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:Tony Adolescent on Violence in Punk from 1980 to Today
· 2:Webcomic Wednesdays #170
· 3:#400 with Bianca and Daisy
· 4:#399 with Daniel John of Tom Grrrl
· 5:Webcomic Wednesdays #167


Subscriptions
Renewal
New Subscriptions
Stickers and Buttons
Gift Subscription


Spokenest, Gone, Gone, Gone LP
Pinned In Place, Ghostwritten By LP
Razorcake #91
Razorcake Embroidered Patch
Ghostbot Records Bundle *Get it!!!!


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.

Imprint Indie Printing

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

VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Protect 2: CD
If you recall, a while back the Protect comp came out on Fat Wreck, as a benefit to the committee of the same name, and as you can guess, this is the sequel. This time, the collection is a bit more diverse, and a bit more obscure. –joe (GC)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Killed by Modern Problems Vol. 1: Cassette
This twelve-song comp. has some really solid tracks throughout. My favorite songs are The Steaknives, “Stupid People,” Robocock, “Cookies,” and The Trites, “A Dirty Word.” All of those songs rip forth with the high-energy frenzy akin to old Black Flag. There’s good stuff here, with side B having the most gems. –N.L. Dewart (H.R.S., hrsrecords.blogspot.com)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Brits Abroad: 7"
Brits Abroad is a four-band, four-song comp released to introduce stateside listeners to a handful of U.K. bands playing The Fest 8 in Gainesville. The Arteries, OK Pilot, Brothers, and Bangers each deliver a mainline melodic punk track with modest, unimposing production. There’s nothing especially British about any of the bands, with nary an accent offered. The most notable of the four is OK Pilot, who self-describe as post-punk, but the only thing “post” about them is that they possibly enjoy Post cereal. They’re a very contemporary emocore band with cool twists and rhythms. I bet these bands were an even bigger blast at The Fest, but this comp isn’t a bad place to check ‘em out, either. –Art Ettinger (Specialist Subject, specialistsubjectrecords.co.uk)


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL/BI-FURIOUS:
Split: 7"
VacationBibleSchool: I feel like I’ve had numerous chances to see this band lately, but never do. Hearing this makes me unhappy about that, because it’s pretty good all around. Punk rock that’s angry, a bit thrashy, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Plus, a tribute to Jimmy Sass Dragon, which brings us to: Bi-Furious: Jimmy from the Sass Dragons’ throwback ‘80s hardcore band. Naturally, this means they rip, and the songs are goofy as hell (my favorite song title is “Give Pizza Chance”). For what I assume is just a side project, it’s awesome. –joe (Let’s Pretend / Lucky Gator, “We don’t really have an address”)


TWO KIDS RUNNING AWAY:
Coffee and Cigarettes: CD-EP
Two kids + one Bright Eyes whine imitation + wussentric lyrics = one reviewer running away. –Craven (Self-released)


TRUE ACHIEVER:
Regular Guy, Regular Haircut: 10"
True Achiever plays nerdy, six-song art punk with a comical, robotic singer. Song titles include “Bro-Man” and “Restless Leg Is Real and I Get It.” They’re the kind of group that would cause people to spit out their caffeinated drinks with laughter at an open mic night at a coffee shop. You can’t hate on a record this gleefully ridiculous. The 10” comes with a download card to access MP3s of this geeky gem. But there’s nothing more endearing than a joke taken as far as a pressing plant. –Art Ettinger (QSTNBL, myspace.com/trueachiever)


TORTURE THE ARTIST:
Self-titled: CD
More like torture the poor masochistic schlub who picked this up to review it. –jimmy (kidtestedrecords.net)


THOMAS FUNCTION:
In the Valley of Sickness: CD
Light-hearted, silly music. Something about his high-pitched, stretched voice reminds me of Bob Dylan—who I’m not particularly fond of—but I’m not judging. Surfy, poppy, and genuinely cheerful songs that have cheesy moments, but I can see why indie rockers would be drawn to this band. –Corinne (Fat Possum)


THANKS:
It’s Not Funny: CD-R
Thanks delivers power pop punk with gritty vocals that are washed with reverb. Most every tune here is a mid-tempo stab that sometimes explodes into choruses, such as the song “Life Is Worth Living.” The song “Butter Nut Squash” has one of those sing-songy choruses that will bounce around in your head all day. These guys saved the best for last with their anthem pop song, “No More Unicorns,” which lyrically takes clever stabs at the online MP3/computer business of music. This album has that lo-fi, DIY endeavor of love vibe to it. What they lack in frills, Thanks makes up for with some fun songs. –N.L. Dewart (Thanks)


