Thursday, 23 February 2017

THE LILLINGTONS






































"too late show"
Year:  2006
Country:  US
City:  Newcastle
Label:  Red Scare
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  26 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock






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Monday, 13 February 2017

ZEN GUERRILLA










































"trance states in tongues"
Year:  1999
Country:  US
City:  Newark, DE
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  1
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Garage Rock


























Eight years ago, in the belly of a Mill Creek trailer park, located in the swamp flats of Newark, Delaware, a retired DuPont plastics pioneer creates an astro-robot. Zen Guerrilla was a rock band originally from Newark, Delaware and currently from San Francisco, California. After suffering mechanical damage through molecular subfusion, the robot becomes zombie-like, demolishing schools, terrorizing towns, feasting on teenagers and creating neverending havoc! Reversing the powers of nature via atomic energy, the creator assembles four nuclear-powered rocketmen to battle the warped creature. Fueled on frequency and R&B, the operation known as ZEN GUERRILLA is born.
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GERMS







































"gi"
Year:  1979
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Rhino
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  19
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock




























The Germs are an American punk band from Los Angeles, California, originally active from 1977 to 1980 and reformed in 2005. Their 1977 single, "Forming"/"Sexboy", is generally regarded as the first punk record from Los Angeles.[citation needed] The band's early lineup consisted of singer Darby Crash (Sam Kruegel), guitarist Pat Smear, bassist Lorna Doom, and their most consistent drummer Don Bolles. They released only one album, 1979's (GI), and were featured the following year in Penelope Spheeris' documentary film The Decline of Western Civilization, which chronicled the Los Angeles punk movement. The Germs disbanded following Crash's suicide on December 7, 1980. Their music was influential to many later punk and alternative rock acts. Smear went on to greater notoriety performing with Nirvana and the Foo Fighters. In 2005 actor Shane West was cast to play Crash in the Germs biographical film What We Do Is Secret. He performed with Smear, Doom, and Bolles at a production party for the film, after which the Germs re-formed with West as singer. The new lineup of the band has performed a number of tours in the United States, including performances on the 2006 and 2008 Warped Tours.
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

A PALO SEKO



































"kaña versario"
Year:  2014
Country:  Spain
City:  Madrid
Label:  Warner
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Thrash Metal

































A Palo Seko es un grupo de música hardcore punk originario de Alcalá de Henares, España. Está formado por cinco miembros, y se dieron a conocer al ganar un concurso municipal de Alcalá de Henares el año 1986. Parte de la atención que han recibido de los medios ha sido por transgredir todo tipo de límites, incluso apareciendo desnudos en la revista Interviú. En 1995 recibieron un premio como Grupo revelación, y nuevamente se hicieron un hueco en la prensa, por su apoyo a los "insumisos" y por cortar el tráfico frente al edificio de los juzgados de Madrid. Tienen en el mercado 12 trabajos; uno de ellos un doble disco: si no te gusta lo ke hacemos... jódete (directo) y haberlo hecho tú (tributo a A PALO SEKO con aportaciones de 30 grupos de Venezuela, Italia, Argentina, Cuba y España como Mago de Oz, Mojinos Escozíos, A.N.I.M.A.L., Natas, Barricada, Comando 9mm, Evaristo de La Polla Records y Gatillazo, etc). Otro de los discos, La paja en el ojo ajeno es un recopilatorio publicado en 2001 y en cuya portada aparece Martínez el Facha, conocido personaje de cómic de la revista El Jueves. El Sábado 16 de enero de 2010, realizaron 6 conciertos gratis en una misma noche, en Alcalá de Henares y en 6 salas diferentes[Tic-Tac; Kajuna; Rock/Night; Imsomnio; Gotham y Rockala (el antiguo bar Rock/On)]. Esta actuación múltiple sirvió de presentación del álbum El Disko Rojo en su ciudad, y fue certificada como récord Guiness de máximas actuaciones musicales en un sólo día.
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

CHIN CHIN










































"sound of the way west"
Year:  1985
Country:  Switzerland
City:  Biel
Label:  Farmer
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  38 min.
Lyrical themes: social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock


































