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MUTINY MUTINY:
Don’t Quit Your Day Job: CD/LP
Mutiny Mutiny is a three-piece act from Seattle comprised of male and female vocals. Don’t Quit Your Day Job is twelve songs of what could broadly be described as indie rock. The band has the talent to work within a number of sounds and genres, but really needs to focus on a style. Sometimes the music was aggressive, sometimes poppy, sometimes danceable, but seemed to lack consistency across the board. I know it’s my interest in heavier, more sinister music, but I found the aggressive sound that begins such tracks as “Senseless Theater” more appealing, but it was rarely showcased. The male vocals on that track seem urgent and even the female vocals on that song complement the sound. Fugazi is obviously an influence and—due to the competing male/female vocals—it’s hard not to hear The Evens. However, even within tracks, the band isn’t always consistent. “(It’s a) Chop Shop” is darker (perhaps it’s because of the line they lifted from Slayer?) and at times sludgier before becoming melodic. The closer, “Rapture Fail!,” is also a shadowy tune, and it causes me to realize that the male vocals have much more power and possibility for a serious sound. A few less songs and a real focus on what makes the band strong could greatly improve their material.  –Kurt Morris (Self-released, mutinymutiny.bandcamp.com)


MISSING MONUMENTS:
Self-titled: CD
Power pop from Louisiana with soaring southern-fried guitar melodies and gruff vocals. I regularly order blindly from Dirtnap due to their track record being rather spot on with their releases these past two or three years. This album, however, just didn’t quite tickle my ears the way I was hoping it would. There are two guitarists on this record although I can’t help but feel like the guitar tracks were laid down pretty thin. If you’re already a fan, however, you’ll be delighted to know that this CD also includes the tracks from their Painted White album as well as their EP on Hozac at no extra cost! Noteworthy fact: MM’s drummer Aaron Hill was chosen to replace the dearly departed Joey LaCaze in the mighty Eyehategod.  –Juan Espinosa (Dirtnap)


METAMORPHOSIS:
Self-titled: 7”
Metamorphosis are a group of hardcore punks now out in Oakland by way of Peru. The Metamorphosis EP, released last December, features four tracks from these dudes, all but one sung in Spanish, and only the B-side features songs recently written. The A-side evokes Negative Approach and stripped-back hardcore, while verging a bit on the jogging positivity of 7 Seconds, as the group’s tone leans toward excitement over anger. On “Hombre Nuevo,” I can hear a gnarlier version of 88 Fingers Louie, like a hardcore band pushing for vocal melodies at the forefront; and in “Zombie People,” I catch the distorted shimmers of Canadian rockers, Grade. Meanwhile, the EP art features a couple sitting on a couch with their exploded heads oozing together like the blob monster in The Thing. Right now, that’s pretty much how I see these guys—kinda awesome, kinda gelatinous and jumpy, and still soaking in. You can catch them on their West Coast tour later this year. Metamorphosis is overall enjoyable, and worth hearing, if not only to hear and support some Peruvian hardcore.  –Jim Joyce (Skull Brigade)


MATT SALKELD:
Self-titled: CD
An EP and a full length are combined with an unreleased song for this record. It’s acoustic—so no loud punk in these grooves. But it is heartfelt, well played, and features strong songwriting from start to finish. I haven’t ever been to Bakersfield, CA, but I picture that I would see a few tumbleweeds. This would provide a great soundtrack to that image.  –Sean Koepenick (1332, email1332records@yahoo.com)


MAKEOUTS:
Back to Sleep: LP
The title of this album invites abuse. But there’s nothing wrong with it. The band relies too much on jangly guitar for me. The album moves at the pace of The Barbaras, but not as interesting. The vocal style either has too much of some sort of effect on it, or they double sing everything, which I find annoying. But it’s not incompetent. If you’re esoteric about the middle beat, this might be for you. “Let It All Go” embraces the ‘60s punk sludge a little better than the rest. There is a lazy appeal to this album, but it never really takes off for me. Maybe it’s better live.  –Billups Allen (Bachelor)


LUNCH:
Johnny Pineapple: 7” EP
Honestly didn’t know what to expect from this, but what it ended up being was a potent blend of post-punk, garagy punk, and smidges of pop thrown in for color. Tunes are appealing in their off-kilter catchiness, and the fact that they manage to pull off a non-embarrassing stab at covering Gun Club’s “Sex Beat” earns ‘em extra points.  –Jimmy Alvarado (Resurrection, getresurrected.com)


