Friday, 22 January 2016

THE LAMBRETTAS




























"Da-a-a-ance"
Year:  2002
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Castle Music
Format:  2 x CD
Tracks:  34
Time:  110 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Mod        Soul        Punk










































The Lambrettas are an English mod revival band, first active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Named after the iconic Italian Lambretta scooter brand popular among Mods, the band was formed in Lewes. Their original line-up consisted of Jez Bird (singer/guitarist), Doug Sanders (guitarist/vocalist), Mark Ellis (bassist) and Paul Wincer (drummer). Their biggest hit was in 1980, with a cover version of the 1950s Leiber and Stoller song, "Poison Ivy", which reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] They scored a #12 hit with the follow-up, "Da-a-a-nce". In the same year, they released the album Beat Boys in the Jet Age, which reached #28 on the UK Albums Chart, and scored another minor hit single, "Another Day (Another Girl)" (hastily renamed from "Page 3" after complaints from The Sun newspaper).[1] After the Mod revival faded, subsequent singles, which included a 1982 cover of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love", and a second album, 1981's Ambience, were commercial failures. The band played their final concert in their original incarnation in London on 14 April 1982. Bird re-formed the band for a time in the 1990s. The band reformed in 2009 and are touring the UK and Europe.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

THE RUTS































"The crack"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
City:
Label:  Virgin
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Reggae        Dub




























Formed in London in 1978 with an original line up of Malcolm Owen (vocals), Dave Ruffy (drums), Vince Segs (bass) and Paul Fox (guitar) the Ruts were a Hard Punk band. Their first single 'In A Rut' only just missed out on getting into the Top 40, though it did earn them three sessions with BBC Radio One and a contract with Virgin. The next single 'Babylon's Burning' was a hit going in to the top ten, this was followed by a couple more sucessful singles. They began to attract attention from hard-line Skinheads who disagreed with the bands anti-racist stance. This resulted in violence at some of their gigs which caused Owen, who was already having problems with heroin to become depressed. The first release of the 80's for the band 'Staring At The Rude Boys', was sadly also to be Owens last as he died in the July from a heroin overdose. The band continued with Fox taking over the vocals, under the new name 'Ruts DC' although without Owen the band just wasn't the same. They finally split up in 1983 after releasing two more albums.
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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

THE JOLT
































"Idem"
Year:  1978
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Polydor
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Mod        Pop        Punk




























THE JOLT were a scottish band formed in Wishaw in 1976. They started out playing 1960s covers and then sped up their music, playing a mix of punk rock and power pop, so, a kind of fast mod revival. The lineup was Robbie Collins (guitar, vox), Jim Doak (bass, vox) and Iain Shedden (drums). The band built up its following playing at the Crown Hotel, Wishaw. They enjoyed moderate success during the punk and early new wave era. They moved to London and signed to "Polydor Records". They opened for bands such as. The Jam, The Saints, Generation, The Lurkers X and The Motors. They were with no doubt precursors to the mod revival, which came to fruition around 1979, just the year the band sadly split. Plans are under way for a revival tour of Britain in 2016, their first gigs in 26 years but at the moment no news about new songs, new album or something similar. I personally discovered THE JOLT very few time ago, but I must to affirm with total sincerity, at the first two or three songs I heard, I liked very much this band. Neither pop nor punk, but some kind of fast and dynamic 1979 mod revival. Idead for those who like that sound and late 70s and early 80s. With the years this compilation was released by different labels, the latest was "Capitain Oi! Records" (own of The Business members).
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Monday, 4 January 2016

MINDFLAIR
































"Scourge of mankind"
Year:  2015
Country:  Germany
City:  Kaiserslautern
Label:  Every day hate
Format:  CD , LP , cassette
Tracks:  13
Time:  26 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:         Grindcore

























MINDFLAIR are a band from Germany that plays a very fast, short, simple, easy and aggressive form of grindcore along with some elements of crust, power violence and hardcore. You walk into the club and MINDFLAIR are blaring, you say "Hell yes" because the band is simply that much fun. MINDFLAIR are fairly easy listening for grindcore. They have very distinctive riffs that are surprisingly easy to latch on too. There is a sense of fun, and even hope that you get in these songs as they guide you to oblivion. MINDFLAIR go at a million miles an hour and rarely ever breakdown, but when they do, it gets gloriously heavy. The high pitched rabid screams that punch out over top of the punishing grooves help to create an all out sonic assault that keeps this band charming and a joy to listen too. MINDFLAIR have the power to inspire circle pits, yet their clear grooves mean that this is grindcore you can listen too around the home, as silly as that might sound. Turned on to a different idea of what it means to grind, these guys are one of the most exciting bands on "WOOAAARGH Records" and "Every Day Hate Records". They might just allow the most extreme of subgenres to turn the page.
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Sunday, 27 December 2015

PAINFUL DEFLORATION
































"Antihuman antisocial"
Year:  2010
Country:  Ukraine
City:  Donetsk
Label:  Soulflesh Collector
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  30 min.
Lyrical themes:  social issues, politics
Genre:  rock
Style:        Grindcore



























