NYC’s BORN LOOSE features two former CANDY SNATCHERS members (Larry May and Suke), so you can guess that you won’t hear any polished modern rock on this great looking white 7″ (out on Hound Gawd! Records), and we won’t complain about that. Two short, angry, dirty punk rock’n’roll songs in which singer Larry May screams his guts out! The energy of Detroit rock’n’roll, the smell of garage, and the craziness of the DEAD KENNEDYS and JESUS LIZARD in one band! “I Loathe You” is a speed-up rock’n’roll song that will please fans of the NEW BOMB TURKS and The HUMPERS, and “Today’s The Day” brings us a bit more of melody mixed to some hypnotic guitar riff, right before literally exploding and leaving you breathless! Short and not sweet, this will make you beg for more chaos!/Laurent C.
L.A.’s JET BLACK KISS is actually one man: Robert S. Liam (aka “Simon”), who is back with 12 industrial rock/metal songs.”The Flame”, or “Dogs Of War” sound a bit like a mix of KILLING JOKE and WHITE ZOMBIE with a big dose of metal thrown into it (lots of double bass drum!)
The rock/pop influences can be found in a surprising cover of GARBAGE‘s “Only Happy When It Rains”, in alternative sounding songs like “Guns”, “A Beautiful Day”, or the ballad “Bullet Train.” You’ll also find punk traces in “Car Crash” and “I Just Wanted To Kill Her”, a bit of new wave in “Psycho Baby”; and songs like “We All Must Come Together”, or “She’s An Alien” remind me of WARRIOR SOUL, which isn’t a bad thing at all, right? /Laurent C.
I haven’t heard from these guys from Oklahoma before, but here they are, introducing themselvers with 13 old-school punk rock’n’roll songs that smell like dirty streets and beer. You’ll find some angry ’77 tunes (“Kill That Girl”, “Away From Me”…), a bit of explosive trashy power pop (“Fall For You”, “Forbidden Zone”, “Runnin’ Out On Love”…) and lots of hooligan backing vocals in the choruses of these songs. Early CLASH (“Pills For Pills”, “Blacklist”…) and JOHNNY THUNDERS (the guitars!) come to mind when listening to this album, and songs like “I Don’t Wanna Know” and “Track Marks and a Broken Heart” seem to have been made to make you pogo ’77 style and sing a long until you drop! The EASY LOVERS also make me think of new Swedish band 16 TON ROCKERS since they seem to share the same influences and spirit. Ready, steady, go!/Laurent C.
A new EP from Norway’s SUICIDE BOMBERS: 6 explosive songs with retro-futuristic SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIKish samples in between them. Opening song “Bladerunner (Tokyo Nights)” does a great job at getting you hooked from the start, and makes you ready for “iKill (Suicide Romeo)”, a good dose of sleaze rock with guitars reminding of the mighty ZODIAC MINDWARP.
If you like 1983/84 MÖTLEY CRÜE, then you’ll probably enjoy “Planets Collide”, a song that could stand right in between “Too Young To Fall In Love” and “Looks That Kill”; and if you want some in your face heavy punk’n’roll, then “X.i. Thing” is the one for you.
Fans of the bubblegum glam punk side of the TRASHCAN DARLINGS will love “Boyfriend (Sha-La-La), and the cherry on top here is a wild hard rockin’ BACKSTREET GIRLS cover (“Devolicious Boys”)!
“The Sex Tapes” comes out with a booklet in which you’ll find the song lyrics and lots of coulourful pictures, you can trust these guys for not doing things by halves!/Laurent C.