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LOOKOUTS, THE:
Spy Rock Road (And Other Stories): LP
For those whose lives were changed by East Bay punk in the 1990s, this record marks some interesting moments in time. It is the first music made by drummer Tre Cool of Green Day, and the band that guitarist/singer Larry Livermore would play in before co-founding the now legendary Lookout Records. For me, this double LP release of greatest hits and rarities is more of a history lesson than a must-listen, but I imagine there is an audience out there who will be stoked to hear these tunes. Also included are guest spots by Billie Joe Armstrong and Tim Armstrong.  –John Mule (Don Giovanni, dongiovannirecords.com)


LOUDER:
“Tear Me Up” b/w “So Alone”: 7”
Pittsburgh-based international garage punk label Secret Mission presents another killer single, this time from Osaka, Japan’s Louder. Both of the two included songs are hook-driven and fun, possibly even more so than the tracks on their excellent LP that Sorry State Records released last year. It’s pressed on cool swirled vinyl, with the first one hundred encased in handmade white jackets. This is the sort of single that ends up coveted amongst record collectors. Japan might be far away, but there’s always a turntable nearby. –Art Ettinger (Secret Mission, secretmissionrecords.com)


LUNGLUST:
As Guilt Collects Dust: CS
Competent music that growls, shreds, and just rushes past you. The cassette was over before I finished blinking. While the temporal music exists, the resulting effect is a burst of energy, laser pointed from your stereo directly to your ears. This crust punk as it’s meant to be digested, three songs at a time. Grade: B+.  –Bryan Static (Tor Johnson, torjohnsonrecords.com)


MAD VIRGINS:
I Am a Computer: 7”
If you are familiar with their appearances on the Killed By Deathrecords, you already know what to expect from this repress of what is arguably one of the best known releases of Belgium’s first punk wave, originally released on Romantik Records in 1978. Chainsaw-buzz guitars, sloppy rhythms, and a snotty vocalist spewing lyrics that vaguely sound like they’re in some sorta English dialect, it’s all here in its inept glory. Perfect gift to confuse the fuck outta that kid buddy of yours that’s hyped up on whatever “punk” band Disney’s peddling this week.  –jimmy (No Good, nogoodrecords.com)


MADCAPS, THE:
Self-titled: 7”
The Madcaps (not to be confused with the CA punk band Madcap) are a ‘60s-inspired garage rock band from France with a seemingly unhealthy obsession with the old Nuggets garage rock compilations as well as contemporary garage rock’n’roll bands like Natural Child. Their sound is rooted deeply in the ‘60s but also has a pop edge not completely unlike something found on Burger Records. These Burger style bands seem to be a dime a dozen, and this band does little to separate themselves from the pack.  –Mark Twistworthy (Howlin’ Banana, howlinbanana.bigcartel.com)


MAKEOUTS:
Svarta Läder: 7”
Swedish band Makeouts packs a solid punch with “Svarta Läder” (translates to Black Leather), just a perfect mix of rock’n’roll and post-punk that’s got a great hook that’s super catchy. Not an easy task. Honestly sounds like a cross between Neon Piss and Sudor. I also dig the spacey looped effects, which makes it weirder. Flip to side B at 33 RPM, there’s a live recording of “Svarta Läder” as well as “Hjärndöd,” which is recorded a tad grainier, as is to be expected. “Hjärndöd” is slower, with a bit less punch than the previous song, but is still really good. This goes in the permanent collection.  –Camylle Reynolds (Förbjudna Ljud, forbjudnaljud.bandcamp)


MALE PATTERNS:
Thinking Too Much EP: 7”
Male Patterns deliver a hearty six-song hardcore EP. They’re from Albany and the members were in revered bands like After The Fall, Libyans, and Nuclear Family. They have a sort of mid-1990s feel, when old school hardcore’s influence was mixing well with newer, catchier vibes. The best song is “Everyone’s a Punk,” lampooning the notion of punk fashion as individualizing. The vocals advance Male Patterns from good to great, with an edgy snarl just below the surface at all times. It doesn’t take much thinking to adore Thinking Too Much. Instantly energizing, it’s like the hardcore equivalent of Vivarin. It’ll wake you the hell up.  –Art Ettinger (Shock To The System, malepatterns.bandcamp.com)


