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TVEES, THE:
Self-titled: CD
The TVees are trying to recapture the sound of early 1960s garage rock. Most of the garage punk bands of today are influenced by those older sounds, but still show hints of influence from the punk rock that followed. Not so with The TVees, who convincingly sound like the soundtrack for an old exploitation film. While still firmly a gimmick band, this is a very rocking, very genuine release. It’s making me want to don funny pants and pretend like it is 1967. –Art Ettinger (Trendsetter)


TUBERS:
Shell Out: CD
I hear little touches of the Minutemen’s artier moments and maybe a breath of mid-‘60s psychedelia here and there, but the bulk of this is pandering in mid-‘80s DC emo dreckery. –Jimmy Alvarado (Bakery Outlet)


TRUNKS & TALES:
Tour: CDEP
I wish I could say I like this. I don’t like writing negative reviews, but this is another folk punk band wailing on about past relationships, faith, and solitude. The vocals aren’t strong enough or compelling and neither is the instrumentation. It’s overwritten poetry set to acoustic guitars. Steer clear. –Kristen K (Beard Party, www.myspace.com/trunkstales)


TRUNKS & TALES:
Tour: CDEP
I wish I could say I like this. I don’t like writing negative reviews, but this is another folk punk band wailing on about past relationships, faith, and solitude. The vocals aren’t strong enough or compelling and neither is the instrumentation. It’s overwritten poetry set to acoustic guitars. Steer clear. –Kristen K (Beard Party, www.myspace.com/trunkstales)


TONGUES:
Self-titled: LP
Former members of Joan Of Arc and a myriad of other notable bands (Apocalypse Hoboken, Mexican Cheerleader) that make up Tongues should know better. Obnoxious vocal affectations, mimicking such over-the-top front man windbags like Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Layne Staley (Alice In Chains) really push this over the top into unlistenable territory. The hollow drumming and grunge meets Sunset Strip metal don’t help things out any, either. –Jeff (Self-released)


TO WHAT END? / WITCH HUNT:
Split : 7”
This hard-hitting 7” combines the musings of crust groups To What End? from Sweden and Witch Hunt from Philadelphia. These bands both unleash their mayhem with a tag-team mantra that highlights their female/male dynamic lineups with both sexes offering biting vocal exchanges. In Witch Hunt’s “Punk by Numbers,” guitarist Nicole takes the verses while guitarist Rob belts out the choruses and Janine supplies backup. Gotta love bands that play as bands. Witch Hunt’s cover of Rudimentary Peni’s “Cosmetic Plague” makes for a pleasant ending track to their side of the split. To What End? brews up metallic riffs in a stew of social/political lyrics. Words to their song “Common Reject” read like direct affront against our war with Iraq: “A bullet with a chaser, so easily embraced. When served without fine points.” This fine example of Swedish hardcore makes this split worth getting. –N.L. Dewart –Guest Contributor (Witch Hunt, Final Attempt, Fight for Your Mind)


TROPIEZO:
Humor Negro: CD
The cover says this is not a discography, but nonetheless it is packed with seventy-two tracks of full-throttle, off-kilter thrash from one of the best hardcore bands to come out of anywhere in the past two decades, if not ever. This is one of those must-haves that make yer jaw drop from the first track and have your friends wondering aloud how it’s humanly possible a band can change gears mid-song on a dime like that. Buy this now or pay hundreds for it later, kids, ’cause it’s that fuggin’ good. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.discosdehoy.com)


TRENCHFOOT:
Demo: Cassette
Loud, thrashy three piece from Illinois. If these dudes had a time machine, they could have easily been added onto the Rat Music compilation with no complications. It’s usually a good sign when the first song’s lyrics get lodged in my earlobes: “Fuck the mess/ I’m not cleaning up this time.” “Teenagers” is also pretty damn catchy. Don’t be surprised to hear more from these young street urchins soon. –Sean Koepenick (Self-released)


TIL’ DEATH:
3808: CD

Loose concept record honoring a fallen brother in L.A. in what seems like a senseless situation. I won’t reveal all the liner notes in this forum. Street level punk with enough edge to make it actually listenable. “Hard City Blues” sports a nice guitar solo while “Fist Pack” delivers a wallop as promised. I was really excited to hear the tenth song, thinking it was a love letter to their favorite band, Static Radio. But I was sorely mistaken. If there were ten percent less ska riffs on this ones (i.e. zero), I would really spout some more exclamations about this record. Still a solid release in the end.

