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Bad Mechanics

Precious Moments In The USA

Stonewalled Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Bad Mechanics, who have proclaimed themselves to be ‘America’s baddest band’, will release their debut album Precious Moments in the USA on September 15th 2017 via Stonewalled Records. The album was recorded over the politically tumultuous events of the last year, and sees Bad Mechanics expanding on their humorous style of Devo inspired new wave and punk, while throwing in elements of industrial, indie, pop punk, rock and techno into the mix, resulting in eleven tracks that pretty much defy description, but I’ll give it my best shot.

The lead single, You Drink Lacroix, opens Precious Moments In The USA with a oddball mix of techno, new wave and punk rock that is strangely infectious, Social Obligation brings a heavier punk influence that is followed by an oddball call to arms to Vote Jofrey. Must Be The City continues the distinctly quirky mix of influences and Daddy’s Pastures brings a curious dark synth led element before we get a return to the new wave with USA Food, which would sound perfectly at home on the Team America soundtrack. Pink Foliage sounds like a dark industrial landscape on acid, this is followed DiCaprio Ate A Baby that recalls the strangeness of Dead Milkmen in a dark mood. The pounding industrial beat of Women At The Arcade is followed by the synth pop of Zinester Girl, and finally Morning In America brings things to a close with a damming indictment of the dark side of the American dream.

Precious Moments In The USA is a unique album, there’s a heavy influence of Devo in the sound, but despite the humorous approach there are salient points and political satire that sit happily amidst the eccentric soundtrack. I honestly don’t know what to make of Precious Moments In The USA, other than to say this is easily the most unique album I’ve heard so far this year and that there is no one else doing anything even remotely similar to Bad Mechanics, and I mean that in a good way. Precious Moments In The USA is a uniquely satirical soundtrack that has more hits than misses embedded in it’s eclectic grooves, and whilst I doubt anyone will love everything on here I think that this is something that you need to hear.

Precious Moments In The USA can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl and digital formats here

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PIG

Prey And Obey

Metropolis Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Raymond Watts origins lie way back in the history, he was present at the birth of the alternative and industrial scene, first appearing as a member of KMFDM before emerging with PIG in 1988. Since then he has continued his involvement, not just in the aforementioned outfits but also behind the mixing desk and as a songwriter, and after more than thirty years making the kind of music that influenced a generation you might think that PIG would have mellowed with age, well the Prey And Obey EP makes it clear that he hasn’t.

The title track from the Prey And Obey EP carries the kind of hard edged guitar riff and strident drum beat that lies at the heart of the best stampy industrial dance floor fillers, and title track stands up against the material Raymond Watts has previously released. The tracks that follow, The Revelation and Cult Of Chaos, provide variations along the style of the title track but don’t quite have the same immediate impact, but they complete a fine trio of original songs that make up the core of the Prey And Obey EP, sadly after this we get a slew of remixes, two versions of Prey And Obey and one revision of The Revelation.

Half of the Prey And Obey EP is made up of remixes and for me it’s rare that a remix improves on the original recording, and those contained on this EP don’t do anything to change my opinion on this front. Despite the remixes occupying the latter half of PIG‘s latest release the three original tracks make up a fine EP, they carry the feel of the industrial tracks that were the soundtrack to many dancefloors in the late eighties, but they achieves this without sounding like an anachronism. After more than three decades one of the originators in the industrial and alternative scenes has produced an EP that is a more than worthy addition to his legacy.

Prey And Obey is now available via Metropolis Records here

Chaos 8 Release Video For ‘What Have You Become’

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their sophomore album, Cause And Effect, earlier this year, the album can still be purchased direct from Chaos 8, via their Facebook page, and is also available digitally via iTunes. Chaos 8 saw the year out with a final show at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on December 1st and they have released a third video, this time for the track What Have You Become, using footage filmed at their final concert of 2016

The Punk Site review of Cause And Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

Cause and Effect can be ordered from iTunes here 

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Chaos 8 Release Video For ‘Make Me Believe’

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their sophomore album, Cause And Effect, earlier this year, the album can still be purchased direct from Chaos 8, via their Facebook page, and is also available digitally via iTunes. Chaos 8 saw the year out with a final show at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on December 1st and they have released a second video, this time for the track Make Me Believe, using footage filmed at their final concert of 2016