LOW FAT GETTING HIGH:
Bad Yoga: 7”
Awful name aside, Low Fat Getting High are a shoo-in to be MTV darlings, like The Vines, if only someone could invent them a time machine to transport them back to the early 2000s. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being catchy—which these songs are—or tight. But the self-described post-noise grunge rock outfit from New York are a smidge sanitary. I’m yanked back to junior high ‘cause the baritone vocals remind me of Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age, and the choruses conjure New Millennium CGI-laden action movies (read: The Matrixtrilogy). Sure, I’m pegging this band with a lot of FM radio bookmarks, but this sort of polished sound doesn’t show its face often in DIY punk. Hopefully these folks aren’t gunning for mainstream recognition, because it’s intriguing to hear a punk band dust off rock music from the dead radio waves of decades previous, although keeping the rough edges would make them more exciting.  –Sean Arenas (Money Fire, moneyfirerecords.com / Dead Broke, deadbrokerec@gmail.com)


LADY AND THE MONSTERS, THE:
Sorry We’re Late: CD
Rust-covered pop punk from Pittsburg, PA. Sometimes sweet, sometimes bittersweet, the band largely plays off of the girl/guy dynamic of dual vocalists Reonna Lee and Charlie Pockets largely to good effect.  –Garrett Barnwell (Sexy Baby, sexybabyrecords.com)


JOLLY KOREA:
Throwing Shade: CDEP
Maybe we’ve finally moved away from grunge nostalgia and into a kind of late ‘90s alt-rock minutiae revival? Either that or this EP is from 1996. Angular songs, Albini-esque production, and a nerd dude mumbling and then really, really screaming. I don’t know if these are necessarily songs or just riff compendiums plus vocals. You can feel that they’re working off a really old template and no matter what the results are, they just keep working that template, and part of the effect is that even the wild parts feel hemmed-in and prescribed. Merciless editing could work wonders. Or maybe we need to move into a cultural moment where the ‘90s are off limits entirely.  –Matt Werts (Self-released, jolly-korea.bandcamp.com)


INDOORS, THE:
Self-titled: LP
The Indoors have been putting out a lot of great stuff for a while now—mostly demos released on tapes and through blogs. I believe this is their first full-length record. I saw them play at 6 am a few years ago at Outsleazed Fest (Reno, NV) while the sun was coming up. It was weird and great at the same time. There are not a lot of bands that can mold their set to fit that time, but these guys did it with ease. Most of the songs on here are mid-paced and super paranoid sounding, better for night. The drums keep most of the songs rolling at a mid-paced tempo while guitars have a very nervous sound to them. This record would be the perfect theme to a bad trip. There’s even a creepy picture inside to trip out on while you crank this record. Jawsh from Criminal Code sings and plays guitar in The Indoors; if you’re into them at all, you’ll love these guys.  –Ryan Nichols (Carbonated, carbonatedsounds@gmail.com)


HONEY BADGERS:
Buena Park: LP
Honey Badger don’t give a fuck. This band appears to be named after a short-lived YouTube sensation video, which is a terrible way to ensure longevity of your musical endeavor. Your choice, dudes. Horrendous name aside this band is really good! Foot-stomping garage vibes sounding like a bunch of nobodies banging out the tunes in their parents’ garage in some shitty Southern Californian town in the late ‘60s. Think Teenage Shutdown or Back From The Grave. If you need something more modern to hang your hat on I’m thinking Toys That Kill, as they aren’t afraid of super catchy vibes with a bit of organ thrown in. This one is a definite keeper. Still a shit name.  –Tim Brooks (Resurrection, getresurrected.com)


