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PINK REASON:
Ache for You: 7” single

Must confess, this is my first time hearing this group. I know, I know, they’ve been around for some time, and I do remember seeing the name in a lot of the zines, blogs, and whatever forms of media the kids are talking about these days. So, without that out of the way... “Darken Daze” on the B-side is the more down feeling of the two. Sounds like a mix of early American punk with some bastardized take on the blues. Then they put a slightly noisy spin on it towards the end. Nothing overbearing; it just creeps in and makes itself known as the song unrolls. The A-side, “Ache for You,” is more upbeat musically, though the lyrics and the way they are delivered give one a sense of desperation and confusion. I like how the guitar is up and has this noisy way about it. The playing is urgent and really pushing things around. The way both guitars come in towards the end and ratchet up the dissonance is great! I like this, but I can’t help but think to really develop an appreciation of this band, one would need to listen to an LP’s worth of music.

–Matt Average (Savage Quality, savagequalityrecordings.com)


PEOPLES TEMPLE:
Looters Game: 7”
“Looter’s Game” is a stomper steeped in reverb-drenched production, tambourines, and an overall sensibility straight outta 1967. The flip, “Highs and Lows,” is slower and lysergic-friendly, with the sound vacillating between stereo and mono and a woozy guitar lead dropping in throughout. –Jimmy Alvarado (HoZac, hozacrecords.com)


PARASOL:
Crush Season: 7” EP
Smart, poppy indie punk with loud, ringing guitars not averse to add some drone into the proceedings. The vocals are occasionally on the verge of being overwhelmed by the instrumentation, but, on the whole, the tunes are top-notch and well put together. –Jimmy Alvarado (Parasol)


PARASITES:
Non-Stop Power Pop Volume 1: CD
Intriguing concept on this go-round. Dave Parasite enlisted help from around the world to search out obscure 45s from the 1960s. They are mainly in a Beatles style from their early history. When needed, the titles or arrangements were slightly modified. Cool back stories are presented on each band. The Firebeats and The Golden Earrings (yes, later to be Golden Earring) fit best into the concept to my ears. Enjoyable and a worthy addition to the impressive Parasites body of work. –Sean Koepenick (Kid Tested, kidtestedrecords.net)


PANZERBASTARD:
Gods, Thugs and Madmen: 10”
This Boston band just keeps on thrashing away, with these five tracks getting super hard and heavy in an almost mega metal vein. They add a lot of metal in this, but still have the punk grittiness that kept me thrashing away while I was listening to it. The band keeps the tradition of hardcore alive in Boston while having their own twist to it. The songs are heavy, fast, and played super tight, with some great guttural vocals and cool drumming. If you like thrash and crossover, this is a good purchase and one that I will be spinning more than once. –Rick E. –Guest Contributor (Patac, patacrecords.com)


PAGERIPPER:
The Shit Talker Demo: CD-R
What a bummer: a three song CD-R with only three tracks and a b/w photocopied cover, to boot! Fortunately for these guys though, these songs kind of rip. Their sound has that Midwest thing going on, slightly reminiscent of maybe Dillinger Four or the Lawrence Arms but not in a redundant way. I was stoked the band thought enough of their lyrics to include a lyric sheet, as they are surprisingly intelligent and well written. I would love to hear a full-length release from these chaps. Put them on your radar. You won’t be sorry! –Garrett Barnwell (pageripper.bandcamp.com)


NORWOOD PARK ALL STARS:
Northwest Highway: CD
This band plays raucous tribute to the ultra obscure Norcore scene, which happened during the mid-‘80s on the north side and near north suburbs of Chicago. I’m sure there are like seventeen people who are really excited about this. Seriously though, the tiny local scenes that have popped up and faded away over the years are one of the most intriguing aspects of music fandom to me. My favorite, of course, was the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, alt rock scene of the early ‘90s, featuring Venison, Voodoo Love Mint, etc. It was going to be the next Seattle, man! That didn’t pan out, but those bands are worshipped by the handful of people who were there, so I know that this disc probably means everything to those who spent their nights going to shows in and around the Norwood Park neighborhood way back when. For those of us who weren’t there, this disc is a catchy and melodic window into what must have been a great party. –MP Johnson (norcore.us)


