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HELLBASTARD / DRESDEN:
Split: LP
Crust songs warning of the apocalypse are a dime a dozen, but there’s never been one like “Arcadia” by Hellbastard. As much as it is a warning, it’s also a welcoming. The welcoming doesn’t come from the usual “I told you so” to those that didn’t conserve the environment, although that is a component, but from the rage and pain that comes from personal tragedy. Opening in the traditional manner (“These blackened skies, our darkest years”) the lyrics move on to horrific imagery (“Man will eat the flesh of irradiated man”) and then to a joyous acceptance (“We can ride hot rods to hell”) and finally an explanation, a list of losses and their uselessness and unfairness (“My brother starved and died in ‘07, and you shouldn’t be living”) that is so truly and mercilessly human—so much more so than the standard holier-than-thou “This is what you get for using too much oil” bullshit—that it really leaves you shaken and, more importantly, thinking. This record is worth whatever piddly amount it costs for that song alone. The fact that it also comes with two more Hellbastard tunes and a side full of the always-crushing Dresden is just a bonus. –MP Johnson –mp (beercity.com)


45 GRAVE:
Pick Your Poison: LP
A new lineup and a new album for these death rock stalwarts. While the absence of Paul Cutler’s distinctive guitar slinging and the more rock/less punk feel of the new batch of songs might be off-putting to older fans, Dinah’s inimitable warble and wicked sense of humor remain intact. While I can’t say anything here reaches the heights of “Wax,” “Dream Hits” or “Insurance from God,” it is nice to see a more consistent lineup making its mark. –jimmy (Frontier)


YOUTHBITCH:
Don’t Fuck This Up!: LP
Pop/garage Dirtnap Records hopefuls. I can’t complain that there seems to be dozens of bands that sound like this nowadays. It’s an unstoppable combination: sugary melodies with the speed cranked to eleven and the production values of a 1970s radio commercial. It’s simple, it’s rough, and it’s elegant in its practicality. Youthbitch is a rare band, in that its terrible name is surpassed by their solid music. If they are able to keep up this level of fun, then I see nothing but an exciting future for the guys in Youthbitch. –Bryan Static (Jonny Cat)


HAZEL’S WART:
Together We Didn’t: LP
From the sounds of it, these kids are swallowing massive doses of late ‘80s/early ‘90s alt rock, noise pop, and all points between. Offsetting noisy, sludgy guitars are laid back vocals topping the kinda rock fodder you’d find on your average left-of-the-dial station during college rock’s glory days. They do it well, to their credit, and they have enough sense to limit their cherry-picking to the time before big record company money came along and pissed all over the party. –Jimmy Alvarado –jimmy (Skrot Up, skrotup.com)


XAXAXA:
Siromašni I Bogati: CD
A little faster and more engaging that their debut, Tango Revolucioner, Siromašni I Bogati is a unique record that anybody who hears can’t help but inquire about. The vocals are completely sung in Macedonian and delivered in that yell-whisper style that warrants various mid ‘80s Dischord references. The music isn’t flashy or excessive, just song after song that kinda flow into one another, creating an overall mood. It’s dreary and solemn without being a bummer. It’s punchy and aggressive without putting its finger in your face. It’s a complicated record. I’ve listened to it almost everyday for weeks and it’s only getting better. –Daryl Gussin (Moonlee / Napravi Zaedno, napravizaedno.com)


GREG LARAIGNE:
Story Tellers, True Believers: CD
Swiss singer-songwriter with an occasional harmonica that wants to be like Chuck Ragan or Foundation (Rob Huddleston from Ann Beretta). If you’re looking for more material like the aforementioned artists (or albums with indecipherable text on the cover—I had to look on the record label’s website to figure out the artist’s name and album title), then this might be worth your time. –Kurt Morris –kurt (Shield)


WYMYNS PRYSYN: :
“Waste Yr Life” b/w “Keep It Simple”: 7”
 “Waste Your Life” is a solid bit of rockin’ with a strong riff and vocals that drone more than sing. “Keep It Simple” is a wee bit more esoteric, with a darker, more complex structure, but no less compelling. Good stuff, great cover art. –jimmy (Pygmy, pygmyrecords.com)


GOD MODE:
Glowing Eyes: CD-R
Slightly metallic, gallop-tempo hardcore. Singer eschews the gruff growlin’ route and ends up sounding a wee bit like the cat from Allergic To Whores. –Jimmy Alvarado –jimmy (God Mode, facebook.com/godxmode)


WYMYNS PRYSYN:
“Waste Yr Life” b/w “Keep It Simple”: 7”
Churning, dark garage rock with slurred ‘n’ snotty Darby Crash vocals, creative riffs, and a palpable air of danger. Great concept, but they need to tune the bass to the guitar and cut “Waste Your Life” in half. –CT Terry (pygmyrecords.com)


