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MAMA:
Night Shoot: 2 x 7”EP
MAMA is from Chicago? Could’ve fooled me. This whole record reeks of Southern California. Yet another great band on the wave of punked-up ‘70s rock, but far from any clichés or cheesiness. Think Sheer Mag with a male vocalist, for a start. Maybe that’s what sets a lot of these bands apart from so many of their contemporaries in recent years—solid vocals. Gritty and catchy. Guitar licks, not solos (but lots of them. There’s a big difference between the two, you know). They have a record coming out a Hozac in the future, but I’m surprised Trouble In Mind hasn’t swooped them up yet, to be honest. “25 Forever” forever gives me a Jay Lindsey vibe, but the title track is clearly at the finish line. Glad I’m onto these guys. –Steve Adamyk (Automatic, automaticrecordings.bandcamp.com)


MANIAC:
“Chola Queen” b/w “Calamine”: 7”
“Chola Queen” is a solid reworking of Harpo’s “My Teenage Queen,” while the flip’s a quick, frenzied power pop number rife with whoa whoas and a nice little guitar lead. Brevity seems to be key here, but it’s fun while it lasts. –Keith Rosson (No Front Teeth)


MARK VAN HOEN:
Nightvision: CD
I listen to a lot of non-punk music and one style I’ve been getting into more is ambient electronic. Think Brian Eno. Yeah, it may seem almost an antithesis of punk, but sometimes I need music that can block out all the noise in my head and help me focus on the task at hand, whatever it might be. Sometimes Black Flag just doesn’t cut it. Mark Van Hoen’s album Nightvision fits in well in that category. Besides Eno, I’m reminded of Boards Of Canada, another group I enjoy. I refuse to do drugs to this music, but I can easily see someone doing that while listening to these ten songs. Totally chill music to listen to with the lights out in your bedroom while you drink tea and stare into the emptiness. –Kurt Morris (Saint Marie, saintmarierecords.com)


MENACE:
London Stories: CD
These U.K. punkers are back with a new full length that bristles with energy and delivers on the promise of their earliest singles. “Vote Punk Rock” and the title track are standouts on this one. Fiery guitars, pounding drums, and rousing vocals make this a classic return to form. Highly recommended. –Aaron Zonka (Self-released, menace.punk@yahoo.co.uk)


MIA LOUCKS: Sister Honey Demos: CS:
MIA LOUCKS: CS
Simple, stripped-down bedroom recordings—the kind where the vocalist sings in a fragile and whispery murmur over stilted acoustic guitar but also says “fuck” a lot. This is definitely going for a Waxahatchee feel. I admit that it’s not really my jam, this lo-fi aesthetic of songs scribbled on scratch paper and recorded in ten minutes in some quirky location. Not that I have any idea about the origins of these particular songs, but… everyone knows that aesthetic. Full disclosure, I’m being a little snippier than I would if this didn’t come with a sheet that tells me that Loucks’ songs somehow channel her studies in East Asian philosophy. Hard not to be at least a little skeptical about that kind of statement, unless “Hey, Mr. DJ, she wants to show her titties,” is a Confucian tenet I’ve forgotten about. But, setting that aside, this is fairly sweet and straightforward, with some nice harmonies. –Indiana Laub (Related, majestic.ryan@gmail.com, relatedrecords.com)


MICHAEL RAULT:
“Still Not Sad” b/w “Nothing Means Nothing”: CS
Canadian singer/songwriter Michael Rault straddles some bizarre line between Elliot Smith and The Beatles after they started experimenting with psychedelics and got interesting. –Jackie Rusted (Burger)


MIDNIGHT RERUNS:
Forces of Nurture: LP
For fans of American pilsner, dressing in layers, ‘80s sitcoms, and the Replacements. Milwaukee’s Midnight Reruns play real good, bop your head, work up the courage to cross the bar and introduce yourself-type songs. Great guitar arrangements and quirky vocal arrangements. I will have this one on repeat for a little while. Thanks, gang. –John Mule (Dusty Medical, dustymedical.com)


