Welcome to Razorcake | DIY Punk Music | Punk Bands | Punk Rock Bands | Punk Magazine Welcome to Razorcake | DIY Punk Music | Punk Bands | Punk Rock Bands | Punk Magazine
 

























Record Reviews

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

| 0-9| A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M |

| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X| Y| Z|

Below are some recently posted reviews.

RSS Feed

TYRADES:
Self-titled: 7” EP
A damn good band with a minimalist sound that would’ve fit in nicely with the late '70s/early '80s art punk scene, meaning it’s annoying in all the right ways. A definite keeper here. Great cover of the Dicks’ “Lifetime Problems,” too. Gary Floyd must be beaming with pride. –jimmy (Big Neck)


TULLYCRAFT:
Beat Surf Fun: CD
Lame college smart-guy pop with a dash of surf thrown in an embarrassing attempt to garner cool points. Should be kicked in the nuts for false advertising. –jimmy (Magic Marker)


TRASSELS, THE:
Grifter: 7"
It’s amazing where you find interesting and rad stuff from around the world. I’m not as connected as many might think. I do actively trade with a friend from Finland. He always sends me great stuff. My criteria to him for sending me stuff is always anything. This is one of those things. This band is an all-star band of sorts. Featuring members of Finish punk bands Kuolleet Kulat, Valse Triste, Mellakka and others. Going for something different, they do more of a straight forward rock escapade. I hear a '60s garage punk influence mixed with a surf beat ala Agent Orange – melodies that make me want to jump up and down doing the shimmy, go out and buy some mod clothing and grow out my hair and wear a Beatles bowl cut. People that are into the (International) Noise Conspiracy will relate to this. I, on the other hand, feel this is far superior to the latter. –don (Killer)


TRAILER PARK TORNADOS:
Heroes of the Hopeless: 7”
Man oh man, my ears ain’t never been this brutally roughed-up! TPT brazenly unleash a loud, amped-out cacophony of trashy, barroom-brawlin’ rock’n’roll madness that’s undeniably beastly and primal. They’re sonically similar to The Hot Pockets, Big Boys, The Bulemics, and The Daylight Lovers – only sloppier, grittier, and more aggressive! Ear-mangling musical mayhem like this is almost always guaranteed to crack my skull wide open, flip my brain upside down, and then make me commit unspeakable acts of drunken debauchery. Waaaah-hooo, that’s just how I like it! –Roger Moser, Jr. –Guest Contributor (Big Neck)


TRAGEDY:
Can We Call This Life?: 7"
How many 7"s are there that you can say sound like war from the trenches? Not War, the funk band, but flat-out warfare. It's three heavy, punishing, huge, fast, thickly textured, and essentially flawless hardcore songs. Inside the bombast are tight hooks, soaring guitars, and a black, atmospheric feeling like you're about to be mustard gassed and the enemy's popping up a flare into the darkness to triangulate exactly how to kill you through your stereo. The playing's impeccable (it flays and slays), the recording's incredibly thick, and it's surprisingly catchy. As an added bonus, it has one or several folks from His Hero Is Gone. If you've got one hair on your body (even a tiny one near your elbow) that likes hardcore, you can't possibly go wrong with this. I can't seem to crank my stereo high enough. –todd (Tragedy, no address, but I got it through Some Strange Music)


TOXIC NARCOTIC:
Had It Coming: 7" EP
The a-side, "Cockroach," plays much like Citizen Fish or Against All Authority, who can also pull off slower ska textures, increase the pressure, and release the trap door into free-falling, free-wheeling gutter hardcore. On top of that, Toxic Narcotic can also tackle politically aware songs without sounding like they're reading it off the side of a cereal box. "War Song 2k" is a rusty knife of a song with almost goat-throaty vocals that people who don't bathe and like to patch up their pants tend to love. My ears may be deceiving me, but I think I also hear a double bass. Toxic Narcotic's definitely always been diverse (I remember a bag pipe on another song) but it just seems that they're getting more and more powerful as time goes on. Great 7". –todd (Rodent Popsicle)


