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The Black Bullets To Release New Single ‘Dolls’ In January 2018

Black Bullets DollsThe Black Bullets are the real deal, they live, breathe, and consume rock ‘n’ roll,  since their inception back in 2012, the fiery five piece have steadily released a glut of EPs to much underground acclaim, most notably 2013’s Bullet Through Your Heart, 2015’s Bulletproof and 2016’s Bombshell. Now The Black Bullets are set to release their latest single, Dolls, on the 12th January 2018.

The Black Bullets Facebook page can be found here

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Snakerattlers

This Is Rattlerock

Moon Skull Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

This Is Rattlerock is the debut full length from Yorkshire duo Snakerattlers that is now available via Moon Skull Records. The Snakerattlers emerged from the ashes of The Franceens and have transformed themselves into a band that channels the primal soul of rock ‘n roll via the sinister reverb heavy chords of Link Wray, the unhinged psychobilly of The Meteors and the primitive origins of The Cramps to create something that has the essence of their influences, but crucially they manage to avoid being derivative or in any way an anachronism.

From the dark ominous opening chords of I Won’t Hold Back you know that you’re for a demonic take on rock ‘n roll that is in no way designed to save anyone’s soul, with This Is Rattlerock the Snakerattlers take every facet and mutation of rock ‘n roll and twist it into their own stripped down hybrid. At times they’re channelling the original spirit of the orginators before veering off into a demented psychobilly rampage, the result being that they have delivered a debut album that simultaneously recalls Link Wray‘s Rumble and The Cramps debut full length, Songs The Lord Taught Us, via the insanity and originality of the spirit of the best of the unhinged garage bands, both past and present.

I recently caught the Snakerattlers live, which added to my intrigue in hearing how their raw and primitive menace would transfer to the studio, it turns out that with This Is Rattlerock the Snakerattlers have managed to capture the raw essence and dark energy of their live performance, something that few bands manage when they make the transition from the stage to the studio. With This Is Rattlerock the Snakerattlers have delivered an impressive debut album that hits the spot on every single track, if the devil has the best tunes then there’s no doubt that the Snakerattlers debut full length is playing on repeat on hell’s jukebox.

This Is Rattlerock and be streamed and purchased, on CD and digital formats, via Moon Skull Records here

The Snakerattlers website can be found here

Dirt Box Disco Announce Pre-Orders For New Album ‘Immortals’

Dirt Box Disco ImmortalsSTP Records have revealed that the brand new 2018 Dirt Box Disco album will be titled Immortals. The CD of Immortals will be released on Sunday April 29th at the launch show in Manchester at Rebellion Bar and the vinyl will be released on Saturday July 28th at the launch show in Sheffield at Corporation. Both of these options are available to pre-order right now at STP Records, and there are a few bonus gifts for any pre-orders placed before January 1st, as are tickets for both of these STP Records shows.

Immortals can be pre-ordered via STP Records here

The Ramonas Announce 2018 ‘Mania’ Tour

Ramonas Mania Tour 18The Ramonas, who are more widely known as the world’s most popular female tribute to iconic punk pioneers The Ramones, released their debut album of original material, First World Problems, earlier this year. The band have now announced that they will be undertaking an extensive 2018 UK tour in support of the album, the Mania tour kicks off in Leeds on February 15th and runs through to April 21st in Birmingham.

The Ramonas website is here and First World Problems can be ordered here

The RamonasMania‘ tour dates can be viewed here

Dirt Box Disco Release ‘Imaginary Friend’ Video

Dirt Box Disco PoppycockDirt Box Disco have released a video for Imaginary Friend, a track from their fifth studio album, Poppycock, that was released in April on STP Records. Dirt Box Disco have already started recording their sixth full length and there’s a live album in the offing that is being recorded at Manchester’s legendary Star And Garter venue next month. Poppycock, and Dirt Box Disco‘s previous four releases, can be ordered via STP Records here

The Punk Site review of Poppycock can be read here

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Hi-Fi Spitfires

Doors To The USA

Bullet Teeth Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

It’s been three long years since the Hi-Fi Spitfires released their impressive sophomore album, Nightraid, and now they’re back with the latest release, the five track EP Doors To The USA. Hi-Fi Spitfires are an example of the commitment bands show to punk rock with Stephen Straughan also recording and touring with punk stalwarts UK Subs and the other two members, Tony Taylor and Nelly, both active with their own outfits, First Wave and Garden Gang respectively, it’s clear that the Hi-Fi Spitfires are a band that don’t just talk the talk.

