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GORCH FOCK:
Lying and Manipulating: CD
Imagine the Cows with more art and less punk thuggery. Interesting, if not quite mandatory. –jimmy (Australian Cattle God)


GLASS & ASHES:
Aesthetic Arrest: 7”
High energy, chaotic punk rock from the town where I live. Fuck yeah. Who would’ve thought? Aesthetic Arrest is the first (or at least first that I know of) album by Ventura’s own Glass & Ashes. And though I’ve never seen them live, listening to them through the speakers of my stereo makes me feel like I’m in a packed, sweaty warehouse space, and the P.A. is about to blow out, and the walls are ringing, and I’m surrounded by kids with Rites of Spring and Black Flag t-shirts, and they’re screaming along to every word even though I have no idea what the singer’s going on about. This album just has that intensity. It’s like the band might unravel at any moment, but they manage to barely hold everything together. It’s good stuff. –sean (No Idea)


GITOGITO HUSTLER:
Gito Gito Galore: CDEP
There’s just something about punk rock played by Japanese girls. It’s got a certain chaos and beauty that you just can’t find anywhere else. Gitogito Hustler demonstrates this well. They have some heavy guitar riffs, not unlike their countrymen, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant. There’s a sweet, explosive energy to all the songs, like their countrywomen The 5.6.7.8.s. And, as Rev. Nørb very well may say prior to fouling the CD insert, it all comes in a tight little package. A worthwhile EP here. –sean (Gearhead)


GIANT HAYSTACKS:
Blunt Instrument: LP
As much as I love this band, I was still surprised at how much I liked this album. It’s less frantic than the first one, We Are Being Observed, but that doesn’t detract from the music. Where the early stuff just ran for the finish line, Blunt Instrument takes its time and fleshes out some really great melodies, and also eliminates most of the Minutemen comparisons. There’s a Jam-like ring to the guitar, and it’s almost poppy. And they write great lyrics, to boot. It’s self-released with hand-screened LP covers. Best record I’ve heard so far this year. –Josh (Mistake)


GAY COWBOYS IN BONDAGE:
The Complete Silly Discography (1983-84): CD
I remember first seeing this band’s name on the Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Vol. 1 LP and thinking to myself, “That is a pretty funny name. They probably get a lot of shit for that.” Listening to the song “Domestic Battlefield” that is the first track here and was on the comp, brings back memories of an undefined scene. A punk band was a punk band and the scene was new, not segregated in sub-genres and it was exciting hearing about bands from other cities or countries. It was also easier being a goofball of a band without so many people getting uptight about it. I never did get any of this band’s output, which basically from what I can find, is a demo and a 7”. But being graciously chosen by Sir Bob Suren of Sound Idea/Burrito Records fame to be sent a review copy made me one happy camper! It’s got thirty-four tracks which include the infamous demo, 7” and live tracks to round things out. You can tell in their songs that they were out for a good time and nerds and outcasts knew how to have fun. This is not just for the old guys so they can listen and cry into their beer mugs. If you enjoy the silliness of the Dickies or the Descendents, this should be right up your alley. Order them direct because Bob is selling them on the cheap! Six bucks is one hella deal! –don (Burrito)


FUX, THE:
I’m on TV: CD
Just who are The Fux? One song (“Deathmobile”) sounds exactly like the Mentors; I trust that they’ll take that as a compliment, because they do a magnificent job of calling up the bloated spirit of El Duce. But wait! Another song (“Walk Away”) sounds just like The Dead Milkmen—that dorky, lyrically rambling type of song that tells a semi-pointless story. As with the homage to El Duce, they do an admirable job of calling on the spirit of the Milkmen, but that band always struck me as too dorky and semi-pointless for my tastes, so I like to skip over this song a lot. The rest of the record sounds a lot like Fang…but better because while the maturity level is about the same, these guys at least have a true sense of humor about themselves. Aside from doffing the cap to past legends while carving out their own way, what I found made this record acceptable was the total lack of effort on the part of the Fux to take themselves too seriously (the real klunkers on this record seem to be efforts at being too serious). They should do a Mentors tribute, though… –The Lord Kveldulfr (Valiant Death)


FUCKED UP:
Generation: 7”
Once again, these cantankerous Canucks have managed to put together a record of such mammoth heft that you’d swear it was raining Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox’s body parts outside and, once again, it’s nothing short of awesome. And, like their previous recordings, this one seems to have that same almost otherworldly effortless quality to it. Add to that the fact that they’re whip-smart and that they drop references to things like chaos magick and Gilles de Rais in interviews and claim a kinship with the Vienna Actionists and the Situationist International. Cool stuff. But even if your MTV-trained attention span won’t allow you to appreciate all the esoterica, you can always just tune in to the simple somatic joy of turning the volume up and letting FU blow the blubber off your body. I’m only going to say this once: this band had better not break up; there is some wicked, fecund chemistry at work here. –aphid (Slasher)


