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WELLS:
Demo 2011: CD-R
Gravel in the pipes, some Motörhead strut in the guitars, a Coldbringer or Born Dead Icons sense of impending doom, and there you go. That’s Wells. Three songs, and on the last one, “Lizard Skin,” they take it down to a slow crawl and let things simmer a little bit. My shoes didn’t fly off or anything, but as far as demos go, this is reasonably solid work. –keith (Wells)


WEAK TEETH:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Hardcore with yelly vocals and angry, thought-out lyrics. The tunes pretty much follow the same patter from one to the next, but they make things a bit more interesting by hardwiring a healthy chunk of melody the songs’ structures, with lots of dual-octave leads and such. –jimmy (Weak Teeth, weakteeth@gmail.com)


WATCH IT SPARKLE:
Rocket Surgery: CD
Simple, garagy, rhythmic stuff with guitars with little fuzz on ‘em. The singer sounds like he’s really going for that “odd” feel, but in the end it all sounds affected, not very unhinged, and not very genuine. –jimmy (Like A Shooting Star, no address)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
I Don’t Want to be a Part of Your So Called Punk: CD
Twelve tracks of punk, ska and metal, courtesy of Fork, Freedumb, Vaya con Satan, and others. I know the bands themselves aren’t responsible for it, but the irony of this compilation’s title is that every one of the tracks here sounds like it’s trying very hard to fit within a given pigeonhole, with none really aiming to set a new bar or break out of the box, so you’re left with pretty much more of the same ol’ same ol’. –jimmy (Kraft Pest, kraftpest.com)


TWO BIT DEZPERADOS:
Self-titled: CD
Fucking delightful! Brazil’s Two Bit Dezperados play eclectic ‘60s garage pop. The music is bouncy and catchy and the singer sounds like she’s cheering. While they try out different things like farfisa organs, they return to a strummed folksiness that reminds me of when British Invasion bands added sounds of the American South to their music and came up with their own style. If you like Os Mutantes, those Pop a Paris comps, The Kinks, or smiling, then by all means get this. –CT Terry (myspace.com/jeetkunerecords)


TRUTH FROM FACTS:
2009: CD
According to the label’s website, this came out in September of 2009, so I’m not sure why we are getting it to review now but I think it’s a worthwhile piece of music, so I’m glad I received it. Truth From Facts are from Australia and have an aggressive math rock sound. The twelve songs clock in at thirty-two minutes and come off with a nice Chicago influence. At various times I hear everyone from Slint, A Minor Forest, June of ‘44 and the underrated Traluma. However, compared to those acts, Truth From Facts seem to showcase more aggressive guitars, although they’re never obnoxious. This isn’t anything spectacular, but it’s competent and earnest and that’s way more than I can say for most things I get to review. –kurt (Tenzenmen)


TIGERTAIL:
Demo 2011: Cassette
Not bad post punk/emo-y college rock that’s just slightly arty, but not so much that it sounds like a mess. I’d need to hear some more to really decide if I’m into them or not, but as of these few songs, I’m fine with that. It helps that it cracks me up that the original Christmas music from whatever this was dubbed onto is still on the cassette. –joe (tigertail.bandcamp.com, tigertailva@gmail.com)


TEENAGE LOVE 13:
Street Zombie: CD
It takes a lot of guts for a band that nobody has ever heard of to get on stage and tell the crowd how lucky they are to be witnessing such brilliant musicians. To record that banter and then jam it between songs on a CD? That’s just stupid. It makes me want to point out how bland and wanky these punk rock’n’roll songs are, even if they are competently performed. “This ecstasy will never be repeated.” Hopefully not. –mp (169, teenagelove13.com)


STATIC ANTHEM:
Self-titled: CD
Fairly straightforward punk stuff here, with speeds alternating between mid-tempo and a slow gallop. There’s a definite demo quality and feel to the proceedings, but the tunes sound like they’re sitting on a good foundation and could result in a pretty strong set with some time. –jimmy (no address)