TOTAL SOUND GROUP DIRECT ACTION COMMITTEE:
The Party Platform...Our Schedule Is Change: CD
From the packaging, I totally expected some sort of Nation of Ulysses pseudo-philosophical soul rock, which I guess it is, but I didn't expect it to sport both Tim Kerr AND his former fellow, singer Mike Carroll from the truly great Poison 13. Just to hear those two working together again is a real treat. TSGDAC is less locomotive than that band, but nearly as good, with Tim's magic, rollicking string work and fine organ manipulation on top. The folks at Estrus must be terminally constipated, because they haven't dropped one single turd in the music pool yet. –Cuss Baxter (Estrus)


TOKYO ADVENTURES:
One Kiss for Luck: CD
This falls into the school of needing a few listens before you can judge if you like it. On first listen, I hear a slower version of the Teen Idols mixed with Weezer. It just doesn’t come right out and smack you in the face. So if you are not paying attention, it can be easily written off. With more attention, you hear the great melodies. The background choruses are infectious with all members participating. For pop fanatics, this is a great discovery. –don (Boss Tuneage)


TIME SPENT DRIVING:
Walls Between Us: 10"
Time spent dry heaving. –todd (Sessions)


THIS BIKE IS A PIPE BOMB:
Front Seat Solidarity: LP
In its finest hours, DIY breeds ingenuity, not whining. I can't stop listening to this LP. TBIAPB and Plan-It-X Records literally reek of doing it themselves, from the hand-printing record covers on insides of other bands LP sleeves, to including a hand-made sticker and patch, and just the fact that they released this on vinyl because Rymodee doesn't have a CD player is so reassuring that all's well and good in the underground. However, all of the preceding good intentions would mean dick-all if the band wasn't good. They're not. They're flat-out great. They've got the warm fire of Woody Guthrie burning on punk's mattress and the result is the best of both worlds. Intelligent, story-telling lyrics about cancer being the new black lung disease, the glorification of body counts on TV, the Selma Freedom Marches, and how depression can be a useful tool, all sung in a real arm-around-a-friend unpretentious way. What's striking is how straight, true, upbeat, and believable their voice of rebellion is. The oscillating male/ female vocals just sweeten the pot. There's no affectation, no pretense, just good ol' fashioned, forward thinking protest music. Listened to this at least fifty times already and like it more each time. –todd ($7 ppd. Plan-It-X, This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb)


THINGZ, THE:
Self-titled: 7” EP
A decent slab of '60s-influenced lo-fi punk. A little more “oomph” could’ve been put into the performance, though. May I suggest shotgunning twenty cups of coffee each right before your next recording session? –jimmy (The Thingz)


SWEATMASTER:
Hold It!: 7"
“Hold it in your mouth.” Hee hee. He said, “in your mouth.” Huh huh huh huh. White trash, whiskey tarnished vocals mix with simple three chord dirt tracked rock’n’roll. I still get giggly when I hear shit like this. “Wanna See It Done” is more of the big drum sounds and pervy, double entendre lyrics. Hee hee, sexy. –nam (Bad Afro)


SUPER CHINCHILLA RESCUE MISSION/THE TIM VERSION:
…Go Halves on a Bastard: Split CD
Picked this outta the pile based on Todd’s raves about the first band, and damned if he ain’t right. Superchinchillayaddyadda are a most excellent band, poppy without being lame, hard without being macho, emotional without being wimpy and pretty rockin’ to boot. We sometimes disagree on music, but I feel where you’re comin’ from this time, homenugget. The Tim Version sounds pretty much the same as Superblahblahblah, so I guess that means they’re pretty nifty as well. –jimmy (Attention Deficit Disorder)


SUPER CHINCHILLA RESCUE MISSION/THE TIM VERSION:
…Go Halves on a Bastard: Split CD
Of course, we’re big fans of Super Chinchilla Rescue Mission here at Razorcake. Why else would we have put this unknown band that had released only one EP on the cover of issue #5? So am I stoked to have new stuff from SCRM? Yes, I am. These guys seem to get tighter every day. They take all the passion and drive of Jawbreaker circa Twenty-Four Hour Revenge Therapy, throw away the whining parts, add an amazing second guitarist, and blow shit completely out of the water. On top of that, the singer, Seth, writes some of the best lyrics I’ve ever heard. Each song tells its own story of drunkenness and disenfranchisement, but, again, he throws out the whining parts. If you haven’t given SCRM a chance yet, I definitely recommend that you pick up this CD. The toughest thing about putting out a split with SCRM, though, has to be trying to figure out who can follow them up. Luckily, the Tim Version steps up to the plate drives the runner home. Think of a more melodic Hot Water Music. Or think of Radon picking up the tempo and adding another guitarist. Or Tiltwheel with a southern accent. The Tim Version are catchy without being poppy, and they’re the perfect match for SCRM. It’s one of those immaculate splits, where you can easily tell when one band ends and the other starts, yet both bands compliment each other really well. –sean (ADD)


