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Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence

El Segell Del Primavera, Belako Records, PIAS
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Basque post punk outfit Belako are set to release their brand new album, Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence, on the 23rd February through Primavera Sound‘s in-house label El Segell, like all band’s that are influenced by the unpredictable post punk genre the album features a head twisting mix of influences, including elements of punk, techno, indie, folk and electro that is all delivered alongside a good measure of rock ‘n roll attitude.

Maskenfreiheit opens Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence with a syncoptated beat driven number before Lungs kicks in and takes the album into a dark new wave style, this in turn is replaced by the fuzzy stark Two Faced Simulation. The album continues to spread it wings with Over The Edge, that carries the feel of Joy Division in it’s DNA, and Nice Church that channels dance influences, the album’s centrepiece is the two part track Stumble, with each part possessing a very different character. Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence continues to veer between styles, ranging from dark post punk pop, brief instrumental intermissions and stark dance influenced elements, these sit alongside perfect post punk numbers such as Something To Adore (Arinau) and experimental explorations before the album comes full circle with a reprise of of Maskenfreiheit.

Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence is an album that ties an unprecedented number of influences together through a dark post punk sensibility, the album contains such a diverse range of influences and moments that, like many post punk albums, has moments that are challenging and introduce you to new influences and styles away from the safety of your comfort zone. Amongst the experimental elements that populate the album there are classic moments such as Lungs, Over The Edge and Something To Adore (Arinau) that are classic alternative anthems that will be resident on my playlist, but albums like this are meant to played as a whole and with Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence Belako have released a challenging and diverse album that doesn’t play by the rules.

Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence can be pre-ordered via El Segell Del Primavera here

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? Release Free ‘Flat Earth Theory’ EP

Who Killed Nancy Johnson FETPunk and post-punk band Who Killed Nancy Johnson? released their new EP, Flat Earth Theory, on the 16th February 2018 and their latest release is now available worldwide via all download and streaming sites, and for a limited period the Flat Earth Theory EP is available as a FREE download via the Who Killed Nancy Johnson? Bandcamp. The four tracks on the EP are Strip, Alien, Mouth And Trousers, plus the EP’s lead single Dark Horse
 
The Punk Site review of the Flat Earth Theory EP can be read here
 
The Flat Earth Theory EP can be streamed and downloaded for FREE via Bandcamp here
 
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Crimewolf

Crimewolf

Head Of Chrom Records
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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

Crimewolf formed in 2015 in the Derby area of the UK, the post punk outfit defy classification but their chaotic sonic assault is one that will appeal to fans off The Fall, Minutemen, Wire, Gang Of Four, Fugazi, Pere Ubu and Shellac. Their self titled debut album is now available via Head Of Chrom Records, but only as a twelve inch black vinyl album, and as it’s one that is limited to only 300 copies you’ll need to be quick to get yourself a copy.

Crimewolf kick off their debut album with Wall, a track that features a strident off kilter post punk backing underscored by a vocal delivery that is borne of dissatisfaction with the current status quo, this is followed up by Dogs, a three minute blast of discordant noise rock that brings the closest thing you’ll get to a single from the album. From here Crimewolf explore their own dissonant sound with no thought given to commercial viability, this is the album Crimewolf wanted to make with no concessions or compromises made. This is chaotic, angular, abrasive and at times downright self indulgent, but there are few bands making anything even close to the post punk soundclash that populates this idiosyncratic self titled debut.

Like many of the post punk bands from the 1970’s this is not an easy listen, and like the early releases by the likes of The Fall, Basement 5 or Public Image Ltd this is an abrasive and challenging album, and it’s one that recaptures the essence of the original post punk attitude. With their self titled debut Crimewolf have released an album that stands alone from the releases I’ve encountered in recent years, and it’s one that mark’s a welcome return to the roots of the genre.

Crimewolf‘s self titled debut album can be streamed and purchased here

Crimewolf‘s Facebook page can be found here

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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

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Who Killed Nancy Johnson?

Flat Earth Theory

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 
Post punk rockers Who Killed Nancy Johnson? have released their new EP, Flat Earth Theory, today, the 16th February 2018, and the EP is now available worldwide on all download and streaming sites. The Flat Earth Theory EP follows on from last years Cops And Robbers EP, that marked their return from a lengthy hiatus with a new vocalist, and for me it’s a release that indicates that Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are a band whose time is coming, as for me the Flat Earth Theory EP marks their finest release to date.
 
