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APOCALYPSE MEOW:
The End Is Nigh: LP
Enjoyed the Bats Bats Bats 7” and would expect nothing less of a band called Apocalypse Meow to have brilliant song titles like “The Haste and the Curious,” however The End Is Nigh swings too violently, pendulum-like, between fantastic Queers/Masked Intruder harmonies and just plain out-of-place, spooky feelings-laden “The Route” or Dr. Hook cover (including a rap?). Barrel straight ahead with “Baby, I’m a Scientist,” or for the more adventurous, the pop-epic three-part “All Dinosaurs Are Ghosts” (a valiant attempt), but overall, too many spices spoil the stew. Endnote: would still purchase next release to see what happens.  –Matt Seward (Night Animal, nightanimalrecords.storenvy.com)


ATLANTIC THRILLS:
Vices: LP
Be not perplexed by the skull-o-centric packaging; this sounds like an East Coast version of Nobunny—with that omni-epoch hook worship and the what-not— coupled with a more legit Nuggetsapproach, but with reverb instead of fuzz on the guitar (except when there’s fuzz on the guitar instead of reverb), and sublimated Barraracudas-like harmonies, and occasional faux glam excursions. Actually, perchance “a New Englandized version of the Barraracudas” is closer to the truth than the Nobunny reference. Either way you crack this particular Kit Kat, it’s the best album of the first five weeks of the year. My long-held respect for the Providence Steam Roller—the last NFL Champions to go belly-up—is thusly rekindled. Roll on, you crazy steamroller! BEST SONG: “Treat My Baby.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Bed Bugs.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The album is divided into two sides: Side A and Side R.  –Rev. Norb (Almost Ready)


BANDAGES:
“All Extreme Measures” b/w “Tokyo Carwash”: 7”
Part of Sorry State Records’ North Carolina Singles Series, this two-song entry from Bandages serves as their long-awaited debut. One of several offshoots that grew after the disbanding of Raleigh hardcore heavyweights Double Negative, Bandages exemplify their pedigree without allowing their music to be hindered by it. This is hardcore, but hardcore rife with fascinating and often unsettling left-field flourishes. The spooky intro of “All Extreme Measures” paves the way for the guitars to occasionally transform into a UFO sucking the listener up into the air with its tractor beam. On “Tokyo Carwash,” their furious riffing pairs with the drums to form the aural equivalent of descending into a literal spiral of madness. A musical recreation of spinning until I lose my balance is something I didn’t know I needed, but now that I’ve experienced it, let me tell ya, it’s a fucking marvel. Fingers crossed that a full-length—or even an EP—is soon to follow!  –Kelley O’Death (Sorry State, sorrystaterecords.com)


BASEMENT BENDERS:
Lydiad: LP
It’s easy to have high expectations for Basement Benders because they feature folks from Future Virgins, Sexy, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Tulsa, Hidden Spots, and Black Rainbow. When talented folks start a band, they bring with them experience, expertise, and fine-tuned ears, but your gut might mistakenly assume that there’s no way Lydiad can be as good as say, Front Seat Solidarity or Late Republic. I’m here to put your worries to rest and assure you that Lydiad is twelve tunes of pitch-perfect DIY punk. The live wire energy never lets up and the belted vocals pull you right in, especially on “Up North” and “Trick of the Light.” The songs are both deeply personal (“Betsy”) and universal, sharing experiences and tricky feelings that many of us can relate to. This is indispensable listening for any fan of DIY punk. The first pressing also includes a bonus 7” with two additional songs.  –Sean Arenas (No Idea)


BEEKEEPERS:
II: LP
With a neo-dada illustration on the cover, it’s no surprise this record is super trippy—trippy in a psychedelic sense—and the addition of saxophone and organ gives more texture to the songs. This record would suit fans of the early Park The Van releases, Burger Records, Cass McCombs, or Pavement.  –Ryan Nichols (Self-released, no address listed)