NOISE COMPLAINT:
Fuck Off and Thrash: 7” EP
The cover art looks like it came from some long lost ‘80s Venice/Suicidal band, but they’re apparently from the U.K. Normally, this’d be a high “this is probably lame” hurdle to have to hoof it over, but they do so handily with some tight, full-bore thrash that’s as catchy as it is fast. They may not exactly be reinventing the wheelbarrow here, but they clearly put in the requisite work to do what they do well enough to get this boring old fart circle-pitting ‘n’ diving off his desk all by his lonesome. –Jimmy Alvarado (Suburban White Trash)


NO TOMORROW:
Nuclear Exposure: 7” single
Decent metallic crust core type stuff. Somewhere betwixt Hellshock and From Ashes Rise. The songs tend to stay on the mid-tempo side, although “Burning Inside” does pick up the pace a little bit. But it’s not blinding speeds or things of that nature. The guitar work on the aforementioned song has a Japanese influence, which helps give the song a little more oomph. But I do find myself preferring the title track most. There’s a catchy rhythm, the bass has more presence, and it’s just an overall stronger song. As stated at the beginning, this stuff is decent. I think they have it in them to write better material, and, hopefully, discover something that will give them more of their own personality, because they don’t really stand out much from the rest. –Matt Average (Sorry State, sorrystaterecords.com)


NO STAYER:
“Undesired” b/w “Forest by the Mountain”: 7”
Inverted crosses, occult styled sigils, and a song titled “Forest by the Mountain.” Must be black metal, huh? No! This is more along the lines of hard rock/metal-influenced punk (if only for the shouted vocals) resembling the style that Burning Love has currently run away with. “Undesired” has a pretty cool riff that could easily be mistaken for one of Tony Iommi’s lesser-known licks but, unfortunately, gets a little repetitive. “Forest by the Mountain” is a bit faster and, luckily, has a much more varied song structure with an ominous intro, a heavy-as-all-hell riff, a breakdown, and some blazing guitar solos to keep things much more metal. I can’t say that I’ll be digging around for this in my 7”s all that often, but at least it didn’t suck like most metal records these days. –Juan Espinosa (Enormous Door)


NO MAN’S LAND:
The Best Of 1994 – 2012: CD
This compilation of twenty-eight tracks is all re-recorded versions, not the original versions, but don’t let that stop you from grabbing this. This band from Indonesia is a great oi band and they play the hell out of these songs on this CD. This has a lot of energy and great playing on these songs. You wouldn’t know that the band is from Indonesia because the singer has the gruff skinhead voice down so well, with no accent, but lots of oi oi oi in the songs. These guys are the longest running oi band in Indonesia, so they must be doing something right. You can hear it on these songs. I’m glad that I got this and will be playing the hell out of it. –Rick E. –Guest Contributor (Aggrobeat, aggrobeat.com)


NINE:FIFTEEN:
Electric Blanket: LP
On the left side is sample-heavy early ‘90s hip-hop like De La Soul, on the right is the freaky, home-recorded synth funk on compilations like Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984 and Mustache Soul. Over the course of their debut album, this bicoastal duo stop off at different points on the continuum, bringing to mind everything from P.M. Dawn to Beck to Bobby Womack. They’re at their strongest when producer Blake9 mixes hip-hop drums with moody synths and Bisquite Powerpoppin’ is vocalizing in a strangled soul yelp. This accounts for five songs on an exciting debut from a group still forging their identity. –CT Terry (candlewaxrecords.com)


