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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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Propagandhi

Victory Lap

Epitaph Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Propagandhi are set to release their seventh full length, Victory Lap, via Epitaph Records on the 29th September, Propagandhi have now been around for over three decades and much has changed in that time. The current political climate has continued to fuel the band, in particular the election of Donald Trump, the rise of the far right and the refugee crisis, to name but a few of the issues confronting society at the moment, meaning that Propagandhi are as ferocious and politically focused as ever. Victory Lap is also the first album to feature new guitarist Sulynn Hago, who has stepped into David Guillas shoes, although he still makes a welcome appearance on four tracks on their latest full length.

The frantic riff of the album’s title track kicks in and it’s like Propagandhi have never been away, all the focused political fury and energy that you associate and expect from them is present. There are moments of frantic punk rock in the shape of Comply / Resist and Letters To A Young Anus, but it’s when they deliver melodic hardcore classics such Cop Just Out Of Frame, Il Flagrante Delicto, Tartuffle and the album’s lead single, Failed Imagineer, that Propagandhi truly come into their own. These expected elements are balanced against the staccato blast of When All Your Fears Collide and the comparitively mellow fury of Lower Order (A Good Laugh), Call Before You Dig, Nigredo and Adventures In Zoochosis.

It’s been five years since Propagandhi‘s last album, 2012’s Failed States, and they have returned more focused and furious than ever, and given the current state of world politics this shouldn’t surprise anyone who is familiar with Propagandhi‘s back catalogue. After over three decades and seven full length releases Propagandhi have delivered a confrontational and cathartic return to form, Victory Lap delivers the band’s signature hybrid of snarling riffs, urgent rhythms, and unapologetically politically charged lyrics that is a timely and welcome return at a time when we need band’s like Propagandhi more than ever.

Victory Lap can be pre-ordered via Epitaph Records here

Spill Your Guts Release Debut Album ‘Hungry Crows’

Spill Your Guts HCFormed in 2012, Shanghai‘s Spill Your Guts are a hardcore punk band that blend their own unique style of fast and aggressive music. With several EP releases under their belt over the course of five years, Spill Your Guts have now released their first full length album, Hungry Crows. Spill Your Guts are now set to embark on a 5000km cross Russia tour which kicks off on 28th September.

Spill Your Guts Facebook page can be found here

Hungry Crows is available as a name your price download via Bandcamp here

Fox Face Sign To Dirtnap Records

Fox Face Promo Sept 17Witchy, twitchy and full of attitude, Fox Face is a fog-swirling, moonlit night where nothing’s as it seems. Blink, and they answer the question you didn’t even know you had. Both realized and reckless, Fox Face is an eerie musical force that would be just as much at ease holding a seance on a stormy nighttime beach as they would be throwing a rager in a dark beer-soaked basement bar. Fox Face will release their debut full length, Spoil + Destroy, via Dirtnap Records on November 3rd.

You can stream the track Clever Girl via New Noise Magazine here

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Sciatic Nerve

Sciatic Nerve

Gunnar Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Sciatic Nerve are a band with a line up that is born of members of some of the scenes best loved bands, the outfit is comprised of members of The Swingin’ Utters, Nothington, Western Addiction and Cobra Skulls, but if you were expecting a recreation of the sounds from any of those bands you’ll be disappointed as Sciatic Nerve are not the result of a nostalgic trip into any of the members past or present recordings, they are a completely different beast from any of the members well known outfits. Sciatic Nerve will be released through Gunner Records on limited edition red and clear vinyl, as well as digitally, on the 29th September 2017.

The album’s title track kicks in with a forty nine second introduction that embodies the best of old school hardcore, and from this point we’re away into an album that owes a hefty debt to that scene, one that is done and dusted in a shade under twenty minutes. There are moments that veer away from the hardcore assault, Get Away has the feel of the best garage inspired bands and Things I Can Look At and With Who You Go slow the pace down but if anything up the intensity. For the most part Sciatic Nerve is a headlong blast of reckless hardcore inspired punk rock that any fan of the likes of The Bronx, Minor Threat and Black Flag will need to add to their collection.

