Arc Flash Release Full Stream Of ‘Carbon Copy’ LP

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

You can stream Carbon Copy in full via Uproxx here

Carbon Copy can be pre-ordered here

Laser Background Announce New Album ‘Dark Nuclear Bogs’

Laser Background Dark Nuclear bogsLaser Background are set to release Dark Nuclear Bogs, their latest full length album on April 28th via Endless Daze / Mutual Crush Records. Laser Background‘s latest release picks up where last year’s Correct left off, floating through cosmic realms of warped psych pop and kaleidoscopic indie experimentation. The record is full of sugary hooks, dynamic production and tripped out splendour, It’s a weird, wonderful and hazy look into a subconscious world.

Dark Nuclear Bogs can be pre-ordered here

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Knitts Retreat

The Knitts


Knitting Factory Records

Rating: 4/5




Originating in an unassuming industrial area of California there lie a dozen neatly stacked repurposed shipping containers, one of these, the doors of which feature on the album cover, is the home of The Knitts, a band that has spent the last five years playing the live circuit and releasing multiple EPs and singles, before finally recording their debut album in North Hollywood and New York in a frantic week. Their debut full length album, Retreat, will be available on digital and streaming formats from tomorrow, March 3rd 2017, via Knitting Factory Records. 

Opening number, She Likes The Idea Of Gold, takes melodic power pop and infuses it with a sixties sensibility, this mix of styles is something that remains in place throughout the album, they are a band that would wear their influences on their sleeves if they were long enough. Hold Steady Pretty Lady and We Got Time takes the album into a more energetic bouncy place where the punkier side of their personality comes to the fore, before we head back to the garage with Personal Pyramid. The album continues to tread an idiosyncratic path across it’s twelve tracks, encompassing all manner of influences from the dawn of rock ‘n roll onwards.

The Knitts sound takes in a broad range of influences, from sixties psyche and garage pioneers such as The Seeds, through the seventies punk rock explosion with the Ramones and onto the later power pop and indie influences such as The Strokes, all of these elements are skilfully blended on The Knitts debut album. Whilst I doubt there are many people that will love every moment on Retreat, I can pretty much guarantee that there is something that everyone will love, The Knitts have made a unique album that refuses to be pigeonholed or attached to a specific scene, Retreat is an original and impressive debut release that deserves to be heard, and it is something that I’d recommend taking some time out to experience.

The Knitts website can be found here and their Facebook page is here

The Knitting Factory Records website can be found here

All Them Witches Announce Headline UK Tour

all-them-witches-sttwNashville’s All Them Witches have released their new album, Sleeping Through the War, via New West Records and announced UK headline tour dates. Following appearances confirmed at the Secret Garden Party and Truck Festivals, All Them Witches will return to the UK in September and October for their biggest UK headline tour yet.

The Punk Site review of Sleeping Through The War can be found here

You can stream and purchase Sleeping Through The War here 

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All Them Witches

Sleeping Through The War

New West Records

Rating: 4/5




Nashville based psych rock quartet All Them Witches have returned with their latest album, Sleeping Through The War, that will be released released via New West Records on February 24th, 2017. All Them Witches have never a band to settle on a style or formula, despite the success of their 2015 album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, their latest album heads off down another path, one that feels like a further progression down their idiosyncratic highway. Sleeping Through The War is a timely album, it’s title reflects the current turbulent situation in the world and how many people are reacting to these events, but whilst it challenges the lethargy, this is also an album that provides a welcome escape.

The epic track Bulls opens Sleeping Through The War, a dreamy slice of mellow psyche that’s edged with vintage fuzz that slowly builds up the pace and then eases you back down again, Don’t Bring Me Coffee is a more strident number, more akin to experimental post psychedelic bands of the early 1970’s, the era before rock monsters stalked the earth. The lead single from the album, Bruce Lee, brings a charged slice of garage fuelled psyche, this kind of number is what I’ve always felt was the missing element from an All Them Witches set, and it’s good to hear the kind of track I always hoped they’d produced introduced into their repertoire, in contrast 3.5.7 and Am I Going Up? are a duo of heady floating psyche influenced number that maintains the suspicious haze that is a trademark of an All Them Witches album. The final three numbers are lysergic tinged epic trips, their multi layered echo and reverb drenched soundscapes resonate with the authentic feel of west coast psychedelia, in particular the nine minute closing number, Guess I’ll Go Live On The Internet, is the prefect soundtrack for a journey to the centre of the mind.

