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UNITED TEACHERS OF MUSIC:
Self-titled: CD
Well, musically, they are better than their band name. I don’t know if it is because the singer sounds vaguely like Larry May, but this feels like it wants to rock as hard at the Candy Snatchers and falls short (in reality, most bands fall short of the Candy Snatchers). Not a total washout, but not much to write home about. –ty (facebook.com/unitedteachersofmusic)


UNION ELECTRIC:
Out in the Street: 7”
Another single from a St. Louis band that has a real Jay Farrar solo record feel to it. This band appears to have a few of the same people as May Day Orchestra and the vibe is pretty similar as well. –frame (RankOutsider, contact@rankoutsiderrecords.com)


TUKATUKAS:
Chaleur Tropicale: CD
Another single from a St. Louis band that has a real Jay Farrar solo record feel to it. This band appears to have a few of the same people as May Day Orchestra and the vibe is pretty similar as well. –kurt (Mass Productions, massprod.com)


TROPICAL DEPRESSION:
See You Next Year: Cassette
Muddy-sounding sloppy punk / no wave with shouted vocals that just kind of sits there and doesn’t do much to showcase the band. It sounds like they recorded this on a boom box and released it without much thought. –Rick Ecker (Self-released)


TRACES OF EMPIRE:
The Body of the Condemned: Cassette
Growly, mid-tempo, metal-influenced old school hardcore reigns supreme on these five songs. While this is certainly not the most original sounding thing I’ve ever heard, it’s done well enough to get that circle pit going. The guitar solos are too “metal” for my tastes—I just can’t stomach the wanky guitar. There are some good moments here, but the guitar solos really kill any enthusiasm I might have for this. –Mark Twistworthy (The Body of the Condemned)


TOTAL TRASH:
You Don’t Try: Cassette
Seven songs of noisy hardcore from this Minneapolis band. There is kind of a metallic bent to the guitar tone in places and the vocals are strong. –frame (Self-released, totaltrash.bandcamp.com)


TALKY TINA:
Self-titled: CD
This supergroup consisting of members of Odd Numbers and Parasites deliberately focuses on fairly straight rock, with an undeniable influence from all things punk. I was expecting something a little cornier, but this is a reasonably restrained, enjoyable release. I’m curious to see what else they’ll come up with. The lyrics are especially interesting, mixing humor and introspection. I’d happily talk to this Tina, whoever she may be. –Art Ettinger (Scary, scaryrecords@yahoo.com)


SWEET TOOTH:
Blister Music EP: 7” Flexi
Charles Bronson’s baby brothers furiously trying to break open their bottle of Ritalin while listening to Gauze. An affinity for late ‘90s Japanese hardcore never hurt anyone and I’m glad that someone other than myself appreciates Exclaim, Charm, and Jellyroll Rockheads. Irresponsibility hasn’t sounded this good in years. If it’s true that flexis wear out after repeat listens, then I suggest buying two copies of this because this fucker doesn’t stand a chance once it touches down on your turntable. –Juan Espinosa (Cowabunga, no address)


SUN CHILDREN SUN:
Self-titled: 7” EP
If the disguised, cigarette-smoking, milk-drinking, scythe-bearing Hello Kitty caricatures on the front and back cover aren’t enough to grab your attention, the song titles just might: “SOKA & All Religions Are Cunts,” “Anti Pizza Price” and “La Banba,” (which may or may not be purposely mistranslated—who knows really?). This Japanese band is all over the place, fusing punk, with bits of reggae, jazz, surf, and funk. It sounds like a mess, but for combining such disparate sounds, Sun Children Sun seems to make it work… sort of. –Nicole Macias (SPHC / More Noize)


SUICIDE SYNDICATE:
Watch It Fall: 7”
Sweden’s Suicide Syndicate is a very tough, straightforward band that infuses their songs with occasional organ lines. Seemingly inspired by Southern U.S. punk like ANTiSEEN or Hellstomper, there aren’t a ton of European bands playing in this style. This three-song record’s high point is the anti-religious title track. Suicide Syndicate is a provocative name. Once you kill yourself, it’s hard to be part of a syndicate. It’s endearing that even in the least religious part of the world, there’s still a need to rally against it. Suicide Syndicate, for all of its toughness, is therefore oddly cute. They’ll make you grin like a maniac. –Art Ettinger (Switchlight)


