Kevin K “and The CBGB Years”

The CBGB was KEVIN K‘s own rock’n’roll highschool, a classroom in which students would carefully study the RAMONES, the DEAD BOYS and the NEW YORK DOLLS. This is an 18 song live retrospective CD of Kevin (and his brother Alan) K’s years in New York City’s rock’n’roll temple, from 1984 to 1997. It starts with…

Godfathers “A Big Bad Beautiful Noise”

(-maximum bottle review by General Labor) …Aw, man, it’s apparently, all been forgotten and photo-shopped, whitewashed and revised, now, to fit-in to various updated narratives of convenience, but in the actual push and struggle eighties of my wild, wild youth, our gang was an unlikely alliance of thrash metal dudes in army camo and Slayer…

Sindrome “Alarmiste”

12 new songs from French darkwave solo artist SINDROME. “Pavillon Noir” sets the mood of this new album right from the start, 80s synth in different shades of black, from robotic dancefloor tunes (“Detox”, “Discocaïne”) to apocalyptic industrial ones (“Errance”, “Sens Le Pire”, “1R2DSFAC.”) SINDROME displays his love for the holy 80s without sounding purely…

Club Wow “Nowhere Fast”

(-review by Anguish Young) “Somewhere down the line, it will all be found…” (-Lazy Cowgirls) “Let’s get the band back together…” (-Andy Shernoff) “Those twangy voices stole my choices all away from me…” (-Paul K.) “If you’ve been trying for years, you already know this song…” (-The Clash) BLACK CELEBRATION…. Like 32 or 34 years…

The Bloodtypes “Pull The Plug”

Second album, by Portland’s finest ’77 punk/new wave rock band! The BLOODTYPES have been spreading their toxic sci-fi synth punk disease all over the US and Europe these last years, and their songwriting only improved on this new album. The band’s energy reminds me of X and early SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES on songs like…

The Röxy Suicide – “Don’t bore us, get to the chorus!”

We wanted to know more about Dave Mansfield’s new band The RÖXY SUICIDE, a flamboyant band mixing glam, new wave and early punk! Dave, we know you from The MANSFIELDS. How and when did The RÖXY SUICIDE start? The RÖXY SUICIDE started in 2013 in the form that it is now. We went through a…

Flying Over “We Are Outsiders”

FLYING OVER, from Bordeaux, France have been playing for a long time (they started back in 1996!), but as crazy as it sounds, I never had the chance to listen to them or see them live before… Mostly influenced by the rock music scene from ’77 (early punk) to early 80s (American new wave) and…

The Bloodtypes “Johnny” 7″

Red and white cold war/communist designs, vintage keyboards, tight playing and poppy female vocals. Everything here could make you think that this band appeared in this world between 1976 and 1982, but they actually got together in 2010 and already have an album (“Just Your Type”) out. On this new 4 song 7″, their love…

Todd Is New Each Moment “A Thousand Nights” EP

TODD IS NEW EACH MOMENT is an 80s influenced synth pop duo from New York that probably listened to a lot of “Neue Deutsche Welle”. Vintage drum machines and keyboards mixed to post-punk/new wave guitars and poppy shadowy vocals is what you can expect here. SUICIDE, NEW ORDER or SOFT CELL fans will probably enjoy…

Starbolt 9 “Human Strings & Mechanical Things”

The most British sounding band from New York is back with a brand new album (we reviewed their debut “The Rebirth” even before it was officially released and were quite impressed!) Opening song “Thunder Love” sounds a bit like a punker SUEDE (still a big influence on this album) but we get surprised as soon…

Velvet Condom “Safe & Elegant” (2008)

While most French electro bands just take the easy DAFT PUNK way turning into DJs who do nothing but play their own music on CDs at shows, you’ll still find some more underground minimalistic acts that have more in common with German robotic genre originators KRAFTWERK. VELVET CONDOM (I know, you have to get used…

Pink Grease “Mechanical Heart”

Sheffield’s electro-glam band PINK GREASE were my favourite 2005 band (though their first album “This Is For Real” (Mute records) was actually released in 2004. The band really managed to mix the best of 80s new wave to 70s glam rock with fresh energy and style on “This Is For Real”. This second album “Mechanical…