Civil Rats “Your Dummest Friends” EP

Philadelphia’s CIVIL RATS are introducing themselves with 5 short powerpop/garage songs on this self-produced EP. “Snacks” starts the party with tons of punk energy before slowing the pace down with “Don’t Know Your Name” and its 60s garage accent. On the other hand, “Party Mood” definitely has a RAMONES vibe and “Too Much Information” and “Let’s Take a Quantum Leap” sound like a punker version of BLONDIE. Short but sweet, you’ll feel like you want to hear more after the last song. Keep an eye on this powerpop trio. /Laurent C.

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RunHideFight “He’s A Jerk” 7″

Philadelphia rock’n’roll gang RUNHIDEFIGHT offers us two songs in which classic garage rock’n’roll meets wild protopunk. You’ll hear some guitar riffs influenced by The KINKS, some slight surf rock touches and some riot girl lead vocals in “He’s A Jerk.” “Because I Love You” has more psych to it, think 60s garage with Indian (Bollywood style) sitar! This 7″ is out on Hidden Volume Records. RUNHIDEFIGHT are quite a new band since they played their first show last year, but they already sound as a tight unit. Opening for PERE UBU, PAUL COLLINS BEAT or The PLIMSOULS among others might have helped. We’ll definitely keep an eye on them! /Laurent.
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The Judex releases new single “Kill White Lights”

New single from Philadelphia-based gritty Rock & Roll revivalists The Judex was recently released, mixed in NYC by the highly regarded Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Alain Bashung, Duncan Sheik).
Kill White Lights” is a brutal blend of pulp elements and 8mm energy, described by singer William as “a song about people who care more about which character died on a television show than the very real people suffering outside their windows.
The Judex continue a prolific approach with their singles and a sense of mystique in their image. Check out their work and the new single ‘Kill White Lights’ here: