Monday, 21 August 2017

Prom Nite - No Motivation



  Prom Nite are a female fronted discordant punk band from Toronto who formed in October 2015 and who recently released their debut album Dancing To This Beat on Barfbag Records. They'd previously released 4 tapes and you can find them all, plus the album, "name your price" on Bandcamp....  https://realrockers.bandcamp.com/

  Their sound reminds me of Judy And The Jerks (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/judy-and-jerks-sweet-treat-for-me.html). Featuring Scott from VCR and Chloe from Anti-Vibes, Dancing To This Beat is a collection of jerky diy tunes such as the one you'll find below.

  This is No Motivation....



Sunday, 20 August 2017

4 Past Midnight - Let's Go



  4 Past Midnight formed in 1989 and are based in Glasgow. Their line up features Fred Stevenson (rhythm guitar), Peter McCartney (lead vocals/occasional drums), Tam Bowman (lead guitar), Stevie Goldsack (bass) and Ruben Fernandez (drums). They list amongst their influences the likes of The Ramones, Conflict Oi Polloi, Cockney Rejects, UK Subs etc...

  Any band that have been around for almost 30 years will have numerous releases, you can check out some of 4 Past Midnight's (including new album Basttle Scars & Broken Hearts) over on Bandcamp :  https://4pastmidnight.bandcamp.com/

  The new album is available from Hedgerow Records and features 15 tracks of anthemic punk rock covering subjects such as lying politicians, failed relationships, life on tour and falling into depression as your life turns to shit. It's all very impressive stuff.

  This is a rousing singalong called Let's Go.....



Saturday, 19 August 2017

The Putz - When The World Ends

 

  So the new Lillingtons album, Stella Sapiente, is set for release on October 13th. Any fan of old school pop punk will be eagerly counting down the days. To some, it may seem a long way off yet but don't despair! There's a killer old school pop punk album already out (though if the reports of bumper sales are anything to go by, you probably already know).

  The Putz are the Indianapolis trio made up of Billy Putz (bass/lead vocals), Dougie Tangent (drums/backing vocals) and Patrick McVay (guitar/backing vocals) who've previously appeared on here a couple of times and who's releases include albums Hole In One & Knock It Off; eps Beach Bound & Cut The Shit and a split 7" with Horror Section, Eaten Back To Life and The Young Rochelles.

  Now they return with a brand new album, Clinically Inane. As you would expect from the band, it's catchy as hell, dumb and lots of fun. Produced (and featuring occasional guest appearances by) Queers frontman Joe Queer plus keyboards by Cassie Oh, it's one of this years best releases. You can check it out, along with their earlier stuff, here :  https://theputz.bandcamp.com/album/clinically-inane

  Being a sucker for pop punk/sci fi crossovers, today's song is this tale of love amidst the destruction caused by an invasion by men from Mars. When The World Ends...

Friday, 18 August 2017

Tijuana Stranglers - Runaround Baby

 

  Tijuana Stranglers are a bunch of Rock n Roll scumbags from Corvina, California who's line up features Zalez (vocals), Justin Carroll (lead guitar), Scotty Farris (rhythm guitar), Mario Silva (bass) and Dave (drums).

  Earlier this year they released their debut 7" on No Front Teeth Records. It's 4 tracks of "energetic and snotty punk rock that blends The Dead Boys with The Stitches."

  This is the lead track, it's called Runaround Baby....

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Murdaball - Oi's Not Dead

 

  Yesterday's update featured a band occupying a position near the top of the punk rock tree, today you're getting one that is swiftly climbing the branches, ascending towards those lofty peaks. Murdaball are a 5 piece from Newcastle On Tyne who formed in 2012 and who mix elements of street punk, oi and a dash of hardcore to produce fast and loud music that's "not for the faint hearted."

