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:#389 with Donofthedead
· 2:#388 with Tim Brooks
· 3:Webcomic Wednesdays #157
· 4:Webcomic Wednesdays #158
· 5:#390 with Jimmy Alvarado


Subscriptions
Renewal
New Subscriptions
Stickers and Buttons
Gift Subscription


Razorcake #90
White Murder, both LPs
Treasure Fleet, The Sun Machine LP
Razorcake #89
White Murder, Form Early LP (CLEAR VINYL)


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.

No Idea Records

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

RATOS DE PORAO:
Seculo Sinestro: CD
One can’t help but be impressed when a band in its thirty-third year of existence can still manage to crank out an album as consistently strong, relevant, and unrelenting as this one. This latest release sees the band seesaw a bit more back towards the “thrash metal” side of their dual existence but while there may be a bit more chugga-chugga to the guitars, they approach things with the same level of political astuteness and ferocity that has made them one of Brazil’s most formidable and better-known hardcore bands to the outside world. Ten originals, an Anti Cimex cover, and not a second wasted. Fuuuuuck yeah, this’ll definitely blow your doors off.  –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)


RAY CREATURE:
Self-titled: LP
I am a huge new wave fan and love all kinds of dark shit like Sisters Of Mercy, Christian Death, and Bauhaus. I also worked at Hot Topic for half a decade. I am fully aware of what those bands unwittingly spawned. I listened to this quite a bit before reading the press sheet and must admit to not being surprised that these recordings are essentially just mash-ups of old recordings. You know “liberally adding synths and sequencers” does not make a good record. This is like people who actually think anyone who learns simple punk chords should record a punk album. “Could” and “should” are different things. I actually find this stuff insulting. I want Nick Cave to punch this band in the face.  –Rene Navarro (Sister Cylinder, sistercylinder.bigcartel.com)


RAZORHEADS:
Self-titled: Cassette
Black metally, gruff, and fast with some powerviolence tendencies. Just three tracks on this release and they go by quick. But don’t worry because the same three appear on the b-side as well. Seems like a bit of wasted tape to me. The artwork rocks; the band is not really my thing. –Kayla Greet (Self-released)


REAGAN’S POLYP:
America Needs More Ass: CD
Art-damaged synth noise experimentation whackery. These guys must really like Men’s Recovery Project, but are nowhere near as clever or interesting. More simulacra and bargain basement juvenilia. Bleh. If you need a shim for an uneven chair or table, this would suit just fine.  –Matt Average (Vetoxa, vetoxa.com)


REAGAN’S POLYP:
Facefuckingbatspermantidotepudding: CD
Do you like to challenge yourself when you listen to music? Are you a fan of potty mouth lyrics and absurdities? If you answered yes to either of these questions then I have the CD for you. There are thirty quirky songs on here with titles like, “Fuck Mommy,” “They Installed Teeth in My Ass,” and “1-900-Monkeybutt.” Smell my feces and enjoy.  –Ryan Nichols (Vetoxa, vetoxarecords@gmail.com)


RED KATE:
When the Troubles Come: LP
The woodblock print cover looks like a folk punk record, the music’s in that grey area where power pop begins veering into cock rock, and the vocalists sound like Muppets. I could see this being fun after a couple beers at a bar, but it wasn’t really doing it for me on wax at home.  –Chris Terry (replayrecordsusa.com)


RED TAPE:
Bless Me Father, For I Have Sinned: LP
If the singer’s Boston accent didn’t creep in every now and then (“Teah down the walls”), I’d swear this was a lost SoCal band from the early ‘80s. These twelve songs are anthemic like Agent Orange, with a heavy black cloud of guitars that got my fist in the air. All the songs are on one side, and the flip has an etching of the cover art, a drawing of a ball-gagged priest getting whipped by a nun.  –Chris Terry (pinehillrecords.bigcartel.com)


REPELLERS / DEAD HAND:
Split: 7”
Okay, metal… I kind of understand metal, I guess? Repellers is like a mix of crust and death metal. Dead Hand is some kind of doom/sludge thing. It is listenable. If you do not obsessively listen to metal already then I don’t think this will make anybody a convert. But the art on the cover is pretty neat! Grade: C+.  –Bryan Static (Divine Mother, divinemotherrecordings.blogspot.com)


REPLICA:
Beasts: 7” EP
An unrelenting barrage of sonic virulence comes crashing down upon your melon, thrashes its way into your auditory canals, and infects your being until you find yourself unable to stop your body from rhythmically spasming along to its demon-beat. Yeah, I’ve been reading old Pushead and, yes, as a matter of fact, this release is aces, and the cover art is fuggin’ gorgeous. –jimmy (Prank, prankrecords.com)


