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BLUE BLOODS, THE:
Non-Rhotic: CD
First release from this Boston band in ten years! Was it worth the wait? Absolutely! Fourteen barn-burners are presented, showing that the chops are still intact. “Click” and “Drawn and Quartered” have been getting repeat action, but this one is flame resistant from start to finish. It looks like there a handful of reworked Pug Uglies classics included as well, since they seem to share a member. If that is not enough to wet your whistle, they sample Weird Science on the last song. What else do you need to know?  –koepenick (East Grand)


BLIND SHAKE, THE:
Breakfast of Failures: LP
The guitar on here is so heavy and dark I was a little fearful it was on the wrong speed, as it sounded too good to be true. The opening to “OldLake” sounds like it could be a Melvins’ song—the guitar sounds that good! Then the drums kick in and it gets noisy and out of whack from that point on in. There’s an uneasiness in these songs that is alluring, something that would sound perfect in a show like True Detective. These songs are dark—mixing punk, psych, surf, and other strains of rock’s distant glories to make this sinister sound. The songs are moderately fast paced, catchy, slightly damaged, and wound tight. “Parachute” bounces back and forth from a fast, driving pace to bouts of laying back and assessing the moment, then that gives way to the swaggering “Dots in the Fog.” Towards the end of the album, after the driving “Pollen,” things start to get a little more noisy and drawn out when they slip into “In a Trance,” and they ride it out until the very end.  –Matt Average (Goner)


BLACK RAINBOW:
Self-titled: LP
You’re going to form a relationship with Black Rainbow. They designed the walls of your dream home. They’re coming over to feed the cats while you’re on vacation. They’re in your kitchen, humming as steel-cut oats warm for breakfast. Black Rainbow are the friends you trust with your house keys or that you call, even after two years of no contact, when a real problem arises. So it makes sense that Black Rainbow is the fuzzy favorite blanket at the foot of your bed. It’s extra warm, can wipe away your tears, doubles as a superhero cape, or provides your dog with a home base. If you’re familiar with Allergic To Bullshit, Miami, or Los Canadians, you’re already tight and you’ll just be accepting another friend into your circle. If not, take a chance and wrap yourself up in the warmth of Black Rainbow’s friendship. “Hold on to what’s possible.”  –Matt Seward (Starcleaner)


BITCH QUEENS:
Kill Your Friends: CD
Kill Your Friends is a well-produced, sleazy, punky, bar rock record from Basel, Switzerland. Certainly not for all tastes, the vocalist is adept, as are the players. The lyrics are somewhat embarrassing, but that’s par for the course with this sort of cock rock- influenced material. Turbojugend members worldwide will rejoice. Everyone else will run for the door. Which side are you on?  –Art Ettinger (Luxnoise)


BIG CRUX:
Ponchito: LP
This has “Minutemen” writ large across it in big letters, but don’t be quick to dismiss it as rehash. ‘Tis true they owe much to that much ballyhooed band of yore—the tinny telecaster sound, the song lengths, even their name I’m guessing was cribbed from a line in “Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing”—but they take that inspiration off in other interesting directions (choruses and bilingual lyrics that don’t read quite as much like blue-collar haikus, for starters) as well as mooshing in bits of other influences and sounds to brand the resulting output as theirs. While today’s prevailing trend seems to be to stick to pre-determined and pre-approved templates, it’s nice to hear a band that sounds like they’re trying to build a divergent path off a band that built a divergent path. This is aces, I can only see them getting better from here, and I bet they rip live.  –jimmy (B


BETTER OFF DAMNED:
Endless Fight: CD
I don’t really seek out this type of HC regularly these days, but this is a pretty solid load of pissed songs in a relatively old school style. There are some breakdowns. Some back-ups. They don’t get all emotional or experimental. Nothing ground breaking, but well done. This album keeps the pace. I tend to still look for a mosh riff to put a HC album over the top for me, but if you’re esoteric about hardcore, this would be a good CD to have.  –Billups Allen (Better Off Damned)


BEN DISASTER:
“Another Word” b/w “Come Alive, Close My Eyes”: 7”
This was my favorite record of the lot this month. It reminds me of the bands like the Plimsouls that fell just off popularity’s beaten path. The vocals are rough in a sincere Replacements kind of way. The music is mostly upbeat with a dirty rock and roll vibe. This is the kind of band that you’d hear in a dive bar and fall in love with.  –Ryan Nichols (Crude City)


