Canadian Label Yeah Right Records have put together a pretty impressive compilation album to download and today is the last chance to download it as they’re tallying up the proceeds to send off to the charity so don’t hesitate.

There’s a common saying that goes back centuries which states that evil prevails when good people do nothing.  We’re witnessing the culmination of years of outrage at a lack of justice as it spills out into the city streets.  Things have to change.  We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and we step aside so that their voice may be more clearly heard.

Proceeds from this compilation will be donated to
Black Lives Matter blacklivesmatter.com and blacklivesmatter.ca
and The Black Solidarity Fund Canada www.canadahelps.org/en/black-solidarity-fund/ (donations are matched by a corporate sponsor until July 31st)

Power to the people.

Cover art features an iconic image of Tommie Smith from the 1968 Olympic Games, raising a black-gloved fist on the medal podium while receiving his gold medal for the 200 metre dash.

If you want a few pretty good rock and roll reasons to dig deep then let’s not shy away from 31 bands from 15 cities, each artist appears courtesy of themselves. The exclusive songs on offer like the Awesome Black Halos demo of ‘For You’ or The Streetwalkin Cheetahs who bring ‘Scorpio Rising’ now if that’s not enough reason to part with $7 I don’t know what is.  But hold your horses because there’s more Sick Things add some much-needed cowbell with ‘You Know It Aint Right’.  But wait the excellent ancient Shapes rock up with ‘Separation Anxiety’.

Christ, Red Army are on here as well as Tricky Woo damn this might just be one of the best compilation albums ever never mind this year. Dboy and The Spitfires have entries as well haha! I’m laughing as I think its a steal at such a low buy-in as you get so much bang for your buck and it would be remiss of me to not let you know that Biters are on here as well as the super sleazy rock and roll bubblegum rock of Midnight Towers.

 

There’s a whole host of new bands on me as well that now need investigating and if they’re on a comp as good as this and a label as cool as Yeah Right then I’d be pretty fuckin stupid to not check em out.  Don’t delay folks as this supports a great cause which is really the main thrust of it but to get this much cool music is a bonus.

Never stop fighting good causes and a huge amount of kudos to all the bands and the label for getting behind this. Rock for good causes kids you know it makes sense.

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Author: Dom Daley

What do we want?  Dinosaurs.  When do we want them? Now, What do we want? Action rock! When do we want it? Now! with a side of werewolves please waitress.  Thanks kindly. 

Formed in the winter of 2001, The Cheats decided to create the kind of band that just wasn’t happening in their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA – an old-fashioned, late-70’s-style punk rock ‘n roll band. 

Around 2017 the “Pussyfootin/Rockamania” line-up started falling apart as some band members grew tired of living in a van and playing the dive bars and probably getting paid peanuts. Instead of cashing in his chips and getting a real job Todd decided to put together a band of like-minded musicians that loved to tour and play live. Since the band now had some national notoriety, he didn’t necessarily have to recruit local musicians. The band now features guitarists from two well know rock towns, Devin Holiday from Atlanta, GA and Rob Senomar from Cleveland, OH.

The new line-up immediately started playing shows and writing songs for a new record. After a few short tours, the band hit the studio in the fall of 2019 to create the new album, “Cussin, Crying N’ Carrying On.” Originally slated for a spring release, but due to the pandemic it had to be put on hold for a little while. But at long last, it’s ready to go.

Straight from the off the sleazy loud rock and Roll crashes in as ‘Give Up The Ghost’ signals just what’s to come.  It’s thirteen slabs of hard n heavy punk n roll or fourteen if you pick up the Cd as it has a bonus cover of ‘Juniors Bar’ Todds deep too many smokes and bourbon baritone vocals are suited to a tee.

