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Jaya The Cat Commence UK Tour Next Week

Jaya The Cat UK Tour Nov 17Amsterdam based drunk-reggae-punks, Jaya The Cat, released their new album, A Good Day For The Damned, last month via Bomber Music, the band are now set commence their UK next week, including a show at the world-famous Camden Underworld. A Good Day For The Damned is now available via Bomber Music and the album is also available via digital services including Spotify and iTunes.
 
A Good Day For The Damned can be ordered via Bomber Music here
 
Jaya The Cat‘s UK Tour Dates can be viewed below

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Jaya The Cat’s New LP ‘A Good Day For The Damned’ Out Today

Jaya The Cat UK Tour Nov 17Amsterdam based drunk-reggae-punks, Jaya The Cat, have today released their new album, A Good Day For The Damned, through Bomber Music. The band, who are part way through an extensive run of German shows, will visit the UK in early December, including a show at the world-famous Camden Underworld. A Good Day For The Damned is now available via Bomber Music and also via digital services including Spotify and iTunes.
 
A Good Day For The Damned can be ordered via Bomber Music here
 
Jaya The Cat‘s UK Tour Dates can be viewed below

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Jaya The Cat Release ‘Amsterdam’ Video And Announce UK Tour

Jaya The Cat UK Tour Nov 17Amsterdam based drunk reggae punks, Jaya The Cat have premiered the new music video for Amsterdam, a track taken from the band’s forthcoming album, A Good Day For The Damned, that is set for a November 17th release through Bomber Music. Jaya The Cat will also be embarking on a brief UK tour this December in support of their new album.

A Good Day For The Damned can be pre-ordered via Bomber Music here

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Tropidelic To Release ‘Heavy Is The Head’ Via Law Records

Tropidelic HITHTropidelic may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out a unique mix of reggae, hip-hop, funk, ska and alternative influences for audiences across the country, including appearing on the Warped Tour. The band has now signed with Law Records for their forthcoming release, Heavy is The Head, which will be released on November 10th. 

Heavy Is the Head can be pre-ordered here

The video’s for Dollar Saved and Hey Now, and Tropidelic‘s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…

The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment Release Two New Videos

Johnnie Squizzercrow Food Bank EPThe Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment released their latest EP, The Great Foodbank Robbery, on Aprils Fools Day, the band have now released videos for two tracks from the EP, the title track from the EP and the dub heavy One People.

The Punk Site review of The Great Foodbank Robbery can be found here

The Great Foodbank Robbery EP can be streamed and ordered here

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The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment

The Great Food Bank Robbery

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

I have a deep admiration for bands like The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment, they are out there doing things on their own terms, whether anyone likes it is of secondary importance to them, they make the music that they want to make and fly in the face of any commercial notions. As it happens I do rather like The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment, ever since I encountered them at a festival in North Manchester in 2016 I’ve had a fondness for their experimental spirit of ’77 attitude and their regular supply of self released EP’s. The Great Food Bank Robbery is their latest EP and it is released today, April 1st 2017, and will be available for streaming, and on CD and download formats, via their Bandcamp.

The Great Food Bank Robbery follows on from last years Bootleg 3 EP, that release was what they salvaged from an aborted album session, this time they’re back with an EP of a new material that’s heavily influenced by the more experimental side of the class of ’77. The Great Food Bank Robbery is delivered in their trademark dub style, from the likes of the more upbeat Kill ‘Em All to the laid back reggae influenced strains of One People, although for me the highlight of the EP is the track that was the lead single from the EP, the wonderful Freaky Flakazoid Counter Culture Kid, that embraces sixties garage, punk and whatever it is that fuels The Johnnie Squizzercrow Eperiment.

As far as I’m concerned the punk scene needs bands like the The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment, the perpetual outsiders who make the noise they want to make and patiently wait for everyone else to realise they were right all along. The Great Food Bank Robbery is a step forward from 2016’s Bootleg 3 EP, this latest release seems more focused, probably as it’s intended as a coherent EP rather than the remnants of an ill fated recording session. As it says on their website “like us? don’t like us? whatever!”, what’s important to bands like The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment is that they love what they do, and I can’t help feeling that this EP will make a few more feel that way.

