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Month: November 06
180 GRAD - DES HERZOGS WERKE (SUNNY BASTARDS)website
Young German street punk band 180 Grad debut with a powerful little blaster of an album consisting of fourteen originals that combine simple little lead riffs and a storming rhythm assault to maximum effect.
Singing in their native language, their dual gruff vocal and two biting guitar attack manages to give them more appeal than many street punk plod-rock acts, and at times their riff’n’drive is reminiscent of the likes of Concrete Sox or even some of the earlier noisy anarcho bands.
Not everything comes up smelling of roses as the clichéd ‘Gepflegt Arrogant’ and the acoustic driven of ‘Dein Weg’ is perhaps best forgotten. There’s still loads to recommend here as 180 Grad deliver the goods with a strength and admirable raw energy that’s never scrappy or dull.
20 BULLS EACH - Lost Causes (Fail Records)website
This band started in Dublin in 2002 and the info which came with it says "one of the longest running hardcore bands around" which I would disagree with. Ok so the cd might lean towards a hardcore sound I wouldn't say they were a hardcore band. It also goes on to say "a brutal amalgam of street punk and oi styles" which hits the nail on the head. It's a damn good album, and judging from the fact that they seem to be involved with their local scene, do a lot of gigs and run their own recording studio they must be a busy set of guys. One to pick up if you come across it and if you don't want to wait get in touch with the band (or ask Santa to bring it! instead of the usual socks!).
999 - Takeover (NOISE ANNOYS)website
This album was originally recorded back in 1997 and until now has apparantly been rather hard to get hold of, well I've never seen it before. Well I have to say this is the best I've heard from 999 for a long time, infact I'd go as far as to say it's their best since their debut, ok there's nothing to match the aggression of "Nasty Nasty" but plenty to go alongside the likes of "Emergency" and "Homicide". The title track being a prime example a catchy little number that'll stay in your head for weeks while "Headcase" has more of an early Stranglers feel to it, "Salvage Mission"on the other hand could have been written for the Vibrators, and I suppose the same could be said for "Damp With Tears". "Really Like You" shows the influence of Arturo (also of the Lurkers, the rest well it's pure 999 and I'm sure anyone into the band will not be disappointed.
ADAM WEST - Longshot Songs For Broke Layers 2001 – 2004 ()
Mixing all these rock bands in a blender, our in the Misfits, Iggy & The Stooges, Black Sabbath, AC / DC, Kiss and MC5 pour out on to a recording studio, bake onto cd, what you get is Adam West. Very much a 60’s garage band, this 24 track cd includes songs culled from singles, compilations and rarities. Released in time for their 7th tour of Europe Oct/Nov 06. First gigging in the 90’s around Washing DC they soon built up a loyal fan base. Gigs over the years have been with well named bands such as the Helicopters, Bellrays, Electric Frankenstein, The Muffs etc. Playing festivals over the water and all over Europe and Blighty has given Adam West a successful career and fan base. This Cd does sound very 70’s and not my cup of tea but if you’re a 70’s kid with rock implanted on your brain - go for it.
ANYWAY - Dead End (Silver Rocket)
Anyway descend from the Czech Republic, not that I am familiar with much of the Eastern Europe punk scene but these fellas do it in their own way. You can feel the influences through their own style in bands such as the Hives, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, DK etc. Very different and very refreshing for me to review. Over the years they have supported bands like No Means No, Victims Family, Burning Airlines etc. Two full length CDs have been produced; Dead End and Golf Club. Anyway have also done a few compilations from 2001-2005. So for a band that’s unknown to me, they have done their bit for the punk scene that is good enough for me, and you? Watch this space for Anyway.
ATOMS - Staying True With (Stressed Records)website
Basic three chord pop punk rock and roll from Derby's Atoms. There's nothing original about this album but it's catchy as hell, sort of Ramones meet the Beachboys. Two guys on guitar and bass and a girl on drims all sharing vocals which really works. Songs include "Shopping and Fashion", "Don't Wanna Disco", "Danny Likes Emo" and "Will you be my Girlfriend". This won't be everyones cup of tea but it's lively energetic and most of all it's fun, probably great live too.
