Welcome to Razorcake | DIY Punk Music | Punk Bands | Punk Rock Bands | Punk Magazine Welcome to Razorcake | DIY Punk Music | Punk Bands | Punk Rock Bands | Punk Magazine
 

























· 1:The Rikk Agnew Band, Symbol Six, Barrio Tiger and A Pretty Mess
· 2:Interview with Adam Gnade
· 3:Sign Up for a Razorcake Automatic Payment Plan
· 4:#323 - Future Virgins Edition with Todd Taylor and Mike Faloon
· 5:Burn Burn Burn Interview


Subscriptions
New Subscriptions
Renewal
Stickers and Buttons
The NEW "Because We're Fuckin' Classy" Koozie


Nights and Days in a Dark Carnival by Craven Rock
Chantey Hook, Underground 7" *Limited Color Vinyl
Chantey Hook, Underground 7"
Razorcake #80
Future Virgins 7" NEW!


Can't find Razorcake at your favorite store? Lend us a hand and we'll send you a free issue.



Razorcake will send you one free issue if you ask your librarian if they would carry Razorcake in their stacks. (This offer is good for both traditional libraries and independent libraries.) To get the free issue, you must send us the librarian's name and email and the library's postal address. We will then contact them directly and donate a subscription to them. U.S. libraries only, due to postage.

No Idea Records

Record Reviews

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

| 0-9| A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M |

| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X| Y| Z|

Below are some recently posted reviews.

RSS Feed

INDIAN WARS:
Self-titled: 7"
A four-song 7” by a garage rock band from Vancouver. Giving it a listen, one can’t help but immediately compare Indian Wars to the Black Lips and even more deviant sounds like Cheater Slicks and the Country Teasers: lo-fi, reverb-drenched production that rubs with a most satisfying grit. Side one is the better side, with two tuneful songs punctuated by a couple tasty fuzz guitar solos and various well-timed blasts of dissonance. The songs on side two sound like they could have been lifted off any Rolling Stones album from 1968-1975, which, in my book, is not a bad thing. One downside is that the intro verses for both the songs on side two are very similar and the repetition is a turnoff to end the 7”. Other than that small complaint, a strong four-song outing. –Jake Shut (Bachelor)


JOLTS, THE:
Kaminari Lover: 7"
I’m guessing this is the Canadian band and not a third band using the name. Two more tracks of rock/punk that aren’t bad as far as that stuff goes. “Kaminari Lover” is a bit plodding in delivery but still manages to be catchy, while “Loser (Baby I’m a)” hits the spot much better. –Jimmy Alvarado (nofrontteeth.net)


JOSEPH LARKIN:
The Very Special World of Joseph Larkin: CD
Andrew Dice Clay made a record (I think it was The Day the Laughter Died, but I’m not sure), where he attempted to do stand up in front of a crowd of people completely unfamiliar with his material (I also think he made up jokes on the spot, but again, not positive). This is pretty much seems to be the underground equivalent, as it’s over an hour’s worth of a dude bombing at assorted open mics throughout Louisiana (the track listing points out some that “Got me banned”). I want to like this, but it’s not particularly interesting. There’s a lot of self deprecation, which doesn’t work when it sounds like the comedian isn’t over what’s gotten him down in the first place. There’s also a really pretentious attitude throughout the whole thing, even though the material is the lowest of low brow (“My parents died! Because I raped them! Bwaha!”), and he just strikes me as the kind of guy who I’d say hi to at a party, just to get a ten minute rant on how “Everything’s bullshit, man.” Maybe he’s going for a weird Andy Kaufman thing. Lots of people pull that instead of really trying to work on material and it’s a copout. I’m really into the idea of more underground comedy and having it cross over with music, but, ultimately, I can’t get into this. I don’t think Joseph made this to be liked, so I guess everyone wins. –Joe Evans III (Also-Ran)


KOFFIN KATS:
Forever for Hire: CD
Koffin Kats deliver their fifth (or so) album of their technically sound, theatrically vocal—but predictable—internment of the new school psychobilly formula. Release after release, the musicianship is astute and but the continual strain of Danzig-meets-Vanian vocals is exhausting. –Jessica Thiringer (Stomp, stomprecords.com)


