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:Off With Their Heads Top Shelf Interview Podcast
· 2:D4th of July, 2014
· 3:Trials and Tribulations of a Misguided Adult
· 4:Radon Interview
· 5:Ovarian Psycos


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


Big Crux, Ponchito LP
Razorcake #82
Razorcake #81
Razorcake Ouija Slip Mat
Nights and Days in a Dark Carnival by Craven Rock


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

ZEBRASSIERES:
I Am a Human: LP
Another release from these punk-wavers. This time ‘round is a full-length chock full of bouncy, catchy ditties that recall the tumultuous heydays of Epoxies, Eyes, Dickies and, yes, Devo. Synths, male/female call/response vocals, tight musicianship, and the pogo-meter set on high. –Jimmy Alvarado (P. Trash, ptrashrecords.com)


YUPPICIDE: :
American Oblivion: CD

If it’s the same band I’m thinkin’ it is—and judging from their sound and the pics, I’m gonna guess it’s not yet another batch of lazy jackasses who couldn’t be bothered to do a cursory search and see if the band name had been used prior—they’ve been around since at least the late ‘80s. It’s a mix of, well, meat ‘n’ potatoes late-’80s hardcore and English oi influences that manages to retain a level of potency bands this long-in-the-tooth usually lose years back. Can’t say it totally blew my skirt up, but they do what they do well and have the good sense not to bury it in an avalanche of overproduction.

–Jimmy Alvarado (Dead City, deadcityrecords.com)


YOUTH AVOIDERS:
Self-titled (East Coast Invasion 2013 edition): LP
After a great demo, an excellent 7”, and a split with Zombies Are Pissed!, one of my favorite current bands has their first LP, and wow is it a ripper! Featuring ten new songs, and a new version of “Control” from the demo, there are plenty of tracks here for longtime fans and for those new to Youth Avoiders to get stoked on. “Cold Mines” opens the album with a nice intro that quickly builds into the furious roar of the song itself. Side B has my favorite songs on the album, including the new version of the track “Control,” and the tracks “Smoked Glass” and “Snake Charmer,” which were my favorites of the new material. On their demo and 7”s, Youth Avoiders showed that they could shred, get a bit rock’n’roll, and write some strong hooks. On this album, the band delivers all of that in spades, turning in not only their finest performance on any recording thus far, but managing to add a bit of nuance to their already great songwriting repertoire. The closing track “Oil Slick,” is a great example of this, having a slightly different vibe than the rest of the album, but still fitting right at home in the Youth Avoiders catalog. If you’ve missed checking out this band in the past, do yourself a favor and stop avoiding them. –Paul J. Comeau (Deranged, youthavoiders@riseup.net)


YOUNG LIGHT:
Great White Arc: CDEP/LP
This two-piece (guitar/vocals and drums) shoegazer indie rock band’s first release is a four-song, sixteen-minute EP. It’s something a bit different for the Underground Communiqué label, but it works for me. I can picture enjoying listening to this as I sit in my (imaginary) leather chair and look out upon the city at night with a nice gin and tonic in my hand. I’d be interested in hearing a full-length from this duo. –Kurt Morris (Underground Communiqué)


YIKES SURF CLUB, LE:
Yikes: CDEP
Nice mix of surf sensibilities (and you thought it was just a clever name) with mid-tempo punk not out of step with early ‘80s beach punk and more modern garage rock, steeped in reverb and catchy hooks. –Jimmy Alvarado (Grizzly)


WOOLEN MEN:
Tour Tape Number Two: Cassette
Five really tight, well played pop songs clearly influenced by post-punk. I was fortunate enough to pick this up while they were, as the title implies, on tour. I had never heard them before but was immediately impressed by the very tight musicianship and vibe their music creates. I can’t listen to this band’s music without either bobbing my head or shaking my hips, sometimes both. Highly recommended. –Rene Navarro (Woolen Men, woolenmen.bandcamp.com)


WHITE WALLS / DEEP HEAT:
Split: 7”
For someone who loves food dearly, I am not able to pull from the top of my head a nice wine/food pairing (including specificities), and I feel like googling one would be disingenuous. However, I can say that these two bands pair well, whether they were curated by a sommelier of music or just came together as friends, I truly enjoyed the rich notes of heavy shoegaze, paired with the languishing, conspiratorial, surreal vocals. There was a metallic flavor of noise that left a mark on my eardrums that the hook-filled choruses were quick to amend. Falling somewhere between later Mission Of Burma and My Bloody Valentine, both bands manage to create from a rich sonic palette. White Walls (Cream reference? Definitely has some of the desperateness of that song) lean towards the noisier instrumental (though there are vocals) end of the spectrum, while Deep Heat utilize the throbbing music as a bed upon which to rest the vocals. It all worked for me. Looking forward to more! –Rev. Norb (Poison City, info@poisoncityrecords.com, poisoncityrecords.com)


