Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Dead City Stereo hail from Exeter who seem to churn out bands (Cut Ups, The False Arrests, Brothers, Computers to name a few) and they play rip-roaring rock n roll punk. Sadly they split up a few months ago and i never even saw them. Jamie, bassist of The Arteries, was adamant that i would love them and i finally heard them last monday in the Van. I was singing along by the second listen. SO DAMN CATCHY. I remember all i said was 'wow' 'why did they split up' 'will they play again' 'can we make them play again' etc etc etc. Think a mix of None More Black, The Ringers, early Rancid and Down and Outs and you have Dead City Stereo. Jamie sent me through ten songs (all they have?) that they recorded before they split and ive listened to each song about 30 times in under a week, its that good. I got in touch with Ben, the singer in Brothers (who ill post about tomorrow) who was in Dead City Stereo and asked if i could upload the songs to this blog and make people aware and he said yes so here they are: http://www.mediafire.com/?jnn2gm04eym Gates of hell is masssssive. The guitar work is soooo clean and yeah i just love it. This really would not look out of place on No Idea or Kiss of Death.
I guarantee you will be singing and whoa-ing by the second listen!
I'm so bummed i wont get to sing these songs live. Im gonna work on a reunion haha i understand one of the members moved to Australia though which might be a problem.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Sorry ive been slack lately. Been studying tonnes and Watching Dexter. I finished Season 4 now so back to uploading rad bands.
Koro are regarded by many as one of the greatest hardcore bands to ever exist and have gone on to influence hundreds of bands you listen to today. I only found this out today but an original copy of this EP would set you back over $1000 pounds.
Formed in 1983 in knoxville, Tennessee, Koro quickly became the 'tightest, meanest and angriest' hardcore band around and when you hear their debut EP hopefully you will agree. There was a rumour that went around that they sped up the 7" to make it sound faster... gnarly.
This is my christmas present to you, their debut EP, one of the best and most influential hardcore records to ever exist and one of my personal favourites. I recorded this myself so you even get the crackle of the record http://www.mediafire.com/?ywkdmjg02hw This is insanely good. If you want to own this and their LP 'Speed Kills' Sorry State re-issued this classic http://www.sorrystaterecords.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1
It may even sound better than the original as this features a brand new mastering job from the original source tapes. I only give you the best.
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Sunday, 13 December 2009
1. Bangers: The Hard Way www.myspace.com/bangersbangers
When i first heard this song my first thought was 'Drop the Pop' by None More Black because it had an epic guitar intro. I was immediately in love. When Roo's vocal kicked in, i was drooling. Everything about this song is perfect. So many bits where you can put your fists in the air and scream your lungs out with your friends. They have yet to write a bad song and i do not think they will but this is my favourite. This song is track 1 on the Break the Habit Split 12". Buy it here: http://shop.specialistsubjectrecords.co.uk/product/0/Bangers-Break-the-Habit-Split-LP_994608.html YEAH!
2. Nomos: The Most Dangerous Game www.myspace.com/nomosnyc
One of the 7"s of the year. Ripping, crushing hardcore on Deranged. I usually give myself a dead leg from punching myself while listening to this song. This is the opening track and kills. Think Tear it Up/Cut the shit. Really good.
3. The Shitty Limits: Transitions http://www.myspace.com/theshittylimits
Track 1, side 1 of the Shitty Limits Debut LP. If you know me at all you will know how much i love/go on about this band and i eagerly anticipated this record. This song opens with a stomping intro which makes me want to smash through walls. The guitar gets faster and Louis' distinctive snotty vocals kicks in and im spazzing out. Pure garage punk magic. Buy The LP from this rad label/distro http://www.lavidaesunmus.com/ and the cd was released in the UK by Boss Tuneage, buy it here: http://www.bosstuneage.com/
4. Parasites: All the time in the world http://www.myspace.com/officialparasites
This song gets stuck in my head all the time. Its catchy as hell. Think 'Nothing with you' by the greatest band ever. They totally rip it off but who cares. Long live Parasites. fun pop punk songs about girls. Like the Descendents/Ergs then you will like Parasites! This song is from the LP 'Solitary' links to buy it are up on their myspace. Enjoy singing this when you wake up in the morning. Makes me smile from ear to ear.
