The Latter Day Skanks “Devilishly Dirty” EP

Portland’s punk rock scene seems to be very active nowadays. Preaching a message of equality through satire, The LATTER DAY SKANKS like their punk rock fast and raw as you can hear in opening song “Son Of Perversion (Warren Jeffs.)” These guys probably studied poetry with GG ALLIN (“Piss On Your Face)” and look like a Halloween version of the NEW YORK DOLLS, but songs like “D.D.D.S.G” or the speed metal influenced “Keep It In Ther Family” sound like they must be a lot of fun when played live. The LATTER DAY SKANKS show us that you can talk about serious things while having fun, since their song about street harassment “Cat Callout” features five female vocalists of the Portland scene, which results in a cool girl hooligan chorus!… And well, let’s be honest, trashy punk with 80s hair metal solos and tons of fun can’t be a bad thing, right? /Laurent C.

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Thunderfuck And The Deadly Romantics “How Do I Taste?”

Good to see that some bands still send real promo packages. This one includes this 5 (+1) song digipack CD, stickers, button, info sheet, and chocolate bar (melted thanks to the current heatwave, or the girl on the album cover!)
First song “Get On Your Knees” opens with a tribute riff to ZODIAC MINDWARP, and you quickly understand that THUNDERFUCK & THE DEADLY ROMANTICS share common interests with The Tatooed Beat Messiah. Don’t be misguided buy the intro of the second song, at first, it sounds like some 80s power ballad, but then you get the lyrics “How Do I Taste?”, and you realize it’s far from being US radio friendly. Real sleaze rock with punk attitude and 80s metal guitars ; “Dirty Movies” sounds like the band has been on a Jack Daniel’s diet for a few years!
A bit of WRATHCHILD (UK), ROGUE MALE, MENTORS, these guys seem to know a lot about dirty, debauchery rock’n’roll/punk metal. You’ll even find some slight VENOM influences in “Hate” and “I Need a Woman”, and some HANK III in the bonus version of “Get On Your Knees.” Bikers, punks and bad girls can party together again!/Laurent C.
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Raging Dead “Born In Rage” EP

New horror punk band from Italy bringing us 6 (well, actually 5 since “Awakening Of The Damned” is an intro) songs with heavy WEDNESDAY 13/MURDERDOLLS influences, and an image close to Sweden’s SISTER, something like black metal meets glam on a Halloween night.
The guitar sound in songs like “Scratch Me”, or “Anathema” is definitely metal, but the raw punk energy you can hear in the vocals and backing vocals make these tracks sound quite wild. No time to breathe, “Redemption” could even be a hardcore kid’s favourite, while “Nightstalker” will make headbangers sing along, and “Vengeance” will make you scream like Rob Halford in a slasher film.
I was about to say that I’m looking forward to listening to a full album, but the EP format actually works well with this genre./Laurent C.

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Murderdolls “Beyond The Valley Of The Murderdolls”

As if they haven’t been hyped up enough over the past couple months here I come to add my two cents worth to the fuss getting kicked up over the Murderdolls. Its kinda  difficult to review this cos by now all the lazy ‘Will the Slipknot fans like it?’ angles have been snapped up  and done to death by every hack on Roadrunner’s payroll. All the ‘new direction’ and ‘commercial liability’speculation is a bit like trying to read the deep, hidden meaning of poncey French sub-titled cinema into what is basically the aural equivalent of a low-budget ‘tits-lesbian zombies-tomato ketchup’ style B-movie. All you really need to know is that this is a spot on piece of throwaway genius. The utterly infectious chorus to ‘Grave Robbing USA’ while you love it now will almost certainly drive you insane in 6 months and this definitely sound dated in 10years time, hell, it even sounds dated now, with 80’s Motley influences a go-go worn unashamedly on its sparkly spandex sleeve. This is a band who with calls for ‘geetar’, accompanied by the customary widdly solo are desperately unfashionable, they’re not out to make a piece of art or a chart-topping product, just have a great party on record in the time honoured tradition of Poison, with name-drops to Psycho and The Exorcist and lyrics about necrophilia and murder this ain’t high-brow angst, and thanking fucking Christ – this is a band who aren’t trying to be ‘cool’! If we’re honest this wouldn’t have caught a sniff of hype or even interest among the music press were it not for the Slipknot connection but so fucking what – stop analysing and just enjoy this brilliant flash in the pan before we’re all bored of it and have moved on anyway. Pour yourself and cliched Jack and Coke and just *try* to not headbang, horns aloft, to the stomping likes of ‘Die My Bride’, ‘197666’ and the Dee Snider saluting ‘Twist My Sister’.

Living Deäd Lights “S/T”

New red and black blood from Los Angeles! I’m always a sucker for it. Don’t be fooled, their modern heavy rock sound might first remind you of PAPA ROACH or AVENGED SEVENFOLD, but the spirit and energy of LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS has more to do with BLACK FLAG and AMEN! Punk rock, sweat and dedication!
This tattooed gang has an ever growing fanbase online and keeps on getting more interest from the international press and radio stations, which is only well deserved. Indeed, this 7 song CD is quite a pleasant surprise, opening with a killer ‘Live & Die”, you are thrown right into the heart of things, they are angry and shove their GUNS N’ ROSES solos straight into your face but don’t forget about writing catchy anthemic choruses (“What Do You Do?”, “To All The Youth”) and keeping the L.A. rock’n’roll legacy alive (“Johnny”, “Mother Mary”) without getting caught into the ever predictable glam metal revival.
We have the soundtrack for the next L.A. riots!/Laurent C.

