Switzerlands most productive punk-rockers Bitch Queens have a brand new single and music video ready! The song is called “Burn It Down” – it’s fast, it’s angry, it’s death-punk! It is the third single of the upcoming album “Custom Dystopia” which will be released on November 5th.
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 life last year. The songs are played with some wild 70s punk energy, with classic hard rock solos, and “Outcast” even has some early GUNS N’ ROSES flavour to it. The sleaze rock side of the band can also be heard in “Night”, which reminds me a bit of CRACK COUNTY DAREDEVILS.
6 songs out on vinyl and released by Spaghetty Town Records! /Laurent C.
This record opens with a song called “Anti-Social”, but it’s not a TRUST song! It sounds more like old TURBONEGRO, but well, these guys will probably admit it since they’ve never hidden their love for Norway’s Denim Demons. Punk rock’n’roll guitars and choruses that are easy to sing along is what you’ll find on “L.O.V.E”, with songs like “Deadbeat Generation”, “Girls Girls Boys Boys”, or “Collateral Damage”. The band can get more groovy on “Naked or Denim” and “Boy Toys Of Glory”, or straight punk rock on “Polymeric Lover”.
Fans of BACKYARD BABIES will probably love “B-Stock Babies” since it almost sounds like an outtake of “Making Enemies Is Good”, but although influences are sometimes quite obvious, BITCH QUEENS also know how to sound more personal, especially on the last song, “Techno is Dead.” “L.O.V.E.” is probably the band’s best release to date, so don’t be afraid of the beard on the cover, this is no stoner or hipster folk! (“L.O.V.E.” will be out on May 5th.) Laurent C.
NYC’s wildest rock’n’roll machine BORN LOOSE are back with 5 new songs on a 10″ vinyl record. Opener “Death From Above” confirms that these guys still like it fast, raw and dirty. “Payback” is full of rage, screams and crazy Chuck Berry solos, and “Reverse Cowgirl” is a punk’n’roll bomb reminding me of early TURBONEGRO. B side starts with sleazy gutter punk “Run, Run, Runt, Run’, just before the apocalyptic “Out In The Streets”, the bastard child of The STOOGES and JESUS LIZARD! BORN LOOSE are out to seek and destroy, watch out!
The album artwork by Mort Todd (Cracked Magazine) should be another good reason for you to get this record!/Laurent C.
First (digital) release of this new band from Paris. “Ladies Night In Hell”, and “Midnight Queen” both display strong HELLACOPTERS influences, you’ll also find a bit of BACKYARD BABIES in “Garbage City”, and early TURBONEGRO sometimes comes to mind (especially in the guitar solos.) These guys also love ZEKE and PETER PAN SPEEDROCK, and you can hear this in “Doppelgänger.”
6 songs you should check out if you miss the early 00s punk’n’roll scene, or if you’re into high energy rock’n’roll. I guess the next step for IRON LIZARDS is to release a physical release./Laurent C.
Brazil might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think about punk’n’roll, but EVIL MATCHERS are on a mission to change that with this 5 song EP (3 sung in Portugese, and 2 in English.)
The band’s music is mainly influenced by the 00s Scandinavian scene (BACKYARD BABIES, HELLACOPTERS…), and 70s punk rock (DEAD BOYS, UNDERTONES…), so it’s hard to go wrong with such influences. EVIL MATCHERS still sound a bit young at times, but they have the right elements to make us rock hard.
Surprisingly, whether they play in your face hard rock’n’roll (“HeadFuck Baby”, “Sempre Eu”, “Promessas Sujas”), or more melodic songs (“Smiles and Charms”, “Seven Days Sick”), Portugese language actually works as well as English (if not better), and definitely helps to reinforce the band’s identity, check by yourself!/Laurent C.