Strip kicks off the Flat Earth Theory EP with an energetic guitar hook that encompasses a driving punk dynamic, but it’s also a track that also possesses a raw and ragged garage feel, this is followed up with the dark post punk of Alien that brings another element into play. Mouth And Trousers carries on with the post punk feel, with a track that practically spits venom at it’s target, until finally you get the EP’s lead single, Dark Horse, that for me is the EP’s finest moment, and I would say my favourite song by Who Killed Nancy Johnson? to date, that carries twisted spiky riffs that compliments the band’s dark punk energy
 
The Flat Earth Theory EP feels more like a true representation of what Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are about than it’s predecessor, the EP has a distinctly live feel to it that gives it a more immediate impact and draws you in and makes the Flat Earth Theory seem like a very appealing prospect, but like all good conspiracy theories you should never believe what you read and I’d recommend you investigate Flat Earth Theory and draw your own conclusions, the truth is out there.
 
The Flat Earth Theory EP can be streamed and purchased here
 
The Who Killed Nancy Johnson? official website can be found here
 

Belako Release ‘Maskenfreiheit’ From Forthcoming Album

Belako RMNTVRising Basque country post-punkers Belako pre-empt the release of their new album, Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence, with a stunning new track, Maskenfreiheit. The new album is the latest example of their composing talent and the ability they have to create songs which really reach their audience, both as a result of their melodies and the fusion of sounds that are influenced by what was best in the 90s, including riot grrrl, grunge, post-punk and a heady dose of electro-clash thrown in for good measure. Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence will be released via El Segell Del Primavera on the 23rd February.

Maskenfreiheit can be streamed via Soundcloud here

Crimewolf Release Self Titled Debut Album

Crimewolf STCrimewolf formed in 2015 in the Derby area of the UK, the post punk outfit defy classification but their chaotic sonic assault is one that will appeal to fans off The Fall, Minutemen, Wire, Gang Of Four, Fugazi, Pere Ubu and Shellac. Their self titled debut album is now available via Head Of Chrom Records, but only as a twelve inch black vinyl album, and as it’s one that is limited to only 300 copies you’ll need to be quick to get yourself a copy.

Crimewolf‘s self titled debut album can be streamed and purchased here

Crimewolf‘s Facebook page can be found here

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? Reveal ‘Flat Earth Theory’ EP

Who Killed Nancy Johnson FETPunk and post-punk band Who Killed Nancy Johnson? will release their new EP, Flat Earth Theory, on 16th February 2018 and their latest release will be available worldwide via all download and streaming sites, the four tracks on the EP are Strip, Alien, Mouth and Trousers, plus the recently-released single Dark Horse
 
The EP’s lead single, Dark Horse, can be streamed and purchased via Bandcamp here
 
You can view the video for Dark Horse, and the band’s UK tour dates, below

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Belako To Release ‘Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence’ LP

Belako Feb 18It is difficult to imagine just what Belako’s limits are, just when you think they have reached the sky, the Basque country band surprises you once again with a manoeuvre that catapults them towards a new horizon.  At this rate, they will finish 2018 with a world tour under their belt that will be spread over a dozen countries and three continents, and a new album to boot. Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence is their third full length that will be released on February 23rd via Belako Records, El Segell Del Primavera and PIAS.

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Belako Reveal ‘Lungs’ Video From Forthcoming Album

Belako Feb 18Basque country quartet Belako are set to release their new full length, Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence, on the 23rd February, the album is a head twisting mix of punk, techno, indie, folk and electro with a good measure of rock n roll thrown in. Render Me Numb, Trivial Violence will be released jointly by Belako Records, El Segell del Primavera and PIAS.  

Belako‘s Facebook page can be found here

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Vundabar Release ‘Acetone’ Video And Announce EU & UK Tour

Vundabar SSBoston duo Vundabar have today announced a spring UK and EU tour and have shared the official video for their addictive single, Acetone. The band have built a massive following through non-stop touring and their signature brand of jittery, rambunctious post-punk that hints at something darker beneath the surface. Having just wrapped up a two month US tour with The Frights and Hockey Dad, Vundabar are about to embark on their Spring North American headline tour with support from Ratboys, which includes a stop through SXSW, before heading over to Europe and the UK. The duo are also set to release their brand new album, Smell Smoke, on February 23rd 2018.

