Stopover, followed by a tour with Diet Cig. 

You can stream the track In Your Head via The Fader here and pre-order Deep Dream here

You can view Daddy Issues tour dates by clicking on the tour flyer

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Jake Clarke / Spur

Split

Disposition Collective
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

As with almost every split EP and album I’ve encountered this is a story of two very distinct halves, the first half dozen tracks feature the debut solo release by Philadelphia’s Jake Clarke, who is best known for the two albums that were recorded with Superheaven, whilst the flip side features fellow Pennsylvannians Spur, who bring their impressive shoegaze influenced dream punk sound to the split. This album will be released via the Disposition Collective on the 3rd February 2017, the vinyl edition, that will be issued on black and swirl variants, is now available for pre-order, and the digital version of the album will be available from the release date.

Jake Clarke‘s first solo effort continues where Superheaven left off, Get It Together kicks off Jake Clarke‘s half of the split, this track is the closest to his work with his former outfit as it’s a subdued grunge influenced number, after this things a mellower turn, and in the case of Part 2, a spacier more experimental approach is evident. This is Jake Clarke‘s first solo release and he has delivered a stripped down version of Superheaven‘s trademark sound, this is a much more sensitive recording than his fans will be used to, but it’s one that carries the same sensibilities as his former outfit.

Spur bring their indie influenced dream punk and they bring this release to life, there’s a clear influence from a broad range of styles, including shoegaze, emo, post hardcore and the indie scene of the late eighties on their side of the split, and it’s one certainly carries more energy than the subdued half dozen songs from their counterpart on this split. The stand out track on the album comes in the form of the much darker and heavier number, Freeze, along with this you get three breezy energetic indie influenced numbers and they close their side with the dark and dramatic piano led number, Moon.

With any split release you are going to find yourself falling for one half of the EP, for me Spur‘s contribution was one that had more of an appeal, but that’s not to dismiss Jake Clarke‘s contribution, as the two artists featured on this album do compliment each other nicely. Jake Clarke‘s debut solo release gives you an indication of the direction he’ll be headed in when his debut full length is released, and Superheaven fans will not be disappointed by the road he’s headed down. Spur have marked themselves as a band I’m going to be watching closely, the variation across their five tracks indicates they are no one trick indie pony, the contrast between the light energetic upbeat compositions and their darker fuzzier alter ego has certainly piqued my interest.

The Jake Clarke / Spur Split Album is available for pre-order here

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Late Night Flights

Jousthouse

Self Released
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Minneapolis rockers Late Night Fights are a trio featuring Ryan ‘Guanz’ Guanzon, guitar and vocals, Shane ‘Train’ Peckham, bass, and Daniel ‘Sledgehammer’ Johnson, obviously the drummer, who self released their debut album, JoustHouse, earlier this month. This is a band that unashamedly draws heavily on it’s influences, these range from grunge and alternative to alt rock and post hardcore, which if nothing else guarantees that this will be a discordant and distorted debut. Jousthouse, delivers angst and melody that is more than a touch reminiscent of the Seattle grunge era, but it is delivered with a contemporary feel that keeps Late Night Flights from sounding like a complete anachronism.

Jousthouse kicks straight in with Nothing To Lose, this is a Queens Of The Stone Age influenced slice of alt rock that delivers a serious punch, it follows this up with three more heavy duty slabs of grunge infused guitar heavy rock, it’s not until you get to The Only One that they start to move away from the past, and stamp their own identity onto the album. The Only One heralded a change of direction, and after this the album moves into a somewhat a more melodic frame of mind with Ode To Owed, which acts a breakwater before the full tilt alt rock kicks back in for one last time with Break The Chains. This track signified the last rallying call as the album eases into a mellower, at least by Late Night Flights standards, end to the album that demonstrates they are by no means a one trick pony with a distortion pedal.

Jousthouse is an album that owes a hefty debt to nineties alt rock, it’s distorted riffs and gruff vocals vary across the album from the fist pumping and anthemic, to the dark and disaffected, at times the album veers so heavily into the territory of what came before it that it almost takes you back two decades. This is clearly an album that wears it’s influences on it’s sleeves, so much so that it verges on becoming somewhat derivative of the bands that inspired them, in particular Queens Of The Stone Age’s influence isn’t so much worn on the sleeve as tattooed into a sleeve. They manage to stay a step away from being a band that’s living in the past, but being only a step removed does mean that Late Night Flights stands in the shadow of grunge and alt rock, but if that’s an era that you treasure, then you may just have found your new favourite band.

Jousthouse can be pre-ordered via iTunes here and Amazon here

The Black Clouds Release ‘Photograph’ From Forthcoming LP

black-cloud-after-allJersey Rockers The Black Clouds will be releasing their third full length album, After All, on the 6th January 2017. The album is produced by the legendary Jack Endino, and also features a guest appearance by Mark Arm of Mudhoney
 
The Black Clouds have now released Photograph, the lead single from the album, for streaming, the track carries an authentic feel that pays homage to the 90s alt rock greats, but still carries its own uniqueness.
 
You can stream Photograph here