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:Razorcake #82 Now Available | Baby J, (Can Of Beans, Stoned At Heart)
· 2:ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES
· 3:#336 with Marty Ploy
· 4:Tom Neely and Keenan Keller Interview
· 5:#335 with Bryan Static


Subscriptions
New Subscriptions
Renewal
Stickers and Buttons
The NEW "Because We're Fuckin' Classy" Koozie


Big Crux, Ponchito LP
Razorcake #82
Hurula, Vi ar manniskorna vara foraldrar varnade oss for LP
Razorcake #81
Razorcake Ouija Slip Mat


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.

Subscribe Today

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

COPYRIGHTS, THE:
Learn the Hard Way: CD
While I initially thought that a new record from these fellas was perhaps a little too hot-on-the-heels of last year’s Make Sound, it really only took one listen to dispel any uncertainties or preconceptions. I can easily say that this is The Copyrights’ best release to date and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that each record sheds more obvious influences than the one before it. Granted, there’s still an unshakeable sense of Illinois in this record, but it’s significantly less obvious. The choruses are bigger, the lyrics are cleverer, and it’s immediately more memorable than their previous albums, which I also loved. I’m totally blown away.  –Guest Contributor (Red Scare, www.redscare.net)


COPYRIGHTS, THE:
Learn the Hard Way: CD
This is good, even very good, modern pop punk—like eight out of ten stars. I can’t say exactly how Learn the Hard Way stacks up against the older Copyrights albums since this is the first one of their albums I’ve gotten to hear more than a couple tracks from, but this feels like a band that’s mastered their craft. The main problem is that, at times, this album feels just a little too workman-like. Everything’s pretty good, but only a few of songs rise above the fray to approach greatness and be especially memorable (those songs being “Switchblades,” “Out of Ideas,” and “On the Way Out”). This is worth picking up, but seeing as my benchmark for contemporary pop punk is The Methadones Not Economically Viable and The Ergs! Upstairs/Downstairs, there is a lot to live up to since every song on those albums is nearly perfect and full of those moments which make me glad to be alive, even if I’m feeling miserable. Learn the Hard Way is good, but it needs a few more of those all transcending moments to be great. –Adrian (Red Scare)


COPYRIGHTS, THE:
Learn the Hard Way: CD
They’ve wowed me again. This album is much more elaborate than the last one and doesn’t reek of tired melodies or stolen ideas. These guys manage to come up with new ways to reconstruct the formula they’ve created on the foundation of pop punk with every new release. On first listen, I immediately wanted to go back to the comfort of 2007’s Make Sound. But after a full two or three listens, I can’t seem to take Learn the Hard Way out of the CD player. This band is the bees knees, and they are currently talking about coming out with a split CD with the Methadones soon. I can’t wait. This album is highly recommended.  –Mr. Z (Redscare)


COPYRIGHTS, THE:
Learn the Hard Way: CD
I’ll admit, this is one of those bands I got into much later than everyone else for whatever reason, but I’ve become well aware of this by now, and made sure to pick this up as soon as they came around. Before they’ve had the whole “distinct pop punk without being generic,” with the last record building on that, this one feels a bit darker, with just a touch of F.Y.P. style thrash to it (just slightly though, as they’re still tight as ever). I like this quite a bit.  –Joe Evans III (Red Scare, www.redscare.net)


CONVERSIONS, THE:
Prisoners’ Inventions: LP
Listening to Prisoners’ Inventions is like watching a great movie for the second time—the characters and scenes are familiar, the plot doesn’t go anywhere unexpected, but things that went unnoticed the first time around reveal themselves, and the subtle touches that went into making the film become apparent. At first listen, The Conversions aren’t doing anything ground breaking with their brand of perfectly executed, arty post-hardcore, but just underneath the surface is a thoughtfulness and attention to song craft that isn’t found in 99.9 of the hardcore bands releasing music today. The lyrics are satisfyingly vague (no self-righteous braggadocio here), the breakdowns are interesting and unique, and the singer’s voice is high-pitched and ferocious. It reminds of a less rock’n’roll Aerobitch, a less balls-to-the-wall I.C.U., or a more musically accomplished East Bay Chasers. It’s good. Really good. –Josh Benke (Level Plane)


