When you want to release your latest solo album and rope in a few pals to give it a little lift, have a browse through your Rolodex and call some randoms. Jeff Beck (RIP) longtime pal Joe Elliott tick, Johnny Depp, why not. Billy Gibbons, Slash and Duff from Guns n Roses and Taylor Hawkins (RIP) thats some friends right there to be getting on with and the list goes on and on to be fair. Hell get Waddy Wachtel on the blower as well. Now before I’ve even heard a note of this album I’m excited. To Be fair Ian Hunter ozzes Rock n Roll anyway so I’m not really worried about how good these songs are gonna be I just hoped it wasn’t overwhelming. Hunter explained it as a fluke yeah right c’mon man you’ve got Ringo on your first single as well as Tom Petty’s six-string slinger.

Anyway, I digress they say people of Hunters age shouldn’t be making records into the twilight of his years and once the needle drops and you hear him make sweet sweet music with a metallica bass player and Slash winding in some cool grooves. You realise the title is a metaphotical finger poking you on the forehead say hey, have it! It’s classic Hunter and his voice sounds fantastic full of coolness and a knowledge that if this was a fluke he’s got the hand of God turning the dials because this is class.

The first single sounds like its been carved from granite of timeless cool laid back Rock n Roll. I love its late evening glass of wine vibe – we’re gonna wind things up gently and before you know it the bottle is empty and you’re on the table – arms aloft singing the chorus.

It’s not an album like ‘Dirty Laundry’ where the band sound like they’ve been partying for seven days but it is a classy slow burner in places like the ‘No Hard Feelings’ with Depp and Beck laying their DNA over the song in a haunting slide heavy slice of balladeering. If you want some boogie woogie you can head straight for ‘Pavlovs Dog’ or ‘I Hate Hate’ featuring Jeff Tweedy. On reflection this album would make a fantastic bed fellow companion to Keith Richards ‘Talk Is Cheap’ album. It has a classy vibe and I guess having so many unique players it has variety with every slice making it a very listenable and varied record.

The classic Hunter big Ballads are here and on songs like ‘Angel,’ he’s turning back the clock to classic Hoople. It’s pretty much what I was hoping for, and I’m delighted to hear how good these songs are. Either dipping in on a mix tape or going for the full playlist this works on every level form is temporary class is permanent and let’s face it Hunter is class and this Defiant little gem is an absolute Banger, the kids should be quaking because this old dog is still learning new tricks and wagging his tail like a puppy who got the cream. Buy it! Fuck RSD get this.

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Author: Dom Daley

Dead Beat Records is proud to announce the release of Killer Kin’s self-titled debut album on 04-28-23. The New Haven, CT five-piece has been causing a stir with their unapologetic sound that delivers a fierce and powerful “Metallic KO”.

This high-octane explosion of blistering riffs, pounding drums, and bark-snarling vocals capture the menace of high-energy rock n roll in its rawest form. With tracks like “Mr. Dynamite,” “On The Chain,” and “Motorbanger,” listeners are sure to get that dangerous rock n roll feeling in all the right places.

Lead singer Matt says, “If you haven’t seen a hound from hell, now you’ve heard one!” Our debut LP features ten chain-banging, soul-stripping and razor-sharp rock ‘n’ roll sluggers that are sure to have you stoned on raw powerage.”

Killer Kin promises to unchain an untamed beast inside the listener with their contagious energy and primal intensity that is sure to leave them begging for more.

Head Noise – ‘Metric Squid’ (Self Released)

I’ve been what you might call a “curious bystander” when it comes to RCT based electro-art combo Head Noise for quite a few years now. I first got to hear of them back in our Uber Rock days when our resident king of all things keytar Dave Prince brought in one of the band’s early tapes to review, and on first play it was like “what (and perhaps more importantly, who) the hell is this”? 

Thankfully, long gone are the days when every new band from south Wales wanted to look and sound just like The Alarm, but it is that very same ‘80s heyday from which Mitchell Tenant, Wayne Basset and Jordan Brill draw their influences for what is Head Noise.

