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GRABASS CHARLESTONS:
Dale & The Careeners: CD
Florida punk staple adds some rootsy, Springsteen rock’n’roll to their gruff punk for a rock opera about a junkie couple named Dale and Cassandra. The Charlestons are ripping off The Hold Steady all over this album, but it’s hard to complain when it results in their catchiest batch of songs yet. Here’s to romance: “Cassandra’s not the type to weather the winter and Dale’s a nice guy with a good space heater.” –CT Terry (No Idea)


GRABASS CHARLESTONS:
Dale & The Careeners: CD
Blown away. There is really not much else to say after one listen to this disc. The Charlestons have taken such an evolutionary leap as a band that it is hard to put into words what is going on here, but I will try. While I would be hesitant to call this a concept album, it would be fair to say that it is certainly thematic. The disc’s twelve tracks tell the tale of Dale and Cassandra—two fringe characters who find themselves in the midst of opiate addiction, clean up slightly, and relapse again once the cold days of winter return. In the end, there isn’t really any redemption. This is a painful, harrowing and yet beautiful musical journey totally worth taking. On past releases, I always felt that the Charlestons played it a bit safe but this release really takes them to the next level. Every song on here is a minor masterpiece. Everything here is literate, well written, and performed to a level that I wasn’t expecting. Get this, like right now. –Garrett Barnwell (No Idea)


GRABASS CHARLESTONS:
Dale & The Careeners: CD
Being the first full length in seven years, Dale is a game changer. Here, Will Thomas trades in his sticks for a stab at the guitar. Markedly different from what you associate Grabass with: pop punk persuasion with a Southern slant, Dale takes a turn onto straight up rock. The Charlestons have opted for coasting instead of barreling down the highway at full throttle, as evidenced right out the gate with “Stormy Weather.” A few tracks like “If Dale Were You” and “Apocalypse Whenever” harkens back to their previous work, but after a few play throughs, this grows on ya like a fungus. While this may throw off fans of their older sound, this could also snag the band some new ones. Recommended. –Kristen K (No Idea)


GODSPEED 209:
Live on KDVS: Cassette
Noise-enveloped, dirty-sounding grunge punk owing a lot to bands like Pissed Jeans and Slices. Each side of this cassette features a different live-on-the-radio show with most of the songs repeating, so I’m having a hard time justifying how necessary it is to hear both sessions. The recording is pretty solid but the enthusiasm just doesn’t raise my eyebrows. I’d like to think that they come alive in front of a crowded room and demand people’s attention in a live setting. But so far, I’m just not hearing that here. –Juan Espinosa (Squirmy)


GIRL GUTS:
Victoria: CD-R
The internet gods say this band hails from Washington; given said gods’ accuracy, I can’t vouch for the veracity of that information. What I can say is they dole out some tasty, gruff indie rock with a punk core. The sound dynamics are a bit rough overall, ostensibly to give it some punk edge, but the diversity in evidence from one song to the next and overall structures make it clear they know their way around the whole songwriting thing. Normally not my thing, they definitely do what they do well enough that I can’t help but say the finished product is impressive. –jimmy (Girl Guts, facebook.com/GirlGuts)


FOKKUM:
Notice Yourself: CD
Tin can drums and recycled ‘80s hardcore riffs played at demo quality, yet, it’s this Dutch band’s sixth CD-R. You’d expect the band to have stepped up their game by this point. Each song sounds pretty much exactly the same—banana riffs with the lead singer speak/shouting the lyrics with the rest of the band coming in, here and there, to back him up. However, I can’t be too hard on it. All in all, it’s not great, but there is an appeal to it, a level of passion that I can get behind. Take the lyrics to “Fake Brains: “Wake up and live your life / but try to fix your sight / born with real brains / held down by chains / washed by power games / change your fake brains, live!” Most of the lyrics are of this socio-political nature, covering stuff like feminism and vegetarianism, but mostly resistance to capitalist alienation and living for yourself, like the title track, “Notice Yourself” (which is put in context on the CD cover, the words emblazoned over a huge aerial shot of a dense city)”, in which, the lyrics go “it’s in your mind, it’s in your soul / It’s your own mind, it’s what you sow.” Yeah... notice yourself! All the songs might sound exactly the same and it reminds me of a whole bunch of so-so albums I bought in the nineties when I was a punkling and hocked for cash long ago, but there’s an appeal to it all the same. –Craven (fokkum.nl)


FERAL FUTURE:
Come Out Swinging: 12” EP
Sounds like some lost artifact from the early ‘90s, a bit like Babes In Toyland. The playing is raw, and there’s a lot of attitude in the vocal delivery as well as the overall execution of the songs. I would imagine their live shows have more energy than the recorded material. This isn’t bad, but it doesn’t really grab ahold of your attention either. “Fughandi” sounds like two songs smashed together, with only one that should have been fleshed out more, and the other allowed to die in the rehearsal room. The ending of the song, where they sing: “You take and take and take...” is good, and I thought it was a new song. The part before that was meh. This record would have been more effective as a single. –Matt Average (Western Medical, westernmeds.com)