The EP’s title track is straight up punk rock that evokes the spirit of The Clash in their prime, this is followed by a classic old school punk rallying cry in the form of Fake City. Followers of the UK’s grass roots punk scene may get a sense of deja vu as the third track, Berlin, also appeared on First Wave‘s latest release, but as this was one of the highlight’s from their recent Toxic Rock ‘N Roll album I’m not complaining that it’s been given the Hi-Fi Spitfires treatment. Don’t Take My Heart returns to the classic punk rock feel that Hi-Fi Spitfires are best known for, but for me they saved the best for last, closing track Last Gang is a perfect moment of punk rock that makes you wish you could flip Doors To The USA over for another five tracks.

Doors To The USA is pure grass roots punk rock at it’s very best, the Hi-F Spitfires have always carried the spirit of punk’s past glories, but they bring them bang up to date and for me Doors To The USA is their finest release to date. The EP’s official launch party will be at the The Doll at the Black Bull in Gateshead, UK on the 30th December, with support from Loaded 44 and Pitbull. The Hi-Fi Spitfires will also be reissuing their first album, England Screaming, as a numbered limited edition of just 300 on red vinyl next month. Doors To The USA and the previous releases, including the upcoming limited vinyl pressing of England Screaming, can be purchased at their shows or by contacting the band.

Hi-Fi Spitfires Facebook page is here and their website is here

Aerial Salad Roach

Aerial Salad

Roach

Plasterer Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 
Manchester punk trio Aerial Salad only formed last year, and after building up an impressive following through relentless touring, including an appearance at FEST in Florida, they have now teamed up with Wonk Unit‘s newly formed label, Plasterer Records, for the release of their debut album, Roach, that contains a dozen punk rock anthems that have a distinctly old school vibe. Despite the fact that as a general rule Aerial Salad are a band that don’t take themselves too seriously the album does touch on some serious subject matter, including depression, self-reflection and the reality of the struggles of modern day life.
 
From the opening chords of the Roach‘s opener, Habits and Problems, you can’t help but be drawn into an album that channels the finest elements from the last forty years of the punk scene, but this is no recreation of the past as Aerial Salad have also thrown their own style and youthful energy into the mix. Roach is a raw dozen tracks of near perfect punk rock, and when you take into account that Aerial Salad are all still either in their late teens or early twenties it becomes clear that they are one of the brightest prospects on the UK punk scene, and Roach is an album that underscores the reputation they have earned on the live circuit.
 
Aerial Salad draw from influences such as early Green Day, Bleach era Nirvana, Snuff and a selection of vintage UK punk rock to create a sound that is very much their own, the album embraces punk, ska punk and the ragged edge of the grunge scene to create an impressive debut album. Aerial Salad are a band who have firmly established themselves on the punk scene on their own terms, before they caught the attention of Wonk Unit vocalist, Alex Johnson, who signed them up to his fledgling label, Plasterer Records. Punk may have seen it’s fortieth anniversary come and go, but as long as there are band’s such as Aerial Salad keeping the original spirit alive then the future of our scene is looking bright.
 
Aerial Salad will on tour in the UK throughout November with Wonk Unit, their tour dates can be found here
 
Roach can ordered on CD via Plasterer Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here
 

Loaded 44 Announce UK Winter Tour Dates

Loaded 44 EPLoaded 44 have announced a series of winter UK tour dates commencing on the 12th November at the Stalybridge Tavern in Manchester and concluding on the 30th December with a hometown show at the Black Bull in Gateshead, the tour includes dates with UK Subs, Hi-Fi Spirfires, Discharge and First Wave. Loaded 44 released their stunning Get Ready! EP last year to critical acclaim, and the EP is available via their Facebook page here or their website here

The Punk Site review of the Get Ready! EP can be read here
 
Loaded 44‘s tour dates can be viewed below

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Hi-Fi Spitfires Release ‘Doors To The USA’ EP

hi Fi Spitfires DTTUThe Hi-Fi Spitfires have released a brand new five track EP, Doors To The USA, that is now available to order from the band. The EP’s official launch party will be at the The Doll at the Black Bull in Gateshead, UK on the 30th December, with support from Loaded 44 and Pitbull. The Hi-Fi Spitfires will also be reissuing their first album, England Screaming, as a numbered limited edition of just 300 on red vinyl next month.

