Sunday, 22 October 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Justin Maurer (Suspect Parts)



  A top 10 for you today chosen by Justin Maurer who as well as being guitarist & vocalist in Suspect Parts has also been a member of several other bands including Clorox Girls, L.A. Drugz and Revisions. I posted a Suspect Parts song a few days ago which was taken from their new S/T album. You can check out the album here :  https://takenbysurpriserecords.bandcamp.com/album/suspect-parts-lp  and you can find details of their forthcoming European tour here :  https://www.facebook.com/SuspectParts/

  Many thanks to Justin for selecting his Top 10.....



  1)  ROY ORBISON - Blue Bayou



  2)  THE POWER CHORDS - Dream Girl



  3)  BUZZCOCKS - Get On Our Own



  4)  BEACH BOYS - In My Room 



  5)  ROLLING STONES - Dead Flowers



  6)  RICHIE VALENS - We Belong Together



  7)  THE CONTROLLERS - Jezebel 



  8)  THE SMALL FACES - All Or Nothing 



  9)  CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - Lodi



 10)  X - I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Slowcoaches - Complex (Reviewed By Wayne Elliott)


   I mentioned yesterday that I was going to try and get a guest review sorted out once a week. Ex Dr And The Crippens bassist Wayne Elliott kindly sent me one to post next Friday. He also sent me an extra one and as Slowcoaches are currently touring and their single is now out I'll use that as today's update. I'll just quickly mention that Wayne hosts a internet show, Pulsebeat, and you can find the shows saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/Wayne_Elliott/ 



  With so much focus at the moment on the treatment of women in the film industry the latest single from London 3 piece Slowcoaches shines a light on some of the seedier aspects of the music industry.

 Slowcoaches vocalist / bassist Heather Perkins commented “‘Complex’ is a response to the sexual assault allegations against artists that were in the press at the time I wrote it. There’s still a really dirty side to the industry – particularly with the encouragement and portrayal of male artists in rock music to god-like status. All too often, the system is adhering to an archaic, misogynistic interpretation of ‘punk’ that makes guys think they’re invincible, that they have an authority over women’s bodies.
She continues: “It sweeps the artists up, way out of their depth, and then there’s no one there to support them in dealing with this stuff in the right way when they eventually get called out. We came up with the concept of the video when we were talking about this – the idea of a split self – that there are parts of the personality that are always hidden from view. Pulling the curtain away, kind of peeling back those layers – the bright light exposing all the grubby stuff underneath.”

  A slow burning start leads into a full throttle assault and shows the band pushing on from last year’s ‘Nothing GIves’ LP. Work has already started on the follow up which will be released in 2018 via Leisure & District. The single will be available this side of the new year on screen-printed 7” vinyl, backed by a venomous cover of the Fang classic ‘The Money Will Roll Right In’.

They also hit the road this week undertaking a 13-date headline tour of the UK.


SLOWCOACHES 2017 UK TOUR DATES
Wed 18/10/2017 – UK, Liverpool – Shipping Forecast
Thur 19/10/2017 – UK, Manchester – Soup Kitchen
Fri 20/10/2017 – UK, Sheffield – The Rocking Chair
Sat 21/10/2017 – UK, Leeds – Lending Room
Mon 23/10/2017 – UK, Newcastle – Think Tank Underground
Tue 24/10/2017 – UK, Glasgow – Broadcast
Wed 25/10/2017 – UK, Nottingham – Bodega
Fri 27/10/2017 – UK, Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach Downstairs
Sat 28/10/2017 – UK, Exeter – Cavern – Indie Club
Mon 30/10/2017 – UK, Bristol – The Louisiana
Tue 31/10/2017 – UK, Oxford – Cellar
Wed 01/11/2017 – UK, Brighton – The Joker
Thur 02/11/2017 – UK, London – Boston Music Room
Tickets are available through facebook.com/slowcoachessux.





Friday, 20 October 2017

Rude Pride - Once Again (Reviewed By Stuart Marsden of Wolf Bites Boy)



  After around 1400 songs chosen and introduced by myself I decided you might enjoy someone different having a go so I'm going to try and feature a weekly update that gives a blog regular the chance to review a current favourite. As I know from past experience with asking for the Top 10 lists (and even already with these guest reviews), people often seem keen to do them but then forget or change their minds so it's possibly it might not work out at once a week but I'll try.

  Anyway, the first guest reviewer is Wolf Bites Boy vocalist Stuart Marsden. You've no doubt seen them posted on here several times but just in case, you can check them out here :   https://wolfbitesboy.bandcamp.com/

  Stuart's chosen a song from the new album, Take It As It Comes, by Madrid band Rude Pride (https://www.facebook.com/RudePride/) so I'll hand over to him.....