5. Eddy Current Suppression Ring: Wrapped up www.myspace.com/eddycurrentsuppressionring
Another song that gets stuck in my head quite frequently. I love the dude's vocals and they way he sings 'yooooou' real good garage rock from Australia. From their second record 'Primary Colours' Order that and their first release here: http://ecsr.melodic.co.uk/ holy shit i forgot how good the guitar solo is near the end!
6. Twisted: Track 04 http://twistedleeds.blogspot.com/2009/04/twisted-leeds.html
FUCK THIS TRACK IS THE NUTS. Reminds me of the Wipers and i guarantee the chorus will be stuck in your head for months. I dont even know what he says but i sing it all the time. This is the one from one of the best bands ive heard in years.
7. Marked Men: Ghosts www.myspace.com/themarkedmen
Ghosts is Marked Men's forth and last :( album and it rips from start to finish. Total Ramonescore but done in that unique marked men way. This for me is one of the standout tracks but they dont really have any weak songs. All about the guitar and the electronic effects in this song. Massive. I hate this band. Please reform and play shows! Heartbreakers.
8. Spraynard: '84 Sheepdog www.spraynard.com
2009 was all about Spraynard. 3 dudes from West Philly who play Latterman style beats and do it really fucking well. I had the pleasure of following them around the country in the summer and putting them on and getting to know them all. I miss them dearly and all three are the nicest dudes ever. I could have chosen any song but i chose this one because the first time i heard it the chorus really got to me and i remember messaging the bassist Mark and telling him. I had to to get over a horrible break up this year and if it wasnt for my friends, punk rock and putting on shows it would have been a lot harder than it has been. The chorus to this song reads 'thank you my friends for taking me back to where i should have been all along, all the nights i spent alone should have been spent with you' Thank you my friends <3 Spraynard.
9. Fashanu: Yoko Ono v Bob Hoskins... Go! fashanudurham.blogspot.com
I cant remember how exactly but i came across this song on the Discount Records Myspace page and just fell in love with everything about this track and band. I listen to this song daily and it never gets old. I had the pleasure of putting their first southern show on and i was so confident people would love them and they did. This marked the first time i really felt i had achieved something by putting on smaller/unknown bands so thanks Fashanu. Song is posi to the max and they even high five during it when playing live. I guarantee after a few listens this song will be stuck in your head too! Gives me goosebumps.
10. By Surprise: CB Radio www.myspace.com/bysurpriserock
I feel i go on about this song too much but i say not enough. The last minute and 20 seconds of this song escalates it from great to OH MY GOD I JUST CAME. Seriously. I need to see this song live before i die. I hope you are reading this By Surprise! COME TO THE UK.
WHERE THE FUCK IS 295 WHERE THE FUCK IS ROUTE 55 WHAT EXIT WILL TAKE ME BACK HOME TONIGHT WHERE THE FUCK IS 295
11. SSSSNAKES: Dont Tread on Us www.myspace.com/thessssnakes
This was the first ssssnakes song i ever heard and my initial thoughts were 'damn! this is FUN' I get the guitar riff stuck in my head daily and often myself walking around punching my fist in the air and shouting 'hey!' dad thinks im nuts. The ending to this song makes me smile every time: 'we're the ssssnaaaaakessssssaaaaaa' RAD. Came out on a split with bangers, only 50 copies. You missed out. LP soon. Keep your eyes peeled, dont tread on them.
12. RVIVR: Plenty of time: www.last.fm/music/RVIVR
As soon as Shorebirds closed the chapter on their short lived punk story, Matt Canino had a new band waiting in the wings and they are RVIVR. This sounds like Shorebirds but with a female on dual vocals. It rips. I get 'GET YOUR ASS OUT THE FRONT DOOR' stuck in my head a lot. So much fun. Track down both their 7"s for a party in your pants.