You can almost hear the studio trimphone ringing out in the background as the opening bleeps to ‘Sea Of Noise’ spark this eight track EP into life. Part Blancmange, part Depeche Mode but all twisted up for a whole new generation, this track will have you rolling up the sleeves on your dayglo cotton suit and looking for a pair of espadrilles (socks a definite no, no) ready to go see the band live.

‘T.U.R.Q.’ moves things into a much more Thomas Dolby-like musical Landscape (see what I did there?) with some excellent use of spoken word samples which really set the atmosphere for those future worlds that Tomorrow’s World used to tease us with back in the days of puppy (and yuppie) power.

‘Meteor Man’, which is up next, perhaps shades it for me as best song here, and is a glorious feelgood anthem which if given a Giorgio Moroder remix would surely be a packing dancefloors worldwide come a weekend.  And almost by direct contrast ‘Failed Ideology [Cult] which follows carries a much darker warning message for all possible future Squidheads.

It’s the EP’s unofficial title track ‘Computer Games’, that launches side 2 of ‘Metric Squid’ and this Mi-Sex cover version manages to somehow squeeze pulsating Vince Clarke keyboards into a world that is full of Animotion sass and Devo lyrical lunacy, and my life is all the better for finally having this earworm in it, as an obscure cover is always a great way of discovering new/old bands. It’s a song that also ties in perfectly with the EP’s wonderful cover art, something which immediately takes me back to the days of sitting waiting for a computer tape to upload so I could enjoy 2 or 3 minutes of some blocky pixelated game before it eventually crashed, and I ended up throwing my controller across the room.

It’s that all too familiar noise of 80s data transfer that also ushers in the last three tracks on ‘Metric Squid’, and these are also a series of covers versions, but by the likes of A Flock Of Seagulls, Timbuk 3 and The Metronomes, and whilst these are all professionally delivered straight and true to the originals, I can’t help but long for more original Head Noise fun and games on my C30, something that speaks volumes for just how exciting this young band are, being much more than just some novelty band with one eye on all things Moog.

Available on Sunday 23rd April on cassette format and download (you can also order it via the linktree below), with a tie-in live show at The Moon, Cardiff scheduled for the same day, ‘Metric Squid’ is a fantastic leap of consciousness into the weird and wonderful world of Head Noise, and I love every goddam bleep of it.

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Author: Johnny ‘Commadore 64’ Hayward

When Dom ‘Death Metal’ Daley sent me the promo over to review the Wulfskol/Hexella album that has been split between both bands, I assumed they were from deepest, darkest Europe. Their publicity shots make them look like a cross between Venom and your dad’s mate Dave from down the pub (wearing leather and studs obviously). Turns out that both bands are from the USA and they are pretty darn good at what they do.

I’ve stated before that my limit in heaviness stops at bands like Pantera, Death, and maybe a little bit of Obituary. I was never a big fan of the death grunt vocal style but being a drummer, I was into guys like Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert for their sheer intensity and superb technique. This album features five tracks from both bands with each throwing in a cover version (Wulfskol do a good version of Slayer’s – ‘Evil Has No Boundaries’ and Hexella throw in Bathory’s – You Don’t Move Me (I Don’t Give a Fuck). The production values for both bands is muddy and unclear, I think this adds to the charm though and even though I’m struggling after a few songs I can hear that both bands are more than capable.

Wulfskol kick the album off with ‘Deliver Us to Evil’ which gives more than a nod to hardcore punk in its delivery. ‘Violator’ is a more mid paced affair with some lovely playing from drummer Hector. It slows right down to doom pace before dying off with some soloing from guitarist Zike. ‘Demon Lust’ has a Danzig feel to the music, just imagine Danzig with John Tardy from Obituary on vocals and you’ll be in the right ballpark.