BEEKEEPERS:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Beekeepers lead their record off with a faux-jazz, four-minute-long spiel about the inane and depressing life of a warehouse employee called “Pallet Stacking.” The following two songs are uniform with the central theme of brainless consumerism and a depressingly mind-numbing suburban existence. The presentation is artful, although at times musically grandiose, which is a turn off for me. I do appreciate that the effort is DIY with all the songs being recorded at either their homes or work places, but the final product still leaves a lot to be desired. Anti-authoritarian bands such as Crass shared similar views but opted for reckless aggression to drive their point across and it worked so much better than avant garde saxophone blowing ever will.  –Juan Espinosa (X!)


BEDS, THE:
Ride Again: Cassette
Some serious bad trip potential happening on this one, which speeds up the riffs from side B of My War from trudge to mid-tempo and throws in blown-out amp scuzz. At first, I thought the singer’s screaming vox were gonna be all Springa all the time, but he has chops, and can mix it up: deadpan on some songs, howling on others, with echo mixed in to sinister effect. Hostility reigns supreme throughout. These cats would fit seamlessly into a Metz/Ex-Cult bill. Recommended.  –Michael T. Fournier (Ranch)


BATS, THE:
Demo 5:26:84: 12”EP
The Bats are the kind of band that gets forgotten easily. Even today, many great bands play shows and break up without recording, but that was even truer in the pre-digital era. Michael Chabon, best known for his novels including Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys, briefly fronted The Bats:, a cool, very ‘80s- sounding band in the vein of the Meat Puppets. Two of the members of The Bats are currently in the stellar Pittsburgh act The Sicks. The download included with the vinyl also features a recording of the one full live set Chabon performed with The Bats. Not just an article of historical interest, these songs hold up well, with the vinyl having an incredible quality, considering the fact that it was mastered from a demo tape. Mind Cure Records continues to perform a tremendous public service by restoring fascinating works from Pittsburgh’s past. Bassist Lee Skirboll’s liner notes are as interesting as the music, rounding out this must-have release.  –Art Ettinger (Mind Cure)


BASIC SKILLS REVIEW:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Six-song platter from this band that hails from the rolling hills of Virginia. Obviously, they’re fans of some of their former neighbors (like Scream), but these gentlemen bring more than their influences to the party. Melodic hardcore with vocals that rail against injustice makes for a potent combination. All of these players have paid their dues in the DC underground. The end result is fantastic. “Infinity” is the fresh horse out of the gate for me, but they all burn hard and fast. Do yourself a favor and grab this bad boy. Reston Hardcore=represent!  –koepenick (Undercurrent)


BARRERACUDAS:
“Promises, Promises” b/w “Young & Dumb”: 7”
There’s something indefinable about Barreracudas’ ability to capture the early evening airiness of the sliver of ‘80s bands that did this kind of music well enough to remain relevant. I’m already a fan, and Barreracudas have not disappointed yet. They have a knack for this type of catchiness. Both songs are solid. Power pop-inspired rock’n’roll great for listening to while leaning on a wall.  –Billups Allen (Oops Baby)


AWESOME AND THE ASSKICKERS:
Quit Fucking with Our Crops!: CD
I have never dropped acid, but I have now listened to Awesome And The Ass Kickers, a band of men in capes and luchador masks that sound like The Aquabats if they wrote an album’s worth of material for Rancid. This album is fucking weird but it will be in my rotation for a while. I like the sound and the playfulness of the songs. There is a strange connection to Tombstone pizza—an entire song and the band doing an advertisement for the product in the liner notes—don’t ask me what that’s all about. Good music, anyway.  –John Mule (Self-released)


AUSMUTEANTS:
Order of Operation & Fed through a Tube: LP & 7”
How does a band appear seemingly out of nowhere, being so young yet so fully formed? There are only a few I can think of in the past fifteen or so years (Reatards, Exploding Hearts, Davila 666, Horribly Wrong). Add to this list Australia’s Ausmuteants. Order of Operation is their second LP and second this year (I’m not sure where to place their Split Personalities tape, which was recently pressed on LP). On top of two LPs this year, there’s this Total Punk 7” and at least two other 7”s that I know of. Think Ramones-ish rhythms with synths. Themes are of everyday life: alienation, even from one’s own friends (“Freedom of Information” and “Depersonalisation”); having to pretend you like someone’s band just because they’re nice. Some critics dub Ausmuteants as “dumb” but they really don’t get it, and might just deserve to be stabbed with a pitchfork. Keep your eyes and ears on these kids!  –Sal Lucci (Goner / Total Punk)


