Two bands from Dayton, Ohio come together on one piece of wax to pummel their way through 7 minutes of punk rock fury. The Raging Nathans tackle Side A with a well-calculated mix of pop sense and gruffness, including their take on the DEVO masterpiece “Gates of Steel”. Rad Company, who hasn’t released new material since 2013, round out the B Side with two new tracks of their signature mix of catchy, thrashing pop punk.
Now we’re talkin’! Cruz Radical is a band hailing from San Diego, featuring an all-star cast of musicians, with members from bands such as The Night Marchers, Crumbs, and Vena Cava. This album rocks fucking hard! It’s hardcore! It’s rock’n’roll! It’s garage punk! It’s all of that and more! I can’t tell you what any of the songs are about, because they’re all sung in Spanish, but this record rules! It starts fast, loud, and hard and never lets up. Ace tracks in an album full of perfection include “Cruz Radical,” “Suenos De Ayer,” “Vamos,” and “Ya Basta.” It’s like crossing Radioactivity with DFMK. I can’t recommend this highly enough.
DFMK are a punk/hardcore band from Tijuana. This 7" is 7 songs in 11 minutes. "The greatness of the band is fully captured on this here slab o’wax. Here you’ll find an incredibly tight and focused band that’s firing on all cylinders and delivering a ferocious, bombastic, confident, and swaggering blend of punk and rock’n’roll. To my ears, I’m hearing a nod to early ‘80s Southern California hardcore pioneers, a la the Circle Jerks, with heavy heapings of blistering rock’n’roll in the vein of Mudhoney and New Bomb Turks, however, with even bigger, beefier, guitars. This is some crucial shit that you’re going to want to own. – Jeff Proctor (Razorcake)
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The musical equivalent of a whiskey bottle hitting a cinder block wall. Heavy and unrelenting strings balanced out with a ferocious tidal wave drumbeat. Remeniscent of early Reis/Froberg projects with all the fury and none of the soft underbelly. Rail liquor on the top shelf!
Beautiful, steadfast rhythms with Russian nesting doll-levels of layers that conjure up the more tender moments of Dinosaur Jr and many of their mid-90’s alternative contemporaries. Razor-sharp lyrics delivered with impeccable balance between vocalists Mike Vera and Ryan Shannahan. The songs have a natural splendor that echoes the vast beauty of their Oregon setting. If there’s such a thing as “Wilderness Punk”, this is it!
Remember fun? Remember when west coast punk was more about crafting quality and sincere tunes and less about practicing your “serous stage face” in the mirror? Hungry Tiger harkens back to the classic mid-to-late 90’s Fat/Epitaph bands we all cut our teeth listening to, with none of the roster-filler crap. The songs are catchy and infectious without being bubblegum, well-produced without being overly polished to a mall punk sheen, and have an enjoyable energy while still maintaining a sense of earnest introspection. This’ll take you back to bands like Millincolin and The Bouncing Souls, while all the while adding another page to the book. Available on blue vinyl