Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Those of you that listened live to this week's Just Some Punk Songs show (you can catch up here if you missed it : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-180218/) will have heard me play lots of new music by British bands that went down well with the people in the chatroom (even as I'm typing this I've received a message from regular listener Ashley Colman to say "Deathtraps cd ordered 5 mins ago, £5 Bargain!). The song that I thought went down best of all was by Bamboo Vipers and it's that one I'm posting today.
Bamboo Vipers are from Lymington and are a "hard punk rock 'n' roll band, armed to the teeth with ever-evolving killer tunes." They boast a line up of Shaun Morris (vocals), Jon Webb (guitar), Al Woodcock (guitar), Alex Rook (bass) and Jake Stillwell (drums). Veterans of the UK scene, members have previously featured in bands such as The Cropdusters, Peeping Toms etc.
In 2014 they released an album titled Dangling The Bait which Uber Rock called a winner and compared them with both Dead Kennedys and UK Subs. Now they're back with a new ep and they've another sure fire winner on their hands. I'm not sure how long this link will work for as the last one vanished pretty quickly but if you get in early you can get a free download of the ep : https://wetransfer.com/downloads/52e9798075642fbc19b4fc79a63a502d20180218163521/dd1d4dc710ff90c57e37d2e80f76ebf220180218163521/dec2ba
You can get more info on the band here : https://www.facebook.com/BambooVipers/
This is the song that got the chatroom excited, it's a glamtastic, 70's inspired romp namechecking the likes of Suzi Quatro, Ted Heath, Jon Pertwee, Burt Reynolds, Blue Peter etc. Pull on your Silver Boots and play loud.....
Monday, 19 February 2018
Dog Of Man are a "psyche punk/alt rock" band from Brighton who I know pretty much nothing about other than that they're not your typical punk rock outfit. Their first release surfaced at the end of 2015 and was a full length summation of their early recordings titled It Came From The Basement.
They followed it up last November with the 3 track ep, Stay Human. You can find both releases "name your price" on Bandcamp....
You can check out tour dates or photos of dogs in jackets etc here : https://www.facebook.com/d0g0fman/
The opening track from the ep reminds me a little of Nirvana. This is Sculpture Of Calm....
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Only Strangers are a band from Stoke On Trent who ventured onto my radar a couple of years ago when they released a very good split ep with Pardon Us. They've been together since 2010 and feature a line up of Declan O'Reilly (guitar/vocals), Adam Gater (bass/vocals), Joe Hawthorne (guitar) and Paul Beard (drums).
As well as their split ep, they've also released a couple of eps and featured on a few compilations but it's the release of their debut, Self Titled, album that'll bring them to the attention of a wider fanbase. It's out now on Manchester label Horn & Hoof Records and you can get it either on cd : http://hornandhoof.co.uk/ or digitally : https://onlystrangers.bandcamp.com/album/only-strangers-s-t
It's definitely a record that should be checked out by fans of the passionate, gruff voiced bands that usually end up wowing the crowds at The Fest in Gainesville. Think Hot Water Music, Iron Chic and (closer to home) Dauntless Elite etc. Think top notch song writing with a driving melodic punk backbeat. These are strangers you'll enjoy getting acquainted with.
I'll play a different song from the album later today on the Just Some Punk Songs show (https://www.facebook.com/events/575635936120644/) but for the blog, this is Saturday Night....
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Vile assembly are the Liverpool based band that have been getting people to sit up and take notice . Forming with the intention of being whistle blowers on an unjust society, not only are they spreading their message at home, they've been picking up plenty of radio play in The States. They've come to the notice of legendary dj Rodney Bingenheimer and they'll also be playing a few west coast shows (including an industry show at SIR Studios). Add to this a support slot with The Damned in Paris at the end of May, they're a band you'll be hearing more of.
Featuring 3 friends (Paul Mason, Mark Webb & Mark Wainwright), they'd owned a music studio in Liverpool for a couple of decades but hadn't contemplated making music themselves. Budding poet, and now lyricist and vocalist, Paul Mason was very firmly of the opinion that the world was a vile place, this opinion was reinforced following his decision to spend a month sleeping rough on the streets of Liverpool and San Diego. He found it both horrendous and inspirational and years later Vile Assembly were born in an attempt to shine a spotlight on the ills of modern society.
They've already picked up global recognition following the release of their first 2 singles, Suicide Feast and Gone. Now they return with a new single which is from debut album, Fattened By The Horrors Of War.
Great music, intelligent lyrics (in this case railing against corrupt politicians and corporate criminals), what's not to love. This is Division Of Labour....