Friday, 11 December 2009
1. SOCIAL CIRCKLE - CITY SHOCK
Ive talked enough about this band on my blog already so it fits for their debut LP to be my release of the year. It's also probably the one i was most excited about! If someone had said i would have seen them twice this year too then id have called them a liar. I picked up the LP at the Brighton show and listened to it non stop before the london show because it was that good. Fast, sometimes frantic garage/hardcore that makes you want to shout and dance. The reason this is number one is because it fuckings kills and is definitely one of the best hardcore records records ive heard in a long time. Im shit at describing/comparing stuff but if you dig career suicide, black flag then check this out. The European release was issued by Hardware records, buy it HERE: http://www.hardware-records.com/releases.htmrecords.com/releases.htm. First press was released by No way Records. Check out their roster and distro, its ridiculous! http://www.nowayrecords.com/site/?page_id=2
2. ARTERIES - BLOOD, SWEAT AND BEERS
This nearly pipped the top spot but i had to make a decision so Arteries come second, sorry boys. This is one of the best albums to be released in the UK in a long, long time. I'll be honest, i was not into this band the first few times i saw them. I thought they were boring and lacked any energy. This all changed when i went to one of my favourite places in the country, Swansea to see Lemuria and The Arteries supported. They. blew. me. away. It was like a changed band from the last time i had seen them. Super tight, really fast, incredible riffs and Miles the front man seemed to have let loose a bit and looked like he was really enjoying it. I dont know if it was just the home crowd but that night i fell in love with the Arteries. This was Reaffirmed the next time i saw them in london and this is when i picked up the album, coincidentally the next day they played in my living room and again i was blown away. The cd did not leave my cd player for months and is one of those albums you can listen to on repeat and air guitar too in your room. SLAYS. One of the best things about this band is that they are all friends, who hang out, go on holiday together and and are some of the best dudes i know, oh and one of the most DIY bands out there. Put on shows, release their own records, book their own tours and yeah ive kissed arse enough. This is fast, in your face punk rock. Im not going to compare them to anyone but if you like riffz, singalongs and songs about punk rock, cats and friends then you really should own this album, know all the words and go check em out live because they will tear you a new one. Ive seen them destroy countless venues this year and i can only see this band becoming improving further. Listen to songs on their myspace: http://www.myspace.com/thearteries Buy their merch and newly released shiny pink LP here: http://swfu.bigcartel.com/wfu.bigcartel.com/ and check out their real website here: http://thearteries.blogspot.com/ SWFU
3. BANGERS/SSSSNAKES SPLIT
Two of my favourite UK bands release a split together. HELL YEAH. http://www.myspace.com/thessssnakes play super fun and silly pop-punk in a Dead Milkmen/Descendents/Ergs way and are one of the most fun bands to watch just because Jamie the frontman goes nuts. SSSSNAKES feature half the Arteries and one of the funniest and drunkest men in the UK is on Bass. They only have this split out so far and it has four songs which are about ssssnakes, dead pets, people being lame and girls. Its total party music and i cant wait for them to record their LP. I listen to these four songs on repeat daily and i cant see myself ever getting bored so they had to be high in my top ten list. They have also nicknamed me 'Microphonehead' and have written a song about me so they hold a special place in my heart <3 Bangers also rule, more so than most bands! Ive banged on (see what i did there?) about this band on this here blog before but if you dig None More Black, Saves the Day and rad music then get on this. Incidentally two of my favourite Bangers tracks feature on this split. I would upload the download link and also a Bangers myspace link but it seems HTML hate both so ill try and do it in a separate post!
WE'RE THE SSSSNAKESSSSSSSAAAAAA
4. COP OUT - S/T 7"
Although 70% of these songs were written years ago, Cop Out are one of the slackest bands around so they only released this 7" this year. Bar a split with Fast Point this is their only release and its storming. Like Kid Dynamite, Lifetime and fast and dancey punk rock? If the answer is yes, you will LOVE this. Its amazing and everyone should own it. Tom the bassist has the most aggressive vocals going, gravelly as fook and bry is one of the of the fastest and funniest drummers to watch and if jonno is standing up and holding his guitar then you got lucky. Great bunch of dudes. They are splitting up and have one or two shows left so if you live up north go and give them a fond farewell. i miss them already. Buy the 7" here, only £2 http://www.myspace.com/thecwms
RIP. one of the best.
