The Beatersband “Vol Due”

This very prolific Italian band is back with 8 new cover songs. Opening with a punk poppy version of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (The SHIRELLES), you can hear the same power pop and 60s influences as in their previous releases with good female vocals. "Calendar Girl", a 1961 cover of Neil Sedaka gets... Continue Reading →

Teenage Bubblegums “In Limbo”

Looking at the name of the band, I was expecting some bubblegum punk or glammy punk, but this Italian trio is more into in your face punk rock with a dark and heavy guitar sound, so if they chew bubblegum, they probably spit it right after it! Vocals are shared between Billy and Ally, which... Continue Reading →

The Beatersband “Black Christmas” EP

The BEATERSBAND from Italy is back with a 4 song Christmas EP, opening with a RAMONES influenced 'Frosty The Snowman" before bringing their 60s powerpop influences back with "Black Christmas" (in which the vocals sound more like modern pop punk) and "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.' "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" takes us back to... Continue Reading →

The Beatersband “Vol Uno”

This Italian trio has decided to record eight 50s/60s rock'n'roll classics, and give them a new life with a rearranged powerpop sound, especially on their versions of ELVIS' "The Girl Of My Best Friend" or RITCHIE VALENS' "Donna." Their cover of The CRYSTALS' "Then He Kissed Me" is probably my favourite on this album although... Continue Reading →

Psycho Barbies “Stupid Cupid” EP

I can't really remember when was the last time I reviewed a bubblegum glam punk band. Unfortunately, the style has disappeared quite a long time ago, so it's good to see a band from Italy bringing the pink glittery corpse of bubblegum glam punk back to life! PSYCHO BARBIES first released a 4 song demo... Continue Reading →

LATTE+ “Next To Ruin”

22 years, 8 albums... This Italian band isn't really new, but they are back with a 13 song self-produced album. The record starts with "Next To Ruin", an up-tempo punk rock song reminding of The QUEERS or SCREECHING WEASEL, but songs like "Phocomelic Boy" or "Everybody Likes Your Wife" have a RAMONES-like energy while "Waiting... Continue Reading →

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