Dancing Crap “Commercial Crap” (EP)


This Italian band has chosen quite a weird name and is not afraid of flashy colours and cheap cover art, maybe not too inviting at first, but these 5 songs are worth checking. The two first songs off us some pretty rockin’ glam pop punk with a good dose of humour (“Ronnie”) and punk rock’n’roll craziness (“Broken Record Player”) that isn’t too far from what the PEPPERMINT CREEPS used to do
DANCING CRAP doesn’t seem to care much about limits, sometimes getting close to 90s fusion/crossover (“Another Crazy In The World”, “Chandra”) and bands like MORDRED (without the thrash metal parts.) This might sound like a messy description, but have a listen and you’ll see it works quite well in the end, Italian style!/Laurent C.

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Kurt Baker “Brand New Beat”

KBakerFirst time I ever hear about to Kurt Baker (former LEFTOVERS member), and the name that immediately comes to mind when listening to this album is Butch Walker! Kurt’s voice is close to Butch’s, and songs like “Don’t Go Falling In Love”, “Qualified” or “She Can Do It All” could have been on a Butch Walker album… Well, that’s not a bad thing at all to me. These two guys probably share a lot of common influences (CHEAP TRICK, RAMONES, BEATLES, etc.), and it can only show in the song-writing. Fine melodies, catchy choruses and sunny moods, you won’t get bored while listening to “Brand New Beat.”
Kurt’s punk pop roots show on songs like “Partied Out” and “Weekend Girls” (as catchy as a BOSS MARTIANS song!), but you’ll also find a strong 60s feel in “I Don’t Wanna Cry”for instance. You’ll even get two bonus songs, the killer “Want You Around” and the poppy “Emma Stone.”
11 songs on French record label Dirty Witch Records that will make modern power pop fans happy!/Laurent C.



Kevin K “Tramp Stamp”

Sometimes it only takes one song to tell if an album is going to be good or not though at other times you can also get disappointed when the opening song is the only one worth listening to… It also gets harder and harder when you already released 20 albums before, but here the opening song “Tramp Stamp” is not a false promise. Then, “Doin’ Alright” is a dancey catchy song in the typical KEVIN K way and “Just The Girl” is reminiscent of The CLASH despite its obvious RAMONES references so by now, you know that the CD will get into your player again. Melody is always right in the centre of Kevin’s work and that’s why you get songs like “Dreaming Again” or “Wild For You” that get stuck in your head for the rest of the day. Sweet masochism.
Kevin also wanted to make a darker record this time, a mood you’ll find in songs like “Damage Control”, “City Kill”, “Nowhere Safe” (a song with a LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH vibe that was written by Kevin’s brother Alan but that never got released by The ROAD VULTURES) or “Love Crimes”, a complete BLACK SABBATH rip-off in Kevin’s own words!
10 songs and no fillers, this is how I like my albums… Well, 11 songs actually since you’ll find a really cool tribute to The WANDERERS as a “hidden track”./Laurent.http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KevinK