So the wait is over and one of my favourite bands have just released a new album and it’s an absolute monster!!! One track that stands out for me is “Once Again” it starts with this brilliant fast paced riff that immediately grabs your attention, melody has always been a factor for me in liking a track and this one is packed to the rafters with melody and a catchy hook. But what makes this track stand out to me is how they break it down at the end with the raspy vocal from Miguel and the catchy as ever bass lines builds this track up to a rousing crescendo. All in all this is just one track out of 12 on the latest album “Take it as it comes” which I can’t get enough of at the minute, other stand out tracks for me include Bars & Shackles, Disorder and the fantastic reggae track Many People Suffer, I’m so glad these guys have been asked to play Rebellion festival again next year, Skinhead till I die!!! Cheers Mick for giving me the opportunity to shout about a great new track!!


  This is Once Again.....


Thursday, 19 October 2017

ISS - Part Time All The Time

 

  OH BONDAGE! UP YOURS! Yeah I'm mentioning that today's song briefly samples the X Ray Spex classic right at the start of this intro in an attempt to attract the attention of those of you who prefer your punk music to be from the golden era of the late 70's and who might otherwise skip past this post with nary a second glance. Hopefully a few of you guys will find it worthwhile checking out the song at the bottom....

  ISS are a North Carolina duo featuring Edwin Jamal Schneider from Brain F# and Rich Ivey from Whatever Brains. They released their self titled debut tape in 2015 and followed it up earlier this year with (Endless Pussyfooting). Both are available digitally name your price : https://iss2012.bandcamp.com/

  I think it's fair to say that they're more experimental than your average punk band. Repeat listens throw up new delights, so if you're an old punker who prefers the good old days but have read thus far, open your mind and give them a fair crack of the whip.

  This is Part Time All The Time....

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Dark/Light - In Our Dreams



  Dark/Light are from Portland, Oregon and have been together since 2013. The line up of the band is Candy Schramer (vocals), Justin Schramer (guitar/vocals), Mary Esquivel (drums) and Tarika Hanawalt (bass). They're often compared to The Wipers but other names thrown into the mix include The Avengers, 13th Floor Elevators, Pagens, Minutemen etc. Think garage rock, surf guitars and female vocals and you won't be too far off.

  They released their debut ep, Tigers, last year on Johnny Cat Records and you can find it on Bandcamp : https://dark-lightpdx.bandcamp.com/

  Last month they returned with debut album, Kill Some Time. Featuring 8 tracks of mutant rock n roll it's available from Dirt Cult Records : https://dirtcultrecords.bandcamp.com/album/kill-some-time

  This is the lead track, In Our Dreams....

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Patsy - Count it on Down



  Patsy are the New Orleans low-fi glitter punk band fronted by Candice from Mystic Inane who featured on here in 2015 with a song called Nazi's Are So Plain. That song has resurfaced, along with 6 others, on a new mini lp titled LA Women which is out now on yellow vinyl on La Vida Es Un Mus Discos :  http://lavidaesunmus.com/shop/product.php?id_product=4866

  The digital version can be found on Bandcamp :  https://lavidaesunmus.bandcamp.com/album/la-women-mlp

  Their previous releases, including the Tuley Tude High and Eat It singles can be found name your price here : https://itspatsy.bandcamp.com/

  This is the opening track from LA Women, it's called Count It On Down....

Monday, 16 October 2017

Bad Daddies - Not That Kind Of Girlfriend



  Loving this, it's one of  those scuzzed up pop songs that would be a hit in a more just world. It's by East Bay female fronted indie punkers Bad Daddies and is  taken from their Over 30 Singles compilation album which came out digitally this month on Emotional Response Records : https://emotional-response-recs.bandcamp.com/album/over-30-singles-2 . The physical version of the album is out mid November and can be ordered here : http://jenandstew.com/item/BAD-DADDIES-30-singles/317

  The band lines up with Camylle (vocals), Matt (guitar), Tricia (bass) and Thomas (drums). Most of their songs are short, sharp sonic blasts meaning that they can squeeze 30 tracks taken from their 6 years as a band onto the album. Earlier releases from them are here : https://baddaddies.bandcamp.com/

  There's also a new Bad Daddies track on the Evaluate What You Tolerate compilation Vol 2 album :  https://evaluatewhatyoutolerate.bandcamp.com/album/evaluate-what-your-tolerate-volume-2

  From Over 30 Singles, this song is great, it's an infectiously catchy fuzzbomb that'll get you bouncing off the walls of your room. It's called Not That Kind Of Girlfriend....

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Ejected - Alien Abduction



  The Ejected were the Riot City Records band from Dagenham who's flame flickered for a couple of years or so during the early 80's before seemingly being snuffed out. They briefly returned in 1999 to record tracks for the Captain Oi! Best Of album before reforming properly in 2014. A single (Dead Man Walking) and album (Back From The Dead) followed, they even made it onto this very blog with this modern day classic :   http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/the-ejected-cops-are-coming.html.