MANIAC:
Demimonde: LP
Maniac is a L.A. band that sounds like a Pacific Northwest band. They come by it naturally though since a few members are from the top end of the I-5 and used to play in bands like The Girls and Clorox Girls. I love those bands and others such as The Spits and The Briefs who managed to bring something cool to a land long thought barren in the wake of the mainstream takeover in the early ‘90s. Anyways, Maniac can’t help but sound like these amazing bands, but the magic happens when they take it to a whole new level. Buzzing, jerky guitars and harmonies you can’t get out of your head with an icepick are the order of the day. Maniac is a party band and it’s a party that I want to be at. I know that this album was delayed with all of the pressing plant issues that are happening in this day and age, but I am here to tell you that it is more than well worth the wait. I can only hope they head up the Northern Corridor to play some shows.  –ty (La Ti Da)


MANIAC:
Demimonde: LP
Taut shit! Raging shit! Taut, raging shit! And that’s the best kind! Sounds a little like those tight, angular bands who used to be tangentially popular among the Hozac set in the early Y2K era, with maybe a little of that ‘90s neo-Brainiac art school disconnection, but mostly this is just a big ol’ fast-paced sledgehammer to the xiphoid process. I can usually tell when a band is from Southern California just by listening to them for maybe ten seconds, and was somewhat surprised I couldn’t ID this band as such ‘til I did some research and found out they’re led by that dude from the Girls and Cute Lepers, relocated from Seattle. I remain undefeated in this regard. BEST SONG: “PartyCity” BEST SONG TITLE: “Wendy, Same Thing?” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I don’t know anyone else who spells their name “Zache.”  –norb (La-Ti-Da)


MARRON:
Demo: CS
All the signifiers are in place from the start of this short three-song demo, which looks downright Swiz-y in font and Grey Matter in artwork: vocally a mix of Guy circa Rites Of Spring and Alec MacKaye, with phrasing which would make both dudes proud. Jagged melodic leads fight to the fore over thick chords. Marron’s so convincing in their take on mid/late–’80s Dischord that if I didn’t know better I’d believe this was some lesser-known band of the era (as opposed to an active band kicking much ass in the present day). The strongest track here is “Capital,” where dueling riffs are at their most audible and compelling.  –Michael T. Fournier (marron.bandcamp.com)


MEGAGIANT:
Today (And Every Day): CD
This is my least favorite kind of review to write. A band sends in their CD, which I’m sure cost a few hundred dollars to make, and even with every correct choice in terms of aesthetic and sound, the actual content is just not up to quality. Musically, this CD reminds me a lot of Hüsker Dü. It has a great vibe and energy, but the songwriting is rather unremarkable. I really want this band to be good and I think that after another record or two they might get there, but it’s too early in their career. I am genuinely interested to see how they grow. Grade: C+.  –Bryan Static (Minor Bird, no address listed)


MEWITHOUTYOU:
Pale Horses: CD/LP
The sixth album by Philly’s mewithoutYou ranges from quiet, introspective moments to bursts of intense energy. It’s a contrast from their folksy, Neutral Milk Hotel-sounding It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All a Dream! It’s Alright. Instead, it’s more reminiscent of their popular 2004 release, Catch for Us the Foxes. The difference is the contrast of Aaron Weiss’s vocals that range from warbly spoken word, to gentle singing, to forceful screams. The music also mirrors the variety of Weiss’s singing. The beginning of “Blue Hen” is reminiscent of a Fugazi song, while “Mexican War Streets” has a hypnotic swaying in the sound. The songs are catchy and emotionally charged, which is the perfect mix of what music should be. Is this the best mewithoutYou album? Pretty damn close. One thing is for sure: it’s certainly their most mature.  –kurt (Run For Cover, runforcover.com)