SUNDAY DRUNKS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Think New York Dolls with just a dash of '60s garage rock. Not bad. –jimmy (Dead Beat)


STRUNG OUT:
An American Paradox: CD
This record gives me anal drips. –jim (Fat)


STRUNG OUT:
An American Paradox: CD
Maybe I’m wrong, but the kids should be loving these guys. They have that perfect MTVX sound that would appeal to the masses. Melodic punk rock that is infused with a slight metallic guitar sound and big production. I might not be into to it now, but later could be another answer. The publicity photo is worth having this for me. –don (Fat)


STAKEOUT, THE:
Jaded: 7"
I'm going to use the reference that my friend used when he gave this to me. He said that this band is like “Boston/DC hardcore from Finland.” I definitely hear it. With a mixture of Government Issue, The Freeze and the FU’s, these Fins have paid tribute with high regard. Ah, the memories. Brings me back to when I first started hearing bands from other states before other countries. It's amazing how good this sounds to these ears and that good musical genres can stand the test of time and can get recreated for new generations to come. Brutal, tough and direct without falling apart in a mass of noise. –don (Burst of Anger)


SPITALFIELD/DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT:
Split: LP
DWAI suffer from trying to be goofy and woah-woahy, like Gorilla Biscuits playing a senior prom in a Sha-Na-Na '50s style. Innocuous, as confusing as it is annoying, but ultimately bland. Not so good. The more I listened to it, the less I liked it. Spitalfield: Harmless pop that has its moments but largely solely repeats the good parts until over and over until it gets boring. Dude, I think my tolerance for second-tier pop punk just bottomed out. Even the hypnotizing yellow and blue swirls in the wax aren't convincing me otherwise. –todd (Walk in Cold)


SPIDER VIRUS:
SV Action: CD-R
This is upbeat, poppy, crunchy, intoxicating, dazzling, and inviting! It’s a perfectly structured blend of euphoric powerpop intricacies and harder edged bursts of frolicsome rock’n’roll rawness. It’s jubilant, bouncy, and downright addictive like a lemonade slush coolin’ the throat on an uneventful hot’n’humid summer afternoon. My brew-sloshed old ears distinctly hear a sweet swirling whirlwind of influences that range from The Beatles and Weezer to Badfinger, Cheap Trick, Soul Asylum, Paul Westerberg, and Portastatic. This is exactly the kind of disc I’d play in the calm shade of a warm spring evening while lounging in a hammock, sipping a cold brew, and dreamily gazing at the fluffy lumbering clouds lazily floating high overhead. Aaahhh, I’m feelin’ all bubbly inside… –Roger Moser, Jr. –Guest Contributor (Spat!)


SMACKIN’ ISAIAH:
Benefits of Thinking Out Loud: CD
I saw these guys open up for the Co-Dependents at Chain Reaction and they knocked my dick in the dirt. Multiple singers, stop-start rhythms, sophisticated time changes compounded with furious guitars – I thought I was back at Bollocks watching Dillinger Four for the first time. Never mind they had come all the from New Bedford, Massachusetts, where Moby Dick was written, the thirtysomething O.C. teens didn’t quite know what to make of them, and Smackin’ Isaiah held nothing back. No chorus, scant repetition, each song is a prose poem set to music, a long message left on an answering machine at three o’clock in the morning that you can never take back. Benefits of Thinking Out Loud gets my vote for best surprise album of the year. –jim (Smackin' Isaiah)