CONQUEST FOR DEATH:
Front Row Tickets to Armageddon: LP
I never got around to putting together my list of top ten albums of 2007, but I can tell you for a fact that, if I had, this sucker would have been on it. It’s most of the dudes from What Happens Next? making the same sort of insanely fast hardcore. This is the stuff that makes you want to go so fast in the circle pit that you end up tripping on your own feet. Don’t worry though, someone will pick you up. Just keep on going. Spend your ten bucks on this now. –MP Johnson (PBP)


CONGA FURY:
Never Die!!: CD
I guess it’s safe to say that my appreciation for the crustier side of punk rock doesn’t extend very far beyond the reaches of the decidedly more accessible “stadium crust” sound. I love an incessant d-beat as much as the next guy or gal, but I like a tempo that I can keep in head-nods and a somewhat clear recording and at least the occasional snatch of melody. Conga Fury has none of these things. Their self-described “chaotic noise and terro-rhythm” isn’t entirely without its charm, but noise for noise’s sake has always gone completely over my head. Lyrically, it’s obvious that their heads and hearts are in the right places but it’s delivered in a cacophony of treble and screeching. I know there are folks who live for this stuff, but I just don’t get it. –Dave Williams –Guest Contributor (Six Weeks)


CONGA FURY:
Chaotic Noise: LP
Raging and blown-out thrash from this Japanese band. According to the insert, these songs were recorded in 2001. I wonder why they took so long to come out. Saw this band a coupla years back and they were a fantastic live band. Very cool full color artwork makes this real cool to look at while the thrash spews out of your speakers.  –Mike Frame (Six Weeks)


COLORSTORE:
Bonefish: CD
Some Beatlesque psych influence mixed in with tape manipulation and some other stuff makes this mildly interesting, but the mellow vibe just ain’t doin’ it for me, man. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.colorstore.net)


COLD ONES:
Self-titled: 7”
Cold Ones come from Liverpool with some hardcore punk, emphasizing the punk elements. Sometimes it gets a bit rockin’; sometimes it gets a bit cheesy. For the most part, they sing about drinking and being downtrodden. In case you didn’t catch it, their name is a reference to beer. The closing tracks on both sides hit harder than the rest of them. Pretty good stuff. (The last track on the first side is my favorite on here.) The cheese is to be found smothering the opening track on the second side. It opens like some hair metal crap from the Sunset Strip twenty years ago, and it has lyrics to match (the title is “Cold Blooded Hot Lover,“ from which the lyrics don’t stray too far). The opening track on the first side kinda threw me off, too. It has a skate-influenced street punk feel to it with lyrics à la Misfits (it’s called “Evil Eye”). Kinda sounds like it could be on one of those Tony Hawk games. –Vincent Battilana (Ghost City)


CIVIC PROGRESS:
Disposable EP: 7”
Since I usually just listen to PTSD music like Sade and Luther Vandross, this no bullshit, pounding hardcore knocked the sidepart out of my hair! If I didn’t have a Dockers-and-wine party to attend tonight, I’d want to see these guys tear up a warehouse for a bunch of crusties, hoodie dudes, and Bandana Republic-shopping hardcore-reenacting throwback thrashers. And, instead of making a payment on my Solofex, I’d spend my money on this 7” with cool, minimalist packaging and just enough musical quirks to make these guys a unique band. Too bad I’m a douche. –CT Terry  –Guest Contributor (www.freewebs.com/civicprogress)


CHRIS STRAWN:
I Left My Hat in Hades: CD
Mix tapes are a remarkable thing, often serving as collections of our absolute favorite songs strung together, like a child’s dream team of their favorite sport, only for music nerds. But that’s the main reason we love them; they’re collections of our (or, our friends/admirers/etc. etc.) songs that we’ve listened to over and over again. I bring this up because this solo record goes back and forth genre wise, from simple folk to some electronic jams, as if trying to recreate that feeling, as if it were an “original” mix tape, so to speak. The problem is the familiarity isn’t there, so while I think the songs are pretty good on their own, it’s a bit tough to listen to in one sitting. I could be wrong though, and realize that it’s just more of a “grower” record than I have time for before I send in the review. Here’s to hoping.  –Joe Evans III (Drazzig, www.myspace.com/chrisstrawn)


CHRIS EVIL AND THE TAINTS:
Wanna Kill! Kill! Kill!: CD
These kids fall somewhere between proto-hardcore and Oblivians-styled trash rock. While personal preferences lean toward the former, this is decent enough meat and potatoes punk on the whole.  –Jimmy Alvarado (www.75orlessrecords.com)