MICROBES:
Self-titled: 7”
This totally bizarre, semi-creepy five-song EP from Denmark comes with a hilarious comic book detailing the formation of this odd band. Replete with puerile AIDS and rape jokes as social commentary, these guys are using their ESL skills to non-masterful effect. Kind of like a slower version of Spider Babies, this record comes off as a bit contrived, but the mid-tempo melodic tracks are serviceable enough. The beautiful sleeve / comic save the day for this interestingly askance release.  –Art Ettinger (Halshugga, halshuggarecords.tictail.com)


MISCHIEF BREW:
This Is Not for Children: CD
This album is exactly what I would expect from Mischief Brew, whose 2006 release Songs from Under the Sink was a real winner for me and fans of folk-influenced punk. The songs here are anarcho-leftist anthems and singalongs helmed mightily by frontman Erik Petersen, written for people to sing along and dance to. Come and join in!  –John Mule (Alternative Tentacles, alternativetentacles.com)


MUTOID MAN:
Bleeder: CD/LP
Mutoid Man’s follow up to their debut EP Helium Head (my favorite album of 2013) is a full-length with ten songs and twenty-nine minutes of punishing, technical, Sabbath-influenced rock. Comprised of lead singer and guitarist Stephen Brodsky (Cave In), bassist Nick Cageao, and drummer Ben Koller (Converge, All Pigs Must Die), this trio is tight and nimble but can also crush when need be. Brodsky’s vocals go back and forth between clean singing and intense screaming, which mirrors his vocal range from Cave In. Ben Koller’s drumming is once again fantastic. Where many drummers would be content with simple beats on the snare, Koller throws in complex sequences that flow flawlessly. Brodsky and Cageao are also great musicians on their respective instruments. But let’s face it: it’s hard to top an album that was my favorite of 2013. There is the technical prowess, but it lacks the bite that was on Helium Head. Brodsky relies on the clean singing vocals more than the growls, which takes a bit of the edge off (although All Pigs Must Die vocalist Kevin Baker’s guest vocals on “Dead Dreams” are pretty sick). Despite my desire for more bite, it is a killer album in its own right. Start here and work your way back. You’ll thank me.  –kurt (Sargent House, sargenthouse.com)


NATURAL CAUSES:
Self-titled: 12” EP
My knee-jerk reaction to this was that it was a nice bit of aggressive garage punk with some synth lines thrown in to add color. As I got deeper into it that opinion started to change, as the synth took on a more prominent role in their sound and the songs became a bit more primal and caustic. By the time you get to the droney sway of the closer, “Poppers,” it is almost like yer listening to an entirely different band, though one just as kickass. I really, really like when that happens.  –jimmy (Snot Releases)


NEEDLECRAFT:
Hunk Out: LP
First off, the presentation of this record is absolutely flawless. There’s a beautiful pink screen print on the blank side of the clear LP, and it’s wrapped up in a jacket with these ingenious cut-outs, kind of like the paper dolls you can dress in little paper clothes. I just realized that there are instructions included that tell you how to use the packaging to construct a beach scene that includes all the band members. Like I said, flawless. Musically, think part tongue-in-cheek melodic queercore, part doo-wop girl band—but can you imagine Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers fronting it? I don’t mean the vocals; I mean the lyrical obsession with shirtless muscley hunks (and their butts). This might be incredibly obscure, but, overall, I think it sounds like Songs For Moms slowed down to play at some weirdo ‘60s prom attended by the cast of Ghost World.  –Indiana Laub (Minor Bird, minorbirdrecords.blogspot.com)