5. DEAR LANDLORD - DREAM HOMES
I get the feeling this will be in an awful lot of top ten lists of 2009 and rightly so. Definitely wins pop punk record of the year anyway. Ive loved this band for nearly two years ever since i first heard 'Three to the beach' on the Chinese Telephones split and its still one of my favourite songs. I stupidly missed them at Fest 7 and have regretted it since. Ive been waiting what seems like forever for the LP to drop and it really did not disappoint. The only problem i had with it was i had all of the songs on the record from splits, no idea samplers and demos so it wasnt very new to me. That said its a killer record and im positive if i had have heard this straight off it would have been in the number one position. Somewhat of a supergroup (Copyrights, Off With Their Heads, Houseboat) Dear Landlord play Fast, catchy, heartfelt and honest melodic pop punk with some of the best singalongs in punk rock today and some seriously snotty vocals. I really really cannot wait to see this band live, touring the uk next year! YES! Listen to them here: http://www.myspace.com/letslynchthedearlandlord fall in love and buy the record from this UK rad distro here: http://differentkitchen.bigcartel.com/product/dear-landlord-dream-homes-lp
WE'RE NOT THAT HOPELESS, WE'RE NOT AS FUCKED AS YOU THINK, IN SHORT LIVED MOMENTS WE CAN DO ANYTHING
6. TWISTED - DAYDREAM 7"
You know when you hear something for the first time and you immediately go 'yes, this is amazing' well i did that with Twisted. Their first 7" 'daydream' came out of nowhere and annoyingly im still yet to see this leeds band. Hopefully they will finally come down south next year and let me put them on. Incredibly catchy, dancey and fun garage/emo/punk beats like Rites of Spring jamming with the Shitty Limits with the Wipers watching. Track 4 on this 7" is the 'hit' and gets stuck in my head weekly. They have already released 7" #2 which i cannot wait to hear. They have had a few lineup issues but it seems they have sorted them now so i look forward to seeing what this band can further produce. Get on this, download daydream here from their website: http://www.mediafire.com/?kxgmvwzhkzy and buy the new 7" here and support a brilliant distro/label http://www.artforblind.com/ and get Daydream HERE: http://www.staterun.bigcartel.com/ pick up the facel vega split too, they rule.
7. BY SURPRISE/HIGHTIDE HOTEL SPLIT 7"
One of the best things about this year was Sean of Runner Up Records coming over with Spraynard in the summer and bringing some distro so i could finally lay my hands on this fantastic split. By Surprise are one of my bands of the year for sure http://www.myspace.com/bysurpriserock Ive now got hold of everything they have released and im in love. Like Braid, Promise Ring? LOVE BY SURPRISE. I need to see this band! i hope they come over soon. Anyway enough rambling. CB radio has one of the best endings to a song EVER which is the main reason this 7" made my top ten. 2009 was the year that i discovered twiddlemo thanks to Pags, Get Rad and Algernon Cadwallader's top friends on myspace haha. By Surprise and Hightide Hotel are two of my favourites for sure. This does not showcase Hightide http://www.myspace.com/hightidehotel at their best but their debut ep on the other hand is amazing. Get it here: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?g4wodnddoqe That first song is seriously catchy stuff. So yeah if you do one thing this this year it should be owning this split. Buy it here and support Sean. He is a good dude. http://runneruprecords.bigcartel.com/product/by-surprise-hightide-hotel-split-7-pre-order
siiiixxxxx feeeet hiiiiiigh and siiiiixxxx feeeeet wiiiiiiide. RAD.
