Saturday, 25 July 2015

FRENZAL RHOMB



































"Shut your mouth"
Year:  2000
Country:  Australia
City:  Sydney
Label:  Fat Wreck Chords
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Pop       Punk       Hardcore


























FRENZAL RHOMB is an australian punk rock band that formed in 1992, in Sydney, Australia. A long-standing institution in Sydney music scene but with a national and international base of fans, Frenzal have consistently nurtured new generations of young fans through endless touring, festival  appearances and all ages shows. With a sound that is most often characterized as "California pop/punk", the band is overtly left-wing political and known for their humorous, savage and insightful lyrics. The band’s current lineup is Jason Whalley (vocals), Lindsay McDougall (guitar), Tom Crease (bass) and Gordy Foreman (drums).
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Monday, 20 July 2015

NEW MODEL ARMY
































"Vengeance"
Year:  1984
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Abstract
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  8
Time:  32
Genre:  rock
Style:     Post-Punk


























"Vengeance", originally released in 1984, is the debut album of British post-punk band NEW MODEL ARMY. Following the band playing their second single, "Great Expectations", on the Channel 4 program, The Tube, the album went in the UK Indie Chart at #1. The album was later reissued by EMI as Vengeance – The Independent Story. Recorded in seven days at Alaska Studios underneath Waterloo Station in London, the Vengeance mini-album announced the band's arrival on the scene in no uncertain terms, topping the UK Independent Charts in the Spring of 1984.
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Saturday, 18 July 2015

THE EX



























"Disturbing domestic peace"
Year:  1980
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Amsterdam
Label:  Ex records
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  21 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Punk       Experimental



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"History is what's happening"
Year:  1982
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Amsterdam
Label:  Ex records
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  20
Time:  42 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Punk       Experimental



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"Tumult
Year:  1983
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Amsterdam
Label:  F.A.I.
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Punk       Experimental












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"Dignity of labour"
Year:  1983
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Amsterdam
Label:  Ex records
Format:  EP
Tracks:  9
Time:
Genre:  rock
Style:    Industrial       Punk



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"Blueprints for a blackout"
Year:  1984
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Amsterdam
Label:  Pig Brother Productions
Format:  2 x LP
Tracks:  19
Time:  90 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:    Punk     Experimental    Industrial



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"Turn"
Year:  2004
Country:  Netherlands
City:  Amsterdam
Label:   Ex records
Format:  2 x CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  72 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Punk       Experimental



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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

ASSÜCK
































"Misery index"
Year:  1997
Country:  US
City:  St. Petersburg
Label:  Sound Pollution rec.
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  33 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:      Grindcore



























Second album of these masters and despite is very good, perhaps not than its predecesor. In general the band made here song very similars in all aspects (short, speed, lyrical themes, etc.) but the general sound here is noisier and dirtier. It continue to be grindcore, of course, but with these two elements in comparaison with its debut long album.
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"Anti-Capital"
Year:  1991
Country:  US
City: Saint Petersburg , FL
Label:  Sound pollution
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks: 27
Time:  38 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:      Grindcore


























In fact this link here below (Bandcamp) has not the ASSÜCK debut album, but all its discography together. But the label which made this compilation used the cover and artwork of the debut "Anticapital". Only 30 minutes, no more, of intensity, speed and furious grindcore with some differences that then (1991) made this band and this album almos unique. First of all, to mention Agathocles was not alone in that genre theyselves called as "mince-core" late 80s, which very few bands could be describe as it like early Napalm Death or perhaps Terrorizer. ASSÜCK started its musical career in 1987 with an style quite dirty and close to fast-core, until this "Anti-Capital", when the band show its high technical level, high quality studio sound and its intelligen and original lyrics. Striclty musical  ASSÜCK sounded some kind of "metalized" grindcore perhaps a bit far from typical gutural death-metal and closer to thrash-metal, thraschcore or "crossover" sound. My personal opinion is ASSÜCK more similar to Terrorizer than Napalm Death. My first contact with them was with their EP "State to hate" (1993) and quickly I searched for their two other albums. Total classic and of course highly recommended.
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"Live in Chicago"
Year:  1997
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  none
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  18
Time:  17 min.
Lyrical themes:  anarchism , pacifism
Genre:  rock
Style:      Grindcore













Well finally I got to listen to ASSÜCK live concert for the first time in my life. This is a short live made in Chicago in 1997, few time before they disbanded. The recording I fought in a blog called "Old Fast and Loud" and you can find more live sets. The quality sound is franky not very good, but despite this you can percive the speed and powerful of the band.
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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

LOS FASTIDIOS













































"Let´s do it"
Year:  2013
Country:  Italy
City:  Verona
Label:  KOB
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Punk       Ska












