The Punk Site review of Cause And Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

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Chaos 8 Release Video For ‘4 Minutes’ From ‘Cause And Effect’ LP

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their sophomore album, Cause And Effect, earlier this year, the album can still be purchased direct from Chaos 8, via their Facebook page, and is also available digitally via iTunes. Chaos 8 saw the year out with a final show at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on December 1st and they have released a video for the track 4 Minutes using footage filmed at their final concert of 2016

The Punk Site review of Cause And Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

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Chaos 8 Announce Digital Release Of ‘Cause And Effect’

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their sophomore album, Cause And Effect, earlier this year, the album can still be purchased direct from Chaos 8 at their shows and via their Facebook page. The album is now also available digitally via iTunes.

Chaos 8 are seeing the year out with a final show at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on Thursday December 1st with support from Manchester based electronic band St Lucifer.

The Punk Site review of Cause And Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

You can order Cause and Effect from iTunes here

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Sunndrug

Exit Wounds

Mind Over Matter Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Sunndrug was formed by Jimmy Reeves and Chris Raines, the former was trying to reconcile the end of a long term relationship and the latter was seeking a new musical outlet, the bones of what would become Exit Wounds was written by the duo, with the addition of a seasoned crew of musicians, including Chris Raines, the former drummer of Norma Jean and Spitfire, Sunndrug was born. Exit Wounds is their debut full length, and given the album is released on Halloween, this is an appropriately dark album, but not in the ghouls and goblins sense, this is an album that covers dark personal territory that is far more mentally scarring than a dozen movie screen psychos could ever hope to be

Exit Wounds is a record that touches on themes of self loathing and self idolatry, musically this is the equivalent of that dark whisper from your inner demons that no one knows better than you do. White Ladders sets the tone, a dark subtle bassline and minimalistic percussion are constant dominant elements, whilst haunting guitars and vocals add an ominous tone. Denial ups the pace but retains the desperation and sinister nature of the album, before Blackout and Psy-Vamp return to the dark forbidding side of this albums personality. Nowhere on this album is the disquieting side of this album on display than on numbers like the title track and Echolalia, both are brooding instrumentals that raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

Exit Wounds is dark not only in its subject matter, but also in its tone and instrumentation, it seamlessly integrates electronics into the ebbing and flowing crashes, whilst parts of Exit Wounds almost feel industrial, there is an unsettling melody that keeps this from becoming an exercise in noisy stamping. Exit Wounds wasn’t intentionally picked for a Halloween album review but sometime synchronicity plays a role in these things, this is a tormented and haunting album that is completely appropriate for this darkest of days. With the exception of Denial, the only comparatively upbeat number on the album, this is a poignant and evocative album that reflects the inner turmoil of a psyche in torment.

Mind Over Matter Records website can be found here and Sunndrug‘s web presence is here

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Chaos 8

Cause And Effect

Self Released
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Chaos 8 are a alternative quintet from the North East of England, they were formed in 2012 from the songwriting partnership of guitarist Paul Williams and vocalist Beki Straughan. They released their debut album, Burn, in 2013 to critical acclaim, and have continued to tour relentlessly across the UK, all the while building up to the release of their sophomore album, Cause And Effect. Like their debut album, Cause And Effect is a completely DIY affair from the roots up, everything is done off their own backs and is a demonstration of their commitment to Chaos 8.

Their debut album was one I liked a lot, it balanced Becky Straughn‘s vocals against a powerful musical backdrop, now what does Cause And Effect have to offer, it would have been easy for them to tread water and repeat the formula from the impressive debut. Cause And Effect opens with the punishing industrial number, Four Minutes, it’s immediately apparent that Chaos 8 have refined their sound and this is a more precise and heavier beast of an album than it’s predecessor. Each song varies the influence from the punkier faster numbers to the darker industrial material, there’s a even a more gothic touch on End Of My Days with it dark orchestral strings.

Cause And Effect has shades of both Killing Joke and Ministry when they were in their prime in it’s DNA, but this is in no way a throwback to a past era, the influences may be worn on their sleeves but this a contemporary album that veers towards industrial and post punk stylings, but retains a punk edge of aggression that focuses the material perfectly. The second album is traditionally supposed to be the difficult one, Chaos 8 are blissfully unaware of this cliché as Cause And Effect is a step up from their impressive debut. This is an album that should to bring them the attention they deserve as this will definitely be one of my favourite albums from 2016.