8. CLOAK/DAGGER - LOST ART
This is might be better than We Are which means this record is the nuts. I fucking love Cloak/Dagger. Had the pleasure of seeing them three times and putting them on in kingston. Lovely chaps. I have a brilliant picture drawn by Jason on my wall advertising Peep Show for sale. What a guy. Anyways this rips. The songs are as catchy as before the guitars buzzes and throughout and Jason has in my opinion one of the best vocals in punk today. Im listening right now and wanting to jump off my bed and dance around the room. Its total party. Listen here: http://www.myspace.com/wearecloakdagger ace rock n roll/garage punk for fans of Fucked Up, Hot Snakes and rad music. Buy it here. Jade Tree rules. http://www.jadetree.com/releases
Runner Up Records also released the LP so if you like records, pick it up, sweet bottle clear vinyl! Nice one Dave.
Sunday, 29 November 2009
As with 90% of the bands i post about in this blog, Lemuria are another of my absolute favourites. Lemuria are a three piece from Buffalo, New York and they are your new favourite band: http://www.myspace.com/lemuria
Think of a perfect mix of Weezer, Weakerthans, Superchunk, Lemonheads and the the most amazing dual vocal harmonies and you have Lemuria. Catchy as hell pop punk songs about love mainly and some seriously cute lyrics. If you cant listen to the song Pants and not think about an ex girlfriend/boyfriend then you have no soul. I first heard this band when someone sent me the 'kind of like spitting' split and i thought they were ace. They came over not long after that with the Ringers but were hampered by sound difficulties when i saw them so it was hard to hear. Nevertheless i picked up 'Animal Collection' on cd. A collection of all of Lemuria's b sides, demos, splits and records to that point. Ilovedit. Its amazing. It was obvious that Lemuria would grow in popularity but i never expected to see them play to about 700 people at the Fest 7 last year and about 500 of them were singing. It was insane. I was so excited to see them having learnt all the words but nothing could have prepared me for that. Made me smile from ear to ear. I actually love them. I saw them conquer the UK earlier this year in Swansea, London and Kingston and heard all the shows were incredible. I can only see this band getting increasingly popular. They just released a new single, 'Ozzy' which is about Sheena (the singer's) Dad and the lyrics are as usual, incredible. There are links to all their releases on the myspace so if you enjoy what you hear please please buy their stuff and support a very hardworking DIY band.
Because im generous here is a 12 song sample of some of my favourite Lemuria songs, Enjoy: http://www.mediafire.com/?y2zjyhmdnnm
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Dan from the band very kindly sent me some links for you to enjoy so here is a download for their 2007/2008 EP '478' so called that because it was a 4 track 7" lasting approximately 8 minutes, clever eh. Get it HERE: http://www.sendspace.com/file/yttl01 The ever so awesome Runner Up Records label: http://www.myspace.com/runneruprecordsusa run by Sean and Andrew, released .the By Surprise/Hightide Hotel Split 7" earlier this summer and on it was one of my songs of the year, if not the decade. 'CB Radio' has one of the catchiest last 30 seconds of a song ever. You need to hear this so here it is: http://www.sendspace.com/file/nvbnos By Surprise have the most beatiful and clever lyrics and just plain rule. If you are currently loving Algernon Cadwallader then i'm 99.9% sure you will love this. Get Involved.
Buy their records here, they often appear in the distro: http://sncl.collective-zine.co.uk/ if not contact the band and Runner Up Records.
'No, you're so much trouble'
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Hailing from sunny Norwich in the UK they are a three piece who play a brilliant mix of melodic punk ala Hot Water Music, quirky indie ala Devo and great dollop of Superchunk. My friend Pags just described them as 'Gruffchunk' im down with that.
The best news is they have kindly put a bunch of songs about 'sticking it to the man' up for free download HERE: http://www.mp3.com/artist/menoftheuk/songs/
THIS IS RAD. Thanks Men.