  Veterans of various other bands down the years, they currently line up with Jimi (lead vocals), Dan (lead guitar), Wayne (rhythm guitar), Craig (bass) and Rob (drums). They're already very popular in their neck of the woods having supported pretty much every street punk and oi band that has passed through the North East and Scotland. Their recent crowded appearance at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool saw them sell all their merchandise in just 20 minutes. That popularity will only continue to grow with the release of their second album, A Northern Powerhouse. It's the first release on their own Oi! Toon Records label and if you want to grab a copy, message them on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Murdaball-488266994525741/

  If you want to check out debut album, Twisted, you can find it on Bandcamp... https://murdaball.bandcamp.com/

  From A Northern Powerhouse, this is Oi's Not Dead.....

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Anti-Flag - Racists



  You've possibly all heard today's song. It seems to have been posted on most punk news sites and that would normally be good enough reason not to post it here but to feature something a little more obscure instead. Two reasons it is featuring today, I think it's as good a time as any to join in the chorus of voices condemning racism (or fascism, sexism, homophobia or any other discrimination against people that you might percieve as being be different to yourself). I usually try to avoid bandwagons but sometimes you have to lend your voice. Secondly, it's a bloody good song.

  I don't think I need to write an introductory paragraph on Anti-Flag, if you've been living in a cave for the last 20 plus years then look 'em up. What I will copy & paste is they statement they released following the recent violence in Charlottesville;

  We stand in solidarity with those fighting racism and fascism in the streets of Charlottesville and beyond. We believe it is time for the removal of all monuments to the confederacy and the racism for which they stand. We must put these symbols of white supremacy into places where the proper context can be provided for what they actually are; outdated, backwards, and antithetical to what we believe the values of humanity should be. It is past time to have real conversations on systemic racism and America's history of it. There are museums memorializing the holocaust all across Europe while America continues to try to hide from its racist, murderous past and present.

  This is Racists.....

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Limp Wrist - They Tell Me



  Limp Wrist formed in 1998 and are an American queercore punk band who play fast hardcore music. They're scattered across various parts of the U.S. so only gig and record occasionally but they recently got together to put out their first release in 9 years. The album is called Facades and you'll find it here :  https://limpwrist.bandcamp.com/album/facades

  The current line up of the band is Martin Sorrondeguy (vocals), Scott Moore (guitar), Andrew Martini (bass) and Paul Henry (drums).

  They describe the album as "11 new trax of complete punk faggotry." It's angry, confrontational and really bloody good, or at least tracks 1 to 8 are. Once they've got you wound up tight and bouncing off the walls they do a complete u turn for the last 3 tracks and chill you back down again with 3 tracks of electro noodling you can groove out to.

  This is one of the hard hitting songs, it's called They Tell Me....


en talk about my maleness 
And how I tamper with the line 
Fem fearing cock-suckers 
(lame homosexual alphas who dislike women) 
get away 
Cuz Iain’t got the time 

Norms talk about my tricks 
And the many that I’ve had 
No commitment to the man on the cross 
Or those who follow his path. 

Left Right, Left Right, they keep pushing! 
Left Right, Left Right, they keep Pushing 
They keep pushing the left to the right, 


They talk to me about my speech 
They talk to me about my smell 
Extremists got rules for me everything 
Boring squares go to hell. 

Friends are angry with me 
Cuz we don’t see eye to eye 
On every single issue 
So now they won’t give me time. 

Left Right, Left Right, they keep pushing! 
Left Right, Left Right, they keep Pushing 
they keep pushing the left to the right, 

Left Right, Left Right, they keep pushing! 
Left Right, 

They created a box 
To squeeze all queers in 
Their definitions have flattened us 
Stay fucked and never go in.


Monday, 14 August 2017

The Hardknocks - Lion's Den

 

  The Hardknocks are an oi band from Los Angeles who began life in 2010 and currently line up with Anthony Oi! (vocals), David Perez (guitar), Giovanni (guitar), Myke Evil (bass) and Raybeez (drums).

  2014 saw the release through Vinyl4Bootboys Records of debut ep Confrontation. They followed this a year later with debut album Battle Scarred (available on Crowd Control Media) before returning earlier this year with the Angels & Demons ep. You can check out all these releases here :  https://thehardknocks.bandcamp.com/

  I played a song from Battle Scarred on yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-130817/) and it went down a storm with the chatroom folk so it's about time I posted a song from Angels & Demons on here.

