Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cadenaxo - Cadenado CS

CHILANGO-CORE killin' it


The Uglies - We Are The Uglies CS

"The best Australian punk release since The Victims' single 'Television Addict' " - The Uglies


Black Panties - Self Titled EP

"Debut hard vinyl after a flexi and a handful of cassettes from this St. Louis band. It seems like a lazy comparison because Lumpy put out the record and they're from the same city, but if you like Lumpy & the Dumpers I think it's safe to say you'll be on board with Black Panties as well. In the similarities column this has, like Lumpy & the Dumpers, a kind of rock n roll-informed songwriting that's performed with a very DIY / raw punk sensibility (particularly in regards to the vocals). In the differences column, Black Panties are a whole lot faster than Lumpy, and on the last track they even have a punk-at-hardcore-speed song that recalls stuff like the Dwarves, Brutal Knights, or the Ladies, though of course filtered through the deliberately skewed midwest slime punk sensibility. This is a really hot style right now so I'm just kind of inclined to like all of this stuff from St Louis and NW Indiana, but Black Panties recommend themselves by staking out a unique sound and managing to play music that is incredibly fast and intense but still catchy. Another quality Lumpy release, in other words."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Soma Coma - Dust LP

"Latest in the Cool Death catalogue, SOMA COMA rip through eight tracks of unparalleled rage on this debut long player. At it's most basic "Dust" is a tightly wound hardcore record that goes straight for the throat, rarely cutting loose. Upon further listens, SOMA COMA reveal a bit more in the mix, from the feral rasp of the vocals to the atonal guitar flourishes reminiscent of groups like Die Kreuzen. As the title track winds side B to a close, SOMA COMA slowly turn things loose after a smashing ten plus minutes of HC abuse. Recommended to those familiar with the outer-spaced hardcore of recent Australian groups like Straightjacket Nation, Gutter Gods, and Velvet Whip. SOMA COMA's "Dust" will crush your basic sensibilities and then keep crawling back for another 'go."


Dribble - Lovers EP

"Dribble slap on this single three cuts of fine Clevo proto-punk worship (think of Electric Eels, Rocket From The Tombs and such), distorted through the lense of a peculiar Australian perspective. It's less of a messy affair than their previous output but nothing short of great."