Precious Moments In The USA
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
Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs
Burger Records / Dine Alone Records
Toronto’s Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs are delivering their latest blast of punk influenced power pop with their latest self titled album, a release that follows on from their 2014 debut full length, Gates Of Hell. Their latest release represents a step up in many ways, whether this is due to fact they are now reaching out far beyond their native Canadian borders, or the fact that this is the first time they’ve moved away from the DIY home recordings of their previous releases and into the studio, whatever the reason Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs have produced an ambitious sophomore album that maintains their commitment to remaining true to their roots.
The opening track Talk 2 Her is a slice of power pop that’s close to perfection and just hooks you straight into the album, this is followed by the heavier and distinctly meaner feel of Tough, that seems to hark back to the sound of Thin Lizzy, with all the hooks of that bands classic singles. Voicemail takes things off at another tangent and brings a high tempo new wave influenced number, before we return to another slab of exquisite power pop with Judy, the first half of this eclectic album closes out with Pressure, that brings an intense blast of punk rock into the mix. The second side of the album is mainly taken up with the themed trilogy of Ragnarok, Teenage Release and PhD, that manages to combine all the elements of the first side into an anthemic three partner, and this is topped off perfectly by the album’s closing track, You Don’t Have To Be Nice.
Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs is the sound of a band who clearly love music and are determined to produce music that is influenced by bands and the scenes they love, this self titled sophomore album manages to have snapshots of everyone from The Who to Ruts DC incorporated into their sound without ever sounding like they are derivative, instead Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs come across as a band that wear their influences proudly on their sleeves. This impressive sophomore release appears to have benefitted from the switch to a studio and it feels like a natural evolution from the previous DIY releases. Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs will be released in just a few short days on the 28th July via Burger Records and Dine Alone Records.
Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs self titled album can be pre-ordered digitally here and on physical formats here
America’s Baddest Band, Bad Mechanics, will release their debut album, Precious Moments in the USA, this September via Stonewalled Records. Precious Moments In The USA was recorded over the politically tumultuous last year, and sees the band expanding on their humorous style of Devo inspired punk while throwing in elements of industrial, indie, Weasel-esque pop punk, and techno. Ahead of the release of Precious Moments in the USA the band have issued their first single, You Drink LaCroix, which you can download and stream via Bandcamp
You can stream and purchase You Drink LaCroix here
German Shepherd Records
Staggs is Michael Scott and Paul Ridley, the duo used to be core members in the Newcastle, UK anarcho punk band Reality Control back in the 1980s. Their recent releases have been characterised by a more electronic sound, but they appear to have gone back to their roots for the Adult Loonies EP. The title of the EP relates to their debut release, Weird Kids EP, so this may indicate that the band have matured, at least physically, whilst simultaneously imitating and revisiting their past.
The lead track, Gone For A Burton, features a cross between new wave, anarcho and punk styles, and it’s certainly as catchy as anything, vocally it’s reminiscent of a demented delivery by Howard Devoto, the original Buzzcocks vocalist and front man of Magazine. Musically it’s pure late 70’s punk and early 80’s early new wave, but that’s not the end of the story, the track features vocal samples and knowing references to moments of pop culture, and I found that every time I played this track it grew on me, the infectious and subtle charms of this track are not to be underestimated. It’s A Larf picks up where the first track left off, but in a slightly more strident manner, it alternates between a weirdly snarled verse and an upbeat post punk chorus that carries more menace and strangeness that its predecessor.
The Adult Loonies EP features two brand new tracks that are performed, with their tongues firmly in the cheeks, in the punk style of their youth, if you are a fan of old school punk rock and new wave then this really should be on your Xmas list. Gone For A Burton is easily the stronger of the two tracks, It’s A Larf comes across as the B Side of this release, but both tracks feature a combination of punk rock attitude, new wave rhythm and post punk stylings that I find oddly appealing. On the basis of the two tracks on the Adult Loonies EP I hope that Staggs make further efforts to recreate their past glories.
The Adult Loonies EP can be streamed and purchased here
Andy J. Gallagher‘s forthcoming single, Sheena’s Big Night Out, and it’s double a side Because We Are, is the first taste of what’s to come from his eagerly anticipated sophomore album, Ego. He has resumed his collaboration with former guitarist of The Damned and The Phantom Chords, Roman Jugg, who plays guitar on a few tracks, as well as producing and mixing the album. To celebrate the release of the new album and single Andy J. Gallagher has made his debut full length, Helicopter Dolphin Submarine, available as a free download.
The limited edition CD of Sheena’s Big Night Out can be ordered here
Helicopter Dolphin Submarine can be downloaded for free here