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DERBY DOLLS / LIBERTY MADNESS:
Split: 7" EP
Derby Dolls: Female-fronted poppy punk tunes, the second of which is the standout. Liberty Madness: Two zippy, thrashy bits of punk rock with some nice backing vocals, either of which is worthy of inclusion on your latest mix tape. –Jimmy Alvarado (myspace.com/thatluxgoodrecords)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
I Can’t Pass a Drug Test: 7"EP
Another release from this prolific one-man new wave/sleaze band. For some reason, I like this band less and less over time. I think there was a point where his songs sounded more punk rock and less sleaze-core. Now, I don’t know. Maybe it’s just that I’ve heard too much of it and it’s not all super awesome. Really, all of his songs are starting to sound the same. I think, if anything, it’s an argument against releasing every song you’ve ever written (or close to it, perhaps). –Maddy (Certified PR, certifiedprrecords.com)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
Life and Death: 7"
Top-notch 45. Loud and noisy—a lot like the Demon’s Claws and some of Jay Reatard’s solo stuff. Certified PR has been putting out some quality vinyl. This is no exception –Ryan Leach (Certified PR, certifiedprrecords.com)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
The Smell of My Room Vol. 2: Serious Injuries: CD
Derek Lyn Plastic (yes, that’s one guy, not a band name) has been putting out dark, angry new wave-ish songs with keyboards for a bunch of years now. This CD has twenty songs, including four demo versions. Three of the demo versions are of songs that are already on this CD. It’s overkill, particularly for this type of sound. I’m torn here—at first you think he’s doing something pretty unique, and it’s really close to being something I could get into, but I think the problem is the way he sings or how it comes across—kinda too affected, too aggressive, even, maybe. If you like dark new wave, or if you like Jay Reatard (which everyone should!), you should at least listen to one or two of these songs online and decide for yourself. America=democracy. You decide. –Maddy (NMG)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
Invisible Skin: 7" EP
This rules! A one-man punk rock explosion outta Atlanta! Kinda sounds like old Pelado records stuff, in the best way possible. Totally catchy, jump and up down ‘77 influenced punk rock! Records like these make me seriously question my current practice of only listening to the Marked Men! There is more music out there! And it rocks! I’ve already listened to this six times today! If this were a cereal, it’d be Fruit Loops. Hyper goodness! I love this record! Where’s the full-length, please? –Maddy (self-released)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
Negative Feelings: 7”
I love Derek Lyn Plastic! Total new wave punk rock with awesome lyrics! Although the A side needed to be faster, the B side more than made up for it! There’s even totally awesome girl vocals on one song by Naomi Lavender. Whoever she is, I NEED to hear more! So rough and rockin’! Buy this, dear consumers! If this were a cereal, it’d be Trix! So yummy! –Maddy (dereklynplastic@hotmail.com)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
Invisible Skin: 7”

Todd has a conversation with himself.

 

 

T1: It’s one-man new wave band?

 

 

T2: Yes. It says it was written, performed, and produced by one dude.

 

 

T1: Is it any good?

 

 

T2: Better than that.

 

 

T1: It smacks of novelty.

 

 

T2: Sure it does.

 

 

T1: It doesn’t look like a new wave record.

 

 

T2: Nope, it sure doesn’t. Skulls aren’t heavily incorporated into new wave. Not as much as stripes.

 

 

T1: Does he wear a skinny tie, at least?

 

 

T2: There’s no picture of him. Just of someone passed out on the cover, but I don’t think it’s a picture of him.

 

 

T1: What’s so good about it?

 

 

T2: It’s surprising, when new wave doesn’t have that many surprises. It’s like ska. The mode’s set. It really depends on how well the songs are written. For christ sake, “Hardcore Addicts” sounds like Ministry minced with New Town Animals, but it’s really good. Demented, even.

 

 

T1: Get out.

