The Sangomas “Giddyup & Destroy”

High energy Canadian punk’n’rollers The SANGOMAS are back with a full album. They still hit hard and fast with songs like “Executioner Style”, “Make Me Bad” (quite a catchy one!), or “Working Class Zero.” No time to waste, you’ll get these 13 songs right into your face!
Early HELLACOPTERS or MOTÖRHEAD seem to have influenced this gang a lot, but you’ll also get a bit of RADIO BIRDMAN traces in “Anglo”, some TURBONEGRO in “Sacrificial Black”, and a good dose of glammy hard rock’n’roll in “Animal Eyes.”
Remember, the scene in this music style was quite big in the early 2000s, and if you miss it, then you definitely should grab yourself a copy of this album./Laurent C.
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The Hip Priests “Black Denim Blitz”

HipPriestsI think the last time I’ve heard a band using sirens as an intro was on the first TOWERS OF LONDON album! Well, The HIP PRIESTS hail from the UK too and also seem to have decided to carry the torch of sex, drinks and rock’n’roll come hell or high water. Musicwise, they are more into high-energy rock’n’roll/Scandinavian punk’n’roll, sometimes evoking early HELLACOPTERS/TURBONEGRO (“Motherfucker Superior”, “Flat Out ‘N’ Fucked Up”) ; names like ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN or GLUECIFER also logically come to mind while listening to these 13 amphetamine injected songs. A song like “Good Things Come To Those Who Hate” makes me think of Australian punk rock’n’roller SIMON CHAINSAW or American/German action rock warriors DUMBELL, and “20,000 Watts Of Lust” sounds like it was written for a jam with NASHVILLE PUSSY.
These guys seem to be quite active since they released a total of five 7″s last year (including a split with The DWARVES), and “Black Denim Blitz” is actually their third album!
This kind of rock’n’roll has always been more of a “live” one to me, but songs like “Instant Delinquent” or “Treat Me Like Dirt” show that it can sound as good on record.
Praying to the Saints of Excess, these Black Denim Demons probably have full support from Turbojugend worldwide already, and will probably rock your town sooner or later, get ready!… /Laurent C.

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Vietcong Pornsürfers “We Spread Diseases”

VpSWSDSwedish punk rock’n’rollers VIETCONG PORNSURFERS have been around since 2007. After several line-up changes, here they are back with a new high power release. As years went by, the band’s music evolved towards an early TURBONEGRO kind of rock’n’roll mixed to some MISFITS influences that can be heard mostly in Tom K’s vocals.
While The SURFERS like have a thing for speed-up punk’n’roll (“Make You Hate”, “Just Another Crime”), they also know how to add a very welcome glam rock touch in songs like “First High” or “Don’t Look Back”, and sometimes mix both sides (“Hate Your Band”) with natural ease. The raw and live production really fits with the band’s energy and emphasizes Rackarn’s powerful drum playing.
Scandinavian rock meets American punk’n’roll works quite well on this album, and I can see it being appealing to the  German audiences especially. In one of the best songs of the album (“Dead Track”), singer Tom tells us “rock and roll was dead long before I was born.” It might be true, but in this case, “We Spread Diseases” is a good way to work at its resurrection!Laurent C.

Ashtones “… From The Outskirts Of Town”

AshTownThe ASHTONES from Lille, France are not your typical week-end punk rock band. They’re for real and they still do what they do best despite tragedy trying to stop them (two guitar players died in a year…)
Opening with the TURBONEGRO flavoured “Hobo Of Loboten”, The ASHTONES display their natural tendency to slide into the glam punk territory on this album (“Old Junkie Two-Step”, “Street Credibility”, “Teenage Hunting”) and even add some 60s garage guitars (“Legend (You Think I Am”) when needed. This doesn’t mean that they stopped playing high-energy punk’n’roll and 77 punk songs (“Howlin’ Degenarate”) , this especially shows at the end of the album with songs like “Toxic Troopers” or “Undefinite Monster Crew” and “Monkey On Yer Back” (quite of a TURBONEGRO touch here too!)
Just admit that “… From The Outskirts Of Town” should be on your punk rock’n’roll buy list./Laurent C.
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V/A “Roots! Riot! Rumble!”

