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SAIRAUS:
A Sickness Called God: 2 x Mini-CD
The name’s Finish, meaning “disease.” The band’s composed of the ever-revolving, constantly incestuous L.A. hardcore/grindcore scene, featuring current and ex-members of Kontraattaque, Hated Principles, Cthuwulf, and Progeria. Sairaus sounds like the wall between Mexico and America being blown up. Or the dismantling of the houses of all the men and women who penned, voted for, and are currently enforcing Arizona’s Senate bill 1070, which demands that all immigrants meet federal requirements to carry identity documents legitimizing their presence on American soil. Sounds like that, with some Motörhead sweating it out with Terveet Kädet. –todd (Self-released)


SCARE, THE / OK PILOT:
Split: 7” EP
Says on the insert that this is the first installment of a split series of seven-inchers featuring one band from the U.K. and one from the U.S. The Scare: Poppy hardcore stuff that sounds very late-’80s in a good sorta way—not too fast, with just enough dissonance to give ‘em an edge. OK Pilot: Pretty much ditto for these guys. –jimmy (allinvinyl.com)


SASS DRAGONS:
New Kids on the Bong: CD
If you have not yet experienced the Sass, then be warned, they are all over the fucking place. However, this is why I love them. It’s not like they don’t have a sound of their own, but part of that sound is doing the most random genre bending that they can think of. It’s all the pleasure of watching a surrealist art house movie without all the work of pretending you understand the thematic implications. Long live the Dragons. –Bryan Static (Johann’s Face, johannsface.com)


SABERTOOTH SNATCH :
Project Sherm : 7"+CD
A five-song, lowish-fi, jazz-core mini-opera that the producers claim to be about some wacky space adventure of some sort, but sounds to me like it is actually about the life and times of Stephen Egerton. Comes with a fold-out poster sleeve, a CD-R, and a libretto ((well, a piece of folded-over paper detailing the story)) ((which in and of itself is quite amusing and well done)). I hope Project Sherm means a lot to some people. I may not be included in that particular subset of humanity. BEST SONG: “Space Niggas” BEST SONG TITLE: “Red Light Planet” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Shermy, along with Patty and Charlie Brown, were the three characters featured in the first-ever Peanuts strip in 1950. –norb (Goin’ Ape Shit)


ROCK THE LIGHT:
Let’s Do Something We’ll Both Regret and The Summer We All Got Laid: CD
Longhair rock played by a buncha shorthairs. There’s something to be said about a band that is not only unashamed about playing bona fide cock rock; they fly the flag proudly. Tunes on both discs are quite catchy and funny, with Summer... sounding the more “slick” of the two. –jimmy (rockthelight@gmail.com)


RIB CAGES:
Self-titled: 7” EP
A live recording here from a band that apparently hails from Portland, Oregon. Tunes are short ‘n’ delivered with intensity, yet not hardcore in the “let’s mosh, man!” sense, and are simultaneously catchy and atonal. Definitely worth a listen. –jimmy (lemon-session.com)


RF7:
Acts of Defiance: 7” EP
A reissue of this long in the tooth Southern California punk institution’s first four-track EP, originally released on their own Smoke 7 Records imprint back in 1980. The tunes are a bit more rock-oriented, or downright funky in the case of “Grey Air,” than those turned onto them later might be expecting, but Felix’s unmistakable voice is out there front ‘n’ center to ensure there’s no confusion as to what band is on the turntable. –jimmy (Puke N Vomit)


RED CITY RADIO / THE GREAT ST. LOUIS:
Split: 7” EP
Appears this is the third in a series of splits featuring U.K. and U.S. bands. RedCity Radio: Sorry, but a wee bit too much of an emo undertow for me. Great St. Louis: Two tunes of catchy Leatherface/Hüskers-influenced pop punk, noodley bits without degenerating into wankiness, and conviction in delivery. These guys handily win this round. –jimmy (allinvinyl.com)


RATFACE:
Ratassed: CD
Have you ever walked into a conversation and laughed because you thought a joke was being told, only to find out it was a serious discussion? It can be confusing and embarrassing, especially when you thought the joke being told was a dead baby joke. That’s how I felt when I put this disc on. The music is a bizarre and perfectly executed Finnish interpretation of American thugcore, complete with pseudo-rap breakdowns. At first, I couldn’t put my finger on whether they were making fun of the genre or paying tribute to it with songs like “Crazytown Coolio” and “Kingking of Blingbling.” Actually, I’m still not sure, but I’m going to consider the following line the band’s mission statement: “Giving all you PC kids a stupidity injection.” –mp (Full House)


RAT DAMAGE:
Self-titled: 7” EP
A-side has two scuzzy, slower groove-tempo rock/punk tracks. B-side starts off with something more mid-tempo, “Same Shit, Different Pile,” then back to the slower tempos for the last two. No bad, not spectacular. –jimmy (myspace.com/fybsrecords)


RADIO REELERS:
Too Dumb to Quit: 7” EP
Snotty, attitude laden rock/punk stuff. Add more cursin’ and you’d have something that sounds like Devil Dogs outtakes. –jimmy (nofrontteeth.net)


POWERCUP:
Renovate at All Cost: CD
I think that it must be clear to Todd that I like shtick bands. Hell, I play in a few of them. He had to know that I would most likely appreciate this more than the average reviewer. Well, here’s the rub; I like a good shtick, but not at the sacrifice of having to listen to bad tunes. First, the shtick: Powercup is all about building and home renovation. The songs titles alone had me laughing out loud. “Bob Vila,” “Ballad of the Saw Dust,” “Tim Allan,” Renov8 2 Sk8”... You get the idea. I was looking forward to the hilarious lyrics in the liner notes, but instead I got fuzzed-out crusty, grindy stuff with screechy and growly vocals that I can’t understand. Boooo! Well, I’ll give you the cover of “Bob the Builder” is pretty fuckin’ funny... If you’re a fan of the genre and need a laugh, this will work. –ty (aphmusic.com)


PIZAZZ, THE:
Get out of My Kitchen: Cassette
How can such sweetness come out of Detroit? I’ve always had the theory that anything that could come out of Detroit would just have to have a bit of moxie, but I figured it would have to be in the raw and ugly, angry sense, not in the melodic, power pop way that The Pizazz rock. Rock you they certainly do, but they do it in a melodic, catchy, partyful, dance-around-your-room kind of way. The Pizazz are as much a slave to their influences as you are to their catchy riffs. I hear all kinds of stuff in here: The Feelies, The Replacements, Britpop, Magazine, Buzzcocks, The Kinks, early Cure and many more that I can’t put my finger on, but it’s all blended together and spit out in its own form. I must also mention the twankly (to coin a phrase) keyboards. These songs have been staying in my head every time I leave the house and whenever I’m at home the tape is playing. I don’t know what else to tell ya. –Craven (Burger)


PIONEERS OF SEDUCTION, THE:
The Universe Is Setting Us Up: CD
Generic garage-y rock and roll with a good sense of pop sensibilities. Also included are distorted vocals that remind me of Cris Cordero but the music isn’t crunchy enough for my interest. Perhaps the universe is setting this band up for their suckage. Or it just might be that they’re just not that interesting to begin with. –kurt (Doom And Bloom, doomandbloomrecords.com)


PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, THE:
You Don’t Know (Just Where I Been): 7” EP
Trashy ‘60s stuff from a band named after a church central to one of the most wretched mass murders/suicides of the 20th century. –jimmy (certifiedprrecords.com)


PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, THE:
You Don’t Know (Just Where I Been): 7”EP
I feel if you have a name that references Jim Jones, you better “bring it.” I don’t think these guys necessarily set the world on fire with this record. It’s standard garage rock with surf guitars. The title track is the best of the three. It’s a little fast and hyper, but not a mess of noise. They have the sound wired, but, at the same time, this stuff lacks that certain something to warrant more than a few listens. –Matt Average (Certified PR, certifiedprrecords.com)


