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REMEMBERS, THE:
It’s: 7”
A three-man band from Marseille, France, with such distant vocals that they sound like they were recorded from across the room with a dust-encrusted microphone. With only three songs on the record, it’s reminiscent of Velvet Underground, but a lot dirtier, faster, and more on the garage punk side of the spectrum, if that makes any sense. –Corinne  –Guest Contributor (Plastic Idol, www.plasticidolrecords.com)


RED CAVALRY:
The Geography of Nowhere: CD
Actual line from the one-sheet: “This CD was sent to you because we felt that you were someone who needed to hear us.” I needed to hear this about as much as I needed to hear 80 of the god-awful shit I review for Razorcake. It’s the 20 quality stuff that makes it worth it, but this album sure ain’t part of that camp. Alterna-pop that seems excessively interested in radio play (at least according to their one-sheet and website). I wonder if someone forgot to tell them that radio is dead. Much like their sound. The ‘90s are over, dudes.  –Kurt Morris (www.redcavalry.com)


RAW RADAR WAR:
= =: CD
Raw, loud, and fast hardcore that mixes just the right amount of Reign in Blood-era Slayer, Is This My World?-era Jerry’s Kids (whose “Crucify” they cover here), and the Melvins to make for one helluva listen. This is definitely a keeper. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.rawradarwar.com)


PYRAMIDS:
Through the Hourglass: CD
Philadelphia, PA, is home to this self-coined “emotional hardcore” band. Through the Hourglass is a theme album based on time travel. Life, rebirth, and the passage of time in a vacuum are all addressed in guttural screams that came off as Neurosis stylistically. Most of the songs have a droney, heavy drive to them while the guitar echoes in the distance. The indie rock kids could get into this as well as the hardcore kids. Segue it with These Arms are Snakes, Neurosis, Prize Country, or City Of Caterpillar. Worth a spin! –Buttertooth (Protagonist, www.myspace.com/protagonistmusic)


PUMPERS, THE:
Untitled: 7”
I must admit that my expectations for this disc were quite low before I actually listened to the disc. A silly band name, bland cover “art” (the eyes of the four band members cut out of their faces over a black background, with the rest of the snapshot on the other side), and trite track titles (hasn’t “Let Go” already been used a dozen times before, including as an Avril Lavigne album?) do not produce much potential for success. However, I was pleasantly surprised once the needle met the grooves: discordant and raw garage punk with mangy vocals that appears to have been recorded five feet away from the equipment in an echoing room. This means that the band has to play as loudly and energetically as possible to compensate for the physical gap between the band and the equipment. Aside from the background caterwauling that sounds like a frantic siren, there are also a few hints of surf rock here and there in the songs. Those minor flourishes are enough to separate this work from similar sounding efforts. Plus, extra points for the brown vinyl of my copy, which has the finish of a classy coffee table. It makes me want to invest in a nice lamp and some oversized art books.  –Guest Contributor (Wallride)


PUMPERS, THE:
Let Go: 7”
It’s a mystery band! A 7” slab of wax with no information other than band name, song titles, members names, and label. In a way, it helps because you’re not given any leads to what this is going to sound like. I’m instantly thinking Texas. The title track has a kind of Motards meets the Marked Men thing going that pretty much rules. On the flip, I immediately got an early Riverboat Gamblers vibe. I guess I’ll have to find out more about them if I’m going to get more music… Okay, I just went and found their myspace. Denton, TX, USA! –Ty Stranglehold (Wall Ride)


PTERODACDUDES / SHRED SAVAGE:
Split: 7"
Those are some great band names, and fitting ones, too. The Pterodacdudes play a sort of prehistoric-sounding hardcore with little breaks for musical goofing around. Shred Savage are snotty and, at least in their first tune, squeeze in some raw guitar shredding. If you want to do the dino-mosh, this is probably the record to do it to.  –MP Johnson (Small Pool)


PSYCHO-PATH:
The Ass-Soul of Psycho-Path: CD
The front cover is a naked woman on her stomach, shown from the side from her upper back on down. She’s tied up in rope, causing her feet to come back towards her butt. She also has a tattoo on her right hip, black stiletto heels on her feet, and a knife shoved up her ass. And there is a pool of blood coming from underneath her. I’m really at a loss as to what else to say that might be of any interest after that description. Beyond that cover, though, the packaging is really nice, with good color photos in a glossy, two paneled booklet. As for the sound, it really doesn’t live up to anything you might expect based on the front cover. Sultry, sexy female vocals (à la Amy Adoyzie) front a band sounding a lot like Girls Against Boys with songs ranging from three to eleven minutes. They’re perfectly fine; I just can’t help but feel as though after witnessing the results of an ass-raping with a knife displayed on the front cover, everything else about the band seems “meh.”  –Kurt Morris (Moonlee)


PRETTY WHORES OF MANHATTAN:
Self-titled: CD
Off-kilter rock/punk colliding with a borderline arty aesthetic. Was much better than their name would suggest.  –Jimmy Alvarado (pretty.whores.of.manhattan@hotmail.com)