  As with all the best oi songs, this is hard hitting, gritty and anthemic. Come on in to The Lion's Den.....

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Joe Zero - Cezanne With Kisses



  Some of you may recall that throughout the year I've posted a number of songs from Joe Zero. Joe (aks Joe Moody) is the former frontman with golden age Belfast punk bands Victim and The Androids who is now based in Manchester making his own solo material. He's been teasing out a number of singles leading up to the release of his second solo album, The Eternity Man, and I'm pleased to bring you one of the highlights from that record today.

  Following on from a successful acoustic set at the recent Rebellion Festival in Blackpool, Joe has released The Eternity Man on cd and digital and you can find it here : https://joezero.bandcamp.com/album/the-eternity-man

  The album is an eclectic affair with songs ranging from the excellent upbeat buzzsaw punk of Rock 'n' Roll Wars through to sea shanties and tender love ballads. Joe's crafted an album that moves away from his punk roots but doesn't totally discard them. One man, his guitar and a poet's heart, the slow teasing build up has been well worth the wait.

  The song I'm featuring below is one he wrote to for his partner and the love of his life, photographer Martine Fontaine. It's her work that graces the cover of the album her influence on him is apparent on several of it's songs. Case in point, this is Cezanne With Kisses.....


She was a mistake worth making 
At least once or twice, 
Or maybe a lifetime, who knows? 
For she makes my spine tingle 
Right down to the bone 
She is the Muse of my Song... 

Chorus. And I send her Cezanne Kisses 
Bouncing off the Moon, 
I send her Cezanne Kisses 
(Ohh, Ohh, Ohh, Ohh, Ohh ) 

I'd let the Mountains tumble 
Into the Sea 
For Eternity, and her Love; 
I'd let the Cosmos crumble 
Into the Night 
Until it starts Breathing again... 

Chorus. 
And I send her my Heart (Heart and Soul) 
And I send her my Soul. (Heart and Soul) 
And I send her my Life (Life and Love) 
And I send her my Love. (Life and Love)



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Suburban Homes - Unemployed

 

  Another old favourite returns to the blog today, West Sussex lo-fi post punks Suburban Homes will soon be releasing a new single. I had heard rumours that they'd split up but happily that doesn't appear to be the case, the single will be called Unemployed and it's due next month on Total Punk Records.

  Their previous releases have all been excellent and they're often compared to classic old post punk bands such as Desperate Bicycles, Mekons and Swell Maps. Those releases were 2014's D.I.Y. ep, 2015's Conformity in The UK single and 2016's  ...Are Bored ep. You can (and should) check them all out here :  https://thesuburbanhomes.bandcamp.com

  Despite it being a couple of years since ...Are Bored, things don't seem to have gotten any better for their frustrated sounding singer. Unable to get a girlfriend due to his lack of ambition, the height of his existence is to play alone in his room. He's totally void, unemployed and feeling suicidal (though he's not even capable of managing to tie a decent knot). The medium is still tedium, he's bored of small talk and on the verge of a breakdown, welcome to suburbia in the UK 2017.

  This is Unemployed.....
 


Friday, 11 August 2017

Louis Lingg and the Bombs - Grindstone





  Louis Lingg And The Bombs have a new album out. The Paris band's 3rd full length is called Favela Ninja and vinyl versions will be available "sooner or later." Digitally you can find it name your price on Bandcamp  https://louislinggandthebombs.bandcamp.com/album/favela-ninja


The first single from the album can be found below. As with the previous couple of times the band has appeared on this blog (Destroy Civilisation & I Wish I Was Dead), they've taken a seemingly down beat subject and turned it into an upbeat song. I asked Vocalist Josh what the single is about and he replied... "I wrote the song after two of my friends died at work (I was a teacher and it's quite a stressful profession!). The lyrics are strongly influenced by the anarchist writer Bob Black's The Abolition Of Work. That was three years ago when we started working on the album, scraping a few hours of recording here and there and always perfecting the songs... I quit my job and now I'm a full time music producer so I suppose it's a happy ending!"

  Just one of the many pop punk molotovs from the album, this is Grindstone....