You can view the video for Acetone, and Vundabar‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? Release ‘Dark Horse’ Single

Who Killed Nancy Johnson DHWho Killed Nancy Johnson? are set to release their brand new EP, Flat Earth Theory, the EP’s release is preceded by their latest single, Dark Horse, which will be available from today, the 12th January 2018, on all major streaming and download platforms. The Flat Earth Theory EP follows on from 2017’s critically acclaimed Cops And Robbers EP and details of the release of the Flat Earth Theory EP will be revealed shortly.

Dark Horse can be streamed via Soundcloud here

You can view the video for Dark Horse, and the band’s tour dates, below Read More…

Garden Release ‘City People Are Weird’ EP

Garden CPAWNorthampton based alternative quartet Garden have just released their debut EP, City People Are Weird, and the EP is now available for streaming and download via iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify, the City People Are Weird EP is also available to stream via Souncloud here

Garden‘s Facebook page can be found here

City People Are Weird can be downloaded via iTunes here and Spotify here

Who Killed Nancy Johnson? Announce New Single & EP For 2018

Who Killed Nancy Johnson DHWho Killed Nancy Johnson? are set to release their brand new EP, Flat Earth Theory, the EP’s release will be preceded by their latest single, Dark Horse, which will be available from the 12th January 2018 on all major streaming and download platforms. The Flat Earth Theory EP follows on from 2017’s critically acclaimed Cops And Robbers EP, details of the release of the Flat Earth Theory EP will follow early next year.

The offiical website for Who Killed Nancy Johnson? can be found here

You can view a trailer video for Dark Horse, and the band’s 2018 tour dates, below Read More…

Phoenix Chroi Announce First Shows For 2018

Phoenix Chroi Logo Dec 17Phoenix Chroi have added new guitarist Dave Leak to their line up, heralding a fresh start in 2018 that kicks off on the 20th January 2018 when they support The Chords UK at the New Cross Inn, which is followed by a further date on the 24th February with Loud Women at Fighting Cocks, Kingston, Phoenix Chroi will be adding more shows over the coming weeks which will be announced on the Facebook page.

You can purchase & stream Phoenix Chroi‘s latest LP, Humanity Lands, via Bandcamp here

Phoenix Chroi‘s website can be found here

Carousell Immortal

Carousell

Immortal EP

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Carousell would seem to be a band that are drawn to the dark side of post-punk influences, the quartet inhabit the territory where The Cure, Echo And The Bunnymen and The Horrors can be found lurking, and now they are set to unleash their debut EP, Immortal. The band boasts an impressive pedigree including former members of The Bisons, Punx Soundcheck and Adam And The Ants to inform a release that draws on both the past and present of the post punk era as well as the gothic and alternative scenes that followed in it’s wake.

The heady bass driven introduction of the EP’s impressive title track builds into a driven atmospheric post punk number is heavily reminiscent of JuJu era Siouxsie And The Banshees, an album whose influence pervades across the whole of the Immortal EP. The following track, Love in Vain, kicks things into a different gear, but it remains firmly embedded in the post punk style of the late seventies and early eighties. Lullaby is a haunting addition to the quartet of tracks before the closing number, Pandora, brings the Immortal EP full circle with a return to the phased bass and boding style of the opening track.

Immortal is an impressive debut EP by anyone standards, it must be acknowledged that it does seem to be something of a throwback to a previous era, but it comes across more as an authentic love letter to the darker female fronted post punk and early goth bands of the era rather than being a pale imitation. If you have any love for the likes of The Au Pairs, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bauhaus and The Chameleons then Carousell‘s debut EP will be a release that provides something new for your playlist, that you will find is simultaneously delivered in a style that will be both welcoming and familiar.

The Immortal EP is set to be released on the 29th December 2017

Vundabar Stream New Track And Announce New LP & 2018 Tour

Vundabar SSBoston duo Vundabar have shared an infectious and haunting new track, Diver, and have announced headline tour dates for Spring 2018 in support of their brand new album, Smell Smoke, that is due for release on February 23rd 2018. Vundabar have built a massive following through non-stop touring and their signature brand of jittery, rambunctious post-punk, yet much of their music hints at something darker beneath the surface. 

