dimanche 27 novembre 2016
North East of England outfit Red Alert originally formed in their native Sunderland in early 1979 with a line up of Steve Smith on vocals, Tony Van Frater on guitar, Gaz Stuart on bass, Kid Stocker on guitar and Mitch filling the drum stool. It was this version of Red Alert that recorded the legendary “Third and Final” EP (sometimes know as “Border Guards”), which was released on their own label in the summer of 1980 with all 250 sleeves actually glued together by the band themselves! Leading Punk label No Future Records picked up on the band (who by now had Nobby on drums and slimmed to a four piece with the departure of Kid Stocker to Red London) and their first release for the label was the legendary “In Britain” EP which shot to the top of the then important Independent Chart. Incidentally the two demos featured on this release, “S.P.G.” and “I Tore Your Picture Up”, were actually recorded at the same sessions as “In Britain” but, until now, had remained unreleased. A second Indie Chart hit came via mid 82’s “Take no prisoners” EP and they became a leading live attraction following gigs with the likes of The Business, Blitz, The Partisans and Peter & The Test Tube Babies. The “City Invasion” 7” preceded the release of Red Alert’s debut album “We’ve got the power” which, in true Punk value for money style, contained none of the bands singles releases and a different version of “S.P.G.” from that which had appeared on the legendary “Carry on Oi!” LP. A top 5 Indie Album Chart entry, the LP was followed by the six track 12” “There’s a guitar burning” thought this turned out to be the bands last release for No Future as the label folded in early ’84. Common People Records reissue in a 12” all the singles (plus the 12” “There’s a guitar burning”) of their first years (1980-1983). Singles are “Third and Final”, “In Britain”, “Take no prisoners” and “City Invasion”, as well “There’s a guitar burning” 12”.
dimanche 20 novembre 2016
About 28 years ago, one of my friends neighbors gave me a copy of Agnostic Front's Victim In Pain Lp. We can not say that this record changed my life but somewhere he contributed. Last year a young band from Maine (USA) released a fantastic demo that can only remind this album. Here is their second effort "Psychosis Ep" again recorded by Ryan Abbott at the Side Two Studio.
Black smoked tape with white cover - 17ex
Mushroom tape with black cover - 83 ex
mercredi 16 novembre 2016
COUPE GORGE is part of the new wave of french bands bringing hardcore/punk/oi music sang in french back, along with Syndrome 81, Rixe and alike. CG goes with some raw Negative Approach influenced tracks ‘en Français’ like the band’s anthem “Coupe Gorge”, “Guerre Civile” and “La Nuit” in the mix with thumping French Oi!/streetpunk jams like “Haine” and “Violence”.
The HAMMER is a 4 piece hardcore band from Gotenbörg, Sweden. Their first 7″ No Escape blew me away the very first time I listened to it, so I put out their new 6 track 7". Now they are back with 3 new tracks from the "Vermin 7" sessions". If you are into The Flex, Right Brigade, Think I Care or 86 Mentality you HAVE TO check them out.
mardi 15 novembre 2016
NEW DARK AGE BLOG The record that has been in the works for more than four years from these K-town degenerates is now ready. We are proud to present the dark and rough reality that is THE WAR GOES ON. Made up of people responsible for bands like NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS, HJERTESTOP, and many more K-town classic hardcore bands. This record sees singer Ronni Dybdahl delve further into the depths of darkness and gloom than ever before, and come back with an anthemic hard pounding street punk record that somehow blurs the lines between Oi!, Punk, and Hardcore....
lundi 14 novembre 2016
Great EP by a to me more or less unknown Swedish band. How on earth did this escape my attention? No clue, but it's hardcore at it's best. It kinda reminds me of spanish hardcore beasts Glam, well... Except the vocals. They are more in some Umeå'ish direction. Yet there's so much more to it check it out...
dimanche 13 novembre 2016
From Sorry State : Debut 12" from this band out of Malmö. Playing straight-on d-beat, Glorious? actually have a pretty interesting sound that combines a few different elements of the Discharge template, kind of melding different elements from throughout Discharge's discography. The double-tracked vocals sound almost exactly like Realities of War, but the music is both heavier a la Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing and riff-ier and more metallic a la Why? or even early Broken Bones. It's almost kind of a shame that Glorious? sound so much like Discharge in places, because they strike me as much more than a simple d-beat band... these songs are dense, complex, and dynamic, far more than just Discharge riffs copied and slightly rearranged. Though the overall vibe is a bit different, they have a Totalitär-esque way of making fairly straightforward riffs seem weighty and important. A year or so ago I would have told you that d-beta was the deadest of horses, but between bands like Glorious? and Paranoid the genre feels totally revivified. Definitely recommended!
samedi 12 novembre 2016
vendredi 11 novembre 2016
After many delays, the long awaited YOUTH AVOIDERS new record is finally out. "Spare Parts" contains 4 new songs recorded in december 2015, the is the first release since their acclaimed 2013 debut full lenght.
Buy it on the store
jeudi 10 novembre 2016
From American Oi :
Fans of Northern-France outfit Traitre will sure get their kicks this month with the release of not one, but two brand new seven inch records! The first of the two to come out is the two-track 45 “Humain En Vue” b/w “Un Pays À Détruire” on French hardcore-punk label Build Me A Bomb Records, who you might (but probably don’t) know of releases by Thrashington D.C., Youth Avoiders and Short Days.
Anyways, besides the usual suspects we all love, Traitre is quickly becoming one of my favorites out of the country where pain still means bread. Although their sound is not unique or anything, know it all’s can probably name-drop ten alike-sounding bands, their style has a certain flair and unconstrained feel to it, as if the superb melodies just fly out of their amps automatically. Just listen to the A-side of this single, “Humain En Vue”, and see if you understand what I mean, definitely one of their best songs to date!
Same can be said about the B-side. Despite it being a cover, “Un Pays À Défendre” by L’Infanterie Sauvage, the original version never passed the demo phase and Traitre’s take, with a subtle title change to “Un Pays À Détruire”, is sublime! Magnifique from front to back, this slab of wax is an absolute must-hear for fans of French Oi!-punk!
mercredi 9 novembre 2016
From American Oi :
After debuting with Short Days back in 2013, followed up earlier this year with a Traitre 7”, Syndrome 81’s latest 45 is now the third installment in Build Me A Bomb Records’ “Single Round”-series. The idea of this series is plain, simple, minimalistic and so far, pure gold! And with Syndrome 81 up next I don’t see a downgrade to silver, bronze, or worse, any time soon!
Because if something as a ‘band-crush’ would exist, I’d have this crush on Syndrome 81! It almost seems impossible for the boys from Brest (yup, even during this review that is still in France) to record, or at least release, something that doesn’t kick you in the teeth with pure brilliance! You might have guessed by my tone of writing already, but this ‘45 tours de punk-rock Français’ is no exception!
The recipe is similar as their demo, the “Désert Urbain” EP or their split 7” with Litovsk, but just as you thought that they were on top of their game... Syndrome 81 crushes their previous efforts with cleverly inventive guitar work, producing sublime melodies. Perhaps a simple task for someone who can actually hold and play the guitar, but for someone who led an instrumental-free life, like me, the second half of “La Rouille Du Quotidien” is just pure punkrock heaven!
Despite all of the above, “Pulsions Électriques” is quite a shocker (pun intended) though! Experimental to say the least, the electric pulsations of the track stand in complete contrast with the flipside, delivering a song completely in a new / dark / cold (whatever it is called) wave style. Odd, brave and definitely not bad, post-punk depression always lured through Syndrome 81’s sound, they just took the Joy Division influences to the next level for this side of the 45.