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Video: Great Cynics – Only In Memories

Great Cynics 2016London’s Great Cynics have premièred a video for their “Only In Memories,” a track taken from their upcoming full length, POSI, which is set to drop on March 24, 2017 via Specialist Subject Records.

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Video: Muncie Girls – Social Side

Muncie GirlsExeter, UK’s Muncie Girls has premiered a music video for the song “Social Side,” from their debut LP, From Caplan to Belsize, which dropped back in March on Animal Style Records in the US along with Specialist Subject Records and Uncle M Music overseas.

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Video: Austeros – ‘In Orbit’

Austeros Promo 1 WebCheltenham, UK indie punk outfit Austeros have posted a video for their track In Orbit. The song features on the trio’s upcoming debut full length Painted Blue, which is due to drop on May 27th via Specialist Subject Records.

Check out the video for In Orbit, the track listing for Painted Blue and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Video: Great Cynics – ‘Want You Around (Chunky)

Great Cynics 2016London’s Great Cynics have premièred a video for their Want You Around (Chunky), a track taken from their most recent full length, Feel Weird, which was released back in May of last year via Specialist Subject Records.

The band are set to support Jeff Rosenstock on his upcoming UK/Euro tour, check out the full list of dates and the video for Want You Around (Chunky) below.

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Bangers Full Album Stream

BangersUK punkers Bangers have launched a stream for their upcoming album, Bird, which is set to drop on August 10, 2015 through Specialist Subject Records.  The band last released the EP Good Livin back in 2012.

Listen to the whole disc here courtesy PunkNews.  Keep your eyes peeled for our review in the coming weeks.

Bangers Announce New Album; Stream First Track

BangersUK punkers Bangers have announced plans for a new album.  The  album will be titled Bird and is set to drop on August 10, 2015 through Specialist Subject Records.  The band last released the EP Good Livin back in 2012.

To mark the announcement the band is streaming the brand new song “I Don’t Feel Like I’ll Ever Be Clean Again,” which can be heard below.

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Great Cynics – I Want You Around (Chucky)

Great CynicsLondon’s Great Cynics has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Want You Around (Chucky)” and is set to appear on their upcoming album, I Feel Weird, due out May 18th 2015 on Specialist Subject Records.

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GreatCynics

Great Cynics / Muncie Girls

Split

Specialist Subject Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

I’ve never been a big fan of split EPs.  A handful of different scenarios usually present themselves but even the best ones usually end in some degree of disappointment; either one overshadows the other, both completely suck, the styles clash, or all the songs rock, leaving me hungry for a meaty main course that doesn’t arrive until either band finally gets around to releasing their next full length.  UK pop-punks Muncie Girls and Great Cynics recently released one such split showcasing three on the mark tracks by each party, making for the best kind of disappointing.

Great Cynics take the lead with their raspy brand of clean vocals and poppy guitar hooks.  The band clearly went out of their way to harness their full catchiness for opener “Whatever You Want.”  The simplicity of the chords bound into a jubilant chorus in which the whole band chimes in with spirited fervor.  Bassist Iona Cairns takes the reins for “Scarier Area,” her sweet but strong vocals pulling her out from behind her bass guitar, leading the charge in this slightly above mid-tempo standout.  Cairns usually leads for a song or two per album, but the strength of her performance should leave fans hoping Great Cynics up that ratio soon.  “Dirt In My Lungs” is a relatively relaxed closing number that wraps up the band’s contributions somewhere between a fizzle and a bang.  Overall a commendable three songs that set the scene for Muncie Girls’ vibrant poppy continuation.

Landing somewhere between early Lemuria and Candy Hearts, Muncie Girls kick off their side with sugary cup of bubbly delight.  If Great Cynics were straight up root beer then Muncie Girls are a sweet sweet root beer float.  “Everyday” won’t just hook listeners for one auditory gulp; it’s the creamy textures that will keep an audience tasting each chorus upon subsequent sips.  The soft mid-song plucking pacing “The Teacher” paired with a verse punctuated with playful “oo-ooos” furthers the theme of easy, addictive listening, leading into the band’s most ambitious of its contributions.  “The Real You” counterbalances the prior tracks’ juvenility with an earnest dose of musical and lyrical maturity.  “The world against you is all in your head,” sings Lande Hekt, emphasizing inner strength through the passage: “the real you would get out of bed, and forget about the things that were never said.”  Muncie Girls not only close out their side confidently, but also bring a sense of a closure to the split as a whole. 

As far as two artists putting their best collective foot forward, Great Cynics and Muncie Girls offer six well-polished and memorable tunes.  As with all splits, the disc serves more as a sampler or promotional tool for each band, but a dang good one at that.  If the tracks on either side of this split are any indication, any upcoming output by Great Cynics or Muncie Girls will be well worth tuning into.

Personal Best Stream ‘Conkers’ From Their Debut EP

Personal Best 1Ahead of their debut EP release, Bristol pop punk band Personal Best (featuring ex members of Bedford Falls and Caves & Attack! Vipers!) are streaming Conkers, one of four tracks on The Lovin’ EP featuring the bands unique take on 90’s punk. Expect distortion, melodies galore and even more distortion. It is due to drop on March 24th via Specialist Subject Records.

The stream of Conkers  is available on the groups bandcamp page.

Great Cynics and Muncie Girls Detail Upcoming Split

Great CynicsSpecialist Subject Records will be releasing a new split twelve inch record featuring the Muncie Girls and The Great Cynics

The piece of wax will be available on March 10th and has three new tracks from each band that were recorded earlier this year at Middle Farm Studios in Devon with producer James Bragg.  The split’s artwork is by Joe Watson with photography from Jonathan Minto.

The tracklisting is below.