It’s a record full of Steve Jones crunchy guitar licks and solid rhythms and when they hit the groove they do it really well like on ‘Got Lucky’.  Its got a clear production and songs that contemplate the whys and wherefores like ‘FDF’ or (Fight Drink Fuck) must have taken an age pouring over the deep lyrics not.  It’s in yer face and fist in the air not a million miles from the UK’s very own Anti-Nowhere League to be fair in sound and attitude.

If yer looking for highlights then the dirty sleazy ‘Too Much Too Late’ is good as is ‘Stabbed In The Heart’ in all it mischievous glory from the bass rumble to the gang vocals.  If yer looking for a slow late-night love song or even a street ballad then you’re looking at the wrong band.  The Cheats just play loudly and live it like they love it and tomorrow’s another day – today they shall play and do it at 100 miles an hour – live fast n all that.  Get on it action rockers before they’re gone. 

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Author: Dom Daley

Van Dammes, the garage punk miracle from Helsinki, just released a new music video for their guaranteed summer hit ‘Tax Free World’. The song, blessed with a killer chorus, is from their fourth record ‘Risky Business’. They might be a big noise outta Helsinki but they’re a new one on us here at RPM and they open our new feature ‘Introducing’. We loved the song and they had a video so we thought it deserved an introduction.

 

In the video, the band keeps rocking in the (tax) free world when it was still possible. The video features footage filmed in the band’s record label’s annual summer camp in the Canary Islands.
Also, Van Dammes have ended up as a victim of the coronavirus outbreak and needed to cancel their European tour, including a performance at the opening of the European football championship in Copenhagen. New dates are fortunately already planned for 2021.
The song and the whole record is released by German Rockstar Records,  ‘Risky Business’ came out at the beginning of 2019 and features six tracks including the one featured in the video above. According to the band’s statement, ”Tax-Free World’ is the best music that the Nordic countries can produce at the moment”. Who are we to disagree?
The band is a four-piece – Ilkka Hildén (bass guitar), Markus Kujawa (vocals, synth), Jussi Roine (drums), Juho Talja (vocals, guitar) and they play organ fueled snotty garage punk if you’re a fan of records put out by the likes of No Front Teeth then these might just be for you.  Go check em out and tell em RPM sent you.
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I love a good compilation especially when I’ve never heard of any of the bands (ok almost all of em) and all of a sudden there are a dozen or more bands I’m checking out.  It might be good for my soul but it’s not good for the old bank balance I know that much.

Now the label has turned out bands I’ve got a record or two from and I’ve not been disappointed yet so I’m going in tell my wife and kids I love them I might be a while.

First up are the Italian language Alieni with ‘più giù’ which I’m reliably informed is translated into ‘Further Down’ thank god for that. A convincing and sprightly Giuda style yob rock anthem and pretty good it is too.

 

Alex Dissuader – ‘I’m Gonna Loose My Job’ is a wonderful Boys power poppin’ slice of punk rock call it what you like its got a real early ’80s feel and some Geldof snot in those lead vocals.  Maybe I shouldn’t be so lazy and dig deeper into whats going on in other countries because this comp is excellent and I should make it my job to investigate. Plutonium Baby would have fitted into the Max’s scene for sure with those cool vocals and swirling Iggy keyboards hailing from Rome this is a really catchy tune and I like it a lot. In contrast Blood ’77 are darker more street punk and sound like a blunt instrument attack rather than anything more sophisticated which is fine we need variety. 

If you want to hear what Italy has to offer the world of uncompromising hardcore in the vein of say Fugazi or No means No then in contrast Taxi knock out a convincing return to the Giuda style boot boy rock and roll with a track entitled ‘Gloves’.

Hooray, at last, a band I know and like a lot it’s the snotty ’77 punks Idol Lips and they bring ‘Don’t Need Your Love’ and of course its got that Thunders lick of quality and thunders along like a long lost Dead Boys track with a tonne of energy and a chorus you can easily sing along to, top tune. Well now we’re on a roll a rock and roll and the full-bloodied Tigers In Furs are up next with a real energetic bit of punk n roll entitled ”Tigers In Furs’. To complete a hattrick of really good tunes Mad Rollers turn up and shake their collective shit with the excellent ‘Rock Lovers’.

