Guttercats “Follow Your Instinct”

Paris’ GUTTERCATS are back with a 4th album already. Opener “A Trip Down Memory Lane” displays more pop influences than in their previous works, although you still can hear the obvious GUN CLUB influence. The band also gets darker with “(Beyond The Limits) Before I Die”, the guitars still have this cowboy slide feel, and…

The So Lows “Alto”

When European winter gets dark and cold, it’s nice to listen to something that can take you far away. The SO LOWS are based in Los Angeles and play bluesy rock’n’roll that will make you feel like you’re walking in the desert, looking at the sky. Opening song “Gotta Get You” has quite a catchy…

The Dirty Truckers “Best Of”

I’m probably not the only person in the world who only found out about The DIRTY TRUCKERS thanks to their “Tiger Stripes” EP, but their first record “Bush League Romance” was actually released in 2001! This “Best Of” goes through the band career and offers us 22 songs influenced by The REPLACEMENTS (“Like Him”, “All…

Jonesy release “Messin’ Around” video

Canadian powerpop/punk band JONESY have just released their debut self-titled album on Dead Beat Records. The band has also released a video for “Messin’ Around”: Buy from Dead Beat Records Facebook page  

Doll Hazard – Continuing the great rock’n’roll tradition!

In this day and age, you can easily write, record and release music when members live on different continents. Chris Damien Doll (Norway) and Sandy Hazard (Canada) have joined forces in order to write some sleazy hard rock’n’roll songs and give birth to DOLL HAZARD. They answered a few questions… ¬†One member in Norway, and…

Watts “All Done With Rock’n’Roll” EP

“All Done With Rock’n’Roll” opens this 4 song EP in a hooky way, reminding me of CHEAP TRICK. “Hi Definition” has a bit of AEROSMITH in it; a well written 70s hard rock song that will stay in your head after the first time you’ve listened to it! If you need some high quality American…

Dead Furies “Rock City A Go Go”

Sweden has been influencing many bands these last years, and DEAD FURIES are no exception since their high energy rock’n’roll could have been produced in Scandinavia, although they are from Estonia. A lot of energy and fine melodies are the right ingredients for the good recipe in this style, and songs like “Mystery Train” and…

Faz Waltz “Julie” 7″

Italy’s FAZ WALTZ have been around for a while, they started as a glammy pop band with strong BOWIE and BOLAN influences before slowly evolving to the boot boy side of glam/glitter rock, in a GIUDA way. Thsi new 7′ is out on Spaghetty Town Records. “Julie” mixes 70s UK influences such as SLADE to…

Outtacontroller “No Echo” 7″

4 songs of modern powerpop made-in Canada! Whether the band mixes glammy beats to ’77 punk guitars (“Prime Time”) or purposely choses to sound Californian pop (“Cheap Leather Jacket”), OUTTACONTROLLER do it well and still manages to sound fresh! There’s also some 90s guitar touches in “You’ll Get Yours”, and a song like “Something Wild”…

The Forty Nineteens “Good Fortune”

California has always been a good place for powerpop, and this is no exception. Opening song “And Such And Such” displays great songwriting skills from the start and reminds me a bit of DRAMARAMA. “Easy Come Easy Go” mixes 60s garage to 70s punk rock energy, a song like “Another Day” won’t have any problems…

V/A “We Weren’t Meant To Last” (Best of Norcore Compilation ’83-86)

The unusual format of this CD packaging makes it interesting from the start since it fits very well the comic book illustration cover art. It is a compilation of songs of the mid-80s Norwood Park (Chicago) glam/punk scene. BLUE EYED PASTIE WHITES opens the record with a great glam rock song “Coulda Woulda Shoulda”, followed…