Hexella kick off the second half of the album with the extremely noisy ‘Midnight’s on Fire’ A full-on metal intro with horses, wolves, and thunder (Bad News spring to mind?) makes way for screams and extreme riffage. Next track ‘Weapon’ is another assault on your ear drums with blast beats a plenty. By the time I get to the next track ‘Derramando Sangre’ my head is a bit fried lol. As I mentioned earlier, I’m no death metal aficionado but I really do appreciate how talented you must be to write and play this stuff. Both cover versions are executed well, and they fit right in.

If your favourite flavour is HEAVY then this album will be right up your street. Burn with Us is available now via Goat Throne Records. Buy Here

Hot on the heels of sharing the news of their upcoming album “Electric Sounds” last week, Danko Jones has now announced European & UK headlining tour dates for November and December 2023.

No band has ever sounded more ready to hit the road than the pumped-up threesome showcased on the hell-for-leather ragers featured on their forthcoming album. Armed with this collection of brand new bangers, Danko Jones launch themselves into 2023 on a renewed mission to rock the living shit-lights out of anyone and everyone that wants to join the party.

Frontman Danko declares: “We love touring in the UK and thankfully we are coming back! What’s not to love when you play in front of crowds that know their rock and know how to rock out?! Every day is just one more day we have to patiently get through until the tour starts. I think you can tell I’m already very ready to do this. Give me a guitar and get me to the stage NOW”!

Special guests for the dates will be US punk squad Radkey.

European & UK Tour Dates 2023:
11/14/23 Helsinki (FI) – Tavastia*
11/16/23 Zwolle (NL) – Hedon
11/17/23 Luxembourg (LU) – Den Altier
11/18/23 Leuven (BE) – Het Depot
11/21/23 Copenhagen (DK) – Pumpehuset
11/22/23 Oslo (NO) – Rockefeller
11/24/23 Stockholm (SE) – Debaser
11/25/23 Malmö (SE) – KB
11/27/23 Arnhem (NL) – Luxor Live
11/28/23 Cologne (DE) – Essigfabrik
11/29/23 Berlin (DE) – Festsaal Kreuzberg
12/01/23 Aschaffenburg (DE) – Colos-Saal
12/02/23 Leipzig (DE) – Täubchenthal
12/03/23 Porthcawl, Trecco Bay (UK) – Planet Rockstock
12/05/23 Lindau (DE) – lub Vaudeville
12/06/23 Zurich (NL) – Dynamo
12/07/23 Milano (IT) – Legend Club
12/09/23 Paris (FR) – Backstage by The Mill
12/10/23 Bergen op Zoom (NL) – Gebouw T
12/12/23 Bristol (UK) – Thekla
12/13/23 Glasgow (UK) – King Tuts
12/14/23 Nottingham (UK) – Rescure Rooms
12/15/23 Manchester (UK) – Rebellion
12/16/23 London (UK) – Garage

* (no Radkey)

Set your alarm! Pre-sales for tickets begin at 10am BST, Wednesday 19th April. Tickets go on general sale starting at 10am BST on Friday 21st April. For all ticketing links and more information, click here.

In addition, Danko Jones are confirmed as main support on Sunday 3rd December at the rifftastic extravaganza that is Planet Rockstock, taking place in Trecco Bay, South Wales and marking its10th anniversary this year. Tickets for that event are on sale now.

Toronto’s archbishops of amplification prove that even a global pandemic couldn’t stop Danko Jones. As first album single “Guess Who’s Back” clearly displays, it just made them even more unstoppable. “‘Guess Who’s Back’ is not only the lead-off track to our new album, ‘Electric Sounds’, it’s also the imperative sentence everyone is begging to answer – Danko Jones”, quips charismatic frontman Danko.

“Electric Sounds” promises to have the instant sound and feel of a classic. With no need to reinvent the wheel, the group have further honed and refined their craft – always at full volume – although Electric Sounds is a deceptively diverse affair. “Electric Sounds” was produced by Eric Ratz, and features guest spots from Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies), Damian Abraham (Fucked Up) and guitarist Daniel Dekay (from Canadian thrash legends Exciter).

“Electric Sounds” was produced by Eric Ratz, and features guest spots from Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies), Damian Abraham (Fucked Up) and guitarist Daniel Dekay (from Canadian thrash legends Exciter). Slated for a release on September 15th, 2023, through AFM Records, the album pre-sale has just started here.

