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
Gruff, raspy vocals and rough iron rust guitar riffs. The songs remind you of walking 5 miles home in the rain at 3AM, and realizing half way there that you enjoy the journey. The quintessential band defining Portland angst and discontent. For fans of Kid Dynamite, Rites Of Spring, and the like. AVAILABLE IN DARK BLOOD RED (LIMITED 100) & BLACK.
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From 1859 Records
Hot Mass are a new band from Swansea who include guys you may (or should) know from THE ARTERIES, DIVIDERS & 33. They've been jamming their unique style of noisy frantic punk around the UK since 2015 and now we finally see their debut release, the "Nervous Tensions" LP available on colour vinyl.
Debut LP from THE NO MARKS who are made up of a bunch of great guys from bands you should already love (BLOCKO, CROCODILE GOD, THE DOWN & OUTS). Following on from their 2 7" releases this album features 14 brand new songs of amazing melodic UK punk.
It's been a long time coming but the second Chestnut Road LP is OUT NOW. I may be slightly biased but this album is even better than the first one. And not much is better than the first one. Fans of BROCCOLI, HOOTON 3 CAR, J CHURCH, LEATHERFACE, etc take note.
HEAVY HEART are a punk band from Nantes in France. To me, their sound lies somewhere between modern US pop punk and 90s emo. Kind of. Think IRON CHIC, BANNER PILOT, THE MENZINGERS, THE GET UP KIDS, etc. But French. And just as vital. Heaps of melody, emotive lyrics and vocal grit in all the right places.
From Rad Girlfriend Records
Hopefully you already know both bands but just in case you don't... Epic Problem are from Derby (UK) and are (for want of a better description) kind of like the UK version of Off With Their Heads. But with a streetpunk edge. And with Mackie from Blitz. The Slow Death are one of Jesse Thorson's (The Falling Angels, The Lil Happiness) current bands. They're from Minneapolis and a perfect accompaniment to Epic Problem. Think Tiltwheel, OWTH, Dillinger Four, etc and you'll be in the right ballpark.
“Never Fall You again” is a 3 track 7” that is a perfect example of the band's diverse style. The title track is like nothing they have released thus far while the 2 songs on the flip side are raw melodic garage punk stormers. Full of the usual energy and grit that will kick you in the balls and leave you wanting more.