AUTOMATICS - BRITANNIA (DORK RECORDS)website
Anyone expecting to hear a rehash of The Automatics ‘When Those Tanks Roll Over Poland Again’, the startling piece of punk-pop that catapulted the band to wider fame back in 1978, will be surprised by the carefully crafted songwriting on ‘Britannia’.
Put together by the bands front man and songwriter, Dave Philp (now domiciled in California) the son of a English officer, the album resounds to the atmosphere of longing, a nostalgia for home, a pride in the achievements of the people, and disappointment in what could have been beyond empire, occupation and a blue blood class system.
Musically ‘Britannia’, owes as much to 60s Brit-rock like The Kinks, The Who and even The Beatles as punk, although the sound is still a suitably beefy, riff driven rock best exemplified in numbers like ‘When The Sun Sinks On England Tonight’, ‘British Beat’ (featuring the distinctive chunky guitar work of Steve Jones) ‘Who Died And Made You Brian Jones?’, ‘Rule Britannia’ and perhaps the best of the bunch ‘England Expects’ a delicious slice of Jam flavoured rocking.
Elsewhere the more thoughtful acoustic fuelled numbers like ‘England’s Dreaming’, ‘Old River Thames’ and the brass coloured ‘Brittania’ suggest this an album of love songs for these islands, their people, their sights, sounds and even the taste of the beer.
A brave, bold and rewarding album.
BRIGGS - BACK TO HIGHER GROUND (SIDE ONE DUMMY RECORDS)website
Southern Californian’s, The Briggs return with a superbly formed blend of melodic Clash style punk rock, where tunes and catchy riffs rule supreme. That The Briggs know just how to do it is in no doubt, just how they do it so well is the mystery! Like Rancid they possess that swaggering self-confidence that makes it seem like everything they do flows naturally from a wellspring of collective talent.
From the absolutely infectious opener and title track, through the slow burning strained larynx passion of ‘Common & Unknown’ the biting attack of ‘Everyone’s An Actor’ the mutant punky-reggae of ‘Insane’ the riff jostling of rock solid rocker ‘Harder To Stand’ and the well crafted closer ‘Don’t Care’, or indeed any of the other six killer cuts ‘Back To Higher Ground’ is another punk rock masterwork.
CONFLICT - Ungovernable Force (Cherry Red Records)
Love ‘em, hate ‘em – loved by few hated by many – that should be reversed. The most uncompromising of all the anarcho punk bands of the 80’s and still going as strong as ever. Hated by Politicians, parasites of society but we know who is tight, your hear / eyes / ears / heard don’t like. The Ungovernable Force was the best selling of the Conflict’s productions, mixing hard hitting punk with orchestras and opera etc. So before it’s time, so well and so different to the punk movement of the 80’s / 90’s. This cd inspired me as all Conflict work does, as it does to 1000’s of punks across the globe. The messages stand up and fucking fight what you believe in – only you yourself can act upon. Conflicts Ungovernable Force now contains a digi pack, loads of previously unseen photos and bonus tracks. Start to finish it is Conflict at their best with ALF standing out about the great tracks - the lyrics which are band from reproduction. Still ungovernable – Conflict.
COPYRIGHT CHAOS - APPETITE FOR INTOXICATION (STEP 1 MUSIC)website
80s punk obsessed American punk four piece, with a ‘fuck you’ attitude. Their debut features 13 searing blasts of hardcore punk with knowing nods to GBH/Exploited/ 4 Skins.
It’s a confident and impressive sound, driven on by some sweeping, driving guitar and a raw edged cutting use of melody. With American audiences hungry for the kind of retro punk sound being fired out by The Casualties and Total Chaos, a lot of kids are gonna lap this up. That said lyrically their negative, self-destructive direction is a downside although they’re a pretty young band with lots of growing to do.
Concentrate on the music, punch your fist in the air, open another can and get into the pit.