"Let´s do it" isn’t just the best LOS FASTIDIOS album; it’s also their response to those who said they should’ve stayed dead after their previous full-length albums, never so good than this album. The songs, the quality sound and the technical level, all is better than all previous recordings. From here, we hope LOS FASTIDIOS will to be enough talented to make unless similar albums but better. Those who have only heard their debut or also second album, to say them here there is nothing to do about it. Precious ska music like "2 Tone" 1979 masters and perfect and well done punk rock 1977 style, no more. Direct lyrics, simple rhythms and few distorted guitars. All seem so easy, so simple... but at the same time so difficult to get it, isn´it? The band are well-known for promoting anti-racism in football and are part of the Green Left movement. Sounding like a football terrace chant, the album's title track declares, "Uniti si vince, divisi invece lo sai, futuro non avremo mai," which later in the song they kindly translate as, "United we stand, divided we fall, united, let's go." The only song on the album fully in English, "Think About Them", tackles an issue often neglected on the left - animal rights.The label "KOB Records" is own of Enrico De Angelis (singer of the band) and is based also in Verona. The release exist only on vinyl format. They prove on their new record that they have bigger steps ahead than the ones they left behind. Very good album no doubt.
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

FRANCE PUNK COMPILATION


































NOS ANNÉES PUNK 1977-1980
Year:  2002
Country:  France
City:  several
Label:  EMI
Format:  CD + book
Bands:  12
Tracks:  24
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Garage       Punk       New Wave






















There was a time when French rockers were in sync with the US and UK scenes: The Punk years! It's no mystery, considering the fact that the formative years of Punk were made up of intellectual artists in Manhattan who dabbled with the avant-garde and actually knew how to read decadent literature by Oscar Wilde, Rimbaud, Verlaine, or Burrough, and were inspired by the Situationnists' and the Dadaïsts' movements. It naturally appealed to the intellectual side of the French, and it gave credibility to French rockers with some kind of a seal of approval by the academics as long as it stayed in the art circles and didn't spill out into the streets (the Londoners, as we all know, took care of that!).










In fact, Punk in France was all about a small elite group who congregated around "Open Market," the record shop of Marc Zermati (the notorious owner of the Sky Dog label which once relaunched the dying career of Iggy pop and who now resides in Japan where he takes care of Japanese underground rock groups!) mainly situated in the middle of Paris, in the world renowned 1st district called "Les Halles." This shop was truly a rallying center for wired-up people who had assimilated subversive literature and were very hip rock fans searching for obscure, US garage-rock memorabilia like the Shadows of Knight or the Nuggets' comp.









All the French bands, who were to become important in the scene, already existed in the early '70s in the wake of the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, Stooges/ MC5s and Andy Warhol's Factory : Asphalt Jungle, Métal Urbain, Stinky Toys, Marie et les Garçons, and Electric Callas even though the Sex Pistols made their first and only appearance at the Chalet du Lac night club, in the woods of Vincennes on the outskirts of Paris, in September '76. Most of them had already seen the 'Pistols the year before in London, anyway! In fact, the gig of the New York Dolls in Paris much earlier was the true turning point which enabled a lot of active people to meet, so that when the punk scene was taking place in '76/ '77, people already knew each other and had already played on the same stage!
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"NOS ANNÉES PUNK 1972 - 1978"
Year:  2002
Country:  France
City:  Paris
Author:  Christian Eudeline
Label:  Denoël
Format:  book
Pages: 462
Language:  french
Theme:  french rock from 72 to 78

























This book was in the shops at the beggining of 2002 and then I was in Montpellier (south of France) on summer holiday. I bought the book as soon as I saw it and I started to read it the same day. In fact this is not a book which tell the punk or hardcore scene in France or in the francophone countries, but everything happened just before 1977 punk explosion. The author, a music journalist called Christian Eudeline, lived those days and tell us the bands, concerts and magazines related to styles described as: "proto-punk". Book plus CD are a document to know almost all about french garage, glam and proto-punk music. Meanwhile Stooges, New York Dolls, MC5 or Dictators recorded music in the USA or UK, in France they were bands such as: Les Frenchies, Blue Vamp or Little Bob. Later in 1976 France going to see its own "punk explosion" with names such as: Metal Urbain, Gazoline, Guilty Razors, Marie et les Garçons, Asphalt Jungle or Plastic Bertrand.
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Saturday, 23 May 2015

SOVIET PUNK ROCK
































"Red Wave"
Year:  1986
Country:  USSR
City:  Leningrad
Label:   Big Time
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  23
Time:  70 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:    New Wave      Punk
































"Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the Soviet Union" was a split double album released in 1986 and featuring Russian rock bands Aquarium, Kino, Alisa, and Strannye Igry (Strange Games), all from Leningrad. It was the first release of Russian rock music into the United States. Joanna Stingray, who developed a friendly relationship with some of the most prominent Soviet underground rock band members upon her first visit to the Soviet Union, and Boris Grebenshchikov, the Aquarium frontman, are credited with the idea of publishing such album in the West. The material for this compilation was recorded on a non-commercial basis by the four Leningrad bands and smuggled by Joanna Stingray to the US. Production and release was done by the Los Angeles-based indie label Big Time Records on June 27, 1986. The musicians do not bear any responsibility for publishing these tapes. "Stingray Productions" is grateful to to all those people who had the courage to preserve and deliver the tapes. The album was recorded in 1985 just arrived of Gorbachov and his "perestroika" and these four bands since then in the complete underground, had the opportunity to enter in a professional studio and make LP's totally professional too. Musically is quite "new wave" oriented and a bit punk rock maybe also goth rock.
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