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THESE OATS:
Self-titled: 7”
From this trio out of Brooklyn comes hardcore with a splash of screamo. The female vocals are flat, dejected, and indecipherable, which I’m finding is a trend in New York punk bands. Unfortunately, the guitar melodies are equally uninterested and seem to just be accompanying her voice, as compared to Manual Zombie, also out of NYC, but who is able to engage the listener with original beats and melodies. The final song, “Stay,” is a trilingual disaster. This sounds like a non-Spanish speaker on Propofol reading Spanish. Regrettably, I’m going to have to suggest you skip this unless you like uninspired, pity party music. –Kristen K (Self-released theseoatsbrooklyn@gmail.com)


SYDNEY DUCKS:
Stray Dogs: 7”
Sydney Ducks exploded onto the Bay Area scene a couple of years ago with their simple, Templars-inspired, stripped-down oi sound. They released a four-track demo in 2009, but this two-song single is their first proper release. And it’s one hell of a debut record, with a calculated lo-fi sound to highlight the folksy simplicity. The 7” is pressed on red vinyl and there’s also a two dollar digital version available for those that prefer the cop out route. They’re reminiscent of a rougher version of Reducers SF. Musical moments like these serve as good reminder to get a fucking haircut! I’m on it. –Art Ettinger (Sydney Town, sydneyducks.bandcamp.com)


SQUALORA:
Hell Is Other People: LP
I can see why this band is big in Portland—they make the whole crusty, epic hardcore-apocalypse thing seem pretty effortless. Still, there’s something that just doesn’t quite take me all the way there. Maybe it’s the fact that eight songs on an LP means they’re pretty long ones. Or that the guitar lead often follows along with the lyrics, or that there’s just the one dude belting out the vocals, or that the LP’s momentum gets really thrown off by the way too long instrumental intro in “Of This Earth.” It’s good stuff, but not great. Still, I’d personally be hard pressed to come up with something one tenth as good, and it does contain the only song I have ever heard in my life about being eaten alive by dolphins. –keith (Minor Bird)


SPASTIC PANTHERS / TEENAGE RAMPAGE:
Split: 7” EP
Spastic Panthers: Hardcore with enough of a rock undercurrent to bring to mind that REO Speedealer or that Scandinavian gutter rock stuff that was all the rage around the turn of the millennium. Teenage Rage: Five tracks of tight, zippy, straightforward hardcore that would handily lay waste to yer average backyard punk gig. –jimmy (Handsome Dan)


SMART COPS:
Per Proteggere E Servire: LP
I (usually) have a spot-on memory and I knew that I already owned a 7” by this band but, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember what they sounded like. That’s not a good sign, for starters. So I dug it out and threw it on as a memory jolter and I quickly remembered why I didn’t pay these guys much mind. You see, Smart Cops has members of L’Amico Di Martucci, Ohuzaru, and La Piovra: all of whom I loved! Starting from L’ADM, all bands succeeded the prior in that exact order and while there wasn’t much progression in their styles, every band just seemed to get better and better. That first Smart Cops EP just sounds too similar to La Piovra and I couldn’t get into it. It’s too bad that this full length wasn’t my introduction to Smart Cops because I would instantly have been all over them. The speed dial has been turned down from full speed ahead to a steady/winning mid-pace. The guitar work is no longer just a buzzing of thrashing riffs: these are some catchy, crafty hooks that demand your full attention. The vocals are much more full of harmony and less raspy and yelled. Dare I say this is a more rockin’ version of L’ADM/La Piovra? In any case, these Italian stallions won me over big time with this record. Now if they could just ditch those cheesy matching costumes. –Juan Espinosa (Sorry State, no address)


