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LOSER LIFE:
My Hell: 12” EP
I recently got to see this band live and even though the singer had to sing without a mic for half the set, it was still abrasive in all the right ways. This band reminds me of an awkward, lonely kid who turns bully, but instead of bullying other defenseless, awkward kids, he turns his anger on those who deserve it. It’s frightening in that way. It’s also inspiring and motivating. Once you’ve processed that feeling, imagine it seeping out of your speakers in the form of hardcore that’s a strange but gratifying mix of Pegboy, Hüsker Dü, and Crucifix, and you’ll understand why people have been making a big deal about this band. –Daryl Gussin (Life’s A Rape)


LIVING WRECKS, THE:
Get Wrecked: CD EP
Five-song studio effort that lays the pipe for their full length, due this summer. I’m hearing Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys, and some Dammed in the equation. “Love You Dead” is a great song. There is also a Pagans’ cover here. I predict this band will only get better over time. They seem to be playing like madmen on the East Coast, so catch ‘em live tomorrow. –Sean Koepenick (Self-released)


LITTLE GIRLS:
The Clear Album: 7” EP
The Little Girls were a bit of surfy, poppy fluff that managed to score both a regional hit (“The Earthquake Song,” which can be found on the Rodney on the Roq Volume 2 compilation) and a video in then-new MTV’s rotation before being lost to time. This 45 is their second “album,” of which twenty clear copies (hence the title) were originally made, featuring three tunes in much the same innocuous pop mold as their previous endeavors. I’m actually old enough to remember “Not a Perfect World” being played on the radio (maybe Rodney was trying to help push it along or something) and they ain’t bad tunes, especially if you dig that safe teen pop sound of yore. –Jimmy Alvarado (Ramo)


LAUDANUM:
Self-titled: 7”
One of those records that sounds pretty good at either speed. I prefer this at 33 RPM, which makes it more doom-ish, and dark. However, I believe this was meant to be played at 45 RPM. Just as well... Metal with that certain heavinessBay Area bands can conjure. “Invoke” is a mid-tempo number with a swinging rhythm, despite the—well—doom tone that dominates the song. The atmospheric/ambient noise gives this an even more sinister tone. “Warlord” is a bit faster and thunderous. Great record all the way through. Comes on white vinyl, in case you were wondering. –Matt Average (Pyrate Punx)


LAST DEAL, THE:
Berdache: CD
The biography of this band says it’s for fans of Isis, Mogwai, Fugazi, Neurosis, the Clash and Husker Du. I don’t hear any of that whatsoever. Did they send me the right CD? All I’m hearing is The Appleseed Cast, All State Champion, and this band I reviewed a few issues ago called The Paper Champions. It’s not horrible but it’s average indie rock, not at all the “brooding, guitar-driven, technical-yet-tuneful brand of Metal-marinated Rock n’ roll” that their bio promises. –Kurt Morris (Roast)


KUNG-FU MONKEYS, THE:
Christmas for Breakfast: CD
What would you get if you combined Lucky Charms, Trix, Froot Loops, and Corn Pops? Can you even imagine the musical equivalent of this tantalizing combination of sugary goodness? Ladies and gentlemen, it is rare that I am called upon to say this, but: I WOULD STOP EATING LUCKY CHARMS FOR ONE MONTH IF FAILURE TO DO SO MEANT THAT I COULD NOT LISTEN TO THIS CD TEN TIMES PER DAY! Yes, I am that serious! The Kung-Fu Monkeys exist at the intersection of Ramones Blvd. and Herman’s Hermits Way! And close by, you’ll find the Beach Boys cul-de-sac! This CD compiles over forty songs from out-of-print seven-inches, comps, and more! It features at least THREE of the best pop punk songs of all time: “Let’s Go (to Pasadena to Meet Your Parents),” “Thermos,” and “I Miss the Ramones!” When I got this CD in the mail, I actually did a dance around my apartment! Yes, I am that dumb! And I’m in love with the Kung-Fu Monkeys! –Maddy (Whoa Oh)


KNIFE IN THE LEG:
Bloodlust: 7” EP
A heavy early ‘80s influence here, resulting in Poland’s answer to bands like the Regulations. Most of the songs keep things mid-pace, but they pack a mean wallop in them tunes and know how to milk a hook. Good stuff. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.trujacafala.com)


KILLING THE DREAM:
Fractures: CD
Fractures isn’t really my breed of hardcore (I prefer it much closer to the mid ‘80s mold—more Black Flag and less Bane), but I am willing to give anything a shot once. This kind of stuff is heavy without being too weighed down (except when the boring breakdowns kick in), and the desperately throaty vocals can work really well when a song’s tension gradually grows (such as in the title track or “Holding the Claws”). At other moments, it’s the same old dreck of recycled and overbearing aggression that I’ve seen many a bad local band slog through (See “Part II (Motel Art)” or “Everything but Everything”), turning the hardest tracks on the disc into the dullest ones. With the addition of some creativity on all fronts, the basic materials could be salvageable. –Reyan Ali (Deathwish, www.deathwishinc.com)