You can stream Diver via Soundcloud here and purchase the track via Bandcamp here

Vundabar‘s 2017 and 2018 tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Drink And Drive Set To Release Debut Album On December 1st

Drink And Drive TIWHWAFLOYFDrink And Drive are a chaotic yet compelling outfit that combine shouted word vocals and primal musicality, their songs carry a sardonic humour throughout and the music is reckless and naïve, sometimes a short, sharp post-punk shock and sometimes epic, brooding and oppressive. Drink And Drive are set to release their debut album, This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food, via German Shepherd Records on December 1st.
 
German Shepherd Records website can be found here
 
The video for the track Adult Pig Suit can be viewed below

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Hundredth’s Chadwick Johnson Unveils Solo Project ‘Pure Violet’

Hundredth frontman, Chadwick Johnson, has unveiled his new solo project, Pure Violet, and shared the first taste of music under the moniker. Earlier this year Hundredth released their pivotal new album, Rare, which saw the band deftly veering from their hardcore beginnings into new melodic territory. The album’s kinetic brand of shoegaze-inflected alternative hinted at a much broader musical palette and Pure Violet expands even further into this new melodic territory. The tracks Numb and Garden perfectly capture Pure Violet‘s gloomy pop sound, blending crisp electronic drum beats with warm synthesizers as Johnson’s reverb-laden voice falls in and out.

You can stream and download Numb and Garden via Bandcamp here

Dissociates Oct 17

Dissociates

A Capital Idea

Safety Second Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

London punk rock powerhouse Dissociates are set to release their debut full length, A Capital Idea, on 10th November 2017 via Safety Second Records. A Capital Idea isn’t quite a brand new full length as the album is comprised of brand new songs and material that was contained on their 2016 EP, After Hours At The Violet Club, regardless of this A Capital Idea is a release that seems to mark the transition point of the band. Unless you’ve already purchased their previous release, and even if that is the case then you should investigate the new tracks, then this is a debut full length that I’d recommend to anyone who likes their punk rock to come from an unpredictable direction.

Tracks such as Ionise Islington and the album’s lead single, Useless Wooden Toys, that are for me the album’s two perfect moments, are fine examples of the new material composed for A Capital Idea. These tracks sit alongside material from last years After Hours At The Violet Club EP that carry a heavier punk feel, and indicate that in the last 13 months Dissociates have shifted towards a more experimental direction, and as far as I’m concerned this feels like a positive move. As good as their earlier tracks are it’s the new material on A Capital Idea that grabbed my attention, and indicate that Dissociates aren’t following in anyone’s footsteps.

A Capital Idea has something of a split personality, on the one hand there is the more straightforward punk of the tracks taken from the After Hours At The Violet Club EP, and on the other there’s the driven post punk feel of much of their new material. The new compositions possess all the jagged guitar riffs and off kilter bass riffs that you’d expect, but they are blended with a headier and livelier punk rock mentality to produce a unique hybrid that sits perfectly between the two styles, A Capital Idea is exactly that, and it’s one that marks an impressive debut full length from Dissociates

The Dissociates website can be found here

Peter Hook & The Light Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Rebellion 18 - Nov 17When Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook performed at Rebellion Festival in 2016 it was widely regarded to be one of the most memorable sets of the weekend. It is, then, with great pleasure that the Rebellion Festival can confirm that Peter Hook & The Light will return to play the festival in 2018 for a special ‘best of Joy Division’ set that will be guaranteed to thrill both newcomers and old fans of the band.

You can purchase tickets for the 2018 Rebellion Festival here

You can read a quote from Peter Hook, and more about the 2018 Rebellion Festival, below Read More…

Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17

Nadine Shah / Life

Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

16th October 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 2The Band On The Wall is one of Manchester’s longest running venues, the building has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years and as it’s set to expand further it thankfully looks like a live venue that is here to stay. Tonight the Band On The Wall is playing host to Nadine Shah who is touring in support of her stunning new album, Holiday Destination, which for me is easily her finest full length to date, and one that marks a distinct change in style from her 2015 album, Fast Food. Nadine Shah has bought up and coming Hull quartet Life along as support on her UK tour, who are touring in support of their impressive debut album, Popular Music, that was released earlier this year.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 3 LifeLife nonchalantly take the stage before launching into their set, one that is heavily inspired by the post punk bands of the late seventies and early eighties such as The Fall and The Au Pairs , but it’s not one that’s embedded in the past as it also carries elements from the heavier end of indie, such as early Maximo Park and The Vines, as well as their own unique sound and style and as their frontman Mez is a permanently hyperactive presence, both on and off the stage, the result is that they are a mesmerising live act. The sound in the refurbished Band On The Wall is absolutely spot on and their album’s hyperactive and eccentric title track makes me decide to pick up a copy of their album after the show. Their appearance on Nadine Shah‘s tour makes for a perfect introduction to a band I haven’t previously encountered, they declare their band name is taken from the phrase ‘choose life’, and on the basis of tonight’s performance I’d recommend you do just that.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 4Nadine Shah is unique, for me no one is doing anything remotely close to her material, and even when you think you’ve pigeonholed her she will shift, a tactic that has seen her deliver three radically different albums that are unified by her haunting vocals and personal song writing, a combination that has seen the Band On The Wall sold out well in advance of tonight’s show. Nadine Shah‘s latest album displayed more of a post punk attitude than her two previous albums, Love Your Dum And Mad and Fast Food, something that reflects the stark political subject matter of much of her new album and as her band is now augmented by a sax player this only adds to the post punk direction that her new material carries. Her five piece band add muscle to her material live and frees Nadine Shah up to strut the stage, the first tour I’ve attended when she’s not been playing guitar and this seems to add a degree of freedom to her performance as she seems more expressive and animated than the previous tours I’ve caught.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 5The title track from Holiday Destination seizes the audience and the muscular dark post punk of her set is only punctuated by her observations and interactions with the crowd, which are delivered in her broad Tyneside accent. Whilst there are some comparisons to elements of late era Siouxsie And The Banshees and Public Image Ltd one her new album, Nadine Shah is very much her own person. The haunting Yes Men, one of highlights from her new album, is preceeded by a political statement of intent, that is delivered in her own down to earth manner. The nature of the venue means that at capacity its hard to actually get a decent view of the stage, but despite this minor inconvinience I’ve never heard Nadine Shah sound better than she has tonight. She deviates away from the Holiday Destination to include material from her first two albums, which have also benefited from having her expanded backing band behind her, as her earlier material sounds more muscular than when I’ve encountered her previously, and tonight Nadine Shah seems more self assured and confident than ever and delivers a spellbinding set.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 6Nadine Shah gives a heartfelt and venomous few words against the far right and declares herself a proud second generation immigrant, prior to delivering a Full blooded rendition of the barbed single Out The Way. She closes the night with superb three song encore that includes Runaway, the song that introduced me to Nadine Shah, and she reiterates her ambition for her new album to humanise the dehumanised and support those who need it most, and finally Mother Fighter brings a faultless set to an end. What direction she’ll head off in on her next album is anyone’s guess, but wherever she goes I’ll be following as tonight has proved that there really is no one quite like Nadine Shah, she has outgrown each venue I’ve seen her play in, and judging by tonight’s show and the crowd reaction this is something that will remain true for the foreseeable future. Nadine Shah is one of the most original and politically focused acts in the UK at the moment, and if you are going to see one act that is an exception to the punk shows that we all know and love then you really should catch Nadine Shah live.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 7Nadine Shah‘s website can be found here
 
The Punk Site review of Holiday Destination can be read here
 
Life‘s website is located here
 
Band On The Wall‘s website 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
 

corporationpop Release Debut Single ‘Vintage Lingerie’

Corporation Pop Oct 17corporationpop is the new venture by acclaimed poet Elise Hadgraft, sick of being artistically ripped off and relegated to the role of ‘feminist poet girlfriend’ she started up a new project armed only with Yamaha synths and Korg Volca beats. With corporationpop Elise has taken a unique direction with a distinctly DIY attitude, and the first track, Vintage Lingerie, is the genesis of a project that will be taken on the road to support the resurgence of female fronted music. corporationpop‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can stream Vintage Lingerie here

Big Heet OAW

Big Heet

On A Wire

Exploding In Sound Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Big Heet, the Tallahassee quartet led by the former ex Breathers guitarist and vocalist David Settle, released their full-length debut, On A Wire, on October 20th via the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club. On A Wire is an album that shifts between agitated post punk and tangled post-hardcore whilst maintaining a social conscience, throughout the album Big Heet rally against anxiety, environmental concerns, politics, anti-semitism, dead end jobs, assault, abuse and false activism, and do their part in creating some much needed change. 