Hi-Fi Spitfires Facebook page is here and their website is here

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Aerial Salad Release Debut Album ‘Roach’ Via Plasterer Records

Aerial Salad RoachManchester punk-trio, Aerial Salad have teamed up with Plasterer Records for the release of their debut album, Roach. The album is a collection of 12 melodic punk rock songs, with a distinctive old-school vibe running throughout that touches on subjects such as depression, self-reflection, and modern-day struggles. Drawing from influences such as Jawbreaker, Green Day, Weezer and Jeff Rosenstock, the trio have crafted a sound reminiscent to the boom of 90s melodic punk rock bands. Aerial Salad take to the road throughout the UK, in support of Wonk Unit from the 8th November, the tour will see the band on the road for 18 shows straight, hitting almost every corner of the isle.
 
Roach can ordered on CD here and digitally here & Aerial Salad‘s tour dates can be viewed below

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The Ramonas Release ‘Poser’ Video From ‘First World Problems’

Ramonas FWPThe Ramonas, who are more widely known as the world’s most popular female tribute to iconic punk pioneers The Ramones, released their debut album of original material, First World Problems, earlier this year, and the band have now released Poser, the first single and video from their LP. You can read The Punk Site review of First World Problems here

The Ramonas wesbite is here and First World Problems can be ordered here

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Protected Left And Shortlife Release Split EP

Protected Left Shortlife SplitCalifornia’s Protected Left and Michigan’s Shortlife have got together to release a split EP that is now available on cassette and digital formats via Bandcamp, the split EP features two songs from each band, one brand new track from each band and a cover of one of each others songs. The cassette format comes with a full download of the EP and the split release can now be streamed and purchased from both the Protected Left and Shortlife‘s Bandcamp.

Protected Left‘s Bandcamp is here and Shortlife‘s Bandcamp is here

The Protected Left‘s website can be found here

The Professionals Release ‘Rewind’ Video

Professionals WITWThe Professionals brand new album, What In The World, is still available for pre-order via Pledge Music. The album boasts ten new tracks and in addition to the core group of Paul Cook, Paul Myers and Tom Spencer it features a host of guests including Marco Pironni (Adam And The Ants), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N Roses), Mick Jones (The Clash) and of course Steve Jones. Rewind is the second track taken from The Professionals new album, and the band have released a video for Rewind, and the track is now available to those who pledged for the new album. You can pre-order What in The World via Pledge Music here

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Hi-Fi Spitfires To Release New EP ‘Doors To The USA’

hi Fi Spitfires DTTUHi Fi Spitfires have announced they will release their new five track EP, Doors To The USA, next month, the new EP is the first new material from the band since the release of their critically acclaimed Nightraid LP in 2014. The official launch party for the EP will take place at the The Doll at the Black Bull, Gateshead on the 30th December with support from Loaded 44 and Pitbull. Doors To The USA will be available at their live shows and direct from the band, Hi-Fi Spitfires will also be releasing a numbered limited edition red vinyl edition of their debut album, England Screaming, later this year.

The Punk Site review of Nightraid can be read here

Hi Fi Spitfires website can be found here and their Facebook page is here

Emmer Effer Release ‘From The Bottom Down’ Album

Emmer Effer FTBDEmmer Effer are a Californian punk band who have now released their debut full-length, From The Bottom Down, via Felony Records, three members of the band were raised on South Bay punk rock, while Jake the drummer was raised on the punk sounds of the Pacific Northwest. This meshing of styles has resulted in a straight forward punk sound that is fast and to the point. Most songs are purposely kept under two minutes and guitar solos will not be found. The songs on the album hark back to that mid-90s South Bay sound reminiscent of 98 Mute and Pennywise

You can stream and purchase From The Bottom Down via Felony Records here

The Role Models ‘Dance Moves’ Album Released In The USA

Role Models DMThe Role Models released their third album in three years in the UK last month via Glunk Records, now Dance Moves will be available in the US via Rum Bar Records. Dance Moves was originally launched via a Pledge Music campaign that hit it’s goal in less than four hours. The Role Models will on tour in the UK next month with Michael Monroe, and Dance Moves is available on CD in the UK via Glunk Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

The Punk Site Review of Dance Moves can be read here

You can order Dance Moves in the US via Rum Bar Records here

Dead Boys Announce ‘Young Loud And Snotty At 40’ Tour

Dead Boys YLS 40Throughout their 2017 tour, which has included several sell-out shows, the Dead Boys have brought their classic energy to a whole new crowd, bridging the gap between generations of rockers. A quintessential component of the classic punk era, one cannot mention the iconic New York CBGB’s scene without mentioning the Dead Boys. Standing on the same mantle as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, the Dead Boys are notorious for their sonic sound, a blend of proto-punk elements kicked up with a fiercer, more ferocious energy. They’re still loud, and still snotty… just with an extra 40 years of experience.