Intro 
On the way to work now 
I feel like a wanker 
Why did I even wake up? 
up up up up? 

Bus is full to bursting 
Legs are fucking hurting 
Why did I even wake up? 
up up up up? 

Verse 1 
Work is killing, work’s degrading 
There’s all of this stress 
Ju: No, (I’m) not going back there 
ar ax:whoa oh oh 

Creeping cretins, machine morons, 
Who the fuck ya talkin down to? 
ju: no, I'm not going back there 
ar ax: whoa oh oh 

Prechorus: Ju: (why don't you just)... 
Turnaround 
Turnaround 
Ju: (Just) Get yourself home now baby 
Turnaround 
Turnaround 
me and ju: Just get your ass back (ax +ar:) ho-o-o-o-ome 

Chorus 
(Nose to the) grindstone 
another fucking grindstone 
Yeah you are what you do, 
What you do degrades you, yeah yeah 

(Nose to the) grindstone 
another fucking grindstone 
You know I don’t deserve 
All of this wo-o-o-o-o-ork 

Ju: 
Boss is tryin’ to kill me 
but no-one else can see it 
Why did I even wake up? 
up up up up? 

Put poison in his sandwich 
Deleted all the hard drives 
Things’re fin’lly lookin’ up 
up up up up! 

total stop/pause - we should try it! 

Verse 2 
the Real enemy, 
is the totality 
Ju: Of people working 
Whoa oh oh 

homicidal way of life 
They died for their work 
ju: But work’s nothing to die for 
Whoa oh oh 

Prechorus:Ju: (why don't you just)... 
Turnaround 
Turnaround 
Get yourself home now baby 
Turnaround 
Turnaround 
Just get your ass back ho-o-o-o-ome 

Chorus 
(Nose to the) grindstone 
another fucking grindstone 
Yeah you are what you do 
What you do degrades you yeah yeah 

(Nose to the) grindstone 
another fucking grindstone 
You know I don’t deserve 
All of this wo-o-o-o-o-ork 

Break 
Rap: 

There’s no need to work now - ever! 
Why don’t we just play - together! 
If you say you're free - you lie! 
Bonehead bosses - deny! 

Jungle: 

Discipline, the inhuman hell hole 
The ultimate head fuck, modern control 
Demeaning system of domination 
Work makes a mockery - of freedom 

Chorus X2 - 
(Nose to the) grindstone 
Another fucking grindstone 
Yeah you are what you do 
What you do degrades you yeah yeah 

(Nose to the) grindstone 
another fucking grindstone 
You know I don’t deserve 
All of this wo-o-o-o-o-ork 


wo-o-o-o-o-ork 
wo-o-o-o-o-ork 
wo-o-o-o-o-ork 
wo-o-o-o-o-ork



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Interview With The SoapGirls



  A big thank you today to Mille and Mie (aka The SoapGirls) for answering my questions. Despite being very friendly and a joy to chat to they're a band that are no strangers to controversy. They're very enthusiatic about their music and their hard work is gaining them an ever growing fanbase.

  If you want to learn more or check out their music here's a few handy links :

http://thesoapgirls.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheSoapGirls/

https://thesoapgirls.bandcamp.com/



  Just Some Punk Songs :

 Hello, please could you start off by introducing yourselves and tell me something of your time performing on the streets of Cape Town....


  The Soapgirls : 

We are Mille and Mie born in Paris,spent our formative years in France before moving to South Africa!! As young girls we were always aware of the needs and plights of other people as it's so apparent in South Africa and at ages 8 and 9 we embarked on a project to make a difference and hence started street performing selling home made soap in order to raise funds for public hospitals and other projects!! This project spanned more than 8 years and thus the public named us the Soap Girls



  JSPS :

 When and why did you decide to take your music to Europe and which countries have you had most success in so far?