JUDGE DREAD:
Death Rattle: 7” EP
I was gonna totally ignore the name thing, but I just can’t. I did a quick Google of the words “judge dread” with no quotations or anything, just to see what came up. Three entries down, past two links to IMDB’s entries for the film Judge Dredd is one for Wikipedia’s entry for Judge Dread, the famous reggae singer. This search took me, oh, four seconds to execute. Now, seeing as it’s obvious from their having a Myspace page that someone at least remotely affiliated with them has internet access, it’s flabbergasting to think they couldn’t be bothered to do a search as simple as the one I just did to make sure there wasn’t already someone using that name for the past forty-odd years. I could see if it was some accidental co-opting of an obscure hardcore band’s name, but Judge Dread wasn’t exactly hitting the backyard and basement circuit in Duluth. That said, these guys place some decent, noisy thrash with reasonably intelligent lyrics. –Jimmy Alvarado ((xchildrenofthegravex@gmail.com)


JEAN MILLS SOCIETY TORCH:
Start Tomorrow: 7”
It’s no surprise that this band contains ex-members of The Spark. The songs are well-constructed, angry, blasts of floor-moving fastcore. These guys have been in so many bands and know how to do this so well that, at times, it feels like they’re just toying with the genre; pulling its strings like a marionette to orchestrate what ever they want to hear. But goddamn, even if at times it seems a little played-out, it totally rages. –Daryl Gussin (Firestarter)


INSTANT AGONY:
Exploitation: CD
These reformed U.K.82 punkers continue on with their campaign to prove that old bands giving it another go really doesn’t have to be a painful exercise. A new album with new tracks rife with raging riffage, righteous anger, and lyrics casting a critical eye on what’s going on in the world right now, not pining for punk twenty-six years gone. Some good, driving stuff here, and here’s hoping that they continue to make waves. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.myspace.com/beafraidrecords)


INSIDE RECESS / EXISTENTIAL DILEMMA:
Split: CD
It is difficult to listen to grind-like metal with a straight face when it tries too hard. There’s a subtle line between fierce and farce, and this pair unintentionally zigzag back and forth across it. Inside Recess juxtapose a spasm of high-pitched screams with gruesomely deep growls, as their music apparently attempts to recreate how a person might react should he or she stumble upon a sleeping black bear, with the following vocals mimicking the now-woken and irritated animal’s “grrrrruuuuuhh.” Sometimes, IR sounds pretty all right, but then at others the shtick resembles sound effects for the TV adaptation of Goosebumps that were cut for being too ridiculous for kids to actually be scared of. Existential Dilemma is mostly the same, but then they decide to go all soft for a couple of admittedly intriguing instrumental tracks. But have no fear, because the action picks back up quickly enough with a very metal track that I affectionately refer to as “Opening Theme to a Count Duckula Marathon.” What’s the point to this kind of metal when it makes you think about how silly it is instead of forcing you to thrash your neck? –Reyan Ali (Self-released)


INSECT WARFARE / FLAGITIOUS IDIOSYNCRASY IN THE DILAPIDATION:
Split: EP
Insect Warfare are one of the top grind bands in the U.S. today. However, I hear nothing on this record that makes them worthy of the hype. Run of the mill grind with standard high pitched shrieking followed by the low burping stuff. Despite the ridiculous name, Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation are a bit better. Three blasts of super thrashing grind with the velocity of hurricane winds, and perhaps as sonically destructive. You’ll find this split packaged with Short Fast & Loud #19. –Matt Average (Six Weeks)


INNER TERRESTRIALS:
X: CD
Well on the downside, these guys are big on the ska punk trip. Their saving grace is that somehow they manage not to sound like total fuckin’ ninnies doing either. The lyrics indicate that circle-A ain’t merely a fashion trapping; their hardcore, while not blazing MDC-style ranting, is catchy and their use of ska to occasionally throw a wrench in the thrashing (occasionally mid-song) keeps ’em from sounding like so many nth-generation Operation Ivy Xerox bands. While the unfortunate cover of “Guns of Brixton” almost sinks ’em, the work they put in before that tune hits the speakers is more than worthy of attention. –Jimmy Alvarado (Rodent Popsicle)


INCOMMUNICADO:
Losing Daylight: CD
Wow, these guys actually manage to take a mid/late-‘80s DC influence and make it into something worthy of attention. They take many of emo’s building blocks and instead churn out twelve songs that are as angry and challenging as they are arty and catchy, and any lameness is either buried or burned off. It literally takes them seven songs to hit a lull in the onslaught, and even by the end of that tune, “Carlos de Inferno,” they’ve started punishing the acoustic guitar they dropped in. Not usually my bag of rocks, but this is something, indeed. –Jimmy Alvarado (A-F)


IN THE FACE OF WAR:
We Make Our Own Luck: CD
Sonically, these guys had a metal-ish edge, but the vocals got to be pretty tedious about halfway through. And no matter what their press sheet spews out, I doubt they are as good live as Gallows. Sorry dudes. –Sean Koepenick (Pee)