All Them Witches are clearly considering the heavy times in which we all live, but they also encompassing influences and styles from the past. Sleeping Through The War feels very much like the natural successor to their 2015 album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, but at the same time it also surpasses their previous recordings. I was lucky enough to catch All Them Witches on one of last years three European tours, live they stand out alone amongst modern psyche as they capture of the original essence of psychedelia without sounding like an anachronism, and their albums are a reflection of what the manage to convey live. Every album has improved and broadened their sound, Sleeping Through The War is a fine slice of psyche, but their constant forward momentum has already made me start looking forward to their next album.

Sleeping Through The War will be available on all formats and can be pre-ordered here.

Jim And The French Vanilla AOTH

Jim And The French Vanilla

Afraid Of The House

Blind Shake Records / Dirtnap Records

Rating: 3.5/5




Afraid Of The House is an album that is born of the bands that appeared on the legendary Pebbles compilations, the fabled collections of obscure snotty sixties garage bands that were punk long before punk. Jim And The French Vanilla combine the attitude of the sixties garage and psyche bands, along with a dash of prime motown, that’s all topped off with punk energy and attitude, this is a convergence of influences that marks Afraid Of The House out as a unique record to surface in 2017, and I mean that in a good way. Dirtnap Records released Afraid Of The House on the 10th February, it is now available digitally and on limited edition vinyl, on black and vibrant orange variants.

I normally avoid doing track run throughs and try to give a feel of the album, and maybe mention the stand out tracks, but that’s just not possible on a release of this type. Afraid Of The House skips between styles, from the raw r ‘n b influenced garage of the opening track When You’re Down, through the prime treble laced fuzz of I’m Just Sitting Here, Grow Like Rabbits and Take It To The Grave to the primal acid drenched throb of Eye For An Eye and Lonely Man. These frantic elements cohabit happily with the softer psyche influence of tracks like Back Home, Psychic Killer and Not Even War, the frantic tormented vibe of I Have To Slow Down and the raw Link Wray influenced instrumental Green Curtains.

Afraid Of The House is a raw lo-fi recording, there is no way that a record like this should be recorded any other way, this is at it’s heart an album of primal garage and psyche, but it’s one that is refocused and refined with some contemporary influences, and it’s this that stops it from being an album that lurks in the shadows of the past. Jim And The French Vanilla are a band that deserve to be heard, and hopefully the release of Afraid Of The House on Dirtnap Records, the home of the dark underbelly of rock n’ roll, will ensure that happens.

Afraid Of The House can be streamed and purchased, on vinyl and download, via the Dirtnap Records Bandcamp here 

Jim And The French Vanilla‘s Facebook presence can be found here

The Dirtnap Records website can be found here

Jim And The French Vanilla Release ‘Afraid Of The House’

Jim And The French Vanilla AOTHJim And The French Vanilla is the solo project of Jim Blaha from The Blind Shake. This is his third album under the Jim And The French Vanilla moniker, but the first to be made widely available. The first two albums were acoustic solo releases, but on Afraid Of The House, Jim, along with his brother and bandmate from The Blind Shake, Mike Blaha, expands to a full band sound, to astonishing effect.  The songwriting retains the incredibly distinctive mystical, other-worldly atmosphere of The Blind Shake, but the instrumentation and sound are both stripped down to their essence, dialing back to the loud-psych stamp of the Blind Shake at their heaviest.
Afraid Of The House is available via Dirtnap Records here and can be streamed here

All Them Witches Release Music Video for ‘3-5-7’

all-them-witches-sttwNashville based psych rock quartet All Them Witches have shared a new music video for the track 3-5-7, the second track to be revealed from their forthcoming album, Sleeping Through The War, that is due for release via New West Records on February 24th. The video for 3-5-7 was directed by Robby Staebler, drummer of All Them Witches and artist and photographer in his own right.

Sleeping Through The War can be pre-ordered on CD, LP and download here.