It must be said that for a band that is formed from veterans of the punk scene Sciatic Nerve makes a pleasant change from the trend for acoustic albums that are veering towards Americana, country and introspection. Sciatic Nerve are living proof that you can grow old disgracefully without being dependent on your past glories and they have released an an album that bears no resemblance to any of the members former outfits, and for me that makes Sciatic Nerve an all the more impressive and original release from punk’s old school.

Sciatic Nerve can be pre-ordered via Gunner Records here

Girobabies Reissue First Two Albums

Girobabies SNW BSABefore the Girobabies released their 2015 album, Who Took Utopia?, there was this… for the first time the Social Not Working and Bus Stop Apocalypse albums have been mashed together onto one CD with additional bonus tracks. This is the first time either of these releases have been available as a physical purchase for at least 5 years.

You can pre order the Social Not Working and Bus Stop Apocalypse CD here

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Sweet Little Machine Reveal ‘Monsters’ Video

Sweet Little Machine Monsters Sweet Little Machine have revealed a brand new video for ‘Monsters‘, the title track from their new EP that is set for release on 6th October 2017. The band will be opening every night on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire tour in October 2017 playing alongside Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and The Skints.

The Monsters EP can be pre-ordered here

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Role Models

Dance Moves

Glunk Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Another year has passed and the Role Models have released their third album in three years, the album was originally launched via a Pledge Music campaign that hit it’s goal in less than four hours. Dance Moves takes you through a binge weekend with someone who has a lot to forget, or remember, the highs and lows, the exhilaration and the stinging guilt. The remembrance of loved ones past and the realization of friendships present, wanting to be lost and still yearning to be found, getting lost and being found. Dance Moves follows on from 2016’s critically acclaimed Forest Lawn album and is now available via Glunk Records.

Dance Moves is a step away from the immediate impact that the punkier Forest Lawn album had, this feels like a more mature and refined release and there’s a heavier influence from their rock ‘n roll sensibilities. Dance Moves is a perfect third instalment in a trilogy that has had the same core influences of power pop, punk and rock ‘n roll, with each album bringing one of these qualities to the fore, whether this is intended is something that only the Role Models will know for sure. Dance Moves is another solid album with no moments that have you reaching to skip over any tracks, and embedded in it’ grooves there a few stone cold classics in the shape of the album’s title track, Covered In Mistakes and Wizard Van that prove the Role Models have lost none of edge, or their tendency to pump out guitar hooks that lodge themselves firmly in your brain.

Three album’s in three years is an impressively consistent output for any band, but this is all the more impressive when you consider that the Role Models have released three album’s that each have their own character, yet maintain the Role Model‘s trademark mix of power pop, punk and rock ‘n roll. Add to this that that Dance Moves also features an impressive roster of guest appearances, including members of The Boys, The Scott Sorry Band and Robin Black And The IRS, to bolster their impressive sound, then you have a recipe for a third impressive full length in as many years, making the Role Models one of the most consistent band’s out there at the moment.

Dance Moves is available on CD via Glunk Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Washer Release New Album ‘All Aboard’

Washer All AboardAll Aboard is Washer‘s sophomore album, it is built on a blend of aggressive pop music, off-kilter structures, earnest lyrics, and minimalist garage rock. They’ve described their sound as “trying to do a lot with a little,” contorting simple pop formulas into fuzzy punk hits. Built around themes of personal doubt, self-reflection, and being stuck in place, All Aboard is a dark record, but Washer continue to fight toward brighter days. With a never ending onslaught of ramshackle hooks, sing-a-long anthems, and unexpected shifts, Washer have made an album where every moment counts and every song is a single.

All Aboard is now available via Exploding In Sound Records here

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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Decent Criminal To Release ‘Bloom’ LP Via Dodgeball Records

Decent Criminal BloomCalifornia’s Decent Criminal have signed with Dodgeball Records, the newly founded label started by Showoff frontman Chris Messer, his wife Dani and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes. The band are set to release Bloom, the band’s debut for Dodgeball Records that will be released on October 13th, with pre-orders, including vinyl, launching on September 29th.

You can stream Deviant, the first track to be released from Bloom, here

Dodgeball Records website can be found here

Buffalo Go Cave In

Buffalo Go!