Well I tip my hat to the cool bands from Italy who have proven that they can rock and roll with the best of them and have their own scene happening and its thanks to cool labels like these for letting the rest of us know what’s on offer out there.  Do yourselves a favour and check out ‘Rock These Ancient Ruins’ its well worth it, trust me.

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Dutch rock ‘n’ rollers The Dirty Denims follow up 2017’s ‘Back With A Bang’ by releasing their brand spankin’ new long player ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’. It sees singer/guitarist Mirjam and guitarist Jeroen joined by a couple of new, denim-clad players aka Marc on bass and Suzanne on drums.

Continuing their tradition of releasing their albums in stages, 5 tracks were released as singles over a period of 6 months, this they entitled ‘Part 1’. Now, July sees the band release their full new album on CD, download and of course lovely vinyl.

 

This Eindhoven based band has been at it for a decade now and sound-wise they follow on where The Donnas left off. The Dirty Denims combine the traditional rock ‘n’ roll sound of The Runaways, Suzy Quatro and The Sweet with a slew of AC/DC riffs thrown in for good measure.

They claim to play ‘Happy Hard Rock’ and don’t take themselves too seriously.  Lyrically, we ain’t talking ‘The Wall’ here, the likes of last year’s single ‘Last Call For Alcohol’ is a testament to that. What they do deal in is upbeat, powerhouse rock ‘n’ roll with a sound and energy that makes you want to turn the dial up a notch and party with the best of them.

With its powerhouse 80’s drums, rumbling bass and tongue-in-cheek lyricism ‘Thunder From Down Under’ tips its hat to AC/DC in more ways than one and they even throw in the riff to The Cult’s ‘Wild Flower’ for good measure. ‘Roll The Dice’ follows a similar path, with killer riffs emanating from each speaker, stabs of piano, high-powered hollerin’ and cool, gang backing vocals.

‘Turn off The Radio’ will incite you to do just that and put a damn record on! Today’s radio tunes are boring anyway, right? The Dirty Denims know that and so do you!  Here, we are in prime power pop Donnas territory. Urgent, anthemic and melodic, just the way we like it. Elsewhere, ‘Creatures Of The Night’ is not the Kiss classic, but it crunches nicely and powers through, a solid traditional 80’s rocker that stands on its own two feet.

‘Band Not a Brand’ is killer, bubblegum pop full of handclaps and organ riffs. It’s their Saturday morning kids TV theme, a  middle finger to high street stores that sell Ramones shirts to Instagram influencers who wouldn’t know ‘Road To Ruin’ if it smacked them in the face. It’s also the best and most commercial song they have released to date.

‘Messin Around’ adds cool handclaps and percussion to the sound. This mixes well with Mirjam’s high octane hollerin’ and Jeroen’s token AC/DC riffage to give 70’s footstomping glam nostalgia.

They like ‘Last Call For Alcohol’ so much they played it twice! The album closes with a ‘Hangover Version’, stripped back and laid bare with acoustics and percussion, it’s the Sunday morning hangover remedy to the Saturday night party.

 

‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ is a fun, party record that does exactly what it says on the tin. The Dirty Denims are doing nothing new, they aren’t here to change the world or preach a message in these uncertain times.  But if you want escapism, if you desire something old school to kick your ass into next week and to blast from the stereo while you hit the highway to Hell, then you could do no better than visit Eindenhoven Rock City for 40 minutes or so.

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Fontaines D.C. have shared a new song and accompanying music video. A live favourite, “Televised Mind” heaves, drones, and churns – a perfect embodiment of the bruised and battered – albeit beautiful – throughline on the band’s forthcoming LP, “A Hero’s Death” (out 31st July via Partisan).

