Monster Zero Super Involved: Mondo Wave/Snotty Cheekbones/Animols/Sonic Angels

While Austria was under lockdown #4 last month, Monster Zero records decided to help and promote a few records whether they released them or distribute them.

MONDO WAVE from Austria/UK offers us some garage punk with some 90s lo-fi flavour with this “Quarantine Dream” 6 track EP. “Black Leather” is keeping the 90s indie spirit alive while “Dust Over Time” has a dark surf rock vibe and “Only You”,”Fade Into The Time” and “Say Ahh!” all mix punk and psyche with style. Short and intense!

SNOTTY CHEEKBONES from Switzerland were already playing pop punk in the 90s alongside bands such as The OFFSPRING, SUM 41 or RANDY and here they are back with a new album untitled “Avanti”. Opening song “I Remember” is quite catchy as well as “Island”. “Idiot Parade” offers us some pop with slight reggae influences bringing NO DOUBT to mind while “Loudmouth” flirts with fast punk hardcore. “Spoiled White Kids” might be my favourite song on this album since you’ll hear some ’77 punk influences in this one! This record sounds like it was recorded in California in the mid 00s and that is not necessarily a bad thing. You’ll get the energy, the melodies and good spirit you need to put an end to 2021!

“2”, the second EP of Italian punk rockers ANIMOLS is about animals so it can’t be bad. It’s actually quite fun, some RAMONES influenced punk rock tunes sung in Italian with a garage production. 5 songs that will take you straight to Italy!

Last but not least, French veteran garage rockers SONIC ANGELS are back with 4 new songs. “Love Is The Law” takes us to an almost psychedelic garage land while “Up & Down” and “On The Radio” have more NYC early punk influences and “Farlopa” slows things down with some 60s garage vibes. You’ll dig it if you like it dirty! /Laurent C.

Listen to The Underestimator mixtape “Electric Sweat”

If you’re looking for some good rock’n’roll (punk, powerpop, garage…) for the holidays, than check out the new mixtape of The Underestimator.

Available for online streaming on Mixcloud: 

or download as separate mp3 tracks in a zip file, here:

01. Electric Sweat – The Mooney Suzuki (2002)
02. Loose (#2) – The Stooges (1970)
03. Soul Trader (Peel Session) -Thee Hypnotics (1989)
04. Get The Girl Straight – The Powder Monkeys (1997)
05. Touch Me I’m Sick – Mudhoney (1988)
06. Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled) – Amyl and the Sniffers (2018)
07. Blonde Sabbath (Blondie-Black Sabbath cover) – Sir Hedgehog (2002)
08. Boys Next Door – La Femme (1978)
09. 17 Years Of Hell – The Partisans (1982)
10. Computerstaat – Abwärts (1980)
11. Day Tripper (Beatles cover) – Sham 69 (1979)
12. I Love You, You Big Dummy (Captain Beefheart cover, Peel Session) – Magazine 1978)
13. Safety In Numbers – The Adverts (1977)
14. Indo China – The Carpettes (1979)
15. Ballroom Blitz (The Sweet cover) – The Damned (1979)
16. Soda Pressing – The Boys (1977)
17. Time Wall – Fire Exit (1979)
18. Virginia Plain (Roxy Music cover) – Spizzenergi (1979)
19. Nostalgia (Buzzcocks cover) – Penetration (1978)
20. Gut Feeling – Devo (1978)
21. Now She’s Gone – The Mighty Lemon Drops (1985)
22. A Tragedy – Green on Red (1985)
23. Wheatfields – The Weeds (1985)
24.  The Waitresses – The Comb
25. Hey Seuss – The 3Ds (1994)
26. Primeval – Girl Trouble (1988)
27. I Hear Noises – The Vibes (1985)
28. For She – The Milkshakes (1981)
29. Long Gone – The Customs (1980)
30. What Happens When You Turn The Devil Down – The  Mystery Lights (2016)
31. Love Power (The Producers cover) – T. Tex Edwards and Lithium X-mas (1991)
32. This Sinister Urge (Fuzztones cover) – Sparkling Bombs (2005)
33. The 400 Blows – The Demics (1981)
34. 18 Wheels – The Murder City Devils (1998)
35. The Psychedelic Gas Station – Deadbeat Poets (2014)

Download some more playlists posted on The Underestimator Mixtapes series, here.

