Perspex Flesh LP

May 27, 2014

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I guess I arrived pretty late to the party on these guys. I first heard the name Perspex Flesh after missing them play in Newcastle earlier this year, soon to discover the joys of past releases and also news of an imminent debut album. Alas, the album was long delayed. Plenty of people were questioning if and when it was going to be released. Delays and speculation aside, it finally came out and I pre ordered my copy for it to soon be handed to me by a man in a red jacket. Straight out of the box, straight on the record player and instantly it’s heavy beauty washed over me. Hailed as being pretty much the best thing going in the current UK hardcore punk ‘scene’ it’s easy to understand why. The whole record is a huge, juicy punch in the face. The kind that you really crave. Something refreshing, a sort of anger ridden cathartic experience. Super muscular riffs are hidden among a dirty, gritty sheen where snarled vocals shine through. There’s an energy and passion that seems can seem lost or subdued in some people, but it’s prominent here. It’s a quick journey (only 26 minutes) but who wants a 2 hour long hardcore record. Quick and sufficient, it’s done at a perfect blink and you’ll miss it pace.  That being said, you’ll be playing it on repeat anyway.

The album is out now via Static Shock Records. You can download it for free (although a suggested donation of £4.00 is encouraged) but I urge you to get the LP before it sells out and you’re left disappointed. Act with haste.

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The Audacious Art experiment are releasing some absolutely essential music as of late. Every release they bring to the table seems to be exactly to my taste. This one is an upcoming split cassette release between Amorous Dialogues and Pjaro.

Amorous Dialogues fly through eight highly energetic, make you want to be there slices of hardcore gold. As you’d expect, it’s fast and shouty. At times there’s a slower, more sedate opening to a song which just feels like a chance for the band to grab a breath before they throw themselves back into the speed dirge which they’re known for. Eight songs in just as many minutes. Blink and you might miss it. Seriously can’t get enough of this band. I loved their previous split with Etai Keshiki and this just adds to that visceral, hardcore punk vibe that feels so fresh and intense.

On the other side we have a different story. Pjaro offer us two slightly less intense yet still as inviting tracks. A perfect example of alternative/math rock done right. It’s not overly complicated and it’s not pretentious but it sounds fantastic. Guitars aren’t overcooked so still have that slight bite and vocals have that ‘i don’t care, but secretly I do’ atmosphere to them. Not a step wrong. Apparently the last two songs recorded as a two piece as now they’re three. I’m treating this release as a sort of sweetener before their new album that they’re currently recording. Yep, my mouth is watering, now I just want you to stuff it with more beautifully crunchy guitar and raspy vocals.

The split cassette is due out on 1st May via The Audacious Art Experiment. I know i’ll be getting myself a copy. For now though, you can listen to both sides through the wonders of the world wide web.

www.theaudaciousartexperiment.com

BIN

January 31, 2014

BIN

Here’s some new filthy, sludgy noise from Newcastle with members of Foot Hair/Khunnt/Haikai No Ku/PigsPigsPigsPigsPigsPigsPigs. I’m actually surprised that the infamous Mike Vest doesn’t feature on this one. Blood curdling screams and slow, heavy guitars hidden behind a mammoth wall of tape hiss. It sounds like I’m listening to it through a tin can phone with the rusty edge scraping away at my skin. ‘Edgelands’ and ‘Treat’ use slow and super heavy guitar crunch to push your speakers and ears to their absolute limits. On the other hand, ‘Mainline’ and ‘club’ are two heavy as hell, fist in the air, chunks of noisy punk that punch you straight in the face while simultaneously making you put holes in the floor due to excessive foot tapping. Maximalist guitars feeding back straight into your brain in the lowest fidelity possible. Beautiful noise.

BIN are playing their debut gig at Leave Me Here’s second all day event in Newcastle on 4th May. Be there.

Eagulls – Nerve Endings

August 22, 2013

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Leeds punks Eagulls are back with a new 7″ ‘Nerve Endings’, out September 30th on Partisan Records.

Ahead of the debut album, due sometime in 2014, Eagulls seem to be going down a different route in history with their sound. While earlier tracks like Council Flat Blues and Acrostical had that 90’s American, gritty hardcore(ish) punk sound to it, this new track seems to have flown overseas to the land of UK post punk. The crunchiness has been replaced by reverb and the vocals now seem to be sang instead of shouted, although there’s still some of that coarseness to his voice. Don’t get me wrong, I like the rough around the edges sound of their earlier work, but it’s something that if you keep repeating  will end up sounding stale. Beneath the fresh sheen they’ve been given there’s still  a muscular, chugging guitar riff that reminds us these guys are still writing punk songs. From the sounds of things they’re doing it right, taking influences from the likes of Killing Joke (The B Side is a cover of their) and Wire. Hopefully it won’t get sucked too far into post punk copy land and end up sounding like another Siousxie and the Teardrop Bunnymen rip off. Time will tell I suppose.

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Cowtown are a band based in Leeds and their new record, Dudes Vs. Bad Dudes is out 1t April on the wonderful Audacious Art Experiment. It’s a label I have great respect for and, as such, tend to be interested in anything they’re doing and whatever music they’re putting out. So I thought I’d give my two cents on this new offering.