The opening title track on Big Heet‘s full length gives the impression that On A Wire will resemble the aftermath of a collision between The Foo Fighters and The Beatles, the melody and energy are all there but it’s all delivered a breakneck pace with a ragged lo-fi approach. But it’s as you get deeper and deeper into the album it becomes increasingly discordant and frantic, and it just keeps heading off into a primal hardcore swamp of noise, one that simultaneously recalls the more experimental sides of punk, post punk, hardcore and noise rock

On A Wire is a unique noisy chaotic hybrid of an album, and it’s one that reflects the chaotic and dark times we live in, but the energy and enthusiasm that is carried across the entire album is evidence of hope in the face of the insanity that is the modern world. On A Wire is an album that won’t be for everyone, but for those of you who like your punk rock ragged, experimental and raw then Big Heet have produced an album that is well worth investigating, and it’s one that has found it’s natural home on the eclectic, and well named, Exploding In Sound Records.

You can order On A Wire here and subscribe to the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club here

On A Wire is also available digitally via Bandcamp here

Makthaverskan Release Stream Of ‘Comfort’

Makthaverskan IllDeep at the heart of Makthaverskan‘s new album Ill lies a burning desire, a longing to find compassion against a global backdrop where love in all its forms feels as if its being sucked from our lives. Ill is Makthaverskan turning their sights on the world at large, chasing hope and understanding in a time when it can seem impossible to find either. Makthaverskan have now released a stream of Comfort, the third single from their forthcoming album.

Ill is now available for pre-order via Run For Cover Records here

You can stream Comfort here

Makthaverskan Release Stream Of ‘Eden’

Makthaverskan IllFollowing the release of their recent single In My Dreams, Makthaverskan have now released a stream of a new track, Eden. The song is taken from from their recently released album, Ill, the third full-length from the Swedish post punk legends that was released via Run For Cover Records and Luxury Records last month.

Makthaverskan will announce tour dates in support of their new album shortly.

Eden can be streamed here and Ill can be ordered here

Basement 5 Reissue ‘1965 – 1980’ and ‘In Dub’

Basement 5 compBasement 5 continues to be one of the few remaining untold stories of its time, their arrival at the musical and creative peak in the aftermath of punk and the prevailing sense that business was not as usual and that you could adhere to your own rules, creating your own peripheries and non-generic musical path. Basement 5 melded their own experiences with punk rage and dub-wise rhythms that came together to explore themes of alienation, 70’s inner-city existence and what it was like to be a second-generation immigrant. Both 1965 – 1980 and In Dub are now getting a long overdue repressing and are now available for pre-order

1965 – 1980 and the companion LP, In Dub, can be pre-ordered on vinyl and CD here

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Delinquents

About Last Night

Violated Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Dundee’s Delinquents are a band that are making waves and building a reputation for themselves far beyond their local scene, they have been industriously playing intimate shows on their home turf to raise donations for local foodbanks, as well as touring across their native Scotland and making a triumphant debut appearance at this years Rebellion Festival, making Delinquents a band that are making friends both on and off stage wherever they go. The band name may conjure up the spirit of 1977, but if you were expecting an album of retro punk rock then you’re going to be surprised, as there’s so much more to Delinquents than being just another punk band.

Punk is of course part of the Delinquents DNA, the tracks Acne, Waste Of Time and Valentines Day are slices of punk perfection, and Next Generation is a classic fuck you punk anthem, and from those four tracks you might think that you know what the Delinquents are all about, but those four tracks are spread across a release that is one of the most diverse and original albums I’ve heard this year. Ctrl.Alt.Defeat simultaneously manages to invoke punk rock, post punk and the more abrasive side of indie, whilst Not Your Problem and Something To Prove are intense blasts of old school hardcore. Keep On Choking brings another dimension to the album, as this track recalls the likes of The Chameleons and The Smiths, and you might think The Fuck You Song would be a straight up slice of punk rock, well it isn’t, it’s is a folk punk number that reminds me of a less subtle reimagining of Green Day’s Good Riddance, and the chugging riff of Never Gonna Fit In is a raw discordant slice of pop punk.