KREAMY ‘LECTRIC SANTA:
Operation Spacetime Cynderblock: “Four Riddles of the Spheres': LP/CD
There are times for expansion and there are times for contraction. KLS vibrate. Expand. Contract. Expand. Contract. The reference points are far-flung: Sun Ra, a near death spinal injury, Roky Erikson, broken glass, Crass, experiments with space and time, Smegma, violins, Bongwater, splattered paint, Hickey, rainbows inside of gasoline on water, The Creation, Eastern religions, and Shellshag. Art and aesthetics are personal choices. For music, I always think back to a sage fat man’s chest—”How much art can you take?”—for guidance. It’s no secret that bad art is an easy escape for the lazy and pretentious. But the continued vision to explode a microcosm into a self-populating universe; that takes serious misfit guts and long-term determination beyond the tried-and-true initial impulses of ego and negation (i.e. me rad, you suck.). Although I won’t find myself listening to KLS on a regular basis (they’re more of a sipping whiskey than a nightly beer run), I do find comfort that they exist and are pushing their boundaries and giving shape to what before was mere darkness. And when they’re visiting musical lands where I’m the most comfortable, they absolutely nail sweeping pop melodies and DIY punk with scary clarity and ease. Expand and contract. Expand. Contract. –Todd Taylor (Starcleaner, starcleaner.com)


LIBRARIANS:
Present Passed: CD
The second full length from this West Virginia four-piece. Dream-like, ethereal pop with keyboard underlays which color the music’s weight, rather than intrude. The proceedings bounce along from the first song, “MarillaPark”, which has a Chapterhouse vibe underneath it all. “CranberryPalace” evokes the ‘60s U.K. garage rock feel to good effect, as well. The only misstep here, for me, is the too true-to-form “Island Jam,” which, for some reason, feels like a soundtrack addition to Club Paradise. But the band rebounds at the end of this CD for the one-two punch of “Kid Stuff” and “Present Passed.” Nowhere near punk rock, but at moments captivating and chilling within the same measure. That’s what music is supposed to accomplish at day’s end. Present Passed surpasses that goal quite nicely. –Sean Koepenick (Postfact)


LENIENTS, THE:
Rock, Paper, Scissors: CD-R
Despite our country’s current sad state of affairs and influence across the globe, at least our music still manages to impact musicians around the world. These Fins, The Lenients, bring some mighty U.S. bands to the table while carving out their very own sound for this record. I can definitely hear the, Off With Their Heads influence in terms of vocals and major key punk riffs. The Lenients trademark is their ability to write great guitar hooks. Their first track, “Still Burnin’,” starts the album out with a damn catchy hook and they don’t fall short on them anywhere throughout these thirteen tunes. Keep in mind this is a CD-R and the production doesn’t sound professional, but this is an album worth getting because there is not a bad song on the CD. –N.L. Dewart (Lenients)


HOT FLOWERS:
Camellia: CD
This band is from France, but I have no idea if the vocals are in English or not because this album is so fuzzed-out that it could have been recorded forty years ago. The intros are pretty epic and sort of psychedelic, but the shouty vocals and fast guitars align these guys with a more first-wave punk sound. This is unlike anything I’ve heard in years, and I will probably listen to it for a while to come. –Lauren Trout (Time Tunnel/ Bordeaux Rock/ Hot Garden, myspace.com/hotflower)


HOOVES NOT HANDS:
Swollen: CD
Heavy AmRep influence here, meaning you get loud noise rock with odd tempo shifts and such from a band that seems insistent on wedging themselves into that nook between the Cows and Unsane. Was initially put off a little by the derivativeness of the whole endeavor, but by track seven, “Septic Breath,” they’d won me over with all the smash-bang chaotic noise mongering. The cute teddy bear on the cover definitely sealed the deal. –Jimmy Alvarado (Amplified Noise, no address)


HGW:
Niech Milcza Tylko Martwi: CD
By all appearances, a modern Polish hardcore band that’s doing its damnedest to give early Raw Power a run for their money. Slightly metallic guitars, occasionally thrashy beats, political lyrics, and a singer trying pass his spleen through his vocal chords. –Jimmy Alvarado (redevilrec.com)


I, CRIME:
Dove Skin Gloves: 7"
I, Crime is a band that would fit in pretty well on a late shift college radio DJ’s show. Boy-girl harmonies and lots of melody. The first song, “Dove Skin Gloves,” is a damaged love/hate song that finally hit me after several listens with what I like to call the X-factor, which is what happens when it takes a lot of spins before you can finally get it and then you like it a lot. (Dubbed the X-factor, due to the fact that such patience is required with any album by X.) In this case, I won’t be able to say that I am crazy over it, but it definitely started to get my attention. The other side, unfortunately, never rose above my radar in that way, but it still was a pretty good song all in all. If there’s anything to be said for this band that makes them stand out, it’s the level of unpretentiousness that the band seems to have. No press release sheet or watered-down accessibility or any of the other indie rock bullshit that bands with a similar sound would often taint themselves with nowadays. This sincerity definitely comes across in their sound. –Craven (Woodbridge)