WHITE ORANGE:
Onawa: CD
Dunno whether to classify this as a full-length or EP—three tunes, but the whole ride clocks in at a smidge over twenty-five minutes, total. What it all boils down to is modern space rock fodder, hence the limited number of tunes with looooooong run-times, that sometimes sound just as influenced by Loveless-era My Bloody Valentine as anything Hawkwind ever released. Tunes are hypnotic with a catchiness that manages keep the listener engaged throughout. This kinda stuff is generally hit-or-miss, but they manage to pull it off quite well. –Jimmy Alvarado (White Orange, whiteorange.bandcamp.com)


WHITE NIGHT:
Prophets of Templum CDXX: LP
Driving an hour or three for a show is unfortunately reality in the South. It also prevents a lazy person from catching some great performances. So I was determined to not miss Pedro kings White Night tour through Alabama. The show was a blast in Huntsville and I got to walk away with the new LP. Live, the band still pushes the scrappy punk sound of the first LP and 10”, but Prophets of Templum CDXX veers closer to Burger ‘60s psyche territory, especially with the keyboard pushed as high as the guitars in the mix. Not always my cup’o’magic mushroom tea, but there’s still enough feistiness and fun in these tunes to warrant many a spin on sweaty summer days, dreaming about toobin’ your local spot. –Matt Seward (Recess, recessrecords.com / 45 R.P.M., calimucho.net)


WELCH BOYS, THE:
Bring Back the Fight: CD
This new record from these Boston barnburners is lean and mean. There are songs about drinkin’, songs about hockey, and songs about gettin’ in trouble. It’s all delivered with a fast and furious precision that may cause you to spill your beer. There are two covers sandwiched in here as well. But all you need to know is if you like fast punk that gets your blood pumping, then you need this one on your shelf. Also, there’s only one dude smiling in the band photo. The rest of the guys may have to give you a talking to if you don’t get on board. –Sean Koepenick (Sailor’s Grave, info@sailorsgraverecords.com)


WE HAVE HEAVEN:
Feel the Power: LP+CD
Their label describes We Have Heaven as “psych drone thrashers.” The band is composed of David Kresge and Eric de Jesus on looped guitars and effects, and Kyle Page on drums. There are guest appearances by Rachel Lambdin on violin on one track, and Renee Uzardi on tabla (an Indian hand drum similar to bongos) on another. There’s not much thrashing to speak of on this. What there is, is looped guitar riffs run through a bunch of effects pedals with drums that set a beat and keep things from getting stale. If you’re looking for something low key to mellow out to We Have Heaven are divine, but if you’re looking for something that gets the fist pumping, or the head banging, you’re best to look elsewhere. –Paul J. Comeau (Easy Subculture)


WE ARE HEX:
Lewd Nudie Animals: 7”
Haven’t heard much from ‘em in a good spell, but it sounds like they’re still in touch with their Birthday Party records, along with a steady diet of post-punk, death rock, goth, and tribal punk fare, which is never a bad thing. Dug their Hail the Goer CD some time back, and I’m definitely diggin’ this as well. –Jimmy Alvarado (Latest Flame)


WARM TOY MACHINE:
Not Tired to Blow: LP
Warm Toy Machine plays bizarre garage rock. A once French, now Belgian band, they are heavily influenced by gritty peers in the Euro rock underground, as well as by grubby U.S. bands like Spider Babies. Simultaneously off-putting and engaging, bands like this are a dime a dozen. Is that a bad thing, though? Familiarly sleazy, Warm Toy Machine is aural comfort food for the perpetually uncomfortable. –Art Ettinger (P. Trash)


WARM NEEDLES / COSTANZA:
Split: 7”
Two bands playing different styles of punk, pop punk, and more straight-ahead punk and both come out as winners. Warm Needles play peppy, bouncy pop punk that gets your toes tapping and Costanza get a little rougher around the edges and serve up two hard-hitting punk tracks. Both bands are catchy, play with energy, and these tunes don’t come off as throwaway songs. –Rick Ecker (Tour Van, tourvanrecords.bandcamp.com)


VIOLENT BULLSHIT:
Age of Quarrel 2 by Amon Duul 3: 7” EP
When all’s said and done, Violent Bullshit is a hardcore band and all the tropes associated with that genre are in full evidence. They are, however, bright enough to temper all the throat-shredding vocals, howling angry lyrics, and the high-velocity tempos with off-the-beaten-path rhythms and odd time signatures so things don’t become one big, boring blur. Not sure if or how they’d manage to pull it off over the course of an LP, but they more than handily do so here. –Jimmy Alvarado (25 Diamonds, info@25diamonds.com)


