Twin Crystals

January 19, 2012

I gotta admit, I’m a big sucker for The Wipers and Vancouver trio The Twin Crystals manage to blend the melancholic sounds of that legendary Portland group with some nice New Wave and general arty noise. On their ten-song demo collection Child Life they offer up a nice blend of songs;  some pure garage/punk tracks with a slight Nirvana feel, and some occasional “artsy” oddities – all from their forthcoming second album.

This is just great. If you are or were a fan of Greg Sage‘s previous outfit you just gotta give these guys a listen! There’s tons of vinyl records available, and four digital releases on Bandcamp. Check ’em out!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://twincrystals.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/TWIN-CRYSTALS/95838036465

Advertisements

Burger Records Sampler

January 5, 2012

If you’re looking for a contemporary garage rock fix or maybe just curious about the label, US label Burger Records recently released their Burger Records Sampler on Bandcamp. Unfortunately not available as a download, you still get 35 tracks ranging from noisy lo-fi punk to sweet Beatles-esque pop sounds with artists and bands including everybody from Devon Williams and Ty Segall to Nobunny and Personal and The Pizzas.

Starting out as a record store in Fullerton California, the label is making waves in the underground community with a great stable of artists and releasing albums on cool formats like limited-edition cassettes. This release is bound to have something for every garage fan out there so check it out.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://burgerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/burger-records-sampler
Website: http://www.burgerrecords.org/

Suedehead

January 3, 2012

Wow, wanna talk about instantly falling in love with a band? Orange County outfit Suedehead is made up various scenesters from bands including TSOL, Aggrolites and Beat Union and offers up a great blend of 60’s mod, soul and ska with a delivery that brings to mind early Elvis Costello. The band started out in late 2010, earning an opening slot for Social Distortion early on and is currently creating much deserved waves with their music.

Three EP’s has been released so far – both digitally and on vinyl – all showcasing brilliant songwriting, great musicianship and with a perfect production giving them a slight punk “edge”. It was damn near impossible choosing just one sample track – I Believe in Love is taken from their most recent The Constant EP released in October – so take your time checking out everything with these guys!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://suedehead.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.suedeheadband.com/

The Reactions

January 3, 2012

Well, these guys really don’t need that much of an introduction for us collector nerds as their records fetch some pretty ridiculous prices on eBay these days. Formed in Florida in 1979, The Reactions delivered some pretty cool high-energy power pop in the early 80’s, self-released two 7″ EP’s and then folded. Making a name for themselves locally, interest in the band came years later when their tracks started appearing on various bootleg compilations during the 90’s.

Mixing The Buzzcocks with The Ramones we’re talking some pretty basic, three-chord power pop with healthy punk energy injected to it. Seventeen-track Cheap Rewards Records‘ compilation Saturday’s Gone Wild – available as a download on Bandcamp – offers all the material from the previously mentioned singles, with some unreleased rehearsals plus four live tracks. At the set price of nine dollars it’s a bargain compared to the originals.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://thereactions.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://cheaprewards.net/

Gods of Macho

January 2, 2012

Anthemic punk rock is served up by Los Angeles quartet Gods of Macho on their only (?) Bandcamp offering – a song entitled Loosers. Taken from their selftitled debut album released on Flat Rat Records the song has nice production values giving them a big, bombastic sound –  actually bringing to mind Turbonegro, albeit with a different schtik than the Norwegian outfit.

Loud anthemic tracks mixing the classic Social Distortion/Dropkick Murphys school of punk with some heavy metal flavoring, the band’s material covers all things macho (including Burt Reynolds!) with a tongue-in-cheek delivery. According to their Facebook page there’s a second album in the works and more songs to sample on their Reverbnation.

Sample track: 

Bandcamp: http://godsofmacho.bandcamp.com/
Website: https://www.facebook.com/thegodsofmacho

Psychic Teens

December 27, 2011

For a healthy dose of noisy, goth influenced punk/sludge check out The Psychic Teens debut EP Teen. Bringing to mind classic 90’s noise rock outfits like Helios Creed, the band harkens back to old 80’s goth rock and offers some nice punk energy to the doom and gloom, giving it a nice energetic vibe I usually miss in the genre.

Sparse production (actually I thought they lacked the sea-of-reverb that was common back in the days), nice monotone quality to the vocals and the occasional noise outbreak makes these guys stand out nicely compared to other outfits in the genre. Released on vinyl as well there’s two rough-mix songs available as a free download!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://psychicteensnetwork.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/psychicteensnetwork

Angry Snowmans

December 22, 2011

Well, ’tis the season as they say and Canadian punkers The Angry Snowmans offers up not only one, but two releases of X-Mas spirit with their self-titled debut album and follow-up What We Do Is Festive. According to their own bio, the band is made up of “disgruntled, displaced Elves of the North Pole who are telling the world about Santa’s abusive practices” by covering classic punk/hardcore “hits” from the Old School days.

Absolutely nothing new – UK pop punks The Boys did the same thing under the Yobs moniker almost 30 years ago – it’s well executed with nice production (some of the songs having way better sound than the originals) and pretty funny to hear as an old punker ’cause you get everything from The Adolescents Kids of the Black Hole and Black Flag‘s Six Pack (“Egg Nog”!!!) to Angry Samoans Lights Out and The Germs What We Do Is Secret. Fun and nostalgic (although I personally missed Out There by F-Word).

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://angrysnowmans.bandcamp.com/
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angry-Snowmans/156536597705132