FATAL FIGURES:
Caterwaul: LP
This album has a big, sloppy sound reminiscent of The Birthday Party. I appreciate what they are doing, but the album never fully takes off for me. “Party Girl” has a jumpy beat that makes it a standout. “Break Me” also got me nodding a bit, highlighting good party floor tom beats and a solid yelling range by the vocalist. He has good instincts when the album is moving, but the songs plod too many times for my taste. The last song on the album, “Get Out,” combines the best strong beats of the band with the energy of the vocalist. There might be a live factor with this band that doesn’t translate on the record. They sound like they might be fun in a basement. –Billups Allen (Big Neck)


EYEHATEGOD:
New Orleans Is the New Vietnam: 7”
Awww snap. Anyone at all familiar with EHG knows what to expect here. Filthy, venomous, deeply pained swamp-metal that simply reeks of hard living and self-abuse. While I wasn’t blown away by 2005’s Preaching the End Time Message, this new track sounds like a band reinvigorated, on top of showcasing both their clearest and most suitable production to date. If this is a sneak peek at a forthcoming LP, then we’re in for a goddamned doozy. –Dave Williams (A389)


EXCITEBIKE:
Self-titled: EP
These dudes are from Australia and play fast, catchy punk rock that would probably fit well in the collection of your average Fat Wreck Chords fan. I also hear quite a bit of Revelation Records type posi-core influence in these five songs. While they’re not breaking any new ground, this is done well. –Mark Twistworthy (excitebike.bandcamp.com)


ELWAY:
Hence My Optimism: 7”
A pretty good single from this Fort Collins, CO four piece band. They play melodic punk with some good production, good musicianship, and really nice vocals. The band plays their hearts out on here with a lot of energy. They make this something that you can sing along to and make your parents unhappy because of the bad words in the songs. –Guest Contributor (Red Scare, redscare.net)


ELSINORES:
Demo 2011: Cassette
Half fuzzy Ramones-core with a keyboardist, half garage rock. This is the third tape I’ve heard by the Elsinores and they show no sign of wearing thin. Their songs are simple, but reliable, delivering the same kind of from-home charm that a worn-out VHS tape used to have. What I really enjoy is the sludge that echoes throughout the pop elements of the record—the thickness of the guitar combined with the fuzz of the format. Thick, delicious, endlessly enjoyable. –Bryan Static (Self-released)


EL CAMINO CAR CRASH:
Demo: Cassette
Taking the name of their band from a Swing Kids song, this band from Austria play a brand of hardcore which pays homage to both the chaotic mid-‘90s hardcore scene, of which the Swing Kids were a member of, as well as other ‘90s hardcore bands like Unbroken and Botch. I’ll be interested in seeing where their next release takes them as they progress into their own sound. –Mark Twistworthy (Take It Back, takeitback.bandcamp.com)


EAST END RADICALS:
Carry On: CD
This four piece band from Montreal, Quebec has their debut CD out and it’s really good! You get twelve songs that run the gamut of punk, street punk, to a Celtic song on the end of the album that turns into a Celtic punk song halfway through. They do remind me of the Dropkick Murphys a bit, but without the bagpipes and a bit more anxious. They have some great oi going on in some of the songs and you also get the lyrics in the CD to sing along with. This was a really cool album and I think that this will be going into the car for the long ride to work. –Guest Contributor (Stomp, stomprecords.com)


DRY HUMP:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Loud, fucked up, and don’t give a fuck. Never a bad thing when that’s what comes to mind before the first song is even over, and it stands true as the last song—the EP’s sole thrasher—puts a bow on things. Trashy hardcore that ain’t afeared to be obnoxious, don’t care about marketability, and couldn’t be less concerned about the effect listening to it loud will have on your hearing. –jimmy (Cowabunga)


DRY HEAVES:
Medicated Youth: 7”
This record fucking rules. Simple riffs, fast beats, clean vocals… but all played at a frantic beat and with a really crisp recording. I hear old U.K. melodies in the vocals, old American hardcore in the guitar, and rock’n’roll in the drums. This is punk rock by weirdo British kids who drink 40s and skateboard and just want to play shitty tours for no money in other people’s basements. The product is simple, but so organic and unpretentious that it’s hard to even describe the sound. It’s like early Black Flag mixed with the Buzzcocks with a dose of modern party thrash thrown in because they don’t care what you think. Buy this if you think all the early Fucked Up singles were overrated and you still have fun getting drunk at Municipal Waste shows. –Ian Wise (Zandor, teamzandor.co.uk)


DROSE:
A Voice: 7” EP
Artful dirge rock with agonized vocals and the minimalist of guitar parts largely consisting of deliberate strums and single note sustaining/tweaking. At times, it comes across like an avant-garde mash up of the Melvins and Tool. Though, as much as I appreciate and enjoy unconventional approaches to music, this is one of those records I can’t help but feel slips right through my fingers. –Juan Espinosa (Self-released, thedustinrose@gmail.com)