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Over To You Release ‘Storm Chasing’ Video

Over To YouOver To You are all set to close up 2017 with their new video single, Storm Chasing,  that is taken from their forthcoming EP, SOS. The energetic trio have a clear focus and a hearty affection for gritty punk, they pull inspiration from the likes of early Green Day, Sum 41 and The Story So Far. Over To You cunningly weave infectious melodies and harmonies and combine them with gripping hooks and hard-hitting punk to stunning effect, the SOS EP will be available from tomorrow, October 6th, via all the main digital retailers.

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Kali Masi

Wind Instrument

Take This To Heart Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Kali Masi started life back in 2011 after the members previous outfits had imploded, from the off they blended the punk and hardcore of their youth with the new wave of emo bands that was sweeping their local scene. Since their formation they have built up towards the release of their debut album, Wind Instrument, with a series of single and EP releases, as well as a relentless touring schedule that has seen them criss cross North America, now Wind Instrument is set to be released on the 2nd October via Take This To Heart Records.

Some Friends opens with some very gentle strings before the track explodes into life to deliver a short sharp opener, Wind Instrument is an album that embraces many influences and blends them with their punk influences. Tracks such as Her Palms Were Read, Jejune and Reccourring (II) offer a more subtle outlet than the opening track but they are no less full blooded, whilst the staccato assault of Powerline Days brings the pace of the album down, but not at the expense of the energy of the album. Ghost (The Pottery Scene) and Lunger offer Wind Instrument‘s only relatively mellow moments before they return to what they do best as Your Other Left and Sputter kick Wind Instrument back into life before CA brings the album to fittingly epic and sprawling finale.

Kali Masi might have taken on a broader range of influences but they’ve remained true to their punk rock roots, whilst elements of emo and math rock are present they are are assimilated into their punk rock sound rather than overriding or dissipating the energy of their impressive debut album. Kali Masi have produced an impressive full length, whilst it never quite lives up to the promise of the explosive opener, Some Friends, this is an album that brings together disparate influences to produce a heartfelt and energetic debut.

Wind Instrument can be pre-ordered via Take This To Heart Records here

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Wraths

My Home

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Wraths are, and I’m pretty sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t know here, a Californian quartet that combines members of 1208, The Darlings and most famously Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, whilst the latter of these is the best known member this is by no means a vehicle for Jim Lindberg, the combined talents of the members makes Wraths at least the equal of the individual member’s bands, if not the greater. The My Home EP follows on from their self titled debut album that was released last year, and given a second pressing this year, via Bird Attack Records, and the four tracks contained on this EP indicate that Wraths are very much a going concern.

The EP’s title track is a brutal attack on gentrification, something that is close to my heart, and I would imagine pretty much everyone reading this, as this is a global issue affecting pretty every major city as the character and culture is stripped away in the name of coffee shops, chain stores and unaffordable high rise properties. The punk venom continues with Trusted You which is another barbed attack that has it’s sights set firmly on the abuse of trust that exits in organised religion. and The Beat Goes On continues the assault on universal problems, this time confronting the issue of bullying. This Is My Farewell marks the end to the all too brief My Home EP, and keeps the energy levels off the scale on what for me has easily been Wraths finest release to date.

It feels weird to say this after having witnessed a jaw dropping set by Pennywise at this years Rebellion Festival, but after hearing the My Home EP I’m conflicted as to which outfit I’d rather Jim Lindberg focused his energies on, I’m just hoping that he can manage to keep both going. There’s obviously more than enough on this EP to keep any Pennywise fan happy, but this is not in anyway a side project that repeats the sound of any of the members other outfits. Wraths are very much a separate entity and with the My Home EP they have released their hardest hitting recordings to date.