–Sean Koepenick (Terror .45)


THUNDERS:
'Sympathetic Oscillations': CDEP
Insouciant rock music that reminds me of some of the alternative bands from the ‘80s who drew from smacked-out psychedelic rock. I think they should open for Spiritualized. They make me want to dedicate a sunny afternoon to getting blurry on can beer and cheap pot. My one gripe is that the songs are catchy, but don’t pick up where they need to. Still, this got played through twice in a row. –CT Terry (A Squared Industries, www.asquaredonline.com)


THORLOCK:
Self-titled: CD
The main riff of the opener, “Assneck,” is a variation on Sabbath’s “Hole in the Sky,” track three is a cover of Kiss’ “Deuce,” track seven is a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World,” and the rest falls squarely within those parameters. Sound is heavy, sludgy, and catchy enough to no doubt garner ‘em a wider audience than, say, Eyehategod could’ve ever dreamed, even with two tunes clocking in on the ugly side of eighteen minutes. –Jimmy Alvarado (Thorlock)


THING THAT ALWAYS EXPLODES, THE:
Use Your Head!: CD-R
PC lyrics meet some gleeful attempts at subverting the standard hardcore template while still remaining within its boundaries. These kids can thrash things up just fine, but they throw in slinky, slidy bass lines, tempo changes, off-kilter stops, funk-tinged instrumentals, and other sneaky bits to keep things from being bogged down with a “been there, done that” feel. The first six songs are rawer and angrier; the latter ten are, for the most part, more challenging. A nice bit of work here. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.thethingthatalwaysexplodes.com)


TELEMARK:
Informat: CD
Modern post-punk stuff from Germany here that sounds like more recent Dischord-type stuff with stronger pop sensibilities. Angular, yet kinda catchy. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.x-mist.de)


TEENERS, THE:
Gold: 7”
Finally, a record that can be used to rip paint off walls. –Speedway Randy (Super Secret)


TEENAGE WHORE MOANS:
Moan All Night Long: Cassette
Three-piece from Philly drop this new record recorded at The Stabbin Cabin. Get it? I liked the tunes about girls the best. I do appreciate that the actual label brands the release as “lo-fi.” For once, there really is truth in advertising. –Sean Koepenick (Self-released)


TEENAGE LOVE 13:
No Excuses: CD
Obnoxious rock’n’roll with tons of punky sleaze pumped into the proceedings. Have little doubt that it’ll leave a layer of funky smelling grime on the inside of your room/car/whatever if you play it too loud and too often. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.teenagelove13.com)


SUPER AIDS:
Self-titled: 7”
First of all, I’d like to say that whoever packaged this record has got to be the chain-smokingest son of a bitch who ever lived. This record reeks of cigarettes. It’s crazy. Anyway, this more or less sounds like what you would probably expect from a band that calls themselves Super Aids. New Bomb Turks fingerprints are all over this thing, with forays into Dwarves and Zeke territory: metal-tinged punk rock’n’roll, with song titles like “Rock ‘n Roll Tits,” “Girls Are For Faggots,” “Nuke ‘Em All,” etc. Certainly juvenile, occasionally entertaining. This sounds like the kind of thing that would likely best be experienced live with your buddies, throwing around cheap beer in the air, while trying to avoid the knucklehead contingency that I’m sure follows these guys around. Seven songs in total, released on Ripping Records out of Orlando. Comes on clear blue vinyl. –Jeff (Ripping)


SUPER SEXY BOY 1986:
Royal Peacocks: CD
Bluesy Italian punk delivered by a band that puts enough oomph into the delivery to raise it a bit above the sea of other bluesy punk bands offerin’ up similar goods. The first of the bonus tracks, “Laguna Seca,” is a doozy. –Jimmy Alvarado (Zodiac Killer)