riotrumble13021 years is a long time for an independent record label in this day and age. To celebrate this, Wolverine Records released this 26 song compilation.
You’ll get some punk rock (DIRTBOX DISCO, DRONGOS FOR EUROPE, FIGHTBALL, TOMMY GUN, STRAWBERRY BLONDES…), some psychobilly (KITTY IN A CASKET, 6 FEET DOWN, BONSAI KITTEN, The P.O.X., The SILVER SHINE…), some rockabilly (ADRIANO BATOLBA ORCHESTRA, CRY BABIES covering The RAMONES ‘ “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”, JENNY & The STEADY GO’S…) and a bit of glam punk (MATT VOODOO offering us a cool cover of DRAMARAMA’s classic “Anything, Anything, Anything” and MIKE ZERO)
Honestly, 26 songs is definitely too much for me (and I’m not too familiar with psychobilly for instance!), but you can only support the whole thing. Moreover, it’s sold for cheap!./Laurent C.

Vampire Junkies Featuring Texas Terri “S/T”

vampirejunkiesLondon punk’n’roll featuring Texas Terri on vocals and Steve Pegrum (The GHOSTS OF LOVERS) on drums. They got together with Stephen ‘Tash’ Reddihough (The MACHINES/RAW POWER) on bass and Kevin de Groot (The KRONSTADT UPRISING…) on guitar in order to deliver these 5 action rock’n’roll songs that sound like they were written for live performances before all ; hard hitting from the beginning with a very in your face”With My Machines.”
Second song “Mainline” is closer to The STOOGES while you’ll get a bit of STIV BATORS in “Denmark Street”.
Street punk fans will probably enjoy “Rocket Red” while heavy rock ones will bang their head to “Tokyo Rubber.”
This EP is out on Angels in Exile records. Blood will be spilled!/Laurent C.

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Bitch Queens “Suck It Up!”

Suck_It_UP-CoverTURBONEGRO fans might have felt a bit disoriented with the new album/singer, but on the other hand it seems like the remaining Apocalypse Dudes still have a lot of fans among which you’ll find BITCH QUEENS from Switzerland. Songs like “Burnin’ Up” or “Ain’t Good Enough” could have been on any post “Ass Cobra” TURBONEGRO records.
The limit with being a tribute band is sometimes thin, but BITCH QUEENS manage to sound more personal on songs like “Does It Get To You”, “Wipeout Kids” or “Suck It Up.” There’s also some DANKO JONES in “Hot Shot”, so these 6 songs should make all of you Turbojugend/punk’n’roll fans happy for Christmas!/Laurent C.


The Supercopters “Psycho Heroes”

Sometimes you can’t help but judge a book by its cover or a band by its name. Thus, it would be hard for The SUPERCOPTERS to hide their influences. It wasn’t obvious from the start though since these French guys from mustard town Dijon started 10 years ago as a thrash metal band and released two albums under the name BREAKPOINT.
“Psycho Heroes” is the first album from the band taking the new hard rock’n’roll/punk direction.
The guitars follow the path of TURBONEGRO and not too surprisingly The HELLACOPTERS, and you’ll even get a few harmonica and Jerry-lee Lewis piano notes on “Hippie End”. The SUPERCOPTERS sometimes remind me of The JOYSTIX (“She Drinks Gazoline”…) when they get heavier than the typical high-energy rock’n’roll stuff.
You can tell that the band is still experimenting with their new style but it gives birth to a few enlightened moments in songs like “Splashback” or “N.R.A.” for instance. Unfortunately, 13 songs might be a bit too much as the whole thing tends to slightly fade away on the long runn but let’s keep an eye on them before they fly away too high./Laurent C.