First listen through and I wasn’t convinced. It just didn’t have much of an impact on me. But, after listening to it numerous times I’ve begun to like it more and even understand it. It’s a mess of an album in the sense that the influences are vast. I can hear bits of Devo and even Deerhoof in here, amongst a selection of nods towards countless other styles. Understandably, a record with influences from different ends of the music spectrum may feel lost or unsure of its purpose but for Cowtown it works to their advantage. It gives me the idea that this is a band that spends all their time entrenched in music and they’re combining all of these influences and discoveries into one fantastic record.

It’s a really enjoyable listen and a fairly short one at that. At just under 30 minutes, it isn’t exactly the longest record I’ve heard. That being said, it makes good use of this time. Not once did it feel rushed or under ambitious. Just right I guess. Standout tracks for me are ‘Animals’ and ‘Love is a Lie’ which present their highly diverse and influence rich sound just perfectly.

Seriously, check it out. It’s up for streaming now on the Cowtown bandcamp.

It’s being released as digital download and Vinyl. Just look at that artwork too. I bet it’d look great squeezed in amongst your other record.

It’s only recently that I’ve discovered the London based No Wave band Roseanne Barrr and I guess I found them at just the right time, as they have just put out a new LP.

Imagine yourself holed up in a dirty, sweaty basement with noise so loud you cant think straight among a collective of people all rebelling against the social norms that they find in their day to day lives. That’s the initial feeling I get from this record. It lends itself equally to the noise pop and no wave musical genres, managing to make an interesting mix of the two. It’s deliciously ‘arty’ and has that underground, DIY aesthetic smeared all over it which I love. With stuff like this, there tends to be the notion that there isn’t much variation. That isn’t the case here. Yeah it has a definite ‘feel’, but it’s executed in such a way that really make it such a powerful musical experience. Heavy drums, abrasive guitars, spoken word verses and menacing shouts all work together in harmony to deliver a truly uncompromising sound that feels completely natural and inventive. I strongly suggest checking it out and, as I did, delving deeper into their past musical offerings and other related excursions.

You may remember, Banana Hill put Eagulls on at the Dog and Parrot not so long ago. It was a great gig, full of 80s influenced punk rock. It seems that the guys at Banana Hill havea sense for picking out bands.

Now, they bring us Bleached. If you’re not aware, they are Jennifer Clavin and Jessica Clavin and the play simple punk rock music. From the start, you get the impression that they spent years sitting at home listening to The Ramones. Their music has the ’77 punk’ vibe throughout, not in the sense that it’s politically charged or particularly full of anger, just that it’s fairly simplistic in execution. It’s a straightforward formula: no hassle, three chord punk with summery female vocals hovering over the top. It’s something I’m not too excited about, but it’s always nice to listen to a song once and have the melody repeating itself in your head. It should be a good night, I’m hoping to just take it easy and enjoy the meoldies!

Support on the night comes from Paws and Lunn Poly.

21st May
Cluny 2
7.30
Bleached

 

Remember that Slowcoaches tape that made its way onto the internet not so long ago. Well, it was great. I still have it playing on repeat. It’s deliciously fuzzy pop punk of the highest merit. that’s why I love it so much. It’s no nonsense, unadulterated fun.

The first run of 100 tapes sold out almost instantly. Luckily though, tape label Tye Die Tapes has done a second run of just 50. So, if you know what’s good for you I suggest snapping one up quickly before they’re gone forever. Order it over at their Bandcamp page.

Just buy it, stick it in your dusty old walkman and have fun.

 

Tye Die Tapes

Tide Of Iron – Sow EP

April 7, 2012

I’ve just been made aware that Tide of Iron have their ‘Sow’ EP up for free download on Bandcamp. You’ve heard of them before, right? Apparently they’re best mates will Bill Cosby.

It’s pretty brutal. Really thick, heavy riffs consume this noisy master piece. Seriously, these are some of the heaviest, most unforgiving noises you’re likely to hear coming out of Newcastle. I don’t know whether it’s hardcore or if it’s noise rock and to be honest I’m not really bothered. I don’t want to give it a classification or a label because to be honest it would be brilliant no matter what it was classed as. Sort of reminds me of a raw, more coarse version of Unsane. Turn it up loud!

They also have a new split 7″ with Grace coming out on SuperFi Records

It’s also heavy as fuck, even more callous than the first.

http://tideoffuckingiron.blogspot.co.uk

Another fine gig coming to the city of Newcastle, this time it’s Leeds based punk outfit Eagulls.

If you’ve never heard them before, you ought to. They manage to strip away all of the pretension you often find in so called ‘punk’ music, and opt for a very raw, honest sound. The way they approach the music is simplistic in style, but not so in effect. While they take influences from the hardcore punk music of the 80’s, they manage to convey them in such a fresh and unique way. It’s a completely engaging sound and the unhinged nature of it only adds to its charm. Somehow managing to sound raw and brutal, but also delightfully melodic at the same time. I’ve always imagined them as a band that would only ever release limited 7″ singles, building up a small but loyal following and never really wanting anything more than that. It’s quite a reassuring thought.

It’s at the Dog and Parrot and I can assure you that it will be the sweatiest gig of the year. It’s going to be a pleasure to see them play in such a small and intimate space.

Support on the night comes from the infectious tech wizardry of Waskerley Way and local Punk/Emo lads Sunday League.

Dog @ Parrot, Newcastle
4th May 2012. £4.