TAX PAYERS, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Okay, so right off the bat, I would like to say that the packaging on this thing is the coolest. I’m not sure it if it’s just for Razorcake, but they included little trinket gifts in the cardboard case (a negative slide, comic cutout, and Kiss trading card). The front cover is a nice little drawing of a wood house that gets you all excited about listening to what’s on the inside. If you’re looking for something that you’re really going to like, you should just go ahead and get this CD next time you have some extra change. You can download the album for free at quoteunquoteRecords.com and they are a donation-based record label that you should make yourself familiar with if you aren’t already. I love when bands give away music for free because that’s what it’s all about, right? Supporting music we love and supporting them so they keep us entertained on the weekends with a drink in hand. I love this band and couldn’t be more thrilled about my discovery. This is just what I needed to inspire me to go out on a school night! –Corinne (Useless State)


SYSTEM AND STATION:
I’m Here to Kill: CDEP
‘90s-influenced angular rock from this Portland four piece. These guys would get along great at a happy hour where Dropsonic and Traindodge were also lifting back cold daddies. This six-song EP kicks off the dust on “Highway Crawl” and keeps reaching for greater heights on each passing minute. “I’m Here to Kill” is about some lunatic chick, but you don’t have to be nuts to enjoy some down time with this band. –koepenick (Latest Flame)


SUBURBAN SHOWDOWN:
Any Minor Inconvenience Must be Eliminated: CD
Suburban Showdown’s one of those bands that you’ve heard approximately one trillion times before and you most likely know well before you actually hit the play button if it’s going to be your thing or not—it’s gruff and growly and repetitive and firmly entrenched in all the trappings of crust punk. All the requirements are here: A-B-A-B rhyme schemes, stark black and white graphics, a Discharge cover. However, they’re also keeping things at a relatively amped-up pace—we’re only looking at ten songs—and they’ve managed to tackle an interestingly broad range of topics, both as punk consumerists and those in the outside world. Ultimately, they’re pissed, and there’s a great howling undercurrent of fuzz on those guitars, and while this particular genre is pretty played out for me personally, there’s no doubting the fact that Suburban Showdown manages a pretty nice attack here. –keith (Rodent Popsicle)


TEENAGE WHORE MOANS:
Moan All Nite Long: 7" EP
Simple, sloppy garage rock. As with a lot of records I get, I assumed I’d hate it just from looking at it (this time fearing they’d try to come off as “We’re super bad ass!”), but it’s not bad. If you like stuff that vaguely toes the line between garage and dirtier pop punk, you’d probably be into this. And in a fantastic “joke blown up in our face” (which is probably my favorite kind of joke) moment, they point out “not produced by Jay Reatard” on the record sleeve. –joe (Eaglebauer)


SUBMARINE SPACESHIP:
Self-titled: CD
Like their band name, this band is a combo of two things that don’t usually mix and sounds like some hippie bullshit. This makes no sense because the really cool, hand-done artwork on the packaging is badass and I had my expectations really high because of said artwork. There is one song that has, no joke, about a minute of dead air. They can go straight to hell with that shit. I’m not a psychic interpreter where I can just look into my crystal ball and see the music. You have to actually play something, you jackasses. The song “Brian Wilson” is fun and I want to give them credit for that… even if they do suck at mastering a record. –Corinne (Gnarly As I Wanna Be)


STUPID PARTY:
Self-titled: LP
Socrates’s hemlock: poisonous, self-inflicted, said to have slowly numbed his body part by part until the chill had taken him to death. Probably tasted like shit. Put it in two packets of Splenda, don’t stir them in, and you’ve got this LP. Sludgy, venomous punk that relents for some softer, sweeter moments—all over feedback that is the ringing in your ears as you romanticize the fallen structures around you. Then it’s back to the apocalypse. If you can’t envision the luminous portrait I’m painting for you—uh, it sounds like they stole Nirvana’s gear from the Bleach sessions then hid from the cops in a broom closet until the cabin fever and paranoia drove them insane. They’re really high from the fumes of all the cleaning products in said broom closet when they decide to switch between quickly aborted attempts at “jamming” and Carrie Nations covers they don’t know the words or chords to. Lots of people think this band sounds like a fucked-up disciple of Hickey. I see it, but, unfortunately, also in the gimmicky insert/”band bio.” It’s funny but seems a bit affected. Highly recommended if you want punk that’s interesting, not just awesome. –Dave Brainwreck –Guest Contributor (Freedom School)


