Posts tagged ‘punk’

July 1, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Another Friday means another five word reviews of five tracks so good they don’t need more than that. The proof is in the pudding not in the pudding label y’know? Check out these creamy sweet treats by Moemaw Naedon & C. Scott, Tacono Gate, Katy Guillen & The Drive, Norman Lake and The Healthy People.
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June 24, 2022

The Week Ender – Nova Blast

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

This just in: Swedish duo channels all the best parts of Husker Du into a single song making editors of a small time music blog very very happy. “Indoor Song” by Nova Blast, Anti Zurowski (vocals, guitar) and Viktor Höber (drums), is fast and bombastic and melodic and noisy and messy and tight and is the type of song that we in the industry say “melts faces.” Did they slather noise upon a great hook or did they hookify the noise? Does it really matter? Turn this one up and go into your weekend with mucho amplitude.

June 20, 2022

Week Starter – The Bad Man

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Ooooooohhhhhhh shit this is good. Also, good morning, how are you? Good? Have a nice weekend? Great, now back to this good shit. “Time” by The Bad Man is skronky, grimy, gritty, funky, sweaty, dirty rock n’ roll of the finest kind and if you ain’t ready for that kind of week GET ON OUR LEVEL. There’s a hint of young Rollins in the vocals, but instead of Black Flag it’s as if he got to fill in for Iggy on a loose Stooges jam session where they played around with a ska riff. It not only grooves but it moves like street walking cheetah going one step beyond and is one of the best things to be sent to us in a long, long time.

June 17, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

It’s hot as balls this week in the Midwest and probably where you are too and we think it’s because of these 5 scorchers. Behold a decidedly upbeat Friday 5×5 with four rockers and one what the fuck-er from Joyless, Nights Like Thieves, Evo Auxilium, Danny McGaw and Pollyanna after the jump.
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June 15, 2022

The Midweekly – Royal Dog

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

A little bit goes a long way, especially if that bit packs a bite. Shithole Country, the third and recent EP from punk rock duo Royal Dog, distributes the energy of a full length in just three tracks. With a solid opener in “The Deal,” this Chicago based group perks up our ears with confident writing and melody, then surprises us even more when the real riffing kicks in. Without a breath to catch, track two, “Aurora.” shows off RD’s tasteful production skills, as it gallops along at a steady pace, yet building up steam that must be released through strong, emotional vocals. That just leaves “Sugar & Salt,” the final tune, which delivers the fizziest pop, and the headiest lyrics of the trio. There’s anger and disgust in their words, as well as wit and awareness. So far these short bursts have been exciting to hear, and we can only hope the big record drop is just around the corner for this doggo.

June 9, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Femegades

Thursdays with J.R. is our new weekly column from lifelong musician and lifelong-er music fan J.R. McIntire, drummer of Arctic Char and multi-instrumentalist on more projects than we have bandwidth to list.

This week’s letter is F.  F is for Femegades but also for FUCK this song has a stiff but poignant message and I absolutely love it.  The track that spun me into self-reflection as a father to three daughters was “Speechless”.  The recording is pure and clean though fuzzy and ripping throughout.  Lyrics come harsh, brash and honest as that capital F we spoke of.  The subject matter of “but not ALL men” and the likes of those that hide behind that trope loads lyrics that question the intentions and actions of said men.  Lines like “that joke about her down on her knees” and “you watched while she didn’t consent”.  The catchy chorus sarcastically taunts the notion that not all men are like this, at least until their daughters are of age.  The bridge and breakdowns are packed with tight and pulsing drums as she brings it home repeating “eyes wide shut, not all men”.  I really enjoyed the modulated chorus that rounds out the tight, simple yet brilliant original riff.  Bringing the key up a notch is a novel yet satisfying way to bring a song to an end.  This song will make you think about what you say and do, music should do that, especially with a message that’s unfortunately so topical in today’s world. I guess I’m here to say thank you, Femegades.  Great tune. 

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June 3, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

We close out our first week back in the office with five bangers from After London, Tasks, Some Nicholson, Death Lens and Enemy Airship. Check them out after the jump.

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April 15, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we keep the Good Friday sermon short and sweet so that you can develop your own personal relationship with these rapturous new songs from Eternal ideal diamonds for you, Family Time, The Uncle Steves, FonFon Ru and Kerin Maguire.
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April 13, 2022

The Midweekly – PLOSIVS

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Never really understood the term “supergroup.” Sure, it’s a bunch of musicians from separate, established bands who have now formed a new band. But couldn’t you also consider those bands they came from “supergroups” already? Anyway, here’s PLOSIVS, a new group who are indeed super. All veterans of the San Diego scene. Rob Crowe (Pinback) and John Reis (Rocket From The Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes) are strumming the jangly chords and plucking the tinny licks, Atom Willard (Rocket From The Crypt, Angels & Airwaves, Against Me!) found time outside his hundred drumming jobs to lay down a flurry of mean beats, and Jordan Clark rounds out the crew with the low end. Their self-titled debut is packed with punk rock energy and hooks that barely let’s it’s foot off the gas, despite the irony of the opening track, and lead off single being called “Hit The Brakes.” Crowe’s upper register vocals cut through the frenzied noise with melodic excellence. PLOSIVS just finished up their first tour, and from what I read these old hats brought it like their younger rocker selves. Light the fuse and press play. This one is supergood.

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April 1, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

No foolin’ we got five great songs that need little help from us to sell them, because they’re that good. Check out the latest from Andrew Vogt, a-tota-so, Monokino, Declan McNulty and Wrong Eagle after the jump.
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