  With the current oi scene being the strongest it's been for years, it's a good time for them to release a new album. Out earlier this month on Randale Records that album is titled Game Of Survival and it's definitely not a case of a band trading on former glories. You can get it here :  http://www.randaleshop.de/product_info.php?products_id=13156

   The line up of The Ejected in 2017 still has original vocalist Jim Brooks and he's ably supported by Jonny Romain (guitar/vocals), Paul Berry (bass/vocals) and Toby Thacker (drums). New line up, same catchy and humerous sing alongs. There's also Jim Brooks' Ejected artwork, an example of which you'll see at the top of this page.

  I'll play the title track from Game Of Survival on Tuesday's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.facebook.com/events/525634891105645/) whilst today going with the first video from the album. This is Alien Abduction.....



Saturday, 14 October 2017

The Decatonics - Standards

 

  The Decatonics are a Dorset based ska/mod band who formed in 2012 and feature a line up of Sals (lead vocals), Tyrone (vocals/guitar), Rowan (bass), Steve R (keys), Steve H (drums), Mike (tenor sax), Pete (alto sax), Kent (trumpet), and Steve D (trombone). They're influenced by numerous ska, rocksteady, reggae and soul acts such as Prince Buster, Laurel Aitkin, Skatalites, The Specials, Selecter, Secret Affair, Etta James, Bob Marley etc.... Ex Gonads drummer Steve Higgins has previously featured on here as a member of Kill The Colossi (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/kill-colossi-fuck-taxman.html).

  You can find more info on the band, including upcoming live dates, here :

https://www.thedecatonicsband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/thedecatonics/

  The song you'll find below is a Jam cover and it features on a charity compilation called Gifted which is a Jam tribute album set up by the Specialized Project : a worldwide music community that raises money for suffering teenagers and young adults that have difficult circumstances in their lives. You can find out more about the 70 track, 4 cd compilation here :  http://www.specializedproject.co.uk/albumssingles/specialized-6-gifted/

  This was originally on the 1977 album This Is The Modern World. As with all the best cover versions, The Decatonics have taken a great song and put their own unique spin on it, this is Standards....



Friday, 13 October 2017

Dadar - Get Away



  Lorenzo Belli is from Rovereto in Italy. He's played guitar in Left In Ruins and The Secret Tape and featured previously on here as a member of Shitty Life (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/shitty-life-television-addict.html). Today he returns with his new solo project Dadar.

  Dadar's first release was back in January and was a 3 track self titled demo ep. Now there's a new 7" ep called Sick Of Pasta which Spastic Fantastic Records call a bubblegum Killed By Death smasher combining elements of Devo, Jay Reatard and Frank Zappa. You can find the vinyl here :  http://www.spasticfantastic.de/catalog/dadar-sick-of-pasta-7-p-3175.html?language=en

  The download version is here : https://dadar.bandcamp.com/album/sick-of-pasta

  This is Get Away.....


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Onsind - Immature

 

  This blog started at the end of 2013 when I was still on holiday from work, Christmas was over and I was bored so decided to see if I could suss out how to make a blog to collect together a bunch of cool videos. Just so it didn't resemble Youtube too much I thought I'd better write a couple of lines saying what the songs were. I'm still doing it.

  The first song to feature was I'll Be Gone by The Oblivians and this was followed the next day by Radioactivity with Alright. Day 3, 1st Jan 2014, saw me post Dissatisfactions by Onsind  (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/the-buzzcocks-once-wrote-song-called.html )  No one knew about the blog back then and even now, nearly 4 years later, only 20 people have viewed the page. Considerably more will view the song I'm posting by them today.

  There must be something about the north east accent that attracts me, Bear Trade's Silent Unspeakable will quite probably end up being my favourite album of 2017. No Ditching were a band I adored (I'm gutted they appear to be no more) and Martha are one of the UK's best bands. As they share members with Martha and No Ditching, it's no surprise that Onsind (One Night Stand In North Dakota) are pretty wonderful themselves.

  It's also no surprise that a band who's name is a reference to the lack of adequate abortion facilities in some areas of the USA write songs that are intelligent and hard hitting but they wrap these iron fisted missives in velvet gloves. The best protest songs are the ones that sucker you in with a catchy tune, letting the message slowly seep into your brain as you hum along. Onsind have been doing this for a decade now and you can find their music name your price here :   https://onsind.bandcamp.com/

  With a line up of Nathan Stephens Griffin, Daniel Ellis, Naomi Griffin, Jason Cavalier and Claire Swift, they'll be releasing their new album, We Wilt, We Bloom, next month on Specialist Subject and Salinas Records. A tour will coincide and you can find details here : https://www.facebook.com/onsind/

  To whet your appetite, here's their new video for a song called Immature. You can also get it name your price on Bandcamp with all money donated going to Savage Collective ("The salvage collective aims to brings together women (cis, trans & intersex), trans & non-binary survivors & activists who experience gender oppression, violence and abuse in UK activist communities to nurture activist cultures of care, accountability & safety. 