STEREOPHONIC SPACE SOUND UNLIMITED:
The Spooky Sound Sessions: CD
I think i know what makes this stuff “stereophonic,” and i think i also know what makes it “sound,” but i’m not as sure as what makes it “space”—or, for that matter, “spooky.” Expertly executed, generally keyboard-driven instrumentals that seem to have one foot in Joe Meek-ism ((which i guess would be the “space” part, what with the “Telstar” connection and all)) and another in 70’s pre-disco soul-pop ((a la the theme from Shaft, “Brother Louie” by the Stories, and even Santana’s weird scrapey torpedo thing)). I guess i prefer the stuff that’s more of a flat-out Austin Powers deal ((“Do The Lurk Around”)), and i’d much rather listen to my instrumentals in compilation form ((more interesting somehow)), but, on the whole, i’m sure this is excellent background music for some manner of enriching activity—i’m just not so sure that activity involves bedding hot alien chicks togged out in silver mylar, and that’s a shame. BEST SONG: “Do The Lurk Around” BEST SONG TITLE: “Do The Lurk Around” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Ah. “Spooky Sound” is a record store in Switzerland. Now i get it. –norb (Dionysus)


STATIC OF THE GODS:
Knowledge Machine: CD

This Boston three-piece makes some great, fuzzy, ambient rock with female vocals reminding me somewhat of Stars or Gregor Samsa. While the layout of the album is a wintry feel with pictures of icebergs, the sound also seems fitting for a cold night tucked under the covers. There’s a warm vibe somehow making its way through in the midst of the cool, atmospheric quality of the music that bares a resemblance to many an instrumental act such as Explosions In The Sky or Joy Wants Eternity. Not a bad release, especially for fans of expansive instrumental bands with effective, smooth, female vocals overriding it all.

 

 

 

–kurt (staticofthegods.com)


SPIDER BAGS:
Self-titled: 7"
Man, Spider Bags really has a gem with their song “Teenage Eyes.” Dan McGee’s vocals are drenched in reverb, a style that works perfectly for their back-in-the-day rock sound. This tune reminds of what you’d expect to hear from a Mooney Suzuki record. The simple intro guitar riff is catchy and drives the song speeding along. Also, the line, “Next to me, you’re next to nothing,” is pretty smart. Because this record only has two songs, I don’t feel like I have a complete picture of what the Spider Bags are all about, but, based on these tunes, I like them. –N.L. Dewart (Odessa)


SORELLA MALDESTRA:
Maltempo: CD
Don’t try and understand the words if you are a primarily English speaker because it’s in another language. I tried to give it an honest shot and it’s just too much for me. There are weird noises in the background, like alien spaceships and telephones. It’s rock, that’s for sure, but I can’t pin point what the hell else it is. I’m just glad that I don’t have to listen to this again because I was going to stab someone. –Corinne (Banksville, banksvillerecords.com)


SONS OF HERCULES, THE:
A Different Kind of Ugly: CD
…went to go see TSOH during the Razorcake Drunken Invasion of SXSW 2004, only to find that, owing to a member apparently vomiting blood that morning, they had been replaced by the Bloody Tears ((which, of course, begs the question of why they weren’t replaced with the Bloody Pukes)). This September i was in Austin for business, and found out that The Sons were playing at the Continental on
Congress Ave.
Since my hotel was on the corner of 7th & Congress, i figured i’d just bop down the street for a few blocks and check ‘em out, so i took a right on Congress and walked down to the Capitol, walked through the Capitol ((nice Capitol)), came out the other side, and kept walking until i hit the University of Texas campus. No Continental. Calling my lifeline—Cheap Trixie of the Texas Rollergirls—i was informed that, yes, i had walked in the completely wrong direction…so i walked the mile-and-a-half back thru the Capitol and to the hotel, then walked about two more miles in the opposite direction to the show, then walked the two miles back to the hotel afterwards. All in all, i’d estimate i walked like seven miles and waited five years to see this goddamn band, so i got some sweat equity in the product—thus, when i say that i don’t ever see this band scoring higher than a B+ on any given rock-rock-rock-rock-rock’n’roll report card, i hope that’s not viewed as Texas Garage Punk Heresy ((plus i never really see them getting less than a C- on the low end, so it all kinda averages out in the end, maybe)). I mean, i own a bunch of TSOH records, and i can’t say as i flat-out adore any of them—this one included—but i can’t say as there are any i don’t like, either. They’ve got a good base goin’—the principal forces behind the band are a fraction of a generation older than myself, and you can tell that they’re from that half-decade or so that holds Iggy and Bowie and Blue Oyster Cult in the same sacramental regard as people my age hold the Ramones and Sex Pistols and Clash ((singer Frank Pugliese’s old band The Vamps once opened for the Pistols, or so they tell me))—but the problem as i see it as to why this never band has never gone over the top with me is that they just don’t write particularly interesting songs. The foundation is there, but i’ve never really witnessed anything spectacular being done with it, song-wise. Contrast this with some vaguely peerish band like, say, The Mullens—those guys could knock out catchy tunes every so often in a way i don’t see TSOH ever pulling off, which is probably why their cover of “(I’m) Misunderstood” by the Saints was the highlight of the show i walked seven miles to see ((then again, i like the Saints and i love parentheses, so perhaps the deck was stacked against ‘em from the get-go)). Same with the album: The originals are decent; the covers ((Saints, Lazy Cowgirls)) stand out. To my brief glee, i thought i was proven wrong by the album closing “Easy Action”—a grippy rocker so rousing i that it made me wish i was sitting around my living room all day, smoking pot and listening to Humpers CD—until i looked at the liner notes and found out that the song was originally done by Frank Pugliese’s 80’s band, the Mystery Dates. Thus, the top three songs on this disc are all covers, which seems to rudely underscore my original theory. That said, i’d walk another seven miles to see ‘em, but this time i expect to see those bats flying out en masse from under the bridge by the river. That’s only fair. BEST SONG: Well, we’ll say “Easy Action” ‘cause i’m not familiar with that Mystery Dates record. BEST SONG TITLE: “Bad Blood” if you’re Neil Sedaka. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Casino el Camino, an Austin beer and burger jernt owned by TSOH’s former bassist, is considered the birthplace of the modern day roller derby revival. –norb (Sasutex)