You may be forgiven if you are unaware of the name Richard Duguay, but the Canadian musician (now residing in LA) has the rock n’ roll credentials ladies and gents. He first came to prominence as bassist and then guitarist for Canadian punk legends Personality Crisis in the early 80’s and went on to contribute guitars to Guns n’ Roses version of ‘You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory’ in the early 90’s. He has spent the last 20 years in LA playing and recording, his most recent release was a concept album entitled ‘Bad Juju’, which was written and recorded with co-writer/guitar slinger Marc Floyd.

He now follows up that album with ‘Beautiful Decline’, which takes the same 70’s rock n’ roll influences, the street punk of Detroit and New York City, and adds psychedelic sonics and dynamic arrangements that promise to turn heads and make impressions that last.

The first impressions of ‘Beautiful Decline’ certainly do impress. If you dig the dark, theatrical rock of vintage Alice Cooper, the dangerous thrill of Iggy & The Stooges and the glamour of New York Dolls, then hold on to your sequined jacket baby, because you are in for a real cool time.

“I never met a sucker who didn’t have it coming” drawls Duguay over urgent beats and low-slung guitars on opener ‘Wasteland’. With more than a hint of Scandinavian leather it then descends into a cool as you like breakdown, before kicking ass back into a race to the climax. That’ll do nicely sir, I’m sold!

A shameless cover of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s ‘The Faith Healer’ follows. It is transformed into a more theatrical and OTT beast, one that you feel the mighty Coop would’ve done himself back in the day. Yeah, sorta Alice Cooper meets Bigelf here, as there is a trippy, psychedelic vibe going on.

The theatrical theme continues with the most excellent ‘Kid Stardust’. Pianos and mass vocals take charge over a character-based narrative. It seems there is more to Richard Duguay’s songwriting than meets the eye, as the arrangements and the dynamics are clever and well executed all over this album. I mean, ‘Prepare The Dogs Of War’ is a 6-minute epic with haunting female vocals, stabs of piano, multi sections of music and twangy, spaghetti western guitars. And that’s just the first of two 6-minute epics! More ambitious and glorious than the street punk cover art would lead you to believe. Even Duguay’s vocals here are as menacing as anything Alice, or even Marilyn Manson has concocted.

There are straight ahead rockers as well though. ‘Get In Line’ has a glam slam ride of a chorus with killer backing vocals and percussion, both thrilling in unison. Yet again, our songwriter fits in another crazy ass, mid-song breakdown that verges on something The Police would’ve done with the tune, before breaking back into that killer bridge that really hits hard coming out of that breakdown. A killer tune indeed.

Then the rifftastic ‘I Gotta Move’ gives off Hellacopters meets The Stooges vibes as sonically seductive guitars solo wildly over a killer chugging riff. Gang vocals are the icing on the cake of an album highlight.

Amongst the garage rock and the theatre are a couple of heartfelt acoustic moments worth mentioning. The emotive duet ‘Windows Walk’ screams Thunders/Palladin as Richard and his wife Paula Tiberius deliver a snippet of a song that is over seemingly as soon as it has begun. And album closer ‘Eyes Of Silence’ is a stripped-down affair with acoustic guitar and understated piano accompaniment. Again, the signature dynamics are at play with a stop here and there to add drama, and as it rides out on a tinkling of the ivories, the listener is left satisfied with a sense of completion and the desire to hit that play button once again.

With 11 songs that cover a wide spectrum of the rock n’ roll world, ‘Beautiful Decline’ is as ambitious as it is diverse. Each listen reveals more layers, as you come to realise it’s an album that is much more than the sum of its parts. Epic, theatrical rock with menacing undertones disguised as punky, garage rock. And lo and behold if Richard Duguay has seemingly come from nowhere and delivered one of the most ambitious and 70’s sounding rock albums of the year so far. Buy it before it sells out. 