We aim to provide a network to share experiences, resources, skills and build communities of belief, support and action."  )

 
My neighbour told me a story,
About a kid who bought a house aged twenty one,
I said "you're winding me up just for fun"
He said "it's true! By the way, your rent's due, son"
"But that seems so unfair"
He said "if you tried really hard you could get there,
But your generation's so immature,
you want it all on a plate,
you want it all on a plate,
you want it all..."

Do I sound like a teenager,
When I say that you've infantilised our rage,
When I say I want to put my self in danger,
Do I sound immature?

Yeah we're still living in our parents' basements,
Or renting foul accomadation from our baby boomer mates,
And god forbid you take a selfie or you're hated,
By a generation raised in a welfare state,
They say we're all so self-obsessed,
So lazy, so work-shy, and all the rest,
It's seems to me the one thing that unites my friends is that we all just wanna fucking die.

Do I sound like a teenager,
When I say that you've infantilised our rage,
When I say I want to put my self in danger,
Do I sound immature? 



Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Suspect Parts - Madmen With Guns

 

  Back in the early days of Just Some Punk Songs (when I usually made these introductions just the one short paragraph) I featured a band who's members were spread around the world (LA, Munich, London and Berlin) and whom had previously been or still are in groups such as The Briefs, Clorox Girls, Maniac, Ripchord, Radio Dead Ones, L.A. Drugz and Red Dons.  http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/suspect-parts-change-your-mind.html

  The band are Suspect Parts and they line up with Justin Maurer (guitar/vocals), James Sullivan (guitar/vocals), Chris Brief (drums) and Andru Bourbon (bass). They combine 60's pop tunes with elements of power pop, garage rock and golden era punk to produce something that's modern sounding, despite it's retro roots, and very catchy indeed.

  They recently released their debut self titled album on Taken By Surprise Records (Europe) and Oops Baby Records (the U.S.). They'll no doubt be playing songs from it on their European tour which starts on the 26th October (check for dates here :  https://www.facebook.com/SuspectParts/).

  You can buy or stream the album here :  https://takenbysurpriserecords.bandcamp.com/album/suspect-parts-lp

  The song featured below is not only timely, it's also very good and is a great introduction to an album that's full of ear worms. This is Madmen With Guns.... 

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Epic Problem - Tall Poppies

 

  Forming in New Mills, Derbyshire in 2011 Epic Problem first appeared on here a couple of years ago with a song called Petrol Blue. They return today with a track from their new ep, False Hopes. The ep contains 3 originals plus a cover of The GC5's After All. It's available now on Brassneck Records on clear vinyl or you can download it here :   https://brassneckrecords.bandcamp.com/album/false-hopes-ep

  The songs are as you'd expect, top quality straight up punk with gruff vocals and catchy tunes. Various mishaps and hospitilizations might have slowed them down this year but they're battling on through the problems.

  This is Tall Poppies.....
 

Monday, 9 October 2017

Paul Carter - This Computer's Fucking Shit

 

  Now this song had me chuckling.....

  Paul Carter plays straight up acoustic punk dittys about real life. A veteran of several bands he's been performing solo since 1998, touring frequently and he's released several cds containing songs about everyday things such as getting wasted in Morecambe, how football is now just a money grabbing big business and the X Factor ("if you're good looking and you've got big tits you can sell 1000 cds a day"). Imagine if Mike Harding had been born in Halifax and had been influenced by The Adverts rather than Lonnie Donegan.

  The song you'll find below is taken from the album Urine Above Your Head which is available at gigs, details of dates can be found here :  https://www.facebook.com/paulcarteracousticpunk/

  The best comedy is basically an exaggerated version of the truth and I think we can all sympathise with Paul on this song. This Computer's Fucking Shit....


 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Vista Blue - Gators in the Sewer!



  With Halloween on the horizon it's now a good time to record a few creepy songs and as fans of New Orleans power pop kings Vista Blue will know, they're always more than happy to produce catchy horror themed tunes. Fresh from their split ep with The Zambonis about curling, they've not given the grass time to grow on top of the burial plot before returning with spooky new ep, Scary Songs To Sing In The Dark. The ep features 6 new songs inspired by the book series of the same name which deals with various urban legends. One of the songs, I Shouldn't Be So Scared, will also feature in the movie Irrational Fear which is coming soon from Slasher Studios. There's also an accompanying zine which you can find details on when you snap up the ep name your price on Bandcamp....  https://wearevistablue.bandcamp.com/album/scary-songs-to-sing-in-the-dark

  If you're a collecter of vinyl, you can order Vista Blue's debut 12". It's titled Seasons and features 20 tracks culled from several of their digital eps and as a bonus they'll chuck in a cd of their Good Eye album and a d/l code for a new digital acoustic ep. It's available in various colours from Something To Do Records :  http://radiantradish.storenvy.com/products/21454424-vista-blue-seasons-12-inch-blue-vinyl

  It was once a fad amongst New Yorkers vacationing in Florida to bring back cute baby Alligators for their kids. Obviously once those cute babies began to grow up it wasn't really feasible to keep them, so many were flushed down the loo. Some of them survived and indeed thrived in the sewer systems beneath the city, several mutating into giant albino alligators who are occasionally stumbled upon by sewer workers.

