One beacon of light for music fans worldwide throughout this sorry Covid-19 mess has to be the website Bandcamp. It’s given us a veritable treasure trove of new stuff to discover these past six months (The Hip Priests, Bob Vylan, Division Of Laura Lee, Stay Voiceless and Phoxjaw to name but a few of those all getting some of my shilling) plus to top it all off they also went and set up “fee waiver days” to further support their clientele currently unable to work.

Now that to me really is keeping with the true spirit of punk rock, so it’s kind of apt that Scott ‘Deluxe’ Drake a veritable legend of the US punk rock scene has decided to utilize the platform to launch his new band Guerrilla Teens.

Having already released a contender for album of the year in the shape of ‘Bats From Planet Skull’ (via the then already disbanded Lovesores) back in April, Scott has wasted little time in bringing us Guerrilla Teens – formed once again out of Portland Oregon by members of The Humpers, Lovesores, Suicide Notes, Magick Gardens, Epoxies, 8 Foot Tender and Sex Crime, with the band line up consisting of Guerrilla Deluxe aka Scott Drake on vocals, Anna Bananas aka Anna Anderson on bass and vocals, Deaf Jeff aka Jeff Fieldhouse on guitar and vocals, Tim Panzee aka Tim Connolly on drums and vocals and finally Saul Teen aka Saul Koll on guitar.

Originally released via Bandcamp in staggered bite-size segments across consecutive months ‘All Our Hits’ is all the band’s Covid-19 demos, together in one convenient package, however in saying this the most immediate thing that hits you from the first guitar chime of opener ‘Dillinger Red’ is just how NOT demo sounding these tracks actually are. Each of the ten tracks bristling with uneasy low-slung guitar energy, the bass and drums pumping out hypnotic rhythms over which Scott works his trademark sneering vocal magic.

Take one listen to the likes of ‘Tell Me What To Do’, ‘Super Aces’ or ‘Black Weather’ and you’ll feel the immediate need to self-isolate with this album on constant rotation.  It’s infectious and dangerous and if it does ever get a physical release it absolutely demands the full gatefold vinyl treatment just so you can lie on your bed, headphones cranked, staring dreamily into the band members bloodshot eyes.

Straight outta the Covid-19 garage, Guerrilla Teens really are a full throttle sonic assault on the senses – a 100% ballad free zone, which in these anxious times, really is music to my (perma-ringing) ears

Looking ahead Guerrilla Teens have already stated (right here on RPM) that post lockdown they would love to tour the UK and Europe just to kick the living shit out of Boris Johnson, plus of course play ‘All The Hits’. So, please make sure you all click on the link below – go purchase your download and let’s make this happen!!!

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Author: Johnny Hayward

Up today in our feature of Introducing a band you probably aren’t familiar with yet but should be we bring you all the way from Portland US of A….Guerrilla Teens. Read the feature and it’ll become apparent why you seriously need to check these out.

We asked a few questions and got a prompt reply it might not have been to answer our questions but its a reply none the less.  In full…

“This year, as a researcher for the Oregon Center for Musical Anthropology, I have been monitoring the activities of the “Guerrilla Teens”, a group of aggressive feral orphans living in the shadows of our state’s largest city, Portland. Upon release from an area juvenile detention facility (due to overcrowding during the pandemic) the youngsters set up camp under the Ross Island bridge. They were first noticed when a passerby heard the strumming of a rudimentary guitar coming from a lean-to near the river’s edge. Apparently subsisting on a diet of nothing more than twigs and berries, the Teens managed to build makeshift musical gear using only raccoon traps and discarded Rainier beer cans. Over the last three months, I’ve not managed to approach the Teens close enough to attempt communication for fear of being mauled (or worse) but I’ve been able to observe some of their bizarre habits. It quickly became obvious to me that they have created their own primitive religion and have entered into some sort of “blood-pact” which centers on the worship of high energy Rock and Roll.

They have created many of their own “songs”, the lyrics of which were at first only guttural shrieks and grunts but soon evolved to closely mimic modern English. These outbursts are oddly compelling and when heard at a loud volume can cause the listener to gyrate involuntarily and practice poor judgement. It is my expert opinion that it is in the best interest of public health that these “Guerrilla Teens” be watched closely. Very closely.
Regards,
Phelan J. Hesperius, PhD
Research Coordinator
Oregon Center for Musical Anthropology
We did then however get a response to our probing questions later so here goes. Who the fuck are Guerrilla Teens?
Guerrilla Deluxe aka Scott Drake – Vocals
Anna Bananas aka Anna Anderson – Bass / Vocals
Deaf Jeff aka Jeff Fieldhouse – Guitar / Vocals
Tim Panzee aka Tim Connolly – Drums / Vocals
Saul Teen aka Saul Koll – Guitar
Where you from?
Portland, Oregon
How did the band come together?
The band came together during the quarantine…members of several bands
(Humpers, Lovesores, Suicide Notes, Magick Gardens, Epoxies, 8 Foot Tender, Sex Crimeetc…)
found each other huddling in the darkness of the apocalyptic wasteland
and concluded that the only way to survive was to rock!
Previous recordings available?  
The debut demo recordings of Guerrilla Teens are available on Bandcamp
Post pandemic what’s the plan?
Wed love to do an extensive tour of Europe and the UK and then get really drunk
and beat the living shit out of Boris Johnson
Well, There you go, kids, two tracks so far and a video on the way in a couple of weeks hopefully.  Hit em up on Bandcamp and Facebook and let them know you’re ready for some action so in the meantime how about some old school Humpers?