SLANG:
Skilled Rhythm Kills: LP
Japanese hardcore, in my opinion, is one of the greatest scenes out there. Almost everything I get to hear from Japan is great. This proves my point one more time. One sheer powerful outburst of angst that holds you by the skin of your teeth. The power builds as the intro to the first track entrances you into focusing what might lead ahead. Once unleashed, hardcore mayhem throws you back against the wall as the noise level forces you backward. No happiness here. Just straight forward hardcore. Modern day hardcore mixed with hints of Japanese punk from the past. The intensity does not withdraw from song to song. Menacing songs are sung in Japanese with a powerful backing of slightly metallic guitars. No generic posturing here. The song writing is well orchestrated and perfected for the ears to hear. Anger management at its best. It's absolutely incredible how without understanding what is sung, you are aware what is supposed to be felt. –don (Conquest Wake)


SLANDERIN, THE:
Zombie Gang b/w Burn Burn Burn; Psychobilly Lives: 7" EP; CD
Psychobilly. I won't even pretend to know much about it beyond the standup bassist pulling triplets, pompadour buzzcuts, spooky lyrics, and the proclivity for hotrods, cemeteries, and ladies with short bangs and corsets. I guess my aversion is that most of the time it comes across like an uninteresting musical version of Tales From the Crypt by people who spend a lot of time combing their hair and getting concussions in their bathrooms from slipping on all that fallen grease. Slagging an entire musical genre – and their fans – aside, I give The Slanderin a hearty thumbs up. Their gas is high octane, they've got fat guys on guitar and drums (which, for some reason, is always a plus for me when liking bands), it's fast enough for a punk to like without thinking too much, and although the lyrics are completely retarded, it just seems to add to their desired deranged ambience. Nice change of pace. If you wish Tiger Army was spliced with street punk or The Reverend Horton Heat never smoked so much weed, you'd get The Slanderin. –todd (Headline, Destroy)


SIXSOUTH:
A Hole Where the Heart Once Beat: CD
Pennsylvania screamo. Surprised me when the CD ended because I wasn't aware of the song breaks: sounded to me like one endless, humorless, spineless weepathon. –Cuss Baxter (Scooch Pooch)


SIGN OFFS, THE:
self-titled: CD
The Sign Offs belligerently unleash a berserk ear-blistering roar of crunchy, hard-rockin’ punk’n’roll ferocity that’s as spastic, crazed, and out-of-control as it gets! They’re angry, young, insolent, and pissed-off, and they raucously generate a chaotic cacophony of hopelessness, desperation, and self-destruction. Take the most hyperactive elements of Smogtown, D-Generation, Sex Pistols, and Dead Boys, launch ‘em through the huge, gaping barrel of a megaton nuclear cannon, then sit back and enjoy the auditory fireworks as The Sign Offs turn the entire rock’n’roll world upside down. This full-force sonic spectacle is utterly amazing and downright impressive beyond belief! I demand that it be played at my funeral, because it’ll surely raise me from the dead with a big ol’ shit-eatin’ smirk draped across my face. –Roger Moser, Jr. –Guest Contributor (Disaster)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889 890 891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899 900 901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 916 917 918 919 920 921 922 923 924 925 926 927 928 929 930 931 932 933 934 935 936 937 938 939 940 941 942 943 944 945 946 947 948 949 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957 958 959 960 961 962 963 964 965 966 967 968 969 970 971 972 973 974

| 0-9| A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M |

| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X| Y| Z|

Razorcake Podcast Player


·CHILIS?!?!?
·VARIOUS ARTISTS
·SEE HOW PRETTY, SEE HOW SMART, #3
·DOPAMINES, THE
·KOWALSKIS, THE
·GERBIA
·RIPPERS, THE
·GROWING THINGS: A GUIDE FOR BEGINNING GARDENERS
·BRENDAN KELLY AND THE WANDERING BIRDS


If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to help us out, let us know.



Get monthly notifications of new arrivals and distro and special offers for being part of the Razorcake army.



 
Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc.
PO Box 42129
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Except for reviews, which appear in both, the
contents of the Razorcake website are completely
different from the contents of Razorcake Fanzine.

© 2001-2015 Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. Privacy Policy

Razorcake.org is made possible in part by grants from
the City of Los Angeles, Department
of Cultural Affairs and is supported
by the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors through the Los Angeles
Arts Commission.
Department of Cultural AffairsLos Angeles County Arts Commission


Web site engine code is Copyright © 2003 by PHP-Nuke. All Rights Reserved. PHP-Nuke is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.