PRESS, THE:
The Compete Press—1984-1994: CD
I’ve got to admit that, although I do consider myself a fan of “oi” punk (though the reviews I write may not always reflect that), I’ve never heard The Press. I’ve been missing out for a lot of years! As the title states, this is a retrospective disc, and right from the start, it rocks in the same vein as Cock Sparrer, Sham, and the like. Simple and catchy, I found myself humming and singing along almost instantly. Even the obligatory ska track is good! I have no idea if their claim of being “America’s first Oi band” is true or not, but they’re great and it’s easy to see how they’d be influential on plenty of today’s bands. –Ty Stranglehold (Insurgence)


PRESS CORPS:
Urban Truth Rural Myth: CD
Seattle band made up of members of Mudhoney, The Fluid, and Mother Love Bone. The music is heavy rock with melodic leanings. There is an indie rock feel to it, but it still sounds very much like the past bands in other parts.  –Mike Frame (Flotation)


POWERSOLO:
It’s Raceday and Your Pussy Is GUT!!!: CD
Swampy, stripped down, and distorted Danish release. Clearly influenced by SCOTS, Supersuckers, Andre Williams, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Flatlanders, garage, Appalachian folk, and honky tonk. There’s even a corrido! Surprisingly good, indeed. However, is “gut” missing an umlaut or am I missing something? –Jessica Thiringer (Crunchy Frog, www.crunchy.dk)


POLAR BEAR CLUB:
Sometimes Things Just Disappear: CD
This record has a different kind of icing for everyone, but I can’t help feeling like they forgot the cake.Sometimes Things Just Disappear is gruff, yet brooding, atmospheric, yet aggressive, lyrically pointed, yet blurry, and that’s gonna work for some people. To me, it just feels safe. Drenched in the early twenties spirit of wanting the post and the punk, I don’t think they’ve mastered either. In the end, I’m really left wondering where the hooks are. Maybe they come out more with repeated listens, but it’s not gonna get that far. –Nick Toerner  –Guest Contributor (Red Leader)


PERIOD THREE:
Self-titled: 7"
The four tracks found here lean towards pop punk, but they aren’t too poppy or too snotty—somewhere between Lefty Loosie and Stun Gun’s “T.V. Tan” (without SG’s guitar soloing). The muddy recording almost makes it seem like the band lacks severe energy (they don’t), but it actually compliments Period Three quite nicely. It’s like the band is at the end of the rope, too tired from all the frustration and disappointment. It’s as though they’ve tried everything else to find any sort of solace, and this is their last effort to find it. The vocals never cease to be anything but grave. The music has a melody doing its damnedest to stay upbeat. These parts combine to create a dynamic that gives the songs a charm that is comforting in its ostensible despondency. En somme, it’s really catchy and really good.  –Vincent Battilana (DNH)


PEELANDER-Z / BIRTHDAY SUITS:
Split: 7”
Fun, fun, fun. Two noisy, chaotic, and spazzy tracks by two Japanese ex-pat bands living in America, soaking in a light-hearted darkness. Peelander-Z: The weird thing about these dudes? No, not that they’re comic book characters or the “from another planet” thing, but a good portion of their songs seem to begin in the middle and end where you’d usually start a song. If the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers had no special powers and Gummi Bear mouths (they could just gum you fiercely but look athletic doing it)... Birthday Suits: sound nothing like the following bands, but would fit perfectly on the bill: Scratch Acid, Shark Pants, The Causey Way, Japanther. When I say arty and noisy in this context, it’s not code for “shitty,” but tension and release, big-ass dynamics, a wall-of-sound that sounds much bigger than two humble dudes. Neat, neat, neat.  –Todd Taylor (Crustacean)


PEAWEES:
Walking the Walk: CD
These guys meet at the intersection of Saints Street and Devil Dogs Avenue, and then head over to catch a Muffs show. The songs are hellafied strong and they milk the best out of every clichéd riff in the rock’n’roll songbook, making this, strangely, the most refreshing album of its style I’ve heard in years. Would’ve much preferred them to sing in their native Italian rather than English, though.  –Jimmy Alvarado (www.thepeawees.com)


PARTLY CLOUDY:
Arm Your Weapons: CD
I can see these guys being signed to Nitro Records or Hopeless Records and opening up for Pearl Jam. Oh, and they have lyrics like: “Words are cheap and so am I.” –Mr. Z (Self-released, partlycloudyrocks.com)


PANDAMONIUM:
Self-titled: 7”
The first thing you’ll notice when you pick this one up is the cover, which features the angriest fucking panda you will ever see in your life standing tall on top of a mound of charred corpses. With its fangs bared, it aims its blowtorch at any body that shows signs of life, sucking in the scent of burning flesh with pride. Like the panda on the cover, the music on this record is relentless. It’s frantic hardcore that knows that if it doesn’t keep moving, it very may well become another addition to that pile of bodies. In other words, this is the stuff that keeps the pit alive. (By the way, the cover art is by Bill Hauser, who did a couple covers for my zine, Freak Tension, back in the day and, as far as I’m concerned, is at the top of the heap of hardcore cover/poster artists at the moment. Check it.) –MP Johnson (One Percent)