BI-MARKS:
If You Can’t Swim, Drown: LP
Holy smokes. This Portland outfit’s been around for a number of years now, but apart from a few cuts on a Sabotage sampler, this is my first introduction. Maybe the physical act of dropping the needle on the vinyl is what it took for me to really hearthem, but goddamn. Unrelenting, snarling, fierce punk working from the same playbook as, I shit you not, the first Bad Brains record and Christ On Parade’sA Mind Is a TerribleThing, both of which are pretty flawless in my opinion. And those aren’t comparisons I fling out all willy-nilly, okay? This is “Top ten of the year” quality shit right here. Absolutely worth seeking out.  –Keith Rosson (Blackwater)


BIRTHDAY SUITS:
Spin the Bottle: Adult Party: LP
I’ve seen Birthday Suits many times live, which is always a raucous and unpredictable time. This two-piece always puts on a show, leaving destruction in their path while furiously belting out their brand of chaotic, garagey punk. On record Birthday Suits still bring the rock, but it’s a different experience. The studio really brings out the best parts of these songs, especially the hooks and the melody. Listening to them on vinyl, and I mean really listening to them, I feel like I finally “get” this band, and I’m really into it. Fans of other Recess Records staples, like Toys That Kill for example, would undoubtedly get into this as well.  –Mark Twistworthy (Recess, recessrecords.com)


BISHOP:
Everything in Vein: 10”
Bishop plays tough guy straight-edge hardcore with thoughtful, decidedly non-macho lyrics. The explanations of the lyrics included with the lyric sheet lend themselves to criticism that Bishop is overly preachy, but it’s hard to get upset when they’re talking about important issues in a relatively insightful way. I especially enjoyed the sentiment on “Huey P. Was Right,” a potent anti-cop track that tries to tie historical info with a current movement. More influenced by hard, second wave New York Hardcore than by early, classic hardcore; anyone into clomp around stomp punk will enjoyEverything in Vein.  –Art Ettinger (Dead Truth)


BLACK CHEERS, THE:
Sick Gun: CD
Third release from this Boston band and it’s a corker with raunchy guitars, sleazy bass runs, pounding drums, and vocals that sound soaked in whiskey (not the cheap stuff either). “Inside Out” slashes and burns, while “Take My Head” is a full-tilt anthem. You will be hooked before that song is even over. Rock solid and a must-have for your collection.  –Sean Koepenick (Self-released, theblackcheers11@gmail.com)


BLEED THE PIGS / THETAN:
Split: LP
Thetan bears a very close resemblance to San Diego’s Jenny Piccolo: a band lost in the shuffle during the mid-to-late ‘90s powerviolence/hardcore scene due to the Locust’s overshadowing popularity. Down-tuned and manic hardcore with some dirgey moments to allow you to catch your breath—yeah it’s been done to death, but not always as well as this. Bleed The Pigs’ side of the split jams digital shards of glass into your ear holes with some circuit-bending harsh noise before walloping you with a steady stream of powerviolence savagery. Save for the brief moshcore breakdowns, Bleed The Pigs’ songs had me checking the turntable to make sure I wasn’t playing an Endless Blockade record. Great stuff.  –Juan Espinosa (Dead Tank, deadtankrecords.com / Anti Corp, anticorporatemusic.com / IFB, ifbrecords.com)


BONVIVANT / SNACKS?:
Split: 7”EP
Both bands have clearly spent some time drinking from the well of Hot Water Music / Leatherface if this release is anything to go by. On the evidence provided, Snacks? has made better use of what was imbibed, managing to steer clear from being an out-and-out copy and writing two very good songs which don’t overly rely on those influences. My problems with Bonvivant are that the songs lack any memorable moments and that I really can’t get past the vocals, which take gruffness into the realms of unintelligible. Therefore I definitely want more Snacks?.  –Rich Cocksedge (Get Party, getparty.limitedrun.com)


BORN READIES:
Self-titled: 7”
What we’ve got here are four songs of great mid-tempo, punky rock’n’roll from this Denver, Colo. band. It’s a two-piece band that has the glam punk sound just right—coming on a whole lot like old favorites of mine, Slash City Daggers and Loose Lips. All four tunes here are great and honestly, the best of this style I have heard in nearly a decade. The sound is exactly the right amount of loose and tight, which is just what this style needs. The guitar tone is perfect, the drums are simple and solid, and the songwriting and vocals are top notch. Really looking forward to a full length before too long. The Born Readies are doing it right.  –Mike Frame (Self-released, thebornreadies.bandcamp.com)