 TS :

We were signed to Universal Music when we were 14/15 years old and after 4 years with some pop hits decided it was time to get away as we didnt like being controlled and packaged in a way that was nothing to do with who we were as people nor what we stood for. We then went to New York, recorded another album, still weren't happy as they seemed to want to keep us for the electro dance pop market too and so turned down a deal and flew back to Cape Town. An englishman approached us about coming to UK and we then made the decision to just do it so 3 years ago we embarked on our first UK tour after recording our album Calls For Rebellion (done in 3 days) .We have toured Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and UK. We LOVE the UK its the heart of rocknrooll, punk and the love of live music is inspiring! On the topic of South Africa it represents only 1% of the music market worldwide. Anything more we wont say at this moment in our lives. We are very anti government, very vocal about adressing issues that many fear to. We do this either through our music or performance and we challenge the status quo of society. We will fight and bring attention to social ills like Judgement and the fact that there is such sexism in the industry and animal cruelty in particular commercial farming the policies that governments pass in order to further their careers and line pockets at the detriment to the working class who work harder yet get poorer as time goes by so we are all about giving a voice. Another issue we try to address is the female body/nudity as society seems to be ok with a bare chested man but if its a female there is an outcry WHY is a females body reserved for sexualising? that nudity is reserved for porn industry?



  JSPS :

 We seem nowadays to live in a very po-faced society with people keen to take offence at virtually anything. Some people can't cope with you wearing very little on stage and I believe you've even been attacked for it. Is it still a problem or are people more accepting now?


  TS :

 Yes indeed it is. Interestingly enough its not the lack or the amount of dress we wear in fact as young girls street performing we took a lot of abuse from society about our "homemade" clothes even the media would belittle us. At the end of the day the clothing is just an excuse so it seems to have an angle to hate on or attack anything or anyone who stands out and is different. We have been on this road for all these years with the ugly side being the unwarranted abuse and outpuring of hatred like a fest feast for bullies that breed in a society who only look at things in boxes so again if it doesnt fit then they ostracise. Yes we got attacked horridly, physically on a tour in the UK whereby the owner had come upon our teenage career and made a decision as he put it to book us to teach us a lesson and so he ordered us to be attacked whilst we were mid song in a set and he justified it by saying that we are sellout sluts damaging to the feminist movement (this coming from a man and moreover a man who had never even met us nor been at a show). Even recently the latest abuse has been as always targeted at me, Mille, a woman even came up to me a few shows ago and said she had a bet on with her friends whether I was male or female so when I was playing I pulled my tampon out and bled all over during the set, I guess that might have given her the answer she was looking for. Its indeed a fight that is still as prevalent today as it was a century ago that women need to fight, that women have the right to as much freedom of expression as our male counterparts. On a positive note we have begun to see a big upsurge in female support, many woman are now standing strongly behind us and we are told often how we inspire them to stand up and how proud we make them to be female.

The youth certainly get it they get the message perhaps us being part of the youth means a lot to them too! Society needs a change and we feel that there is a big uprising starting and the change of perceptions is coming that people have had enough of the system and have much to say and are becoming more emboldened to speak out! We are Societys Rejects and we are proud to be rejected by a society that feels ok to bully, abuse and stand for nothing. A society that doesn't seem to mind or want to see the cruelty inflicted via governement policies on the most vulnerable of our society for example take the meat industry the suffering of the farm animals how can this be acceptable. Look at the plight of most of the elderly the staggering abuse of children



JSPS :

 Most days a new video clip of you seems to pop up on my Facebook feed. Your life appears to be a non stop barrel of laughs. Is this just a part of the SoapGirls act or are you still as much fun when the camera is off? Is it easy to blend your fun side with the seriousness of the topics you sing about?


  TS : 

Everything you see and hear is raw real from the music to our live videos hence they are live unscripted and we just have a really wacky sense of humour and we prefer to adress the ugly side of society through humour and by the time people have watched it takes a while to sink in that we have actually been putting out a message. Take our latest video it was hilariously ridiculous, showed society for being all it was in so many ways. When we went out and about in Blackpool there was a candy store and in that candy store lots of little kids running about and stands full of life sized candy cocks so we bought some for perhaps use onstage in a show we didn't think much of it but last night we did our weekly tub updates where we're in our underwear and either tape or cover of some sorts. We share with our fans the week that has been the highlights and the lows and in particular we like doing this because the reaction is important. Its important because currently there are many youth and non youth being bullied via social media to the extent that some have taken their lives so we put ourselves out there so others can see the hatred that comes in the comments and the reactions and how we handle it and still keep on doing what we are doing. We hope to give strength to people to stand up and put themselves out there because no matter what you do you will always receive as much hate as you do acceptance. Besides we like poking fun at ourselves and showing there is no fear in being rejected by a society that has very little worth :) So love it or hate it tub updates every Monday 6pm lol and yip we will piss some off