SODA POP KIDS, THE:
Stomp and Shout!: 7"
The singer has that underground new wave high-pitched voice thing going for him on this two-track 7”. The B-side, “Santa Monica Pearls,” is definitely the more pulsing, fun pop song with clever harmonies and lyrics about men who look like ladies. The Soda Pop Kids’ sound reminds me of Nick Lowe. The band also lives up to their name by being uninhibited, cavity-forming, sweet pop music and 7” packaging that goes along with their vibe. The record itself has red, yellow, and blue color splattered on clear vinyl. –N.L. Dewart (No Front Teeth, Meaty Beaty, longshotmusic.com)


SNACKTRUCK:
Spacial Findings 1-7: CD
Noodly musician porn. –jimmy (rorschachrecords.com)


SLAVE SCENE:
“Fuck Off away from Me” b/w “Shit Gait': 7"
Feedback-drenched, repetitive guitar riffs and a steady drum beat on the first song. Not feeling much from it. Second side has a bit more to hang onto, but not much. I dig the obscure artwork and the fact that their thank you list is all but unreadable. But that’s about it. Because some of you out there will check this out on this merit alone: members of Cult Ritual. Or something. –Juan Espinosa (Deranged)


RSO:
Row:: LP + CD
I listened to the CD version of Row while getting to work on a lousy morning: I couldn’t find my wallet and ugly Ohioan ice had coated my windshield, so I ended up late. As I sped along (probably like a jerk), RSO’s disgruntled noise/hardcore roared out my speakers, providing skittering sax, noxious vocals, strained feedback, and guitar riffs that sound like the byproduct of a nuclear reactor test. It was a wild, painful experience that made me think what Paint It Black would be like if they had a few screws loose and why I should give The Jesus Lizard another listen sometime. I suppose it’s a compliment that this disc amplified my anxiousness and didn’t make me feel any better about my day. –Reyan Ali (RSO, lostinthefuture.net)


SHORT CHANGED:
Self-titled: CD
Dirty, crusty hardcore. The cover has a rad drawing of a zombie pirate with a skateboard and a piece of pizza. Was this somehow made with me in mind? I usually don’t delve into the crusty end of things, but I gotta say that Short Changed are kicking some ass here. Sure, the lyrics are a bit screamy, but it’s not over the top and you can actually hear what he’s saying. The music is solid with lots of good breakdowns and machine gun drums. I picture kids with bandannas going nuts when these guys play. I’d go see ‘em in a heartbeat. –ty (Rodent Popsicle)


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 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889 890 891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899 900 901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 916 917 918 919 920 921 922 923 924 925 926 927 928 929 930 931 932 933 934 935 936 937 938 939 940 941 942 943 944 945 946 947 948 949 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957

| 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



·#258 with Chadwick and Astara of the Secret Society Of The Sonic Six
·BAM! BAM!
·MONOSHOCK
·THISTLE
·BILLY NO MATES
·SKINNY JIM & THE NUMBER 9 BLACKTOPS
·NO BUNNY
·DIRGES, THE
·LOVE EQUALS DEATH


RZC RECS



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.

© 2001-2015 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.