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Author: Ben Hughes

Low attention span punk from London, featuring members of Lizard Brain, The Cavemen, The Speedways, Dead Meat, Trash Culture, & Virvon Varvon. I love that it’s called Low attention span becuase if it was any lower it would be one track of white noise spun out over twenty minutes at least these reprobates can keep it together long enough to press record and bash out these pretty fuckin awesome tunes.

Ten tracks of noisy rapid lo-Fi punk rock where the levels aren’t important but the music is. Smash it out and keep it fresh and honest and you won’t go far wrong. We’re not performing rocket science here it’s punk rock garage style and it’s fuckin excellent. from the opening thrash of ‘End It Tonight’ think early Damned and their fast as fuck attitude to rock n roll but it’s all about the tune and it has to be good no it has to be great and boy is this shit great!

‘Look Into My Eyes’ is rapid, and the unmistakable vocals of Caveman Paul Froggatt is on fire here as he gives his State of the World address. Theres a howling good time to be had on ‘Drug Fucked’ but if you thought that was good wait for eighty seconds of ‘Break My Face’ and its self abusing riff that leads to the nails down a chalkboard solo – I love this shit. ‘Losing My Grip’ is the sound of a 70s street fight with bats and chains this would have caused the Dead Boys not to bother getting out of the rehersal room its that good.

The energy of this album is relentless and the tunes just keep fizzing by mostly anywhere between one minute and two minutes but ‘Hateful Hellhole’ does clock in at a prog like three and a half minutes mainly for its bass throbbing intro but it smoulders through the first verse to the chorus like a warped buzz saw.

For a bunch of low attention spanning punks the don’t half make some excellent tunes if only they could be motivated to take this shitshow out on the road and venture to the toilet venues of shit island it would be a hoot to watch the undead body slamming into eachother on beer and bllod soaked dancefloors. Signing off with the bastard child of Motorhead meed Stivs DeadBoys ‘I’m worthless’ is the jewel on the crown of punk rock and Dross is the punk rock banger of the year make no mistake about that you fuckers, just buy it!

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Author: Dom Daley

Legendary punk band Subhumans announced a United States with support from Cop/Out and Upchuck on select dates!

This tour comes after a reissue of Subhumans’ first 6 LPs which were all remastered from the original tapes. These records were pressed on several different versions with fans from around the globe quickly snatching up copies. Additionally, a limited edition box set featuring all six records plus an exclusive 10”, slipmat, and 52 page book was released and sold out in a matter of hours.

Subhumans have more surprises and plans throughout the rest of 2023 and beyond so fans will be waiting with anticipation for subsequent announces from Dick Lucas and the rest of the band.

Catch Subhumans live:

May 26 – Minneapolis, MN – Uptown VFW (w/ War//Plague, Cop/Out, Surrogates)

May 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club +

May 28 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge +

May 29 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway +

May 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle +

May 31 – Cincinnati, OH – Legends +

June 01 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop +

June 02 – Millersville, PA – Phantom Power +

June 03 – Washington, DC – Black Cat #

June 04 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall #

June 05 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle #

June 06 – Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern #

June 07 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl

June 08 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits #

June 09 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub #

June 10 – Tampa, FL – Brass Mug #

+ – w/ Cop/Out
# – w/ Upchuck

It’s been a few years since Tyla has graced us with his presence here at The Fulford Arms, what with lockdowns, ill health and all that jazz. Still, here we are celebrating 40 years of The Dogs D’amour with a few low-key shows at independent venues across the country. The first weekender is a couple of ‘spiritual home’ gigs for the band, and following last night’s tour opener at Bannerman’s in Edinburgh, Tyla and the gang roll into York for a sold-out show that will probably be tinged with sadness following the announcement of Quireboys original guitarist Guy Bailey’s passing just the day before.

Up first we have local troubadour Daniel Lucas aka Boss Caine. The last time I saw him live was probably supporting The Dogs here actually. Covid times don’t seem to have changed the man too much, the hair is shorter and the cowboy hat has been replaced by a flat cap, but the song remains the same.