Dead Moon was formed in Portland, Oregon. They existed from 1987 to 2006, Featuring the talents of singer/guitarist Fred Cole,  bassist Kathleen “Toody” Cole, (Fred’s wife), and drummer Andrew Loomis. The Band toured Europe’s mainland which is where most of their support was to be fair.

They announced that they were breaking up with the last gig at the Vera club in Groningen late 2006. Fred and Toody owned and operated their own guitar shop, Tombstone Music, for 30 years and also ran the Tombstone General Store in Oregon for about eight years.

Sadly drummer, Andrew Loomis, died on March 8, 2016. at the young age of 54 then little over a year later Frontman Fred Cole died in the November 2017 at the age of 69 the band recorded just under a dozen albums as well as numerous live and compilation records and a heap of singles.

Nineteen of those tracks have lovingly been interpreted by the likes of The Hellacopters who do a stunning version of ‘Rescue’ to open up proceedings and take ownership doing a really neat Hellacopters job on owning the song. In fact of the bands I already knew well like Sator, Chuck Norris Experiment, “Demons”, Nomads, Lovesores, Marys Kids and King Mastino there were others I’ll hold my hands up to not being too familiar with and mixing up the bands is a great way to discover more ways to spend money on records.

 

As I disappear down the wormhole that is Dead Moon tribute album I’m not disappointed with the likes of Nomads who breath new life into the songs with passion and stunning interpretations of great tunes.  By the end of the record, I’ve come to the conclusion that maybe Dead Moon was one of those bands who were overlooked but clearly left something on a scene and have managed to have a chunk of their catalogue rediscovered by others who dare I say it made the tunes better!  There I’ve said it.

Side B featuring “Demons”, Fellow Portland rockers Lovesores, The Nomads, The Boatsmen and Monomen steal it on the line with the strongest performances (not that this is a competition I know that) but I love this group of songs and each performance is different and excellent.  There are one or two that didn’t sing to me like some of the others which I guess is natural some of the more Grunge interpretations maybe on side C like Dirty Coal Train and their take of ‘The 99’s’ reminds me of Sonic Youth but I loved La Secta and Buffalo with a dark garage take on ‘Dead In The Saddle’. The Brooms went psychedelic whilst Suicide Notes blew me away with ‘Johnny Got A Gun’ before King Mastino wrapped it all up nicely with a great ‘War Is Blind’.

If your not familiar with Dead Moon or any or many of these bands then I suggest you get involved quickly and check this out.  Ghost Highway always delivers quality and this is the latest in a long line and a wonderful journey of discovery it is too now we’ve given you the heads up what are you waiting for?  Get out of here!

 

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Chaputa! Records

19 bands paying tribute to Fred, Toody and Andrew

Limited Edition 2 x 10″ + Poster
500 copies black
500 copies white

 

A1: The HELLACOPTERS: Rescue
A2: The SEWERGROOVES: Clouds of Dawn
A3: SATOR: Dead Moon Night
A4: The CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT: Walking on my Grave

B1: The NOMADS: Graveyard
B2: “DEMONS”: Out on a Wire
B3: LOVESORES: My Escape
B4: The BOATSMEN: Kicked Out Kicked In
B5: MONOMEN: 54-40 or Fight

C1: SONIC BEAT EXPLOSION: 40 Miles of Bad Road
C2: MUNLET: Sabotage
C3: DIRTY COAL TRAIN: The 99’s
C4: LA SECTA: Ricochet
C5: BUFFALO: Dead in The Saddle

D1: MARY’S KIDS: Ill of the Dead
D2: The BROOMS: Don’t Burn the Fires
D3: HOLY SHEEP: Psychodelic Nightmare
D4: SUICIDE NOTES: Johnny’s Got a Gun
D5: KING MASTINO: War is Blind

 

Orders: www.ghosthighwayshop.com

Mastering for vinyl pressing at El Cubo Studio by Ina S. Gerons
Liner Notes by Jay Martin
Sleeve artwork by Mik Baro
Poster artwork by Rui Ricardo

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