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DRIP OF LIES:
Self-titled: CD: CD
A collection of stuff from a seven-incher, a demo, and a comp track from a crusty Polish band. All the accoutrements are accounted for—a bit more sophistication than two-chord thrash-o-rama: dark, detuned guitars; growling vocals and more than a pinch o’ metal, though they manage to keep well on the hardcore side of the street. –jimmy (Nikt Nic Nie Wie)


DIVINE 6/7, THE:
Self-titled: 7”: 7”
Jamie Barrier has permanently etched his voice into my brain. Frontman of the Pine Hill Haints as well as many other groups over the last decade and a half. It doesn’t matter who he’s playing with, it’ll always mean more. It’ll always be part of something much larger, and I graciously invite the Divine 6/7 into it. Rootsy, laid-back punk jams that could only have been recorded in the dead of winter. Longing for summer nights and punk shows where people aren’t shivering. The art strangely reminds me of some kind of “urban” “apparel” company, but that may just be the cultural differences between Los Angeles, CA and Savannah, TN. If the Pine Hill Haints play ghost music, The Divine 6/7 have tapped into the spirit of Carolina beach music. –Daryl Gussin (Arkam)


DISASTER STRIKES / BRING DOWN THE HAMMER:
Split: 7”: 7”
Hardcore shows are great when you’re in a basement and it’s close to a hundred degrees and humid and you’re soaked in sweat and thinking you want to leave, but then a band that you’ve never heard before starts playing and instantly you’re smiling and waving your fist around in the air and singing along to songs you’re learning on the fly because they’re perfect and the moment is perfect, and then it’s over and you try to tell your friends how great it was, and they don’t really believe you because they did leave, choosing to go to the gas station and get 40s instead of watching Disaster Strikes play the three fucking anthems on their side of this split and more. Bring the Hammer Down = faster and growlier, but the same spirit. Bet they’re fun in a hot basement too. –mp (Overdose On Records)


DIRTY TACTICS:
The Divine Middle: 7”
Guttery pop punk that would make for a great house show. Probably the only band I’ve ever heard that reminds me of The Arrivals. That’s cool. This world could use more bands that sound like The Arrivals. –Bryan Static (Say IO / Kiss Of Death)


DESTRUCTORS, THE:
Media Studies: CD
The Destructors are an English punk band with a history stretching back to the late 1970s. They have a catalog of around thirty releases that can attest to their longevity. Their new record dwells on themes revolving around corporate media, celebrity, and manipulating the public. The music on the twelve-song CD is both punk and British as fuck. The Destructors crafted a solid batch of songs that draw on the rich U.K. punk tradition, exploring sounds from the mid-70s pub rock to the hardcore sounds stretching up to the mid-80s. It’s got a nice mix of energy, abrasion, and hooks for the duration of the record, except for a couple thematic tracks that point in a more spoken word direction. –Jake Shut (Rowdy Farrago)


DEADBEATS:
Kill the Hippies: 10” EP
The Deadbeats were, and are, one of those bands that gloriously shatter all the prevailing rules that insist all old punk bands sounded like the Ramones, the New York Dolls, or some combination of the two. Even within the creative chaos that was Los Angeles’ first wave, they were working a side of the road few others dared travel, and their sound—an anarchic amalgamation of punk slash, mutato bop, and just plain oddness served up with a heaping of humor and an aggressive attack that hints at the hardcore wave that crested a few scant months later. In addition to upgrading the band’s original Dangerous Records EP from its original seven-inch format to snazzy ten-inch format, Artifix has seen fit to also include along with the original four tracks the song “Let’s Shoot Maria,” which so far as I can recall, was previously only available on the first of Frontier Records’ Dangerhouse retrospective compilations. As with damned near anything related to Dangerhouse, this is beyond mandatory. The band has also been quite active on L.A.’s live circuit lately as well, and I highly recommend that those given the opportunity to take in one of their shows should do so, ‘cause they remain one of L.A punk’s best and weirdest groups. –jimmy (Artifix)