FRENCH TOAST:
In a Cave: CD
Rrrrrr, I really hate the fact that I’m not impressed any more by new Dischord releases. Is it just me? Have I actually maintained such a juvenile sensibility that I can’t handle underground music that strays into the realm of the arty and experimental? I mean, there’s nothing wrong with this record or this band (a duo comprised of former members of Fidelity Jones, Make Up, and Nation of Ulysses), but dammitall, I started finding Dischord bands to be a bit dull even a dozen years ago, and this record continues that tradition. There are certainly some interesting moments, but for the most part I didn’t notice the record when it was playing. Perhaps I’m just not cut out to appreciate such stuff, but that’s not my fault—even though I can discern and appreciate a good wine, I still prefer Blatz because it takes a lot less effort to appreciate and get me drunk. [note: reviewer assumes full responsibility for the pointlessness of this review] –The Lord Kveldulfr (Dischord)


FOUR LETTER WORD:
Like Moths to a Flame: CD
There’s a Suburban Voice compilation that has something like thirty-one straight-ahead hardcore songs and one Four Letter Word song. It’s unmistakable when the Four Letter Word song comes on. You can understand every word Welly sings in the beginning. And, yeah, he sings, and pretty well, which I guess would be your first hint that we’re moving out of straight-ahead hardcore. So you’d think that Four Letter Word would stand out like shit in a punch bowl on that comp, but they don’t. There’s such a hardcore attitude to their songs that it transcends narrow genres. And that’s the best way to view Four Letter Word: a hardcore heart wrapped up in the skin of mid-tempo, melodic songs with strong vocals. Like Moths to a Flame is their latest offering. The lyrics are political, very left-leaning and a throwback to Not So Quiet on the Western Front-era punk. The songs make you want to sing along. For those of us who miss bands like Los Olvidados and The Effigies, we could do worse than this new Four Letter Word album. Frankie Stubbs recorded it, too, so you know it sounds good. –sean (Newest Industry)


FORMALDEHYDE JUNKIES:
Self-titled: tape
The return address on this envelope said, “Andy Peterson’s Arme.” Come on, that’s pretty fucking rad! As for the music, uh… I can’t really hear it. It sounds like it might be good, abrasive, skateable, early ‘80s hardcore if they record it better. I mean, I don’t usually bag on production values, but holy shit, the bass drum sounds like a pan of Jiffy Pop and it’s louder than all the other instruments combined. It sounds worse than the Mummies stuff where they just set down a tape recorder in the middle of their practice space. But in the picture, one of them is wearing a Jerry’s Kids shirt, so you’ve got to give them credit for that. –Josh (Formaldehyde Junkies)


ENEMY YOU:
Stories Never Told: CD

San Francisco four piece that cooks up a mean flame on this one—you can cook hotcakes on this baby! Enemy You take elements of some of my favorite bands like Bad Religion and Face to Face, chuck them in the old Bass-O-Matic and lets the scales fly. “East and West” is about some girl who’s in real trouble. Things are so bad she’s singing Journey lyrics into the mirror—ouch! “Something New’ laments the lameness of the U.S. mass counter culture and how it’s taken over everyone’s lives. If Clear Channel weren’t such a bunch of pussies they would play “72 Hours” on the radio because of the catchy chorus—“But some things never seem to change/I’m still the same old kid/I don’t get paid/I don’t get laid/And I don’t really care.” Classic. Trust me—you need this to blast in the car going ninety miles an hour down the freeway. Not that I am condoning breaking the law or anything.

–koepenick (Red Scare)


FLOORIAN:
What the Buzzing: CD
It's a tedious session of hearing tests and musical bowls. I just can't do the spaced-out intergalactic ethereal reverb thing. I didn't even like this kind of music when I used to do hallucinogens. If you want a detailed and dead-on description, find Roger Moser Jr.'s review of this very same CD (try Bomp.com). It's a perfect description of this album that no one could have written better. Damnit, what is that buzzing (swat, swat)? –Staff (Bomp)


FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC:
Self-titled: 12" EP
This started off so good, real chaotic screamy hardcore in the vein of Page 99 or Orchid. Their hearts were in the right place, and they got the right kinda artwork, layout, and format (12" 45rpm on white vinyl with no label art so you gotta read the matrix etching to figure it out). At first I though it was lame that they put out a one-sided record, but honestly, one side is really all they need. By the end of the record, I was tired of it and glad it was over. This isn't a terrible record, it just seems like nobody involved was trying very hard. –ben (McCarthyism.org)


NO TRUTH LIES:
Free Samples: CD-R EP
I get scared when someone gives me something to listen to. I’m pretty picky, and when I put that personal connection of someone handing something to me, I get a little nervous. In this case, I was given this by someone (but this was during Fest, so I’m kind of foggy on who he is) right before (again foggy) Radon was about to start. I ran off before really looking at it. When I got home, I was happy to see that 1) I still had it and 2) it was a band that I’d heard of through A.D.D.’s To Live and Die in Tampa Bay comp (but under their earlier name of Chest Rockwell). It’s good. It’s really good. It’s got that Tampa sound that reminds me of The Tim Version, but definitely walks its own path. This has been getting a lot of play since the Fest, and I’ll be looking for their full-length release (which the notes say has been recorded with three of the songs here and six others in about ten hours, which is awesome). –megan (notruthlies@gmail.com)


NEW WAVE BLASPHEMY:
Self-titled: 7”
So this is screamo? It goes RAAARRARRRR! Then it goes all quiet. Then it goes RAAARRRRAAARRR! Then it slips in electric doodad noise. Here’s my hypothesis: the RAR! parts are for the folks so they can go all fist in the air and then bust the start-the-lawnmower dance move. When it gets quiet, mosh-it-ups can tie their shoes, maybe go find a friend to hold their hoodie before the impending pit action. It’s also for the quieter types, who can say, “I don’t quite get the RAR! part, but I like the parts that sound like Yes and Kraftwork.” The music’s bipolar, like puttering around in a retirement community in a golf cart one second and then zigzagging light speed in a meteor shower the next. Can I blame the Locust? Ultimately, file this next to Jimmy Buffet and Queensryche; a shitload of folks will love it, I guess it’s well played, it gives people happiness, and I’ll just don’t understand the appeal. –todd (No Idea)


NEW BLACK:
Time Attack: CD
The thing about Thick is that they have (had?) the Arrivals, who are one of the best bands ever. Seriously. If you haven’t heard the Arrivals, I feel a small pain for you right now. I could go on for days about Ronnie’s drumming alone. Oh, the other thing about Thick is they put out a whole bunch of other crap like this that I hate. –megan (Thick)


NERVOUS EATERS:
Eat This!: CD
Apart from the initial “Loretta”/“Just Head” KBD material we all know and adore, i’ve always been a fan of the band’s Hot Steel and Acid LP ca. 1987, going so far as to, shall we say, “liberally borrow from” the “Be My Baby” riff for my own twisted purposes (hint: rhymes with “I Wanna Get To Third Base With You”). I also occasionally stick up for the sissy-pants bomp-she-bomp version of “Loretta” that graces their puss-puss, major label, Ric Ocasek-neutered debut album, therefore i feel that, on average, i like (or at least have paid attention to) a fair amount more of the post-KBD Nervous Eaters material than most other nitwits of my ilk. That said, this latest album of punk-via-the-seventies-long-haired- rebel-route-rock fails to cause anything more than polite stirrings in my loins. There are some neat arrangement tricks (falsetto backups in “Scream [When I Dream]”, f’r instance) and the band (or whatever exactly it is at this late date) doesn’t have seem to have lost any critical Drive To Rock, but this is the kind of music that doesn’t sound like much at all if it’s not being played on a large stage with a massively amplified kick drum. Which, as far as i can tell, it is not. BEST SONG: “Scream (When I Dream)” BEST SONG TITLE: “Look Wot U Dun” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Look Wot U Dun” is, amazingly, NOT the Slade song which is misspelled the exact same way. Huh. –norb (No Tomorrow)


MYSTECHS:
Warriors and Warlocks: CD
I’ve always had a soft place in my heart for joke bands, and I don’t mean “joke band” in the Spinal Tap sense, but in the “we’re a real band that goes on tour and puts out records but we have funny lyrics” sense. And not funny lyrics in the Weird Al sense, but in the “our lyrics aren’t necessarily about anything particularly important so let’s just have fun with them” sense. However, as far as joke punk goes, this just doesn’t deliver the same way that Sockeye or the Warlock Pinchers did. I get the jokes. They just aren’t that funny. In that respect, this reminds me of Har Mar Superstar: the musicianship is competent, and it seems like they had a lot of fun making this record. I’m sure there’s an audience for this kind of music, but it’s not me. –ben (Omega Point)