Cave In

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Up and coming UK pop punkers Buffalo Go! released their new EP, Cave In, earlier this month, their latest release follows on from their debut single Fifty/Fifty that was released back in 2015 and the style of their debut single is carried through to their latest EP, but everything feels more focused and refined than on their initial release. The end product is an EP that is another example of a band that is moving away from the pop punk template and bringing something fresh to a genre that was in danger of becoming stale and predictable.

Lead single Caught Up launches the Cave In EP with a bruising delivery, that was whilst pop punk at it’s heart has a lot more muscle than bands from the genre usually possess, Mantis confirms that the opening number was not a one off, as this is another intense dose of pop punk. Light Patrol sees the intensity upped with an almost crossover feel to the delivery, but the best is saved almost for last in the form of the impressive track Fight Milk that combines everything the EP has thrown at us in three near perfect minutes, finally Just Call Me Circuit Breaker brings the Cave In EP full circle with another muscular dose of pop punk.

The Cave In EP is an emotional heavyweight that is a unique EP in pop punk terms, the song structures are unmistakably born of the genre’s heyday, but the way they are delivered is a distinct shift away from the more predictable styles that many adopt. The EP contains heavyweight drum beats and crunching guitar riffs that are combined with melodic vocals to deliver an EP that is an original and welcome addition to the ongoing renaissance that pop punk seems to be enjoying this year.

The Cave In EP can be streamed and purchased, on CD and digital formats, here

Sciatic Nerve Release First Single From Self Titled Debut LP

Flight13_LP_coverBay Area punks, Sciatic Nerve have shared their first self titled video and single, that is taken from the bands self titled debut album. Sciatic Nerve features members of Swingin’ Utters, Nothington, Western Addiction and Cobra Skulls, their debut album is set for release on the 13th October and is packed full of minute long bursts of dangerous rock n’ roll that come heavy, fast, high in energy and low on bullshit, the music is hard, but also melodic, creative, and fun.

Sciatic Nerve is available for pre-order in Europe via Gunner Records here

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Role Models Release ‘Dance Moves’ LP

Role Models DMAnother year has passed and the Role Models have released their third album in three years, Dance Moves was originally launched via a Pledge Music campaign that hit it’s goal in less than four hours. Dance Moves takes you through a binge weekend with someone who has a lot to forget, or remember, the highs and lows, the exhilaration and the stinging guilt. The remembrance of loved ones past and the realization of friendships present, wanting to be lost and still yearning to be found, getting lost and being found. Dance Moves follows on from 2016’s critically acclaimed Forest Lawn album and is now available via Glunk Records

Dance Moves is available on CD via Glunk Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Culture Abuse Aug UK Tour

Tigers Jaw / Culture Abuse / Muskets

Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

23rd August 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Tigers Jaw DI Mic Shot Aug 17It’s back to the Deaf Institute for tonight’s show, a venue that sits in the redeveloped area that surrounds the University area of the city centre, an early arrival is required ahead of the gig as The Punk Site intends to catch a few words with Culture Abuse ahead of their Manchester debut supporting Tigers Jaw. This is a tour that has seen Culture Abuse on the road for the last few months across the USA and Europe, and it follows on from their impressive debut album, Peach, that was released last year and led to their signing to the legendary punk imprint, Epitaph Records. After a brief interview with Culture Abuse, which will appear on The Punk Site shortly, it’s onto tonight’s opening act Muskets, and it’s time the ascend the Deaf Institute stairs. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Muskets Aug 17First up at tonight’s sold out show is Muskets, a band borne of Brighton’s ever growing music scene, they connected with like minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds, the Brighton based quartet open with a hammering introduction that builds into an impressive driving blast of grunge influenced punk. I’ve not encountered Muskets live before but this won’t be the last, their intense bass heavy slacker punk marks the perfect opening to tonight’s bill, and their set is an unrelenting barrage that combines of punk, grunge and post hardcore that sets the stall out nicely for Culture Abuse to bring their West Coast punk to Manchester. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse Aug 17Prior to their set Culture Abuse file out through the crowd to the smoking area, and return shortly afterwards in a suspicious haze and make their way onstage, the start of their set is delayed only by a malfunctioning bass amp before they launch into Chinatown, that precedes Culture Abuse diving headlong into a full tilt set of their own unique laid back intensity to a by now packed Deaf Institute. Live Culture Abuse are stripped of any polish the studio imposed and they are a hypnotic high speed dose of heady punk rock, it’s interrupted by a broken hi hat that results in a rambling and unselfconscious interaction with the crowd with a frank admission that they’re “stoned as fuck” something I picked up might be the case in the earlier interview. 