DISHONOUR SQUAD - Century Of Fear (Anfibio Records)website
Early 80's style hardcore punk (fuck me how many times have I said that) from Sumona in Italy and with the exception of "Jamm'mo" and "Chi No Terrorizza" all the songs are in English. I suppose I could make the usual comparisons but I don't really need to when you can check out "Tax the Rich" and "Song of Rebels" on their my space site as well as a track not on this cd "Riot United"(if you search on google you can translate the page to English). OK it's been done a thousand times before but who cares, just add them to the list of top class hardcore punk bands. I'll end this by quoting from the booklet "this album is dedicated to punk-rock music....yesterday now and forever....see ya in hell".
EVERCLEAR - Welcome To The Drama Club (Eleven Seven Records)website
Yet another one that doesn't belong here it's more middle of the road type rock and I don't want to slag the bands musical ability but you wouldn't expect to go on a website dedicated to say Jazz music and find reviews of the Exploited etc, even if some of our readers might like this I don't think they'd be looking for a review on here. It's good for what it is, but it ain't punk.
FEW AND THE PROUD - Stampede (ORGANISED CRIME RECORDS)website
This cd has 11 tracks lasting just over 22 minutes. The info which came with it says "Few and the Proud is helping to carry the torch for Chicago's burgeoning straight edge hardcore scene.." and this just sums up the cd perfectly. It's 100% in your face hardcore and if your into this kinda thing then it's for you. You also get a fold out cover with all the lyrics.
FIFTH HOUR HERO - NOT REVENGE…JUST A VICIOUS CRUSH (NO IDEA RECORDS)website
The second full album from Canadian contemporary punk four piece, Fifth Hour Hero, is an explosive combination of hard-edged melodies, distinctive vocals and harmonies, expansive imaginative arrangements and a border crossing fusion of rock stylings. With a sound that hints at the warped rock of The Pixies the hardcore pop-punk of Leatherface and the inventive left-field attitude of Against Me!, Fifth Hour Hero come across as something quite special.
With numbers like the hyper-energetic ‘Faint And Fading Out’ the nagging insistent riff led ‘How Much Is Revolution With Taxes’ the atmospheric driving ‘Divorce’ the constant twists and urgency of ‘Coeur De Berlin’ the persistent refreshing melodic punk of ‘The Satisfaction Of Thinking’ and the absolutely infectious fist in the air immediacy of ‘Bruce Oh My Bruce’ you simply can’t fail with this act.
Intelligent, literate and a devilishly attractive sound. A solid gold combination.
GALLOWS - ORCHESTRA OF WOLVES (IN AT THE DEEP END RECORDS)website
Raging, urgent contemporary hardcore rock by an act formed by the coming together of remnants of acts like Winter In June, American Nightmare, Bane, Converge, Himsa, Nine and My Dad Joe. Gallows a Watford four piece manage to combine elements of metal, left field rock, edgy hardcore and combine it with skewed riffing, ambitious atmospheric presence and an aggressive discordant melodies.
The resulting twelve tracks and 39 minutes of primal energy doesn’t always work, the neo-psychedelic flavour of ‘Last Fight For The Living’ although that is an exception to the rule as the results of the endeavours of Gallows are a series of lightning strikes, accompanied by hurricanes and an assault of massive aural hailstones most notably ‘Come Friendly Bombs’ the truly warped ‘In The Belly Of A Shark’ the psycho riffs of ‘Rolling With The Punches’ the insistent and awkward ‘Will Someone Shoot That Fucking Snake’ and the stinging slow burn of the title track that closes the album.
A precarious sound from the very edge of hardcore.
GIRLS ON TOP - A Taste Of Cyanide (ACE RECORDS)website
The info which comes with this says that they were founded in 1996 and are one of the top garage-punk girl groups in London and regulars of the Camden Town alternative rock'n'roll scene. With their quirky songs, barbed lyrics and catchy riffs they are also a riviting live act... I found this cd (which is their third album) rock/pop/alternative (in an early 80's kinda way) and I thought the best track was "Kill the Parents" which was about the only track that really sounded punk. Anyway you can always check out their website for more info.
GOLDBLADE - ‘STRICTLY HARDCORE’ (Captain Oi Records)website
Another compilation from the most prolific, original and hardest working UK punk bands. Fronted by the unmistakable presence of motor mouth John Robb, his visionary attitude to fuse the rebel attitude of rock’n’roll alongside a hook sodden punk rock has been working exceptional well. Live as anyone will attest they’re a real treat for the eyes and ears with their all encompassing glorious over the top guaranteed to turn heads\and get even the most staid cynic tapping his or her toes.