SLUGGING PERCENTAGE:
Self-titled: Cassette
Second outing from the world’s only baseball-themed hardcore band (I said baseball, not sports, so don’t give me any of that “What about Slapshot?” shit.) Their first cassette was neat but left me just a bit short of fulfilled. Sort of like being at a tied game that ends with a bases loaded balk instead of that screaming line drive up the gap that you were hoping for. Or like when you realize you paid twelve dollars for a tall can. Luckily for me, though, I got what I asked for and that doesn’t happen often (see the Dodgers ending the season with a winning record but out of the playoffs.) A better way to describe S.P.’s progression from their first effort to this newest tape would be that of a pitcher’s shaky start quickly followed by a resurgence in both quality and power. The coach doesn’t have to make a trip to the mound to remind them to trust their stuff: they already do. In other words, much better songwriting, delivery, and presentation. Makes me all that more excited for next season, er, the next release. –Juan Espinosa (Self-released, no contact info)


SLIT PLASTERS, THE:
Get Plastered!: LP
I got a 45 by this band to review a while back, and while i instantly remembered their name, their font, and their art style, i found i couldn’t remember a freekin’ thing about their music. Even after playing the album, it ain’t really ringin’ any bells. It’s basically a buncha songs of varying degrees of rockness, blent with varying gobs of self-disdaining punkness, sung in grindy English or French or German or maybe Italian, about a half-step down where I keep expecting it, which makes me hard to deflect it all. If you told me the guy from Urge Overkill’s little brother was in this band, i’d totally believe you—moreso than if you told me that they hailed from Vatican City, which, as far as i can discern, is the ((cough)) gospel truth. Maybe that’s why this album can’t get my bra off. BEST SONG: I kind of like the auctioneer part towards the end of side two, actually. BEST SONG TITLE: I’m going to go with “2’50 of a Neanderthal Truth,” although I appreciate the thought that went into “Nix Nix Nix.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: This album comes in pineapple Life Saver®/Subs 45 colored vinyl in a side-opening pocket sleeve, with no paper inner sleeve. I kinda like it. –norb (Label LN)


RESTORATIONS:
Self-titled: LP
Since I love a good bio, I would like to take a moment to answer some of the claims made by the Restorations one sheet. I do not hear that this band has “achingly intense moments of restrain and a driving need to find a unique voice.” I don’t find that the rhythm section could “knock a hole in the side of a Sherman Tank.” The “warm, stirring melodies, enduring hooks and dense, dynamic song structures” failed to have an effect on me. Nor do I find that it “speaks so loudly to us ‘over the hill’ rockers.” If this band had truly “been around long enough to hear (what feels like) everything music has to offer,” then they would know that their band sounds a lot like what Revelation was putting out in the ‘90s. Basically, it did not get me “stoked on the scene again.” If you like Sensefield, you might be into this. –Billups Allen (Tiny Engines, tinyengines.net)


RED PONY CLOCK:
Whatevz Forevzzz: LP
Lovely collection of songs with a nicely rounded sound including, but not limited to: vibraphone, oboe, flute, trumpet and accordion. Love the artwork portraying the band as Christ and disciples and angels. Fantastic cover of a hit ‘80s pop song that rhymes with “Bike a Sturgeon.” I love listening to this record on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Go see them live for a fun show and possibly a six-foot (delicious) burrito. –Samantha Beerhouse (no label listed)


REAL TALK:
Demo: Cassette
Born Against hardcore played Void sloppy with Crucifucks vocals and the occasional baroque metal lead. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, just imagine a guy with a bullhorn duct-taped to his face getting a violin-string catheter in a freight elevator. From Richmond, obviously. –CT Terry (realgoddamntalk.bandcamp.com)


RATTUS:
Invades the USA: 7”
I’m not the biggest fan of live recordings, but this is one of those exceptions. People not in the know, Rattus is one of Finland’s famous original punk bands. They formed in 1978 but became world renown during the international punk explosion of the early ‘80s. These songs were recorded live on a radio show on WFMU in New Jersey back in 2004. If I remember correctly, this tour was only routed through the East Coast. It’s five songs of classic Finnish punk rock that is very distinctive in sound. It’s a good starting point if you don’t want to pay collector prices on some of their original releases. It’s also a nice addition to the collector who has it all. Co-release with Psycho Wolf, Motorchest, and Cutthroat. –don (Death Exclamations, deathexclamations.com/records.html)