MINDLESS SHOW, THE:
10 Years of Epic Failures: CD
This partial discography documents the past decade’s worth of music from these Malaysian punks. The twenty-three tracks are an eclectic mix of styles, including melodic hardcore, streetpunk, pop punk, weird jazzy breakdowns, and a handful of ska moments. It’s raw and scrappy as hell, and the weirdness is really what makes it. These guys play with so much unabashed energy that they frequently knock themselves a little out of time and key, especially in the early tracks. The lyrics are mostly in English, and while some of the translation is rough around the edges the underlying messages shine through. They’re fed up with dead-end jobs, conformity, capitalism, racism, and media bullshit, to name a few targets of their vitriol. Pretty relatable stuff. This gets especially good toward the end of the CD, predictably; it’s rad to hear how much they tighten up over the course of a few years. Definitely worth checking out, especially for fans of international punk. –Indiana Laub (Pissart, biteyourass@hotmail.com, pissart.blogspot.com)


MISERABLE FRIEND:
Thawed, Flawed, and Suffering: CS
Thawed, Flawed, and Suffering is thick with ambient vocals and distorted melodies. Each song somehow throbs, scratches, sludges, drifts, and frays. A raw, rocking mix of shoegaze, alt, and post-punk. Seriously good; not one song lacks. Flip and repeat. –Camylle Reynolds (Self-released, miserablefriend.bandcamp)


MORAL VOID:
Volume II: 7” single
Intense, twitchy, and epic hardcore with a touch more metal than most. The flipside, “Flood” has an intro that slows things down to a slight crawl. I prefer this over the hyperactive energy of “Hollowed” and what “Flood” turns into. Maybe it’s the “yell as loud as possible until all character is obliterated”-type vocals that put me off. When you have a vocalist who just yells as loud as possible, it becomes a bit cold and robotic in delivery no matter how angry the dude might be. The is pretty solid for the genre but there’s not much here that warrants repeated listens. Besides, if I want epic hardcore, my Tragedy and From Ashes Rise records are close at hand. –Matt Average (Berzerker, xberzerkerrecordsx.bigcartel.com)


MÜLLTÜTE:
Self-titled: LP
This is the record I have been wanting ever since hearing their early 7” EPs (and the track on MRR’s Sound the Alarms comp). It’s well worth the wait. Mülltüte deliver on the promise of their early records and push their sound further than anticipated. They are still the rough and raw hardcore punk band they’ve always been, with the scratchy guitars that sound as though they’re being played through wrecked amps and a crazed vocalist, but here they’re stretching out and making things more interesting with the driving post-punk of “Welle,” a song that makes a great album even greater. The music slows down a bit, and gets a touch more dark and layered. Lianne’s voice comes floating across the din midway through the song and it’s pure gold. The instrumental “Versuche” that follows the raging “Glaube” was totally unexpected, but welcome. It shifts gears for a brief moment, allowing for reflection before going back to full-throttle, marching punk with “Familie, Werte, Traditionen.” They display tuneful elements that give you something to hang on to. Great album from the first note to the last note. It’s here, it’s now, and you better get it. –Matt Average (Mülltüte, muetue@heartfirst.net)


MUTINY MUTINY:
Undefined: CDEP
A Seattle post-punk band that has been refining their sound since 2010 comes roaring back with their third release. They describe their music as angular, so I’m not afraid to hijack that phrase and run with it to the checkout aisle. “Words Are Noise” offers up the most firepower, but all the songs have twists and turns that will reward repeated visits. Intriguing. –Sean Koepenick (Self-released, mutinymutiny.com)


NASTIES, THE:
Discipline: CD
Many of the tracks on this were on The Nasties’ demo CD but appear here in new versions. The Nasties live up to their name with tracks about having “The Shits” and wanting to hit on a friend’s “Hot Sister.” Lyrically, they didn’t do much for me. Musically, the band plays mid-tempo punk rock. They had some cool leads on the track “Piece of Shit” and on their anthem “The Nasties.” The track “Sky Is Falling,” was a short, fast ripper that I liked, but otherwise I thought this was a well-produced snooze fest. –Paul J. Comeau (Sudden Death)