Great Cynics also have upcoming tour dates in France (with Guerilla Poubelle) and the UK and Ireland with Deer Tick.

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Chuck Ragan/ Sam Russo/ Jimmy Islip/ Helen Chamber

Chuck Ragan / Sam Russo / Jimmy Islip / Helen Chambers

Split

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Rating: 2.5/5

 
 

 

 

In celebration of recent tour dates in the UK, Chuck Ragan has released a split LP with 3 English artists that he has played with on previous rounds through the country. Starting things off is Chuck himself, contributing 3 cover songs, including one by Leatherface with his Hot Water Music bandmate Chris Wollard. Of the three songs, this is easily the best. Both of the other songs are slow songs that could be considered at best B-side quality recordings. It is understandable that Ragan would not want to release his best material on a small pressing LP, but it almost feels like he wanted to use his name as a vehicle to introduce people to some obscure English artists without worrying about overshadowing them too much. It just hurts that Ragan would release something so mediocre.

Next up is a trio of songs from Sam RussoRattling Keys is vaguely reminiscent of a Gaslight Anthem ballad, but his thick accent is distracting. After the disappointment of the first three songs, these throwaway tracks are almost heartbreaking.

The redemption comes in the second half of the album, starting with Jimmy Islip. Starting with 1990, he kicks things off with some uptempo folk punk sure to bring a smile to the faces of devout Frank Turnerfans. Fortune Teller slows things down a bit and suffers with the decrease in tempo, but Big Heart keeps things going with more English high speed folk. Islip is a great find for listeners on the other side of the pond.

The closing tracks come from the lone female, Helen Chambers. Female folk artists seem to receive less recognition than their male counterparts, but if this is because of a male domination conspiracy, then feminists have found their revolutionary heavyweight firepower in Chambers. Her strong voice exhibits a slight warble in Biding My Time bringing to mind the legendary Buffy St. Marie in her prime. She overshadows all of the men on the album, even during the simple quiet Paper & Glue. But where she really shines is on the final track, Speak Your Name, an acapella song with an Appalachian folk sound that sends shivers down your spine.

This limited LP may be a stretch for punk fans with only a passing interest in the current crop of gritty folk artists, but for fans with an open mind and a keen ear, Jimmy Islip and Helen Chambers provide some high quality music. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the first half of the album.

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Caves

Homeward Bound

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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

A few months ago, the internet was ablaze with news of the new album from Lemuria. Known as Pebble, this album was taking the world by storm and I couldn’t wait to hear it. When I finally did, I felt empty. It was alright but didn’t nearly live up to the hype it was receiving.

Why do I start with that anecdote? Simply because the first time I head Caves’ Homeward Bound, I thought to myself “see, this is what Pebble should have sounded like.”

Caves, a three piece UK indie-pop-punk-whatever band, is undeniably catchy. They’re not revolutionary, but they’re damn fun. They’re distinctly familiar yet refreshingly unique, like that old friend you haven’t seen in a long time. They’re raw and fast, somewhat low-fi as they take cues from the early nineties recording style rather than the perfectly polished trend that happens today. Front woman Louise Hanman sounds like a cross between Laura Stevenson and the CansThe Gateway District (and by association The Soviettes) and some slight Tsunami Bomb. Throughout it all, she’ carries herself with confidence and it comes through on the recording. I’m reminded of the same way Hayley Williams blew me away on Misguided Ghosts and All On Wanted on brand new eyes, only Hanman consistently leaves me with that feeling.

This is honest, noisy and raw all the way through, with enough change ups to keep me replaying it for hours on ends. This Music Is My Life is filled with “woahs” and upbeat energy but that’s followed by the reserved and sparse Lemuria-like Water Wings. Bad Weather throws a wrench in the mix with a hollowly acoustic number and vocals that echo in the background while Bows & Arrows has loud vocals and heavily distorted guitars. I’m Not Sorry begins like a higher energy Attack In Black before kicking into a Bambix-influenced pop-punk ditty for the No Idea Records crowd.  In fact, that No Idea vibe is found on so many tracks here, The Mess I Made, Same Way Back and Time and Time Again.

Homeward Bound is a record that came out of left field and completely captivated my attention. Energetic punk rock with somewhat muddled production quality and hooks galore makes for an album worthy of praise and your hard earned music listening time.

Little League And Pure Graft Release New Split 7"; Both To Play Fest

A split between Tallahassee FL’s Little League and Newcastle UK’s Pure Graft is being released on Specialist Subject Records. The split will feature two songs from each band and two tracks from the release are being streamed on the label’s Bandcamp page.

Both bands are also playing Fest on the following dates and Pure Graft are embarking on a fuller US tour beforehand:

LITTLE LEAGUE – Fri 28th at The Atlantic 12:10-12:40
PURE GRAFT – Sun 30th at 1982 2:20-2:50

Little League And Pure Graft Release New Split 7″; Both To Play Fest

A split between Tallahassee FL’s Little League and Newcastle UK’s Pure Graft is being released on Specialist Subject Records. The split will feature two songs from each band and two tracks from the release are being streamed on the label’s Bandcamp page.

Both bands are also playing Fest on the following dates and Pure Graft are embarking on a fuller US tour beforehand:

LITTLE LEAGUE – Fri 28th at The Atlantic 12:10-12:40
PURE GRAFT – Sun 30th at 1982 2:20-2:50

The Arteries Detail New Album Release; Streaming Four New Tracks

UK punk rockers The Arteries have launched a pre-order for their upcoming album, Dead Sea.  The CD version is scheduled formally for an October 11, 2010 release on Specialist Subject Records, with digital and vinyl editions to follow in January via Paper + Plastick Records.  Those pre-ordering the CD will be able to download a digital advance ahead of the shipping date.

The band is also streaming four new tracks from the album over on their myspace profile. Listen here.