The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment‘s website is here and their Facebook page is here

The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment‘s Bandcamp is located here

THE TiPS Announce Spring UK Tour With The Hostiles

the tips spring tour feb 17Reggae-punks, THE TiPS from Dusseldorf, Germany will be heading to the UK this Spring to team up with The Hostiles for a string of tour dates across the isle. THE TiPS began their musical journey within the German punk scene whilst introducing elements of cosy reggae along with smooth soul into their hard driving punk songs, a process which created their unique sound and style. 

THE TiPs Twists ‘N’ Turns LP is out now on LP, CD and Download via Long Beach Records Europe.

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Sublime With Rome Announce August 2017 UK Headline Dates

Sublime With Rome Summer 17Californian alt-dub icons Sublime With Rome are extremely pleased to announce their first UK headline dates since 2010, the trio will be heading to the UK this August with their unique blend of reggae, alternative rock, hip hop and dub playing exclusive headline tour dates in Manchester, London and Bristol, tickets went on sale today, Thursday 9th February 2017.

Sublime With Rome will also appear at Boomtown Fair 2017 on Sunday 13th August, where they close the festival as headliners of the Town Centre stage.

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The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment

Bootleg 3 EP

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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

There is something of a convoluted back story as to how The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment came to release the Bootleg 3 EP, sadly it is one I have only tugged at a few strands of, but I have enough to share the basics of the EP’s origins. The band were disappointed with the direction that their, now disowned, album was headed in, so The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment decided to take matters into their own hands. They remixed the raw recordings for the ill fated album, stripping them back down into their raw live state and releasing the alternative mixes as the limited edition Bootleg 3 EP.

The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment deliver authentic and unpredictable punk rock in the style of the first wave of UK punk bands, with a hefty influence from the likes of The Slits and X-Ray Spex. The opening number, Baliff, carries dub tones in the bass that is married to a distorted post punk guitar style, both this track and Consumer carry razor sharp social observations that are all delivered with a northern sensibility, this is especially prevalent on the dead pan vocal delivery on the short but sweet Fuck OffThe Bootleg 3 EP concludes with TV Dinner, another track containing wry observations that carries dub stylings, but on this track it is juxtaposed against a gentle melodic guitar riff.

The Bootleg 3 EP delivers something unique amongst the releases I’ve heard this year, the quartet of songs contained on the EP blend reggae, post punk, indie and punk together and the result is unlike anything else I’ve heard this year, it manages to capture the original attitude of punk and harbours obvious influences in it’s DNA, but crucially they manage this without actually sounding like anyone else. The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment have produced something unique and, as their name indicates, experimental, the Bootleg 3 EP is a limited edition physical release that was originally intended to be solely for gig goers, but whilst stocks last this unique EP is available via their Bandcamp.

The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment‘s website is here

The Bootleg 3 EP can be ordered here

Chainska Brassika Release New Video Of ‘Don’t You Try’

chainska-brassica-hi-res-band-jpgLast week Chainska Brassika announced the release of their new single, Don’t You Try, The Punk Site premiered the video for the single, and we have reposted it as technical gremlins struck and the video became unavailable. Don’t You Try is the first single from their eagerly anticipated album and features the instantly recognisable vocal sound of Toots, the legendary reggae pioneer from Toots & The Maytals, that gives the single a unique blend of old school Jamaican reggae and current gritty London ska.

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The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment Release Bootleg 3 EP

the-johnnie-squizzercrow-experiment-b3The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment have released a limited edition physical release intended for gig goers, but it is available, whilst stocks last, via their Bandcamp. The Bootleg 3 EP features alternative, non-album remixes of the raw recordings of tracks Bailiff, Consumer, Fuck Off and TV Dinner that were used in the making of album.

The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment‘s website is here

The Bootleg 3 EP can be streamed and purchased here

Chainska Brassica Premiere New Video On The Punk Site

chainska-brassica-hi-res-band-jpgEarlier this week Chainska Brassika announced the release of their new single, Don’t You Try, that was recorded in the reggae heartland of Kingston, Jamaica. Now in a Punk Site premiere we exclusively reveal the video for the single. Don’t You Try is the first single from their eagerly anticipated album and features the instantly recognisable vocal sound of Toots, the legendary reggae pioneer from Toots & The Maytals, that gives the single a unique blend of old school Jamaican reggae and current gritty London ska.

