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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Saturday, 7 January 2017

DRONGOS FOR EUROPE










































"who's got the power"
Year:  2016
Country:  UK
City:  Birmingham
Label:  none
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk





































formed late 1979 in Birmingham, UK, the band shared the stage in the early days with bands like GBH, Exploited, Dead Kennedys, Crass, Varukers, The Pogues, The Beat and many UK82 bands of the time. The Drongos first single was a DIY release in 1981 called "hope and glory". The band also recorded two ep's on Inferno records in 1982 - Deaths a Career and Eternity which actually charted at around 47 in the national UK charts - unfortunately nobody in the band bothered reading music press at the time or listened to radio one (we were the first punks in our town to have our own flats / homes so everyone came back to our place to get wrecked - we didn't need much encouragement to join in) so to cut a long story short - we never knew until our then guitarist Anton joined in 1999 that we sold any records and we of course never made any money and got ripped off like every band on Inferno records. The band split in 1985 and was come back for real in 1999 playing live concerts since then next to bands such as: Toxic Narcotic, Defiance, Misfits, Angelic Upstarts or Rancid. to mention a few. Its music style started faster with few metallic touches on guitars but became more classic punk rock since 1999 and this album entitled "who's got the power" is a very good sample of this evolution.
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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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Friday, 30 December 2016

MALFORMACIONES KONGENITAS








































"ladridos"
Year:  2016
Country:  Spain
City:  Canarias
Label:  Banderas Negras
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Ska




























Malformaciones Kongénitas hacen del punk un uso instrumental, lo utilizan de forma incansable como herramienta con la que protestar contra todo aquello que no les gusta: la discriminación hacia los enfermos del S.I.D.A., el ejército... No desperdician ocasión para manifestarlo abiertamente en sus canciones: el punk es compromiso, coherencia y acción ("Pim, pam... punk"), como han venido haciendo por otro lado a lo largo de toda su trayectoria ("La deshonra del RNR"). Se atrevería uno incluso a pensar si lo de utilizar dos cantantes no es el fondo sino un intento de garantizar que el mensaje se transmite, bien sobre el escenario o en el disco, sin riesgo a que el encargado del micro desfallezca y por mero cansancio, pueda bajar la intensidad de la crítica. Es a su vez una manera de entender el punk totalmente autogestionada, haciendo las cosas (producciones, ediciones, distribuciones) por sí mismos, o en última instancia, contando con amigos de confianza. De esta nueva entrega sabíamos ya algo por lo que adelantaron en su trabajo anterior "Sarna Con Gusto No Pica" (Los 80 Pasan Factura, 2013), en donde venían incluidos "Viejos y rebenkes" y "S.I.D.A.". También se sabía que cambiaron finalmente el nombre que tenían pensado en un principio, "Dios Bendiga a los Gusanos", por el "Ladridos". Le dan así una orientación al perro que utilizan constantemente, no sólo con continuos aullidos, ladridos y lamentos entre canciones sino con fotos, como las de una perrera en la contra -en lo que pudiera interpretarse como prisión de la que liberarse "Rompe las cadenas"-, con amenazantes colmillos para la portada -luchando y defendiéndose de la vida "A ostias con la vida" o "Perro viejo"- o la del perro famélico y escuálido para "Hijos de la calle". También se sabía de la intención del grupo por abandonar de alguna manera el punto de mestizaje en su música para volver al punk directo de rompe y rasga de sus principios que dicen refleja más fielmente lo que es el sonido genuino del grupo. Buena muestra de ello es el canto a la unidad de punks y skins de "Unidad" o el aire de rock clásico de "Ejército profesional", aunque no por ello reniegan de los coros constantes (que recuerdan en alguna ocasión a La Polla Records) y del regusto a heavy rock de algunas de las guitarras. Si en algún momento no resisten la tentación de tropicalizar el esqueleto original de la canción, como hacen por ejemplo en "La deshonra del RNR", disponen de excusa más que justificada, ya que de lo que se trataba era de hacer guiño al "Revolution rock" de los Clash. Aunque grabado en el 2014 por Jesús (guitarrista de Infektor), salvo las baterías que había registrado Omar de Castro un años antes, las canciones que editan ahora los canarios pertenecen al repertorio que llevan presentando en directo desde hace mucho. Aquí se incluyen además dos versiones, el "Viento de venganza" de Guerrilla Urbana, tal cual la tocaban estos en una cinta con un directo del 1990 en La Laguna (Tenerife) y el "Sr. Juez" de Zer Bizio?. En ambos casos el resultado es sobresaliente: en la primera completan el original con sonidos propios, además de despojarlo de ese tono casi de recitado que le daba Zurda, y en la segunda aseguran con creces el paso a ese punk más inmediato del que hablábamos antes. Siguen sólidos y bulliciosos Malformaciones Kongénitas, fieles a su compromiso con la protesta (*NOTA = esta reseña fue escrita en La Fonoteca ).
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Monday, 26 December 2016

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT









































"terrorize"
Year:  2016
Country:  US
City:  San Francisco
Label:  Beer City
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Hardcore




























Attitude Adjustment are an old school hardcore punk band formed in 1980s in the Bay Area of San Francisco. The band was formed by Chris Kontos, Eric Smith and Rick Strahl in early 1985. The line up was expanded by the addition of Kevin Reed on vocals. This lineup played a number of initial shows at Ruthies Inn, the New Method, the Mabuhay Gardens and other Bay Area venues. Several months later due to personal issues, Kevin Reed was replaced by Andy Andersen and Chris Scapparo joined as a second guitarist. They shortly went into the studio to record the Dead Serious Demo in 1985. The demo was recorded at Peter Miller Studios and engineered by Eric Kauschen. Attitude Adjustment played frequent gigs throughout the Bay Area and California alongside bands like Forbidden, Vio-Lence, Sacrilege, Possessed, Hirax, Death Angel, R.K.L., Dr. Know, Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, D.R.I., Discharge, UK Subs, Neurosis, The Exploited, Varukers and Operation Ivy, among others in 1986 and 1987. The band finally released their debut album, "american paranoia" released on "Pusmort Records", which was and is still runed by musician and drawner Pusmort (Septic Death).