RATIONAL ANIMALS:
Bock Rock Parade: LP
I wasn’t expecting much from a record with its band members standing in the snow with a goat in front of them but, goddamn, I’m impressed! Rational Animals sound like the chain-shackled, basement born and bred, bastard-in-love-child of The Process of Weeding Out-era Black Flag and Nirvana’s less commercially appealing songs off Incesticide. Fans of Slices and Middle America are in for a treat. –Juan Espinosa (Katorga Works, no address)


RAINBOW PERSON:
.Trade. Labour. Vocation: 7”
Describing this is really hard. Somehow it got me thinking of other bands I like which are hard to describe. As wild as it sounds, these three bands somehow point you in the right direction: Wire, City Of Caterpillar, and Christian Death. Yeah, I know, pretty cool, huh? Maybe even Fugazi. All their music is available for free download at RainbowPerson.wordpress.com, which I think is rad and a great opportunity for you to figure out if I have any idea what I’m talking about. I think it’s interesting how the A side starts out in a bit more straight-forward punk stance and gradually just oozes all over the place through the B side, leaving you slightly disoriented in just the right way. –Rene Navarro (Sad Bastard Music / Margin Mouth / Television)


ORANGE COAX:
Self-titled: 10”
I thought I had heard the punk spectrum, but, I’ll admit, band geek rejects playing jazz/trash/punk is a new one. It could be best described as psycho clown music or angry seal music; take your pick. It’s hard to escape from the sax as a honking horn metaphor. There’s no guitar, no piano, no rhythm section to speak of, just the haunting barks of a lone sax played over a manic drummer and a screeching vocalist. Honestly, one of the worst records I’ve ever heard. Whatever the fuck this record is trying to be is completely lost on me. All I can see is a horrible mess of noise and frustration with hints of true intent. If you want music that grabs your attention, you could maybe find some solace in this, but for my taste the gold isn’t worth the treasure hunt. –Bryan Static (Self-released, no address)


ONWARD PILGRIM:
Self-titled: CD
Conventional and non-threatening hard rock. I use the genre term very loosely in describing this to you, as I’ve concluded that the music on this disc is neither hard nor does it rock. Normally, this would be a prime candidate for something I’d take with me to sell at a used record store. But this time I think I’ll do the music world a favor and just chuck this coaster into the blue recycling bin. –Juan Espinosa (Brotherhood Of The Snake, brotherhoodofthesnake.com)


NO MORE SAINTS:
Consume: CD
Good socio-political hardcore with words you can understand. Always a plus. Sometimes the vocals seem a little slow for the music, but, overall, it’s a pretty solid disc. –ty (myspace.com/nomoresaints )


NO FUNERAL:
Self-titled: 12” EP
I know enough people into the super angry “I don’t give a fuck if this pleasing to your ears” punk/metal to understand the appeals of the genre. There’s definitely a raw element that isn’t in any other style of music. My opinions of the genre, however uncaring they may be, don’t excuse the quality of the music. God awful lyrics and even worse vocal delivery on top of ambient noise tracks whose only purpose is to confuse the listener into picking the wrong record speed. Morally, I can’t condone this record. It offends almost every musical aesthetic value I hold. (You didn’t use auto-tune and for that I thank you.) Recommended for people who need loud music to piss off their neighbors. –Bryan Static (Wands, no address)


NIGHT BIRDS:
The Other Side of Darkness: LP
Hitting like a radioactive wave breaking on the post apocalyptic concrete shores of New Jersey, the mutated DNA is strewn about for closer examination. Strands of Dick Dale, Steve Soto, and East Bay Ray are evident... It would appear that they have been steeped in a heavy dose of Richard Matheson, John Carpenter, and the like. The result is a new specimen all together; one that takes on the attributes of the individual strands and creates something that we haven’t seen or heard the likes of before. The stories of the “Paranoid Times” are revealed in all their horrors. Day-to-day survival and routine are interspersed with meditations/hallucinations of the previous world, making for a new perspective not seen before. Prognosis: Night Birds are the soundtrack to this strange new world we live in. Once this is accepted, the transformation will be much easier. –ty (Grave Mistake)


