Pop punk champion record label Monster Zeros Records are bringing us 3 hot releases for this winter:
Neon Bone “Make It Last”
Punk pop from Germany with songs going from RAMONES influenced punk rock (“Number One”, “I’m Coming Home”, “Another You”) to 90s sunny pop punk (“I Got A Friend”.) You also get to think of BAD RELIGION while listening to “Baby Don’t You Cry” and “Don’t Say No More” or NOFX (“You’re Eating My Brain.”) The band sometimes clearly slides to the pop side with “Girl You Should Know”, “Talk Yo Me”, “It’s Up Yo You” or “Surrender To You.” An album that keeps the pop punk flame high in the air!
So-Cho Pistons “Knuckeheads”
Hiroshima punk rock veterans are back and offer us 18 ultra fast punk rock songs in 30 minutes! “No Way”, “Don’t Be A Liar” or “To Dancing” show us that these guys must dig the RAMONES but you’ll also hear a bit of 77 punk/street punk (“I Love Fifi”, “No”) and traces of 80s punk hardcore (“Rise Up”, “Tou Senbo” “Teo Nobase – Raise Your Hand”, “One Rocket”) You might need to learn Japanese to understand the lyrics but it fits well with the music. This is fast, this loud, this is raw, this is punk! Ready Steady Go!
The Skullingtons “En”
This is the first release of this Norwegian band although they’ve been touring a lot. The intro song “S.K.U.L.L.IN.G.T.O.N.S” is pure RAMONES style but then “Phantom Limb” takes us somewhere where The MISFITS could be hanging out. This is no surprise that you’ll get a bit of horror influenced lyrics (“Jenna is a Necrophiliac”, “I Don’t Wanna Go on the Murder Train”, “Highschool Of The Dead.”) The band can sound very poppy on “She Could Be The One” and even sound 60s influenced on “No Spark.” The vocals stand somewhere between The GROOVIE GHOULIES and the TOY DOLLS and the raw production fits quite well with the teenage punk spirit of these songs.
Swiss bands BITCH QUEENS and DELILAHS’77 are celebrating their friendship with this punk tribute split 7″ vinyl record. DELILAHS’77 are offering us their own version of The MISFITS “Some Kinda Hate” which almost sounds like The UNDERTONES, great cover! BITCH QUEENS chose DEAD KENNEDY‘s classic “Too Drunk To Fuck” and turn it into a catchy punk’n’roll song. Listening to this makes you think that it’s definitely too short. The vinyl comes out in three different colours on Lux Noise Records. There will always be something cool about split 7″ records. /Laurent C.
20 years(!) after their debut album, MUD CITY MANGLERS are back with a new record on Spaghetty Town Records/Beluga Records and Ghost Highway. “Give Me The Hammer” opens the album on a raw punk’n’roll note and things don’t really slow down after this. Names like ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN or NASHVILLE PUSSY come to mind while listening to “The Way It’s Gonna Be” and “Hangover Hurricane” has a bit of GANG GREEN in it. “One Of These Days” and “Bring It Down” are dirty in your face garage punk hits while “Better Off Dead” is a cool mid-tempo heavy rock song. Sometimes the band has a bit of an 80s British punk edge in “Cheater Bar” or in “Armstrong Park.” If you’re more into sleazy rock’n’roll then “One More Mile” will be the one for you. Whether you like NEW BOMB TURKS, GBH or MOTORHEAD, you’ll dig this album, and probably even more if you like them all! /Laurent C.
The author of The Lion’s Share is back with a new novel. This time the action is happening in post-apoclyptic America in which anarchy is getting stronger and stronger through a movement called The Anarchy March. Politics, corruption, religion and the fight between the rich and the poor have dismantled what used to be The United States of America. We are told about living and fighting in this new world to stay free through the main characters and anti-heroes Darla, Doyle and Jack. You’ll probably enjoy finding many punk/hardcore rederences in this book which is not surprising considering Russ Lippitt’s background. While going through these no future adventures, you get to think that reading this novel a few years ago would have made you think “That’s a great Mad Max kind of fiction!” but looking at the state of the world right now with the countless abuse of powers by Governments and coronavirus, you can only get to think that it might just be a depiction of a not so distant future… /Laurent C.
Although The GREAT AFFAIRS released a few albums in the past, it seems like their 2018 album “Ten & 2” was a fresh new start for them. After a handful of singles, The GREAT AFFAIRS are back with a full album. Opening track “I’m Alright” shows that the band still has one feet in classic rock’n’roll and the other one in powerpop. “Believe In Ghosts” has all the fine melodies and hooks to be radio hit or a movie soundtrack while “Lyvia” could please every AOR fan reading this (if there’s any!) The bands’s music sometimes gets close to BRYAN ADAMS (“High On Rose”) and can also be emotionally quiet (“In The Wreckage”, “Worn Out Souls” or “Three-Leaf Clover” that reminds me of The BLACK CROWES) but you’ll also hear a bit of 70s AEROSMITH in “Light Years” or in “The Ride” and some Southern rock in “Satellite.” These guys probably have listened to LED ZEPPELIN as much as CHEAP TRICK so you can imagine that they can’t go wrong. /Laurent C.