Buzz Of The Month: THE GIFT – Running Around This Town LP

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THE GIFT
Running Around This Town LP
Time For Action Records

Alright you Top Boys and Knuckle Girls, I really hope you didn´t set your TFA order yet after the triumphant cry for glory of the WEEKS yesterday because here´s another scorcher comin´ from the same label to whip out your wallet for.
In case you ever thought of Powerpop only being some lame kind of coitus backbeat or of Mod Revival only being fit for crumpled pedantic traditionalists blustering about the sewing patterns of their Button-Down Shirts while sipping on a cup of Earl Grey and nibbling on a piece of malt loaf, then you´ve finally found the definite antithesis to this proposition by means of THE GIFT from Nantes and their actual full-length.
Almost two years after the release of their Debut EP on Une Vie Pour Rien those guys, having emerged from the likes of PROTOKIDS, JANITORS, RUDES and HEADLINERS, are presenting  a record that simply has to be denominated as absolutely unrivalled in it´s sound and attitude, once again giving proof that the TFA commander-in-chief Micha repeatedly evinces the right intuition to find extraordinary bands for his label.

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Audiophiles: V/A – Terminal Teenage – Pubescent Powerpop Wonders & Petting Pervs

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V/A
Terminal Teenage – Pubescent Powerpop Wonders & Petting Pervs
Vibrator Buzz Compilation Series

As the Record Reviews are still in the making (due to general laziness, time tunnels, parties with myself, cooking gulasch) I thought I´d throw in another compilation to satisfy your needs until further review update note.
This time I´m back again with what I can do and know best, teenage terrors and their stories of misconduct, noise annoys, adultery, hangovers and burst condoms.
Times of total levity when you thought you´ll stay sixteen forever, times when your main focus has been on a couple of pints,  a pile of records to annoy your parents with and staying out late waiting to be finally deflowered by Sheena, Roxy, Rhonda or one of her random girl gang friends.
Be part of the mission and revive your personal teenage kicks with this 28-track compilation monster of pure Powerpop virginity. Put your AGNOSTIC FRONT records aside and listen to some real music, take off your muscle shirt and pop in some candy to your hard-nosed soul, your wife will be thankful for it !

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Singles Going Steady: RPM # 1 – CRUISER / FASHIONISM / JONESY / TENEMENT RATS / RIK & THE PIGS / TRASH KNIFE

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CRUISER
s/t 7″
Surfin Ki Records

The cover may tell you Suzy Quatro, Joan Jett and RUNAWAYS of course but though those hints don´t bluff you up to a certain point, CRUISER ain´t your sugar pie girl fronted band for sure. Equipped with ragged flea market trousers, skintight leather and a holey HEARTBREAKERS shirt with all L.A.M.F. chords enlisted, they´ll instead just rip your balls off Bators style and wear them as a decorating earring accesory for their next rowdy stroll around the block. Their New York home is unmistakeable present in their sound and within´ this legacy those naughty CRUISER brats are beating their way through the rat infested backstreets of the 70ties Bowery up to the 53rd & 3rd where the Warriors are hiding in a Donut Shop, overjoyed of not having to pick a fight with that savage rebel rousing gang.

7/10

 

 

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FASHIONISM
Subculture Suicide 7″
Dirt Cult Records

You could easily label FASHIONISM as “…catchy Mod-/Powerpop with BUZZCOCKS…blablabla” and get away with it in Vice Magazine but let´s be honest, not only would this be a total understatement but also an embarrassingly reduced point of view that is only scratching the surface.
So let´s face the band´s latest single, as it deserves, with the enhanced scientifical methods of a four-eyed record junkie.
So what´s outstanding about this band whose chartbuster production line seems to be driven by an own inexhaustible nuclear Teen-Bop reactor ?
First there´s an absolute advantage named Jeffrey McCloy who´s bringing in the distinctive Pop sensibilities of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe paired with an addictively crooning Dion “The Wanderer” nostalgia bust feel with the exception of having removed just the right amount of pompous slickness and replacing it with the nerdy odd bird charme school of Wreckless Eric and Jilted John. I don´t know if the band will also be including a 12×12″ boardgame of Ropes & Ladders once they´ll put a full-length out or if they dislike anyone successful with girls and gardening like J.J. did but I definitely love those pictures popping up in my head when listening to FASHIONISM.
That´s still not the full package though ´cause second as important is the fact that the      band in a whole is able to revive the irresistible vibe and atmosphere of a teenage dancehall where the hopes and dreams of desperate adolescents searching for their role in life are reflected by the candy beat of the SHIVVERS and SPEEDIES and by the switchblade pop bites from the likes of MOONDOGS, AUTOGRAPHS or PROTEX who simply atomized a feeling of unconditional joy and an atmosphere of departure while still reflecting the problems and severe disappointments we all have to mess with.
Therefore the music of FASHIONISM is nostalgic in the way that it will make you feel like being sixteen again but for sure it isn´t decrepit or musically reactionary.
So don´t let any MRR writers with a childhood trauma for cheap Bay City Rollers records fool you, FASHIONISM is alive and kicking, FASHIONISM is now !

9/10

 

 

 

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JONESY
s/t 7″
No Front Teeth Records

Either there´s a lot of sizzling sexual energy in the canadian air that us ignorant euro trash inhabitants haven´t been used to from those bear huggers so far and that needs to be channeled through bands like JONESY and NERVE BUTTON (who´ve already been celebrated excessively in another review on those pages) or it´s just an honest and heartfelt love for cum noir blockbusters like “Waterpower Teenies” and “Beverly Hills Copulator”.
One way or another, with pubescent lyrical excursions into the nasty shakespearean world of (I Wanna) Bang Bang You  and (I Just) Wanna Cum On Your Face, JONESY are a band handbuzzed to fit for the filthy little community of this blog.
Devoid of all inhibitions they just let their inner Ron Jeremy beast loose and send it straight into a rollercoaster gangbang with Mr. T of SLOPPY SECONDS fame, the MODERNETTES virgin Barbra from Teen City and the high heels and straps cunnilingus licks of the “Trash” NEW YORK DOLLS peaking in a sexual accident with a BOYS bubblegum machine that you´ll refuse to hear more details of.

8/10

 

 

 

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TENEMENT RATS
s/t 7″
No Front Teeth Records

Always wondered what it would have felt like to wake up in GG Allin´s butthole with a ranting GIZMOS dick still stuck in from the lunatic party on acid the night before ?
That´s not the type of question you keep asking yourself when having your vegan poppy seed bagel and low carb scrambled eggs for breakfast ?
Oh dear, you gotta face the disturbing stuff in this world too, you gotta face Trump and you gotta face GG´s reception area because there´s no escape anyway.
It´s the same with the TENEMENT RATS from the city of badly bruised and slightly stoned angels. Once you´ve dropped the needle on that rabid rotter the booze oozing beatings of those human garbage disposals will dastardly crawl into your brain through the VILETONES “Backdoor To Hell” and zonk it out with the initially mentioned sickoid truth before resoldering your neurons with WEIRDOS “Solitary Confinement” and the ART ATTACKS first two 7″ big ballers bitten by the fleas & lice of VOM´s incestious mother. What a wonderful world, “Hurts & Noises” haven´t felt that soothing anymore since the GUILTY RAZORS crept out of the sewerage.
Yes, that´s a compliment. Now gimme more TENEMENT RATS.

8/10

 

 

 

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RIK AND THE PIGS
Life´s A Bust 7″
Feel It Records

Enviromental Contamination and Toxicology Punk pukes for the cheesy feet KBD generation of the modern age caught in the cheap speed pass winds of LUMPY & THE DUMPERS, BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS, CAL & THE CALORIES and their assorted troops of Bummer Bitch survivors recording their songs with a Toys”R”Us tape player in a trashcan pool of piss with the SLUGS, MAD and MENTALLY ILL, cataclysmic jaunts into the boyscout side of  LSD trips and the SCREAMERS synthesizer interiority included.
Music to do the Jockstrap Shuffle with your girlfriend and family to on Thanksgiving.

7/10

 

 

 

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Trash Knife
Trash Life 7″
P.Trash Records

Sweet sweet Philadelphia, the town of fraternal love ? Well, maybe for your flower power child but sure not for TRASH KNIFE who are bursting right into your mulleted mug from the rancid shithole toilet in Mickey´s Gym to toast your aural waffles with a Riot Core infested Teenage Hate hydrogen bomb from the garbage dump of bad morals. As wonderfully vulgar and dirt filled as a multiple crash collision bred by Kathleen Hanna and Darby Crash in the bumper hell of Solid Sex Lovie Doll Records.

7/10

 

 

 

Buzz Of The Month: PENNYCOCKS – Fake Gold & Broken Teeth LP

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PENNYCOCKS
Fake Gold & Broken Teeth LP
Contra Records

Back in 1977 SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS frantically raised the question “Where Have All The Bootboys Gone”, thirty-nine years and many worry lines later they finally receive the proper answer to satisfy their elementary needs by the PENNYCOCKS from Barcelona. Here they are, Latin Lover Bootboys from Catalonia cracking up bubble gum automats for their dear concubines and skipping out on a tab instead of beating up their opponents with handmade Millwall Bricks, allover handsome fellas going out for a Marlon Brando memorial spin through town on their rusty mopeds with the gold dust sound of music from the Fifties to the Seventies ringing in their ears.
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Buzz Of The Month: THE NOT AMUSED – Flat Broke MLP

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THE NOT AMUSED
Flat Broke MLP
Wanda Records

Put up or shut up, it´s no secret that I simply fell in love with the THE NOT AMUSED both on a personal and on a musical basis since having heard their “Flaunting Their Talents” 12inch back in 2007 and luckily being able to organize some gigs with them back in my tiny booking activity days. But seriously folks, even from an objective perspective, how could one not love them ?
Not only do they have the perfect musical suss belting out a monster mash blizzard of record collector´s Powerpop wet dreams shaking some punked up Teenage Treats action with the cream of the Gin Tonic intoxicated Mod Revival crop,  but also the appropriate style and attitude reflecting this music they play. A definite treasure that cannot be valued highly enough in times of bands really daring to wear tracksuits on stage !

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Review: DUFFY´S CUT / THE IDLE GOSSIP Split 7″

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DUFFY´S CUT / IDLE GOSSIP
Split 7″
Contra Records

Music for Brogue Polishers the Triple Oi! 14-Hole Boots Fanclub operator will be complaining about while the frontman of the POTBELLY ANARCHISTS, still noggy from the three litres Chianti bottle he had for breakfast, will be roistering in bewilderment: This is what you call Punk ?                                 

They just don´t understand it, their horizon has been been busted as they don´t have any clue in which of their close minded drawers the band should be sorted in. 

So let´s cut it down for them and do some enlightening work. Both DUFFY´S CUT and IDLE GOSSIP can in the main be pinned down to the keywords Style and Obession, like a personified Sta-Prest crease collecting sweat in an english sixties dancehall. They are Button-Down disciples with full backpleat, cufflinks and a matching three button jacket handsewn by the same italian tailor that already staffed Steve McQueen. They are practicing musically obsessed genealogy in sweatened Arnold Palmer camisoles going back to the very roots of real handmade music. Read More »