NIGHT BIRDS:
The Other Side of Darkness: CD
First full length from this NY/NJ four combo. While their last release was a collection of demos and EP’s, this is a complete piece. The time in the van on the road is showing. These guys have brought it here, with each band member contributing songs—even the drummer! Heh, I kid because I care. But it reminds of the great Naked Raygun records of the past, where every band member brought in colorful songs. I’m not going to pick certain tracks here, since they all kick ass. But if you picture Dick Dale guesting with The Adolescents, you start to get the idea. Head on over to the other side. You won’t be disappointed. –koepenick (Grave Mistake)


NAUGHTY GIRLS:
Bad Habits: 7”
Canadian punk hardcore which, at times, reminds me of Blood Guts and Pussy-era Dwarves if you take away all of the lyrical content of fucking and doing drugs and replace it with “introspective” lyrics about drinking, working, and living. Montreal and Toronto seem to have a great up-and-coming scene for punk and hardcore bands, led by bands like Brutal Knights, Career Suicide, and Omegas, and Naughty Girls fit in with all of these bands perfectly. –Mark Twistworthy (Bad Vibrations, badvibrationrecords.bandcamp.com)


NATIVE CATS, THE:
Process Praise: LP
Embarrassingly bad indie rock. Pardon me for noticing but the “process” of mediocre bass playing paired with terrible drum programming only makes for songs that are capable of making a tree stump yawn. Nothing to “praise” here, folks. –Juan Espinosa (Ride The Snake, ridethesnakerecords.com)


MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW:
Hammer, Sickles, and Girls: 7”EP
Mostly instrumental garage. The one non-instrumental is a tribute/reference/rip off/etc. of The Mummies. Not bad, but if I’m going to listen to this kind of stuff, I want something that makes me worry about blowing out speakers or eardrums (or, to be fair, a really over-explained, wackadoo concept, like Man? …Or Astroman?). –joe (Eradicator)


MONKEY POWER TRIO:
Who Cares What the Vultures Want?: 7” EP
The back cover says this is the result of the band’s annual one-day get-together to record; their fifteenth to date. The songs vary from quiet interludes to skronk-fest and some points in between. I highly doubt any of this will earn ‘em a guest spot on American Idol, but they ain’t without their charms and, really, who fuggin’ pays attention to that show anyway? –jimmy (Pocahontas Swamp Machine)


MONDO RAY:
Hypnotized: 7” single
The Alex Fine cover art worked really well in getting me to pick up this record. Reminds me of Mike Allred (Madman, iZombie comics) in a lot of ways. Not only is the cover art really good, but so is the music: poppy garage punk that moves at a really nice pace. Both songs on here are pretty solid. Can’t decide which I like more, as they both have a way of staying with you long after the record is over. “Nothing” is the more poppy of the two and moves at a somewhat more mid-paced tempo. The repetitive riff is simple and catchier than hell. “Hypnotized” is a little heavier and more driven. I like the organ that is slightly buried in the chorus. The delivery is great and the line, “When I saw you I was hypnotized” sums it up. –Matt Average (Windian, windianrecords.com)


MODERN PETS:
Vista Alienation: 7”
I’ve said it again and again in these very review pages over the years that I have a huge affinity for German punk bands. I don’t know why; there’s just something going on there that I like. I also seem to get all jacked up for anything that Modern Action releases. What happens when you put the two together? Very good things! Modern Pets travel in the same musical veins as the Briefs, and like those guys, do a very good job of taking a style of punk rock that runs the risk of being done to death and making it sound fresh. I can’t wait to hear an LP from these guys. –ty (Modern Action)


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