IMPULSE INT’L, THE:
Arm the Girls: 7”
Straight to the point, this is a great single. I mean a really great single! Both sides are absolute brilliance. Two songs that perfectly illustrate why singles rule. “Arm the Girls” and “Run and Hide” will make you feel completely alive. So catchy it’s unreal. Power pop done right. Sounds like something Bomp! would have released thirty years ago, and yet this is in the here and now, fresh and with a shelf life longer than a box of Twinkies. –Matt Average (Deranged)


IDEAL CLEANERS:
Muchacho: CDEP
Punk bands who play their instruments well are a double edged sword. Swing it one way and you have bands like the Minutemen and Meat Puppets, weird but cool and grounded. Swing it the other way and you’ve got the likes of Soundgarden guys who study their abs daily and aspire to bring their hair stylists on tour—maybe a little odd at times—but always striving for commercial success. Read the Ideal Cleaners’ one-sheet and they come across like the former. Listen to Muchacho and the latter springs to mind. Too glossy for my tastes. –Mike Faloon (Ideal Cleaners, myspace.com/idealcleaners)


I DON’T CARES, THE:
Self-titled: CD
Neither do I, frankly. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.myspace.com/zodiackillerrecords)


HUNCHBACK:
Pray for Scars: LP
A friend of mine once said “I don’t like Hunchback—it’s just noise.” Sure enough, that’s exactly why I like Hunchback (in theory). There’re days where I want to listen to something really poppy, or jazz, and sometimes I’m just in the mood for weird, crazy noise. Then again, I can understand Hunchback isn’t for everyone. I like that. It’s easy to give them a listen and assume that they’re just another weird noise band, but I feel like as chaotic as this record can be at times, everything was planned out to a T (I mean, shit, they tracked down Michael Gerald to sing on this, so they’ve obviously got a clear vision on just what they want to do). I’m sure this one will make even the biggest weirdo/art punks scratch their head, from the lengthy/black metal-ish (in an atmospheric way, in my opinion) opener, to when the record actually lightens up a bit—kind of. Mark my words, Hunchback is a band with a plan, and this record is keeping them on the right track. –Joe Evans III (Don Giovanni)


HOUR OF THE WOLF / LEWD ACTS:
Split: CD
After hearing some of Hour Of The Wolf’s previous stuff, I thought they were all bark and no bite. I’m taking this disc as their retort. The first track on this split, “Overload,” fakes like it’s coming at your leg before leaping at your throat and digging its fangs in. Lyrics express feelings of numbness and pressure as youth fades away. The way these words are sung, however, makes it clear that anger is the real emotion. That emotion fuels the band’s remaining two tracks as well. Lewd Acts take over from there, trying valiantly, though futilely, to carry on with the same level of intensity. –MP Johnson (Think Fast)


HOTCHACHA:
Rifle, I Knew You When You Were Just a Pistol: CD
The press stuff says these kids have been together all of a year, but it was apparently a year well spent, judging from the songs here. Four tunes, a supposed teaser for their upcoming album, and not a stinker in the lot. Heavy art/noise vibe with enough pop thrown into the mix to keep things catchy, a little Sonic Youth here, a little K Records feel there, and a lotta their own vibe over the other parts. Really good stuff. –Jimmy Alvarado (Exit Stencil)


HOLY SHIT / TURD HUNGRY CHRIST:
You Are What You Eat: Split 7” EP
Holy Shit: Spastic hardcore in the tradition of Siege and Charles Bronson. Holy shit, indeed. Turd Hungry Christ: A bit slower, but no less frantic in their delivery. Good stuff all around. –Jimmy Alvarado (Scattered, Smothered and Covered)


HIP PRIESTS, THE / SONIC NEGROS:
Dogfight: Split CD
Hip Priests: Loud rock’n’roll delivered with more than a dab of punk furor, much in line with the non-Discharge sounding stuff that was coming out of Scandinavia some years back. Sonic Negros: More of the same. On the whole, this was some mighty fine tuneage. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.myspace.com/zodiackillerrecords)


HIDDEN SPOTS:
Secret Noise: 7” EP
Part of the Chattanooga DIY punk brain trust, The Hidden Spots are an earnest, gruff, smiling, hard-working, deep-thinking force of a band. Think along the line of line cooks who know not only the overwhelming weight of being and how to make excellent things out of basic ingredients, but also harness the power of being a decent human being. Think along the lines of The Grabass Charlestons and Tim Version; golden statuettes could be made of all these dudes on their day-to-day awesomeness and even smaller golden statuettes should be given them to all of them for making consistently honest, self-examining, self-challenging music in a relative musical vacuum. (Beyond friends, dedicated fans, and family.) I read a lot of music books, and fans of great bands like the Minutemen and The Replacements lament how overlooked they were during their time; how the years have just proven how great the music was, aside from prevailing tastes and big stage novelty, and I can’t help but think it’s happening in the present tense with these dudes and folks like The Future Virgins. Celebrate this shit now. –Todd Taylor (Plan-It-X South)


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