Opening with ‘Ghosts And Drunks’ sets the scene nicely with mournful chords and sandpaper vocals that sit somewhere on the nicer side of Tom Waits. His storytelling and observations of life, whether his or those around him are captivating, and he has a way of drawing you in and paying attention. Just a man and his acoustic guitar with a bunch of tales of love, loss and addiction seems quite a fitting match for the main attraction and the growing crowd seem to think so too by the response. 

I’m sure most live reviews of The Dogs D’amour could start with the sentence “Tyla looks like he has a had a few bevvies already as he takes to the stage”, and tonight is one of those nights. Dressed in an oversized suit, sporting a big, shaggy beard and his dyed black hair longer than I can ever remember him wearing it, the Wolverhampton Wanderer looks like Lemmy meets Fagin and he is in good spirits tonight, or should I say is full of good spirits tonight!

You cannot dislike the gloriously ramshackle sound that The Dogs D’amour create in any guise, and they are always entertaining live. Tyla has written many songs that soundtrack my youth, from those very early days up until the early 2000’s anyway. And as the band are celebrating 40 years of The Dogs D’amour, they are doing things a bit differently tonight. Not only is it a set of just classic songs, but it is also played chronologically, with stories and anecdotes in-between each song from the main man and songwriter himself. Whether half of these stories are true, only one man knows, but its comedy gold all the same.

As Tyla picks the opening notes to ‘Heroine’ those who are witnessing things for the first time may wonder whether he’ll make it through the first song without fucking it up, of course he does! Between songs Tyla explains the origin of each song he is about to play, usually with the words “anyway, and so the next day…” or something similar. And what transpires is possibly a dream set list for any fan of classic Dogs material. None are actually introduced by name, but he doesn’t need to do that, we know them all anyway. From early obscurities like ‘The State I’m In’ and ‘How Do You Fall In Love Again’ to chart bothering singles (“we were on Top Of The Pops you know!”) such as ‘How Come It Never Rains’ and ‘Satellite Kid’, to personal favourites such as ‘Last Bandit’ (dedicated to Guy), ‘Firework Girl’ and ‘Billy Two Rivers’ it is all delivered with passion.

Backed as ever by guitarist Gaz Pennick and fellow Balladmongrel Matty James Cassidy on bass, the band are suitably ramshackle, yet never on the verge of falling apart. Props to drummer Dave Cumming who stood in for the much-missed Simon Hanson for these shows.

Tyla sips from a pint of Guinness between songs and performs several songs sat on a chair. His banter is comedy gold and the stories are informative. Who ever knew that ‘Angel’ was inspired by a guy in a bowler hat who narrowly missed getting squashed by a falling fridge freezer, but Tyla changed it to a piano as it sounded cooler? Did Bukowski have such inspiration to draw from I wonder?

When Gaz informs Tyla they only have time for 3 more songs, he calls Matty over to take lead vocals for the latest Balladmongrels single ‘How The Beautiful Fall’ before ending the set with a killer singalong of ‘Drunk Like Me’.

Armed with the most sentimental of melodies and the most poetic lyrics, The Dogs D’amour came to celebrate 40 years of debauchery and York came with their loudest voices to sing every chorus back to them. A good time, no a great time.

Author: Ben Hughes


Jesse Malin – ‘Wendy (Tail Lights Fade)’ (One Little Indian Records) A re-recorded version of the original album song ‘Wendy’ and the first of three to be issued in the coming months that have not already been included on a bonus LP of new versions with the reissue. Reimagined and re-recorded with his longtime band, the material was produced by Derek Cruz and engineered by Geoff Sanoff, who worked on Malin’s recent ‘Sunset Kids’ and ‘Sad And Beautiful World albums. Whatever Malin does is fine by me the guy has never put a foot wrong from his D Gen days through Bellvue, The Finger and beyond, his solo records are a breath of fresh air and this reimagined version of a classic is another day for Malin but a lifetime of memories for us fans. Brilliant! Bring on those live uk tour dates.

