DeeCracks “Attention! Deficit Disorder”

Monster Zero’s last release for 2020 is a remastered reissue of DeeCracks‘ “Attention! Deficit Disorder” on electric blue vinyl with a bonus track on each side and a poster inside! These Austrian punks had quite a few hit songs like “Monkey Boy”, “I Killed My TV Set”, “Radioactive Kiss”, “Dairy Queen King” or “It Has Always Been This Way” on this 2010 album. Their RAMONES influenced punk rock sometimes gets more street punk on “I Wanted It All”, “Gimme Gimme Plastic Surgery” or “Ritalin For Lunch” and slightly ’77 punk (“Waiting For You”or the catchy “I Need A Nurse”) at times. The raucous vocals sometimes bring RANCID or NYC glam punks LIBERTINE to mind. This one could be a cool punk Christmas present in case you’re looking for one, I heard there’s some Christmas sales on Monster Zero records’ website, just sayin’! /Laurent C.

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Monster Zero Records Special: Neon Bone/So-Cho Pistons/The Skullingtons

Pop punk champion record label Monster Zeros Records are bringing us 3 hot releases for this winter:

Neon Bone “Make It Last”
Punk pop from Germany with songs going from RAMONES influenced punk rock (“Number One”, “I’m Coming Home”, “Another You”) to 90s sunny pop punk (“I Got A Friend”.) You also get to think of BAD RELIGION while listening to “Baby Don’t You Cry” and “Don’t Say No More” or NOFX (“You’re Eating My Brain.”) The band sometimes clearly slides to the pop side with “Girl You Should Know”, “Talk Yo Me”, “It’s Up Yo You” or “Surrender To You.” An album that keeps the pop punk flame high in the air!

So-Cho Pistons “Knuckeheads”
Hiroshima punk rock veterans are back and offer us 18 ultra fast punk rock songs in 30 minutes! “No Way”, “Don’t Be A Liar” or “To Dancing” show us that these guys must dig the RAMONES but you’ll also hear a bit of 77 punk/street punk (“I Love Fifi”, “No”) and traces of 80s punk hardcore (“Rise Up”, “Tou Senbo” “Teo Nobase – Raise Your Hand”, “One Rocket”) You might need to learn Japanese to understand the lyrics but it fits well with the music. This is fast, this loud, this is raw, this is punk! Ready Steady Go!

The Skullingtons “En”
This is the first release of this Norwegian band although they’ve been touring a lot. The intro song “S.K.U.L.L.IN.G.T.O.N.S” is pure RAMONES style but then “Phantom Limb” takes us somewhere where The MISFITS could be hanging out. This is no surprise that you’ll get a bit of horror influenced lyrics (“Jenna is a Necrophiliac”, “I Don’t Wanna Go on the Murder Train”, “Highschool Of The Dead.”) The band can sound very poppy on “She Could Be The One” and even sound 60s influenced on “No Spark.” The vocals stand somewhere between The GROOVIE GHOULIES and the TOY DOLLS and the raw production fits quite well with the teenage punk spirit of these songs.

Pavid Vermin “The Beach Boys Never Surfed” 7″

PAVID VERMIN is a pop punk from Rhode Island. They start this 7″ telling us “The Beach Boys Never Surfed” with good melodies and all the best ingredients you can find in that style. Their sound isn’t too polished, which is a good thing in that style! “Give It A Rest” is faster, bringing bands like NOFX or The DESCENDENTS to mind while “Electric Blue Carpet” has a cool rock’n’roll on speed vibe with good vocal harmonies. The last song of the B side “Take Me To The Leader” is a catchy punk rock song that makes you realize that this is already the end of the record. Check it out on Jarama 45 RPM Recs, this is going to be a limited edition sea-blue vinyl record! /Laurent C.