Johnny rotten



JSPS :

 The fear of being rejected by society brings us nicely to your new album (Society's Rejects). I've got it back in my car cd player to get me in the zone for this interview and I can highly recommend it. Here's your opportunity to tell people who might not be familiar with The SoapGirls why they should check it out...



  TS :

It means so much to us everytime we hear or know how someone has connected to our music.We are our music, everything we have experienced and lived through is in our music. It's more angry and sometimes sad and of course there is humour but its raw, it's real and no pretence. In fact when we write we dont even consider if the song we're writing or if the arrangement will make sense. There is no formula to real life as much as there is no formula to how we write or compose/arrange our music and we keep it real so we record and then just get it mixed. We dont ever want big production and anything that we cannot bring to our live performances. Our album is all about keeping it real and not having concern whether others will accept it or not, we love our music because it reflects everything about us and mostly it's just about standing up and saying "HEY! I'm a reject" and being cool with it:) We also have created our own genre, Revolt Rock, because no matter the stage or who we share it with we dont fit into any box neither musically or as people.



JSPS :

 You recently played the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. How did that go?


  TS : 

Rebellion Festival was a huge milestone for us and another childhood dream become a reality! When we first heard that we were playing the festival I, Mie, burst into tears and Mille and me jumped around screaming because for us Rebellion encompasses all we stand for and believe in, that being freedom and embracing individualism. Being bullied and shunned for so many years right from our beginning years age 8/9 when we started out street performing we have had to block out from society and at times it has been emotionally very hard for us so performing Rebellion equated to a big fuck you finger for us :) We were so uncertain what to expect and as always we try keep a blank slate before a show and because this one meant so much to us, even more so. The shows we did went down so well we got so many new fans and met some amazing people. We were blown away by the whole festival itself, so much so that we had to go back even the day we weren't performing. It was almost as if we had found somehwere that could resonate with our hearts. The acceptance, non judgment of all we met and saw not just of us but of anyone & everyone that was there. The atmosphere was happy, embracing and is definitely a festival that made a beautiful mark on us not to mention that right down to all the staff, organisers everyone was as a family or a team if you will. We are still smiling and will draw back on our experience of the festival in any dark moments that we might encounter along the way forward.



Bad Bitch



JSPS :

 One question I usually ask to my interviewees, is there a question you wish interviewers would ask you?


  TS :

 YES! If we had looked into a glass ball and seen the challenges we have faced would we still have kept doing things as we have done or would we have changed? Our answer would have been YES we would not change a thing! :)



  JSPS :

 And Finally.... What next for The Soapgirls?

  TS :

We are often asked this question and sometimes we feel a blank come over us because living the life we do on tour for most of the year we live life in the now and everyday is literally a blank slate and just putting one foot forward but so saying our hope dreams goals would be to be enabled to continue growing as musicians to keep on doing what we do and be able to release many more albums. Our way of life is so far removed from normalcy that its really frightening to try to live into a future that for most wont make sense! We are currently into our 4th month on the road touring and have another almost 4 to go and then we take a break to write and prepare for the next tour. Each year the tour gets bigger and madder, we are supposed to be going to Japan and USA and then there is Eastern Europe too so we're definitely excited about new challenges/territories and of course the fans who mean the world to us and it's an ever growing family .




Rather Be Dead





Wednesday, 9 August 2017

City Miles - Away Day



  Right people, listen up. City Miles are looking like they're gonna turn out to be one of the best new punk bands around. I'm not going totally overboard yet as they've only released 3 songs but the potential is there for them to take off very quickly. Shamefully only 152 people have "liked" their Facebook page so far, don't be shy, get in early and click that tab.....  https://www.facebook.com/citymilesoi/

  Their first song was Skinhead Till The End, it went down a storm when I played it on the show and pulled in plenty of views when I featured it on here last April  http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/city-miles-skinhead-till-end.html

  Song number 2 was a cover of Tiltwheel's Make Like A Tree & Fuck Off which they knocked out during a recording session for their debut ep.