(Original photo: punks feeling ecstatic at an Adam & The Ants gig at The Roxy in 1978 by Peter Marlow)

The Erotics “Hungover On Christmas” EP

The EROTICS are getting ready to celebrate Christmas their own way with “Hungover On Christmas”, a new song in which you’ll find some good old hard rock influences with a punk rock production. Fans of early WASP will probably dig this one! They also offer us a cover of 1974 Jim Stafford classic “Spiders & Snakes” adding some groove to this 2021 chaotic Christmas. Get the bottles out!/Laurent C.

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The Claws “Stars and Broken Glass” + “Hazy Days Wasted Nights” (EP)

We’ve been keeping an eye on L.A. Based band The CLAWS since their first EP and here they are back with a 10 song new album and a 4 song EP! “Down In The City” opens the album in a STONES/QUIREBOYS way but the guitar solos definitely sound like good old American hard rock. “High Noon” has a bit of a disco rock vibe though, think of The ROLLING STONES “Miss You” or KISS’ “Unmasked” era. Singer Chad Cherry (The LAST VEGAS…)’s voice perfectly fits with the 70s rock’n’roll guitars and dusty road moods even when things slow down like in “A Song For You” and its Western ballad vibe. “High Sermon” must be a good one to drive to in California, “In The Dust” would be a hit on every radio station in a perfect world and “When The Nighttime Comes” brings a welcomed 80s goth rock touch to the album. There’s some groovy bass and cowbell in “Seven Medicines”, a bit of nostalgia in “Sway With The Hunted”, some well-dosed 80s hard rock influences in “Strange Rumblings” and something quite addictive in “Waiting At The Station” that makes you want to listen to more…

… And the good thing is that you can hear more with the “Hazy Days Wasted Nights” EP! Opening with a riff that could have been on The CULT‘s “Love”, “Ride” will stay in your head and take you to unknown lands at the same time. “Cheaper Stuff” will take you back to the late 80s when GUNS N’ROSES ruled the Sunset Strip and “Lost and Found” is quite catchy in a CHEAP TRICK way. Finally, “One Little Slice” gets us to crazier territories with its psych intro/outro. 14 songs later and I’d still listen to some more. Well done, guys! /Laurent C.

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Scream Idol “Movie Mary”

SCREAM IDOL is the new incarnation of STAR STAR, The fabulous late 80s glam rock’n’roll band that should have been huge in a perfect world. Singer/guitar player Johnnie Holiday has been living in Greece for a long time now keeping the STAR STAR name and music alive through the years but some change was needed and although SCREAM IDOL has STAR STAR‘s glittery blood running through its veins, this is also the start of something new. This is still rock’n’roll with a glam edge but with a more modern approach and sound. “Movie Mary” opens with a new and refreshed version of “Pizza Pattie”, a song that was released on the first STAR STAR album “Go Go Girls In Love” but didn’t have the production it deserved. “Teenage Doom Disciple” heads more into the glam industrial territory bringing The NEWLYDEADS to mind while “Kick It Down” and “Soul Sucker” both mix heavy rock guitars with a glitter pop sensiblity. You’ll get to hear more new versions from “Go Go Girls In Love”: “Kid City Act III”, revamped as a 70s gam song that could have been recorded in Blade Runner, “Sarah Soda” called “Sara Soda Act IV”, a poppy glam punk song as well as the title song “Go Go Girls In Love Act I” and “Baby Boom Act IV” and its ever catchy vibe. Speaking of catchy, just listen to the PALTRIDGE FAMILY cover “I Woke Up In Love This Morning”, this one won’t leave my mind… The album ends on a gothy dancefloor note with “1000 Years To Deep” and “Movie Mary” both reminding of the best of MARILYN MANSON (that is to say his post-human glam album “Mechanical Animals”.) “Movie Mary” manages to mix an underrated past to a brilliant present and can appeal to early STAR STAR fans as well as a new generation in search of decadent and danceable music. This is exactly what I needed to listen to these days! /Laurent C.
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