GAMES:
Self-titled: CD
Dyed-in-the-wool power pop here. Sounds like it could easily be some lost ‘70s gem that’s been dusted off and given a fresh start, but it’s brand spankin’ new and ready to turn some heads. The vocals are a bit more monotone than’s good for ‘em in places, but on the whole this is pretty solid work. –Jimmy Alvarado –jimmy (HoZac, hozacrecords.com)


WILSON ST. PUB & SLUTHOUSE BAND:
Pirates of the West Bench: CD
This is country horror in the most superficial way possible. It’s country in the sense that it has acoustic guitars and a bit of a twang. It’s horror in the sense that there are a bunch of songs about zombies (“Zombie Girl,” “Red Neck Zombie,” etc.). I don’t get the sense that these dudes have spent a lot of time blasting Waylon and watching Fulci movies, and that they just kind of threw this together because they thought it was a fun idea and it’s not where their hearts are. If you’re looking for the real deal, find a band that knows that redneck is one word, not two. –mp (1332)


FRET RATTLES:
The First One: LP
After an initial eye roll at the stock car on the cover and the “garage font,” I dug in and found that it’s pretty fuckin’ rocking. Was expecting some ‘60s throwback schlock, but these Midwesterners have a way more rocking vibe. Remember bands like the Monomen or the Dummies from a million years ago? Or even the Cynics and Lyres? That’s the ballpark, as much ‘70s swagger as ‘60s psych, though. Hand-screened cover makes this a DIY deal as far as I can see and worth tracking down if any of that shit sounds up your alley. Feeling it. –Tim Brooks –Tim Brooks (fretrattles@gmail.com)


WHITE WALLS:
Self-titled: CD
Odd duck here. There’s a bit of shoegaze bluster here, but, on the whole, it sounds up to its eyeballs in mid-period Sonic Youth. The guitars are often much more overdriven than that more celebrated band usually employs, but there’s also less of an edge to the songs here. A bit derivative, I reckon, and the songs kinda blend into one another, but not a bad listen on the whole if you thought Daydream Nation or Goo were nifty. –jimmy (Poison City)


WET NURSE:
Daily Whatever: LP

Wet Nurse is an all-woman trio who play clean guitar punk with sugary vocal harmonies. I want to compare them to All Girl Summer Fun Band, but they are more cigarettes ‘n’ beer than tea ‘n’ blankets, defying all twee reference points with rock’n’roll spiked riffs, spite in the lyrics and what appears to be a wicked sense of humor—just look at the photos on the back cover, where each band member is staring into space while spilling something.

–CT Terry (Astro Girl)


FREAK IN A JAR:
They Don’t Call It Punk Anymore: CD
This three-piece band manages to pump out nineteen tuneful ‘90s punk songs on this CD with no frills. And when I say ‘90s, I mean that they were an active band in the Boise, ID punk scene in the 1990s who have just happened to recently reform to play some more shows and release this CD. Despite having quite possibly the worst cover art I’ve seen since the ‘90s, this really isn’t that bad. It’s definitely dated sounding though, which means if you long for the days of that decade for some reason, then maybe this is for you. –Mark Twistworthy –Mark Twistworthy (1332, 1332records.com)


WARTORN:
Domestic Terrorist: 7”
The third entry in the impressive Profane Existence single series comes from the stalwarts of Wisconsin crust, Wartorn. For nearly a decade, Wartorn has delivered record after record of brain-wrecking brilliance, consistently upping the ante and refining their destructive sound. While this record doesn’t necessarily break new ground, touches like the wild guitar solo on “Under Oath” makes it stand out from the countless samey-same bands that thrive on this genre. –mp (Profane Existence)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
NY/CY Hardcore Connection: CD
Quite possibly the dumbest hardcore compilation I’ve ever heard. Unbelievable. A collection of bottom-of-the-barrel hardcore bands that lack any depth or vision. A couple are decent, but as you get towards the end and hit bands like Carnage Krew, Side Swiped (the shittiest of the batch, with a real gem of a song called “Hor”), and the bands that follow, it just sinks down to the lowest common denominator. One band likes to repeat “fuck you, fuck you” over and over. Granted, bad reviews generally spark reader’s interest in checking out turd music, so if you really must hear this, just troll the dollar bins at your local record shop. –Matt Average (United Riot, unitedriotrecords.com)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Dangerhouse Vol. Two: Give Me a Little Pain!: LP
The last second and a half of The Eyes’ “Eniwetok” sums it up. This is punk bursting at the seams. This is the development of a sound that we’re still exploring. Luckily, Dangerhouse was there to put out these classic records and Frontier has made sure they aren’t lost in time or reduced to mp3 blog posts. Nevermind the early ‘90s cover art; this is punk history, as alive as ever. You can’t go wrong with these songs. –Daryl Gussin (Frontier)