  Now they're back with a new song (possibly a taster for that ep? Time will tell). I'm very pleased to report that it's every bit as good as Skinhead Till The End (no mean feat as that's easily one of the highlights of 2017). You can find all 3 songs here :  https://citymilesoi.bandcamp.com/track/away-day

  I played the new song on last night's show which is saved here (feel free to listen, faourite, share etc and get some new fans for some great bands)...   https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-080817/


  City Miles. 3 masked men of mystery who make churning out classic catchy oi anthems seem like a stroll in the park. This is Away Day and it's awesome....


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Burning Flag - This Town

 

  Burning Flag are a UK hardcore punk band from Halifax who's line up features Md (vocals), Jonesy (guitar), Matt Fortune (drums) and Mark Midgley (bass). They formed in 2013 and released the Still A Lie ep the following year. 2015 saw a debut lp and they've recently followed it up with album number 2, Izabel. You can check those releases out here : https://burningflag.bandcamp.com/

  The album's title is the name of the woman that showed the band around Auschwitz and spoke to them about the horrors that occured there. It's also the name of the closing track. Other songs deal with topics such as the gun laws in the USA, the pollution of the planet and life in a shithole rundown town where the skys are gray and job prospects are not much brighter.

  I played this song on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-010817/) and the chatroom guys were impressed with the gloomy atmosphere and relentless deep bass rumbling. It's called This Town.....


Monday, 7 August 2017

Superchunk - Up Against The Wall



  It seems ages since I bought a really cool new album called No Pocky For Kitty by a band called Superchunk (a bit of research tells me it was 26 years ago). The album featured some killer tracks such as Skip Steps 1 & 3, Seed Toss, Punch Me Harder and Throwing Things etc and still remains a firm favourite. I can't claim to have checked out every release since then but every so often I cross paths with them. Records like On The Mouth, Here's Where The Strings Come In, Majesty Shredding and I Hate Music have all ventured onto my radar. Most recent to make an impression is their new single, I Got Cut.

  From Chapel Hills, North Carolina the band comprises Mac McCaughan (guitar/vocals), Jim Wilbur (guitar/backing vocals), Jon Wurster (drums/backing vocals) and Laura Ballance (bass/backing vocals). Since forming in 1989 they've varied in style from grungey punk through diy indie and lush alternative masterpieces. Their latest release sees them bang on form with 2 great upbeat tracks and it's all for a good cause with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. You can check it out here : https://superchunk.bandcamp.com/album/i-got-cut-b-w-up-against-the-wall

  The single kicks off with I Got Cut but the song I'm featuring today is a cover of a Tom Robinson Band classic from 1978. This is Up Against The Wall....

Darkhaired dangerous schoolkids
Vicious, suspicious sixteen
Jet-black blazers at the bus stop
Sullen, unhealthy and mean
Teenage guerillas on the tarmac
Fighting in the middle of the road
Supercharged FS1Es on the asphalt
The kids are coming in from the cold

Look out, listen can you hear it
Panic in the County Hall
Look out, listen can you hear it
Whitehall (got us) up against a wall
Up against the wall...

High wire fencing on the playground
High rise housing all around
High rise prices on the high street
High time to pull it all down
White boys kicking in a window
Straight girls watching where they gone
Never trust a copper in a crime car
Just whose side are you on?

Look out, listen can you hear it
Panic in the County Hall
Look out, listen can you hear it
Whitehall (got us) up against a wall
Up against the wall...