The My Home EP can be ordered via Bird Attack Records here

The Professionals Release ‘Good Man Down’ Lyric Video

Professionals WITWThe Professionals brand new album, What In The World, is still available for pre-order via Pledge Music. The album boasts ten new tracks and in addition to the core group of Paul Cook, Paul Myers and Tom Spencer it features a host of guests including Marco Pironni (Adam And The Ants), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Duff McKagan (Guns ‘N Roses), Mick Jones (The Clash) and of course Steve Jones. Good Man Down is the first track taken from The Professionals new album, and the band have released a lyric video for the track and next week the track will be made available to those who pledged for the new album. You can pre-order What in The World via Pledge Music here

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Culture Abuse

Culture Abuse

David Kelling


By on 23rd August 2017 at The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

 

 

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I meet with Culture Abuse in the downstairs bar area of The Deaf Institute where the band are gathered ahead of their debut appearance in Manchester, as we end up conducting the interview outside the venue at the band’s request so they can enjoy a smoke it’s impossible to tell who’s answering the question when other members of the band chip in due to traffic and background noise, but the majority of the responses were from vocalist David Kelling, so in the inauspicious surroundings of the alley at the back of The Deaf Institute I find myself interviewing Culture Abuse

Thanks for taking time out to talk to The Punk Site, how’s the tour going so far?

we’ve been gone for almost three months now, it’s been good, it’s been rough, it’s been fun, there have been ups and downs you know, but it’s been good

You’ve been on the road for a while now, where have you been before you hit the UK?

We went to Hawaii and started with a couple of shows there then we flew to New York and did an East Coast tour then it was over the UK to play Hyde Park with Green Day, then we headed over to Italy and stayed there for a couple of weeks and played music before we went to Amsterdam and stayed there for three weeks. Now we’re back here after doing a few festivals such as Lowlands and Pukkelpop, finally it’s this tour with Tigers Jaw and it ends at Reading and Leeds, then we’re going to chill for a few days before heading back home

How do you feel about playing the Reading and Leeds Festivals?

We’re on about 5.30 and … (at this point we’re politely ushered away from the venue by security as Culture Abuse’s smoke cloud was creeping into the venue)

I can take that out if you want

No man, leave it in, fuck it

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 2 Aug 17Right now we’ve moved away from the venue, where are you all from and how did Culture Abuse come together?

We’re a west coast band, California from Bay Area, we’ve all been in other bands in the Bay Area music scene. We’re all kinda like the underdogs and outcasts so we all just grouped together and started this band

How long has it been since Culture Abuse got together?

it’s been going three or four years, when we first started the drummer that we had didn’t want to tour and I just wanted to play music, so I didn’t care, I mean like of course I want to be touring, this is what I want to be doing, but for the first couple of years we could barely even play outside of the Bay Area as our drummer just didn’t want to, and then we basically just had to get a new drummer and start hitting the road

Peach came out last year, which for me was one of the best album’s of 2016

Yeah, we were told we had to make that record, we didn’t even have a drummer at the time, so we got our friend in to do it, practiced four times and went into the studio to do it

I think that really comes across as Peach has a real live feel, what were the influences on the writing of the album?

Ramones, The Clash big time, Weezer, The Beatles, I mean we wanted to make a record that you could just put on regardless of the mood you were in, if you were like really happy or if you were fucking pissed, or if you were anything, we just wanted to make one of those records that you could you just put on in any situation

And now you’ve signed to Epitaph, which is a big deal

Yeah, Brett face timed me today just to talk about mixes of some songs we’re doing, it’s just crazy that the people we get to collaborate with and the people that are around us now are all so talented and insane in their own way, it’s so cool to think about where the future’s going to go. The person that we have to talk to about mixes, even when it’s oh fuck I’ve got to make a phone call, is Brett from Epitaph and Bad Religion, who also owns the fucking label, and he’s helped write, produce and engineer some of my all time favourite records, so yeah Epitaph, yeah it’s cool

Is there a new album or EP in the future?Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 3 Aug 17

We’re going into the studio at the end of September, we get back from this and we’re home for like ten days, then we fly to Riot Fest to play on the Jawbreaker day, we’re home for a little bit and then we go to LA and we start making the new record

Will you be coming back to the UK to play to tour or play any other festivals?