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Blunt Force Trauma

Abattoir Blues Records

Rating: 4/5




Earlier this year I reviewed the Trauma EP by Manchester’s dirty blues merchants GUTS, it was the final instalment in their Blunt Force Trauma trilogy of EP’s, now they have finally collated the three EP’s, Blunt, Force and Trauma, to form this album. Blunt Force Trauma is released on the independent Manchester based label, Abattoir Blues Records, this is a label that has the stated intention of the curating the finest contemporary blues based music, and on the strength of this debut full length release from GUTS you get the feeling that they are as good as their word.

Blunt Force Trauma opens with the slow grinding menace of 666, this shifts into the mutant hellbilly of one of the album’s highlights, the macabre Jeffrey Dahmer’s Eyes, a track that possesses a gloriously primitive rock ‘n roll feel, that is followed by the fine swamp grind of Cemi and Be Had. As I noted on the review of the Trauma EP, their reworking of Be My Baby is something to behold, this is not a cover version as the soft and sweet sixties standard has been completely reworked, it now carries a sinister menace that hints at unhealthy obsession and mental illness. This is followed by a quartet of songs, James Brown, Fucked On Your Fuck, Get In The Car and Dirty Mouth, that encompass stripped down dirty rock ‘n roll and raw primitive blues before you get to the fine closing duo. Mean Old Queen is another highpoint that brings a slice of upbeat garage dementia to Blunt Force Trauma, and drags another primal element into the chaotic fray, before Blow brings the album to a dark and stormy close.

Blunt Force Trauma is an impressive collection of eleven tracks that combines the spirit of primitive rock ‘n roll and the slow sinister grind of blues, and injects it with punk attitude and garage psychosis to create a heady turbulent album that has been worth the long wait for it’s arrival. Throughout Blunt Force Trauma vocalist Liam O’Neill delivers an anguished blues howl that sounds like it’s possessed by his personal demons, this is accompanied by a primitive grind that recalls the darker side of rock ‘n roll and hints at mental anguish, obsession, drug use and primal urges, in short everything about rock ‘n roll that your parents warned you about, and in my book that always has to be a good thing.

Blunt Force Trauma can be ordered via Abattoir Blues Records here


Datura 4

Hairy Mountain

Alive Naturalsound Records

Rating: 3/5




Westerm Australia’s Datura4 is the brainchild of Dom Mariani, the former frontman of The Stems and DM3, and Greg Hitchcock, who was previously in You Am I and New Christs, the quartets line up is completed by drummer Warren Hall and bassist Stu Loasby. Datura4 have released their sophomore album, Hairy Mountain, it was released at the end of October via Alive Naturalsound Recordings and it follows on from their acclaimed debut album, Demon Blues.

Hairy Mountain is a mixture of some seriously laid back fuzz drenched psyche, trashy rock ‘n roll, primitive garage rock and dirty blues, this approach is exemplified by the title track but that’s not the end of the story. The album maintains it’s primitive roots throughout, but it also incorporates a sleazy rock ‘n roll charm, alongside an influence from the bourbon drenched rock ‘n roll that hails from the southern side of the United States. After nine tracks of heady substance influenced psyche the album ends with a mellower acoustic feel, Broken Path brings the album to an unexpectedly slow burning close. Hairy Mountain’ is ten solid tracks celebrating an unbridled joy for the kind of primitve rock ‘’n’’ roll that emerged from the 1960’s and 1970’s. This is an album that acknowledges the influences they’ve accumulated from their previous bands, but it’s also a move on from their former outfits. 

Hairy Mountain is an album that incorporates all the suspiciously hazy elements of the bands that emerged from the garages, but it combines it with some seriously accomplished rock and this makes for a fine hybrid of styles. Australia seems to encourage bands the blend garage and psyche with other influences, like the oz outfits before them, such as The Lime Spiders, The Cosmic Psychos and The Vines, Datura4 have taken the garage formula and incorporated other styles to make a unique album of psyche influenced rock.

