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).

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

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Broncho

December 16, 2011

Oklahoma four-piece Broncho offers up a brand of old school punk rock that’s pretty unique these days. Not that aggressive they lean way more towards artier UK bands likeĀ  Wire with a vocal delivery that reminds me a bit of The Fall with some early Television thrown in. That said, there’s still plenty of energy in the songs with a couple of nice sing-along choruses added into the mix, and even though you can hear their influences, they never get quite as quirky as their British counterparts.

Their debut album Can’t Get Past the Lips has a nice low-key delivery that really works (while I’m listening to it I find myself awaiting a cover of Wire’s Mannequin to pop out any second!) and it manages to grow on you for every time you listen to it. The album has been released in a limited edition on vinyl, so check it out!

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Bandcamp: http://broncho.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://bronchoband.com/