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 →

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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 →

The Gentlemens “Triage”

This is the third full-length album of punk blues Italian trio The GENTLEMENS. The vinyl version is released by Hound Gawd! Records, so it looks very nice as usual. 'Still I Am" gives this album a quite brilliant opening, bringing a vibe somewhere between The CRAMPS and JOHN SPENCER, while second song "Sheltered" is a... Continue Reading →

Sloks “Holy Motor”

"One Up" and "Rat" open this album in a very no wave way full of noise and repetitive beats, but the Italian power trio has its roots in primitive garage as you can hear in "Holy Motor." SLOKS tell us that "Jazz Is Dead" in a psychedelic chaotic celebration of noise, but also admit they... Continue Reading →

The Innocent “S/T”

Italy has brought us some exciting rock'n'roll bands these last years (GIUDA, IDOL LIPS, LESTER GREENOWSKI, etc.), and it seems like it won't stop now. Max (vocals/guitar) studied rock'n'roll at a good school since he played with RICKY RAT both in Europe and in the USA. Back in Italy, he found three rock'n'rollers to express... Continue Reading →

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