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 2 Aug 17Their summer feel good single So Busted makes an appearance and hints at what may be to come on their Epitaph Records debut, but it’s when Dream On, one of the highlights from their debut album, is played that the crowd explode into life, a call for light illuminates the venue, a rare thing in the Deaf Institute, they announce “we’ve got two more as we smoked a joint before” and they kick back in with a stunning Turn It Off, and I’m wondering how a band this baked can play a set this intense and, equipment failures aside, relentless. They make a further rambling declaration of their love for the venue, touring and what they do, that was enforced by a broken string, before ending an all too brief set, with another of their debut album’s highlights, Jealous. I’m left hoping Culture Abuse return to our city for a longer less problem strewn set, as there is no one else out there even remotely like Culture Abuse. As they leave the stage the bass hits the floor and the mic lead is thrown into the roof, where it stays, and they exit in a squall of feedback. 

Tigers Jaw DI Aug 17Tigers Jaw are pretty much an unknown quantity to me, and they have tough act ahead of them following Muskets, and especially the excellent dose of channelled chaos that was Culture Abuse‘s all too brief set. Unlike the bands that preceded them Tigers Jaw offer a more restrained and melodic alternative to the other band’s on this tour, and tonight is one of the occasions when the support act has well and truly stolen the limelight. As much as Tigers Jaw deliver a coherent set of energetic indie rock I can’t help but miss the hazy chaos that was Culture Abuse, but the reception they receive from am enthusiastic throng at the front indicates they have own solid following who know every word of their songs and who are crammed into the Deaf Instutute, but for me tonight belonged to Culture Abuse.

Tigers Jaw DI - Culture Abuse 3 Aug 17The Tigers Jaw website can be found here

The new album by Tigers Jaw, Spin, can be ordered here

Culture Abuse‘s Bandcamp is here and their website is here

The Punk Site review of Culture Abuse‘s debut album, Peach, can be read here

Muskets Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp 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

 

 

Muskets To Release Debut Album ‘Chew’

Muskets ChewFresh off a stint with Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse, Brighton-based four piece Muskets have announced the release of their debut LP Chew on punk mainstay No Sleep Records. Their unique blend of grunge-tinged hardcore borrows the gritty-ness of Fugazi and mixes it with the energy of early At The Drive In while maintaining a certain sensitivity that’s all its own.

You can stream the lead single from Chew, You’re So Cool, via Spotify here

You can pre-order Chew via No Sleep Records here

Knuckle Puck Release ‘Double Helix’ Video

Knuckle Puck SSChicago pop punkers Knuckle Puck have released a new track and the first video from their highly anticipated sophomore album, Shapeshifter. Double Helix is a sharp, urgent punch right to the gut, complete with an explosive chorus that makes excellent use of gang vocals. Knuckle Puck will also embark on a fall headlining tour with support from Movements, With Confidence and Homesafe. Rise Records will release Shapeshifter on October 13, 2017, and the album is now available for pre-order here
 
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MDC To Release New Album ‘Mein Trumpf’

booklet 4 paginaPunk legends MDC are back with Mein Trumpf, their first full-length in 13 years. Mein Trumpf is an album in classic MDC style, a searing indictment of current US politics, true to the band’s radical left-wing self. A musical call to equality and wake-up call against intolerance and hatred, Mein Trumpf closes with the widely heard and oft-repeated chant “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA”, first coined by the band and now picked up at political rallies across the world. Forming in 1979, MDC were amongst the very first US hardcore band, and have an illustrious history in the underground punk scene. Consistent advocates of gay, trans, animal, equal-race rights, MDC have influenced and worked with some of the biggest names in the genre. The band have just returned from a seven week European tour, with further tour dates to be announced soon. Mein Trumpf will be released via Primoridal Records on November 3rd

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Don Blake

Blake District

Round Dog Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Bolton, UK’s power pop punk quartet Don Blake have recently released their latest EP, Blake District, and the bands latest offering follows on from their 2015 debut album, Pocket Universe. Blake District features five new songs from the band that build on their previous releases and keep all the harmonies, catchy hooks and punk energy that populated their debut album, but with an added maturity that has been developed over the last two years that has brought a new element to the style that dominated their earlier EP’s, and their impressive debut album.