RESIST CONTROL:
Cessation: LP
Resist Control—who feature former and current members of NY mainstays such as Running For Cover, John Brown’s Army, and Gas Chamber—play a frantically paced interpretation of the fastcore genre with the absence of the prototypical screaming pterodactyl or gurgling cookie monster vocals in favor of a confrontational-styled shouting. First impressions bring to mind powerviolence revivalists Burn Your Bridges or Low Threat Profile, but a closer look under the hood reveals manic, shredding guitar parts a la Stikky sans the humor. The guitar notes are a lot more melodic than what is customary for this genre, but they work surprisingly well here. Glad I kicked the tires on this one. –Juan Espinosa (Feral Kid / Peterwalkee, no address listed)


REXX:
Death, and Other Ways to be Artsy: Cassette
Emo/indie for the sad boys with the feelings and so on. Home-recorded, Pacific Northwest vibes kind of save it from just being wimpy white noise. The first time I listened to it, I was scrolling through Tumblr and a picture of the cast of The O.C. came up and I was like, “Ah, okay. This makes sense. I like this. Seth Cohen and nostalgia and stuff.” Then a couple days later I was listening with my girlfriend and I said, “This isn’t bad. But I wouldn’t want to be the person he’s singing about” and she said “Oh godno” and then we watched Foyle’s War, but really Rexx is all right, for the young people with hearts, not just the sad boy people.  –Matt Werts (Burger, burgerrecords.org)


RHYTHM OF CRUELTY:
Dysphoria: LP
Shades of early Cocteau Twins and Xmal Deutschland are in evidence in the music here, which also throws in hypnotic hints of industrial minimalism and drone to draw you in and keep you mesmerized. It’s not really uncharted waters they’re delving into here, but they do so with talent and a palpable sense of purpose. I’m listening to this during the dog days of summer, but I can totally see it making its way into heavy rotation as soon as the days get cooler and grayer.  –jimmy (Crude City, crudecityrecords@hotmail.ca)


RICH HANDS, THE:
Out of My Head: Cassette
I like it when new releases sound like stuff I was into twenty-five years ago and still listen to despite the nagging suspicions meandering in my head that I’m just a nostalgic old fool. The Rich Hands have a sound similar to stuff coming out of Minneapolis in the mid- to late-’80s (I keep going back to Made to Be Broken-era Soul Asylum on this one, but that’s not quite right…), but with a bit more of a rock’n’roll roots feel to it. I liked it a bunch. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Burger / Fountain)


RIDGELANDS, THE:
Daggers Down: LP
On first listen, I would describe this as Midwestern, Johnny Cougar pop punk. That’s not a dig. I like pop punk. I like the Midwest. John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Hurt So Good” is a fucking solid ode to kinky sex. The video is a goddamn masterpiece. Why not? In the gatefold, the trio sits clothed in a bathtub, pouring clear liquid from gasoline canisters over themselves. Crazy kids. I see a skateboard deck, a half-gnawed chicken wing, a G.G. Allin shirt, and cans upon empty cans of Midwestern beer. I bet this band is the life of the house party, frat party, and skate park. If you find yourself headed into any of these situations, consider taking a copy of Daggers Down with you. The packaging is beautiful (colored vinyl, etc.) and it’s impolite to show up empty-handed, you filthy cheapskate!  –John Mule (Sexy Baby, sexybabyrecords.com)


ROCHELLE ROCHELLE:
Self-titled: Cassette
If we lived in a reality where children, instead of becoming adults as they aged, became, say, furry green multi-headed antelopes that shit out, like, gems and miniature cities instead of poop, and everyone talked out of their eyes, and rubbing the soles of one’s foot with someone else’s foot was considered the most intimate form of human contact, then Rochelle Rochelle would be the biggest house band in the universe. But since we live here, in this reality, this tape sounds like the droll, trying soundtrack to a demented kids’ show, full of reverb and no information besides song titles and, honestly, I just don’t have the patience for it. –keith (Muckman)


ROMAN CANDLES:
“Yorba Linda” b/w “Crystal Cathedral”: 7”
Chris Gordon is not simply an angry punk who writes about what he sees on the news. This two-song seven inch is a testament to that. The short essay on the insert makes all the difference by not simply throwing music into the world expecting the listeners to interpret it correctly, but rather putting the effort to explain, “This is why I made this.” Gordon is honest; he pulls from his life experience admitting his disappointments with his hometown as well as the reluctance with which he leaves it. While the lyrics themselves—sung in strained pleads that were too lacking in definitive melody—did not stir radical feelings of rebellion in my chest, the context they were presented in won me over.  –Ashley (Self-released, fuckthestowaways.blogspot.com, romancandlesmusic@gmail.com)