SORRY EXCUSE:
Listen with Prejudice: 7” EP
As can be guessed with a cover that, save for the band’s name and EP title, is covered with Xs, its sides labeled “X” and “XX,” and its stereotypical lyrical references to wolf packs, drugs ‘n’ booze, lung cancer, drunk drivers, and being fucked over by friends, what you get here is über-fast nth-generation straight edge bro-core with lyrical content that could pass for southern Christian school top-40 fodder if it weren’t for all the slam-banging they dish out. To their credit, they keep things “old school” by refraining from the metal wankiness that plagued later period straight edge stuff, but using lines like, “I’m not here to preach or tell you what to do” and then doing just that not only in the same song but on nearly every other song on here, is one of those things that bored me by ‘83. –jimmy (Sorry Excuse, thirdxparty@hotmail.com)


SO PASTEL:
Tremulous Quavers: LP
So Pastel plays it heavy, somewhere in the middle of Jesus Lizard and Hoover. Twenty years ago, this was called post-hardcore. Maybe it still is. The songs have a complicated feel to them and never really flow. A lot of stop-go parts and time changes—which never allow the songs to take off or burn themselves into your memory. I do like the way the bass sounds, and how much presence it has in the mix. Other than that, everything gets tedious after a while and nothing about this warrants repeated listens. –Matt Average (So Pastel)


SO ADULT:
Rookie: Cassette
While I usually despise most things that fall under the moniker “power pop,” I found every song on this four-song cassette quite catchy. So Adult have a very rock’n’roll sound to them that fuses with their pop sensibilities, creating memorable hooks sure to get imbedded in your brain. Great vocals and solid production for a self-released effort make this is a must-have for anyone into the genre. The limited edition cassette comes with a digital download. –Paul J. Comeau (So Adult, myspace.com/soadultnow)


SMZB:
Ten Years Rebellion: CD
I always say, “I’m not really sure where I’m pigeon holed, as far as what I get to review,” and seeing as this is China’s answer to the Dropkick Murphys/Celtic punk like Flogging Molly, I rest my case. It’s not bad, though it runs super long and I start to get bored after a little bit. Inside, there’s a weird insert that looks like a label for a mix tape, but doesn’t fit, and I’m fascinated to know what it’s for. Also, technically speaking, when I put this in my computer, it identified it with all Chinese letters, but I can’t copy or type it, so I’m going with what’s on the cover. –joe (Tenzenmen)


SLEDGEBACK:
Bite the Bullet: CD
The greatest advantage Sledgeback has is their lead signer’s voice. It’s very distinct in a Frankie Stubbs meets Mike Ness kind of way. The music’s not great, though. It’s mediocre punk meets hard rock. If they kicked their speed up a notch, it would do wondrous things to their noise. –Bryan Static (Sliver, no address)


SHATTERHAND / CIGARETTE CROSSFIRE:
Split: 7”
Both bands play generic punk with vaguely political lyrics. Based on their names, one band is American and one band is from Europe. Doesn’t make a difference which is which because they basically sound the same. The artwork has a cool communist theme, but it’s not enough to save this one from the dustbin of history. –Ryan Horky (Unsane Asylum)


SAFE HANDS:
Oh the Humanity: CD
Nice of them to appropriate a logo used by Stiff Little Fingers (“draw a circle around it ‘n’ no one will ever know...”), another band that’s far from obscure and has been in existence for more than thirty years. –jimmy (Pee, peerecords.com)


RISE UP HOWLIN’ WEREWOLF:
MSSD: 7”
The A-side, “Totally Stoked on Vacation,” is a quirky, minimalist bit of brilliance. The flip, “365 Days of Celebration in the Church of the Psychedelic Goat,” is a bit more standard rock fare, though quite catchy in its own right and sportin’ a little organ. Not bad. –jimmy (Black Owl Radio, no address)