Yeah, We’ll be coming back to play Glastonbury for sure, if it doesn’t happen next year it’ll be happening the year after, maybe Rebellion next year then Glastonbury and then we’d like to come back and do Leeds and Reading again on the mainstage, then maybe Wimbledon and Wembley, yeah we’re playing Winbledon (chorus of laughter from the band)

Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Punk Site

Yeah, punk rock forever

Culture AbuseYou can read the live review of Culture Abuse at The Deaf Institute here

The Punk Site‘s review of Peach can be read here

Culture Abuse‘s website can be found here and their Bandcamp is here

Live photography from The Deaf Institute by Dean Unsworth

Dean’s Instagram account is located here

Sweet Little Machine To Release ‘Monsters’ EP

Sweet Little Machine MonstersMonsters is the new EP from Fireball’s Hottest Band 2017, Sweet Little Machine, that is due to be released on the 6th October. Monsters is an EP packed full of the kind of arena ready punk rock songs that were made for the big stage and the radio waves, and you can catch the band on tour throughout the UK with Reel Big Fish, Anti-FlagThe Skints and Mad Caddies next month on the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour.
 
You can pre-order the Monsters EP here
 
You can view the Fireball – Fuelling The Fire UK Tour dates below

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Telethon Release Video For ‘Succinct, The Optimist’

Telethon TGSTelethon will release an ambitious new concept album titled The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told In Five Acts, on September 29 via Halloween Records. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock, rock n’ roll, power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. The result is a true blue rock opera about a self-centered, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos. The sprawling, thirty track LP also features appearances by Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren and members of The Hold Steady and Less Than Jake. You can pre-order The Grand Spontanaen on CD and digital formats via Bandcamp here

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The Ramonas Release Debut LP ‘First World Problems’

Ramonas FWPThe Ramonas have released their debut album, First World Problems, and the LP is now available on CD and download, as well a limited edition run of vinyl that will be available from November 2017. The band, who are more widely known as the world’s most popular female tribute to iconic punk pioneers The Ramones, have moved into the originals world with their eagerly anticipated self released debut album. You can read The Punk Site review of First World Problems here

The Ramonas wesbite is here and First Problems can be ordered here

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Destroy Orbison

Liquid Courage

Suck It! Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Destroy Orbison are a four piece Texan punk band who’s debut album, Liquid Courage, was released last year, and now it has finally received a physical release as it has now been re-issued on a limited edition cassette via Suck It! Records, as well as still being available digitally via Bandcamp. Destroy Orbison are reportedly building up towards releasing some new material via Out Loud Records, so it would seem that there’s never been a better time to introduce yourself to this quartet of drunken upstarts from the lone star state.

The Failure provides the first dose of Liquid Courage, and it’s a welcome shot of intense skate punk that is followed up with the title track that delivers another round, and we all know that after the second round no one’s leaving the bar early and Shitty Times is dedicated to avoiding work the day after the night before. Every track is written about what Destroy Orbison know and all ten tracks are delivered with a hedonistic enthusiasm that you can’t help but warm to. This may be an album that sounds rough round the edges, but on a release such as Liquid Courage this approach just adds to the album’s charm.

Destroy Orbison have delivered ten tracks of grass roots DIY frantic punk rock that are done and dusted in a shade over twenty minutes, and you can’t help feeling that with Liquid Courage the band have created the natural counterpart to Pkew Pkew Pkew‘s debut album, as both are dedicated to the simple pleasure of getting drunk, very drunk, straight edge they certainly aren’t. Liquid Courage is ten rounds of beer fuelled punk rock that is delivered with a distinctly live feel that captures the chaotic feel of the band perfectly, and after experiencing Liquid Courage I’m looking forward to hearing what they’re serving up next.

Liquid Courage can be ordered digitally and on cassette via Suck It! Records here

Isotopes Join CJ Ramone On UK Tour

Isotopes CJ Ramone tour 17Canadian baseball punks, the Isotopes will head to the UK this week, in support of their short, sharp new album, 1994 World Series Champions, which is out now through Destiny Records (UK/EU) and Stomp Records (CA/US). The Isotopes link up with legendary punk-rocker CJ Ramone to take on a two week run which sees them hit every corner of the UK and Ireland.
 
The Isotopes webstore can be found here
 
You can view the Isotopes tour dates, and the video for Legend Of George Brett, below

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The Two Tens Release ‘On Repeat’ LP

Two Tens ORThe Two Tens have just released On Repeat, the follow-up to their acclaimed debut album Volume. Not only have the themes of heartbreak, heartache and depression reared their heads again on the LA based duo’s new studio LP, but the pile-driving rock that dominates these thirteen original tracks, along with a bludgeoning cover of the Unknown Mortal Orchestra track Nerve Damage, are an equal and familiar punch in the gut. On Repeat builds on the raw garage-punk that dominated their previous effort, the duo have also expanded their musical palette to include a poppier edge to some of the tracks.