‘Strictly Hardcore’ this 16 song compilation opens with the stunning title track, a superb over the top singalong rabble rouser, whilst elsewhere the adrenalin, rocket fuelled riffing of ‘Hometurf ’ the anthem for all those in the sticks ‘Living Outside The Capital’ the glam/punk fusion of ‘Dream The Vicious Dream, Baby’ the manifesto statement that is ‘Do You Believe In The Power Of Rock’n’Roll’ the brass fired ‘Uranus’ and the psychopathic surf-punk amalgam of ‘Fighting In The Dancehall’ it’s all gloriously over the top.
If you’ve not experienced the Goldblade experience yet, then there’s no better place to start.
HETTEN DES - Cowboys Con Conjonos (Drunkabilly Records)
So I’ve reviewed the single, now here is the review on the full cd. Let’s start off; I hate America. The whole idea of cowboys, that kinda stuff but Hetten Des who are from Belgium do shoot my gun. Let’s call it power country instead of rock n roll, and mix up Hank Williams with the Ramones / Motorhead with Johnny Cash – do you get my drift now cowboy? The end result is Hetten Des, big thumping slap bass 2 guitars and good old rock & roll, drum beat, cowboy boots & hats – this cd is rockin. Sit back in your open top car and drive. So relaxing, but so in your face rock & roll poser country. Track 7 us the one for me, but all of the tracks – 7 of them the bands own, and others covers including Motorhead / Johnny Cash etc. One last thing last thing LINE DANCING IS FUCKIN FORBIDON and power country is born. Yee ha, raise me money.
HETTEN DES - Ace Of Spades (Drunkabilly Records)
Ace Of Spades by the heavy metal legends Motorhead does take some beating – Motorhead are the punk of metal – so I’ve been around a while, going grey, got that little belly and no my stuff from hardcore to street punk / oi / chaos / psychobilly and just plain rock & roll, but fuck me Belgium cowboys doing a classic cover of Motorhead's Ace of Spades sounds a bloody fuck up of all fuck ups you might think – YOU’RE WRONG! This is so refreshing, Johnny Cash eat your hear out – if Hetten Des’s full cd us anything to go by, give this single and cd a chance with their country rock version deserves your attention. Oh the band asks line dancing is fucking forbidden. Ace stuff.
LOS LANGEROS - Killing Frogs (From the band)website
If I told you this band hail from Cork and have an electric mandolin, Jews Harps and harmonicas you would probably be expecting another Pogues type band. Well they couldn't be further from it, although I'm not sure how to describe their music, there's a strong country feel to it though not in a Johnny Cash sense more of a hillbilly style. Personally I'm not over impressed and have to say I find some of this just plain wierd but I'd give em full marks for originality. Check out their website and see what you think.
NOWHERE FAST - Hallow Angel (Littleheart Records)
So are Nowhere Fast going to give the melodic punk scene a kick up the arse – yep, I think so. Nowhere Fast will gibe AFI, Strung out, Face To Face, Enemy You, Slick Shoes – the whole melodies movement a good run for their money. Nowhere Fast stay committed to their DIY ethic but produce what you may say you have heard it all before, but what the fuck, it’s still refreshing enough for you to think ‘hey, not bad’. In their own style, they are talented young men who have a produced a 4 track CD as good as I’ve heard from across the pond. Me personally, I would love to hear more, so send your freebies to Andy@ 55 South Kirkby, WF9 3DL, England. On a serious note this is good, fast melodic punk. Excellent for all young punkers. Check em out.
ON FILE - Ejected From The Premises ()website
Scottish four-piece skinhead/street punk band with a decent line in basic but appealing melodic stompers, and a vocalist who actually sings.
A track like ‘Nosey Neighbours’ even brings to mind a fusion of the Blur and The Small Faces, demonstrating they’ve a lot more imagination then many of the pack. They further develop the theme and the piano coloured ‘Drinking’ and the early punk gutsiness of ‘Cold Light Of Day’ and ‘Sick Of Work’ where their bassist demonstrates an ability to add some great runs that add much to the sound.