VAMPIRE LEZBOS:
Self-titled: CD
I first heard Spokane, Washington’s Vampire Lezbos not too long ago via the documentary Spokanarchy! I found them to be one of the better bands on the soundtrack and so the chance to check out the twenty-three songs on the self-titled release was welcomed. The album is composed of their 1988 LP and ten demo versions of songs from 1986 with a different singer, all clocking in at about fifty-six minutes. Eight of the ten demo songs are also on the ‘88 LP, making much of the bonus material redundant, although it is interesting to note the difference the vocalist makes on the songs. As far as the sound, though, it’s straight up hardcore punk, with perhaps more emphasis on the punk than hardcore. The songs are aggressive, generally fast, and occasionally a bit odd (“Stop Killing the Seals,” “Ogon Warrior”) in that the content seems out of place compared to the rest of the material. While it may be due to having heard the songs on the Spokanarchy! soundtrack, the tracks “It Hurts” and “Plasma” were standouts, but nothing on here is bad. If you miss ‘80s hardcore punk and think you’ve heard most everything, chances are you haven’t heard this gem. I’d suggest giving the Lezbos a spin. You might be pleasantly surprised. –kurt (Flat Field, flatfieldrecords.com)


FOUNDING FATHERS:
Rapid Transit: LP
Underwhelming indie rock. There were some very minute instances where I caught a flicker of Fugazi muse in the songwriting but they quickly dissipated when it became apparent that some of the band members haven’t completely mastered their instruments yet. –Juan Espinosa –Juan Espinosa (Snax)


UV RACE / NATIVE CATS:
Split: 7”
I admit it: I’m totally late to UV Race. I have both their LPs. They never grabbed me, although my wife thought they were amazing. She might have been right because their side of this split is fucking killer: totally disjointed music in a Swell Maps/not-quite-Krautrock vein. Not knowing when a song starts or ends is typically the mark of a great record. (There are four songs on their side and the record spins at 45 RPMs.) Nice touch to the 7” is a reprise of the opening track at the end—an element to Kraftwerk’s music that always worked so well. Native Cats bring a solid track. Sort of Tuxedomoon. But it’s the A side that’s winning me over. –ryan (Ride The Snake, ridethesnakerecords.com/bark)


FIRSTBORN:
Define Our Generation: CD
Sweden has been the veritable witch’s brew for black metal, but in their latest release, this quartet bridges the gap between ‘90s-era alt rock and metal. With soaring vocals as pretty as Steve Perry that turn on a dime to screamo indictments and double kick drums, this latest full length veers toward emo outfits Glassjaw and Thursday. Gone are the crusty, d-beat percussions and melodies found in previous records such as In the Beginning. A wee anemic for those holding out for more thrashy, anthemic cuts, but worth a listen. Marcus’s pipes are a rarity in metal. –Kristen K. –Kristen K (Not Emotion, info@notemotionrecords.com, notemotionrecords.com)


UNDERGROUND ALLIANCE:
We Are the Underground Alliance: CD
Underground Alliance are one of the bands more active bands to come out of the East L.A. backyard punk scene, specifically City Terrace—and those who’ve been keeping score will recall that this is literally my home scene dating back to the early ‘80s, so if you’re expecting some unbiased review, you’re sadly mistaken, kiddo. Their roots in the backyards are very much in evidence, from a largely straightforward approach to the songs to the preponderance of polka beats to “pogo punx” references, but lead singer Tony Voltage is not afraid to temper songs delivered with a singsong gruffness about drinking and fucking with others addressing more serious topics—scene politics, respect for earlier punk generations, governmental corruption, and basic anarchist tenets—in a way that is more pointed than the vague rants at a nebulous “system” employed by more popular bands trying to appear “street” without upsetting any potential corporate sponsors. No doubt some things that might raise some eyebrows, like the lyrics to “Addicted to Women” (and seeing as I’m responsible for a song entitled “I Fuck the Dead” I’m in no position whatsoever to pass judgment), and their adherence to the backyard punk conventions might be off-putting to some, but on the whole this is a solid debut and a firm foundation for what’s to come. –jimmy (Innocence Lost)


FICTION REFORM:
Take Your Truth: CD
Vocalist Brenna Red, from the band Civet, wails through this album with a bit of a Joan Jett feel. It could almost be a lost Joan Jett album, but not in a bad way. Although there are some similarities throughout, it still has enough personality to shine on its own. Red’s voice is nice and strong, clear and gritty. The band plays furiously behind her and the production has a bit of grit to it, which adds a nice bite to the recording.–Rick E. –Staff (Basement, basementrecords.com)


ULTAMATEMOST HIGH, THE:
Self-titled: 7”
These guys are throwing down some sleazy, garage punk/rock’n’roll sounds reminiscent of the later years of New Bomb Turks. Good stuff. Thick production, but not too glossy. I bet they rip it up live. –ty (High Society)


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