Chin Chin, an all-female group consisting of Karin (guitar/vocals), Esther (bass/vocals) and Marie-Anne (drums/vocals), was formed in 1982 in Biel, Switzerland. At the time experience wasn't needed, a desire to play was. Technical ability was a bonus, a hunger to perform a must. So, although Esther and Marie-Anne had experience as singers for local band Sophisticated Boom Boom, neither had actually played bass or drums respectively before. Similarly, while Karin had some training in classical acoustic guitar, she'd never been in a band or played electric guitar before. It was veteran Swiss punk-rock band SOZZ that gave the eager girls their first break, letting them practice in their rehearsal room and lending them guitars and drum kit until they could afford their own. Musically the band had many influences: The Clash, The Ramones, X-Ray Spex, Blondie, Generation X, Siouxsie & The Banshees, David Bowie, Motown, 1960s girl groups and glam rock bands like T-Rex and Slade. Early rehearsals saw the girls cover classics such as The Ronettes' "Baby I Love You" and The Crystals ' "De Do Ron Ron Ron" due to their relative simplicity, but original material soon followed and, in November 1983, Chin Chin played their first gig at the AJZ/Coupole in Biel. Although the band started life as a trio, it was always the aim to recruit a lead singer and a second guitarist, but the search was to prove very difficult. Although there was a vibrant alternative scene in Switzerland, female musicians were virtually non-existent. There were plenty of girls wanting to sing, but few who actually could. The band would hold more auditions than the singers could notes. And although Chin Chin saw themselves as a punk-rock band, catchy pop vocals and harmonies played a big part in their songs, setting them apart from the other contenders in the process. Eventually, Carol joined the band as lead singer and Chin Chin's first and only 7" "We Don't Wanna Be Prisoners" (containing 3 self-penned songs) was released in the summer of 1984 on the band's label Farmer Records, co-owned with SOZZ, making Chin Chin one of the only all-female bands in Switzerland writing their own material, playing regular gigs and releasing records. However, soon after recording, Carol left Chin Chin, and Karin, Esther and Marie-Anne decided to continue as a three-piece with Karin and Esther sharing lead vocals at live gigs. In 1985, Chin Chin's album Sound Of The Westway was released on Farmer Records, containing 12 original compositions recorded and mixed in just 7 days. Sound Of The Westway is a brilliant mix of punk-informed crunch and buoyant pop melody that shows Chin Chin to be true pioneers of DIY noisy pop. As it happens this combination of DIY punk ethic, fuzz guitars and bubblegum pop was also gaining traction in the UK with the nascent C86 scene. Featuring bands like Shop Assistants and The Pastels, C86 was a confluence of young bands who were as influenced by Phil Spector as The Ramones, and Chin Chin fit right in next to groups like The Rosehips and The Fizzbombs. Sound Of The Westway caught the attention of NME journalist The Legend!, who published the first UK interview with the band. On the heels of this great press, Chin Chin were approached by the management of Scottish band The Shop Assistants with an offer to support them on their German tour. The tour was hugely successful, leading to the release of the "Stop Your Crying" EP on Scotland's legendary 53rd and 3rd label and a busy period of appearances on TV, radio and more gigs in Switzerland, France and Germany. Apart from headlining their own gigs, Chin Chin also supported bands like The Pogues, The Anti-Nowhere League, TV Personalities, New Model Army and Die Toten Hosen. Sound Of The Westway has gone on to become one of the most sought-after 80s indie-pop records and for good reason. Tunes like "Dark Days" and "Stay With Me" still sound remarkably fresh today; the band's fierce DIY stance and girl-positive ethics have echoed down through indie music since.
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Monday, 16 January 2017

INSTIGATORS







































"the blood is in your hands"
Year:  1988
Country:  UK
City:  Dewsbury
Label:  Weird System
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk         Hardcore




