ONLY FUMES & CORPSES:
Read What’s in Between: CDEP
Modern hardcore from the west of Ireland. Short, punchy songs with huge hooks and blistering riffs. They’ve got the epic intro that makes you launch your beer twelve feet in the air down cold. The vocals are belted out by someone named “Momme” who never lets up and seldom slows down the songs. Slot them between Trail of Dead and The Refused without the theatrics. –Jim Ruland (www.myspace.com/onlyfumesandcorpses)


ONE CHOICE WIN:
Never Suspend Disbelief: CD
I like ‘80s style youth crew hardcore for the most part, and I wanted to like this album more than I did. Bands like Youth Of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, New Mexican Disaster Squad, and Kid Dynamite have a way of really inspiring the ol’ hardcore pride in me. Musically, One Choice Win is pretty on the mark, and lyrically they touch all the bases about thinking for yourself, keeping dreams alive, etc… The problem with the band is that the vocalist keeps coming off as whiny and annoying rather than inspiring. Being a bad singer in this type of band is almost a feat considering how so many great hardcore singers like Civ and Kevin Seconds are technically really limited, but great none the less. Minus the vocals, this has some potential, but, until then, I think Deny Everything from Germany and NMDS might be the best bands currently playing this brand of punk. –Adrian (Jump Start)


OAKS, THE:
Demo: CDEP
The Oaks do heavy metal the way Queens Of The Stone Age do rock: they take a tired format and twist into something remarkable. The Oaks are slick, strange, and a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. It’s hard to believe that three instruments can make so much a spectacular racket. If I hadn’t seen them with my own eyes, I’m not sure I would have believed it. (This is an extremely polished demo.) The last track, “Deerhead,” has anthem written all over it. The only question is: anthem to what? Drunken hunting? Taxidermy? Whatever, keep this band in your sights.  –Jim Ruland (www.myspace.com/oaksmusic)


O PIONEERS!!! / THE MEASURE [SA]:
: Split 7”
Cohesion in split records: Who needs it? On the OP!!! side, you’ve got a cover featuring a cartoon of a cheeky muscleman in a leopard-print Speedo posing with a “gator dawg” in hand and a tiny mutt taking a leak on his foot. Uh… okay. The band’s lone contribution to the disc is a harmoniously jangly confessional delivered with Chuck Ragan-esque gravelly vocals, cloaked in the awesomely raw production of an early-‘90s emo record. Mildly catchy, but it doesn’t cut through you as it should. Flip the green parcel over and you’ll find a stately portrait of the late Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (with newsprint for skin) questioning your soul. The Measure [sa] offer two tracks of plucky pop punk with a sweet slow dance interlude wedged in the middle. Again, there’s some good moments (like the nostalgic bridge in the third track), but nothing particularly memorable as a whole. Together, this tag team of young bands produces a fun yet artistically uncoordinated and largely ineffective teaser of how great their music could be. –Reyan  –Guest Contributor (Kiss of Death)


NINE POUND HAMMER:
Sex, Drugs, & Bill Monroe: CD
The pre-Nashville Pussy spin-off you knew and didn’t love in the 1990s is back with their second comeback album in recent years. I went into this one with a bad attitude, but it’s actually a way above average cowpunk album that I found myself bobbing to like a fool. Nine Pound Hammer is no Hellstomper and this still pales in comparison to Nashville Pussy, but fans could do a lot worse than checking out this saucy CD.  –Art Ettinger (Acetate)


MUGWUMPS, THE:
Banana Brain: LP
I am trying really hard to preserve my partisan leanings! I do not want to speak ill of my fellow pop punkers in the year 2008! This is decent pop punk, but no Lucky Charms here! I liked their last 7” better. Totally Queers-influenced pop punk, as evidenced by the not-so-subtle reference (intentional?) to Joe King’s Munki Brain record! Photos of the band on the record indicate a T-shirt-based preference for Teenage Bottlerocket and the Riverdales, which makes me wonder... are we at the beginning of a surge of bands influenced by the Bottlerocket gang? Are we going to have to start saying, “Well, they’re influenced by Teenage Bottlerocket, who are influenced by the Riverdales, who descended from Screeching Weasel, who were influenced by the Ramones?” When did pop punk get so complicated?! If this were a cereal, it’d be Kix. Nothing new here, but not bad, either.  –Maddy (Bachelor)


MOUTHBREATHER:
Self-titled: 7”
Now this is cool: clear emerald green vinyl in a matching green tri-fold cover. Since this was recorded with Chris Owens (Lords, Coliseum), I was a little disappointed this only had two songs. The first track is new from this Richmond, Virginia, hardcore outfit followed up by the rerecorded “Forgainst the Kids” with its power chord riff and group vocals. Recommended. –Kristen K  –Guest Contributor (Kiss of Death/Tick Tock)


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