You want intense furious hatred? Headsplitting blastbeats? Braindrilling catchy melodies? Here comes PAINFUL DEFLORATION with its third full-length album “Antihuman Antisocial”. Incredible mix of grindcore and hardcore put together as the most extreme sound-cake. For fans of intense, simple and short grindcore such as: Napalm Death, Agathocles, Nasum, Kill the Client, Magrudergrind, Pretty Little Flower, Insect Warfare, Archagathus, etc. Absolutely astonishing stuff with a clean and well produced sound, and a quite high technical level. Good musicians and good ideas too.
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Monday, 21 December 2015

THE LURKERS
































"Wild times again"
Year:  1988
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Weser
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock




























Surprisingly after ten years of complete musical silence and apparent non activity, THE LURKERS appeared again in 1988 with a new album which even nowadays almost nobody know, but which I recommend for those who love classic 1977 punk rock. Simple, easy, direct, short and linear, with a classic rock'n'roll sound similar to Ramones and... nothing more. Probably few copies were sold then, but it's not bad at all but the opposite. It seem this band record some album from time to time, and also surprisingly the majority of them are strongly better than its two first album from late 70s.
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"Ripped and torn"
Year:  1995
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  S1M
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock









































Over the years The Lurkers have been very much overlooked in general by the punk populace and that my good friend is very much to the loss of the scene. The band (in all forms) have released some darn good catchy shit and the album under scrutiny here is a pinnacle very much missed by the mindless many. Fuckin' wake up will ya! 'Ripped And Torn' gushes with catchy riffs, uplifting songs and subtle emotive touches and thus creates a genuinely effective piece of pop punk puke to admire as it drips down the sonic shithouse walls where we spend to much time releasing piss rather than passion. I can hear the educated shouts of 'Oooh it's not the real line-up' and 'Gosh it isn't as good as Fulham Fallout'. Look, the latter album is a good do but this 17 track beauty is far more polished, far more cute and far more...enjoyable.  Pint made in part I feel!
















From the opening hope and seemingly shy teenage optimism of 'One Day' this CD swells with sweet tuneage and hits sonic erogenous zone after sonic erogenous zone. If ones nipples of noise aren't aching with arousal at the end of this tickle fest then you really are in an 'unmelodic' bad way. 'Nothing There For Me' slots in place at position 2 and presses on with delightful ease before we are blown apart via the accurate epic and mentally frustrated classic that is 'Ripped And Torn'. A restless insomniac is portrayed with excellent insight and when combined with a solid structure and players that know their role the whole impact delivers the goods over and over again. Point must be made of Arturo's singing which, as is the norm, is clear, accented and fuckin' bang on. This guy has a good voice, of that there should be no doubt, so listen good now sweet spiky tops. On we go with tremendous highs reached as 'Red Light Girl' pangs hard and turns bitter, 'Too Lazy To Bleed' exudes more lucid melody, 'Furry Face' kicks up a fight and shouts out loud for our four legged friends (whippet style), 'Don't Pick It Up' and 'Gotta Go' play it simple and retain all the pop punk trimmings so desired and 'Scream And Shout' finalises a relationship with punked angst and musical articulation. Other highs are had along the way with the two outstanding moments for me personally being the nostalgic feelings of loss that come across via the remarkable 'Slabs Of Grey' and the final blast of energetic positivity and optimism that is executed quite perfectly within the song 'Start All Over (Do It Again)'. Stunning! So the answers are given but two questions remain - 'How do you rate this band' and 'Why the fuck ain't this CD in yer collection'. Amazing stuff and one I am happy to shout about - 'Do It Again' you betcha.




FUNGAL'S TOP TRACK – 'Ripped And Torn' – A title track on a top album needs to be something bloody special - this is - so suck on it! (*NOTE = this good review is from HERE).
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"Fried brains"
Year:  2008
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Captain Oi!
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock











































A new sampler that THE LURKERS are better in all aspects than in its own young beggining are these two albums entitled: "Ripped and torn" and "Fried brains", which sound incredibly better than the rest of its discography. The formule? the solution? is very clear, to make again simple, easy, direct, short and popular punk rock 1977 style. Nothing more to add. About cover, back and interior design, all continue quite similar like the rest of their albums... in my personal opinion, not quite nice, beautiful neither good. I completly ignore why, but I usually don't like THE LURKERS artwork, since its debut album until nowadays... sorry but it's my impression about THE LURKERS "corporative" image. Strictly musical, things are different of course. I recommend to listen to a few these two albums, which probably will not disappointent anybody.
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

NEW BOMB TURKS
































"Scared straight"
Year:  1996
Country:  US
City:  Columbus , OH
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Garage Rock





























The New Bomb Turks are a garage punk band from Columbus, Ohio. The founding members are Jim Weber, Eric Davidson, Bill Randt, and Matt Reber. Sam Brown replaced Bill Randt on drums in 1999. Early on their inspiration came from the Devil Dogs, Lazy Cowgirls, Union Carbide Productions, Didjits, and the Fluid. Musically, they are akin to The Saints, Dead Boys, The Pagans,The Sonics or the Troggs. Their lyrics are generally witty and humorous, but have serious themes beneath their sophomorish hooks.
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"At rope's end"
Year:  1998
Country:  US
City:  Columbus , OH
Label:  Epitaph
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk        Garage Rock




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