Hairy Mountain can be ordered on all formats, including the hand mixed starburst vinyl edition, here


The 99 Degree / Crimsons / La Mode / Sam Craighan

Fallow Café, Manchester, UK

2nd December 2016

Rating: 4.5/5




99-degree-fallow-cafe-dec-1The Fallow Café lies to the South of Manchester, nestled inconspicuously amongst terraced housing, it has a bar and restaurant downstairs, but upstairs lies an intimate venue that is the perfect setting for tonight’s triumphant headline show by The 99 Degree. In addition to the four band bill there is a DJ set by Wet Dreams, both in between bands and then on into the early hours, that captures the mood of the evening perfectly, the playlist covers everything from sixties garage pioneers such as The Sonics through alternative and indie as well as a few punk classics thrown in for good measure, marking what is easily the best DJ set I’ve encountered at a concert this year.

sam-craighan-fallow-cafe-dec-16-1Due to some of the worst traffic I’ve encountered in a long time we arrive late for the show, by the time we get into the Fallow Cafe Sam Craighan is already approaching the end of his set, but the three numbers I do manage to catch hint at a melodic indie sensibility that carries the spirit of the likes of The Libertines. They alternate between keyboard and guitar led numbers, that can carry the spirit and bounce of Britpop, or convey a more melancholy tone. Despite only catching three songs of his set Sam Craighan marked a promising beginning to an evening that showcases some of finest talent that originates from the fuzzy side of this town.

la-mode-fallow-cafe-dec16-1After some more fine tunes from the Wet Dreams DJ La Mode take the stage, I had no previous knowledge of them and their name didn’t suggest what I could expect. They boast a striking vocalist and what appears to be a modern day Viking on bass, rounding out the line up are two more subdued, but no less talented, members that complete the quartet. What is immediately apparent is that vocalist Millie Sproston has a stunning voice that is backed up by a soundtrack that’s informed by the proto punk and rock bands of the late sixties and early seventies, but crucially with a contemporary feel that stops them from being an anachronism in any way shape or form.

la-mode-fallow-cafe-dec16-2I’m finding that the deeper I delve in Manchester’s underground scene the more I realise there are some incredible bands out there, and La Mode can be added to their number. They skilfully straddle the line between rock, alternative and indie, and importantly they do it in style. Their material defies categorisation, there’s even a brief ska element incorporated into the breakdown one of their numbers. My first encounter of La Mode has made a lasting impression on me, whilst they carry a heavy undercurrent of seventies rock influence it is one that is shorn of self indulgence and excess. La Mode delivered a brief hard edged melodic set that for me makes them another band to watch in 2017.

crimsons-fallow-cafe-dec-16-1By the time Crimsons take the stage the Fallow Café is packed to capacity, the temperature is rising and it’s standing room only, and the trio that make up Crimsons bring another dimension to the impressive bill that’s on offer tonight. Crimsons play an echo drenched psyche influenced and lysergic tinged element to the proceedings. They simultaneously channel the best of the psychedelic and garage bands, but they combine this with contemporary influences, in particular elements of Manchester’s post punk era are present in the treble laced guitar style that permeates their set, and this makes for a heady combination that, like La Mode before them, is hard to resist.

crimsons-fallow-cafe-dec-16-2The Crimsons build on the impressive opening by the first two bands, the contrast between each of the bands that has appeared tonight’s show is marked, but rather than this being jarring the differing styles compliment each other. The heady psyche the Crimsons play seems to contain a significant influence from Manchester legends The Chameleons, especially in their guitar sound, but there the comparison ends, the Crimsons have their own distinct sound that meld influences that span the last five generations. They bring a welcome slice of paisley inspired treble laced driving psyche that brings another heady element to the mix prior to tonight’s headliners, The 99 Degree, taking the stage.

99-degree-fallow-cafe-dec-2During each of the three bands that played before them Joe Sartini, the vocalist of The 99 Degree, has been down the front doing his own unique shambling dance moves and yelling encouragement at the bands, it’s this kind of camaraderie amongst the bands that typifies the good natured atmosphere that has been present throughout tonight’s show, now it’s his turn to take to the stage. I’ve caught The 99 Degree twice so far this year, supporting Kid Congo And The Pink Monkeybirds and as a part of a Psychetropic showcase, but tonight they are taking the headlining spot and the support acts, the venue and the crowd have all built up the atmosphere perfectly for The 99 Degree to launch themselves towards 2017.

