High-energy punks The CANDY SNATCHERS are back on Hound Gawd! Records with a full album (19 rescued songs from 1998! on vinyl with digital download card included) They’ve been playing together for a long time since they formed in 1992 in Virginia and the idea to mix, master and transfer these songs to digital and bring them back to life on vinyl is quite a good one, especially if you’ve liked the band’s lates releases. Songs like “No Time To Waste” or “Pissed Off, Ripped Off, Screwed”, “You Make It Hard”, “Killin’ My Buzz” or “Burn It To The Ground” show us that the band still dances on the hardcore edge, while “If You Can’t Have Fun, You Ain’t No Fun”, “Run You Down”, “Ass Casserole” or “Hard Up” bring 1977’s dangerous vibes back. You won’t be surprised if I tell you that they cover The STOOGES‘ “Fresh Rag” since both bands share a wild taste for chaos, just listen to “Moronic Pleasures” or “Such a Fool”. A song like “Real Thick Head” will make you feel like you’re in the rehearsal room with them, just turn up the volume! The album is dedicated to their first guitarist and co-creator Matthew Odietus who passed away in 2008 and it will make you understand why and how The CANDY SNATCHERS sound today. A proper rock’n’roll assault! /Laurent C.
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DEMONS are no new-schoolers since they started around 1994/1995 in Sweden, when HELLACOPTERS, TURBONEGRO, BACKYARD BABIES and GLUECIFER were just starting to put rock’n’roll back on the map.They now have more than 20 releases in their bag (including 3 albums on Gearhead Records) and are offering us 12 new songs on Alaska Productions/God’s Candy Records. It seems like time didn’t really have any influence on the band since DEMONS are playing high-energy rock’n’roll they way it has to be played. While “Baphomet Griefs” or “Bad Neighborhood” sound like good classic punk rock’n’roll, “Mojo Rojo” or “Hemisexual” have a healthy dose of punk craziness in them. You’ll get to hear some catchy choruses in “Kids Are Gonna Cry” and more melody in “Mean Street Beat” and “Standing in for Joy”, reminding a bit of SOCIAL DISTORTION. Not so many bands play this kind of rock’n’roll nowadays, so 2019 might be the right time for DEMONS! /Laurent C.
Sweden has been influencing many bands these last years, and DEAD FURIES are no exception since their high energy rock’n’roll could have been produced in Scandinavia, although they are from Estonia. A lot of energy and fine melodies are the right ingredients for the good recipe in this style, and songs like “Mystery Train” and “Take a Chance on Me” are good illustrations of this. When DEAD FURIES hit harder, they bring early TURBONEGRO and The MISFITS to mind with “Feast Of The Vampyr” and “Working Class Zero”, or even MOTÖRHEAD (“Black Jeans/White Boots”, “No Reason To Die”.)
At times, DEAD FURIES get more influenced by the US than Sweden, and they offer us songs like “Aloha Baby”, “Surfin’ Craze”, or “Rock City A Go Go”, which fit them quite well too. The album is out on February 16, give it a chance! /Laurent C.
The music of this power trio from Estonia could be described as action rock, or high-energy rock’n’roll, this style that was especially popular in Scandinavia in the early 00s. Opening track “No Talkin’ All Action” confirms this with a spicy HELLACOPTERS/BACKYARD BABIES flavour, while a strong TURBONEGRO influence can be heard in “Gimme Shock.” You’ll probably also hear The CULT in “Rock’n’Roll War”, but well, the riff was originally taken from The STONES anyway. I was expecting a bit of 70s glitter rock in “Listen To T.Rex”, but it seems like the reference is mainly in the lyrics.
“C’mon C’mon”, “Gotta Make Noise” and “Shimmy Shake” are catchy and fun punk rock’n’roll songs designed to make you party hard, and if you like The JOYSTIX or BITCH QUEEN, then big chances are you will enjoy DEAD FURIES.
Nothing new under the sun, but who cares when it’s raining! /Laurent C.
First (digital) release of this new band from Paris. “Ladies Night In Hell”, and “Midnight Queen” both display strong HELLACOPTERS influences, you’ll also find a bit of BACKYARD BABIES in “Garbage City”, and early TURBONEGRO sometimes comes to mind (especially in the guitar solos.) These guys also love ZEKE and PETER PAN SPEEDROCK, and you can hear this in “Doppelgänger.”
6 songs you should check out if you miss the early 00s punk’n’roll scene, or if you’re into high energy rock’n’roll. I guess the next step for IRON LIZARDS is to release a physical release./Laurent C.
High energy Canadian punk’n’rollers The SANGOMAS are back with a full album. They still hit hard and fast with songs like “Executioner Style”, “Make Me Bad” (quite a catchy one!), or “Working Class Zero.” No time to waste, you’ll get these 13 songs right into your face!
Early HELLACOPTERS or MOTÖRHEAD seem to have influenced this gang a lot, but you’ll also get a bit of RADIO BIRDMAN traces in “Anglo”, some TURBONEGRO in “Sacrificial Black”, and a good dose of glammy hard rock’n’roll in “Animal Eyes.”
Remember, the scene in this music style was quite big in the early 2000s, and if you miss it, then you definitely should grab yourself a copy of this album./Laurent C.
I think the last time I’ve heard a band using sirens as an intro was on the first TOWERS OF LONDON album! Well, The HIP PRIESTS hail from the UK too and also seem to have decided to carry the torch of sex, drinks and rock’n’roll come hell or high water. Musicwise, they are more into high-energy rock’n’roll/Scandinavian punk’n’roll, sometimes evoking early HELLACOPTERS/TURBONEGRO (“Motherfucker Superior”, “Flat Out ‘N’ Fucked Up”) ; names like ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN or GLUECIFER also logically come to mind while listening to these 13 amphetamine injected songs. A song like “Good Things Come To Those Who Hate” makes me think of Australian punk rock’n’roller SIMON CHAINSAW or American/German action rock warriors DUMBELL, and “20,000 Watts Of Lust” sounds like it was written for a jam with NASHVILLE PUSSY.
These guys seem to be quite active since they released a total of five 7″s last year (including a split with The DWARVES), and “Black Denim Blitz” is actually their third album!
This kind of rock’n’roll has always been more of a “live” one to me, but songs like “Instant Delinquent” or “Treat Me Like Dirt” show that it can sound as good on record.
Praying to the Saints of Excess, these Black Denim Demons probably have full support from Turbojugend worldwide already, and will probably rock your town sooner or later, get ready!… /Laurent C.