At the end of 1987 Andy Andersen, Chris Scaparro and Rick Strahl joined up with former Condemned to Death guitarist Keith Chatham to form Condemned Attitude which later turned into Attitude and then in 1990 to Two-Bit Thief. Attitude released two more records (an LP and an EP), taking a more thrash metal direction, with Andy Andersen returning to his initial style of singing. Different drummers and bassists (Rick Strahl took the guitar job alongside Chris Scaparro) were part of the lineup at this time and Eric Brecht eventually took the drum spot. Chris Kontos, Eric Smith and Kevin Reed continued on with Attitude Adjustment and in 1988, this new lineup released the EP No More Mr. Nice Guy, again on Pusmort Records, which is very different from American Paranoia. In 1991, they returned to the name Attitude Adjustment, and with the original line up to record their last studio album, Out Of Hand, again mixing hardcore with thrash metal. The band kept unactive until 2011 with a very good album entitled "no way back" and later this "Terrorize", both a clear come back to its original old school hardcore punk roots. Excellent album made through label "Beer City Records" for all those who love hardcore!
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Friday, 23 December 2016

VIOLENT ARREST









































"life inside the western bloc"
Year:  2015
Country:  UK
City:  Bristol
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  22
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Hardcore




























Violent Arrest is a hardcore punk band from England, formed in 2005by ex members of Ripcord, Spite, Heresy, Can't Decide, Excrement of War, Screamer, Bombblastmen and Varukers. They released an album, their 2006 self-titled LP,then a 7inch single "fear" in 2007.the band are still active and await there release of a double 7inch gate fold in dec 2008. After some releases the band recorded this full album in 2015 plus an EP in 2016. Much like fire, old school hardcore will burn away all the bullshit and fat and leave something that is lean, honest and pure. Violent Arrest has captured that sound and postivie / optimistic mentality on this release. This is the first record I have heard from this band. And I have to say, I am impressed. I have reviewed many of the newer hardcore bands out of the United Kingdom and Violent Arrest with this release has put out one of the top releases I have heard from  an across the pond band this year. What I love and find a little shocking is how bands like Violent Arrest has not only captured the sound of so many great bands of the US hardcore scene but the attitude.  From the spoken intro to the blistering tempo and attitude of "White Suburban Punk" I was fucking hooked on this band. In less then a minute Violent Arrest burns away all the lofty idea's of punk to what it has become to many people.  "Fortress Europa" stomps and kicks out my speakers like a raging bull. The verses burn with acid being spit from the lead singer. All the while the guitars cut chunks off you with unstoppable riffing. While all this is happening the drums are shaking your bones with beats that speed along and hit heavy.  As good as the first two tracks are "No More Room In Hell" knocked my socks off! The beats hit like napalm bombs and the unrelenting riffs burn the oxygen out of the room. The singer nails it. Etching each word with scathing angst. Such a killer tune! (Review from HERE ).
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Monday, 19 December 2016

THE DICKIES










































"the incredible shrinking dickies"
Year:  1979
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  A&M
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  27 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock





























The Incredible Shrinking Dickies was the 1978 first album by the California punk band The Dickies. The album included the group's notable cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", which reached No. 45 in the UK charts in July 1979. It was pressed on four different colors of vinyl (blue, yellow, orange, black) and was produced by John Hewlett, who in the late 1960s was a member of the UK garagepunk quartet John's Children, which for a short while included Marc Bolan as guitarist.
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"dogs from the hare that bit us"
Year:  1998
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Triple X
Format:  CD
Tracks:  9 (+ 3 bonus)
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock





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"all this and puppet stew"
Year:  2001
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  Fat Wreck Chords
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  1
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock




























"all this and puppet stew" is the seventh studio album by punk rock band The Dickies, which started in 1976 in Los Angeles. It was released in May 2001 on Fat Wreck Chords on CD and LP format, and include a Jethro Tull and The Isley Brothers covers ("see my way" and "nobody but me") plus eleven original songs. Only their sixth album of original material in 24 years (ahh, the productivity of heroin addiction!), All This and Puppet Stew proves the Dickies are at least incapable of making a bad one. They broke half their formula on the previous two records, dropping the sidesplitting comedy that made their first four LPs ageless gases. They'll never banish the glorious power pop punk that's forever been their hallmark, but the bandmembers now care about making more genial loud guitar pop as scintillating as the stack of 1960s records they cherish. "Marry Me, Ann," "I Did It," and "Huge" all reach back for the hummable, lovable, heart-tug-able greatness of their old Quick cover, "Pretty Please Me." Stan Lee still keeps the fat power riffs coming, and Leonard Phillips wraps his thick, boyish, goofy-sweet voice around the abundant melodies with his voluble charm. There's nothing about hunchbacks, pagodas, Asian TV anchorwomen, gorillas, Sammy Davis, Jr., the Pep Boys, waterslides, cholos, zombies, the Germs' bassist, mole men, talking penises, or even covers of cartoon themes, but there are some clever / funny-dumb songs in "Wack the Dalai Lama," "He's Courtin' Courtney" (ha ha!), and the first-rate "My Pop the Cop." Meanwhile, the Dickies-ized covers this time are "See My Way," "Donut Man," and the Human Beinz hit "Nobody But Me." Truly highly recommended.
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