DEAD TO ME / OFF WITH THEIR HEADS / RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS:
Tour split: 7”: 7”
A great record to commemorate a great tour this summer. Brand new songs from Dead To Me and Riverboat Gamblers and a not new one from Off With Their Heads (like that matters, it still rules!). The bottom line is that it’s three great bands with three great songs. You already know that though, don’t you? –ty (Fat)


DAVILA 666:
Tan Bajo: LP
Seldom do bands couple American pop music with a language other than English. “La Bamba” is probably the most notable exception; the song was the biggest hit Richie Valens and Los Lobos experienced in their respective careers. Puerto Rican group Davila 666 plays by their own rules, singing all of their songs in Spanish. In the process, the band convincingly proves what should be obvious: that an underground rock group doesn’t have to bow to the hegemonic hold of English to deliver an incredible album. Tan Bajo—the group’s second full length—is my first exposure to Davila 666. I’ve heard a lot about these boys, but never got around to picking anything up. The hype surrounding the group is (for once) spot on. The melodies and harmonies on this record are incredible. The group really transcends the garage genre; they have as much in common with the New York Dolls as the Lollipop Shoppe, with both garage burners and doo-wop chord progressions and harmonies present throughout the album. The musicianship on Tan Bajo is amazing. But while the guys in Davila 666 can play, they pick and choose their parts tastefully; like Tommy James and the Shondells, they have the intelligence and grace to hold back and keep it simple for the sake of the song. Tan Bajo is one of the best records In The Red has released in a while. If you know the label, you know that’s saying something. –ryan (In The Red)


CRUSADES:
Self-titled: 7”
Upside-down crosses and pop punk? Okay, you’ve got my attention. Seems this is a German reissue of a release by a Canadian band that knows how to use melodies and ringing guitars to insidiously infectious ends. If this is indeed the devil’s music, as my overly religious aunt used to opine without end, then book me a room at the Ramada overlooking the River Styx. – –jimmy (Top Five)


CREEM:
“Good Riddance” b/w “I Hate You”: 7”
I guess these guys are from New York, but they play total ‘80s Boston skinhead worship hardcore that completely rules. I seriously haven’t heard a band that channeled SSD or Last Rites so authentically in years, and this mean slab of wax has been in heavy rotation on my turntable the last two weeks. The ugly, stripped-down sound is complimented by totally utilitarian packaging. My only complaint is that this is only two songs and they could have easily crammed two more onto this thing. Apparently, this is already out of print, which is a shame. –Ian Wise (Katorga Works, katorgaworks.bigcartel.com)


CRAPPY DRACULA:
Fantastic Dracula: LP
Stikky + The Dead Milkmen + the movie UHF = Crappy Dracula. Fantastic Dracula is chock full of great social/political commentary and is presented to the listener in uniquely unpretentious fashion. This is what I imagine the Dead Kennedys would have been like if they had an actual sense of humor. Plastic Surgery Disasters in some big, floppy clown shoes. I’m pretty sure there’s a concept going on here (the dangers and flaws of a digital media society) and if I’m right: fucking finally, a concept album that I actually get! – –Juan Espinosa (Eeefin / Wrong Foot, crappydracula.com)


COPYRIGHTS, THE:
North Sentinel Island / Crutches: LP/EP: LP/EP
Oh mama. I can pretty much guarantee that more than a few loyal Razorcakers have been chomping at the bit for these new Copyrights releases (I’m reviewing both the new LP and 7” here since the latter is essentially a preview of the former and I received them at the same time), and they shan’t be disappointed. I’m not sure what the general consensus is, but Learn the Hard Way was easily my favorite Copyrights LP of the bunch, and North Sentinel Island, even after only a handful of listens, is giving Hard Way a run for its money. I wouldn’t say that these new recordings are a real departure for the band by any means (I actually think these songs have more in common with Make Sound than Hard Way), but this is certainly their most, dare I say, mature stuff to date. Lyrically, the band continues to build on their go-for-heart-and-gut, super sincere singalong approach, but the subject matter is aging incredibly well. More diverse in tempo and dynamics than Hard Way, North Sentinel Island feels more well-crafted, with more ebb and flow, and with a more cohesive overall completeness. The secret weapon here is the tight, non-stop sequencing of the record that, even with the more varied tempos, never lets up for even a moment. A hell of a job on both of these records (the Crutches 7” has two songs not on the LP, so don’t miss that either) from IAR’s flagship band. Hell yes. –(It’s Alive) –Dave Williams (It’s Alive)