ROYAL PINES:
Three Sheets: LP
Interesting collusion of Fall-esque post punk and maybe some odd rock stuff that would not have been out of place on Am Rep or Alternative Tentacles back in the day. If this were the 1980s (and Three Sheetshas that quality about it: it could just as easily have been recorded then as now), you’d just call this stuff “college rock” and be good to go. Slightly droning and very layered and braced by challenging rhythms and tempos, it’s a record that seethes along pretty decently. A far cry from my usual fare, but convincing enough. –keith (Grey Chord)


RUINED FAMILIES:
Blank Language: LP
Tearing through nine songs of chunky, angular riffs and staccato yells, Ruined Families, from Athens, Greece, play evolved hardcore with post-screamo, post-punk, post-whatever flourishes. They make an impact immediately. The arrangements aren’t the derivative loud-quiet-loud formula that is the go-to for current emotive hardcore bands. Instead, the aural assault begins with “Only Need Is Real” and continues through to the last song, “Pedestal.” The subtle tonal shifts make for an engaging listen. From metallic assault, like Florida’s Ex-Breathers, to the shoegaze-lite of “Easy Living,” Ruined Families stretch their legs in a genre sadly synonymous with uniformity. Also, the lyrics are divisive with plenty of food for thought, criticizing capitalist parenting and punk stereotypes: “We were born inside a trap. The punks want their money back.” Thoughtful stuff. –Sean Arenas (Adagio830, adagio830.de)


RUINS / USNEA:
Split: EP
An exercise in the dark and heavy. One song from each band, and I would definitely like to hear more from Ruins. They walk in the Tragedy realm, though they have a slightly catchier and melodic side that helps propel them far ahead of others who tread the same ground. The song, “Only the End of the World” begins with an apocalyptic tone then kicks into a full-on attack that is as rocking as it is heavy. Time changes throughout to keep the listener interested as well as adding more depth to the music. Usnea slow things down considerably with their contemplative sludge that’s slightly marred by the higher range vocal growling that comes in towards the end. Should have left that out and just let the music do the talking.  –Matt Average (Halo Of Flies, halooffliesrecords.com / Twisted Chords, twisted-chords.de)


SAM RUSSO / BRENDAN KELLY:
Split: 7”
Looks like we have another entry in the punk rock retirement acoustic solo career sweepstakes. Tim Barry and Chuck Ragan sure opened the floodgates on the “mature and pick up an acoustic guitar” trajectory. The two tunes by Sam Russo here are quite tuneful and downright strong. Not sure if he is ex any band but there are some real songwriting chops here and the British accent lends an air of sophistication to the proceedings. Brendan Kelly is the Lawrence Arms/Slapstick dude and turns in two songs as well. The songs on his side of the split are perfectly passable acoustic songs that don’t really stand out but are still good. It takes a lot to really shine with just an acoustic guitar and vocals. Not everyone can be Chad Price or Jon Snodgrass. –frame (Red Scare)


SASHCLOTH AND AXES:
Zeus: LP
If there is a soundtrack better than this for those S and M folks out there, put it up against this record. Imagine if Q Lazarus recorded more than one song and you’re half way there. Sashcloth And Axes make dark and driving dance floor music, the kind that makes you want to take your pants off before your shirt. Fans of Q Lazarus, dark-wave, and Dark Entries Records will fall in love with this record. The vocals are minimal and mostly consist of sexual moaning. If you mashed up Thriller and some old Clan Of Xymox, this happens. Limited copies come with a very X-rated coloring book where you can connect-the-dots to make a penis, pick different styles of breasts to put on a woman’s chest, and color an illustration of “The Hasselhoff” position next to phrases like, “Color me harder!”  –Ryan Nichols (Self-released, no address listed)


SCUMRISE:
Super Hits: Cassette
With a bevy of influences on display such as hardcore, hard rock, and punk I can only assume that Scumrise is unfamiliar with bands like Cursed, Burning Love, and To Hell And Back who have proven that this style only works for a chosen few. Not awful but not spectacular and that is precisely the problem. –Juan Espinosa (Scumrise, scumrise.bandcamp.com)