ASYLUM:
Self-titled: 7”
This is the type of band that could be on Profane Existence’s roster if the songs were more politically minded. Don’t get me wrong, this band has very intelligent lyrics and content, they just tend to lean on the human spirit for subject matter. The song “Shitshow” focuses on ridding yourself of apathetic behavior and taking assertive action or you’ll, “endure a blind existence with a faint, tepid heart.” This is what I’m talking about—the words are beautiful, and the strong message is there. Musically, they’re angsty hardcore punk with a metal tinge. Fans of Nausea, Appalachian Terror Unit, and Skarp will enjoy. Good stuff. Seek it out.  –Kayla Greet (Vinyl Conflict)


ANGRY DEAD PIRATES, THE:
Garage Music for Mind and Body: LP
At this point, garage rock seems to be the premiere scene of rock music for the last decade or so. Sometimes, that’s great. I love a good garage record, but it seems to translate to letting a lot of bands just sort of phone it in. Just enough slack in the vocals to make it sound like the singer doesn’t care, just enough reverb in the guitar to make it sound like guitarist is always about to miss the notes, just enough simplicity in the drums to never confuse anyone where the song is going. It just gets rather uninspiring sometimes. Angry Dead Pirates at their best do what at least a hundred other bands do, but not in a way that raises your eyebrows. You simply see it, think, “Yeah, that sounds alright,” and move on with your day. Interchangeable garage rock. Grade: C.  –Bryan Static (Frantic City, franticcity.free.fr / Barbarella Club / Laboratoire)


ACID BABY JESUS:
Vegetable: 7” EP
If Lenguas Largas huffed paint and looped Warhol’s Blood for Dracula, Acid Baby Jesus from Athens, Greece would be their kaleidoscopic hallucinations. “Vegetable” is psychedelic garage rock, while “Brain Damage” is textural noise-scapes destined to upset your dog. These two songs would make a great soundtrack to your home haunt, but for those who prefer catchiness over atonality, Acid Baby Jesus is too abstract. Sadly, the record doesn’t include an insert so I can’t comment on the lyrics, but I have never been disturbed by cauliflower and baby tomatoes until I saw Vegetable’s cover. That can’t be achieved with words.  –Sean Arenas (Slovenly)


AARON & THE BURRS:
Release the Bats!: 7”
Two snappy surf tunes, all major chord zippy and true to the genre. Considering the horror motif used in the artwork and song titles one would’ve expected a bit more of a somber tone to the proceedings, but they do what they do well.  –jimmy (Feral Kid)


YOUNG LADIES:
We Get By: LP
Comprised of members of Discount, Bridge And Tunnel, Moniker, and Latterman, which is quite the résumé, Young Ladies come with high expectations. It’s a good sign when the LP begins with a Rod Serling narration and a cut into the LP’s strongest song, “Wake Up, Let’s Go.” Then five songs sneak by and none have left an impression. Young Ladies brand of poppy punk doesn’t stand out: the consistent tempo throughout is partly the culprit. The arrangements and lyrics about personal insecurities are similarly formulaic: “I don’t want to live with you,” “I don’t want to see any other people I know,” and “I don’t know what I’m doing” are the opening lines to three separate songs. I would have been happier watching The Twilight Zone’s “Mr. Bevis.”  –Sean Arenas (No Breaks)


WORMWORD:
Self-titled: CDEP
Wormword is a two-man band (one guy plays drums and the other plays guitar, bass, and sings) comprised of members of Doomriders and Cast Iron Hike. Their sound is reminiscent of the intensity and heaviness of Germany’s Tranewreck, but darker and sludgier. With only five songs, it’s hard to get a good feel for what the band’s potential is. Much of the sound was redundant, but the lead track, “Hollow Black Eyes,” was the standout. The music pulls back part way through and then kicks back in and ends with a guitar solo. Nothing fancy, but it helped make for some diversity compared to the following songs which all seemed to just go on with nothing to decipher one from another. If they could put out another album with some diversity, I’d be game, but as it stands now I think I’ll pass.  –kurt (Patac)