Im not really one for pop punk and feel free to shout me down but i really dont understand why people love D4 so much and worse of all people think im nuts that i love the Ringers but not D4 but oh well, thats beside the point. I just LOVE the Ringers. I first saw them in guildford two and a bit years ago when they came over with Lemuria and i was there for Lemuria. I had never heard of the Ringers before and to be honest was not that bothered. They were amazing. From the off i wanted to shout and punch my fist in the air, it was that good. Catchy, fast in the right places and loud, had a street punk feel to it and the singer looked like a football hooligan which added some charm haha. As soon as they finished i bought both their albums and listened to them non stop for weeks. Some of the catchiest pop punk id heard in ages. I was lucky enough to catch 'em at the Fest last year and having learnt all the words it was a party and again they were amazing. I was hoping i would get the chance to see them again but alas, no. Im grateful i saw them twice and will not stop listening to their albums. Curses contains back to back hits. Get involved. If you like Banner Pilot, Dear Landlord, D4, Leatherface then please please check out Ringers and fall in love like i did.
Check them out HERE: http://www.myspace.com/ringersband
Listen to a few songs from their two albums, 'Curses' and 'Detention Halls' HERE: http://www.1234gorecords.com/index2.html
Buy their records and merch HERE: http://www.1234gorecords.com/thestore/index.html
Watch a live video HERE: http://www.ifyoumakeit.com/video/ringers/dialtones/
This is lame but i just stuck 'Curses' on while trying to finish this post and got goosebumps.
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sam kindly posted up some videos of their second ever practice and they already have three songs down! Take into account the sound is not great and this is a rough recording but please take a look. Definite algernon/piroutte yelp going on
http://www.youtube.com/user/elektraboogie#p/u/2/mhXr88rC89Q three songs recorded there.
I cant wait to see these boys live! Promising stuff. Track 2 is the one so far. that middle section rules.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Sorry i was a bit slack with last week's Band of the Week as i was away in london for the weekend so here it is, Belgian punks THE KIDS: http://www.myspace.com/thekidspunkbelgium
The Kids were Belgium's first punk band, starting in 1976 and releasing their s/t record and one of THE classic punk records in 1978. This is rock n roll/punk at its best. Think the Misfits but better (controversial?) fast, catchy and some seriously great songs. Ive uploaded track 1 and one of the catchiest for you guys to check out, 'This is rock n roll': http://www.sendspace.com/file/oi9iwt That song just makes me want to dance around the room. If you dig that then buy their 30th Anniversary reissue LP as its still available. Includes the first record and a bunch of demos, live songs, covers etc. This is definitely one of my favourite records and having found it in Tempest Records in Birmingham: http://http//www.temrec.com/ earlier this year i wont be letting it go. They still play shows in Europe so maybe one day ill get to see them. Lets hope so. Enjoy!
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
I know a lot of you are so this is a special 'Fest 8' post, listing all the bands i think you should check out, the UK bands you must see and and a cheeky podcast thing at the end with one song from every band ive mentioned. Im not sure if it is happening next year but if it is you really should go. Imagine one long punk rock show with a bunch of your favourite bands, all your friends and enough pizza to eat and root beer to drink to last you forever and on top of that crazy warehouse, house, garden, parking lot shows full of covers and crowdsurfs. Fest is THE ultimate weekend.
There is a good contingent of UK bands this year and some of my favourites are playing. One being The Arteries: http://www.myspace.com/thearteries I confess that the first few times i saw the Arteries i wasnt into them and thought they were pretty weak. Over the last year they have become one of the best bands in the country, blowing any venue they play in the country apart and gaining a loyal legion of fans. Think 90's skatepunk with inspirational and sometimes positive lyrics with every song carrying a message and a long haired shouting/screaming frontman and guitar solos to die for. I can only see this band getting more and more popular. One of the most hardworking and DIY bands out there. If you arnt going to fest make sure you check em out live anyway coz they slay. Buy their debut album too: http://swfu.bigcartel.com/ definitely one of the best releases this year. Nicest dudes too.
Next up you should check out Bangers: http://www.myspace.com/bangersbangers another of my absolute favourites and again the nicest dudes. Think all the best bits of none more black and fifth hour hero with Roo's gruff as fuck vocal over the top. Band kills it every time and are yet to release a bad song. They recently released a split 10" with Brighton's Break the Habit: http://www.myspace.com/wearebreakthehabit who play Latterman-esque beats so you should definitely pick that up: http://thisonesforthecrew.bigcartel.com/product/bangers-break-the-habit-split brilliant record.
