Thursday, 29 September 2016

Dischord - Red Poppies

 

  Blackpool punks Dischord recently made a triumphant return with their new album, War Or Peace. Released on August 30th, it's a hard hitting political punk masterpiece. If you listen to the album (and you should), you'll notice it's a well written treatise on the subject of war, song titles include War, Peace, Shellshocked, Battlefield and it finishes with Love in which they pronounce "....they want to fight and they want to kill, but I want to live in peace." Another couplet, "Red is the colour that brings them to me. Their blood and their souls, they gave for free" pretty much sums up the futility of war. All in all, an elegiac lament with a heavy soundtrack.

  You can check it out here : http://dischorduk.bandcamp.com/album/war-or-peace

  The song you'll find below is a scathing indictment of the role of those in power in sending our youth to die on foreign shores. This is Red Poppies.....

You can't save the soldiers 
Who died in 1917 
But with a canteen full of hate 
You can desecrate their legacy 
Shedding blood for oil 
You guaranteed your place in hell 
Pulling the triggers for the rich 
In the wars the rich won't fight for themselves 

And you can wave their flags 
And you can dance their dance 
But there's no help for heroes 
They're still rotting in France 

And you can sound the horns 
At the cadets parade 
But they're following footsteps 
To an unmarked grave 

Rotting and forgotten 
In an unmarked grave 

And you can fight for England 
And say you killed for your country 
But you'll die for a German Queen 
And an all American currency 
Dropping bombs on schools 
You guaranteed your place in hell 
Killing children for the crown 
In the wars the crown don't care about 


'I was born in this town 
But I was made a monster 
Dehumanised. Radicalised 
Taught to kill without compromise 
So pack up your troubles 
In your old kit bag 
But they won't support you 
When you come back.'


Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Mutha Luvin Chimps - Red Alert

 

  Manchester band Mutha Luvin Chimps take their cues from the best. A glance at their Facebook profile tells you that their influences include The Buzzcocks, Undertones, Ramones, The Jam, SLF etc... They deliver original music that's melodic and refreshing. Spawned by a love of classic era punk but with a modern twist.

  The current line up features Jonny Baggs (vocals), Nozzer (guitar), The Saint (bass/vocals) and Silverback (drums). A click on their website will bring you to their Life, Love & Daytime TV cd which is available in physical form or for free digital download : http://www.mlcuk.com/music

  In a couple of days they release their catchy as hell new single. It's a song about an alien invasion of Earth by orange skinned women with weird duck like faces wearing Primark boots (you've no doubt seen their like round your local town centre). Call Captain Kirk, this is Red Alert......

Don't shoot, we're empty handed,
Weird girls from outer space have landed,
They look strange and they all dress the same
It's insane!

Oh my god! The Martian girls have landed!
Orange skin, boots primarny branded,
I think it's time to call Captain Kirk
This is Red Alert!

Call the cops! Their laser guns are booming,
With eye brows that are clearly not human,
A strange race, beaming down from outer space,
With a strange duck face!

Don't look now, the Martian girls have landed,
Orange skin, boots primarny branded,
I think it's time to call Captain Kirk,
This is Red Alert!

The chances of anything coming from Mars was a million to one he said,
Who is that girl on the high street with silicon brains in her head?
Laser guns are set to stun, emergency code red,
It's getting worse, where's Captain Kirk?
Call Flash Gordon instead......

Oh my god! The Martian girls have landed......
IT'S RED ALERT!




Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Eddies - Punk For Life



  An oldie today from Dundee punks The Eddies. They formed in 1994 and despite numerous line up changes have gigged regularly ever since, sharing a stage with many of punk's greatest names. They've released a couple of albums, PANIC (1999) and Who Are You? (2001).

  Despite the line up changes and the ravages of over 20 years together, they're still bringing their brand of sweaty, in your face music to an appreciative audience. They weren't lying when they claimed that they were Punk For Life.....

 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Clowns - Destroy The Evidence

 

  One of the songs that went down well on yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show was the new single by a band from Melbourne called Clowns. (The show is saved here if anyone's interested : http://mixlr.com/mick-fletcher/showreel/just-some-punk-songs-250916/ ).  The band have been together since 2009 and are building up a healthy worldwide fanbase.

  You can get the latest news here : http://www.clownsband.com/ and if  you want to check out their music (including the new single) then head in this direction : https://clownsband.bandcamp.com/

 They were recently over in Europe bringing their energetic skate punk to the northern hemisphere but October will see them back on native shores where they'll be gigging with No Anchor and there's also another 7" imminent.

  A snapshot of life on the road with Clowns, here's the video for Destroy The Evidence.....

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Barse - Council Estate



  Barse were from Stanley which is in County Durham, England. They formed in 1997 (their original name was Barse 77) and were together until guitarist/vocalist Gary "Gash" Brown's tragic death in December 2006.

  Despite numerous line up changes, they still managed 3 albums; Negative Reaction (2000), They Said It Couldn't Happen Here... And It Didn't (2002) and If You Can't Fuck 'Em, Cut 'Em Up! (2007). The final album coming out posthumously. There was also the Singles And Rarities compilation and several singles & eps (one of which you'll hear below).

  Released in 2002 on Rapid Pulse Records, this is a tale of having no money, no job, no prospects and no chance of getting away from the crappy environment you find yourself living in. '77 style punk at it's best, this is Council Estate.....




Saturday, 24 September 2016

Knock Off - Fingers to the Bone

   

   Forming in 2013, Knock Off are a trio from Watford with a love of classic  punk, streetpunk and oi as well as football and beer. They're influenced by the likes of The Partisans, The Business, GBH, UK Subs etc and mainly write about their disillusionment with how the country is run but they also aren't averse to covering such topics as love and football.

  They released their debut album, Same Shit Different Day in 2014 and followed it up earlier this year with This Is Who We Are. This Is What We Do. They also put out an ep (Forever Angry) and a recent single called Football Beer And Punk Rock. You can check out the albums here : https://knockoff.bandcamp.com/

  Signed to the excellent Randale Records, they're following up a successful appearance at the Rebellion Festival with a host of gigs, including the current German tour. This is a band who's star is in the ascendancy so make sure you check them out.

  From the latest album, this is an anthemic song about having to work your fingers to the bone and still struggling to make ends meet whilst others sit around at home all day........

 

Friday, 23 September 2016

The Dirty Priests - This Is A Hold Up

 

  The Dirty Priests are from Claremont, California and have been together for almost 4 years. Their line up is Jimmy Bastard (drums/vocals), Sean T. Dempsey (guitar/vocals), "Grizzly" Aaron Barton (bass) and Whitey Peckawood (guitar/vocals).

  They're a garage band influenced by the late 70's punk scene and in August they unleashed their debut, self titled, album. If getting down and dirty with the Devil's music is your cup of communion wine then go check out the lp here : https://thedirtypriests.bandcamp.com/album/the-dirty-priests

  Below you'll see the video they recently released for one of the songs on the album. It's pacy, upbeat and fun with a killer chorus that'll have you thinking that maybe church can't be as dull as you always thought if these guys are typical members of the priesthood. This Is A Hold Up.....