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

Cold Warps

December 18, 2011

Yet more bands that got you scratching your head wondering why they haven’t released a record on a label already is Canadian garage/power pop trio The Cold Warps. Especially when you consider there’s a bit of hype going on right now in the underground punk/garage scene for Canadian lo-fi bands like The White Wires and Marvelous Darlings (although that might change soon considering they link to Noyes Records on their website!).

We’re talking a nice mix of The Ramones (especially the vocal delivery!) with classic power pop influenced by greats like Paul Collins Beat and The Nerves – and staying pretty faithful to their roots while doing it. Three releases available so far, all serving up a basic, no-frills combination of power pop and garage with some nice punk energy. Two releases might still be available on cassette so check ’em out and drop them a message on Facebook!

Sample track:

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


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 like  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!

Sample track:

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

Le Butcherettes

December 14, 2011

Mexican (?) garage new-wave trio Le Butcherettes might not need the exposure (they’re already receiving write-ups and coverage in LA Times, recently Henry Rollins himself raved about them, touring Australia right now opening for Omar Rodriguez Lopez Trio, and they recently earned a slot opening for Iggy & The Stooges!), but I instantly fell in love with their sound and music the very minute I heard it. A nice blend of garage and new wave delivering some great pop hooks without sounding blatantly commercial.

Vocalist Teri Gender Bender has got a great voice, sometimes bringing PJ Harvey to mind and they offered up so many good, varied tracks on their first album Sin Sin Sin, it was damn hard to choose just one, so do yourself a favor and make sure to check out all of them!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://lebutcherettes.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://lebutcherettes.net/