XIBALBA:
Self-titled: LP: LP

Xibalba are from California and play gnarly, low end-style metalcore. There are some obvious nods to Midwestern influence in their delivery, with several riffs that sound a lot like Integrity or Ringworm, but they take obvious influence from their Californian bands as well. I’m not too into this style, but I know what’s good, and this stuff is up on the ladder as far as modern metallic hardcore goes. The production is warm, the guitars pack a lot more punch than you hear on records in a similar style these days, and the band does a great job of writing really tense riffs that they push to the perfect point before blasting into something else. Fans of Harms Way/Bitter End and similar bands won’t be disappointed. –Ian Wise (A389)

–Ian Wise (A389)


COME ON DIE YOUNG:
Self-titled: 7”
First single from this Phoenix band, and off to a good start. Comes on like a strong mix of early Strike Anywhere and the Avail/HWM sound. Vocals are just this side of being too screamy for my taste but they stay just this side of the line. The band now has a new singer so it will be interesting to see how it develops. Fans of Leatherface/No Idea records and the like will find a whole lot to like in these four songs. –Mike Frame –frame (Man In Decline)


COLA FREAKS:
Self-titled: LP

At its core, you have Danish mid-tempo punk, but there’s a slightly eerie tautness just under the surface that adds a dark and unsettling tinge to the tunes, which in turn makes the whole thing all the more interesting a listen. Don’t have the foggiest idea at all what the singer’s going on about, and, frankly, I don’t wanna know, ‘cause anything less than that absolutely bizarre lyrical fodder I’m imagining going along with the music and the Blinkoesque cover art would only spoil the magic. –Jimmy Alvarado (Douchemaster)

–jimmy (Douchemaster)


CLOROX GIRLS:
“Genocide” b/w “Bad Girls”: 7”

First release from the Clorox Girls in quite a while, but it sounds like the beat never stopped for these (at the moment) L.A. stompers. Punk-fueled power pop with a small nation’s supply of attitude. It’s been a long road since Maurice’s Little Bastards, but this is still punk as fuck. –Daryl (45 RPM/Hovercraft)

–Daryl Gussin (45 RPM/Hovercraft)


CAST IN IRON:
I-X: CD

I imagine this is gonna be a bit of an obscure reference for some, but the lion’s share of the ten tracks these Polish punkers dish out are reminiscent of the band Gehenna (the notorious San Diego hardcore band, not the Norwegian black metal band), though maybe a bit less intense in speed in delivery. What that translates to is a most decidedly hardcore sound with enough metal to give things some crunch and a singer who sounds like he’s trying to hack up something that’s attached to his spleen. Sound good? You betcha. –Jimmy Alvarado (Nikt Nic Nie Wie)

–jimmy (Nikt Nic Nie Wie)


CARSICK CARS:
Self-titled: CD: CD
Whoa! Another sign that the American Empire is ending! An indie rock band from Beijing, China! Soon, the world will have no need for Sonic Youth and Pavement! Inconsequential geopolitical shifts aside, this band does sound a lot like the aforementioned Sonic Youth, at least to this lowly reviewer who has about twelve indie records to compare this to (and about eight of those are Sonic Youth records). Apparently, Carsick Cars are already super popular around the world, and despite the departure of two of the band’s three members, continues to play shows and release records. And they’re really quite good, Thurston Moore-ish vocals, very Daydream Nation, and clearly performed by a band with considerable musical skill of the experimental variety. Question for the astute Razorcake reader: Could China be the next Japan? How soon until Chinese pop punk bands are releasing splits with the Marked Men? – –Maddy (Tenzenmen)