VEHEMENT SERENADE:
The Things That Tear You Apart: CD
The world needs another Karl Buechner-fronted (Earth Crisis, Path Of Resistance) hardcore band like I need a kick to the head, which is what I would’ve likely gotten for writing such a thing if this was the early-to-mid 1990s. Multiple listens to Vehement Serenade, however, harkens me back to E-Town Concrete, a rapcore group from New Jersey that was around in the ‘90s and early 2000s. Not because the two groups sound anything alike (although I would pay money to hear Buechner rap), but in the similar response they both gave me. At first, I thought E-Town Concrete were silly, but upon repeated listens I heard grooves and some catchiness in their rap-rock stylings. But then after a while I realized, “No, this is dumb.” While Vehement Serenade may not be rap-rock, they are deceptive in that same way. Is this silly? Yes. Wait, it’s got some good grooves and decent riffs. No, wait, it’s dumb. Why? Because there are too many bands playing this same thing. While it’s nice to hear a bit of divergence (is that an attempt at singing I hear?), this just seems too similar to a million other metal-core bands I’ve heard before, even if Buechner is behind the mic. –Kurt Morris (Fast Break, fastbreakent.com)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Twitch and Gloam: CD
The subheading for this release is “Dark sounds from the Pacific Northwest,” and that’s more than apt a description for what you get for your buck here. Twelve bands—Vice Device, //zoo, Baby Guns, Perpetual Ritual, Grave Babies, and others—hailing from Portland and points north bust out their synths, geetars, and other devices and lay down some infectious dark pop, gloomy new wave, morose skronk, and sundry related noise. These types of comps (as are most comps these days, come to think of it) are notoriously spotty, but this one maintains a high level of quality and consistency that will no doubt please both fans of the genre and those looking for something different from the noise to which they usually subject themselves. –Jimmy Alvarado (Flat Field, flatfieldrecords.com)


VARIOUS ARTISTS:
Radio Ready - Texas: Volume One: LP
Rare Texas power pop tunes from 1978-’83, assembled lovingly by Cheap Rewards records. They put out the fine Reactions reissue a short while back and maintain a stellar blog with tunes ranging from Killed by Death (Cheap Rewards also put out the Legionnaires Disease re-ish) to power pop to obscure mungo. The packaging is aces (gatefold sleeve, liner notes about each band, and I got the hook up from an Austin buddy who was able to get me the neon green vinyl!). Fidelity is pretty high and the mastering is loud enough that the two songs recorded in mono keep up with the rest. I can’t pick just one favorite song. Maybe Jemmy Leggs’ “Fireworks” or The Fad’s “Think.” Or The Haskells “Pop Art.” I’m sure promised future volumes will only make my choice that much harder! –Sal Lucci (Cheap Rewards, cheaprewards.net)


UV RACE:
“Gypsy King” b/w “Charlie Sheen”: 7”
UV Race continue to take the States by storm. Australians on a mission. For the benighted, this group is hard to categorize. Sort of LiLiput, sort of early Fall. “Gypsy King” has a Memphis horns feel to it. Slow and lazy....While it’s dangerous to make generalizations, here I go: Australians love American culture. We sell more Bondo-lined Yank tanks to Australia than just about any other country. When I was in New Zealand in 2011, Kiwis told me how awesome Charlie Sheen was and that he had to be making America proud. (Australia is right above New Zealand for the geographically challenged; the two countries share a friendly rivalry and close trade relations.) Marcus (UV Race vocalist) wrote a song about Charlie Sheen. There you go. Like all UV Race albums, he included liner notes to this 7”, describing his fascination with Sheen—the porn stars, fast cars, and millions of dollars. It’s a funny song. And thirty years from now—when America is totally impotent and exhausted, the logical conclusion to Reaganomics—I imagine it’ll be a source of pride that another industrialized country produced a generation that cared enough about American pop culture to write a song about it. Should you get this record? No doubt. I bought this from the band about a month before Razorcake sent it to me. –Ryan Leach (HoZac, hozacrecords.com)


TURN ME ON DEADMAN:
We Are the Star People: LP
The Alternative Tentacles website presents this band as an innovative, heavy psych act. They remind me of generic ‘90s radio rock. They have a song called “Dreamchild.” Even Paul Stanley would pull quality control on that title. They have nice guitar tones, but that’s about as far as I got with it. It probably sounds better live –Billups Allen (Alternative Tentacles)