Hollywood Killerz “Dead On Arrival”

One of the oldest and coolest sleaze rock band from Italy is finally back with a brand new album. Members have come and gone and years have passed but the band kept its spirit and passion for rock’n’roll alive for the enjoyment of us all!
Opening song “700.000” is a bit of a DEMOLITON 23’s tribute (“The Scum Lives On”) in the verses so you can only know where you put your Converse shoes in right from the start!
“Grey Celebrations” is a modern dark sleaze anthem, ‘Our Memories May Be Right” and “Over and Over” are quite catchy glam punk numbers while “Girls R Dead” and its UNDERTONES-like riff intro is a powerful rockin’ hit! HOLLYWOOD KILLERZ sometimes gets close to the MURDERDOLLS or WEDNESDAY 13 as well (“Luxury depression”, “Somewhere Out Of This Mind”) but they can also slow things down with rock ballads like “How (Could I)” or “More Than It Hurts You”.
The whole mood and atmosphere isn’t too far from what a band like BACKYARD BABIES do so let’s hope that “Dead On Arrival” will open new doors to these Motor City KILLERZ. I mean, I’m sure they’re going to kick those doors down! Go and listen to “Lovecrash” and you’ll know what I mean!/Laurent C.

Living Deäd Lights

LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS tell us about their history and projects. Alan Damien (guitars) answered our questions. You’ve been warned. Hollywood may burn again!

Let’s start with a bit of history. How did you guys meet?

Taka and I have been friends for years, we met partying a while back and started songwriting together..which eventually led to LDL starting. Taka had met Martin and Nick on the scene too….and we recruited them a few months in and the rest is history!!

Have you only played the L.A. club circuit so far or did you get the chance to go on tour and open for bigger bands?

We’ve opened for quite a few bigger bands like Murderdolls, Unwritten Law, In This Moment etc… We’re actually going to be touring Europe this fall in 2011, (Italy, Norway, France, Spain, UK etc…)

You have many influences ranging from hard rock/metal to punk rock, etc. Did you have the idea of how your band would sound and look before actually starting it?

Thats a convo Taka and I had when we started it because we have such a wide range of interests..But we knew we wanted to do something raw in your face with a punk rock attitude. We like to keep our options open though we have a lot of songs with a melodic thing going on too and will I think it’ll definitely show on our upcoming record.

How do you usually write songs in the band? Is there any main writer(s)?

Taka and I wrote the 1st ep together but as weve been working together for a while now everybody has been putting stuff out there. There’s really no method. We write individually and as a band. We have our own studio so we work things out as write new ideas.

What about recording? Do you try to record as live as possible or record every instrument separately?

Depends… When we’re doing a song ”for real”, we may play together for the vibe but we like to track separately to get it as much personality out of it as we can. If you listen closely there’s a lot more cool shit going on that you would think.

Why is the song “Johnny” considered as a bonus track on your EP?

We originally released the Ep earlier on and then we got a distribution deal with Hot-Topic, so at that time we decided to throw Johnny on there (it’s just a demo) but we do anticipate re-recording it for the full length at the end of this year.

Are you working on an album?

We’ve been writing and recording preproduction for a few months now getting ready to record a real full length this fall.. Its dark, nasty, raw and beautiful!!!

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a rock’n’roll band in 2011?

We like to be as positive minded as we can….but we’ve been told it’s the hardest time in history for new bands or any band for that to make an impact in music or on society…People are afraid to spend $$$… So this is why we’ve held back from releasing our full length…..The advantage is it feels like so much has been done in the past so it gives you an opportunity to learn from the greats. Whether it’s song writing or coming up with cool logos…It’s def. easier to reach out to people via the internet too.
Basically we’ve taken our sweet ass time trying to perfect everything we do, so when we feel it’s ready, we WILL make an impact, there will be a point to it.. We don’t want to just mindlessly release stuff for the fuck of it.. It’s not about the money, it’s about releasing stuff were 100% into. Something that’ll hopefully make a difference out there

Any bands you like in L.A. these days?

We’ve been so tied up in the studio for the past couple years that we don’t go out that much…. But honestly… there any one band besides us that’s reallllllly bringin’ it? I don’t personally see it in the “rock world”.
So if you’re out there, I’m interested and I want to be inspired!! Show yourself haha

5 records you couldn’t live without?

Heres 7!!! Guns n Roses “Appetite For Destruction”
The Beatles “White Album”
Dead Boys “Young Loud and Snotty”
Pink Floyd “The Wall”
Skid Row “ Slave To The Grind”
Marilyn Manson “Anti Christ Superstar”
The Black Crowes “The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion”

Best live performances you’ve seen? The ones that had a big impact on you.

Guns n Roses(back when they were), Metallica, Marilyn Manson.

LIVING DEÄD LIGHTS could probably do well in Europe, and especially in the UK. Are you coming before 2012?

Ya we will be there this fall in 2011!!!!

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