Review: REIZ – s/t LP

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REIZ
s/t LP
Spastic Fantastic Records / Kink Records

It´s time for the Nudist Colony Bingo-Hop, the latest craze from the secret land of pubic hair where jelly roll grabbing is explicitly permitted and invigorating harmony is the rule of the game. You don´t have to be ashamed of your body mass index here !
If the dancing Heidis on the frontcover got high on orange blossom oil and rocked their collective labrium to CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL is beyond my knowledge though.
One way or the other, it´s the inner appearance that counts and the one of REIZ is the definite antithesis to kermess society, church visits and incestuous boy/girl (from the same ten inhabitants one-horse town) gender meetings at the washing bays of Germany´s gas stations.

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Review: GEE STRINGS – I´m So Gee LP

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GEE STRINGS
I´m So Gee LP
Ghost Highway / KOTJ / El Beasto Recordings (Spain)
Adrenaline Fix Music (France)
Wanda Records (Germany)

Old love doesn´t rust and the GEE STRINGS have always been one of mine since they´ve fired their first Chinese Rocks into the drivelling 1977 junkie romance crowd from their then High Society International label bunker back in 1996.
Now they´re back with their first full-length since “A Bunch Of Bugs” ten years ago and totally hold up to their big beat “Rip Her To L.A.M.F. Shreds” promise given on the “I Will Get You” Single on No Front Teeth in 2015 and on their first taste of delightful doom in this decade dating back to 2013 when they spit out a Split with Scott “Deluxe” Drake & the World´s Strongest Men.
Counting on those canapes I´ve expected nothing else but Ready Steady Yobbo Snubs honoured with the Cross of the Blitzkrieg Bop Order on the golden strap of Pirate Love.

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Review: R.A.S. – Pas Le Temps De Regretter 12″

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R.A.S.
Pas Le Temps De Regretter 12″
Contra Records

France oh France, my dear fountain of earth´s eternal Oi! and Punk joys ! First of all you granted me the pleasure of a triumphant KOMINTERN SECT awakening with their “D´Une Meme Voix” MLP and now you´re making my cherry red heart shake and shivver with the return of R.A.S. joining the Contra Records family as well.
It´s as Jean-Jacques Rousseau said: “When life gives you anis, make Pastis out of it, get wasted, get rowdy and start a civil war with this backstreet nailbomb of record blastin´ through the speakers of your stereo !”.
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Review: RAZORCUT – Common Enemy LP

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RAZORCUT
Common Enemy LP
Contra Records

You´re stressed out because the plastic surgeon appointment for the aesthetic adjustment of your cheekbones has been postponed once again ?
You want to drastically reduce the latency time for your next dentist date because your nicotine yellowed teeth stumps and  beer coloured Bovver Boy tusks are in the urgent need of a surgical extirpation ?
Then this RAZORCUT follow-up to their “Rise Again” full-length debut from 2015 is the ultimately satisfactional solution you´ve searched for.
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Review: GULAG BEACH – Apocalyptic Beats LP

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GULAG BEACH
Apocalyptic Beats LP
Phantom Records

This is Berlin for sure, Posh Boy L.A. as well and definitely the Northern California BODIES / CADAVERS / SHARP OBJECTS bermuda triangle too, so to say Sonoma Beat Boys In The Berlin Blvd. Age. What would Rodney Bingenheimer say and when will Modern Action Records be knockin´at the GULAG BEACH beerzantine palace doors offering to produce a handknippled fretwork vinyl special limited edition including a bottle of Berliner Luft schnaps and a set of tights to fashionably complete a proper bankrobbery outfit ?

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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

 

 

 

Review: ESCALATOR HATERS – s/t LP

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ESCALATOR HATERS
s/t LP
Wanda Records

Salute the New Wave of the New Wave of the New Wave with me for another fizzy flurry of JACK & THE RIPPERS Snot Pop adventures ringing at your front door backpacked with a double dosed pint of BUZZCOCKS sherbert crackers.
Comin´ from the land of milk and tax dodging these three chord and a half veterans are buffing up their punky crew cuts with a gloopy domestic handful of  NEGATIV “Glitter Hair Cream” and just the right amount of Howard Devoto veneration grumpily snarling in his Top Of The Pops lead pencil looking microphone.
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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: NERVE BUTTON – s/t LP

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NERVE BUTTON
s/t LP
Wanda Records

Filthy jokes rolled up in a greasy bacon rind of magnificent FORGOTTEN REBELS bad taste and ambiguous TEENAGE HEAD sidenotes about genitals served with Junkshop handclaps from the local pawnbroker and a droned out copy of the REAL KIDS Debut LP at side.
If those guys are talking about a trip to the rig there´s no job related training event to be planned but an alcoholically indicated intoxication instead leading to an impressive sexual accident with the not necessarily attractive neighborhood milf.
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