SPELLS:
“Slice Away” b/w “Take Time”: 7”
Harsh yet melodic fuzz punk. Reminds me of a calmer Vindictives or a less weird Apocalypse Hoboken. I guess that means this is ‘90s Chicago revivalist pop punk. Buy it if you’re bored of your pedestrian, consumerist lifestyle that can only be placated by buying another piece of vinyl that you will only listen to once or twice. Totally worth it. Grade: B+. –Bryan Static (Snappy Little Numbers, snappylittlenumbers.blogspot.com)


SPACE COLLECTOR:
Self-titled: CD
For lack of a better term by which to pigeon-hole this record, I’d call it prog-punk. If you have any familiarity with prog rock, that should suffice. I liked this record but in a rather neutral way. This sort of rock just isn’t my bag, so in the end I have very little to say. Sorry, dudes. –The Lord Kveldulfr (no label listed)


SONS OF TONATIUH:
Parade of Sorrow: CD
Venomous, angry, sludgy metal somewhere in the Eyehategod/High On Fire/Soilent Green world: plenty of that pained, strained NOLA vibe channeled through very Matt Pike-esque pummeling, off-kilter riffery. Hardly reinventing any wheels here, but it’s well done and this stuff appeals to a specific, very passionate audience. Fans of the aforementioned stuff, definitely take note. –Dave Williams (Hydro-Phonic, hydro-phonicrecords.com)


SOCIALS, THE:
The Beast Bites: 7”
Excellent design on center label. All of the information is presented in a lovely fashion. In other news, the music sounds like X-Ray Spex. Fun and all, but left little impression on me, much like the original X-Ray Spex. If that’s your scene, hey man, go for it. Grade: B. –Bryan Static (Centsless, centslessprod.com)


SOCIAL DISTRUST:
Weight of the World: LP
This is the second album by a rising German band that is heavily influenced by popular stateside groups. The production runs on the overly slick side, but the songs carry themselves fairly nicely. There’s nothing special here, but then again, there’s nothing special about Pennywise either. Yet I can’t deny digging Pennywise. Bland, but in a respectable way, Social Distrust is spreading American monotony to Europe. I kind of like that fact, in an ass backwards sort of way. –Art Ettinger (Wanda, wandarecords.de)


SLUTEVER:
“1994” b/w “Spit”: 7”
Philadelphia’s Slutever live up to their hilarious name with this rocking two-song single. The two women that make up Slutever have a biting sense of humor, paying tribute to the year 1994 on this funny debut. They also have a demo and CD out, but I believe this is their first proper release. The vocals remind me of the 1990s epic girl band Snap-Her. Here’s to hoping that Slutever doesn’t relegate itself to gimmick status and instead continues pumping out kickass records like this one. That’s coming from someone with a soft spot for the ‘90s, so much so that he still bleaches his jeans. –Art Ettinger (Jade Tree)


SKODA 120:
Samorost: LP
Records from the Czech Republic seem to pop in my Razorcake review pile every couple of months and are always startlingly good. Bands from there always smack of more famous American and Western European influences—so there is very rarely one cohesive style—and instead they just run through their influences without trying to “go for” a sound. Here we have four more legit weirdos playing twenty songs (the longest of which is an epic 2:05) of some mix of d-beat, U.S. grind, and slick death metal. These bands (and this in particular) could probably go on some of the bigger metal package tours here in the U.S. (think the Relapse/Metal Blade crowd) and fare very well, but no one is paying attention and it’s a shame. The record itself is exquisitely put together, with almost-too-slick graphic design, an unnecessary obi strip, and a bunch of inserts I can’t read. –Ian Wise (NFB Crew, bandzone.cz/fan/nfbcrewvinyl)


SKITTISH ITZ:
Had a Food Baby: CD
If you liked the pop punk / ska bands from the ‘90s, then have I got a band that’s perfect for you to remind you of those days. The play very upbeat and catchy songs that stick with you and will have you singing along to as well as making you want to get up and dance. With powerful drumming, lots of gang vocals, bouncing bass lines, and speedy guitar playing, this band really gets a party going on this album. When they throw in the little touches of ska, it amps up even more. This is a definite good time album that you can throw on at a get together and have people enjoying it. –Rick Ecker (1332, 1332records.com)


