Saturday, 22 October 2016
The Scumbrians are a young band from Whitehaven, Cumbria who went down very well when I saw their set in Lancaster a couple of months ago. Since then they've been busy putting the finishing touches to their debut album and they'll be unleashing it next week (29 Oct). They've also won their way through to the final of Cumbria's Battle Of The Bands competition, the final takes place in January and they'll be hoping to land the £1000 prize in order to splash out on new equipment.
The line up of the band features Luke Norman (vocals), Jake McAllister (guitar), Kristie Mason (bass) and Ryan Hodgson (drums). Give them a like and get more info on Facebook..... https://www.facebook.com/scumbrians/
Definitely a band to watch, they recently supported Bad Manners and the new album is sure to bring them to the attention of a wider audience. They sing about the stuff that's going on around them, mixing up serious commentary with songs that might just see them sticking their tongues into their cheeks (if you've heard the track Jimmy Saville you'll know what i mean!). The song you'll find below is a modern day call to wrap up the rockets entitled Throw Em Away......
Friday, 21 October 2016
Something a little different today, I'm going to do a label spotlight on Braindead Records and highlight 10 of my favourite songs from their catalogue. If you like these songs then get onto their Bandcamp as all their releases are very generously available "name your price." https://braindead-records.bandcamp.com/
Braindead have been releasing punk, garage, riot grrrl, thrash and alt music for the past couple of years or so and have found their way onto this blog several times. It started up in 2015 in St Louis, Missouri, and is run by Todd Parker, Kenny Joslen, Sam Evans and Brandon Vitale. As well as the Bandcamp they also a number of other places you can check out.
They seem to be aiming to create a family vibe, many of the gigs I see advertised on their Facebook page feature bills consisting of several of their stable of bands. They've new releases pencilled in both for this year and next so watch out for those. There's a couple of their releases that I need to listen to a bit more but from the albums I'm familiar with, here's a Top 10 I put together :
1) Jane Doe - Jane Doe
2) Radio Buzzkills - Wolverines
3) Koff - Sick City
4) Stinkbomb - Slaughter At The Punk House
5) Life On Mars - All Sports Suck
6) Clark Cunt - Cosmetic Surgery
7) Slightly Less Infected - Witchy
8) Al Bundie's Army - Judgement Day
9) Stinkbomb - Stinkbomb Saves The Galaxy
10) Life On Mars - Burned Out On Life
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Horror Section are from Missouri and they combine a love of pop punk and horror movies to create the kind of music sounds something like The Ramones partying with The Misfits down at the drive in. They've been releasing spooktastic tunes since 2013 and you can check out those ghoulish delights here : https://horrorsection.bandcamp.com/
Their latest release is coming out on Eccentric Pop Records and it's a split 10" with Dan Vapid And The Cheats titled Twilight Zone (Vol.1). Nicely timed for the Halloween season it'll feature 3 songs from each band. The Horror Section have just released a William Shatner starring video for one of their songs, this is Nightmare At 20,000 Feet.....
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
One of my favourite albums of 2015 was No Heaven For Heroes (if you missed it, snap it up on Bandcamp "name your price") by Boston punks Mickey Rickshaw. I featured a song by them here : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/mickey-rickshaw-im-sorry-ms-mahoney.html
Now they're back with a brand new album called Behind The Eight Ball and it's more of the same high energy, Irish influenced punk that brings to mind the likes of The Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues. Check it out here : https://mickeyrickshaw.bandcamp.com/album/behind-the-eight-ball-2
With a video that's a great summation of what you can expect from the band, this is the lead track from the new album, it's called Rats In Allston.....
Stuck behind the eight ball of an antiquated system, you fell into the rhythm of the cage.
Education failed you, and after that, they jailed you.
And now you're on your ass with bitter age.
You can warm yourself with whiskey, warm yourself with gin, sleep out on the church steps, but they're not gonna let you in.
Their savior was a failure when you're sleeping in the rain.
The pouring water passes like your life into the drain.
When the sun goes down on the west in a cold cold world that we're lost in,
You'll be sleeping in the gutter, face down with the rats in Allston.
Stuck in the clink, you'll wind up dead. At least you had a roof on your head.
A hot and a cot and a daily bread.
Out on the streets, you don't have a name. You've cut all your ties, you're living in vain.
Nothing to lose, nothing to gain.
You're begging for survival, you're begging for a buck, you're begging for a second chance, but nobody gives a fuck.
Employment's not an option with a record and no skills.
Stuck behind the eight ball, it's the system that had you killed.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Destination Venus (no prizes for guessing where they got their name from) are from Biddulph/Stoke and formed in 1993. They released a split 7" in that year with The Living Dead and were part of a 4 band compilation on German label High Society International Records in 1994. '96 saw Smoking Troll Records release their Rot n Roll album and it was back to H.S.I. Records a couple of years later for the follow up album, Speak Up Brown ... You're Mumbling. Following an appearance at Morecambe's Holidays In The Sun Festival in 2001 they called it a day.
And that was that.
Until a brief chat in 2011 led to them giving it another go. Their comeback gigs went down well enough that the reunion became permanent and this led to a brand new album titled All Aboard The Good Ship Venus. You can listen to some of the songs here : https://www.reverbnation.com/destinationvenus1/songs
The current line up features Rob Lad (lead guitar/backing vocals), Kev Kirkham (bass/backing vocals), Crabby Venus (vocals), Rick "Rocket" Wright (drums/backing vocals) and Paul Lindop (rhythm guitar/backing vocals). Original bassist Stu Marsden is now a member of the excellent Wolf Bites Boy.
Next up for the guys will be an appearance supporting The Subhumans at the Underground in Hanley on Nov 4th and they'll follow that up with a special charity Christmas single in aid of Douglas MacMillan Hospice. Titled I Just Can't Wait For Christmas, there'll be a vinyl version as well as digital downloads.
The new album has seen them compared with the likes of The Toy Dolls, The Dickies and Sloppy Seconds and the song I'm posting is called Billy No Mates....
Monday, 17 October 2016
their batons are out
you're all outa luck
they kick you to shit
but don't give a fuck
black, white, man or boy
don't matter what race
you're just another brother
with blood in your face
they taser you down
writhing in pain
fry the fucking son of a bitch again......
Force Fed Lies are a new band from the North East of England who's line up features Carlton Train (guitar/vocals), Steve Winter (bass/vocals) and Ian "Dusty" Doust (drums). I can find very little info about them online but I think it's fair to say from listening to the few songs that are floating around that they're a hard hitting, politically and socially concerned act that are angry about certain aspects of life and aren't afraid to loudly voice those concerns.
The song you'll find below is a condemnation of heavy handed policing, it's accompanied by a powerful video that showcases some of those instances of unnecessary (and illegal) acts of police violence. It's called No Go Area....
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Tear Them Down are from Goteborg in Sweden and list amongst their influences the likes of The Briggs, Voice Of A Generation, Bombshell Rocks, U.S. Bombs, Teenage Bottlerocket, Rancid etc.....
They formed in 2010 and feature Vic (guitar/vocals), Gorb (guitar/vocals), Jonte (bass/vocals) and Maaran (drums).
Their debut ep, This Is A Mutinty, came out in 2011 and debut album, Their Fault, Our Problem followed in 2014. The ep, Ett Liv I Harlighet (on which they sung in their native tongue) was released last year and their new ep, Abide is out now. You can check them out here : https://tearthemdown.bandcamp.com/
You can get more info on their site : http://www.tearthemdown.com/
If high energy street punk is your cup of tea, you won't find many better eps released this year (all 5 songs are great). This is the lead track, Take A Walk In My Shoes......