BRISTLES, THE:
The Last Days of Capitalism: CD
Another thrasher of a release from this Swedish institution. Tunes fly by with the requisite modified Discharge influence, topical lyrics addressing the state of Swedish (and western) society circa-now—work, “gendercide,” corporate control of pretty much everything, well-aimed swipes at both the right and left—delivered with an intensity that doesn’t snitch out just how long these cats have been around, yet is well informed with experience. A corker throughout.  –Jimmy Alvarado (Heptown)


BRUDTE LOFTER:
Kobenhavn: 7”
I hate guitar solos. They are tedious exercises in vanity. Rarely do they even make sense within the confines of the song and, more often than not, the playing isn’t all that great anyway. They kill a song’s momentum. They are the equivalent of a singer taking thirty seconds mid-song to do some scatting. Fuck guitar solos. But! If a guitar solo is legitimately good, I fall in love hard. The solo in the title track of this record is the perfect example. It’s not flashy, but it’s smart. It builds upon what has been happening in the song. It takes the song to another level, and then lets itself get eaten up by the remainder of the song, and is used as energy to build something greater. This record does everything the right way, not just the guitar solos. It’s the work of an angry punk band that spent time crafting three songs that deserve immortality on wax. Give them a listen.  –MP Johnson (Halshugga, brudteloefter.bandcamp.com)


CAFFIENDS:
No Gods No Decaf: CD
I fucking lovethis band. I am a firm believer in not taking life too seriously. You gotta be able to laugh at yourself and this ridiculous existence or you’ll never make it out alive. The Caffiends embody this ethos and flawlessly put a soundtrack to it. Each track on No Gods No Decaf is a pop punk gem, interlaced with some samples that actually add to the music rather than distract from it. A couple of these songs ended up accidentally reminding me of how much I used to listen to Guttermouth, and, conversely, how I never got into NOFX (my apologies to SoCal brethren). In my ears, the Caffiends can do no wrong. I appreciate that their music, at least for me, makes the world a little bit better place. All the thumbs up!  –Jackie Rusted (Anti-Authority, AntiAuthorityRecords.com)


CASTOFF:
Lines and Passages: CD
Twenty year cycles. That is what they say that popular culture moves in. This is the second disc I’ve received in this review cycle that would point towards that being true. In 1996, this glossy, super-produced style of punk was everywhere. Labels were built upon it. Some was good, some wasn’t, but I honestly didn’t expect to see new bands cropping up playing this style to the letter. It isn’t so much that this isn’t good (in fact, they are very good at what they are doing), so much as it is that I may be a little further removed from my twenty-two-year-old music tastes than I would have thought. If mid-‘90s Fat Wreck Chords stuff is your thing, you could do a lot worse than Castoff.  –Ty Stranglehold (Morning Wood)


CAVE CURSE:
Self-titled: 7”
Cave Curse is the new one-man synthpop/dark wave act courtesy of Bobby Hussy. Cave Curse’s first release comes courtesy of Volar Records, showcasing two exquisitely sweet and supremely chill ditties. Both tracks feature deep, rich textures with ornate and intricate layers of vocals, keyboards, synths, and drum machines. It all adds up to remind me a bit of Digital Leather, which is, of course, a good thing. This is an extraordinarily enjoyable listen and comes highly recommended.  –Jeff Proctor (Volar)


CELLULITE:
Dust Wave: LP
Dissonant, minimalist synth noise with blown-out machines, drums, and voices. The song structures are largely stripped to the bones and the delivery is often harsh, if not overtly aggressive. A choice gift idea for that one asshole friend who keeps saying synths are “wimpy.”  –Jimmy Alvarado (Slovenly, slovenly.com)


CHARLIE TWEDDLE:
Knee Deep Blues: LP
If you liked “One Punk’s Guide to Outlaw Country” from Razorcake #90, you’d be crazy not to check out Charlie Tweddle. His Bandcamp page calls him a musician, artist, taxidermist, and hat maker, calling his hats “a wearable ten-gallon peyote trip.” His music is more on the mellow side: just a man, a guitar, and some great stories. This is outlaw country on a chill trip.  –John Mule (Mighty Mouth Music, mightymouthmusic.com)