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Dear Hearts “Old Shirts” EP

DEAR HEARTS from Belgium started playing together in 2009 and have released a few records but I’m only hearing about them now with these 4 new songs. Opening with a song untitled “Dear Hearts”, you can hear a strong Californian punk rock’n’roll influence in the band’s music. “Lost Boy” confirms this with guitars and choruses reminding of SOCIAL DISTORTION. “Old Shirts” goes more into the skate punk direction, but still with a healthy dose of rock’n’roll thrown in. Surprisingly enough, the band chose a MISFITS cover to close this EP, bringing some sun in this good old horror punk tune that resurfaced in the mid-90s. As if it wasn’t obvious by now, these guys love punk rock! This EP is only available as a digital release for now /Laurent C.

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The X-Ray Eyes “Destiny Is Depressed”

I’m a bit late on this one since the album was released in August 2019, but it would have been a pity not to talk about it. The X-RAY EYES come from Leeds, UK and seem to have a special thing for ’77 punk rock. The energy of the first songs (“Track One” and “Hallelujah”) brings The BRIEFS to mind while “E.V.I.L” and “Blind Sniper” remind me of the mid-00s action rock scene (HELLACOPTERS…) and “I Think I’m Ready Now”could be every HIVES fan’s new favourite! You’ll also hear some slight 60s garage influences in “Trouble”, 70s rock touches in “I’m Not Buying It!” whereas “You’re Not Human” is a catchy glammy punk tune and “Afraid Of You” is new wave powerpop that will make you want to sing and dance to it. Put your 3-D glasses on and keep an eye on The X-RAY EYES! /Laurent C.

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Teenage Bubblegums “In Limbo”

Looking at the name of the band, I was expecting some bubblegum punk or glammy punk, but this Italian trio is more into in your face punk rock with a dark and heavy guitar sound, so if they chew bubblegum, they probably spit it right after it! Vocals are shared between Billy and Ally, which adds more melody in songs like “How I Feel” or “In Limbo”. Songs like “Never Again” or “Burn” also have cool lead guitar melodies (almost surf rock at times) and “Full of Agony”, “How I Feel” and “Compassion” have a bit of an early TURBONEGRO vibe.
TEENAGE BUBBLEGUMS describe their music as popunk filled with sadness, angst and despair. This is quite an accurate description, and this album can probably find quite a few listeners among crust/d-beat fans as well. /Laurent C.

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John Dissed “American University”

(Review by Free)