HOGBITCH:
Self-titled: CD
After writing reviews for a number of years now, a lot of the vitriol I may have once felt for a bad record is gone. I don’t want to unjustly bum anyone out with an acerbic review. Putting out an album is hard work on many levels. Every once in a while, when a record’s downright fucked up, I’ll throw out a little venom, but other than that? It’s just not worth it. However, with that being said… this is a pretty tough one to like. Southern-fried nü metal with bright and operatic female vocals, an odd visual steampunk aesthetic, and song titles like “Life Begins and Ends in the Subterranean Oceans of Ceres.” And, well, there’s the name, Hogbitch. I just find it baffling that four people could have ever fervently high-fived each other over that name, like, “Dude, perfect! Hogbitch!Yes! Our place in rock history shall evermore be solidified!” I don’t think Razorcake’s the right place for this one.  –Keith Rosson (Dogfingers)


HIGHWAY CROSS:
Locked In: 7”
Highway Cross play a muscular and musically varied version of modern hardcore, and they’re really good at it. At first I thought that this record sounded like a lot of others that I’ve heard recently (in my head, the closest parallel is Stalwart Sons), but I’m finding something new and interesting to like about it with every subsequent listen. Perhaps a more appropriate analogy would be to say that Highway Cross sound like a less jazzy and more obnoxiously rockin’ version of Quicksand.  –The Lord Kveldulfr (Highway Cross)


HECTOR’S PETS:
“Station Wagon” b/w “Teenacher”: 7”
If I’m remembering correctly, these cats are from Texas but hoofed it up to Brooklyn and have a dude from Indiana on the bass guitar. Dig the continental sound! The singer has a Mick Collins-esque timbre to his voice. A combo of steady down stroke punk rhythm and the harder rockin’ bands of the ‘70s (like, say Thin Lizzy). The doo-wop backing vox are a nice touch, something I wasn’t expecting that makes Hector’s Pets stand out from the rest of the longhairs in their neighborhood.  –Sal Lucci (Burger City, burgercityrocknroll.blogspot.com)


HAPPY CAMPERS:
Dancing with Demons: CD
This is the sort of driving, melodic punk rock that Epitaph wished it was putting out in the ‘90s. Unfortunately, I mostly remember Epitaph’s output from that time period as being tepid and homogeneous. This disc is anything but. While it touches on all the cornerstones of the genre, from the sing-along choruses to the not-quite-buzzsaw-but-still-kind-of-cutting riffs, this is very pure and heart-on-sleeves. I just hope people are still into this stuff.  –MP Johnson (Self-released, happycampers.org)


GIRLS IN LOVE:
Self-titled: CD
I couldn’t find much information on this band except that they possibly took their name from the Loverboy song, “Hot Girls in Love.” The band is comprised of a guitarist and a drummer who sings. The sound is fuzzy guitar rock mixed with some garage influence. Sometimes I could hear the Stooges and other times it was The Reatards. It’s a little rough sounding in the recording area (even for the style), but that’s still not bad company to be in.  –Kurt Morris (Coeur D’Alene)


FUGUE:
“Solitude” b/w “Traffic”: 7”
Did you go to high school in the mid-to-late ‘90s? Was your institution home to a token “punk” outfit? Did its members wear too-big trench- coats and smoke cigarettes in the parking lot? If not, don’t worry. Fugue is that band. The only reason to listen to this one would be if they were playing at lunch and you didn’t have anything better to do but listen to their pain and angst while chowing down on the PB&J sandwich your mom packed for you.  –Alanna Why (Avocado, avocadorecords.blogspot.ca / Mountain Man, mountainmanrecords.com)


FULL OF HELL / CALM THE FIRE:
Split: 7”
I want to love Full Of Hell, I really do. But it always seems like something’s missing with this band. I appreciate that chaos and noise are essentially part and parcel of FOH’s brand of hardcore, but they just don’t seem to pull it off as well as the genre’s forebears—your Converges, your Botches, etc. Calm The Fire’s side of the split is a bit more interesting, but also leaves something to be desired. Crusty, punk-metal from Poland that is probably total destruction live, but as is the case with much of this particular sub-sect, the recorded version just seems to blur and run together.  –Dave Williams (A389)


FREAK VIBE:
Presents II: Cassette
If Cult Ritual mated with The Cramps, then the offspring would be Freak Vibe. And, boy, is it a disfigured child. The heavier portions are sludgy, mid-tempo ventures through hell. There are shimmering psychedelic rock’n’roll interludes that sound like Kid Congo Powers riffs. This shit is mixed up. Yet, there’s something charming about it, but, as it stands, this tape is a definite curiosity rather than a remarkable listen.  –Sean Arenas (Self-released, freakvibe.bandcamp.com)


