Stiff Richards – ‘Got It To Go’ (Legless Records via Bandcamp) New music from Australias Stiff Richards is always going to get our attention. Got It To Go isn’t the wild unleashed wreckless drunken ride but a more measured confident groove. It was mentioned it had the same vibe as Bronx and that’s a decent shout both bands are top-notch and when they cut loose their brimming with urgency and when they kick back (as it were) they sound like this. One song is fantastic but we want more so when you’re ready chaps we’ll have that long-player, thanks. and the good news there is its coming out soonish from legless in Australia and its getting a European release from Drunken Sailor Records. In the meantime check out the single here
Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions – ‘Only Got Eyes For You’ (Avenue Recordz) You want anthems for singles? fuckin’ right you do. In these tough times how about bands release singles ahead of an album and make it a bloody good un or else. SV & The Eruptions have only gone and done that twice before now with this being the last un before the album hits us in December. This one might just be the biggest sounding of the lot with a confident mid-paced number and judging by the lyrics maybe SV has softened and penned a love song (of sorts) its certainly his best vocal delivery yet with a fantastic melody and one that burrows down into the ear and sets up camp and you find yourself singing hours later. The sign of a good single? I think so. It also features ‘Snap Backbone’ from the ‘Ramraid’ EP & ‘Together Forever As Ghosts’ from ‘Shit Generation’. SV & The Eruptions are prolific and they seem to be getting better and better at this songwriting lark – long may it continue. Oh and that artwork is creepy as fuck. Buy it Here check em out – Facebook / Website
Matty James Cassidy – ‘Old Souls’ (Pirate Heart Records) taken from the album of the same name Matty infuses his folk and rock and roll roots to create a great song mixing electric with acoustic but then takes it to the next level with some welcome and excellent saxophone. There’s a bit of the Clash in here and some. Matty has expanded the troubadour tag and turned in a really impressive song to showcase his new album Website
Gob Patrol – ‘Sin City’ (Riot Records) Of course its punk rock. With a name like Gob Patrol, it wasn’t ever not going to sound like The Exploited doing Rancid doing GBH. Nothing wrong with that either. ‘Sin City’ is easy on the ear and dumb and full of fun. These Vegas punks kick-off ‘Anarchy’ as if to solidify their punk rock credentials. It’s pretty decent if the UK82 scene was your thing. It not original but then why should it be they’re just kicking the can down the road and pogoing for fun with their mates. Good on ’em I say and get down to sin city and pogo pogo! Pre-order/pre-save Sin City HERE
The Urethras ‘Patronized’ (Pirates Press Records) Pissed off teenagers from California writing punk rock songs in 2020 who’d have thought it? Raw, unapologetic, and raging against the machine. Throw in a global pandemic, raging fires in their backyards and you’ve got a ticking time bomb of angst and it sounds like it. Imagine a rough house Rancid, Some 82 punk and the usual suspects like Dead Kennedys or Germs and a heap of Straight edge bands who used to turn CBGB into a frothing mess The Urethras are kickings it. ‘Patronized’ is that sound. Good on you kids and I mean that in a non patronising way. As for the name stop giggling you nutters. Facebook
Antagonizers ATL – ‘Black Clouds’ (Pirates Press Records) Oi, Oi Now rounded out as a 6 piece, Antagonizers ATL has this single out as a glimpse of the future as these street punks get ready to release the long-player with a Celtic tinge it’s not as oirish as say a Dropkick Murphys but it’s cut from a similar cloth.
The song features some extra vocals from labelmate Matt Henson (NOi!SE)as if these street punks needed help on those gang vocals.
Antagonizers ATL’s brand of dirty rock n’ roll is on full display, and these Atlanta working class street punks have carved their teeth in the scene with a relentless work ethic and a commanding live show for the better part of a decade. Fill yer glass and get a jig on street punks are in the room.
Atomic Zeros – ‘Dirty Game’ (Ghost Highway Records) A cool sleazy slab of garage rock with a great hook on the chorus. A really well-written song with some fine crunchy guitars borrowing a lick or two from the likes of Gluecifer and knocking out a cover of The Lord’s classic ‘Russian Roulette’ on the B side is never going to end badly with us. Curiously the second cover of the same song in a month. Once again the do the track proud with a killer version. Super limited numbers available from the best label in Spain Here or from the band Here
The Slackers – ‘Blue’ (Pirates Press Records) Normally, in the months leading up to arguably the biggest election, you wouldn’t want to go about releasing a new record for your band… Unless of course, that song was a taste of the color and voice you want to lend to the dialogue.
NYC legends trumpet tooting mellow bit of Ska. Harking back to some classic first wave The Slackers turn in a chilled out ‘Blue’ before the storm of what might follow. It’s not heading to the top of the charts any day soon but who cares this is great especially the Dub version (like it needed a Dub Version) Facebook
The Imbeciles – ‘Yes I Am’ Scuzzy mysterious punk rockers release the first video from their EP that’s released later this month containing 6-tracks the EP ‘Dissolution Sessions’ will be out at the end of October. Until then this amusing video deals with the band’s lineup changes as well as showcasing their wonderful talent for penning garage rock and roll the song has a great hook and who doesn’t love a riff like that?