Cause And Effect will be released on the 30th September and the album will be launched on that date at the Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough, UK where physical copies of the album will be on sale. Chaos 8 will be opening the Great British Alternative Festival in Skegness on 7th October and will also be playing Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle on Thursday December 1st with support from Manchester based electronic band St LuciferCause And Effect can be purchased direct from Chaos 8 at their shows or via their Facebook page, there will also be a limited edition coloured vinyl edition that will be available later this year.

Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

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Big Naturals / Anthroprophh

Big Naturals & Anthroprophh

Cardinal Fuzz
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Big Naturals are a pulverising noise rock duo that is comprised of drums, Jesse Webb, and bass and electronic strangeness, Gareth Turner, that brings warped thunderous bass riffs accompanied with a relentless percussive bombardment. Anthroprophh is Paul Allen, who through two albums on Rocket Recordings and a previous EP on Cardinal Fuzz has shown that he is pushing the boundaries of psyche music to its most avant garde and experimental limits.

Big Naturals contribution to this EP is just one track, but it’s something of an epic, clocking in at twenty one minutes God Shaped Hole is an extended and relentless instrumental that features a driving and fuzz heavy riff, the pace and intensity of this track ebbs and flows constantly. This isn’t an accessible or easy listen but it is one that’s well done and reminds of me of stripped down heavier Hawkwind when they were at the peak of their substance misuse.

Anthroprophh carry three shorter tracks that come from the same experimental stable, initially this would appear to be a much accessible beast that is more reminiscent of the likes of Kyuss and early Queens Of The Stone Age, but it then heads off into unexplored territory. The ten minute Farce Without End is a heavy and demented instrumental that sounds like the soundtrack to a being spiked with LSD, Narwhallian Social Purge is easily the most demented track on here, and is the closest thing I’ve heard to someone capturing the mania of early psyche pioneers such as The Edgar Broughton Band. The EP closes with Anthroprophh‘s final number, Chubbock’s Last Tape, which is another journey to the centre of the mind that defies description.

To say this is an experimental and adventurous EP would be an understatement, Big Naturals & Anthroprophh carries three epic soundscapes and one four minute slice of dementia, this is not easy listening by any stretch of the imagination. It is a fiercely original and complete and utter headfuck of an EP that would be an ideal soundtrack to late night intoxication.

Big Naturals & Anthroprophh can be ordered via Cardinal Fuzz here

Hotei Strangers

Hotei

Strangers

Spinefarm Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Hotei began his career back in the 1980’s, this is probably the most successful guitarist you’ve never heard of, he has sold in the region of sixty million records, yes you read that correctly, in his native Japan. He clearly feels that now is the time for him to spread his wings as this is his debut international release. Strangers is a collaborative release that features appearances by some heavyweight guest vocalists from the alternative music scene, including Iggy Pop, Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein), Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine), Noko (Apollo 440) and Texan singer Shea Seger.

Opening track Medusa eases you into this sixteen track epic with an atmospheric instrumental that conjures up a contemporary spaghetti western. Iggy Pop makes his appearances on How The Cookie Crumbles and Walking Through The Night, his distinctive vocals add gravel to these stampy pieces of light industrial, unsurprisingly the two tracks Iggy makes his appearances on are amongst the best tracks on the album. Shea Seger demonstrates her vocal talents and brings some sultry bluesy attitude to proceedings on Kill Or Kiss and Texas Groove. In contrast to these pieces it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the tracks featuring Richard Z. Kruspe are the heaviest on the album, these are quite lightweight compared to his work with Rammstein, then again so are most things.

On this album Hotei comes across as a musical chameleon, changing and adapting his style to those around him. This is an unusual album, each of the tracks appears to have been tailored to the person guesting on it, but the overall theme is a hybrid of rock, electronica and industrial. There are high and low points on this, it resembles the soundtrack to a dystopian sci-fi movie and the whole album sounds slightly dated, in places Hotei doesn’t seem to have been able to move away from his 80’s roots, but the inclusion of a varied and laudable collection of guest vocalists makes this a diverse and interesting album

You can order Strangers here