CHOOSE YOUR POISON:
Party Zone: 7”
Straight outta Appleton, Wisconsin, comes Choose Your Poison, a band that is firmly committed to partying, as you can tell by the name of the record. Sure, they thrash out about the usual subjects, like drinking the booze and getting pissed off at tough guys in the pit (“Save all your beef for Philly cheese steak,” they warn), but they also take the time to do a song about those shitty pay day loan businesses that prey on people in economically unstable positions. That means this record is great for partying and for thinking!  –MP Johnson (Bacon Towne)


CHINA LOCA:
I Like How: CD
Oh, man, you caught me again. Here I am, the editor of this zine, reviewing something that one of our contributors put out. Conflict of interest! I tell you what. When three other zines run a review, I’ll retract this. You just send me the links. It’s not like we have contributors to this here publication because we think they suck and they should be ignored. China Loca are: Amy Adoyzie, Imposing ‘Stache Gus, and a warp speed Casiotone providing the drumbeats. Let’s not gussy this up beyond what it is: Amy sing/screaming, Gus plonking through a practice amp, and a machine, but, damn, if the minimalism doesn’t play in their favor in a Crass-meets-Bikini Kill-meets-cheap-beer-belly-basement way. There’s anthems (“SOS”—“same old stuff” (roller rink mix)), there’s ballads (“This Is All”), and there’re straight-up rockers. Take your Warped Tour, cell phone excuses, and viral marketing. I’ll take a band that had three months to exist, practiced in their pajamas, and DIY’d furiously any day.  –Todd Taylor (China Loca, and if you have Razorcake #43, there’s a link in Amy’s column to download this album for free.)


CHIEF SMILES, THE:
Great for Terrible Times: CD
A little tough, this one is. On the one hand, they have an interestingly addled take on the pop thing with flashes of “rock” sensibilities pushed up against artier pretensions, prodigious use of a violin, and some decent hooks. On the whole, however, they seem to be missing a key ingredient to take them over the county line from “eh” to “whoa.” In the end, there’s enough here to pique interest, but not enough to hold it. –Jimmy Alvarado (www.thechiefsmiles.com)


CATALYST, THE / BRAINWORMS:
: Split 7”
The first Catalyst song, “Born with a Buzz,” sounds like a robot trying to make itself throw up. The second song, “Dunna Nanunna,” is a righteously fucked up bullet train blast of growling, screeching hardcore. The third song is an aimless instrumental that should have been left off the record, no matter how close the band is with the friend to whom they dedicate it. I’m not sure I’d listen to this side again, but fans of jaw-cracking hardcore might wanna pick it up. The Brainworms side starts off with an ode to Rites Of Spring called “Winnie Cooper.” Not my cup of tea, nor is their second offering, “Art Thou Bored.” Emotional hardcore that, unfortunately, is lost on these ears.  –Josh Benke (Rorschach)


CAESAR HOLIDAY, A:
Self-titled: CD
This is a mostly instrumental album of what the band describes as “an inspired interpretation of post-rock and avant-garde.” I’m not familiar with too much of anything that falls under that umbrella, so I can’t really say it sucks, but I can say that this isn’t my thing. Lots of melodies throughout this record, the songs are about five minutes each and follow a prog rock structure. Plenty of violin and complicated guitar work as well. I guess I could see using some of the songs with a less menacing vibe to them as white noise while trying to fall asleep, but otherwise this one will be collecting dust until I can get it off to the used record store. Give me The Copyrights any day. 
–Guest Contributor (Self-released)


BRUTAL KNIGHTS:
Living By Yourself: 12”
A super quick one from this knucklehead bunch of punk misfits from Toronto. Ten songs of short and sweet trashiness fly by in twelve minutes. This time around, the production is more raw and sounds self-recorded. It adds an element of Nervous Breakdown Black Flag meets the Nihilistics. A good thing in my book. They come across more like their live show. I have actually seen them a couple of times and they are especially great on their home turf. I know when I think of bands from Toronto, I think of this band in the same breath as Fucked Up and Career Suicide. I have heard that there is a European tour version of this 12” as a picture disc 7” with fewer songs. If anyone wants to donate one to me, I would be forever grateful.  –Donofthedead (Deranged)