Their debut album was a blast of high tempo punk rock, and from the opening chords of Broken Baritone it’s clear that this is still the case as they open with a slice of melodic pop punk, but any fears that they might have softened their approach are dismissed by the frantic punk rock blast of Lurking. Blake District continues to tread the line between pop punk, punk rock and power pop perfectly, The Road Home and No Stops return to the poppier side of their style, whilst On The Line revisits their punk rock roots. Whilst there is a distinct influence from the heyday of pop punk on Blake District, this is not a recreation and the emphasis is firmly on the punk and power pop rather than the poppy elements.

Having a band of this quality that are literally right on my doorstep is something that is a rare thing, but for those of you who live further afield I’d recommend getting your hands on the Blake District EP until they make their way to your neck of the woods. Don Blake are a band that will appeal to fans of Teenage Bottlerocket, The Lillingtons, The Riverdales and The Methadones, but this is not a band who have copied a style from across the pond, they have firmly stamped their own identity onto the sound, and more importantly they’ve done it with style.

The Blake District EP can be streamed and purchased here as well as their back catalogue, which is available as pay what you want downloads. Blake District is also available on transparent splatter vinyl via Round Dog Records here

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SLED

A Better You

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

After years of playing small tours and festivals around the world, without an actual album being released, SLED, who were formerly known as Pinhole Down, are finally set to release their first official full length, A Better You, via Bird Attack Records on the 15th September 2017. Aside from the bands core members SLED also feature members of Guttermouth, Whole Wheat Bread and This Is A Standoff to create something of a punk rock supergroup whose sound is firmly embedded in the roots of melodic hardcore and skate punk.

The frantic Numb And Dumb is a fine opening rallying call that is followed by the intense Let Go, and every single track that follows is a full tilt punk rock attack that will appeal to fans of the likes of heavyweight melodic hardcore pioneers such as Bad Religion, Pennywise and Propagandhi. The ten tracks contained on A Better You make up an impressive debut full length by anyone’s standards, and it’s one that lives up to the impressive catalogue of recent releases that Bird Attack Records have unleashed.

SLED have delivered a fine slab of intense melodic hardcore that embraces skate punk with just a touch of crossover thrown into the mix, and makes no mistake this a damn fine album of full throttle punk rock. My only issue with A Better You is the fact that there is no variation across the album, every track comes out of the traps like it’s been spiked with amphetamines, and as the chords fade out another breakneck riff kicks in. This isn’t really a complaint as there isn’t a weak track on SLED‘s debut album, but to me A Better You just ends up feeling slightly one dimensional, but having said that this is a solid debut release from a band with a fine punk pedigree behind them.

A Better You can be pre-ordered on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats here

Face To Face To Release Visual History Book

Face To Face BookMelodic Virtue have announced their collaboration with influential SoCal band Face To Face for the 1000 limited edition coffee table book, Face To Face: 25 Years of SoCal Punk, The Visual History, to be released on December 1, 2017. The book is a nearly 200-page visual history offering a rare glimpse of the 25 year history of Face To Face through never before seen photos, and stories as told by contemporaries and fans including Travis Barker (Blink 182), Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), Kevin Baldes (Lit), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Corey Miller (LA Ink), Roger Lima (Less Than Jake), Chris Conely (Saves The Day), and Patrick Seton O’Connor (The Dan Patrick Show). It is also packaged with an unreleased song on flexidisc titled Self Determination. 

Pre-orders are available online here in three bundles and all books are signed by Trever Keith, Scott Shiflett and Aaron Tanner.

The Mons Stream ‘Alarm Clock’ From ‘Trust No One’ LP

The Mons Trust No OneHardcore punk band The Mons are streaming their new song Alarm Clock via Nine Circles. The track is a short blast of old-school punk that is highly recommended for fans of The Circle Jerks, Black Flag and early COC. Alarm Clock will appear on the band’s upcoming album, Trust No One, which will be released via Triple Eye Industries on October 20th 2017.