Baby Schillaci – ‘So Bad’ (Lavender Sweep Records) Dark, brooding, restrained, punchy ‘So Bad’ is a monster of a tune lying in the darkened corners of your mind before kicking off as the throb gets more and more intense. A really impressive single and video to perfectly accompany it. Baby Schillaci are building momentum before they release their EP this summer. Get in on the ground floor as these boys climb and climb. Great stuff.

Jim Jones Allstars – ‘Gimme The Grease’ (Ako-Lite Records) It’s been a long time coming but having new music from Jim Jones is always a welcome blessed place to be. ‘Gimme the Grease’ is a horn honking, snare shuffling, hip shaking howling good time. when the horns honk in over that shuffle and phat bassline it’s musical manna from the Rock and Roll Gods. Single of the month? Fuckin right it is, Hallalulia Sweet baby Jesus. This is the sound of the summer coming and I can’t wait for the live shows that are about to hit us. Greased hair, Memphis hip shaking and Dirty Horns all topped off with the unmistakable bark of Jim Jones. These All-Stars have absolutely nailed it like you ever doubted them. Get on these live dates Here

The Shunkos – ‘EP’ (Lavender Sweep Records) Being the little hipsters that they are this cassette-only release of their first five tracks has been long overdue. Of course, it’s fast, loud, a little bit dirty and a lot of fun The Shunkos have been skating around the South Wales scene now for a while and grabbing plenty of admirers with their hectic live shows in some unique venues (how about an off license?) Sure these songs were written and recorded before they’d even played a single show so it’s fair to say they’ve evolved already and whilst the core of their repertoire is inspired from down under these boyos have shread some of that skin and developed their own punk rock noise and they’re reeling in more and more admirers with ever show.

The EP kicks off with the Chubby & The Gang style ‘Uni Mate’ it’s not big or clever but the Uni Mate is real and your introduction is short sharp and to the point. Now finish your beer and get on the dance floor. ‘Meal Deal’ is inspired by the Tesco special and rides in on a surf lick and rollicking chorus that will have you bopping along. there are five tunes involved on this tape and to be fair there are some belters on offer like ‘Bepop Dan’ who sounds like a right cu next Tuesday but his tribute from these Shunkos is fitting and punching. Picking a favourite tune is a tough one but ’83’ is a tasty number with plenty of bites. Get these boys on tour with the Chats or Cosmic Psychos, it would be messy but a whole heap of fun and ‘Beer & Gear’ would sound great alongside ‘Nice Day To Go To The Pub’ so much so they should be twinned (if that’s such a thing anymore) Port Talbot has never had it so good. Get one of these powder blue tapes sharpish if you want to be hip.

Killer Kin – ‘Mr Dynamite’ (Dead Beat Records) Killer cut from their debut album is just enough of a peek under the curtain of the awesome Killer Kin. Part Stooges (ok big part) some Alice Cooper and a generous heap of Dictators and a sprinkling of The Cavemen should see you in the right ballpark. Unhinged reckless Rock n Fuckin Roll! pounding rhythm with that fuzzed-up garage lead being fired around the speakers indiscriminately hitting anything and everything and if you’re asking if this single is an indication of how damn good the album is gonna sound, then I can confirm you better hold on to your pants, this one a motherfuckin ripper! Only a couple of weeks to go and you can own the record.

Steve Adamyk Band – ‘Do You Wanna Know’ (Drunk Dial Records) These songs were never meant to be on an official release. Rather, they are the spontaneous recordings of longtime bandmates after splitting a case of Costco Coronas. Recorded in the summer of 2021 in Mayo, Quebec. Power Poppers Steve Adamyk Band do a sterling job of hammering out top-notch power pop punk rock and these covers are part of their DNA and how they sound like they do. Fantastic cover, hang on, two fantastic covers. I’m not sure which I prefer but the whiney keys on the Sedatives ‘Slip Away’ might just grab it for me. either way a cool 45 and I’m glad it has seen the light of day. check them out. Also, I love Drunk Dials’ premise for their Single releases it’s such a cool thing to do from getting bands you love inebriated to releasing 45s of what comes as a result of the drinking and rockin’.