99-degree-fallow-cafe-dec-3The 99 Degree have bought their deranged mix of rock ‘n roll and garage, that is all delivered with a spaghetti western sneer, to the Fallow Café. They open with their heavy primitive sound that immediately has the crowd moving, and you can’t help but get the feeling that tonight’s performance is what The 99 Degree have been working towards throughout 2016. Tonight they play their own deranged hallucinogenic surf rock, but despite the influences The 99 Degree are in no way buried in the past, they, along with support acts La Mode and Crimsons, are at the forefront of the latest incarnation of bands inspired by the sounds that originated in the sixties and early seventies.

99-degree-fallow-cafe-dec-4Vocalist Joe Sartini announces that “the doors have been locked and the drinks have been spiked” and this is the signal for The 99 Degree to launch into a headlining set of their unique brand of garage dementia. Songs such as Losing My Mind energise the sweaty crowd that has packed out the Fallow Café, the set varies from sinister Link Wray inspired guitar lines, embodied in the track The End Of The Line, to full on garage floor shakers. The singers shambolic stage presence is in sharp contrast to the rest of the band who hammer out the kind of authentic razor sharp rock ‘n roll that is in no way designed to save your soul or be redemptive, they are the real deal.

99-degree-fallow-cafe-dec-6It’s clear The 99 Degree have stepped up a gear, something they have managed to do every time I’ve seen them, which makes them a very exciting prospect for 2017, and tonight they confirmed new material was in the pipeline to follow on from their debut single, Dead Or Alive, which sounded better than ever tonight and brought a taste of the menace of the old west to South Manchester. Tonight they announced that they will be releasing an EP of new material next year and on the basis of the songs they played tonight that will populate the forthcoming The Banshee EP then it can only be a matter of time before The 99 Degree come to wider attention and spread their wings beyond the confines of their hometown.

99-degree-fallow-cafe-dec-5The 99 Degree are possessed by the original untamed spirit of rock ‘ n roll that follows in the tradition of Vince Taylor, The Sonics and The Cramps, every generation has it’s own standard bearers that embody the primitive spirit of excess and hedonism, The 99 Degree haven’t so much picked up the torch, but they’ve stolen it and are using it light a suspicious smoke. The world needs bands like The 99 Degree that carry the spirit of rock ‘n roll and garage, but they also combine it with the fuck you attitude of punk rock and the meance of a Sergio Leone soundtrack to create something that is truly unique and as a result tonight’s show indicates that 2017 could well be their year.

99-degree-fallow-cafe-dec-7Sam Craighan‘s Facebook presence can be found here

La Mode‘s Facebook page is here and their debut EP is available via iTunes

Crimsons Facebook page can be found here

The 99 Degree‘s Soundcloud Page can be found here and their Facebook page is here

Dead Or Alive is available via The 99 Degree‘s Bandcamp here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Gang Reveal ‘Enough Nothing’ Video

gang-deadFollowing the sinister tale told in Gang‘s video for  Dead, the Brighton three piece have revealed part two of their grave tale in a new video for Enough Nothing, the flip-side to their AA side single, out now via Ra-Ra Rok Records. Gang have also confirmed they will be playing at 2017’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas in addition to their UK dates in December. You can order the Dead/Enough Nothing AA side single here

The Punk Site review of Dead/Enough Nothing can be found here

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The 99 Degree

Dead Or Alive

Self Released

Rating: 4/5




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

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

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

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

Gang Share ‘Enough Nothing’ From New AA Side Single

gang-nov-16Brighton trio Gang have revealed Enough Nothing, the flip side to their forthcoming AA side single Dead / Enough Nothing, due November 25th via Ra-Ra Rok Records. Following their praised Animalia single that was released earlier this year via Corner Shop Pop Records, alongside a self organised tour of the UK, A tour supporting LA’s Wand and a BBC 6 Music session, Dead and Enough Nothing arrive in a haze of mystic fuzz and tangled dirge-pop.