BRUISES, THE:
Connected: CD
Two old clichés come immediately to mind with this disc; one is wrong and one is right. The first is that you cannot judge a book by its cover. I expected this to sound like Tegan and Sara and that is exactly what I got. The cover summed it up perfectly. The second is if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. This looks and sounds just like a Tegan and Sara record; the songwriting is not as strong but it is not bad overall.  –Mike Frame (Self-released)


BROADWAY CALLS:
Self-titled: CD
I picked this album up mostly because it was released through Adeline, which I thought had actually stopped being a record label. Seeing as Adeline has a track record which includes One Man Army, Pinhead Gunpowder, and The Living End, I was willing to buy into the press sheet’s claim of this being some essential pop punk. Well, in summation, this album is a whole lotta pop and very little punk. This is, basically, a mall-core album that Hot Topic can probably push on pre-pubescent girls, but for anyone else it just ain’t that good. This is in the same league as later day Blink-182 and Ataris’ albums, after the bands had any semblance of attitude or edginess drained from them. In all fairness to early Blink and Ataris, maybe this fits more in the Fall Out Boy/Good Charlotte category of bands who started out completely sanitized for mass consumption from the very beginning. Actually, considering that Billie Joe or Adrienne Armstrong aren’t even included in the myriad thanks, I wonder if maybe Adeline at this point is just another “independent” incubator label that majors use to build “cred” for bands before they have their official major label debuts. Blechh.  –Adrian (Adeline)


BRIDGEWORK:
World Disappears: CD
I’d believe you if you told me that this CD had been lost in the mail for ten years, because it sounds exactly like what was coming out on Crank or Revelation around ’96 or ’97—back when post-hardcore sounded like Sunny Day Real Estate mixed with alternative rock, and emo wasn’t quite on the radio yet. The problem with a lot of those bands was that hardcore dudes didn’t always know how to write rock melodies, and a lot of their new projects were hookless and monotonous. Bridgework has the same shortcomings, but gets a few points for making me feel like I’m in eleventh grade again, getting dumped by straight edge girls. –CT Terry  –Guest Contributor (www.bridgeworkmusic.com)


BREAKS, THE:
…Are Broke: one-sided 7”EP
The format’s curious. A five-song, one-sided EP that goes at 33. Perhaps it’s a money-saving enterprise because the band had already broken up or they wanted to laugh at all the suckers who drop the needle on the blank side? The Breaks were a straight-ahead St. Louis (they’re very no-coast proud) hardcore band in the 1981 (coasts), 1983 (Midwest) sense of the word. The good news is the bad news: tight, powerful, heartfelt music that was close to twenty years old when The Breaks were around. I believe that they believe what they believe; it’s just that the musical mold they chose had already been cast and hardened. The Breaks pour right into what Minor Threat and Youth Of Today had already formed and settled right into that shape. You know exactly what the music’s gonna look like. The band broke up in 2006. –Todd Taylor (Firestarter)


BOXCAR SATAN + GHOSTWRITER:
Hobo Nouveau: CD
Not quite as over the top as previous releases, Boxcar Satan, this time along with the like-minded Ghostwriter, still manage to mine the odder, darker depths of swampy blues. Whether slogging brooding originals or making covers like Bob Dylan’s “Serve Somebody” and Woody Guthrie’s “Jesus Christ” sound like they popped outta their own twisted noggins, they manage to evoke the memory of Scratch Acid as vividly as Son House. If you ever thought early Gun Club stuff could’ve used a bit more psychosis in their delivery, this’ll no doubt do the trick for ye. –Jimmy Alvarado (End Of The West)


BLUE CHEER:
What Doesn’t Kill You…: CD
Forty years since the bone-shattering debut of Vincebus Eruptum? Hard to believe, but these guys are back with a new release. It rocks from start to finish. Heavy grooves, great guitars, and pounding drums. “Rollin’ Dem Bones” and “Young Lions in Paradise” are my current faves. There’s even a killer Albert King cover on here, too. Blue Cheer—they still play hard enough to “make cottage cheese out of the air.” Gut, where are you?  –Sean Koepenick (Rainman)


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

| 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



·ANAL THUNDER
·GINO & THE GOONS
·SCATTERBOX
·NONES
·ONION FLAVORED RINGS
·SOMETHING FIERCE
·The Second Installment of Ask Miss Namella
·ROY
·Scurvy Dogs, Jesus Fucking Christ, Sahn Maru, and Holokaust


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.

© 2001-2011 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.