Trust No One can be pre-ordered on vinyl and digital formats via Triple Eye Industries here

You can stream Alarm Clock via Nine Circles 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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The Damned Announce Paul Gray To Return For New Album

Damned Evil Spirits Tour 18The Damned have announced that Tony Visconti is set to produce their forthcoming LP, which they’ll start working on in October along with engineer Kevin Kline in New York. They have also announced the bittersweet news that bassist Stu West will be departing the band, but they have announced that former bassist Paul Gray will return to reunite with the band once again, having played on their classic LP’s The Black Album and Strawberries.

You can still pledge for The Damned‘s new album here

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Bad Mechanics

Precious Moments In The USA

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

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

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

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

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

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Ramonas FWP

The Ramonas

First World Problems

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First World Problems is the follow up to The Ramonas critically acclaimed 2016 debut EP of original material, You Asked for It, and their debut album is released today, September 10th 2017. First World Problems is now available on CD and download as well as on a limited edition run of vinyl that will be available later this year. The Ramonas are best known as the world’s most popular tribute to iconic punk pioneers The Ramones, however the release of First World Problems sees them move away from being a tribute act and into releasing their own material on their impressive debut full length.

2.0.1.6. (Fuck This) opens First World Problems and replaces the 1234 chant with the title, and launches an adrenaline charged opener that is everything you’d hope for from a band inspired by the most important band in punk history. The Ramonas have not delivered a bunch of recycled riffs, they’ve bought their own character to the album what maintaining the spirit of da brudders, tracks such as Roadkill and Zombie Crawl bring a more frantic element, whilst I Can’t Cope delivers a darker moment into the album. When you couple these elements with the straight up punk of Tearaway, Sue Me, Quarter Life Crisis and Poser, the radio edit of which is added as a bonus track, then you have a band that have very much forged their own identity. Of course The Ramones are an ever present influence, Ramonas Go To Freiburg and V.O.I.D. are tracks where they wear their influences on their sleeves, but it’s on Cotton Wool Kids and the album’s title track where The Ramonas have truly captured the spirit of The Ramones, but for me the album’s finest moment is The Daily Fail, a true original classic dedicated to most hateful tabloid newspaper in the UK.

First World Problems sees The Ramonas blending the trademark raw dirty punk riffs that are borne of the band that inspired their formation , but they combine this with their own melodic vocal and guitar lines that sit alongside punk screams and a good helping of gang vocals. The Ramonas have delivered an album that is a more then worthy successor to last years You Asked For It EP where they first unleashed their own compositions, of course their live sets will still be peppered with the classic Ramones songs that we all know and love, but with First World Problems they have proved that there is so much more to them than being a tribute band, when you combine the tracks contained on First World Problems with the punk classics they are best known for then you will have a irresistible combination.

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

Don Blake Release ‘Blake District’ EP

Don Blake BDDon Blake have released their latest EP, Blake District, that is the band’s first new material since their debut album, Pocket Universe, was released just over two years ago. Don Blake have also confirmed a short run of tour dates across the UK and Scotland, and a review of the Blake District EP will appear on The Punk Site shortly.

The Blake District EP can be downloaded and streamed here and is available on vinyl here

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Svetlanas Issue Digital Release Of ‘This Is Moscow Not LA’

Svetlanas TIMNLAThe Svetlanas have issued a brand new digital release of This is Moscow Not LA, the new digital edition is available at a special price and it includes two unreleased songs, This is Moscow Not LA, that features Greg Hetson of Bad Religion, and a remix of Negative Approach by legendary punk producer Geza X. The original version of This Is Moscow Not LA, and the Svetlanas back catalogue, are also now available via iTunes. The digital release of This Is Moscow Not LA can be purchased via iTunes here

You can read The Punk Site review of This Is Moscow Not LA here

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Rotten Foxes Release ‘Rotten Foxes EP II’ As A Free Download

Rotten Foxes EP IIRotten Foxes are a turbo-fuelled mullet punk band for a lost generation who hail from Brighton, UK, the band have now self released their latest EP, Rotten Foxes EP II, as a free download for what they promise will be an instant party.

You can download Rotten Foxes EP II as a free download via Bandcamp here

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