  Vista Blue have given this urban legend an upbeat Shadows type backing track that's pretty damn snappy. This is Gators In The Sewer!.....



Saturday, 7 October 2017

The Spook School - Still Alive

 

  Glasgow indie pop punx The Spook School return to Just Some Punk Songs today with a song from their upcoming 3rd album, Could It Be Different? The album will be released in January on Alcopop! (Slumberland in the States). If you're as of yet unfamiliar with the band, you can check out their previous releases here : https://thespookschool.bandcamp.com/

  They've been together since 2012 and play the kind of feel good sounding indie music that whilst appearing all upbeat and fun features lyrics that address more serious themes such as sexuality, equality and in the case of the song you'll find below, abusive relationships. It's music to engage both your feet and your mind.

  They'll be touring the UK for the rest of October along with Diet Cig and you can check out the dates on Facebook....  https://www.facebook.com/thespookschool/

  This is the video for the new song, Still Alive, and it's really rather good....



Friday, 6 October 2017

The Hipshakes - Shot

 

  A few months back I featured a new single by The Hipshakes. They're the long running garage pop/punk band from Bakewell (now based in Manchester) featuring Andrew Anderson (guitar/vocals), Daniel Russell (guitar/vocals), Bruce Sargent (drums/vocals) and Ben Russell (bass/vocals). You may have heard me playing songs on recent Just Some Punk Songs shows by a couple of other bands which feature Andrew Anderson. Freak Genes having already released one of the best albums of 2017 and Proto Idiot who's upcoming album Leisure Opportunty is also a winner and which will feature on here sometime around it's November 3rd release date.

  Back to today's song, it's another new single from The Hipshakes. This time around it's out on Falmouth based Nerve Centre Records who describe it as being akin to the euphoric late 70's sound produced by legendary post punkers Wire. It was produced by Ben Woods and Sam Stacpoole (Black Tambourines, Holiday Ghost) and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Supression Ring). The person behind the label is Charlie Murphy who is also a member of Freak Genes, check out their releases (including The Hipshakes' single) here :  https://nervecentrerecords.bandcamp.com/

  The Hipshakes are currently touring America along with Proto Idiot so hopefully some of you will ave taken the opportunity to catch them live (dates are on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/thehipshakes/).

  After promising to make this song today's update I notice Josh has just posted his review on his excellent Faster And Louder blog but not to worry, my updates are basically introductions to the music whilst he does proper reviews so I'd recommend you check out what he has to say about the single (I've avoided looking till I finish writing this but will be heading over there now) :  http://fasterandlouderblog.blogspot.co.uk/

  This is Shot...... 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Victoria Smith (The Ramonas)

 
Photo by Andrew Aleksiejczuk


  A Top 10 for you today selected by Victoria Smith who is the bassist with all girl Ramones tribute band The Ramonas. They call themelves a Ramones tribute band but I think they've moved on beyond that tag now as their new album, First World Problems, is made up of original material. You can get it here :   http://ramonas.bigcartel.com/product/first-world-problems-album 

  From Brighton, Victoria is one of the UK's top female bassists and has performed and toured for over 15 years. She kindly chose her 10 favourite songs for your enjoyment.....



  1)  UK SUBS - Tomorrows Girls






  2)  RAMONES - Suzy Is A Headbanger





  3)  DESCENDENTS - Myage






  4)  MOTORHEAD - R.A.M.O.N.E.S.






 5)  PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL - Usurper






  6)  RANCID - Maxwell Murder






  7)  THE UNDERTONES - My Perfect Cousin






  8)  CJ RAMONE - Let's Go






  9)  THE DAMNED - Love Song






 10) THE CLASH - I Fought The Law


 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The Chats - Smoko

 

  On yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show I played a great song by The Chats called Nazi March (show saved here if anyone wants it : (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-31017/) and the response of the regulars in the chatroom confirmed that it should be shared with a wider audience on here, so today I did a Youtube search for it. No joy unfortunately (not that that would usually matter as I'd probably just stick it on there myself and hope the band didn't mind!) but not to worry, there's just been an official video posted for another song from the same ep so we're gonna go with that....


  The Chats are a shed rock band (I assume they haven't got a garage) from Australia's Sunshine Coast. They play a sloppy, couldn't give a fuck sounding brand of punk that's really rather excellent. They remind me a bit of one of my favourite UK bands, Suburban Homes. It's pretty basic stuff, quite humerous and works for me.

  If you check out their Bandcamp page you'll find last year's 7 track debut S/T ep plus the new ep which came out in July and is titled Get This In Ya. You can pick up these slacker anthems name your price.....  https://thechatslovebeer.bandcamp.com/

  This is called Smoko....
 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Bad Boyfriends - Cut In Line

 

  Bad Boyfriends are from Little Rock in Arkansas and line up with Bobby Britches (vocals), Clamity Shane (bass), Valentino Bold (guitar) and Zooko (drums). Their brand of garage punk has seen them compared to The Stooges and they've a bunch of songs available name your price over on Bandcamp :  https://badboyfriends.bandcamp.com/.