You can stream Enough Nothing here and pre-order the single here

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Nudity Is God's Creation

Cardinal Fuzz

Rating: 3.5/5




Cardinal Fuzz have built a reputation as a label that is dedicated to bringing out some of the strangest and most unique recordings ever committed to wax, this time they have released Nudity Is God’s Creation. This is a retrospective release of recordings by Nudity dating from 2005 to 2010 of what is described as “orgasmic interstellar mayhem”. Formed in 2004 in Washington DC, Nudity only ever released a couple of self distributed CD’s and a solitary slab of vinyl, released via Discourage, but no actual album was ever released. But now those determined seekers of strangeness at Cardinal Fuzz have unearthed their back catalogue, along with a few bonus tracks, and put the whole shebang onto on one handy double album.

Nudity Is God’s Creation opens in fine style with Now I’m Resting, a savage fuzzy garage punk number that any lover of primitive proto punk will adore, This Man continues the fuzzy assault but with an added lysergic element thrown into the mix, and by the third track, Moon Druids, the acid appears to have well and truly kicked in. It wouldn’t be a Cardinal Fuzz release without a few extended psychedelic soundscapes, and the first of these, Birdsong, slows the pace down and ups the dose. Midway through the album the psychedelic connection is well and truly confirmed, with a faithful cover of the early Hawkwind classic, Hurry On Sundown, and after this you get a return to the proto punk vibe with Elevate In Rotation. Nudity Is God’s Creation ends in true Cardinal Fuzz fashion with four extended slabs of psychedelic strangeness, Rubicon, The Nightfeeders and Make Up, saving the strangest trip for last with Le Premier Voyage Du Capitaine.

Nudity featured Dave Harvey, John Quittner, Josh Hayes, of Feral Ohms, and Eryn Ross, of Growling, the fact that this band are a favourite of psyche aficionado Julian Cope should tell you everything you need to know about Nudity, this is a raw mix of garage punk and psychedelia, that if I didn’t know better I would swear was a product of the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. For me the album is at it’s best when it’s dishing out raw slabs of acid drenched garage rock, but the extended slices of psychedelia are not to be ignored. For those who are fans of the music that informed the first wave of punk, or for those who are sat in a suspicious haze, Nudity Is God’s Creation is an album that is worth exploring.

Nudity Is God’s Creation is a strictly limited release and can be ordered here

The 99 Degree Release Debut Single ‘Dead Or Alive’

the-99-degree-doaThe 99 Degree have announced that their debut single, Dead Or Alive, a dark and deranged spaghetti western, preacher killing, murder ballad, is now available as a pay what you want download via their Bandcamp. The 99 Degree have been tearing up stages in the North West of the UK, now those further afield can be exposed to their unique brand of garage psychosis.

You can read The Punk Site review of The 99 Degree live at The Soup Kitchen here

You can get Dead Or Alive as a name your price download here

BN & A

Big Naturals / Anthroprophh

Big Naturals & Anthroprophh

Cardinal Fuzz

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

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Double Vanity

Dine Alone Records

Rating: 3.5/5




Oklahoma’s Broncho have bought us their third album, Double Vanity, via Dine Alone Records. This is the follow up to their 2014 release Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, the easy path would have been to continue in the style of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, thankfully they have chosen a more challenging and rewarding path. This a shift away from their first two releases and takes us into darker stranger territory.

The band have stated that the goal on this release was to slow things down, but to somehow retain the energy of their earlier releases, as much as this sounds like an impossible contradiction I think they have achieved this reality defying goal. From the slow burning opener, All Time, with its heavy distorted riff, the pace and intensity of Double Vanity very slowly rises, peaking at the tracks New Karma and Speed Demon, before it slowly eases you back down again. This is a genre spanning release, there are touches of psychedelia and garage in addition to hints of beach boys harmony, a smattering of dirty blues and the occasional dark fifties melody, but all done with an impressive individual twist. This album floats in a suspicious haze of atmospheric garage rock textures and dark reverb that is strangely comforting.

Broncho remind me of a pummelling version of The Raveonettes when they were in their prime. This is no predictable straight up indie rock release, Double Vanity is a strange dark beast of an album, but it is one that will lurk happily in your collection, until late one night the mood will take you to play Double Vanity and you will happily slip into it’s uncompromising embrace.

Double Vanity will be released on the 17th June and can be pre-ordered from the usual sources, or directly from Dine Alone Records here: