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INFLUENTS, THE:
Check Please: CD
Plop pop, fizz fizz, what a piece of shit this is... –jimmy (Adeline)


I HATE MYSELF:
Self-titled: CD
Emo CDs make for good skeet shootin'. –jimmy (No Idea)


I FARM:
Sincerely, Robots: CD
A hyper‑speed hardcore band with a dash of pop thrown in. Although they're not too bad at what they do, and the fact that they're tight as hell don't hurt, I think they work best when they ditch the poppy edges and just rage. –jimmy (Cool Guy)


HOSTAGES, THE:
Grebo 2000: 7"EP
Punk'n'roll that did jack shit for me. –jimmy (Sell Your Soul)


HOPE CONSPIRACY, THE:
Coldblue: CD
More screechy, noisy metal from a group that probably aligns themselves with "hardcore." They bored me out of my skull. The singer's voice was pretty cool, though. –jimmy (Equal Vision)


HEX, THE:
No Car: CDEP
Minimalist art damage. Gimme a second to put on my Dieter one‑piece. Now we dance... –jimmy (Troubleman Unlimited)


HEADGRENADE:
Self-titled: CD
Gallop‑tempo hardcore with a sound circa 1986. Whoever wrote the lyrics is pretty fond of alliteration. Pretty good. –jimmy (702)


HDH:
Diesel: CD
Swing‑punk, if you can believe that. They sound like the Voodoo Glow Skulls if they slowed down and ditched the ska riffs. –jimmy (Slimstyle)


HAKIM:
Yaho: CD
Egyptian pop. The press material says this guy's sold millions of copies throughout the Middle East and I can see why. He's pretty good at what he does. The material also says that this is a sort of modernization of an older style. I'd like to hear what that "older style" sounds like, 'cause, being the purist prick that I am, the techno beats on this only served to get in the way. Nevertheless, this is some infectious stuff that will get played more than once. –jimmy (Ark 21)


GRANNIES, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Punk'n'roll, heavy on the punk, that often comes off as a more rockin', less "fuck" oriented Dwarves. I liked 'em well enough, I guess. –jimmy (Dead Teenager)


GODDAMNED DITCHDIGGERS, THE :
Never Mind The Goddamned, Here: CD
The GDDs brazenly belt‑out a cacophonous conflagration of rough'n'ready, rude'n'rowdy backwoods punkrock belligerence! Beer‑fuelled and whiskey‑saturated beyond belief, these demon‑spawned rural reprobates immorally epitomize a new jawcrackin' genre of rock'n'roll which is more vile, vulgar, demented, disgusting and rambunctiously primitive than anything else ever recorded... indeed, I'll fittingly call it "hickcore"! On such deviantly divine ditties as "Vengeance of the Damned," "Allez Dupont," "Blow Up Longview," "My Friend Misery," "Rather Stay Home and Fuck," "I Was a Teenage Ditchdigger," "Let's Have a Beer," "Modern Day Frankenstein," "I Wanna Get Drunk/Ditchdiggers" and so many more, the savagely frenzied instrumentation and snotty razor‑slashed vocals violently roar like an atomic terroristic attack on the central nervous system (spontaneously causing a person's body to spastically leap around the room, destructively bounce off the walls, and then lifelessly collapse on the floor in a heap of smoldering remains). Ah yes, this is anarchic audial insurrection at its brainbruisin' best! –Guest Contributor (Ditchdiggin' Recs.)


GEHENNA:
Negotium Perambulans In Tenebris: CD
Fast, punishing hardcore rage, reminiscent of long‑gone DC greats United Mutation. I can't understand a fuckin' word he's sayin', and the lack of a lyric sheet doesn't help matters much, but he sure sounds pissed about whatever it is he's singin'. This is well worth whatever you pay for it, and I suggest you seek it out. Now. –jimmy (Crawlspace)


FUCK YOU UPS:
Fuck City Baby and Chicken Chow Fuck: 7"EP
A living, breathing TV punk rock stereotype. You guys must be beaming with pride. Jesus, what a waste of vinyl. –jimmy (Formula 13)


FILTHY THIEVING BASTARDS:
Our Fathers Sent Us: CD
This is what I always wished the Pogues sounded like when I listened to their albums: songs born of Irish ballads that fill in the sound; songs that maintain the sense of self‑loathing and downtroddenness, but add some chunks of Chuck Berry style rock'n'roll along with whiskey and gravel and hope from the hopeless. The Filthy Thieving Bastards are a side project for Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski from the Swingin' Utters (along with various musicians filling in on drums, mandolin, banjo, bass, and percussion). Musically, it's a pretty big departure from the Swingin' Utters, but they retain the spot‑on lyrics ("So deep in debt I just might get the bends"), the catchy melodies, and the general sense of "how do they make this sound so good?" And, on a personal note, I have to love an album with pictures of James Joyce, Jack Kerouac, and Charles Bukowski on the back cover. This is definitely one of the records we're all wrestling for here at Razorcake HQ. –sean (TKO)