Nosebleed – ‘All I Know’ (TNS Records) Lifted from the bands album that was reviewed on these here pages to much applause ‘All I Know’ is a cool cut drifting from dreamy garage rock to a solo that lifts the hairs on the back of your neck. Nosebleed nail it.

Midtempo homage to surf rock is just about right and with an easy singalong even the most inebriated gig goer could manage to sing along to. Hit the link and check ’em out, Top stuff.

The Hip Priests – ‘Pissed On Power’ (The Sign Records) Short sharp and to the point our favourite UK reprobates of all things noisy Garage/punk/rock have a new album about to drop in the coming weeks and have been releasing videos to accompany some of the tunes from the album and ‘Pissed On Power’ is the latest. Ferocious and fucked up the band have stepped up the energy and this earworm will testify that. From the pounding rhythm to the flashing blades vying for your ears through the relentles solos. This one has everything you want from the East Midlands based misfits. Let there be Rock and some more loud guitars for good measure. Filmed at various venues and a van that smells like the inside of Colin Grigsons jockstrap stuck to Vim Fuegos leather strides – We Love it!

Jim Bob – ‘Thanks For Reaching Out’ (Cherry Red Records) known for being the frontman of Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine this first offering from his new album of the same name. It’s a ray of sunshine in dark times from the acoustic guitar and its beautiful big chords to the semi-deadpan vocal delivery it’s a smartly constructed slice of alternative post-punk. It is the sound of a bottle being uncorked and all the fizz goes everywhere spilling out pop, punk rock Buzzcocks style, and some smart kinks melody it really is a fantastic song and if the rest of his twelfth solo studio album is half as good as this then I can’t wait it’ll be a belter.

Stevie R. Pearce and the Hooligans – ‘Out Go The Lights’ (Self Release) Stevie and his merry band of new Hooligans are back swinging their hard n heavy sounds and this time they’re getting punchy. Inspired by a near altercation Stevie R Pearce is raring to go. Taking his new hooligans out on the road for some selective dates. ‘Out Go The Lights’ is hard, heavy and in your face. Pearce & his Hooligans are locked and loaded and pounding away along their heavy path with mega riffage and screaming solos its got the fuckin’ lot and my moneys on them winning this fight. Punchy fuckers.

OFF! – ‘Keep Your Mouth Shut’ (Fat Possum Records) As if Hardcore suergroup OFF! needed to fuck with our heads anymore than they already do they go and add extra headfuckery for RSD 2023. ‘Keep YOur Mouth Shut’ is the unmistakable yelp of Morris and co kicking ass and rockin out. If thats not enough the footage for the video is cut from the OFF! movie Here Off! havent put a single foot out of place since their first four and this is just more of that magical Hardcore, get on itkids its what RSD was made for.

Loose Sutures – ‘Highway Shooter’ (Electric Valley Records) Heavy on the ride and turn that fuckin fuzz up and when you think you have enough fuzz turn it up some more. Heavy psych fuzzed garage rock from Italy are back swinging with their heavy as-hell fuzzed-up rock n roll howling good tune to showcase their new long player. Features  Nick Oliveri and Alain Johannes so what finer endorsement of what’s coming do you need? Get on this record kids it’ll give you a thousand cool credits. Absolute Banger!

The Mistakes – Heathens (Time And Mater Records) Punk rock from the streets of Poole sees The Mistakes embrace the spirit of punk rock on ‘Heathens’, the second single to be taken from the forthcoming LP ‘A GOOD HILL TO DIE ON’, scheduled for release late summer (TBC) 2023 on Time & Matter Records.

‘Heathens’ is a punchy affair from The Mistakes, It’s fist-pumping Street punk singing about the very essence of what we write about and what they play and perform for. It’s either in yer blood or it isn’t. Don’t fake it, embrace it and get the job done properly with heart and soul. The Mistakes take no nonsense and deliver the goods of street punk at its finest. Hit them up on Facebook and tell them RPM Onlinne sent you.