 

 

Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten says of the song: “This song is about the echo chamber, and how personality gets stripped away by surrounding approval. People’s opinions get reinforced by constant agreement, and we’re robbed of our ability to feel wrong. We’re never really given the education of our own fallibility. People feign these great beliefs in order to appear trendy, as opposed to independently arriving at their own thoughts.

We were listening to a lot of The Prodigy and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, specifically their song “Open Heart Surgery”. I was interested in extrapolating those types of chord progressions and capturing this droning, hypnotic feel. That last line repeated over and over [“What ya call it”] is a buffer expression that people used here in Dublin. It’s sort of like “umm” or “well…” – it’s what people say when they’re distracted.”

‘A Hero’s Death’ was produced in London by Dan Carey (Black Midi, Bat For Lashes). The band have previously shared other album highlights “I Don’t Belong,” as well as the title track, which features a music video starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders). Watch HERE.

Last week Fontaines D.C. also announced a run of Spring 2021 UK tour dates, including a show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 27th May, their biggest UK headline show to date. Routing is as follows:

7th May – Manchester Academy
10th May – Leicester De Montfort Hall
11th May – Leeds O2 Academy
12th May – Newcastle O2 City Hall
14th May – Glasgow Barrowland
17th May – Cambridge Corn Exchange
18th May – Sheffield O2 Academy
20th May – Birmingham O2 Academy
21st May – Cardiff Great Hall
22nd May – Bristol O2 Academy
24th May – Bournemouth O2 Academy
25th May – Southampton O2 Guildhall
27th May – London Alexandra Palace

Supports TBC

Tickets will go on sale Friday 3rd July at 9AM BST – at fontainesdc.commetropolismusic.comseetickets.com and ticketmaster.co.uk.

The band’s UK tour will be preceded by a new run of EU headline tour dates set to take place across March and April 2021. Tickets will also be going on sale this Friday at 9AM BST / 10AM CET. Full routing and more info can be found HERE.

Electric Death Rodeo is a new band project founded by Johnny Cobra (Motor City Mayhem/Shotgun Express) and Schtifn J Firebird(Johnny Firebird/ The Holy Kings/ Erection). Teamed up with TV Mörk on drums(Radio Dead Ones/Gang Zero /The Black Halos) Electric Death Rodeo released their first 4 track this month. With their sound settled somewhere between early scandinavian action rock and 77′ punkrock EDR is the perfect soundtrack to drink your blues away. ‘Nighthawk’ reminds us of some cool mellower Clash but regardless it’s a great tune from a great EP you should check em out on Bandcamp / Facebook

Jaz Coleman proudly announces his new project Black & Red, a collaboration with Ondrej Smeykal. Listen to Black & Red’s debut single ‘On The Day The Earth Went Mad’ across all digital platforms here: https://jazcoleman.com/on-the-day-the-earth-went-mad-store/ and the single is also available as a limited edition numbered red vinyl 10” via Cadiz Music.
The Black and Red project was born in Australia in 2010 when I set out to find the greatest virtuoso of the didgeridoo only to find the maestro of the instrument resided in Prague where I lived. Upon my return to Czech Rep, I was introduced to Ondrej Smeykal 
We ended up not just developing an ancient instrument * but recording the Black and Red project (adding only Indian Harmonium) and an explosive duo was formed which could recreate the recording live perfectly. The funny thing is  Black and Red only made sense after lockdown”  explains the prophetic Jaz Coleman.

Jaz Coleman began this project with a single challenge, “to create and develop a new therapeutic musical system whose primary function was healing. The project was called the Dodecahedron as a dual tribute to the Russian scientists Morasov and Makarow who began to examine the globe to see if any pattern should emerge linking significant places in history…..” To read Jaz Coleman’s explanation in full go to: https://jazcoleman.com/
To order the new 10” vinyl single alongside exclusive merchandise go to Jaz Coleman’s new official websitehttps://jazcoleman.com/
Who’s Mad Now ! certainly not the maverick genius Jaz Coleman.