Other UK bands playing you should check out are http://www.myspace.com/apologiesihavenone two piece against me style punk rock. You wont see many bands with as much passion as these guys. http://www.myspace.com/thisiscalvinball are also bringing their two man melodic punk rock to Florida, download their latest album for free here: http://notshyofthediy.blogspot.com/2009/10/calvinball-live-fast-go-to-bed-early.html nice one Craig. More infection fist-in-air punk rock from http://www.myspace.com/okpilot Relatively new on the scene http://www.myspace.com/brothersofexeter will be bringing their own brand of None More Black punk rock too.
Bangers/Arteries/Brothers and OK Pilot conveniently released a split 7" to commemorate playing Fest so you should order that if you dig what you hear. Label has some great releases coming up: http://www.specialistsubjectrecords.co.uk/
My buddy Chaddock has started a live video blog which has videos of all the UK bands ive listed. Check it out because he is the best and the blog is the best. http://strikeachorduk.blogspot.com/
Im going to recommend you see the following bands:
- 7 Seconds: http://www.myspace.com/7seconds - Seminal 80s hardcore punk band from California fronted by the legend that is Kevin Seconds: http://www.myspace.com/kevinseconds
- Iron Lung: http://loresviscera.blogspot.com/2008/05/iron-lung.html Totally raging two man hardcore/power-violence. Blew me away earlier this year. Drummer is the funniest dude too
- Kudrow: http://www.myspace.com/yokudrow Jeff Rosenstock of BTMI/ASOB is in the band so you know its gonna rule
- Iron Chic: http://www.myspace.com/ironchicsmyspace Fun times melodic pop punk like Latterman
- Cheeky: My friend Josh would not stop going on about this band last Fest and said i had to watch them, im so glad i did. BLEW ME AWAY! Think Descendents meet Blag Flag with female vocals and you have the perfect formula. So much fun, so much party. They just split up and Fest is one of their last shows so please if you go, see them, they will put a permanent smile on your face. Jeff BTMI's free Donation based record label has it up for download: http://www.quoteunquoterecords.com/qur016.htm do it. Will make your weekend. They have an 8 song 10" coming out and then thats it. RIP. I'm gutted.
Turkish Techno: http://www.myspace.com/turkishtechno more fun melodic pop punk. Dig Dear Landlord, you will dig this.
- Rehasher: http://www.myspace.com/rehasher in my opinion the best bits of Less Than Jake are when Roger, the bassist, sings. Rehasher is Roger from Less Than Jake fronting a pop punk band. Its RAD. They just released a new album so hopefully they will come over here at some point coz i missed them last year.
- Good Luck: http://www.myspace.com/wearegoodluck whole debut LP is massive. Features Ginger from One Reason: http://www.myspace.com/onereason so you know its gonna be ace. The boy/girl vocal harmonies are beautiful
- Lemuria: http://www.myspace.com/lemuria amazingamazingamazing boy/girl pop punk in a weezer/weakerthans/lemonheads vein. Get everything they have released. All brilliant
- Dear Landlord: http://www.myspace.com/letslynchthedearlandlord One of favourite current pop punk bands. From when i picked up the Chinese Telephones split a year and a half ago and 'three to the beach' came on i was hooked. Dear Landlord do it better than everyone else, incredibly hooks, raspy vocals and music that puts a smile on your face. Im gutted im missing them to be honest. Come to the UK chaps.
- Banner Pilot: http://www.myspace.com/bannerpilot Used to be my favourite pop punk band but Dear Landlord have taken that spot. Banner Pilot's first EP 'Pass the Poison' was the epitome of fast, fast, hooky pop punk but since this released they have become polished and the songs have become longer and ive lost interest. The EP though will always be amazing. If you like D4 you will love this band, especially the new album ' Collapser' Touring the UK next year.
- Cloak/Dagger: http://www.myspace.com/wearecloakdagger I had the pleasure of putting this band on early this year and they were everything i expected and more. Carbonas meets hot snakes meets black flag fun hardcore. They have a new LP coming out. It rules.