WATCHER’S WOODS:
Autumn: Cassette
It’s not just that these sound like lost ‘80s demos from a dark, misanthropic band that never got to play with Bauhaus even though they should have. It’s not just that they sound authentically small-town, fed up with the piece of shit people they have to deal with, who probably own Vatican Shadow records and follow what’s going on with Blackest Ever Black. It’s not just that they want to sabotage greedy land developers because they rightly love the forest. It’s not just that the tape comes with sprigs of chicory and mugwort, and that the original title of their first demo was, allegedly, Fuck Everything about This Society. It’s also that Mary Rage’s guitar is perfect and every song is a hit in some world that’s much better than our world. Seeing they had a song called “Kill Cops, Not Trees” made me an instant life-long fan. Can’t wait to see what they do next.  –Matt Werts (Self-released)


WANK FOR PEACE:
Fail Forward: CD
The global influence of Lifetime and Avail cannot be denied. Wank For Peace would likely not exist but for the tremendous power and spread those bands continue to enjoy. Wank For Peace is from France and this is not their first release. Not only is Wank For Peace gaining popularity in Europe, but they’re also getting known in North America as well through playing shows in both the U.S. and Canada. Action Patrol proved way back when that it was possible to surpass Avail through tribute. Fail Forward is powerful enough that these talented kids might again prove that an Avail knockoff can sometimes be preferable to the original. There’s no failing whatsoever on Fail Forward.  –Art Ettinger (Shield Recordings)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
They Came to Destroy the Carolinas: CD
Based on the sound of the lion’s share of music on here, Black Sabbath is apparently the “they” referenced in the title, for their heavy boots are stamped all over this disc. Sludgy Iommi-isms abound throughout the tunes meted out by bands with names like Blood Bucket Joint, Mountain Of Judgement, Math Is Hard, The Lab Rats, and many others. Then, just when you think you’ve got the whole thing sussed out, some trashy garage or a swampy bit of oddness comes wafting through the speakers, and it gets even more diverse in delivery as it goes on, adding weird new wave, Cookie Monster metal, and even acoustic guitar into the mix. Was a bit apprehensive at the outset, but all told, it ain’t a bad comp in the least.  –jimmy (Dead Wax)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
The New Wave of the Grave New Beat: CD
An international comp featuring twenty songs from twelve bands ostensibly repping a “new” direction in the whole D-beat phenomenon: using Discharge’s Grave New World era as the template. As with the lion’s share of stuff inspired by Discharge, the best of the bunch is the stuff that veers radically away from the basic sonic template (one tune is a quiet piece played on a piano), and the rest sound like, well, assorted bands covering Discharge, even if the songs they’re playing are “original” compositions. Boring. Look, I understand influence. As the Big Boys once sang, “everybody has their own.” Hell, many of my favorite bands have drawn heavy influence from Discharge, as have I on occasion. Going out of one’s way to sound as like another band as possible, however, shows the same staggering lack of creativity as blatantly stealing old band names, logos, and visual ephemera and trying to pass them off as your own. For good or ill, even Discharge understood that templates are made to be bent, twisted, stretched, mutated, or decimated, not revered and adhered to with blind dogmatic ardor. That’s what church is for.  –jimmy (Our Future)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Roaster: 10”
Four bands, two songs each. Minneapolis punk by way of Fest, except from Scotland. All four bands in the Rivethead / Off With Their Heads / Banner Pilot vein. Everything here is competently written, played, sung, and recorded. Unfortunately, nothing really stands out. In fact, the most striking thing about this record is the cover, and that’s not a good thing, as it is wholesale theft of Slayer’s Postmortemcover, complete with Slayer lettering and pentagram. What does that imagery have to do with the music contained on the record? Nothing. Just the latest in a long line of blatant imagery theft in punk (see: the Black Flag bars), and I’ll never understand it. Create your own identity and stop copying.  –Chad Williams (Make-That-A-Take, makethatatake.bandcamp.com, make_that_a_take_records@yahoo.co.uk / Team Beard, teambeardrecords.net, mail@teambeardrecords.net)


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