Sunday, 22 April 2018

Goodbye Blue Monday - Take Your Pills

1. Who are they?

A Scottish punk rock band. Pop punk if you must. From Glasgow and playing together since 2013. Take Your Pills (Jan'18) is from their E.P. The Sickness, The Shame (Feb'18).

2. What kind of tasty treat?

Angry punk with a shout along chorus, meaty riffs, a breakdown and all the frills. No lacking of twists and turns. Intelligent rock.

3. Who do Goodbye Blue Monday sound like?

The Menzingers, The Flatliners, and Red Radio City.

4. What is the word from the press?

“The worst I can say is I wish there was more” – Dying Scene.
“It’s got everything I want in punk rock” – Colin’s Punk Rock World.
“Barnstormer of a chorus laid over some intricate verses” – Punk Online.

5. Which bands do they like?

They are influenced by Dillinger Four, The Menzingers, Against Me!, The Flatliners, and Alkaline Trio.

6. Why should I listen?

Because you love your punk with something interesting to say and a clever way of saying it. Because you pogo in basements. Because you create the bandwagon.

7. Have they got any more bangers?

Title track The Sickness, The Shame.

8. Any last words?

Get in on this band early doors.

The Woahnows are an indie punk (noisy pop) band from Plymouth, England. They have been playing together since 2012. They have been compared to Husker Du, and The X-Certs, but I'm feeling more Australian punk like Royal Headache. Life In Reverse is from their debut album Understanding and Everything Else (2015). Wait for it because it starts out grungy and works up to shout-along.

Friday, 20 April 2018

DZ Deathrays - Shred For Summer

1. Who?

DZ Deathrays are punk band from Brisbane, Australia. Shred For The Summer (Aug'17) is the lead single from their third album Bloody Lovely (Feb'18).

2. What?

A retro-grunge banger in the style of Jane's Addiction.

3. Who do they sound like?

Jane's Addiction, Death From Above 1979, and Led Zeppelin. 

4. What have the plastic punchers said?

Like a supersonic fighter jet made of buzzsaws”Wall Of Sound.

“Fist-pumping crowd-pleaser” The Music. 
"Fast becoming a cult classic in the bar” – Belushis. 

5. Who do DZ Deathrays dig?

Motley Crue, Megadeath, The Bronx, Arctic Monkeys, and The Offspring.

6. Why should I give Shred For Summer a crack?

Because you like Jane's Addiction.

7. Do they have any other bangers?

Total Meltdown is from the same album and Gina Works At Hearts is the oldie but a goodie. Blood On My Leather is a nice take on the Beastie Boys.

8. Any more words? 

DZ Deathrays were
thrown off the stage at the 2012 SXSW for playing too loudly.

“Listen to metal,
You let your hair,
Whip round in circles”

Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day has put together a side project called The Longshot. It's nothing to get excited about - a looser, poppier, more juvenile Green Day. Fun. Their debut album is Love Is For Losers (April'18) and this is the least embarrassing of the lot. The lead work is nice. Man the dude is evergreen. 

“Piss stains and cigarettes,
this party is getting dull”

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Ezra Furman - Love You So Bad

1.    Who’s the dude?

Ezra Furman is an indie rock musician from Chicago, Illinois. He has been making music since 2006. Love You So Bad (Nov'17) is the lead single from his seventh album Transangelic Exodus (Feb'18).

2. What's the tune about?

Love You So Bad is alternative Americana. Slightly quirky, orchestral, homeland rock.

3. Who does he sound like?

Lou Reed/Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, and John 'Cougar' Mellencamp.

4. What have the sycophants in the press said?

“Just a good song” – Spin.

“Retro” – AV Club.

“An upbeat song of unrequited love” – Homework Horse.

5. Which bands float Ezra's boat?

The big influences are Green Day, The Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, and The Strokes.

6. Why should I give Love You So Bad a listen?

Ezra Furman's star is in the ascendency and this song is part of the reason why.

7. Does he have any more bangers?

Suck The Blood From My Wound is another great one from the latest album.

8. Any more words?


“Sneaking cigarettes under the football bleachers baby, so bad”

Andrew W.K. is famous for (quietly intelligent) hard rocking party music. He is a classically trained musician and has worked as a motivational speaker and as an advice columnist. I Don't Know Anything (March'18) is from his fifth studio album and Punk News thought it sounded like Europe's Final Countdown meets Bruce Springsteen.

“I don’t know the truth, I don’t know the way”

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Bakers Eddy - Jack Sit For You

1. Who are they?

Bakers Eddy. A punk band from Wellington, New Zealand, who are fighting out of Melbourne, Australia, at the minute. Jack Shit For You (Sept'17) is one of a handful of singles these chaps have made.

2. What have Bakers Eddy got going for them?

A youthful, barebones, no bullshit, take on pop-punk. Not too much fat on the bone; a bit of slack in the breakdown and a superfluous outro, but otherwise the cunts charge at the guns with furious riffs blazing. Choice.

3. Who do they sound like?

Ekko Park, Living End, and FIDLAR.

4. What have those scamps in the press said about Baker's Eddy? 

“Not fucking around” – Pile Rats.

“A fast tempo, dirty pop-punk tune full of youthful desperation” – The Rock.

“As subtle as a nail through the foot” – Hysteria.

5. Which bands have put the lead in Bakers Eddy's pencil?

Green Day, Smith Street Band, Foo Fighters, Shihad, and Dune Rats.

6. What's so hot?

Grungy, pop-punk.

7. Have they got any more bangers?

8. Any more words?

Jack Shit For You is produced by Tom Larkin from the iconic Kiwi rock band Shihad.

The Flatliners are a punk rock band from Ontario, Canada. Nicotine Lips (Feb’17) is the lead single from their fifth album Inviting Light (April’17). The Flatliners are influenced by The Smith Street Band and Hot Water Music. They have been compared to Against Me!, The Menzingers, and Red Radio City. Nicotine Lips throbs along on bass notes and is celebratory rock'n'roll. 
“Smoke your life down to the filter”

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Bad Nerves - Last Beat

1.    Who are they? 

Bad Nerves are a garage pop/punk rock band from East London, England. Last Beat (Aug'17) is the B-side to their Radio Punk single. The chaps have a handful of singles to their name.

2. What are Bad Nerves packing?

Last Beat is a fiery and urgent rock'n'roll. The tune is no frills and races in at the two minute mark. Explosive garage rock that feels exciting and immediate.

3. Who do they sound like?

4. What have the press said about Bad Nerves?
“Thrilling power pop rock’n’roll” – High Clouds.

“Undeniably joyous” – Read Dork.
“Scuzzier than ever” – DIY.

5. Which bands give Bad Nerves a chubby?

David Bowie, The Ramones, The Clash, Ty Segall, and Jay Reatard. 

6. Why should I give Last Beat a spin?
Because you love furious rock'n'roll that don't take a breath. 

7. Have they got any more pearlers?

Check out the A-side Radio Punk.

8. Any more words?

Get on with ya. 

Superorganism are an indie pop buzz band from East London. They evolved out of The Eversons. Everybody Wants To Be Famous (Jan'18) is their fourth, and most popular, single from their debut album Superorganism (March'18). An album some reviewers lost their shit over. Superorganism sound like STRFKR or MGMT. Everybody Wants To Be Famous is both melancholic indie pop and breezy effervescence at the same time.

 “Feeling like a boss and staring at the stars”