CAREER SUICDE:
Cherry Beach E.P.: 7”
Don’t sweat me on the date, but there was a time that a discussion centered on “Career Suicide or Fucked Up?” I do remember that at this time, they shared more similarities than differences. Akin to discussing the differences between early Circle Jerks versus early Black Flag. The great news is that Career Suicide—years later—isn’t playing theversion of the Circle Jerks that had Debbie Gibson backup vocals (probably funny at the time?), but that awesome middle ground that takes the seismic spasticness of the Circle Jerks and makes it... more epic. Epic as fuck. This 7” sounds much larger. I swear it grows into a 12” when it spins. Punk played right. Snot, tangled up in barbed wire, with a microdot of honey to make the medicine go down easy. Looking back as a template to jump into the future of today. –Todd (Dirtnap) –todd (Dirtnap)


BUNNYGRUNT:
Lady, You Just Got Von Damaged!: 7”

There’s always a little bit of sadness when you flip over a split and the second side just doesn’t measure up to the first. It’s a bit more disconcerting when you realize that it’s actually the same band and not a split at all. Not sure what to make of this one. Pretty decent lo-fi pop on the first side, but pretty insipid-sounding kind of indie blah going on the B side. I’ll be all glass-is-half-full and say that it’s a pretty swell little one-sided single. –Megan (Pancake Productions)

–megan (Pancake Productions)


BRYAN LEWIS SAUNDERS:
Bed Bugs 1-3: LP: LP

I have a friend who I’ve been in a couple of bands with who is completely insane, and would go on rants out of nowhere. I always joked about recording him constantly and putting out an LP of him talking. If this is what it would turn into, I probably should have followed through. This record consists of stream-of-consciousness-style spoken word over found noise. The writing is awkward. The best way to describe the style and feeling is if you tried to imagine David Sedaris getting drunk and calling a suicide hotline. I really like this record even though I feel sort of dirty and voyeuristic when I listen to it. –Ian Wise (Private Leisure Industries, privateleisure.org)

–Ian Wise (Private Leisure Industries, privateleisure.org)


BORN LIARS, THE:
Fast Songs Is All We Know: LP: LP
Punk fuggin’ rock, all loud, rootsy, ‘60s-inflected, swaggering, and just plain great. This is stuff that screams, “Play me loud and go hog-fuckin’-mad!” and you just can’t help but do just that. –Jimmy Alvarado (Cutthroat) –jimmy (Cutthroat)


BOB BURNS:
Self-titled: CD
There’s something casually belligerent about this CD. Even the packaging—with the black and white image of this guy just standing there, and you know he’s thinking, “You can listen to this, but I don’t really give a shit,” and the way that, instead of including lyrics, he’s included a photograph of all of his notepad-scribbled lyrics side by side, completely unreadable—is just a casual middle finger, maybe issued in jest, maybe not. Musically, it’s poppy garage rock, Wisconsin style, with a lot of nonverbal fuck yous and guitar solos that also really couldn’t give a shit. Proof that being belligerent is the grown-up version of being snotty. –mp (Crustacean)


BOAR HUNTER / RAZORHOOF: Split: LP:
Split: LP: LP
The Boar Hunter side of this excellent split reminds me of the classic crust punk 7”s by Dis Sucks. Boar Hunter plays brutal hardcore with harsh vocals that somehow still is incredibly melodic and catchy. They’re apparently a super group, consisting of members of Apeface, Saros, and Uzi Suicide. This better not be a one-off project, because they’re a great throwback to a loveable type of hardcore that flourished in the 1990s but didn’t stick around like it should have. Monterey’s Razorhoof play a form of hardcore heavily influenced by early emo hardcore bands like Heroin. You’ll want to forego showering for at least a couple of weeks after spinning this inspiringly gritty crust release. –Art Ettinger (Vinehell, vinehell.com)


B-LINES:
Self-titled:
From time to time, I’ve been known to drink a little too much. Sometimes it happens at a show, often with mixed results. Vancouver’s B-Lines came to town and what do you know? I was jumping around having a blast; then before you know it, passing out in a corner (give me a break, I came straight from a wedding!). In the morning I woke up and had this record. Choppy, spastic and snottier than you thought possible. I am in love with this record! Even when I haven’t had a drink, listening to this makes feel like I’m drunkenly careening through the pit on a crash course with FUN! I also have to thank my dear Elise for making sure that my drunk ass bought the record and got me home safe! –ty (Deranged)


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