NEW COLONIES:
Self-titled: 7”
As a reviewer, I want to throw my arm around Sean Dolan’s shoulders and say, “First release? Well done!” Handwritten note with band pedigree (Rumspringer and Seas Will Rise) and physical address means zero internet searching and getting straight to it. The stark black and white Pettibonesque cover art is the first thing to grab traction, new yet familiar. Fold-out insert complete with lyrics mining frequented modern punk territory (being a fuck up, drinking, fear of failure, survival). The four tracks aren’t breaking any new ground, sounding like a Leatherface/ HWM/ Iron Chic playlist, but polishing them off with just enough tuneful originality (I think it’s the Rumspringer shining through) that I’m already staggering along and memorizing the words to “League of Extraordinary Failures.”  –Matt Seward (33 Forever, 33foreverrecords.bandcamp.com)


NO COMPLY / SETE STAR SEPT:
Split: 7”
No Comply is grindcore (I think. I never know the subgenres on this side of things) band from Florida. Oddly more listenable that I was expecting, as this isn’t my usual mug of beer. I think it’s the fuzzy bass that holds my attention. Sete Star Sept is pure noise. I’m not a fan. I am finding a correlation over the years that the harder it is to read a band’s logo, the less I am going to like it. –ty (Jerkoff, jerkoffrecords.com)


NO IDEA:
Jag Hatar Punk: 7” EP
Metallic Swedish thrash recorded in 1986. Sounds like the tracks were pulled from an old cassette demo, which makes sense since the tunes here were originally released on an obscure cassette comp. The band is zippy, tight as hell, and know their way around writing a decent hardcore tune. Record comes with a download code that kicks in an additional thirty tunes recorded between 1985-87 for your green.  –jimmy (Just 4 Fun, j4f.dk)


NOISE BY NUMBERS:
High on Drama: 12” EP
Listening to this is bittersweet. They are a great band, not surprising given all the members’ past history. With two full lengths under their belt, this seems to be their swansong. It is super-melodic, superbly played, and well written. “Southgate House” and “Make up Your Heart” are my favorites on this too-brief record. We also get a Lemonheads cover for kicks. Is this really the end gentlemen? I, for one, hope not.  –koepenick (Jump Start, rickbynumbers@gmail.com)


NOT ON YOUR LIFE:
Demo: CS
Nice 4-track, well-produced demo from Forth Smith band Not On Your Life. In-your-face punk; there’s really no way else to describe it. Not quite street punk, but not far from it, either. Punk tunes with a hardcore edge. Tough, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. Points for the extra effort put into the quality of the packaging and design, too.  –Steve Adamyk (notonyourlife.bandcamp.com)


NUN:
Self-titled: LP
Full-synth punk from the rhythms to the instrumentation, a bit more aggressive than, say, the Units, but nowhere near Screamers or Babyland territory. The vocals are barked rather than sung, and the structures themselves are mostly kept very rudimentary with a dark undertow, with little straying beyond the bass line. Beats are danceable and the overall product is intriguing enough to warrant repeated listenings. It’ll be interesting to see how they develop and branch out over time.  –jimmy (HoZac, hozacrecords.com)


OFF!:
Live from the BBC: 10” LP
Fresh out of the oven pops another live record from this punk rock mega-outfit. Precise and to the point, this set is blistering. Featuring songs from all their studio records, it hits the mark with room to spare. I would snatch this up as soon as you can, or else risk living in “Darkness” without it. You make the call.  –koepenick (offofficial@gmail.com)


OMAHA:
Touch ‘Em All, Joe: CD
When punk broke into the mainstream in the ‘90s and ‘00s, it sometimes felt like there was a giant factory somewhere churning out carbon copied bands of the hot sound of the moment. Toronto, Ontario’s Omaha sounds like a band manufactured in the same factory. The riffs are clean and polished, without a hint of grit. The vocals are equally clean-sounding, with just a hint of angst. While some people might be into this kind of sound, I found this record to be a tad homogenous. Without looking at the tracklisting or the number counter on the CD player, it was difficult for me to distinguish one song from another. I think that if Omaha get a bit more varied in their sound they’d have potential, but this release just couldn’t hold my attention.  –Paul J. Comeau (Morning Wood, info@morningwoodrecords.com, omahapunk.bandcamp.com)


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