  The most recent of those releases is the Bad Boyfriends 7" which came out in May on Goodbye Boozy Records. It's available this side of the pond from Drunken Sailor : http://www.drunkensailorrecords.co.uk/products/594229-bad-boyfriends-bad-boyfriends-7-goodbye-boozy

  The lead track from the single was originally recorded in 2015 and is well deserving of it's elevation to vinyl. It's a brief, rocking slab of punk n roll goodness that'll get your adrenaline surging. This is Cut In Line.....

Monday, 2 October 2017

Scandal - Always



  Scandal are the Romanian punk band that last year relocated to London and became active again after a 6 year hiatus. They featured on here in April with a song from their Street Punk ep (you can find it name your price here :   https://scandalstreetpunk.bandcamp.com/releases).

  Since then they've been busy recording a new album with top sound engineer Pat Collier (who was the original bassist with The Vibrators). It's titled On A Roll and Scandal bassist Vlad tells me it'll be out in February on Spirit Of The Streets Records.

  Just to whet your appetite the band have released a video for one of the albums 10 songs. They've been compared to bands like Booze & Glory, Perkele and Evil Conduct and certainly deserve those comparisons. This is called Always.....

"Always look both ways Its a two way traffic ,night or day Always look around Or they will put you down they'll put you in the ground You have to understand They dont care about you There are a lots of cunts outhere They really want to hurt you They drag you down They push you up They want your life They steal your luck You are the only one To choose whats right or wrong Be careful where you step Be proud and be strong Don't follow anyone Don't sell your soul for chips Like Sucker used to say "There's fuckers everywhere"

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Eat Dirt. - Pigs

 

  I've been putting together a playlist for next Tuesday's Just Some Punk Songs show  (https://www.facebook.com/events/1972702459679478/  you're all invited) and one of the tracks I stumbled across was by a band from the east of England called Eat Dirt. Checking out their Facebook page I notice they like, and indeed recently supported Pears, which is unsurprising as I was thinking they reminded me a bit of them. Their Facebook profile also describes them as being angry at stuff and being interested in shouting and loud guitars. That seems to sum them up pretty accurately. Fortunately they're pretty catchy too.

  They formed in 2016 and feature "members of other bands." Who those members are seems to be a mystery. In May they released their debut self titled ep, it contains 4 tracks and it's available here : https://eatdirtpunk.com/

  The songs are short, powerful and pissed off, this one's about people like Teresa May who are trying to fuck us over and it's called Pigs.....


Back when tigers used to smoke,
All This knavery had become a joke Too many chefs are spoiling the broth Too many pigs feeding from the troth There has to be a better way what direction should we take The Left and right are becoming blurred So lets rise up and let's be heard Well live on your feet, don't die on your knees, It's the next battle that will define me, And before too many chefs are spoiling the broth And too many pigs are feeding from the troth There has to be a better way what direction should we take The Left and right are becoming blurred So lets rise up and let's be heard Too many cooks, are killing all the pigs Too many cooks, are killing all the pigs
 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Bratakus - No More Love Songs

 

  Bratakus are a vegan/straight edge riot grrrl punk band from the north of Scotland comprising of 2 sisters, Breagha Cuinn (guitar/vocals) and Onnagh Cuinn (bass) plus a drum machine. They list amongst their influences the likes of The Distillers, Bikini Kill, Alkaline Trio, Ramones, Minor Threat, Reagan Youth and Quarantine.

  Last year they released debut ep Gigantopithecus, on Screaming Babies Reords and they recently returned with debut album Target Grrrl. It contains 10 tracks of "distortion driven break-neck riot grrrl sounds" and you can check it out here :  https://bratakus.bandcamp.com/album/target-grrrl. If you want it on vinyl or cd then go here : http://bratakusmerch.bigcartel.com/. You may have caught them recently at the Rebellion Festival.

  From the album, this is No More Love Songs....

 Verse 1: 
I'm so bored, yeah, I'm so bored, 
This is getting so absurd, 
No more love songs for Christ's sake, 
I'm falling asleep while I'm standing awake. 

Pre-Chorus: 
No more love songs x6 
Chorus: 
No more love songs before you make me laugh, 
No more love songs before you make me cry, 
No more love songs before you make me scream, 
No more love songs before you make me die. 

Verse 2: 
I'm asleep, yeah, I'm asleep, 
Wake me when there's something unique, 
No more love songs for Christ's sake, 
This is more than I can take. 

Pre-Chorus: 
No more love songs x6 

Chorus: 
No more love songs before you make me laugh, 
No more love songs before you make me cry, 
No more love songs before you make me scream, 
No more love songs before you make me die. 