Delinquents have delivered an album that doesn’t fit the punk rock template, or any template for that matter, they embrace influences from beyond the usual punk arena, and the result is a truly original album that offers something unique. Trying to define an album such as About Last Night is impossible, every single track veers off on it’s own tangent, embracing punk, hardcore, folk punk, indie, pop punk and post punk along the way, making About Last Night just about the only album I’ve ever reviewed that manages to embrace pretty much everything that has been spawned by punk. Whilst the disparate set of influences on display might sound like a recipe for disaster it isn’t, Delinquents have managed to condense the sprawling array of styles into a cohesive, original and impressive album. If you can’t wait for the 29th September then you can whet your appetite by downloading the tracks Ctrl.Alt.Defeat and Never Gonna Fit In as name your price downloads via the Delinquents Bandcamp here.

About Last Night will be released via Violated Records and Bandcamp on the 29th September

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Nadine Shah

Holiday Destination

1965 Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Nadine Shah has released her eagerly awaited third full length, Holiday Destination, that follows on from her critically acclaimed 2015 sophomore album, Fast Food, her latest full length contains an eclectic mix of brooding alternative and post punk rhythms, that somehow manages to simultaneously be darker and more accessible than her previous albums. Nadine Shah has never been one to shy away from confronting important issues, and Holiday Destination is no exception as this is an album that is a informed by the refugee crisis as well as by the political upheaval and the worrying shift to the right of recent times. With Holiday Destination Nadine Shah has released a stark, defiant and brutally honest album that is easily her strongest work to date and it is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats via 1965 Records.

Place Like This opens Holiday Destination with a mix of dark post punk that is backed by a curiously danceable rhythm, the stark post punk feel comes to the fore for the album’s title track that addresses the refugee crisis, a song that underpins it’s point with the haunting refrain of ‘how you going to sleep tonight’. 2016 looks back at the tumultuous year that cost us much in so many ways, and in case you were wondering which side of the fence Nadine Shah is on it contains the lyric ‘what is there left to inspire us with a fascist in the white house’. The album’s lead single, Out The Way, is a furious response to the refugee crisis that rattles along on an unsettling military rhythm, and is followed up by the stunning duo of Yes Men and Evil. Ordinary raises the pace of Holiday Destination and showcases Nadine Shah‘s evocative and yearning vocals, whilst Relief returns to the dark danceablilty before you get the track you feel Holiday Destination has building up to, the stunning Mother Fighter, before Jolly Sailor closes the album with a stripped down finale.

For me there’s a distinct influence from the best elements of Siouxsie And The Banshees and Public Image Limited‘s darker works about Holiday Destination, but it’s all delivered with Nadine Shah‘s personal conviction and unique style, and let’s make no mistake this is an album that is fuelled by her personal beliefs and she hasn’t held back in the slightest as Holiday Destination is as defiant as anything created by any politically motivated hardcore or punk band, but it’s delivery is far more subtle and controlled, but not less barbed. I’ll confess that I’ve been a fan of Nadine Shah ever since I heard the stunning track Runaway, from her debut album Love Your Dum And Mad, a good few years ago, but I can say with hand on heart that with Holiday Destination she has raised her game and produced an album that quite simply borders on perfection, and it’s one that will sit amongst my favourite albums of 2017

Holiday Destination is available on all formats here and Nadine Shah‘s website is here

Nadine Shah Releases ‘Holiday Destination’ Album

Nadine Shah HDNadine Shah has released her third album, Holiday Destination, the album’s mix of danceable dark alternative and post punk rhythms follow on from her critically acclaimed 2015 sophomore album, Fast Food. Holiday Destination is an album that is a informed by the political upheaval and the worrying shift to the right of recent times, with Holiday Destination Nadine Shah has released a stark, defiant and brutally honest album that is easily her strongest work to date. Holiday Destination is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

Holiday Destination is available on all formats here and Nadine Shah‘s website is here

The video for the lead single, Out The Way, can be viewed below Read More…

The Violent Hearts Release Stream Of ‘Porcelain World’

Violent Hearts PW HOMFollowing the disbandment of Sharks, James Mattock, Carl Murrihy and former Computers band mate Aidan Sin began work on new music under the name of The Violent Hearts. The band’s brand new EP contains two new tracks, Porcelain World and Hex On Me, and has been released via Roosevelt Records. The EP represents a perfect mix of power-pop and post-punk infused with the spirit and romanticism of The Only Ones, Buzzcocks and The Chameleons.

The Violent Hearts EP is available for streaming and download via Roosevelt Records here

The Violent Hearts UK tour dates can be viewed below Read More…