(For this and many more great new punk releases tune in to this week's Just Some Punk Songs show which will air at 8pm gmt on Sunday 17th Feb : https://www.facebook.com/events/575635936120644/).
Friday, 16 February 2018
It's Friday so you're getting another guest review, kindly stepping into the breach today is Spike Forehand. He's contributed a few paragraphs to give his thoughts on Canadian band Pkew Pkew Pkew. Cheers Spike....
Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew write songs that are straight the point. No bullshit melodrama or vague references to woman or mental health issues. It’s all drinking, skateboarding, baseball, pissing off the neighbors, pizza, being broke, and drinking some more. They don’t so much avoid the depressing/self-deprecating shit, but acknowledge it and say, “Fuck it – let’s go drinking – we’ll pay the price tomorrow.”
It’s all played with anthemic power chords and shouted call-and-response lyrics that operate on some weird sub-conscious level to directly link to your fist-pump reflex mechanism.
This formula has landed them gigs on tours with Direct Hit!, Anti-Flag, Reel Big Fish and The Flatliners as well as a slot at Fest the last couple of years.
Their 2016 debut/2017 re-release is called +One and it pretty much kicks ass from stem to stern. So – grab a beer and visit their bandcamp at https://pkewx3.bandcamp.com/
Here’s one that any self-respecting broke-ass drinker would appreciate, it's called Before We Go Out Drinking...
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Cool Jerks are from Leeds and dropped a calling card in 2016 with their 6 track demo cassette. It's very limited, on Ukranian label Tapetalks and it comes with a lyric sheet which has all the lyrics translated into Russian (http://cooljerks.bigcartel.com/). It's also available digitally "name your price" on the Bandcamp link I'll post below.
2017 saw them tour the Ukraine before they finished the year in style with the release of another cassette. again on Tapetalks and also on Bandcamp : https://cool-jerks.bandcamp.com/album/patriots. It's very good so check it out.
Described as being "a furious record full of anger aimed at emerging trends in domestic and foreign policy of international governments, as well as people supporting what is happening with their ignorance...", it takes no prisoners. All 4 tracks are well worth your time and I'd suggest they're a band worth keeping an eye (and 2 ears) on.... https://www.facebook.com/cooljerkspunk/
This is the title track from the ep, it's called Patriots....
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
When I started this blog back at the end of 2013 it was just supposed to be somewhere that I'd collect together a bunch of songs that I liked. I didn't intend to write much but thought I better at least do a couple of lines otherwise what was the point. I certainly didn't expect people would get in touch and ask me to review stuff. I've never been a reviewer, I wouldn't really know how to convey why I like something so basically I say here's a song, here's a bit of info about the band and here's where you can get the record from. When on the odd occasion people have asked me to review stuff, not wanting to say no I've tried my best to oblige. Problem is, recently I've been getting lots of people asking. I'm very grateful to them for giving as monkeys what I think and for thinking Just Some Punk Songs is somewhere they want their music to appear (very very grateful actually) but I'm getting a backlog of stuff to post. Ideally I want to get back to posting the songs that I've discovered myself whilst maybe squeezing the occasional request in. I've a few that I've promised to feature (bear with me if you're waiting, I'll get there eventually) but after that? Who knows. I'm tempted to say no to everyone who asks but then I'd feel a twat. Maybe instead of asking, people could post their music in the New Punk Rock Music group on Facebook then I could listen without feeling under pressure to post it. Maybe I could post 2 songs a day but there's only me and I just haven't got the time (and asking you guys to check out more than 1 song a day could be a bit much). I could try and post all requests but then the backlog grows and I'd end up posting stuff that isn't to my taste. I suppose it's a better problem to have than in the early days of the blog when there were often only a couple dozen vews a day.
I just want to post music that gets me excited and help it reach a wider audience so if I have to start saying no to people, I'll feel shitty but maybe it's the only way to go? I've turned Friday's over to guest reviewers so it's not me picking the songs. Thoughts anyone?
Sorry for waffling on, let's get to some music. Frank Trobbiani asked me to listen to a band he's helping out, they're from Melbourne and they're called Diana Radar.
After starting off in 2014 as a 4 piece playing garage influenced rock they underwent a few line up changes before settling on the current line up of Rory, Jay, Luke and Wes. They decided to move in together and share a house whilst at the same time focusing on playing live. You can get more info on them here : https://www.facebook.com/Diana-Radar-338014396404460/
The one annoying thing about the band is that vocalist Rory Trobbiani's vocals remind me very much of someone else and I'll be damned if I can think who. They've a new single out and that's the song I'm featuring today. This is Sex Sells....