When both irretrievably corrupt, collaborating, billionaire owned, fat cat political parties are 100% complicit in knowingly propping up completely fabricated, mythological stories to manufacture consent for a babies in cages prison state and permanent lies for imperialist wars for the insatiable profits of the one percent, hungry ghost, demonic extortionists at the top, it is absolutely essential that we, the people, educate our peers and organize authentic resistance, and become the new media.
If you think you might appreciate an album’s worth of simple, Nick Gilder style, solid gold pop hooks galore spiked with revolutionary truth telling and courageous common sense, you will probably really thoroughly enjoy this important LP! John Dissed is a modern day Billy Bragg or Joe Strummer and “American University” is his ambitious D.I.Y. tour de force concept album, a pleasing throwback to the days of the Adverts, Lords Of the New Church, and Wanderers with a cinematic Pink Floyd ambience. John Dissed is a cool as fuck Jimmy Dore/Lee Camp/Caitlin Johnstone style, truth-telling punk activist, he’s ready to testify-he has thoughtfully and painstakingly researched the Kennedy assassination cover-up and written all these catchy, memorable, melodic pop tunes like a garage land, low budget Oliver Stone from the long lost underground, before media-monoliths took over every platform, replacing truth and soul with lifestyle programming and cash-grab garbage-pop.
You can tell he learned a thing or two from SLOW MOTORCADE and the poppier side of THE CLASH. And Bill Hicks, too! It’s really instantly enjoyable and thought provoking stuff. “Masters of deception…indoctrination”, he spells it all out neatly, for the kids. It’s important to keep repeating the hard truth, amidst the juggernaut browbeating and lies we’re abused by on the brainwash gadgets, in these fictitious Karl Rove times, when there is no mention of Building Number Seven at the Ground Zero museum, when leakers and civil rights activists are found dead, and cold war paranoia and McCarthyist scapegoating becomes the kneejerk response to any inconvenient truth, when murderous, unremorseful, smirking war criminals and liars are image-rehabilitated as grandfatherly by Ellen and and sleekly rebranded by friendly to fascists, Jimmy Fallon into lovable, aw shucks, “we tortured some folks”, candy sharin’, back porch Country Time sippers.
We are bombarded with empty diversions, needless divisions, and false dichotomies all day, relentless, balls-out, propaganda is peddled to us by millionaire tv spokes models we came to trust, because they started off so nice and liberal, and tv gave us a false sense of continuity and familiarity with these famous faces, who then all took the big paycheck to become hawks for war and cover-story shills for the oligarchy. When there’s so much sickening bullshit misinformation and advertising world manipulation happening around the clock, it’s so invigorating to hear something that rings so pure, simple, timeless and true as the songs on “American University”, a pocket freedom school of facts and inspiration.
As Iggy Pop says, most of today’s music “sounds like dead ham”, so one real song becomes a treasure. I’m so bone tired of fix-is-in, textbook whitewashings, false flags, red herrings, shell games, con-men, bad music, and forever war photo-shopping, I know I’ll cherish this dude’s shining document for years to come. If you ever saw “Dial V For Vendetta” or even “The Matrix”, you might have noticed some similarities to the fascist shit-show we are enduring, from all sides, nowadays.
We are in an abusive relationship with our corporate media and predator-capitalist, war-addicted government, and it is not our fault. The elections are fixed, corporate media is all fake as fuck, both parties are building more walls and jails and eagerly long to overthrow more nations and steal their stuff, candidates who deviate in any faint way from the death machine’s preferred script are excluded from debates, silenced by rigged algorithms, or slandered as Russian meme-makers. Have you ever even heard of Mike Gravel? But you know all about “Mayor Pete”. Our dissident, watchdog journalists are jailed, banished, exiled, or worse. Remember Berta Caceres, Sandra Bland, Seth Rich, Dr. David Kelly, and Michael Hastings. Voice actors cleverly and convincingly kinda help carry along the story arc, in between these great tunes. If corporate puke Warped Fest bands like Green Day and NOFX had ever been even half this soulful or intelligent, I would have joined in when all you guys were giving ’em the big, giddy, Hot Topic, sing-along, green-light thumbs-up, unison okey-doke to their blue haired, Doc Martin booger-punk in the Cinnabon devouring, post-grunge, 90’s “Jackass” tv show, energy drink era, but I was probably listening to Ian Hunters‘ “Rant”, or the Mescaleros, that year. I’m old fashioned, I still love rocknroll. I think Tim Yo from the underground punk bible MRR would have loved this John Dissed disc! I personally love the guitar playing, the vocals, the whole upbeat power pop vibe and uphill righteous struggle of trying to open people’s eyes. This CD is an exemplary, righteously charged, genuine contribution and irrefutable proof that even one lone patsy, heartfelt songwriter screamin’ into the corporate static and hurricane force of Russiagate winds and official “Muslims with box cutters are coming for your freedom fries” hysteria, can still strike at least a tiny, meaningful and powerfully valid, blow against the evil deceptions of the Dick Cheney empire. Not since Manic Street Preachers or Hello Disaster have I heard anyone brave enough to actually try to invest their music with this much literate truth, intelligence, and good hearted, plain out, rebellious guts. Also check out his previous record, “Red Flag”. What punk rock is all about.
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New Jarama RPM Recs releases: Honeychain and Autogramm

HONEYCHAIN is a power trio from Los Angeles that bring us 2 songs on transparent yellow vinyl on Spanish record label Jarama 45RPM Recs . “Go Away” is mix of 90s alternative rock with modern girl powerpop and “Through Your Purse” sounds more like punk rock with a college rock touch. You’ll get lots of energy and good melodies on this 7″. A good one for the summer!

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AUTOGRAMM also delivers two songs on Jarama 45RPM Recs. This power trio hails from Vancouver, Canada and plays synth driven punk rock reminding of The CARS or DEVO. “Bad Day” is quite catchy and “Quiero Estar Sedado” sounds like The RAMONES playing with synth. Quite fun!

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