Instigators were an anarcho-punk band from Dewsbury, England, formed in 1980. The original line-up split up in the mid-1980s, but the band carried on into the 1990s. The band was formed in 1980 by drummer Paul "Hammy" Halmshaw and guitarist Simon Mooney, both students at Thornhill High School, and the line-up was completed by Simon "Semi" Bridgewater (vocals) and Nicky Djorjevic (bass Guitar).[1] They took the name Instigators on the suggestion of Ritchie Calvert of the band Disintegrated.[1] The band's first live performance was in summer 1982.[1] Influences on the band included Crass and Flux of Pink Indians. Djorjevic left to be replaced by "Tompo", who only lasted a few months, playing on the band's first demo, before being replaced himself by Simon "Tab" Elsey.[1] Bridgewater also left for a short time, his replacement being [Sheffield based Vocalist/Lyricist] Darren Dean. The band's demo got the band a support slot for Flux of Pink Indians in November 1982, and they recorded two further demos, all three getting released on a cassette on Halmshaw's Peaceville Records label, gaining the band more fans. Barbara Drye also added some further input into the band by singing a couple of songs with 'Aggression' been one of them.[1] The band were given another support slot in May 1983, opening for Subhumans in Bradford, a performance that was recorded by Subhumans vocalist Dick Lucas and released through his Bluurg label.[1] Bluurg also released the band's first EP, The Blood is on Your Hands, which reached number 21 on the UK Independent Chart.[2] The 1985 LP release Nobody Listens Anymore increased their popularity, reaching number 18 on the Indie Albums Chart,[2] and securing them a spot on Pusmort's Cleanse the Bacteria compilation LP. Bridgewater left later that year after an argument, and the band recruited Andy "Tez" Turner (formerly of Xpozez) as his replacement.[1] Halmshaw and Elsey also soon left, with Mooney and Turner continuing with Andrew "Trimble" Turnbull (Also formerly of Xpozez) on bass guitar and Steve "Cuzzy" Curran on drums.[1] The band's sound changed with the new line-up, taking on a more American influence. They went on to tour Europe and the United States and continued into the 1990s. Halmshaw went on to front Civilised Society, and continued to develop his Peaceville label.
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Thursday, 12 January 2017

RONDOS







































"Red attack"
Year:  1980
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Rotterdam
Label:  King Kong
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  18
Time:  36 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk


























Punk band from Rotterdam (from 1977 to 1980). The band had simple rythmic tracks as basis for society critical / political lyrics. Members Johannes van der Weert (vocals), Maarten van Gent (guitar, vocals), Frank (bass), Allie van Altena (guitar, vocals) and Willem ter Weele (drums). Also Kees Isings played some time on bass, before Frank. RONDOS were a part of the red rock collective of four bands: RONDOS, RODE WIG, SOVJETS and TANDSTICKORSHOCKS. They do gigs together and share their equipment and the place where they practice. They had their own label "King Kong Records", their fanzine "Raket'Zine" and released various material aslike the professional comic "Red Rat". RODE WIG and SOVJETS never released material. Most members of this red rock collective lived in the same building at 2e Ijzerstraat Rotterdam. Named Huize Schoonderloo a.k.a. de Bunker (as that this was a former bomb shelter) The building was 'lent' instead of squated and converted to a practice and printing space. On their last single "Which Side Will You Be On?" they declare they quit. "the rondos quit. this is our last record. we brought the rondos to a conclusion, because in our opinion we became too succesful. and being succesful means accepted. besides; a great part of the hardcore punk movement is developing in a direction which is not ours; violence, alcohol, nihilism, chaoism and commerce / business. But the struggle continues! we keep fighting with other means. Rondos / Just Seeds 2017".
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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

LONDON









































"reboot"
Year:  2012
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Detour
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock






























under the name of "Bin Linder Records" the veteran and prestigious label "Detour Records" released this album in 2012 recorded by also veteran band London.London were a four piece formed in London in 1976. The original line-up was Riff Regan (vocals), Steve Voice (bass/vocals), Jon Moss (drums) and Dave Wight (guitar). In 1977 they recorded two singles, a 4 track EP and an album 'Animal Games' for MCA Records. Most of their songs were written by Riff Regan (including the first two singles 'Everyone's a Winner' and 'Summer of Love') or by Riff Regan and Steve Voice. All their records were produced by Simon Napier-Bell (who was also their manager) at the IBC Studios in London. They toured extensively throughout 1977, including a major UK tour with The Stranglers. Their third release, the single 'Animal Games', was featured on the notorious Sex Pistols edition of the British TV show So It Goes. Their final gig was at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street on the 8th December 1977. The band broke up shortly afterwards. On leaving, Moss joined The Damned and then formed Culture Club with Boy George. Riff Regan released solo records on MCA and CBS before reverting to his real name of Miles Tredinnick and becoming a comedy writer; Steve Voice formed a new band The Original Vampires and Dave Wight following stints in Metro and Holly and the Italians reverted to his real name of Colin Wight and became an academic (recently appointed Professor of International Relations at the University of Sydney). Simon Napier-Bell went on to manage George Michael and Wham! before becoming a best selling author of rock 'n' roll books. MCA Records released the original band's one and only vinyl album, Animal Games, in 1978. The band reformed circa 2010 for gigs and occasional studios forays. The current line-up is Riff Regan (vocals), Steve Voice (bass/vocals), Hugh O’Donnell (guitar/vocals) and Colin Watterston (drums). Here they are in their own words.
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