NEUROSIS:
Honor Found in Decay: CD/LP
Neurosis takes their sweet time in between albums. Honor Found in Decay is their tenth album in twenty-five years, and their first since Given to the Rising, released in 2007. Like past albums, the total number of songs on the album is few, but the length is still massive, as the seven songs on Honor Found in Decay clock in at sixty minutes. The shortest song is six minutes and the longest pushes the twelve-minute mark. It makes for grandiose movements as the band seeks an emotional release, for not only themselves but for the listener as well. The crushing riffs are still there, as is tribal drumming, and the harsh vocals. The keyboards add a lot of atmosphere and there are points where strings and other delicate arrangements allow for a good depth to the sound. This is a dark album, one that would most likely be best to soak in at night with the lights out in your bedroom. While it’s not as good as Through Silver in Blood or Times of Grace, Honor Found in Decay is a solid album and show why Neurosis are so respected and copied in the music scene. This is a must for any fan of the band. –Kurt Morris (neurotrecordings.com)


NERVOUS IMPULSE:
Self-titled: LP
Serge from the Goons lends his unique vocal delivery to a DC-area supergroup of sorts, with members of Striking Distance, the Twats, The Reticents, Porch Mob, and HR’s band doin’ the twangin’ and bangin’. The songs are on-point, keeping things zippy without getting silly about it, angry yet melodic, and tingeing the whole shebang with a rock/metal influence that never gets distracting or detracting. –Jimmy Alvarado (Under Current)


NASHGUL / MALPRACTICE INSURANCE:
Split: 7”
If I said this was chaotic grindcore, would that be an oxymoron? Like brutal death metal? Are there death metal bands singing about growing flowers and making friends? Anyway, these bands seem even more chaotic than usual, even more committed to driving listeners into some sort of drooling, violent frenzy. The wasteland that was once my living room can attest to this. –MP Johnson (To Live A Lie)


NAPOLNARIZ:
Esperandote: 7” single
Two different versions of the same song. Wait, don’t go away! This record is pretty good. From what I remember reading elsewhere (it’s detailed in the lyric sheet, but my Spanish is minimal at best—I can order food, understand directions, and a few other things, but not enough to read an article and get the gist of it), there was a falling out within in the band over how the song should actually sound. So, you get one version with lyrics and the instrumental version. There are differences in the music, and it’s not just because one has singing and the other doesn’t. The version of “Esperandote” with singing has a sense of sadness in it. The playing is slower and the guitar sounds forlorn, not to mention the vocals sometimes show pain. The instrumental is more upbeat and quicker. Sounds like it could have been from the early L.A. days. So, two versions of the same song to go along with whatever mood you may be in. This record is pretty cool, and you should track it down. You won’t be sorry. Only one hundred were pressed, and the cover art is handmade, so don’t hem and haw for too long or you will lose out. –Matt Average (TPV, napolnariz@hotmail.com)


MUTANT GENES:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Given the band name and the cover art, I was kinda expecting something especially grimy ‘n’ thrashy, but nope, it’s mostly mid-tempo hardcore with some noodly metal inflections here and there. The guitar sound is a bit sterile sounding for the style, but on the whole, the band is tight and I’m betting this shit just rages live. –Jimmy Alvarado (Vomit Comet)


MOUTH BREATHERS:
”Die Alone” b/w “Validation”: 7”
“Die Alone” starts off almost at dirge velocity, slowly building in intensity until it gives way to a more driving beat somewhere around the midway point. “Validation” is a bit more consistently rockin’, with a bubbly bass line and a steady pound-pound-pound. Definitely diggin’ it. –Jimmy Alvarado (Replay)