NEW BERLIN:
Self-titled: CS
The demo really is not changing much as time goes on—it still seems to be a way to cheaply release something that is not fully formed or focused in any way. This band from Texas is utilizing the format to release a lo-fi recording with a little indie, a little noise rock, and covers of Leonard Cohen and Ramones. –Mike Frame (Self-released, newberlin.bandcamp.com/album/new-berlin)


NO MORE FAVORS:
Cash Only: 7”EP
Tough, crossover punk from Indy, also know as Naptown Motherfuckers. Think mid-period Poison Idea or Common Enemy, maybe even a much slicker Dayglo Abortions. This here EP is seven tracks of ripping thrash that doesn’t give up. Extremely well executed. American as fuck. –Steve Adamyk (NMF, nomorefavors.bandcamp.com)


NOT TONIGHT & THE HEADACHES:
If You Were Real You’d Do Your Own Stunts: CD
Ten tracks of Fat-style pop punk from the Northeastern shores of England. Honestly, nothing really stood out to my ears. It’s executed and produced well but, in the end, there was nothing memorable that would merit repeated listens or a Garrett Barnwell stamp of approval. –Garrett Barnwell (Boss Tuneage, bosstuneage.com)


NV’S, THE:
A Perfect Vision: CD
Bits of early West Coast proto-core meet East Coast punk swagger. They even throw in some Iggy Pop-styled swing in “Farewell to Catatonia.” The overall results are direct, punchy, and potent. High fives all ‘round. –Jimmy Alvarado (Big Neck)


OBNOX:
Boogalou Reed: LP
Obnox is not my speed, but I get the appeal of this. This is a loud album of blues rock-inspired riffs, turned out with occasional hip hop beats and a bit of shoegazer intervals to make the vocals sound otherworldly. I had heard about this band before and figured it was something I wouldn’t like. And while I don’t particularly like it, it’s very well done. The album plays like a machine. There’s something electrically special about it. I don’t know what previous output sounds like, but I would bet if you like that, this is something you’d like. The song title “Too Punk Shakur” gets credit for being actually funny in a way I don’t like. Just live with that sentence. –Billups Allen (12XU)


OFFENDERS:
Live at CBGB’s 1985: 2 x CD
Two discs, three live sets from 1982, 1985, and 2002, and thirty-four tracks total from one of the finest hardcore bands from Texas. The sound here is clear throughout, energy and playing precision is on-point, and the songs are fuggin’ choice. If you haven’t yet procured a copy of either their Endless Struggle or We Must Rebel releases, both of which were apparently recently reissued together by Southern Lord, they’re most definitely the prime starting point. But they are not mandatory to appreciate what’s contained here, ‘cause this is some choice listening in its own right for newbie and vet alike. –Jimmy Alvarado ()


OI POLLOI / GRAND COLLAPSE:
Split EP: 7”
Both bands have an uncompromising method of delivery. Oi Polloi is probably the better known of the two, due to them having been around for over thirty years. They open with “GCHQFU,” a mid-tempo attack on the Government Communications Headquarters which monitors all and sundry within the U.K. before blasting into the more frantic “Contra El Sistema.” Grand Collapse belies its youthfulness as a band by shredding through two tracks of staggeringly good metal-tinged hardcore underpinned by the excellent drumming of Glenn Tew. This single accompanies the bumper thirtieth anniversary edition of the fanzine Artcore, produced by the current Violent Arrest frontman Welly, and should be considered as a no brainer purchase. –Rich Cocksedge (Artcore, artcorefanzine.co.uk, welly@artcorefanzine.co.uk)


