Black Market Heart “Transfusion” EP

4 new songs and a cool cover art-work by Los Angeles dark rock band BLACK MARKET HEART. “Feed Me Poison” opens this EP with some fine venomous post-punk full of energy while “Tidal Wave” has more to do with proto-punk and The STOOGES. Male and female vocals are mixed and give an interesting melodic effect to the songs, sometimes close to The PIXIES. The biggest surprise on this EP is a great cover of The TOILET BOYS‘ glam punk hit “Another Day In The Life”, here played with a garage rock twist. “Reach Out” closes this EP in a CRAMPS meets grunge gloomy rock’n’roll way. Short, but definitely worth checking! /Laurent C.

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Los Stars “Grandes Fracasos” EP

LOS STARS is a band from Chile, they sing in Spanish and probably have a good powerpop record collection at home. On this 5 song EP, their powerpop flirts with 77 punk (“Mi Secreto” or the intro of “Cadenas Y Cuchillos” reminding of The BOYS‘ “First Time.”) The youthful energy of the band sometimes brings The BRIEFS to mind (“Crisis de Identidad”) and the new wave of glammy American powerpop (“Cuarentena.”) It all sounds young and raw but that’s part of the charm of this EP. /Laurent C.