With the added bonus of four EP tracks included the album weighs in with a most respectable 19 tracks of boisterous, ballsy and most memorable punk rocking.
RESISTANCE 77 - SONGS FOR A NANNY STATE (CAPTAIN OI RECORDS)website
Old school neu-punk act Resistance 77 continue to fly the flag for street punk with their latest confusingly titled collection.
With twelve self-compositions gracing the album delivered with vigour and no little fiery, melodic drive. Great big chunky bass lines and a full-throated chorus lines, collide with killer lead riffs and a solid rhythmic battering back lines.
It all comes to fruition on ‘One Of The Boys’ the bittersweet unrequited love story ‘Pictures Of You’ the poignant nostalgic ‘Joke’s On Me’ the cleverly perceptive ‘All For One’ and the delightfully over the top ode to alcohol ‘On The Wagon’.
Add to this an ability to create some stomping catchy tunes, and an ability to sound like a real solid musical force and you’ve an album that Resistance 77 can be rightly proud of.
SILVERSTEIN - 18 Candles The Early Years (Victory Records)website
I think it depends on how broad your idea of punk is....... this album 12 tracks plus 6 bonus tracks is in the catagory of /mellow in places/popskate/touch of hardcore/dirgy/monotonous/kerrang would love it to bits. So you can tell I'm not impressesd, not that there's anything wrong with the cd if you like this sort of stuff (and lets be fair there's a zillion bands out there that sound like this....some of them pretty sucessful.......some probably millionaires........but it's not my punk cup of tea, perhaps I'm too old. Anyway if it's your typhoo check out the website.
SINKING SHIPS - Revelation Records (Disconnecting)
Sinking Ships decent s from Seattle producing their debut cd which is a much awaited thing. Very hardcore, uncompromising, punk / hardcore call it all the same. This cd is up my street looking at everyday problems, trials and tribulations, but also mixing in their own melodic riffs to very good results. Sound very much like Sick of It All, Avail, 7-Seconds but in their own style. Carved into the wall of punk / hardcore movement, my own impression is we have not heard the last of sinking ships. Let’s home many good productions, many cds to follow. This is good shit, lets get thank fucking message across TAKE NOTE
THIS SYSTEM KILLS / VIKTIMS - VICTIMS OF THIS SYSTEM (BLIND DESTRUCTION/MASS PRODUCTION)website
A split album shared by South Wales hardcore act This System Kills (ex Rectify, 100, 000 Body Bags and In The Shit) and Vendee, France four piece Viktims co-released between two labels.
This System Kills are building up quite a live reputation in the South West, and on the evidence here it’s not hard to see why. The seven cuts from the five-piece showcase their confident and big blend of hard edged but melodic hardcore tinged with a tougher metal edge. Front man Pig is a particularly effective front man, blasting his lungs out but never coming across as a tuneless grunter, instead his aggressive but firm delivery adds to the attraction. With songs like ‘Hand Of Man’, ‘Autonomy’ and ‘Sell Me’ This System Kills wear their anti-statist credentials on their sleeves, with a healthy ultra-belief in the punk DIY underground a thoroughly commendable and refreshing attitude today.
Viktims offer a rougher, harder sound combining ultra-fast thrash with power and authority, never coming across as messy. Adding to the assault with some great bass riffs that add to the appeal of their full-blooded attack.
A 14-track celebration of the weight of the underground DIY punk ethic.
TWOPOINTEIGHT - TWOPOINTEIGHT (MUSE ENTITY RECORDS)website
Although Swedish four piece Twopointeight have been around since 1995, this eponymously titled collection is infact their debut album.
Influenced by the melodic drive of the Southern Californian punk sound and the incendiary early punk of The Clash, Twopointeight certainly know how to hit all the right bases, coming on with all the ragged swaggering roots-punk of Rancid. Like so many Swedish bands with a penchant for that So Cal sound they manage to make it all sound so effortless, punching out killer riffs and fucking enormous hook lines at every opportunity. They’re also in possession of a passionate and hugely effective vocalist in Fredrick Bjorck offering a confident and superb delivery falling somewhere between the drawl of Tim Armstrong and the edgy energy of Strummer.