TRASHIES:
Teenage Rattlesnakes: LP
Garage punk that feels like it has more in common with Devo than New Bomb Turks. Interesting in that I don’t think I’ve heard a modern band ever sound quite like this. The rhythms and tempos are erratic and peculiar, a quality which I’ve come to appreciate. Not as dirty as the name might imply. You’d think for a band called the Trashies this would be dripping in fuzz, but such was not meant to be. Grade: B. –Bryan Static (1234 Go!, 1234gorecords.com)


TOYS THAT KILL / FUTURE VIRGINS:
Split: 7”
The newest Toys That Kill track, “Maybe This Cult Is Way Off” is glorious. Once again, TTK give the hypnotic surf melodies and run-in-your-head-for-days vocal hooks of the sound they created. In this song something about the band’s mantra lyrics (the song title is repeated at least twenty times) joins with the buzzy jump of distorted bass and activates my blood like a drug. Listening to it makes me want to practice full-court shots, or throw a brick through the mayor’s window: anything to express with my body the excellence of this track. Speaking to the other half of the EP, now is somehow my first time hearing Future Virgins. I missed their well-reviewed album Western Problems, but these two EP tracks “Passing Curse” and “Counting Sheep (Show Me)” are great. They’ve kept me re-listening for echoes of The Jam’s ‘70s clangy guitar and throaty Hüsker Dü singing. The group has a smart rock-influenced punk sound, playing with more than the standard punk power chord and three-part song structure. Taken together, TTK and Future Virgins complement each other on this release. It’s worth picking up for either band. –Jim Joyce (Drunken Sailor, drunkensailorrecs@gmail.com)


TOYOTAS, THE:
Toyotas for Sale: 10”
The pride of Wuppertal, these tuneful-yet-efficient Germans carry on their proud national tradition of high-minded philanthropy by helpfully and selflessly compiling the songs from their three P.Trash singles on one extremely handy 10”. The addition of three bonus covers ((Reducers! Fuck yes! “Tainted Love!” Fuck no!)) ups the ante to fourteen songs in ten inches, with nothing clocking in over 2:25. Like any efficiently-tuned four-cylinder engine, these Toyotas sound something like ‘90s West Coast moddists like The Gain or Odd Numbers crossed with the work of bygone pop punk countrymen like the Cheeks and un-bygone garage punk continentmen like whatever Martin Savage is up to these days. A ten-inch record with fourteen songs this good is almost like having dessert for supper, so pass the Haribo® Gold-Bears and let’s get this party started! BEST SONG: “Kicks & Screams,” unless you count the Reducers cover, which is excellent. BEST SONG TITLE: “Radio Off” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Tainted Love” was originally recorded by Gloria Jones in 1964. –Rev. Norb (P.Trash, ptrashrecords.com)


TIMMY VULGAR:
Center of Saturn: Cassette
Timmy Vulgar: he makes awesome Mexican food, puts out records with Human Eye, and doesn’t need responsibility, man. This cassette tape is for fans only. They’ll love it. Casual Timmy fans (if they exist) won’t. This tape is lo-fi. The fact that halfway through listening to it I figured out that the gnarly hiss coming from the speakers was attributable to my cassette player acting up—and not due to Timmy’s rudimentary recording equipment—speaks volumes for how lo-fi Center of Saturn is. There are some gems on here. The instrumental stuff is nothing short of amazing. There are some free-association tracks as well. If you still have a cassette player and like Timmy Vulgar (come on, people, the latter’s a no-fucking-brainer), pick this one up. –Ryan Leach (Flesh Wave, fleshwave.bandcamp.com)


TIKDOFF:
Zero Trux: LP
To be brutally honest, I was expecting a heap o’ generic thrash-o-rama from this, but no, these Australian malcontents manage to make a racket that, while clearly falling within hardcore’s parameters and reeking of U.S. influence, doesn’t follow a rather large herd. Things are mostly kept short, dissonant, and mid-tempo, but they throw themselves fully into the fray, juggling equal parts quirk and antagonism with deft heft. Those looking for something that easily fits into their predetermined pigeonhole criteria will likely be nonplussed by this, but, to again be brutally honest, they fuckin’ deserve to be. –Jimmy Alvarado (Tikdoff, tikdoffband@hotmail.com)


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

| 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



·HEROINES, THE
·SLEATER-KINNEY
·BLUE CROSS
·NOSE KNOWS, THE
·VARIOUS ARTISTS
·VARIOUS ARTISTS
·Soft Tissue
·ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT
·BARE MUTANTS


Razorcake Fuck Off T-shirt



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.