Consternation in Mayfair
Rioting in Notting Hill Gate
Fascists marching on the high street
Carving up the welfare state
Operator get me the hotline
Father can you hear me at all?
Telephone kiosk out of order
Spraycan writing on the wall

Look out, listen can you hear it
Panic in the County Hall
Look out, listen can you hear it
White House got us up against a wall
Up against the wall... 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Toylettes - Omi

 

  Toylettes are a German 4 piece from Berlin and Potsdam who remind me a little of legendary Swiss band Kleenex/Liliput. They formed in 2011 and the line up features Lisa (vocals/keyboard/guitar), Alex (guitar/vocals/keyboard), Jalla (drums/voice) and Daniel (bass/voice).

  In 2014 they released a self titled ep and followed it up a year later with the Tape album. 2016 ended with the release of the Achtzigertyp ep and now they're back with the remastered and reissued version of Tape which is available on 10" vinyl through Harbinger Sound and snappily titled Tape On Vinyl. You can find all those releases name your price on Bandcamp... https://toylettes.bandcamp.com/

  This is the opening track from the album, it's called Omi...

 
 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Zero-Form - Assimilation



  Zero-Form are a new band from Denver, Colorado. They're a female fronted outfit featuring Jen X, Johnny Seven, Sara and Ryan. They recently recorded and released a demo cassette ep and it's pretty damn good. You can find it here :  https://zero-form.bandcamp.com/album/demo-cassette

  4 tracks of quality old school punk including the one you'll find below, I'm sure we'll be hearing plenty more from them. This is Assimilation.....

Friday, 4 August 2017

Los Fatso Libres - The Mask



  Another new band for you today, this time it's 3 masked men from Nottingham who seem to have a liking for Mexican wrestling as well as bands such as The Ramones, Lillingtons, Masked Intruder, Nerf Herder etc....

  They're called Los Fatso Libres and the line up features some typical East Midlands names; El Beanso (guitar/vocals), Don Rico (bass/vocals) and Beto Picante (drums).

  They only played their first gig last month but debut ep No Holds Barred is already scheduled for release in September. Nothing on Bandcamp yet aside from a name your price live version of one of their songs recorded at that debut gig (https://losfatsolibres.bandcamp.com/releases) but I'm guessing this will change soon. They have uploaded one of the songs from the ep to Youtube, this is The Mask....

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Xylitol - Get Your Woofin' Dog Off Me



  It's not long since uncompromising Olympia 4 piece Xylitol graced this blog (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/xylitol-i-dont-wanna-be-punished.html) so I don't need a big intro today. I'd just like to point you in the direction of a fabulous (barking mad???) cover they've recently released of a song that also appeared on this blog many moons ago (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/jerks-get-your-woofing-dog-off-me.html).

  The original was by 5 Yorkshire teenagers called The Jerks and was from 1977, this updated version came out last month and is taken from a split tour tape that Xylitol released with Icelandic band Dau├░yflin :  https://xylitolband.bandcamp.com/album/xylitol-dau-yflin-tour-tape


  I played the song on the latest Just Some Punk Songs show and it went down a storm with several of the chatroom folk whilst a few others were left scratching their heads! If you want to listen to the show it's saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-010817/

  This Is Get Your Woofin' Dog Off Me.....

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Ringwalds - Let's Get Rockin'

 

  The Ringwalds are 3 party dudes (Tommy, Marky, Stevie) from Calgary, Alberta. I don't know much about them other than they had a song (Maverick) featured on the Teenage Bottlerocket tribute album, Skate Or Fly, that Ramone To The Bone Records released at the end of last year.

  Today's update features a song from their forthcoming debut ep, Canned Goods. It'll be out on August 18th and they'll be playing a release party at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club in Calgary on the same date. You can find a download of the song here :  https://theringwalds.bandcamp.com/track/lets-get-rockin

  There's loads of bands playing Ramones inspired pop punk, going off the evidence of this debut single, The Ringwalds may well be one of the better ones. This is Let's Get Rockin'....  

Well we'll smash a case of beer then we'll go go go 
Gonna head down to the sweet rock show 
There's a bunch of different people that all look the same 
There's a bunch of different people that don't know my name 
They're all looking at me funny cause I'm sniffing glue 
But I'm not gonna let 'em tell me what to do, no 
Better hurry up because we're running late 
I got a song stuck in my head and I'm feeling great. 

Come on baby baby lets get rockin' 
We'll get rockin' tonight.