They’re also imaginative and inventive enough to add occasionally keyboards and harmonica to their absolutely engaging and supreme punk rock, and still come out on top.
A damned impressive debut that if representative of what to expect from Twopointeight, suggests many more great things to come.
VARIOUS - THE DEFINITIVE STORY OF CBGB THE HOME OF U.S. PUNK (SALVO RECORDS)website
Opening primarily as a country and bluegrass venue in New York’s rundown Bowery district (hence the Country Bluegrass Blues CBGB name) in 1973 by Hilly Kristal, and beginning to book the first of the city’s underground ‘street rockers’ in 1974 (before the term punk rock was penned) like Television, The Ramones and a year later Patti Smith and pretty much continued to become a honey pot for practically every punk act from the city or those passing through, until due to yuppification of the area, it’s closure in 2006.
‘The Definitive story…’ is a double album weighing in at almost two hours and featuring 34 tracks that trace the musical acts that inspired and encouraged the development of the rock’n’roll beast that became punk rock.
Opening with the angular art rock of Television and Patti Smith two true pioneers of the New York punk scene, before moving along with the unforgettable Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers with the lazy cool of the anthemic ‘Born To Lose’, Blondie, Ramones, Mink Deville, The B52’s, James Chance And The Contortions, Destroy All Monsters and Suicide nicely representing the first waves diversity and lack of cliché, whilst The Cramps, The Gun Club, Plasmatics, Pere Ubu, Mars and Mumps carry on that spirit of adventure whilst rasta-rockers Bad Brains appear as the sole representatives of the hardcore scene that would develop at the venue.
The second CD is comprised largely of those who fired things in the first place so those appearing include the incendiary MC5 with a live version of their call to arms ‘Kick Out The Jams’ from 1972, Iggy And The Stooges, The New York Dolls, The Runaways, The Electric Eels, Dead Boys, Devo the seminal Velvet Underground and others.
Well packaged in an informative booklet, that also features some superb period photos, ‘The Definite Story…’ is pretty required listening if you want to get to grips with the history of punk rock Stateside.
VARIOUS - Bored Teenagers Volume 4 (Binliner Records)website
The next volume of very rare and previously unheard punk rock originals from the late 70’s early 80’s, this time you get 18 tracks by nine bands which cover the years 1977 to 1982. On this particular offering you get tracks by The Machines- their e.p. made the top 20 in the alternative charts, The Ordinarys- a band who appeared on the 1970’s talent show ‘New Faces’, The Running Sores- a novelty band formed by the A & R man for The Jam, Low Profyle- who’s members were all in the R.A.F., Public Pisstake- an unreleased track which features Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey and members of The Pretenders, The Cane-featuring Kirk Brandon’s (Theatre of Hate/ Spear of Destiny) first recordings, Elevators- a band from Leicester who’s single is highly collectable, Manchester band The Steroid Kiddies- got to number 3 in the alternative chart in 1979 and The Introze- a band described by Gary Bushell as ‘the band most likely to make it to radio’ they did as one of their songs was re-recorded for Steve Wrights’ radio show. If you have any of the releases any of the bands I’ve mentioned you will probably already know they are worth more than a few quid so as a replacement to you well worn out vinyl this is probably essential. This could also appeal to fans of early U.K. punk and would also make anyone’s Theatre of Hate or Spear of Destiny collection complete. For more details take a look at www.detour-records.co.uk/bored_teenagers,htm
DEAD KENNEDYS - The Early Years Live Dvd (Wienerworld)website
This dvd was originally released in 1987 by Target Video but has now been put onto dvd with a couple of extra things, namely a who’s who of the band, a short piece about the band in general and a sing-a-long option (which puts the lyrics to each song on the bottom of the screen). This is a very short dvd with a running time of just over 30 minutes but it is still well worth getting hold of as it contains some very rare footage of one of the best bands to come out of America. The quality varies a little but it is all watchable and when you consider some of this was filmed in 1979 before the advent of decent home video/camcorders it can be excused. I particularly liked the ‘Drug Me’ footage, which before the actually song has the same clip but with news footage of Jello Biafra and his running for the mayor of San Francisco. A great dvd the only downside is the running time. For more information go to www.wienerworld.com
VARIOUS - Punk On The Road (Cherry Red Records)website
First time on dvd for this Jettisoundz video from the early 80's featuring GBH, Addicts, Burial, One Way System, UK Subs, Destructors, Mau Maus, Exploited, Urban Dogs, Johnny Thunders, Major Accident, Xpozez, Dead Mans Shadow, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and Chelsea, padded out to 70 minutes with stuff from more recent Cherry Red releases from the first H.I.T.S in 96 up to 2006 with Angelic Upstarts, Outl4w, Drones, Lurkers, Jayne County, Eater, Vibrators, Spizz Energi, Business, Menace and Red Alert. A good compilation but if you're only interested in the bigger names here you can get most of the full sets from the same label, but this is well worth buying for the early 80's stuff alone.
