Mr. Wolf (drums) and Mr. Wolf (guitar) decided to go on a Balkan trip with a few Mexican spirits. They brought a couple of friends with them and here they are… “Monsters” brings some burlesque and tequila in rock’n’roll, as if a gang of pirates were partying in New Orleans just before going to Mexico (“Tuzemak”) for a punk fest ! “Lucifer” slows things down in a very cinematic way, evoking images of dark drunk cowboys in the desert and then you get introduced to “Count Vlad” and its trashy jazzy groove and horror rock vocals. The guitar sound on “I Crushed The Devil” is beautiful and this song sounds like the end of the party before resurrection with the rock and rollin’ “The Wolves Are Coming.” GOGOL BORDELLO, TOM WAITS and LES NEGRESSES VERTES all come to mind in this chaotic fiesta. This 6 song EP is out on Lux Noise Records (Switzerland.) /Laurent C.
BITCH QUEENS took some time to record 12 new songs in their home studio during the pandemic and that’s the best thing they could do… “Burn It Down” opens in a quite usual TURBONEGRO way for them but “Con Man Contraband” offers us an interesting mix of heavy rock and metal core before “The Apocalypse” goes further into their modern hard rock search. You’ll even get slight pop touches in “Don’t Be That Dude”, some pop punk with “The Worst Thing” and even a bit of anarcho-punk with “Custom Dystopia”! Although they’ve been playing around with different music styles this time, songs like “Brainwash Radio”, “A Good Day To Forget”, “Ignorance Is Bliss”, “This Is How We Roll In 2020” and a straight forward chorus like in “FU Emily” all show us that BITCH QUEENS still know how to write and play good old punk’n’roll songs but who can resist a little disco rock touch (“Sugar Balls”)? “Custom Dystopia” is definitely BITCH QUEENS‘ most adventurous album, the Basel Böys managed to show us that they can still evolve in a dead end world and keep their Turbojungen roots at the same time. Bravo! /Laurent C.
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.
Swiss bands BITCH QUEENS and DELILAHS’77 are celebrating their friendship with this punk tribute split 7″ vinyl record. DELILAHS’77 are offering us their own version of The MISFITS “Some Kinda Hate” which almost sounds like The UNDERTONES, great cover! BITCH QUEENS chose DEAD KENNEDY‘s classic “Too Drunk To Fuck” and turn it into a catchy punk’n’roll song. Listening to this makes you think that it’s definitely too short. The vinyl comes out in three different colours on Lux Noise Records. There will always be something cool about split 7″ records. /Laurent C.
Basel’s Turbojugend is alive and well! BITCH QUEENS proves it with this new album full of high energy punk’n’roll songs (“City Of Class”, “Vote For Pedro”.) Switzerland might look nice and clean but it has its hidden perversions, and BITCH QUEENS are definitely one of those! Of course, they still sound like TURBONEGRO (“Süperböy”) but they do it really well so you can’t complain! They sometimes tend to sound more melodic on “Especially Danny” more glammy (“Sucker For The Blues”) or more pop punk (“Negative Heaven”), but the band gets even better when playing straight punk rock (“When Did I Die”) and catchy classic hard rock (“On And On.”) After touring the USA and Japan, big chances are BITCH QUEENS are going to deliver their decadent sermon on a town near you soon. /Laurent C.
I’ve seen The JACKETS live a couple of times and they are quite an entertaining band with lots of energy, ALICE COOPER eye make-up, freaky fuzz and 60s garage influenced beats. Despite these obvious qualities, I never had the opportunity to listen to a full record of this Swiss/American band. Here they are back with “Queen Of The Pill” on Voodoo Rhythm Records. Their epic live energy can be heard from the start in the two first songs (“Dreamer”,”What About You”) and old-school garage fans will enjoy “Steam Queen” and “Don’t Leave Me Alone.”The trio also manages to mix vintage pop to crpytic garage in “Move On” and 50s rock’n’roll to proto-punk in “Queen Of The Pill.” The atmosphere gets cinematic in “Floating Alice” but you’ll also get your punk rock fix with “Loser’s Lullaby.” The album is produced by King Khan (KING KHAN & The SHRINES), recorded by Nene Baratto and mixed and mastered by Jim Diamond (WHITE STRIPES, The SONICS) so you can easily imagine it sounds the way it should be sounding! If you’re like me and haven’t checked their albums yet, it’s never too late! /Laurent C.
X-DARLINGS started as a studio duo (Harry Darling of BITCH QUEENS and Isabela Eder of DELILAHS) and has evolved into a full band introducing themselves with this debut album “Dead Toy Capital Of The World.” Opening song “Are You Talking To Me?” hits hard since it mixes infuences such as DEVO and The CRAMPS with a glam vibe. This song actually reminds me of the amazing PINK GREASE. You’ll hear some garage rock’n’roll guitars in “There For You” and in “Laxative”, some modern rock (‘Snap Out Of It”, “Sucks To Be You” or “Particle Collision” that almost starts like BACKYARD BABIES‘ “Minus Celsius”) and some punk rock in “Keep Reading.” While the album definitely has a lot of energy and a will to make us dance, songs like “In Transit” and “Brand New Day” show us that X-DARLINGS also has an interesting quieter pop side. Quite a convincing debut album, check it out! /Laurent C.