ONCE & FUTURE BAND:
Brain: CS EP
The braintrust at Burger Records have severely progressed as a label since the days of Thee Makeout Party’s singles and Nobunny’s Raw Romance LP. Which, to be honest, feels like yesterday…. Fast-forward years later and Fullerton’s boys have sold (likely) close to a hundred thousand tapes, aside from having a full-fledged roster of desired and sought after artists. If you’re in the East Bay area, chances are you’ve heard of Once & Future Band. The Brain EP is a wild one. Its title track is nine minutes in length and probably took a fucking year to write. It’s prog rock for sure, but I’m hearing more ELO on some of these tracks rather than King Crimson. Insanely well-recorded and strong debut release. –Steve Adamyk (Burger, burgerrecords.com)


OPPOSITION RISING:
Riot Starter: 7” EP
Boston hardcore band Opposition Rising formed from the remains of Toxic Narcotic and Mouth Sewn Shut, bands who infused their chosen genre with ska and reggae influences. This explains why—despite its cover looking like the most fuck-you-Bahston-hahdcore record imaginable—the five short tracks that make up the Riot Starter EP are… catchy. Beneath the standard-issue black and white photocopy of riot cops, this hardcore has a beat and you can dance to it. The liner notes contain pretty much what you’ve come to expect—cops and social media and hipsters and sheeple and overthrowing stuff—couched in “Everybody’s lying to you… except us! We know the truth!” rhetoric. If you share these opinions, you’ll find a lot to like about Opposition Rising. If you think the lyrics sound more like an old man yelling at a cloud, the vocal effects will insulate you from deciphering them anyway, letting the music speak for itself. Overall, an obvious winner for fans of hardcore, but still offers some worthwhile musical surprises for those who prefer a different flavor of Kool-Aid. –Kelley O’Death (Pine Hill, pinehillrecords.com)


OPPOSITION RISING:
Riot Starter: 7” EP
Pretty standard angry, gruff political hardcore. Lefty ranting and riffs galore, and I say that lovingly. I’m with these guys, to a point. Regarding the tech/internet phobia in “Stop Saying Stupid Shit Online,” I don’t know that “say the wrong thing and they’ll come and arrest you” is entirely accurate. They’d need a lot of jail cells. But that’s just quibbling about specifics. We’re all living in this crappy world. Opposition Rising clearly recognizes that. –Matt Werts (Pine Hill, pinehillrecords.com)


ORENTHAL:
Demo: CD
Fast melodic hardcore, just like mom used to make. Unfortunately, nostalgia doesn’t get better with age. All the things that made melodic hardcore unmemorable and rather bland are still in effect. Maybe it’s just the minimal nature of an EP, but I don’t find this format to be particularly becoming to this brand of ultra-speedy thrash punk. The standout track here is clearly “Unintelligent Design,” which has the band showing off their Propagandhi chops in full force. If they can reach that level of songwriting on their next effort, they might have something here. –Bryan Static (Self-released, orenthalmusic.bandcamp.com)


PACK:
Self-titled: LP
Ugly Pop proves there are still lost punk albums worth getting excited about with the release of a self-titled album by Germany’s Pack. Led by prog-seasoned guitarist Joerg Evers, Pack released a full-length and one single in the late ‘70s. Their best-known song “Come On” appears on Bloodstains across Germany. Now the band’s full-length gets the full Ugly Pop reissue business with loads of liner notes and photos. Pack plays grinding, overdriven ‘60s chords on the canvas of minimal punk drumming. Evers is noticeably older than his ‘78 contemporaries in live shots, but his anger comes through as if punk had been waiting for him. “We Better Get Ready” starts the album with a vicious, three-chord rager. “Nobody Can Tell Us” has a singalong quality urging you to “do what you really want.” The opening riff has a ratchety, party drum riff with a Teenage Shutdown sensibility. Evers embraced the back to the front attitude displayed by the bands of the time. Natural anger and an aptitude for nuanced intervals drive the album. It’s a record aging punks will certainly take notice of. The songs retain that magic level of pissed felt in the British albums of the time. –Billups Allen (Ugly Pop, uglypop.com)


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