CIVIL WAR RUST:
Help Wanted: LP
If you enjoy California pop punk, chances are you already know and love the EastBay’s Civil War Rust. If not, I suggest you check them out as soon as possible. Melodic, often upbeat punk that is catchy as all hell, the lyrics on this record have familiar themes such as failed relationships (“You make me go outta my mind / Just another waste of both our time”) and trying to be a better person (“I spent three short days and restless nights / at the bottom of a bottle to clear my mind,” “We wanted revolution / all I got was another shitty shirt”). The only bummer is that the ten-track sophomore LP is less than twenty-five minutes long, so I have to keep it spinning on repeat. –Madeline  –Guest Contributor (Def Cow / Say-10)


CLARK PATERSON:
The Final Tradition: CD
Clark Paterson (is it possible he misspelled his last name?) is a country artist whose voice sounds like he’s dying and who has a song with the line “This dog is gonna hunt.”  –Kurt Morris (Self-released, clarkpaterson.com)


COMMONWEALTH OF AMERICAN NATIVES, THE:
The Filth and the Furry: Vol. 1: EP
First off, what’s up with their band name? The Commonwealth Of American Natives sounds just like their cover art—all cats, pentagrams, splattered gothic graphics, et cetera. They play bro-ey-sounding metal hardcore—with Rancid ska and even a dash of Marilyn Manson—that maybe Fat Wreck would put out. The vocals are grizzled shrieks that are intentionally unnerving. Flip to Side B with “Diabla Vista Pantalones de Gato” to experience the most punishing of breakdowns. Pass.  –Camylle Reynolds (Nothing New, nothingnewrecords.com)


CØNDITIØN:
Actual Hell: LP
First of all, kudos to Iron Lung and Cønditiøn for the killer packaging which thoroughly satisfies the collector in me. The high quality tip-on record jacket is guaranteed to outlive most of us. Also, the lyrics are printed on a large fold-out poster. As for the tunes, the songs will scrape your eardrums raw. This California unit peddles relentless noise like Bastard and Conga Fury. The riffs are drenched in feedback and heavier than a freight train, and the howling vocals are sinister. Somehow the rhythm section manages to make sense of the chaos. There’s nothing half-baked about this record. Cønditiøn rages with conviction. Actual Hell is reinvigorating hardcore for the jaded listener.  –Sean Arenas (Iron Lung, lifeironlungdeath.blogspot.com)


CRAZY & THE BRAINS:
Brain Freeze: 7”
These two new, light songs taken from the “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” school of classic punk will stick in your head after a first listen. One of New Jersey’s least-Jersey current crowd pleasers, this quick slab is pure, poppy fun. The download includes an additional six bonus tracks, which are well worth checking out, too. No one’s getting out of toe tapping to these guys, so beware.  –Art Ettinger (Baldy Longhair)


CREATURES OF SPACE:
Wrynar 7: LP
When you’re really hooked on music and it’s something you spend more time thinking about than just about anything else, you are going to start to branch out from whatever genre you may have focused on for years and years, start exploring and hearing what’s out there, and broadening your mind and auditory horizons. Punk rock is great, but have you ever wondered what else is out there? Think of it like this: the music you listen to is a tiny blip in the cosmos of sound. All around you is this vast universe and each genre is another galaxy, and some of the heavy hitters are planets within that galaxy. Creatures Of Space fill that search in spades. Their music is way out there, somewhere in the universe of psych, Hendrix-style blues, German prog, and far left of left field. The opener “Way up There” sounds like some obscure track that could fit on the Bonehead Crunchersseries, and doesn’t really set up what lays in store. “Incoming” is like a tear in the fabric of reality, with its blast of distortion and guitar mangling. From there things really begin to happen. The inner space of “In the Woods” gives way to spaced out “Hard Road” and “New Rays,” which reminds me of Funkadelic’s XXXX. “Lizard Box” takes them a little further out, and then they start come back to earth at the end of the record.  –Matt Average (Luminal)


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