Outro: 
No more love songs, I think we've got it by now x3 
No. More. Love. Songs.


     

Friday, 29 September 2017

Rundown Kreeps - Me and Jay in Space

 

  This week started with a special Just Some Punk Songs show featuring an hour of vintage ska and reggae (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-ska-reggae-special/) and then yesterday the blog showcased a melding of ska with oi from excellent German band Arthur And The Spooners so what better way to round it off with some upbeat ska punkabilly from Los Angeles.

  Rundown Kreeps formed in 2009 and are a trio featuring Richard Lamas (guitar/vocals), Steven Lamas (drums/vocals) and Anthony Melendez (bass/vocals). Their influences include Streetlight Manifesto, Big D And The Kids Table, Operation Ivy, The Descendents etc. They've played several large festivals alongside bands such as Big Reel Fish, TSOL, The Toasters, The Dickies, Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Weirdos....

  Their debut release was 2015's Breaking The Routine ep and they recently returned with debut album Illside Village. They're currently unsigned and have self released the album, you can find it on iTunes, Spotify etc as well as Bandcamp (both cd & digital)....  https://rundownkreeps.bandcamp.com/album/illside-village-2
 
  If you like your punk music to bring a smile to your face whilst simultaneously causing your feet to move then Rundown Kreeps may well be the band for you. This is Me And Jay In Space....

 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Arthur and the Spooners - No punkrock in my car

 

  Arthur And The Spooners are a 5 piece band from Berlin who's music incorporates elements of reggae, ska, oi, rhythm and a touch of hardcore. All of these compononents coalesce to produce a sound that's not only fun but is as catchy as hell. Amongst their influences they list a wide range of artists including The Specials, Cock Sparrer, The Business, Judge Dredd, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Bruce Springsteen etc....

  Their 2009 album All Spooned Up was released by Contra Records and now they return with follow up, Skinhead Spoonstomp. It's a collaborative release from Contra and German label Steeltown Records and you can check it out here :  https://steeltownrecords.bandcamp.com/album/arthur-the-spooners-skinhead-spoonstomp-lp You may find some of the songs familiar.....

   If you're a fan of Vanilla Muffins, you may recognise this. No Punkrock In My Car....
     

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Dead Hero - Otro Dia

 

  Dead Hero are from Bogota, Colombia and are influenced largely by the 80's UK and French oi scenes. They released a demo tape titled Seguimos En Pie (We're Still Standing) in 2015 and followed it later that year with the Antisocial 12" which was a split album with fellow Bogota band Secta (with whom they share several members).

  Earlier this month they returned to self release a cassette album titled La Vida Continua (Life Goes On). With excellent female vocals courtesy of Paula Suarez and more than able backing from Daniel Puentes (guitar), Luigi Ortiz (bass) and Santiago Gonzalez (drums) this is a release you should definitely check out. You can stream it here :   https://deadherooi.bandcamp.com/album/la-vida-continua-tape

  This song is called Otro Dia (Another Day)......

Y Te levantas un día más 
Todos te dicen lo que tienes que hacer 
Imaginas lo que pasará 
Y sacas fuerzas para poderlo evitar 

No te interesa saber de nadie 
Otro día perdido esta 
No te interesa saber de nadie 
Y Sabes que nunca te importará 

Esperas que la noche llegue 
y Olvidar lo que pasó 
Al otro día luchar para despertar 

La rabia se apodera de ti 
Cuando los días grises están 
Madrugar a trabajar  
sientes  una  fatiga mental 
Quieres irte y desaparecer 
Otra semana  pérdida  esta 
Cuando vas a dormir 
Piensas que las cosas cambiarán. 

Esperas que la noche llegue y 
Olvidas lo que pasó 
Al otro día luchar para despertar 

Cansado de lo que pasas a diario 
Eres joven y solo quieres diversión 
Cansado de lo que pasas a diario 
Eres joven y solo quieres diversión

If Google translate is to be believed :

And you wake up one more day 
Everybody tell you what you have to do 
Imagine what will happen 
And you draw strength to be able to avoid It 

does not interest you to know anybody 
Another day lost this 
You do not care to know about anyone 
And You know that you will never mind You 

wait for the night arrive 
and Forget what happened 
The other day fight to wake 

The rage takes over you 
When the gray days are 
Madruga to work  
you feel a mental fatigue 
You want to leave and disappear 
Another week loss this 
When you go to sleep 
You think that things will change. 

You wait for the night to come and 
forget what happened 
The next day fight to wake up 

Tired of what you spend every day 
You're young and you just want fun 
Tired of what you spend every day 
You're young and you just want fun





Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Radio Buzzkills - I Wanna Kick Trump in the Face




  When Donald Trump was elected POTUS it was said that it would result in there being plenty of great music (it's just a shame he seems to want to bring the world to the brink of world war 3 whilst driving a wedge between the various different races & sexual orientations at home). He's becoming a bit of an easy target for disgruntled musicians to take aim at but I suppose it's only to be expected when he continually insists on painting a giant bullseye on his own back. Anyway, today you're getting another Trump bashing song.