A Fistful More of Rock & Roll, Volume 3 contains Twenty Six of the best Rock n Roll bands from all over the world! Originally slated for release in January of this year manufacturing problems and a pandemic pushed it back to July 31, 2020. Although all the bands/songs are sweaty, beer-soaked denim dripping Rock n Roll, Available on CD and gatefold double LP.

Liner notes from Producer Sal Conzonieri of Electric Frankenstein.

A Fistful MORE of Rock & Roll – Volume 3 continues in the same tradition that the original 13 volumes of A Fistful of Rock ‘n’ Roll did from 2000 to 2007. 

It’s the Return of the Return of Rock ‘n’ Roll,Call it what you like Action Rock Punk n Roll does it really matter? It’s Straight down and dirty, Loud n lustful, Action Rock revolution, High Energy Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll yadda yadda yadda.

Action Rock, Punk N Roll, Hard Rock now we’ve established that you can actually call it what you like if its good I’ll give it a spin and if it’s not then no thanks I’ll pass.  This new age of “Action Rock” is churning out records at a rate of Knotts and for the convenience of keeping all these alternative bands under one umbrella, I happen to think its in rude health.  Having covered a lot of these bands over the years I find it warming that they’ve been brought together  thanks to the super hard work of Sal.

Starting in the late 80s and early 90s, a worldwide Rock revival / New Rock Revolution sprang up, from Scandinavia to the USA to Australia to Wales. Spontaneously, around the world, a group of bands developed this new sound, such as Poison Idea, Action Swingers, Bullet Lavolta, Big Chief, The Fluid, Blue Hippos / Otto’s Chemical Lounge, Celebrity Skin, The Kings of Oblivion, Flower Leperds, Fearless Leader, The Lazy Cowgirls, The Donnas, The New Bomb Turks, The Didjits / The Lee Harvey Oswald Band / The Gaza Strippers, Dwarves, Zeke, Supersuckers, The Hookers, Nashville Pussy, Easy Action, Trash Brats, Candy Snatchers, Adam West, The Cherry Valence, Jakkpot, The Upper Crust, Speedealer, B-Movie Rats, The Stitches, The Humpers, Rocket from the Crypt, The Superbees, The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs, Zen Guerilla, The Murder City Devils, The Mud City Manglers / The Cheats, D Generation, Electric Frankenstein, The Black Halos, The Spitfires, Danko Jones, American Ruse, TV Killers, Dumbell, Temporal Sluts, Thee STP,  Aerobitch, The Pleasure Fuckers, Safety Pins, The Nomads, Puffball, The Rockets, The Hives, Gluecifer, The Flaming Sideburns, The Hellacopters, Backyard Babies, Turbonegro, The Onyas, The D4, The Datsuns, The Powder Monkeys, The Panadolls, Mustang, Hoss, Teengenerate, Supersnazz, Jet Boys, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, and so on, that were all featured on the first series of the “A Fistful of Rock ‘n’ Roll” compilations.

Today there is a whole new generation of young bands and (cough, cough) not so young bands delivering the goods and knowing exactly where the action is.  they have built upon what the previous bands started, keeping Punk Rock ‘n’ Roll alive and full of high energy. Thus, a second series is necessary to document this: “A Fistful MORE of Rock & Roll”; No mistakes at all when I say this is one of the loudest compilations and no quarter is given not even an inch.  Side one pairs up Deathtraps with Egyptian Gay Lovers both playing loudly but both offer something quite different from each other. As far as Deathtraps go they’ve just released an excellent album full to the brim of loud rock and roll and a leap in quality from the first which was pretty impressive as it goes.

Flexx Bronco opens up side two with a cool rocker ‘Heart on the Floor’ and again it’s sounding quite different from the Elvis meets Danzig rock of Nevadah and ‘Iggy Dog’ but I have to admit I have a soft spot for the most excellent Drippers record ‘Solitary Speaking’  rumbles along like a freakin’ steam train heading for oblivion.  A quite ferocious cut for sure. Then to follow that with Randy Savages Rockin’ and a rollin’ on their single Guilty of Nuthin’ is an exceptional burst of energy and how can anyone not get behind that guitar solo!