MONITORS:
Self-titled: 7”
Remember those old Hanna Barbera cartoons, where the same backgrounds are repeated over and over again in a loop when a Flinstone was running somewhere? Musically, that’s what’s happening here: repetitive and tinkling new wave with an organ so delicate it almost sounds like soap bubbles popping. With two ex-Kill-a-Watts, I was hoping for something with much more teeth, pubes, and fire. –todd (Fungus Boy)


MILLOY:
More Than a Machine: CD
Holy moly! Right off the first track, “Evel Knievel,” this U.K. band have found some grit. Previous releases I heard were good but this one really puts them on the map. In such a tired genre as is melodicore that is over-saturated by American bands, it’s nice to hear, every once in awhile, a band come out of the mold. This band was lumped in the shadows of Hot Water Music and Leatherface. This is the point that they need to tour internationally and show the world that they belong. The guitars on this recording are crunching with an almost metal production. The mix, which is a problem for many releases, is perfect here. I really can’t find anything to complain about. They have captured their music with perfection. The songs have a mixture of Avail’s live energy and reminds me of what I liked in a band like Consumed. (I’m not a fan but I have seen live footage.) I can see this band capturing the same passion of an audience as a band like Against Me! With the added power, they have not lost the craft of being melodic. The harmonies keep the songs memorable. I like how far this band has progressed and the maturity shows in this release. This release will be a hard one for the band to top. –don (Crackle)


MESRINE:
I Choose Murder: CD
Ultra-fast drumming? Check. Growly burp vocals? Check. Metal guitar noodling? Check. Song title list that reads like a who’s who of serial killers? Check. It’s official: another grindcore album has hit the shelves. –jimmy (Crimes Against Humanity)


MENACE:
Punk Singles Collection: CD
Some things I learned about Menace by listening to this CD: 1) They actually go back to 1977. Dunno why it never occurred to me that they would have roots that friggin’ deep. In truth, I figured they made the scene around 1979 or so, after Sham made their big splash. 2) According to their website, they actually predate Sham 69. Go fuggin’ figure. I always though it was the other way around, as evidenced by the end of the previous number. 3) Their singles have remained consistently good slices of bootboy punk, from the first to the most recent featured here. All the hits are present, including “GLC,” “Screwed Up,” “Insane Society,” and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that you will find many more tunes you’ve never heard to love over the course of listening to this. One of the best, these guys were, and are due the reverence they receive here. –jimmy (Captain Oi)


MEASURE (SA), THE:
Demo 2005: CD-R EP
I pay attention when bands I like recommend another band. I pay more attention when a band I adore (The Ergs!) hands me something by that recommended band, which is how I came to get this. The problem is that I can’t quite nail it down; it’s one of the hardest bands I’ve been faced with describing, which is one of their many charms because they’re so far from sticking to any formula. According to their site, they started as a folk-punk band that just got faster and faster, which is pretty much what it sounds like, so I’ll use that. The female vocals are capable of provoking comfort one minute and a challenge in the next. His voice sounds strangely like Joe Strummer funneled through the belligerence of Shane McGowan. Each song is my favorite song until the next one comes on to take its place. Really good stuff here. –megan (www.themeasuresa.com)


MARDO:
Self-titled: CD
With the self-inflated write up on the insert, I was expecting something a lot more complex with this one. This is simple, simple, mid-tempo hard rock, in an almost old ‘80s metal sort of way. I think I heard dueling Iron Maiden solos in there somewhere. And speaking of the ‘80s, they do a Huey Lewis And The News cover. That left me speechless. –Guest Contributor (House of Restitution)


MALA SANGRE:
Self-titled: 7”
They’re one of the hardest working bands in the SoCal DIY crust movement at the moment. They are part of the latest wave of bands making a big noise on the scene. One of their shows that I have attended was the second of three shows they were to play that day at three different venues. That is dedication and love. They are willing to set up backyard shows for themselves and friends or play any club that will have them. They are not sitting back on their butts and waiting for other people to do things for them. Self-releasing their debut 7” was more in line with their work ethic. The covers were hand silk-screened on cloth. That is a nice touch, making it stand out from all the boring black and white xeroxed covers that are out there. Musically, they are a powerful band that were able to take their live sound to tape. They play a mixture of crust with the hints of d-beat. Singer Guss belts out some mean screaming backed up by a tight, well-rehearsed band that play songs which are dark, metal tinged, and are hammered out with a strong display of energy. I can’t wait to hear what comes out of them in the future. Their progression and the progression of others will continually keep SoCal on the punk map. –don (self-released)


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