SETE STAR SEPT / NOISE:
Split: 10”
Sept Star Sept belt out some highly indiscernible grinding noise with a simple but effective use of an out of tune bass guitar, drums being bashed to pieces, and inhuman/blood-gurgling screams almost to the point of ridiculousness. You really have to have a soft spot for bands like (early) Anal Cunt, Meat Shits, and Cacofonia to be able to indulge in what otherwise is quite simply non-music to most ears. As for me, I fucking love this shit! Chaos In Tejas flew these maniacs in from Tokyo a few years ago and now I see why. Noise from Brazil’s side was recorded live in 1993 and follows nearly the same suit as Sete Star Sept in both style and approach. Granted, Noise is obviously a forerunner in the genre by nearly two decades. Unfortunately, their recordings are so very, very raw and primal sounding that it distracts too much from what otherwise sounds like what would be some awesome, grinding noise-core songs. Were it not for the deterring factor of the sound quality on Noise’s side, I would say that you’ve got quite a pairing worthy of your cash here. However, if you’re into this sort of nonsense, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with Sete Star Sept’s contributions. –Juan Espinosa (SPHC, no address)


SEAS WILL RISE:
Disease Is Our Refrain: LP
Crustcore of the His Hero Is Gone/Tragedy variety, with extra metal and cover art that looks like a thumbnail-sized photo blown up to 12”. –Chris Terry (Man In Decline)


RUST BELT DEMONS:
Never Mind the Singles…Here’s the Flexi Babies, Vol. 1: Flexi 7”
The boys are back with two new tracks of aggressive streetpunk rock’n’roll. Catchy choruses married with textured verses makes this release a great addition to any collection. After just a few listens I found myself singing along with every song on this colored flexi spinner. From the working class anthem “Burn Suburbia” to the mid-tempo sing-a-long rocker “City of Lies,” this record will leave any Hudson Falcons, Ducky Boys or U.S. Bombs fans wanting more. Looking forward to hearing a full length release from these Milwaukee-based punks. –Brent Nimz (Sexy Baby, info@sexybabyrecords.com, sexybabyrecords.com)


RULE OF THIRDS:
Self-titled: 7”
Australia’s Rule Of Thirds Sits in a weird but comfortable spot on the Video Disease roster. I was expecting balls-to-the-wall variety hardcore, and what I got was a heavy dose of “g” (as opposed to) d-beat. They would definitely fit in with bands like Moral Hex or Cemetery—lots of spooky, tom-heavy slow parts building to a more cut-and-dry straightaway. The “in the red” recording style lends quite a bit of favor, making for a grittier sound without sacrificing clarity. The B-side, “Altar,” would do Nick Cave proud, with a lengthy slow jam full of organ and deep vocals. Very solid and unexpected release. –Adam Mullett (No Patience, nopatience.org / Video Disease, videodiseaserecords.com)


ROUGH KIDS:
The State I’m In: 12”

Riffs, rebellion, and Rough Kids. The songs and sound here are as sharp as Don Draper in Madmen and faster than his hands chasing the new coffee girl. I love this album because it sounds like something brand new and yet totally reminds me of some of my favorite ghosts of punk rock past. The Adicts and the Buzzcocks are the first to come to mind. I missed their recent L.A. show with Neighborhood Brats. I will not miss the next one.

–John Mule (Sorry State, daniel@sorrystaterecords.com, sorrystaterecords.com)


RED GLOVES:
“Lucky You!” b/w “ Twins Call”: 7”
You get two upbeat songs that have a lot of indie rock in them, but when it’s fused with the garage punk that they slam out, it’s pretty damn good. Really catchy and heartfelt-sounding songs that grabbed my attention from the get go and held it right until the end. A definite keeper and repeater in the old stereo. –Rick Ecker (Slow Death, slow-death.org / Emergence, vincemergence@hotmail.com / Impure Muzik, impuremuzik.fr)


REAL DANGER, THE:
Down and Out: CD
I don’t know why but I get immediately bummed out when a CD I get for review comes with a bio sheet complete with a “Points of Interest” section. Did you know that their record label is producing over 2,500 flyers and the band will be playing “as much shows as possible” in support of the release? Fuck man, I don’t get the whole professional-punk angle of this most sacred of musical styles. That said, it is a good thing that the band kind of rips and treats said sacred musical form with reverence. For anyone who has been paying attention, the band has been pretty active for the past several years—spraying out releases in various forms—which brings us to this, their third full-length that is pretty well stocked with nuanced Fat Wreck-styled goodness that proves there is more to the Netherlands other than art museums, Heineken, and weed. –Garrett Barnwell (Shield, shieldrecordings.com)


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