The Connection “Wish You Success”

"Wish You Success" is the third full length album of The CONNECTION. The band mixes its American punk rock roots ("You Know", "In The End", "Mechanical Heart") with excellent pop songwriting ("Checking", "Color Me Unimpressed", "What a Shame"), and their power pop rock'n'roll sometimes flirts with country music in "Wish You Success" or in "Thinking... Continue Reading →

The Cheap Cassettes “Kiss The Ass Of My Heart” 7″

The CHEAP CASSETTES are from Seattle, but they don't really sound like a grunge band. Opening song "Kiss The Ass Of My Heart" has this stylish romantic thing you could find in HANOÏ ROCKS, and "Black Leather Angel" reminds me of early/mid 00s glam punk, so you won't be surprised to hear that former DIMESTORE... Continue Reading →

Criminal Kids “S/T” EP

The punk'n'roll scene has been quite quiet lately, and this can appear as surprising since bands like NASHVILLE PUSSY, SUPERSUCKERS or ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN were everywhere in the mid 00s. Hailing from Chicago, CRIMINAL KIDS is part of a new wave of American punk rock'n'roll bands although they actually started in 2008, but got back to... Continue Reading →

Hey Honcho & The Aftermaths “Chico Purito!!”

The debut album of Spanish garage punk rock'n'rollers HEY HONCHO & THE AFTERMATHS on Hound Gawd! Records. While the band definitely sounds garage, there's also some 77 punk influences in songs like "Sally Can't Wait", "Can't Stand The Pain", "Pick Up The Phone", or "Dull Boy." You'll hear some catchy choruses ("Speak To Complain", "Fair... Continue Reading →

The Ringleaders “Bi-Coastal Blasphemy”

The RINGLEADERS consist of Larry May (CANDY SNATCHERS, BORN LOOSE), Hans Molnar (The HELLBENDERS), Mark Ho (HOLLYWOOD HATE), and Tim Bender (DEATH BY STEREO.) 11 tracks that aren't too far from what BORN LOOSE do stylewise, a mix of '77 punk and punk'n'roll. "Shine" is catchy enough to make you want to sing along, and... Continue Reading →

Idol Lips “Street Values”

Italian punk rock'n'rollers IDOL LIPS are back with a new album on German record label Wanda Records. Although the band still owes a lot to JOHNNY THUNDERS ("Too Loose"...), you'll hear some obvious TURBONEGRO influences in "Don't Need Your Love", "Waiting To Die Around", or "Too Loud For The Crowd", and the band's snotty spirit... Continue Reading →

Plastic Tears “Angels With Attitude”

Trends come and go, and some bands just keep on doin' their own thing. PLASTIC TEARS are one of them, playing their sleazy street rock'n'roll against all odds. Keep in mind that these guys formed in 1992 in Helsinki, Finland, and that even line-up problems haven't managed to make them disappear. I remember first listening... Continue Reading →

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