Thursday, 22 June 2017
The Muff Divers are a duo from Chicago featuring Joe Sussman (Nancy, Dangus Tarkus) and AJ Durso (Culo, Gas Rag). They released a 2014 Demo and followed it up with an ep called No Muff Too Tuff and now they're back with a new album. Titled Dreams Of The Gentlest Texture it came out a couple of months ago on Lumpy Records and you can find it name your price here : https://themuffdivers.bandcamp.com/album/dreams-of-the-gentlest-texture
They play catchy, off kilter punk & glam rock. High pitched vocals, guitars, synth & drum machine. It reminds me of bands like The Dickies, The Spits, Coneheads, Liquids etc and should go down a storm with fans of those bands.
From the album, this is the infectious There's A New Spud In Town....
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Whilst thinking what to write about today's song I noticed that the band covered in today's update were the second ever band to feature on Just Some Punk Songs way back in 2013 (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/as-first-entry-in-this-blog-seems-to.html). Not an awful lot has changed on Just Some Punk Songs, you still get a killer song every day (along with a couple of badly writtten introductory paragraphs) and not an awful lot has changed with Radioactivity. They're still releasing wonderful garage influenced pop punk gems.
The band lines up with ex Marked Men Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan alongside Bad Sports' Daniel Fried and Gregory Rutherford (as well as Marked Men & Bad Sports they've been in a plethora of other bands including Potential Johns, Chinese Telephones, The Novice, Mind Spiders, High Tension Wires, Video, Wiccans etc. One band you need to check out are Burke's excellent indie pop outfit Lost Balloons who've just released the gorgeous Hey Summer album : https://dirtnaprecords.bandcamp.com/album/lost-balloons-hey-summer).
Anyway, Radioactivity have a new single. It's on Wild Honey Records and despite it being a follow up to their 2015 album Silent Kill, the 2 songs on the single were written several years earlier than that release and have only now seen the light of day. They've definitely been worth the wait.
This is about a relationship that was too one sided to succeed and it's called Infected....
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
TV Crime are the Nottingham newcomers that crashed last year's Just Some Punk Songs' best of 2016 chart with debut single Hooligans (it was an impressive number 4). It wasn't just me that loved the record though, it seemed to be universally adored so hopes for future releases were very high. Happily enough their new single doesn't disappoint.
There'll be a 7" soon (as well as a debut album at some point). It'll be out on Static Shock Records and available through Drunken Sailor Records. For now you can check out the 2 tracks, Clocking In & Clocking Out over on Bandcamp https://tvcrime.bandcamp.com/album/clocking-in-b-w-clocking-out
They tag themselves as northern soul punk and listening to the new single I can definitely catch similarities with another great band, Royal Headache. I think it's fair to say they're one of the UK'S most promising new talents.
This is Clocking In....
Monday, 19 June 2017
St Paul, Minnesota pop punkers The 99ers are back with a new album. It's called Pop Punk Girl (the single of the same name appeared on this blog last year) and it's a fun 13 track blending of power pop, garage, punk and rock n roll. As well as the tile track there's an excellent cover of one of the genres greatest songs (Heaven Only Knows) as well as catchy tunes about beaches, surfing, pajama parties, and Roller Girls. It's fun, melodious and will hit the sweet spot for any fan of catchy bubblegum punk.
The current line up of the band features founder member Stephen Brookfield (guitar/vocals) alongside Christopher Schoonover (drums), Doug Heeschen (bass/vocals) and Emily Bee (guitar/vocals). The album's out now on Spinout Records and it's highly recommended.
The song you'll see below was played on yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show alongside a bunch of other great new releases. If you want to check it out, it's saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-180617/ Feel free to favourite and share the show so more people get to hear the bands.
A girl with dubious taste, this is called She Don't Like The Lillingtons....
Sunday, 18 June 2017
As some of you know, as well as this blog there's also a Just Some Punk Songs weekly internet show in which I try and bring you the best new punk releases. It has a small but knowledgeable following split between the live show and the mixcloud saved version. The benefit of listening live is that you can access a chatroom and give your thoughts on the songs I play. Due to this I know that today's band are much loved by pretty much everyone who hears them. (Last week's show, which featured PizzaTramp, is saved here if anyone's interested... https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-130717/).
Anyway, PizzaTramp. Fuck me they rock. They featured here previously with a track from last year's excellent Blowing Chunks album and today they return with a rip roaring blast of sonic fury taken from new ep Revenge Of The Bangertronic Dan ep. It's their 4th ep, it was recorded in a couple of hours so what you get is the band at their rawest, warts and all. It's great passionate punk rock music and you can find it here : https://pizzatramp.bandcamp.com/album/revenge-of-the-bangertronic-dan
Are you ready to rock out? This is My Back's Fucking Fucked.....
Give me pills I'll go self medication
Don't need a note I got self certification
Hurts when I'm down and it hurts when I'm up
All I know is that my back's fucking fucked
Never mind only forty more years
Every night another forty more beers
Makes you feel quite down on your luck
All I know is that my back's fucking fucked
Saturday, 17 June 2017
Last Orders are, according to their Facebook group, London's Finest Oi! band. Last week I was sent a copy of their 2015 album Time Gentlemen Please and it's packed with your quintessential tough as nails cockney singalongs. As well as several of their own compositions (one of which features below), it also includes covers of songs by the likes of the 4 Skins, Cockney Rejects and Bruisers.
They probably won't appeal to everyone, they ain't politically correct, but if you enjoy gritty bootboy anthems then you should check them out. They're currently working on a new album.
Co-written by ex bassist Stu Newman (he featured on here recently with his current band Underclass UK) and featuring Frankie Flame on electric piano, this is a song that suggests it's not a good idea to fool around with them. You Better Run....
Friday, 16 June 2017
Fitness are from Chicago, they formed in 2013 and are a 4 piece that combine punk, grunge and beefed up rock n roll riffs. Whilst they grew up listening to Weezer's Blue album & Thin Lizzy, their music is definitely modern day punk. Energetic and shouty, vibrant and bold.
Their first release was a S/T album in 2015 and you can check it out here : https://fitnesschicago.bandcamp.com/album/fitness
Last month saw them return with a new 6 track ep called Puppet Show. It's available on vinyl (100 copies violet vinyl, 200 black) from Don't Panic Records and you can also find it digitally here https://dontpanicitsadistro.bandcamp.com/album/puppet-show
An urgent gravel throated singalong, This is Pauly's Shore.....