FLAGITIOUS IDIOSYNCRACY IN THE DILAPIDATION:
Wallow: LP
The follow-up album from Japan’s grindcore maidens, Flagitious Idiosyncrasy In The Dilapidation, Wallow showcases a wider range of influence with touches of crust and metal to their already perfected all-out-grind-assault, similar to the transition the mighty Assück made from their monumental album Anticapital to Misery Index. Sixteen cuts of bona fide fighting music which was undoubtedly pressed onto extra-thick vinyl to sustain the heaviness within.  –Juan Espinosa (Six Weeks, sixweeksrecords.com)


ERNEST GIBSON:
Island Records: LP
I don’t feel entirely qualified to review this record, but I do like this sort of thing once in a while, and this album grabs me. The bulk of this record contains drudgey, echo-laden drums with lots of Bauhaus-style rim shots and washy moaning. It’s less minimal and less precise than Throbbing Gristle, but eerie and ominous in a similar way. There are few vocals; when the vocals come in the pace is pushed into the realm of slower Jesus And Mary Chain songs. But I like the washy stuff the best. It sounds like the score to a good movie. The title, Island Records, is oddly appropriate even though it’s not island music the way you generally think of island music. Like Martin Denny on Quaaludes. It just works.  –Billups Allen (Skrot Up, skrotup.com)


DZIADY KAZIMIERSKIE:
Kazimiernikejszyn: LP
I feel like it’s not fair for me to review this record until I learn enough Polish to write the review in it. With the exception of a courtesy English insert from the label, the entire record is in Polish and it describes the band as “The Pogues meets Gogol Bordello and having a pint of brew somewhere in scenic countryside.” It goes on to tell us this band includes some credible Polish punk musicians doing something completely unexpected. I get the feeling that this label is just as confused as me, though some things just get lost in translation. There’s whistling, slide guitar, roosters crowing, and some acoustic instruments that I suck at identifying, with folk-style vocals that sound like they’re sung with a smirk. Most of the songs have upbeat rhythms that mimic a ska sound, though there are other times when the guitar gets closer to a Latin sound ala “La Bamba.” One of the songs includes a few measures of Lou Reed’s “Wild Thing,” translated and sung in Polish out of nowhere. While I’m not sure what they’re up to lyrically, it’s obvious they’re way laid back and having an awesome time.  –Kayla Greet (Pasazer, pasazer.pl)


DOBERMANN CULT:
Lions Share of the Dog Years: LP/CD
This Swedish quintet uses an NYHC style to hit hard and fast as it explodes across thirteen songs that clearly owe a debt to the likes of Sick Of It All and Agnostic Front. I’m not that enamoured with the tough guy image some groups portray. The name Dobermann Cult, along with a photo of the band with such a dog on the insert, left me a bit cold. However, the music is well executed and songs like “No Tolerance for Intolerance” display a side of the band I can get behind, alleviating my initial reservations. –Rich Cocksedge (Gaphals, gaphals666@gmail.com, gaphals.se)


DIME RUNNER:
“Can’t Express” b/w “Drink It Up”: 7”
Long Beach’s Dime Runner assaults European fans via Wanda Records with this catchy new single, featuring two very Orange County-sounding tracks that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Terrifically snotty vocals punctuate both songs included here. Regional punk grooves sometimes occur organically, while at other times seem forced. Dime Runner doesn’t come off at all contrived and instead presents as another proud O.C. contribution to the annals of subculture.  –Art Ettinger (Wanda, wandarecords.de)


DEECRACKS:
Beyond Medication: LP/CD
This Austrian trio offers up a pretty solid homage to the legacy left by the Ramones on this, the band’s second album. Saying that though, DeeCRACKS kicks off with an incongruous surf instrumental that provides a strong opening salvo before a more expected path takes over. There are a number of things that Beyond Medication has going for it, including loud guitars, rough vocals, and a production which, thankfully, lacks any hint of slickness that could push this into the saccharine-tainted area of the furthest reaches of the pop punk genre. The songs, and most notably the choruses, are damn catchy and that is the icing (sugar free, of course!) on the cake for me.  –Rich Cocksedge (Monster Zero, monsterzeropunkrock@gmail.com, monsterzero.nl)


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