FEATHERLY DECADENCE :
pre: CD
This CD is so weird. Is it synth? Is it rock? Is it spoken word? Whatever it is, it's a small square of art. It's curious and intriguing. It's one of those CDs where none of the tracks have breaks between them, so they all kind of just string along, each one adding something to the next. If you read the back cover, it sounds like a small story, when in fact it is the song titles. The music itself (stories), vibrations, whatever, is a journey through an obviously complex imagination, supplied by Christopher Deckard (I think. Everything about this little package keeps me guessing). It is a definite experience, but in reference to what, I am unable to define as of now. –Guest Contributor (Muzak)


FATAL FLYIN:
Split: 7"EP
FFG: Trashy punk, but not in the '60s sense. It has a certain charm. Scared: Hyped up, lo‑fi punk with a smidgen of pop. –jimmy (Dirtnap)


FARAQUET:
The View From This Tower: CD
Disjointed, taut, noisy pop with some serious jazz leanings. They were a little reminiscent of the Minutemen, albeit without the good sense to know when to end a song. –jimmy (Dischord)


FAKES, THE:
So Fashionable It Hurts: 7"
Orange County punk bands seem to re‑congeal, re‑form, and get sicker all of the time. It's the opposite of incest ‑ these bands' blood seems to be getting thicker. The Fakes are no exception, having recruited Skibbs Barker (ex‑Stitches drummer) and Steve Reynolds (ex‑US Bombs bassist) into their fold. The sound? This oscillates between hard‑nosed and snot‑nosed with a slurring vocalist who phrases his words into short punches. The band follows suit. At best, there's a strong undercurrent of '90s power pop (a la The Gain), in the song "Sometimes," yet with the song "Grey Matter," they slip into late‑US Bombs territory where the mid tempo plods a little too much and the repetition gets the better of the song. On the whole, it's definitely not bad and I'd keep an eye out for them, but they're no unexpected taser to the nuts, either. –todd (Hostage)


FABULOUS DISASTER:
Put Out Or Get Out!: CDR
Man! Retodd knows my preferences and what I might enjoy. After a long layoff on the review front, he picks a winner for the first thing he sends me. This is the pre‑release for this band's release on the Fat Wreck subsidiary Pink and Black. This is the label's second signing, joining the Dance Hall Crashers on the roster. What a great choice! If you like or love DHC, you will love this band. This has been a regular play in my CD changer in the car now for weeks. I can't get over the great harmonies over great melodies. At the same time, the band packs a punch. I have no idea what the songs are titled or what the band members look like, all I know is that track five is my favorite. The intro reminded me of The Cure and bolts forward with a mid tempo punk riff and goes into an almost dream-like chorus of beautiful harmony. The moods on that song jerk back and forth from regret to pure anger. An absolute gem! I can't wait 'til the actual release comes out to see the lyric sheet and see if all my curiosities can be answered. It reminded me of the Teen Idols (not the DC band, Teen Idles) mixed with the great elements of all the female-led punk bands from the past. –don (Pink & Black)


EXPLODERS, THE:
What: 7"EP
Apparently, Larry May of The Candy Snatchers has opened a school or released the patent to his "How To Scream Like Punk Rock Opera." And if you think I speak ill of such things, you're mistaken. The band follows suit ‑ solid snap, crunch, and twists to straight forward, guitar‑driven rock'n'roll. What keeps it from being a clone are the hints of psych, pockets of nerve, and the fact that it's easier and more fun to understand than basic math. In my humble opinion, Crime sucked, but The Exploders' cover of "Rockabilly Drugstore" gave it a nice shank in the balls and made it real, real listenable. The Exploders also follow a good rule of thumb: if your cover has a cartoon of a pretty lady with lightning bolts over her boobs, chances are that more people will buy your record. Good listen. –todd (Teenage USA)


EX GIRL :
Kero! Kero! Kero!: CD
I'm so happy I intercepted this CD. This is a female Japanese trio and what Shonen Knife did to pop, eX‑Girl could do for experimental/indie rock. All songs but two are sung in English (one is in Japanese and one is in Spanish). My favorites are "Tofu Song" (which is styled after, or even mocking maybe, those Bulgarian Women's Choir chants) and "The Revenge of Kero," which is all about frogs... lots of them. If you're into Japanese pop culture at all, you might be interested in this album. Reminiscent of The Raincoats here and there, just as much fun as its packaging. The question left to answer is not if you should go find this album, but rather which eX‑Girl is your favorite. –Guest Contributor (kobashin@bekkoame.ne.jp)


EVOKEN:
Quietus: CD
Sludgy, Gloomy‑Gus black metal, sorta like Eyehategod on downers. It's not too bad, but the average song length is eight minutes, so it gets boring really quick. –jimmy (Dwell)


ENEMYMINE:
The Ice in Me: CD
Noisy "hardcore" metal stuff. Not even poking myself in the leg repeatedly with a pencil could keep me interested. –jimmy (Up)


ELF POWER:
The Winter is Coming: CD
This is a pretty weird one here. Take some jangly pop, sprinkle in some Kinks, dollop some Savage Republic/Middle Eastern drone on the top and voila! It's not exactly what most people would call "rockin' tuneage," but it is definitely a nice, mostly successful attempt to find some new ground by mixing some seemingly disparate influences. –jimmy (Sugar Free)


DUOCHROME:
Lack Luster: CD
Shoegazers on a Velvets trip. Interesting for approximately two songs, then my mind began to wander, which I don't think was their intention. –jimmy (Vital Cog)


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