- Algernon Cadwallader: www.myspace.com/algernoncadwallader Shouty Cap n Jazz twiddly indie punk with their own unique spin on it. Such a good band.
- Little Lungs: http://www.myspace.com/littlelungsnynj fun, sweet, rockin' female fronted pop punk.
- Ringers: http://www.myspace.com/ringersband Everytime i listen to the Ringers i remember how much i love them. Amazingly catchy and great gruff pop punk. Get into it. Bassist looks like Sideshow Bob too.
- Wormburner: http://www.myspace.com/wormburneryo More fun melodic gruff punk. Like Get Bent, Iron Chic etc you will dig this
- Shook Ones: http://www.myspace.com/wormburneryo I cant put in words how good this band are. Just go and see them. Seriously.
- Vicious Fishes: http://www.myspace.com/environmentalyouthcrunch Was Environmental Youth Crunch, they changed their name but still rule. Jawbreaker style fun with songs about bike rides.
- Ampere: http://www.myspace.com/amperepunx I'm an idiot and only recently got into this band. They are incredible. post punk screamo. Ragin'
- Comadre: http://www.myspace.com/comadre Again only just got into this band. Angry as hell hardcore with time changes and cool bits. I really dont know what im talking about.
Deep Sleep: http://www.myspace.com/deepsleepmusic Without a doubt one of my current favourite hardcore punk bands. Think an angrier, faster descendents. Sooooo goooooood. Touring the UK next year. Im stoked.
- 1994! http://www.myspace.com/1994theband Awesome twiddly, shouty punk/screamo
STEVE'S FEST MIXTAPE: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=f19e78d06547c89f24a64199ac7f73e5e04e75f6e8ebb871
ENJOY. Bring me back presents please
Friday, 23 October 2009
Tuesday 27th - Royal Park Cellars, Leeds w/ Nowhere Fast, Dogfight
Wednesday 28th - The 13th Note, Glasgow
Thursday 29th - Next To Nowhere, Liverpool w/ Hot Club De Paris, Nowhere Fast, Bow and Arrow
Friday 30th - "The Big Takeover III": Lower Clapton Road, London w/ The Wankys, Methodist Centre + more
Lineup is all kinds of good.
Nowhere Fast http://www.myspace.com/nowherefast81 are one of my favourite UK bands. Totally raging and fast hardcore from liverpool in an SOA vein. Download their demo for free here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/rp8zl5
Skiplickers http://www.myspace.com/skiplickers are a band ive wanted to catch for ages. Dirty D beat crust from Sheffield featuring Bry from one of the best lifetime/kid dynamite rip off bands money can buy, Cop Out http://www.myspace.com/thecwms If you have sense, buy the 7". Its ace.
Sceptres www.myspace.com/thesceptresthesceptres are fun time garage punk in an X, X Ray Spex vein and i was sad tro hear they had split up but obviously they havnt which is brilliant news. Bryony who sings for Sceptres is putting the show on so go and support an awesome all ages DIY show.
Im excited for the other supports as ive not heard either. Ill review the show and let you know how it was. Makes up for missing the Fest this year anyway!
So yeah check out Social Circkle, go catch em live, pick up their LP and support DIY shows.
Bonestorm are a new band from Leeds and i had the pleasure of seeing them in the summer at a fun all dayer. The band features members who have all been in/are in the following bands: Current / Ex - Closure, Cutting Class, FKAS, Grand March, Normal Man, Omerta, The Osterman Weekend, Pure Graft, Sick-Fuckin-O, UYA, Whores Whores Whores. You should check em all out.
They just recorded and have kindly put their first EP up for free download so check it out. If you dig Iron Lung stuff you will dig this. There name rules too. Download the EP here: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=62b04e55345b95d575a4fc82078ae6c8e04e75f6e8ebb871
Listening Now: Tranzmitors http://www.myspace.com/thetranzmitors More super fun, bouncey power pop from Canada which seems to produce the best! If this doesn't put a smile on your face you have no soul
Listening now: http://www.myspace.com/marvelousdarlings amazing super fun power pop fromToronto, Canada featuring Ben (Career Suicide)