SEAGULLS:
Royal We/ All the World’s Wars: CD-R
A spit-shined produced version of Seagulls’ live set. Equal sonic parts Florida and Fat Wreck with a heavy dose of dirty South ATL. Steve roars with a Pink Eyes ferocity while Dom and Billy wheel and loop their guitar leads around the rhythm section like ripcord dervishes. You can see and feel the plywood stage buckle under the pressure of the band’s incessant energy. Not sure where their penchant for basketball jerseys comes from—and some songs could have had a bit of fat trimmed from their lengths—but still recommended for ratcheting up your already soaring mood. –Matt Seward (seagullsatl.bandcamp.com)


SELF ABUSE:
Teenage: LP
A vinyl pressing of what was originally a cassette-only release originally making the rounds in 1983 from a now lesser-known Bournemouth UK82 band. The tunes are very much of that time and genre, but they also manage to sneak in a bit of the kind of post-punk influence popular with that era’s anarcho-punk cabal of bands as well. The tunes are strong individually, but I gotta say, taken one after the other the sameness of much of what here starts to blend together into once long mush of a tune. This is a recommended purchase, with the caveat that it might be best to drop it into your greater playlist and hit random for maximum effect. –jimmy (Loud Punk)


SERIOUS SAM BARRETT:
Any Road: LP
It’s interesting how it seems that if done genuinely, any genre of music can become punk music if played by punks. The genre at hand is rootsy, acoustic, country, folk stuff. When executed with this much energy and passion, Sam could be playing a goddamn slide whistle and it would still sound like distorted guitar in my brain. It should be no surprise that Mr. Barrett’s previous LP was released on Arkam Records, and he has toured with the Pine Hill Haints. Both he and they do an exceptional job of staying true to a lifetime’s worth of punk music while still playing something totally different. Having a song about touring with Kid Little doesn’t hurt either. –Daryl Gussin (YaDig?, serioussam13@hotmail.co.uk)


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 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 354 355 356 357 358 359 360 361 362 363 364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 372 373 374 375 376 377 378 379 380 381 382 383 384 385 386 387 388 389 390 391 392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 400 401 402 403 404 405 406 407 408 409 410 411 412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 468 469 470 471 472 473 474 475 476 477 478 479 480 481 482 483 484 485 486 487 488 489 490 491 492 493 494 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 502 503 504 505 506 507 508 509 510 511 512 513 514 515 516 517 518 519 520 521 522 523 524 525 526 527 528 529 530 531 532 533 534 535 536 537 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 546 547 548 549 550 551 552 553 554 555 556 557 558 559 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 568 569 570 571 572 573 574 575 576 577 578 579 580 581 582 583 584 585 586 587 588 589 590 591 592 593 594 595 596 597 598 599 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 610 611 612 613 614 615 616 617 618 619 620 621 622 623 624 625 626 627 628 629 630 631 632 633 634 635 636 637 638 639 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 650 651 652 653 654 655 656 657 658 659 660 661 662 663 664 665 666 667 668 669 670 671 672 673 674 675 676 677 678 679 680 681 682 683 684 685 686 687 688 689 690 691 692 693 694 695 696 697 698 699 700 701 702 703 704 705 706 707 708 709 710 711 712 713 714 715 716 717 718 719 720 721 722 723 724 725 726 727 728 729 730 731 732 733 734 735 736 737 738 739 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 747 748 749 750 751 752 753 754 755 756 757 758 759 760 761 762 763 764 765 766 767 768 769 770 771 772 773 774 775 776 777 778 779 780 781 782 783 784 785 786 787 788 789 790 791 792 793 794 795 796 797 798 799 800 801 802 803 804 805 806 807 808 809 810 811 812 813 814 815 816 817 818 819 820 821 822 823 824 825 826 827 828 829 830 831 832 833 834 835 836 837 838 839 840 841 842 843 844 845 846 847 848 849 850 851 852 853 854 855 856 857 858 859 860 861 862 863 864 865 866 867 868 869 870 871 872 873 874 875 876 877 878 879 880 881 882 883 884 885 886 887 888 889 890 891 892 893 894 895 896 897 898 899 900 901 902 903 904 905 906 907 908 909 910 911 912 913 914 915 916 917 918 919 920 921 922 923 924 925 926 927 928 929 930 931 932 933 934 935 936 937 938 939 940 941 942 943 944 945

| 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



·KID ON ESCALATOR
·VARIOUS ARTISTS
·JOHN BROWN’S ARMY
·CURTIS HARDING
·GLOBAL THREAT, A
·PAUL THE PUNKER #7 & #8
·Old Man Winter and Other Sordid Tales
·VARIOUS ARTISTS
·ORDER OF THE WHITE ROSE


Black and Red Eye



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.

© 2001-2015 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.