MOTEL BEDS:
Dumb Gold: CD
Motel Beds call to mind a simpler time when rock music was rock music, before there were subgenres and offshoots. A time when punk was still a few years distant and metal was still an experimental prototype in the gleaming eyes of mad guitar-scientists. The opening track, “Smoke Your Homework,” is a fast and punchy track, establishing the tone of the album. It’s a warm, fuzzy tone, both in the band’s riffs, and in the overall recorded sound. That warm, fuzzy tone was good, but I found it permeated every track to the point that it almost washed out the sound of the record, leaving little memorable left to stand out. Where Motel Beds do change things up slightly, is with a break from straight-forward rocking in favor of ballad-esque jams like “Running for Nothing.” While these are a slight change of pace, they aren’t so different from the rest of the band’s sound to shake the listener up, and, if anything, I found tracks like this less interesting than their straight-ahead rock counterparts on the album. The Motel Beds are a retro-rock band, for lack of a better term. While good at capturing the feelings of bygone days with their sound, I didn’t find much on here to make me excited for this sound in 2013. While there are certainly fans of this retro-rock sound out there, it takes pretty exceptional songwriting for bands like this to do something for me, and I didn’t find enough going on here to hold my interest. –Paul J. Comeau (No More Fake Labels)


MOOSEJAW:
We are the Hunters: CD
An amalgam of punk, noise, and grungy indie rock done in such a way that they likely get away with playing a bill under any of those pigeonholes with little hassle. Can’t say it blew my skirt up much, but I can see where they might develop a healthy following. –Jimmy Alvarado (La Escalera)


MIDNITE SNAXXX:
Self-titled: LP
If you know who’s in this band, there’s a good chance you have this record already. More-fi than most of the bands, Budget Rock or otherwise, members of Midnite Snaxxx were in. Power poppy, minimal chord rock’n’roll with strong hooks, though I wish the bass was more present in the mix. –Sal Lucci (Red Lounge, redloungerecords.com)


MESS FOLK:
Indifference to Life: Cassette
I’m not going to pretend that I love this tape. I was going to make a comment about how if you go to shows and start nodding your head while the band is tuning, this would be good for you to check out. I’m sure as fuck not going to pretend that I had any idea who Mess Folk was before I listened to this scummy, raw, piece of garage filth. And that sucks. It’s festering and oozing and passionate and really fucking hard to like. It’s one of a shit ton of Mess Folk recordings out there, some of which are much better. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the last, because the man behind Mess Folk died last month. I get the sense that there were a lot more shitty tapes that he needed to record. –MP Johnson (Hamburger)


MAXIMUM EFFORT:
Tears of Rage: LP
This is okay. I think the concept is far more interesting than the execution. This album comes in a large 12” x 12” manila envelope with the lyrics and other information in a set of photocopied sheets stapled in the corner, laid out like some government file, with UFO-type information to go along with the lyrical theme, and the sound bites that are sprinkled liberally through out the album. The music varies between mid-tempo to speedy hardcore punk. The playing is loose and the vocals can be nasally and grating at times. They remind me of the Darvocets, just not as good. I think they should use fewer sound bites, as they do detract from the energy of the music. I wonder what they could do if they focused more on the songs and coming up with something a bit tighter and more solid. For now, it’s just okay, and not something that would warrant more than a couple listens, at best. –Matt Average (Problem Solved Industries, problemsolvedindustries.bandcamp.com)


MASKED INTRUDER:
Self-titled: CD
This four-piece band out of Madison, WI put out their debut, and it’s thirteen songs of pop punk fun. Yeah I know, pop punk, whoopee, but these guys are doing a good job of not falling into Blink 182 territory, which is always a good thing. They have some good, snotty vocals, clean production, buzz saw guitars, and cool lyrics. They really made me have a smile on my face and I had to crank up the volume louder every time that I listened to this. –Rick E. –Guest Contributor (Red Scare, redscare.net)


MASCARA NITES:
Self-titled: LP
A female-driven garage pop band with perfect vocals, Mascara Nites sounds like an authentic 1960s girl group, only schooled by the decades that followed. They’re sort of like an edgier version of Sugar Stems, which is not a bad thing at all. If it’s too much of a gimmick, I’m falling for it anyway. There’s even a gleefully silly music video online for “Tiger Lily (Oo La La),” one of the best songs on the LP. Terrific from start to finish, this LP is well worth looking for. Just don’t get any mascara on the cool outer sleeve. –Art Ettinger (Shake!, experienceshake.com)


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