PARIS VIOLENCE:
Rivages de la Tristesse: 7” EP
Vocals and drum machine parts seem to take aim at some type of synth-punk target, but the airy, ethereal keyboards suggest something kinda more like synth-goth, or synth-cathedral, or similar trancey wooziness. All i know for sure is that anyone who displays tits this big this prominently on their record packaging had better damn well be able to sing more in time with their drum machinery. Nice pipe, Pierre. BEST SONG: “La Baiser de la Sphynge” BEST SONG TITLE: “Perle de Mon Empire” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Limited to 500 copies on randomly mixed marble-like coloured vinyl.” “Marble-like” –norb (Koi)


PANGEA:
Hold My Hand: CD-R
Pangea continues to blow my mind with their super fucking infectious hooks and energy you can’t help but feel. Songs like “CIA,” which you’ll be bouncing to for weeks and “Uh Oh Oh,” which sound like the Ramones doing a Rocky Horror Picture Show track make me wonder how it’s possible that this band can kick so much ass. Eight tracks of more fun than is good for you, released by the band with awesome artwork. Hit them up to get a copy of this. –Rene Navarro (myspace.com/togetherPangea)


PACK A.D., THE:
We Kill Computers: CD
Duo from Vancouver. White Stripes meets Portishead meets delta blues meets DIY trash rock? The blues/trash influence is front and center, but the record as a whole is fairly eclectic. One song is hauntingly beautiful and had me spellbound until I looked at the lyrics and realized that it was a lame bit about being understood by all animals. At that point I became scared that the hippy-gremlins would invade my stereo, but the rockin’ nature of the rest of the record kept those fuckers at bay. Good stuff. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Mint)


OH SEES, THE:
Warm Slime: CD
Loud, trance-inducing stuff, which will be of no surprise to those who’ve sampled this label’s wares in the past. At times it sounds like some old psych-rock band borrowed Medicine’s gear and went in the studio with whoever was responsible for all those gloriously fucked up early Jesus And Mary Chain singles. Some might find longer tunes like the title track, which clocks in at over thirteen minutes, a bit of a chore, but those who stick it out will likely find it worth the effort. –jimmy (In the Red)


NOWHERE FAST:
No Escape: 7” EP
What the fuck? Did I fall asleep in Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine again? This is the fourth or fifth slab o’ wax this review cycle to send me back into the throes of very early ‘80s hardcore. This one has a touch o’ Midwest misanthropic thump to it, and if they’re shooting for that “authentic” sound, they’ve nailed it. –jimmy (mindrotrecords@gmail.com)


NOT SORRY:
Moving On: 7” EP
Sharpied Xs on hands? Check. Thrashy beats ‘n’ “crew” shouts punctuating the songs? Check. “Mosh” parts? Check. True, the songs are blissfully devoid of high-hatin’ finger-waving lyrics, but otherwise they sound like your average above-average straight edge band. –jimmy (Lifeline)


NO RESISTANCE:
Gentlemen Prefer Bombs: CD
More rock than stereotypically punk in delivery, these guys nonetheless deliver tunes that are, from as far as I’m able to suss, intelligent and singular in sound. They ain’t laying down the most intense noise to be found out there, but what they do deliver ain’t terrible, and I bet it comes across even stronger with the adrenaline rush of a live setting. –jimmy (Koi)


NEW CREASES:
About Last Night…: 7”
It took me about a song before I could figure out what speed this played at (it’s 45). After figuring it out, it’s pretty good. Speedy punk rock with dueling female/male vocals and guitars that get a little noodley at times, despite the breakneck pace. They kind of remind me of a poppier Distillers, except that I’m actually digging this band. Good stuff. –joe (Traffic Street/No Breaks)


NERVOUS BREAKDOWN:
Self-titled: 10” EP
I’m guessin’ these kids are from Germany. They kick down with eighteen tracks of hardcore that fits somewhere between the sloppy, fall down the stairs thrash of early Gang Green, and more recent fare by bands like Last In Line. Good stuff on the whole, and they even throw in a Blut + Eisen cover for good measure. –jimmy (givepraiserecords.com)


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