DR. MANHATTAN / DORMLIFE:
Split: 7”
In some tremendous effusion of high concept cerebral-ness incomprehensible to the layman, this alt-pop split consists of a song called “Hot Sauce” on one side, and a song called “Weak Sauce” on the other. Not surprisingly, Dr. Manhattan’s “Hot Sauce”—which sounds kinda like a cross between an American version of the Jazz Butcher and some other alterna-twat songwriter like Beck or whomever—is far superior to Dormlife’s “Weak Sauce.” Truth in advertising, dude. BEST SONG: Dr. Manhattan, “Hot Sauce” BEST SONG TITLE: Dormlife, “Weak Sauce” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I got this record—replete with Watchmen reference—just hours before I sat down and watched all 325 minutes o’ the Watchmen motion comic. Fearful symmetry indeed. –norb (Duck Phone/Alarm Clock Revolution, duckphonerecords.com, alarmclockrevolution.com)


DOWN AND OUTS:
Forgotten Streets: CD
The Down And Outs play British pop punk with more punk than pop, so it’s a wee bit edgier than one would normally expect from such a sound. The choruses tend to be more influenced by the street punk sing-a-long motif, so there’s actually a more diverse sound at second and third glance than mere “pop punk.” Very solid, but not remarkable. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Boss Tuneage, bosstuneage.com)


DOTT:
Button: CD
Four tracks of lo-fi garage pop from Galway, Ireland. This is the sound of a very young band quickly finding their feet. While not my particular cup of tea, even a curmudgeon like me found plenty to like about this disc. Dott displays a certain confidence in their songwriting and performance that is at once infectious and surprisingly muscular. This CD was the perfect antidote for the bleak, rainy days that engulfed the week in which I had it in my music rotation. –Garrett Barnwell (Girth)


DON GARNELLI:
Grindcore/Death: 8” lathe cut
A bit different than their tape I have from a year or so ago. This one is more along the lines of short blasts of traditional grind noise. Somewhere between 7 Minutes Of Nausea and NOYFB. While I do prefer their more expansive stuff, where they go off into the noise experimentation, I also like this side of Don Garnelli. It’s nice to hear bands, or projects, that don’t keep doing the same thing over and over. This record is a lathe cut on plexiglass, so it sounds a bit different than the normal records you’re used to hearing. Only twenty-five were cut, so start trolling the ‘net for one of these. –Matt Average (No label listed)


DOGBRETH:
Get Out: 7” EP
Nice, hook-laden pop with nasal, amateurish vocals. Despite a singer who dances on the ugly side of a fine line between endearing and downright annoying, I found myself won over by the drony guitar lead in “Guest House.” I’ll grudgingly recommend it, but don’t come howlin’ to me if you decide it ain’t quite up to yer lofty standards. –jimmy (Dogbreth, dogbreth.bandcamp.com)


DINOS BOYS:
“Play Dead” b/w “Scab”: 7”
Punk rock is alive and well in Atlanta if you didn’t already know. I don’t know shit about geography, but I heard it was a Southern backwater in the middle of nowhere. So how come it’s some hotbed for punk rock? You know? The Carbonas, Gentleman Jesse? Good shit, right? Die Slaughterhouse has always had its finger on the pulse of what shakes in that town and this shit is no slouch. Mining the same fields as the aforementioned but more stripey shirts and Rod Stewart haircuts. Raw shit, like old school L.A. beach punk, but recorded through your sister’s transistor radio. Neck tattoos and PBR… Hostage records and old TKO mixed with Teengenerate. Only two tracks and a shitty pixilated cover may keep this in the fifty cent bin, but it ain’t half bad. –Tim Brooks (Die Slaughterhouse)


DESERT VEST, THE:
Hey What: CD
If this album had been released the year following Nirvana’s monumental Nevermind, one of two things would have happened: this band would have been snatched up, signed, and molded into a hit maker or they would have been lambasted mercilessly for trying to emulate a band that (and let’s face it) was destined to become the Highlander of grunge: the one and only. That’s not to say that this is a song-for-song carbon copy. These guys clearly do have some ideas of their own and I initially thought that the Nirvana aping was just my imagination running wild. That is until I listened to their song “Floody,” which couldn’t sound more like “Polly” if the song was actually named “Polly.” After listening to this for the second time, I’m left wondering if this is hero homage or some elaborate inside joke. I’m sorry to say that whatever the case is, it’s just not very good at all. –Juan Espinosa (Self-released, no address)


DEAD NORTH:
Maybe Next Time: CDEP
This three-song EP of pop punk music seems pretty safe and uninspired. Unfortunately, the drumming is pretty bad, making it hard to listen to these songs. The drum mix, especially on the third track, is horrendous. How in the world could you listen to the drum mix on that song and think this was worth releasing. “Yeah, the hi-hat is totally high in the mix and off-time, but let’s include the song on the EP anyway.” You know, I believe in independent music, but I don’t think being indie means putting out songs that are poorly recorded. As the title says, maybe next time, guys. –kurt (Porch Couch, johnjhoffman@live.com)


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