The Punk Site‘s five star review of On Repeat can be read here

On Repeat can be ordered via Man Della Records here

Spider Release Self Titled ‘Best Of’ EP

Spider EPLike a swift kick to the head, Spider‘s limited edition EP delivers six blistering existential anthems from their out of print album, Youth Insurance. For fans of early Black Flag and The Damned, these songs are forceful blasts of pure punk rock DNA, the EP captures the essence of Spider as a visceral and rhythmic band firing on all cylinders. Broadcasting with a complete lack of pretense and no time for time wasters, Spider offers the best of classic punk with an unruly hardcore tinge.

Spider‘s self titled EP can be purchased here and the lead track PCE can be streamed here

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CH3

Put 'Em Up

TKO Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

It’s best to start with a brief introduction for those who aren’t familiar with CH3, they are a band have been around since 1980 who are contemporaries of fellow So Cal legends such as Social Distortion, Bad Religion, TSOL and Circle Jerks, the release of their latest full length represents the bands first complete album of new songs in over 15 years. CH3‘s recording career had been on hiatus until recent political events stirred them back into writing, which is pretty much the only positive I can think of to come from recent political developments, and now the seminal So Cal punks are set to unleash their latest album, Put ‘Em Up, on August 18th via TKO Records.

Put ‘Em Up comes straight out of it’s corner with Model Citizen, a classic slice of CH3 punk rock that shows they’ve lost none of their fire, something that is underpinned on Not That It Matters and All The Night. The anthemic Fire And Water has a distinct feel of The Clash about it, and in that spirit the album’s title track is a politically charged number against the divisive policies of the current American administration. But it’s not all punk and protest, She Never Wanted It This Way and Blue Skies bring the album’s poppier moments, but with punk rock still firmly to the fore just as it oughta be, whilst Half The Way reveals a distinctly softer side to CH3. The God That You Deserve hits you with a melodic hardcore blast against organised religion and Take Me To Your Leader is a fine blast of punk rock that brings Put ‘Em Up to a rousing finish.

Put ‘Em Up places CH3 straight back in the heart of the current punk rock scene with a hard hitting and political slice of So Cal punk rock, there are moments that are influenced by the band’s that informed their sound, but the whole impact is of an original band who have lost none of their energy and rage after over 15 years in the wilderness. Put ‘Em Up is an album that could only have been made by a band with a long history, it revisits everything from the school of ’77 to melodic hardcore via power pop, and after listening to Put ‘Em Up my only regret is that is took them this long to return to recording.

You can pre-order Put ‘Em Up via Bandcamp here

Two Tens OR

The Two Tens

On Repeat

Man Della Records
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

The Two Tens are set to release their new album, On Repeat, on the 18th August via Man Della Records, there’s a theory that a band’s second album is the hardest as they’ve previously spent years developing and refining the material that populates the debut release, and as a result making the process of delivering a sophomore album that lives up to their debut an impossible task. If this theory is correct then no one has told The Two Tens, I adored their 2016 debut Volume and I will admit to some trepidation as On Repeat has followed so quickly on it’s heels, but any concerns I had were blown away as they haven’t equalled their stunning debut, they’ve surpassed it.

From the opening fuzzed out garage of the title track I start to get the feeling that this album is going to be something very special, this is borne out as every single track carries the infectious hallmarks of their debut, but it all sounds more focused and polished but crucially this is achieved without sacrificing their relentless energy and enthusiasm. Tracks such as Keeping Hope Alive, Stuck In My Head, Burden and Streetlight are perfect rough edged pop gems that no one else does as well as The Two Tens, but these sugar rushes are counterbalanced by fuzzier darker numbers and frantic blasts that carry the insistent hooks and infectious choruses that have become The Two Tens trademark.

The Two Tens are a perfect blend of old school punk energy, snotty garage attitude and sweet sixties pop, and it would seem the duo that make up The Two Tens, Adam Bones and Rikki Styxx, have formed a perfect partnership as they have now released two flawless albums in as many years. The Two Tens have delivered an album that I can’t fault on any level, and I doubt that I’ll hear a better album this year, On Repeat is a prophetic album title as that’s exactly what has happened since I first played it and if The Two Tens keep up their current trajectory then I’m going to have to add another star to our rating system for their next album.

You can pre-order On Repeat via Man Della Records here and Bandcamp here