Mike Zero “Now”

mike-zeroThis is the third album of German punk rock’n’roller MIKE ZERO, but actually the first one I get to listen to, though I’ve seen the name here and there through the years. Songs like “Modern World” or “Doctor Doctor” evoke TURBONEGRO in their best days while “Sick Sick Kaputnigue” and “Gimme More” get closer to SOCIAL DISTORTION.
On the quieter side, “Lost In The Moment” shows that rock ballads aren’t always cheesy, it contains a hint of BOWIE/80s wave that makes it stand out as one of the best songs of the album. You’ll also get to hear a sparkle of 70s glam (“Dandy Hooligan”) that will make you stamp your feet.
The cherry on the cake is a suprising and cool cover of INXS’ “Mystify” which just adds to the good surprise effect of “Now”./Laurent C.


Dirty Box Disco “Legends”

DirtyBoxDiscoThis isn’t really an attractive album cover. You’d think that in this day and age, rock bands would make an effort to try and sell their records but well, maybe it’s an art statement after all, as it sure fits with the band’s cartoonesque imagery.
Luckily, the band’s music appears to be interesting. Some high energy punk rock’n’roll full of fun and singalong choruses (‘The Other Side Of The Street”, “Rock n’ Rolla”, “I Don’t Wanna Go Out With You”, “I Won’t Forget”…) I’m sure that DIRTY BOX DISCO must a great live band as their songs are definitely made for stage action (“I Just Want To Be A Girl”, “I Am Rock’n’Roll”, “Radio! Radio!”, “Let’s Get Wasted!”)
While TURBONEGRO and the RAMONES obviously come to mind when listening to these songs, names like The DESCENDENTS or SNUFF also pop up on songs like “Smackhead” and “We All Fall Down.”
Don’t judge a record by its cover art, this is quite a good one, even maybe one of the best I’ve heard in that style in the last 2 years. The only thing that annoys me a bit is this voice effect on a few songs that reminds me of the worst Californian punk pop bands that ever existed, you know, the ones that were huge 10 years ago. Anyway, the new kings of pop punk rock’n’roll are now from the Midlands!/Laurent C.