SCRAMS, THE:
“Zodak” b/w “Eat the Beat”: 7”
I decided to try this thing called the Internet out, see if the fuss was warranted. The Scrams play ‘60s-inspired garage rock with a Farfisa. Think Budget Rock, Mummies, ? And The Mysterians, and you’re tuned into the right frequency. Nice. I came up with that part by myself by listening to the record. So, I’ve been hearing that cops, law enforcement officials, and border-enforcers will track bands by their names, and here’s what I came up with for The Scrams (This method is especially effective for low population states like New Mexico). Joe Cardillo, vocals: Clinical psychologist, Albuquerque. Nate Daly, drums: Supervising editor and freelance copy editor. He’s written for Pottery Barn. Former drummer of Giant Haystacks. Dan Eiland, organ: has/had a roll bar for a ‘66 Sunbeam Tiger for sale (they swapped a Sunbeam in for Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when the car goes over the edge of the house). Juan Carlos Rodriquez, guitar: Albuquerque Journal staff writer covering the social services. He went to undergrad about three miles away from Razorcake HQ. Occidental. Where Barack Obama matriculated for a bit, too… Is this progress, knowing all this maybe-correct information within two minutes? Makes me feel naked and vulnerable, but that’s probably just me. Good record. It claims to be an EP, but I always thought that meant more than two songs… –todd (Dirt Cult)


RIGHT IDEA:
Right Way: 7” EP

 

This little platter offers up eight tracks of straight-up hardcore from Cleveland, Ohio’s Right Idea. Whether or not straight edge is a “right idea” or not may be open for debate, but whether these guys blaze or not isn’t. I’m usually a little wary of bands that wear their personal politics on their sleeves in such a manner but was pleasantly surprised when the needle hit the vinyl. Don’t get me wrong, they do their fair share of youth crew style sing-alongs with pit-friendly thrash tempos, but they manage to do so in a manner that isn’t too preachy or dogmatic. –

–Garrett Barnwell (Refuse)


RICCOBELLIS:
Booze-Up with Dee Dee Ramone: CD
I was just talking to someone—I can’t remember who—the other day about how I feel Ramones-inspired pop punk is pretty much the most difficult kind of music to pull off effectively. I mean pretty much anyone can write three-chord pop punk songs about girls, but it’s much more difficult to do it well. Riccobellis are a good enough band and a few of these songs are pretty damn great, but, in the end, this just makes me want to pull out my old Screeching Weasel, Queers, and Lillingtons records. –Chris Mason (SP)


REVERSE:
Chasing Ghosts: CD
Nice, thick, drony guitars married to some solid, well thought out Hüsker-influenced pop punk. Totally a personal preference call, but the downside here is the singer has this whiny quality to his vocals that just grates on these ears in all the wrong ways. –jimmy (SP, sp-records.com)


RAMMA LAMMA:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Four tracks of punky power pop, or poppy punker pop, whichever you prefer. They keep the tempos and styles eclectic, the hooks a-plenty, and there ain’t a Ramone clone within a mile of this, so you know this definitely worth a spin. –jimmy (Certified PR)


RALPH:
Self-titled: 7” EP
Short blasts of non-metallic hardcore, some slower, others opting for full-speed ahead. Given the name and the cover art, I kinda expected more arty fare from this, but these kids kick up dust quite nicely on the seven tunes here. –jimmy (Scavenger Of Death, no address)


RADIO EXILES:
So Far Gone: 7”
The first two songs on this single are kind of indieish with clean guitars and a bit of a Hold Steady vibe. The last song, “King of Bad Decisions,” is a little more rocking. This is an okay single. Would be interested in hearing more. –frame (Dudes Dudes, dudesdudesrecords@gmail.com)


PUJOL:
How High: 7”
Minimalist pop stuff screaming for college radio attention. –jimmy (Pujol, myspace.com/danielluccapujol)


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