HANNIS BROWN:
Oh Ah Ee: CD
Hannis Brown considers the tracks on his CD to be compositions and, based on his background in doing soundtrack work, I can see why he would describe them as such. The songs don’t seem to have much sing-along potential; many of them remind me of what might happen if the Velvet Underground and Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” had a bastard child. I suppose that’s not a bad thing, but it is certainly related more to experimental and free jazz genres than anything of the rock and roll persuasion. –Kurt Morris (hannisbrown.com)


GAGGERS, THE:
Fix Me Up: 7" EP
It was bound to happen sooner or later—a modern London band influenced by the 1970s United States West Coast bands influenced by 1970s London bands. Singer sounds like the dude from Le Shok, while the rest of the band sounds like they’ve been on a Stitches bender. Is that a bad thing? Not by a long shot. –Jimmy Alvarado (nofrontteeth.net)


FOR THE WORSE / THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEROES:
Split: 7” EP
Dunno if this is the same For The Worse I’ve reviewed prior, and for some reason I’m inclined to think it is, but if so, the original here sounds like they’ve been overdosing on early Cro-Mags, right down to the Harley on helium vocals. The Bruisers cover is the better of the two tracks here. Wednesday Night Heroes: Original tune is a decent enough bit of oi-inflected stuff. Their cover is one more in a million stabs at “Civilization’s Dying.” Considering how dated the references in said cover are now, I’m amazed that it remains the go-to tune to play from the Zero Boys, a band with no shortage of bona fide classics in their catalog. How’s about we retire this tune and pound something like “Drug Free Youth” or “Hightime” into the ground for a while? Just a suggestion. –Jimmy Alvarado (patacrecords.com)


FIST A FERRET / SLAVES TO THE GRIND:
Split: 7” EP
Fist A Ferret: Snotty Austrian über-thrash and grind stuff with a screamer and a growler providing vocals. Slaves To The Grind: Swedish grindy thrash that wins this round hands down. –Jimmy Alvarado (Simmering Noise, no address)


GENTLE BEAST:
Valorie Is Dead: CD
“I’ve got an existential dilemma, yeah,” repeats the phrase from the song, “Existential Dilemma.” Don’t we all? I’d hate to see the kind of music I’d create with my existential dilemma. Gentle Beast, which is really just Royce Icon (which also sounds like a fake name), has used his existential dilemma to create a lo-fi sound that reminds me of Sebadoh on a bad day. And I hate Sebadoh. Off-key vocals and minimal, jangly guitar seal the deal and makes Valorie Is Dead super craptacular. –Kurt Morris (facelessidiot@gmail.com)


GET LAID:
Pretty Weathered: 10"

Complex, sophisticated, lady-fronted hardcore from Massachusetts. Spastic blasts of screaming thrash is peppered with a pounding and plodding, metallic, sludgy trudge and then interspersed with the squirming bass lines and exotic chords of Jehu and Hot Snakes. Occasionally abrasive, but consistently interesting and concisely packaged into a slab of clear, red vinyl.

–Jeff Proctor (myspace.com/getlaid666)


FIGGS, THE:
Casino Hayes: 7"
Cover art is a bit Vegas kitsch a la Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, but the A-side, a tune called “Casino Hayes,” culled from an upcoming album called The Man Who Fights Himself, is a decent bit of straight-ahead rock with a bit of a power pop backfill. The flip, “Another Point of View,” is a much more laid back soundtrack for those late afternoons at the beach before you make love in your Chevy van, and that’s all right with me. My interest is definitely piqued. –Jimmy Alvarado (Peterwalkee)


FIGGS, THE:
Casino Hayes: 7"
Mixed bag here. First side, “Casino Hayes,” reminds me of the sound of Dischord bands around 1989/1990. More on the rock side, but not quite mainstream: a little angsty in the vocals, but not yelling and threatening. Then I flip it over to “Another Point of View” and it then these guys sound like Tom Petty, or more in the realm of stuff like Sheryl Crow or Bonnie Raitt. Folky, poppy, and a little bit of rock. If you ever listened to KFOG in San Francisco, The Figgs would fit perfectly into that station’s format. –Matt Average (Peterwalkee, peterwalkeerecords.com)