  The Radio Buzzkills are from St Louis, Missouri and can be bracketed into the same category of old school, pop punk as the likes of The Queers, Screeching Weasel, The Parasites, The Manges and of course the pioneers of the field, The Ramones. They previously appeared on this blog with the Red Dawn inspired song Wolverines which was taken from 2016's The Quick And The Cheap ep (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/the-radio-buzzkills-wolverines.html). Now they're back....

  Lining up with Zac Leonard (vocals), Jesse "Buzzkill" Abshier (guitar/vocals), GG Donahue (guitar/vocals), Jen "Buzzkill" Farrell (bass/vocals) and Matt Timson (drums/vocals) they've recorded a new album, Get Fired, which they'll be releasing  in January. They had 2 songs left over so they took a day to record them live and they've just been released as a single on Milksop Records. It's titled Can't Be Killed and as well as the Trump bashing A side you also get a great cover of a Prozacs classic (which I'll play on next week's Just Some Punk Songs show). You can d/l the single name your price here :  https://radiobuzzkills.bandcamp.com/

  Also on the horizon, again on Milksop Records, is a split 7" with Chicago band The Hypnic Jerks.

  If you find a song about a twitter obsessed, China harassing, woman molester who has tiny baby hands offensive then possibly this won't be your cup of tea. Otherwise enjoy. I Wanna Kick Trump In The Face....





Monday, 25 September 2017

Against the Odds - From the Kids



  Against The Odds are a melodic hardcore punk band from Novi Sad, Serbia. They formed in 2011 and released their debut album, Let Friends Be Friends, in 2015. Since then they've parted ways with their drummer and since replacing him with Pavel have now got the sound they've been looking for. The rest of the band is Jovan Slijepčević (vocals), Nina Zvezdin (guitar), Ognjen Arđelan (guitar/vocals) and Marko Ranisavljev (bass/vocals).

  They've just released a new ep titled 11th Hour and you can get it (as well as their album) name your price on Bandcamp....  https://againsttheoddspunk.bandcamp.com/

  The ep contains 5 tracks, one of which they've made a video for. This is From The Kids.....

All that we have done here 
with broken strings and healthy minds 
Smashing into pieces 
with a drop of dirty dye 

Don’t pull out the bricks 
from the walls we watched you build 
While we are still bleeding for 
the legacy of what you used to be 

This was made for all of us 
No one should be on the outside looking in 
It’s for the kids from the kids 
Just leave your ego at the door 

This was made for all of us 
No one should be on the outside looking in 
It’s for the kids from the kids 
Just leave your ego at the door 

And if you need a reminder, 
we’ll strike the match to light the fuse 

It’s from the kids for the kids 
Don’t let it be last call


Sunday, 24 September 2017

Cheap Perfume - It's Okay (To Punch Nazis)

 

  Cheap Perfume are a feminist punk rock band who formed in Colorado in 2015 and who's line up features Jane No (vocals), Stephanie Byrne (vocals/guitar), Dave "Hot Dave" Grimm (drums) and Geoff Brent (bass). They released their debut album, Nailed It, in Nov 2016 and they sing about subjects such as women's rights, equality, sex, relationships, violence and politics.

  Earlier this month they released a new single which deals with the rise of the alt right, how they're emboldened by the bully in the White House and how even though violence is wrong, it's ok to confront fascists with direct action. It was inspired by events in Charlottesville and the punching of white nationalist Richard Spencer.  The song also wonders how it's possible for the US to elect a rapist rather than a woman. You can find both album and single here : https://cheapperfume.bandcamp.com/. All proceeds from the single will be donated to the Heather Heyer foundation.

  This is It's Ok (To Punch Nazis).....

Our fear has made us gullible 
A bully rose to take control 
And now they're yelling "off with their heads!" 
We've been through this, we ended it 
Or so we thought, it had been fought 
It's like an army back from the dead 

The racists got a PR firm 
Hired men in fancy shirts 
But have the same ideology 
We've had to say a lot of stuff we thought was fucking obvious like 
YES ITS OKAY TO PUNCH NAZIS 

(chorus) 
Never thought that it would happen but now look where we are 
We'd rather have a rapist than a woman in power 
When we got complacent in defending our rights 
The nazis changed their names and they're called the alt right 

Death to white supremacists 
Like Milo Yiannopoulos 
Homophobes and hatred they spread 
Let's get intersectional 
Basic human rights for all 
We won't stop till fascism's dead 

Terrorize the red pill plague 
Poison all the KKK 
And piss on your ideology 
We've had to say a lot of stuff we thought was fucking obvious like 
YES IT'S OKAY TO PUNCH NAZIS 

(chorus) 
Never thought that it would happen but now look where we are 
We'd rather have a rapist than a woman in power 
When we got complacent in defending our rights 
The nazis changed their names and they're called the alt right [x3]