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Chainska Brassika Unveil New Track ‘Don’t You Try’

chainska-brassicaLondon’s Chainska Brassica have been spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond. Chainska Brassika bring you their new single, Don’t You Try, recorded in reggae heartland Kingston, Jamaica, a chance given to them as a result of winning the World Reggae Contest. Don’t You Try is the first single from their eagerly anticipated album and features the instantly recognisable vocal sound of Toots, reggae pioneer from the legendary Toots & The Maytals, making the single a fresh blend of classic Jamaica and current gritty London. 

You can stream Don’t You Try here

The Specials Confirm 2017 UK Tour With Toots And The Maytals

specials-2017Next summer, influential British icons The Specials and legendary reggae heroes Toots And The Maytals will share the stage for the very first time. With both acts boasting significant careers that span over 40 years, they’ll play three very special shows in Leeds, Birmingham and Hertfordshire at the end of May to kick start the summer with a refreshing mix of timeless anthems. Combining two of the most iconic and celebrated acts of the past 50 years, The Specials and Toots And The Maytals together on the same stage is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture the roots and soul of one of modern music’s most beloved genres.

You can view the tour dates and purchase tickets here 

Bumpin Uglies KIT

Bumpin' Uglies

Keep It Together

Right Coast Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Sometimes a band can throw you a curveball with their choice of band name and album cover, in this case a suspiciously familiar clown riding a unicycle whilst juggling chainsaws, can mislead you into assuming what’s contained within, Bumpin’ Uglies have certainly done that with their latest release, Keep It Together. I’ll admit this is a band that are new to me, I made assumptions about their likely sound and style, what I wasn’t expecting from this Maryland trio was this album to contain some seriously accomplished reggae and ska influenced punk.

For the most part Keep It Together is a mellow amalgamation of reggae and ska that occasionally ups the pace with an injection of punk attitude and adrenaline. For the majority of the album the reggae and ska influences are dominant, from the opening number of All In to the closing acoustic track, but this is an album that keeps things interesting by varying the level and mix of the three dominant influences, if I have to tell you what they are again you obviously haven’t been paying attention. My personal favourites are Sorry, I’m Not Sorry and Stop The Fall, but it’s not easy as this is a consistent and laid back album, with only the final acoustic number All That I Need not quite hitting the spot for me.

Bumpin’ Uglies have made a seriously impressive album and if you’re a fan of the likes of Sublime and the Mad Caddies then you’ll definitely want to get yourself a copy of Keep It Together. This is a very much a case of not judging an album by it’s cover, as this is an excellent hybrid of ska and punk that will accompany hazy nights, or days. The main problem with this album is that as I have now discovered they have an extensive back catalogue I’m going to have to make some serious investments.

Bumpin’ Uglies web presence can be found here and their bandcamp is here

You can order Keep It Together via iTunes and the usual sources

Bumpin Uglies ‘Keep It Together’ LP Due Out September 9th

Bumpin Uglies KITBumpin’ Uglies were formed by Brandon Hardesty in 2008, he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It’s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin’ Uglies mean it. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk, they don’t really care what bracket you want to put them in, either you love ’em or you don’t. The band’s third full length, and first for Right Coast Records, will be released on September 9th

You can pre-order the album via iTunes and all pre-orders get an instant download of Stop The Fall

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No Regime – Self Titled

No Regime is a four piece punk-reggae hybrid out of Los Angeles.  They’re been a round for a few short years, but have really only hit the radar of most (myself included) because of their latest self titled EP.  The band’s mission seems to be blending Sublime-esque vocals and reggae fueled moments with instances of crashing – just shy of thrashing – punk craziness.  Personally, I’m not completely sold yet, and I think the band needs a little work finding their sweet spot with regards to the balance between their influences, but a lot of good has been said about the band, and there’s certainly a lot of promise within (My review is forthcoming).  But don’t take my word, check it out for yourself, the band has uploaded the entire EP as a free download over on Last.fm.

No Regime Self Titled

Download the Album From The Band’s Last.fm