VARIOUS - Cbgb Punk On The Bowery (Wienerworld)website
Another re-issued dvd by Wienerworld this time a collection of different punk bands all filmed playing at the now defunct CBGB’s in New York. You get 67 minutes worth of music and a half hour tour of the club by Hilly Kristal, the clubs former owner, which gives an insight into the history of the club. As for the music side of things you get a total of 28 tracks by 15 bands with the bands including Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, U.K. Subs, Chaos UK and The Varukers. All the footage is from the clubs in house cameras so the quality is pretty good throughout. It’s a bit ironic that I should be reviewing this now as the club closed only the other week taking with it one of punks original birthplaces, I did get to go once in 2004 and anything you’ve ever heard about the clubs toilets is a lie…..it was worse!!! For more info go to www.wienerworld.com
Sorry no fanzine reviews this month, please get in touch if you have any you would like including
THE NAGS - Derby, Victoria (4/11/06)
Well folks back on the trail of punk as ever !! its only the nags playing tonight as there was a few problems with the othere bands but hay not to worries gives you a chance to catch up with people , well the nags take the stage at 9.30pm for a about an hour set well good hard core riffs here and as ever there on top form !! we even get a nice little stage invasion at the end from sean pound of fleash and rat from the varukers keeping his surport going as ever !!! like me he gives 100 & 55 percent now as now as ever its all for the course , not too many people here tonight but still a top gig by top punx up the nagss !!
CRASHED OUT - Felling, Duke Of Cumberland (30/10/06)
We were a bit late getting in, due to an extended drinking sesh in The Mallard
pub, nearby. Crashed Out were already on stage when we got there, and finishing
I'm The Outcast. Next, it was Murder On Sunset Strip. Like Manchester United
in an early League Cup round, it was the young uns who were in the thick of the
action down the front, with the old codgers a bit further back. There weren't
as many people in as when they played in July, mindja, it was now a Monday, with
some people on nights, or having early starts at work the next day.
EXPLOITED + ASSERT - Southampton, Nexus (17/10/06)
I missed a couple of support bands getting myself nicely lubricated at the
bar in anticipation of the two main bands ; Assert kicked off with the awesome
'Lean on me' and just hammered their way through 35 minutes of power and
precision ,including; 'Red , beat and blood' and 'Never forget you' ( which
had people up and dancing ) dedicated to the young lad (from southampton)
who died at this years Wasted . They ended their set with the fantastic 'Dilute
to taste' about the 'watering down of the true meaning of punk ' - according
to front man 'Britt' ; A great band to watch.
The Exploited detonated into 'Lets start a war' and were on fine form ; all
the classics were evident ; 'Alternative' ; 'Beat the bastards' ; 'U.K. 82'
and many many more . What struck me was the big smile that Wattie had on
his face throughout the Exploiteds set ! . When the time came for 'Sex and
violence' we witnessed a mass stage invasion and a big collective singalong
. Both bands complimented each other very well for a brilliant old school
evening out and Wattie is back sporting the infamous mohawk !!.
Sorry no scene reviews this month, please get in touch if you have any you would like including
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Punk, Oi!, Psychobilly, Ska Hardcore and Mod.
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