Of the bands I’ve never heard before Joecephus and the George Jonestown Massacre is one with a bit of a mouthful but fear not Rockers the guitars are slung low and the energy levels are in bloom. Moving away from the Punk n roll attitude of a band like Randy Savages you have The Dirty Denims who pray at the altar of DC and all things ROCK!

There are some bands I’ve not heard anything from in quite a while and to be fair bands like The Cheats are kicking serious backside as is Dog Toffee someone I’ve not hear anything from in a while and they sound excellent as do East Coast Low another new one on me and their solid thump.

It might be an idea to listen to this in healthy chunks so as to not overwork your brain and to give your speakers a chance to recover.  Projeckt Daghouse  are kicking up a hellish racket but they are overshadowed by a band I’ve championed since hearing their debut. Poison Boys have got the lot from the pretty faces going to hell. But trying to pick a favourite side is like being forced to choose between the kids.  But don’t tell anyone but the last record is freakin awesome such is the quality of songs on offer.

It’s fair to say I’m impressed and this is right up there with the best for sheer quality and like I said earlier the amount of hard work that went into making this project a reality and all these cool bands delivering the goods on mass is a real Boon to the scene. An honour and a feather in the caps of those who get featured and being associated with such a quality compilation.  I hope Sals turned his attention to volume 14 and I look forward to hearing who and what is on offer because this is only the beginning of the second wave. Now if only this virus would be kind enough to fuck off and let us get back to live shows maybe we can see some of these bands in the flesh tearing it up around the stages of the world.

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Author: Dom Daley

2020 sees the third Cd Ep release from Kid Klumsy on STP Records, following on from 2018’s ‘Spit Your Dummy Out’ and 2019’s ‘Singing Our Souls’, the bands fun take on life, music and everything in between continues to progress alongside their ever-growing confidence on recordings and on stages (naturally currently on hold due to the worldwide pandemic).
This Six track EP sees Kid Klumsy return to the studio and open the EP with a subtle opening track ‘Boobs’ yup it is indeed called Boobs.  I guess it’s about chesticles, knockers, Breasts or just boobs.  A decent enough opener that is less metal than previous releases.  But the second track ‘Don’t Count On Me’ is much more like it.  With a decent bassline and Weab taking on the vocals in his own range that far better suits his style of delivery and the song is easily head and shoulders above anything, they’ve penned previously. It doesn’t stray far from the in yer face punk-metal cross over and fans will be drawn to the crunch of ‘Little Boy Thursday’.  The band sounds tight and aggressive on ‘The Lost Art’.  There’s nothing complicated about it and the vocal harmonies work well as does the guitar solos that will have fans reaching for the badminton racket (hang on like anyone who is into KK has a badminton racket) Cricket bat I mean. ‘Soup’ is blunter, its foot on the wedge and play hard.
As for the final track, I’m not sure if I’m meant to laugh or cry the crazy fuckers have only gone and thrown in a messed up ‘Caravan Of Love’.  I’m sure the finale to any Klumsy show will now forever entail a very messy singalong version of this. ‘Streets Of London’ it isn’t tongue in cheek? I so hope so and when the tape stopped I’d like to think they all fell about laughing out loud.  Daft Buggers. As Kid Klumsy evolves and finds their feet this EP shows they mean business.
There is a hidden extra track ‘Yesterdays Not Here’ featuring Rachel Reeves and is for a proposed album of Pete Shelley covers to be issued on Secret Public records initially as a digital download and at a nominal price, proceeds will benefit the Pete Shelley memorial campaign. https://www.yesterdaysnothere.co.uk/ . No offense Weab but this is the best track on the EP mate 😉
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Author: Dom Daley
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