30th anniversary of one of my favourite horror movies, Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava‘s Demons! I still remember watching it on VHS on wednesday afternoons… Claudio Simonetti‘s original soundtrack definitely reinforced the movie’s dark and unique atmosphere of the movie, with blood-stained 80s synthpop tracks like “Demons”, “Out Of Time”, or “Killing”, and frightening themes like “Cruel Demon”, “The Evil One”, or “Threat.”
This release also includes demo versions and a previously unreleased track, “Demon’s Lounge”, and the CD version also includes remixes by OHGR, LEAETHER STRIP and a few others, but the coloured vinyl is limited to 666 copies and includes a poster!
This anniversary release would have been complete with the addition of the songs of bands like MÖTLEY CRÜE, BILLY IDOL, or ACCEPT you can hear in the movie, but copyrights probably prevented them to appear on the record. Anyway, this just made me want to watch Demons again!/Laurent C.
LYDIA LUNCH always has something cooking. I saw her a few month ago with A KALEIDOSCOPE OF NOTHINGNESS for her “Sick With Desire” spoken words/sonic and visual performance, some dark urban poetry with a collage/slogan setting and a great dancer girl. I didn’t know what to expect, and it was really good. On this new album, LYDIA LUNCH joined forces with guitarist Weasel Walter (FLYING LUTTENBACHERS), bassist Tim Dahl (CHILD ABUSE) and drummer Bob Bert (SONIC YOUTH, PUSSY GALORE) in order to record 9 songs live in the studio. The band already worked together under the name RETROVIRUS before when they toured in the US in 2012, and then released the 2013 album “Retrovirus” recorded live in New York.
“Snakepit Breakdown” opens in a noisy, repetitive, hypnotic way just before calming the atmosphere down in a dark, and almost disturbing way with “Some Boys”, a song of the 1984 EP “In Limbo.” You’ll also find LYDIA‘s excellent ROWLAND S. HOWARD cover of “Still Burning” that was on this EP as well, and a tremendous, very organic interpretation of SUICIDE‘s “Frankie Teardrop.”
“Dead Me You Beside”, “Three Kings”, and “Tied and Twist” display the more experimental side of RETROVIRUS, with memerizing groovy bass and free jazz guitar, while “Fields Of Fire” get us back to NYC punk roots, and “Three Kings” puts an end to this record, bringing back the Berlin no wave of “Honeymoon In Red” to mind, leaving you breathless, your mind wandering somewhere in between the dark scents of the past, contemporary violence and lust for life. “Urge To Kill” will make you feel alive. /Laurent C.
This is the new flashy single the band has been promoting on their recent French tour. “Rock n Rollercoaster” is a cool RAMONES influenced punk song that you can also hear on the band’s new album “Slam! Bam!”, and side B offers us an unreleased crpytic (and mostly instrumental) rock’n’roll song (“Day Of The Dead.”) You’ll also find an old classic of the band that hasn’t been released on vinyl before: “She’s a Pistol.” If you haven’t heard the band before, then this 7″ will give you a right idea about what they’re all about, and if you’re already a fan, then you get something new for your collection…Hey Ho! Let’s PoGo! /Laurent C.
From what I remember, this Spanish band sounded a bit like PRETTY BOY FLOYD on their 2012 Ep. For some reason, they don’t really sound like this anymore, although 80s hard rock seems to remain their main influence.
You’ll also find some bluesy 70s influenced hard rock (“The Best”, “Sweet Revelation”, “Lord Of The Whores”), some sleazy rock’n’roll (“Sexagenery Sex”, “Hard Sex Girl”, “Riding, Fighting and Drinking”), and even some melodic heavy rock in a DOKKEN way (“Cries In The Night.”)
There’s nothing shockingly bad on this album, but it definitely lacks strong songs, although “Rock’n’Roll Gets Me High” actually stands out. The song titles might sound funny, but these guys probably just want to have a good time… All the time./Laurent C.
The NO TOMORROW BOYS, from Portland, Oregon are back with two new songs on this cool looking clear vinyl (also available in black) released by Hound Gawd! Records: “Who Killed Johnny?”, a tribute to JOHNNY THUNDERS that will please all of you LAMF rock’n’roll addicts, and “Get Out Of Denver”, a CHUCK BERRY meets LITTLE RICHARD on speed kind of song! Short indeed, but this is rock’n’roll, there’s no time to waste!
Dirty NEW YORK DOLLS guitars, 50s looks and 70s punk snotty vocals, it’s hard to resist The NO TOMORROW BOYS. I already enjoyed their album “Bad Luck Baby Put The Jinx On me”, and hope these guys will get to play in Europe soon. Go, boys, go!/Laurent C.
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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.
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