FAULTY CHROMOSOME, A:
Craving to Be Coddled: CD
When I opened this CD, there was a small note attached to it. It read: “We are a band with no money. Promotion is quite expensive, so this CD was duplicated by a DIY punk kid who sadly did a lousy job. Please note that the transition between tracks one and two will be much smoother on the retail album than it appears on this particularly cruddy compact disk, okay? We are very sorry. Try not to dismiss us purely for this reason? We need your help by reviewing this album.” Dudes, the barely noticeable bad edit between the first and second tracks on this album is the least of your worries. This is self-indulgent, rambling indie rock garbage of the worst kind. They even have a comic book they expect you to read along with the album! (Not that that would always be a bad thing—Cannibal Corpse did it, too!) Somebody take away this guy’s journal and burn his keyboard, pronto! –Ryan Horky (Yelping Hill, yelpinghillrecords.com)


ESE:
Loud Death Chaos: CD
Say “ése.” Fun but standard-fare rock’n’roll punk. –Jessica Thiringer (Zodiac Killer, zodiackillerrecords.com)


DRUNK DRIVERS:
Balls, Sweat and Beers/4 Times the Malt: CD
Kind of has a Nomeansno or SST-artsy thing going on. Jangly, angled, and sharp but melodic and poignant at times. Not bad if you’re into that heavy, frustrated, but fighting-back-with-music sound. –Jessica Thiringer (Crustacean)


DISCO FOR FERNS, A:
Sound Collage in Carrie Minor: CD-R
Dumb joke grindcore bedroom horridness. It’s probably made by those kind of dudes who make terrible, half-assed shit and then go on and on about how nobody likes it and they don’t give a fuck. I’ve already over-justified it by giving it this long of a review. –Craven (8 Up, no address listed)


DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE:
Option Paralysis: CD
The Dillinger Escape Plan’s (DEP) latest album—their fourth and first for the Season Of Mist label—continues to show the band’s progression away from having a sound comprised solely of blistering, technical metal. But, in that sense, it seems like they haven’t made many substantive changes from their 2007 release, Ire Works. While there is less electronic influence, the rest of the album is comprised of a combination of bursts of precision guitar work, Greg Puciato’s screams that segue into his Mike Patton-esque sung vocals (or vice versa), and slower, mellow moments. There is still intensity behind the band and some nice swing to some of the music; the kind of stuff that would make you get up and dance (slam or otherwise). And yet, in spite of the strength of the performance, there is nothing that blitzes my senses like when I first heard 2004’s Miss Machine. As much as is possible for DEP, Option Paralysis seems “safe,” but that’s not to say it’s not a solid release with great musicianship. For the first few releases of their career, the band was pushing boundaries so much that it seems that they’re left with nowhere to go except to become a more modern, technical-metal influenced version of Nine Inch Nails or Faith No More. And I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that. –Kurt Morris (Season-of-mist.com)


DIE WASTED:
Self-titled: 7"
Die Wasted play sleazy punk/metal. Every tune seems to be about drinking. These songs certainly had more creativity to them than I expected, but it wasn’t enough to really grab me. Both songs are overly long and don’t hold up to repeated listening. Definitely not an essential release. They do, however, offer customized guitar picks on their website. I wonder if they throw them out to the “crowd” at their shows. –Ryan Horky (self-released, diewasted.com)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847

| 0-9| A| B| C| D| E| F| G| H| I| J| K| L| M |

| N| O| P| Q| R| S| T| U| V| W| X| Y| Z|

Razorcake Podcast Player



·NIGHT BIRDS
·UNKO ATAMA
·CHICKEN-HEAD RECORDS
·BOILS, THE
·TOP TEN
·SUCCESS
·AMEBIX
·FIX MY HEAD / KNIFE IN THE LEG
·JOHNNY COCK AND HIS NUTS


Black and Red Eye



If you live in the Los Angeles area and want to help us out, let us know.



Get monthly notifications of new arrivals and distro and special offers for being part of the Razorcake army.



 
Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc.
PO Box 42129
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Except for reviews, which appear in both, the
contents of the Razorcake website are completely
different from the contents of Razorcake Fanzine.

© 2001-2011 Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. Privacy Policy

Razorcake.org is made possible in part by grants from
the City of Los Angeles, Department
of Cultural Affairs and is supported
by the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors through the Los Angeles
Arts Commission.
Department of Cultural AffairsLos Angeles County Arts Commission


Web site engine code is Copyright © 2003 by PHP-Nuke. All Rights Reserved. PHP-Nuke is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.