SWAMP THING:
In Shame: CD
Mostly mid-tempo modern, occasionally metallic hardcore stuff with angry vocals and that patented Marshall sound. –Jimmy Alvarado (6131)


SUPPOSITORIES:
Moments of Square Violence: 12” EP
Simple, bluesy, punk rock’n’roll from these Ottawa folks. Nothing really groundbreaking here: Modern Lovers-style melodies, with Cramps-y twang and reverb; spare, gruff and gravelly vocals that seem a bit out of place. Songs tend to drone on a bit. I’d like to see these songs condensed, given some definition. There’s potential for interesting things with these guys, though currently they sound like they’re meandering aimlessly and could use some direction. –Jeff (Self-released, www.myspace.com/suppositories)


SUN GOD:
(S)Pain: 7” EP
Shimmery, poppy punk neck deep in Hüsker-land, right down to the drony guitar leads, crossed with some nods to early Samiam. What they put down here might not be as tight as some of their influences, but they sure as hell make up for it in delivery. –Jimmy Alvarado (Pizza Pants)


SUBHUMANS, THE:
Death Was Too Kind: LP
Possibly one of the most important releases in the landscape of obscure punk. Just to make it clear, the Subhumans on this record were a Vancouver band from the early ‘80s who share a name with the British unit most people are familiar with. Many a brave punker has searched record lists and pounded the internet just for an opportunity to bid on bootlegs of any of the three classic singles contained on this record and been let down. Even the later cheapo CD collection Pissed Off…With Good Reason and the CD release of the classic album Incorrect Thoughts were impossible to find at any price. Death Was Too Kind contains all of the first three singles released by these Canadian pioneers along with two unreleased tracks from the collection. For years, whiffs of this collection were spread out among various comps: the scope of The Subhumans importance still shrouded in obscurity. Now, for all the glory of punkdom, these tracks have finally been reunited. The Subhumans appeared on no less than Let Them Eat Jellybeans and the Vancouver Compilation and have been made infamous with DOA’s cover of their now classic anthem “Fuck You.” Their cred is infallible and the songs are timeless punk classics. It is almost inconceivable that history forgot this band. This is more than a collection of singles; it is testament to the enduring timelessness of good punk rock. It just doesn’t get more essential than this. –Billups Allen (Alternative Tentacles)


O PIONEERS!!!:
Neon Creeps: CD
I remember checking this band out some time ago. I’m pretty damn sure that I did so when Mitch Clem dropped their name. I listened to some stuff online; that was that. I don’t recall exactly what they sounded like, but I can say that I don’t recall it being like this. Typically, I can’t really take too much of a band if they have a very noticeable Hot Water Music influence. For some reason, Neon Creeps passes under my radar. This is catchy in a HWM kind of way, but it doesn’t hit as hard like HWM does at times. It’s like HWM plus some straight-ahead rock influence. Anyhow, OP!!! comes through with an accessible rock punk record (no, I didn’t transpose shit) that sounded good as background music the times that I’ve listened to it. I could definitely see this being something that grows on me, especially if I were to find myself around others who enjoyed the album a lot and who chose to play it often. Also, the packaging seems pretty economical, which is always rad (in my eyes). My disc is in a cardboard packaging comparable to a digipack but without that plastic bit that is supposed to hold the disc in place but instead always breaks. There’s a pocket for the disc in place of the plastic bit, which makes the package more like a gatefold LP cover for a 5” record. The package is also has the lyrics and all else screen-printed on it. Not bad. –Vincent Battilana (Asian Man)


O PIONEERS!!!:
Neon Creeps: CD
Fugazi tries to channel their inner Replacements and brand the results with rejected Dillinger Four titles. –Jimmy Alvarado (Asian Man)


NOW DENIAL:
Facemelter: CD
Stoner rock with a singer that sounds like he’s in dire need of a good hug. –Jimmy Alvarado (Tor Johnson)


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