 

 

T2: No, it’s like he found a new gateway through the trapped universe of new wave. It’s still catchy, the keyboards are still there, but the guitars and drums are turned up and hit hard. Nothing wrong with that.

 

 

T1: From the Northwest, at least?

 

 

T2: Atlanta of all places. Damn, it’s manic stuff. Mind if I flip it over again?

 

 

T1: Not at all.

 

 

T2: Folks who dig Dirtnap’ll lap this shit up. Left field surprise of the issue for me.

 

 

–Todd Taylor (Derek Lyn Plastic)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
She’s Got a U.T.I.: 7"
Finally, a musician willing to tackle everyday medical problems! Of course, there are some historical precedents (Screeching Weasel’s “Jeannie’s Got a Problem with Her Uterus” and the Quincy Punx’s “Dumpster Diving at the Abortion Clinic”), but hopefully this will spur a renaissance of medical themes. Could This Is My Fist record a song about herpes? Or maybe Teenage Bottlerocket could tackle the difficult issues posed by Type 2 Diabetes? The possibilities are endless! If this were a cereal, it’d be Honey Nut Cheerios! Sorta The Dickies mixed with Jay Reatard, but, unfortunately, this one’s a little bit more on the general rock end of things. But if you haven’t checked out Sir Plastic and you like music, you should! –Maddy (NMG)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
The Smell of My Room Vol. 1: Drug Sounds: CD
Superficially, it’s easy to think that Derek Lyn Plastic doesn’t give a shit. First of all, the name Derek Lyn Plastic doesn’t actually appear anywhere on the album artwork. What does? A picture of a giant penis. If that doesn’t say “I don’t give a shit,” I don’t know what does. Look a little closer and it becomes clear that, although this may be “I don’t give a shit” music in terms of its philosophy, it’s not in terms of its craftsmanship. It’s a perfectly precise cacophony of confidently sleazy vocals, garage guitar solos, and dark new wave sounds. This is what you dance to after you break someone’s nose. –MP Johnson (NMG)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC:
The Insides and Outsides of Plastic Surgery: CD
Holy cow, this CD has twenty-four songs. They could have left a few off that wouldn’t have been missed. Filler songs are not fun for us listeners. There is some good stuff in there, though. It’s total pop punk with snotty undertones. Multiple songs include keyboard technology. A good band for fans of Creepy Creeps. I imagine the indirect influences were bands like Quincy Punx and… gross. Is this song about a chick with a UTI? Ugh. –Corinne (NMG, nfluential.com)


DEREK LYN PLASTIC :
Wombat Juice: 7”
Here are the latest four tracks on virginal white vinyl from New York’s DLP with programming by Sean Monistat. Building bridges from punk to electro trash, these sleazy dregs of marsupial nectar have been hitting airwaves via WFMU since February. “My Life Hurts” has a straight-forward coked-out power pop melody while “Pink Amnesia,” “Kill Kill Carol Malone,” and “Garden of Eden,” are salty morsels frothing over with testosterone and frenzied guitar hooks. Fun stuff. Can’t wait for more. Recommended. –Kristen K (NMG)


DEREK LYNN PLASTIC:
Plastic Surgery: 7" EP
I do believe it’s more of a spontaneous generation than an empty trend—new wave smacked on the jagged boulders of garage rock, exploding in a bounty of once-buried treasure. There are several bands doing this, and doing it well. The nearest cousin to Derek would be the dearly missed Lost Sounds: science experiments gone wrong, psychosis being wrestled with, and dirty electronics used as percussion instruments then caressed back into a melody. The best of all, the songs are thickly spined and muscled into form by solid songwriting instead of mere shtick or amateurish “hey, look at me being rad by sucking”-isms. In turns, this reminds me of Gary Numan, the Reatards, Joy Division, Human League, and a male-lead Epoxies. Good stuff. –Todd Taylor (Florida’s Dying)


DEREK LYNN PLASTIC:
Negative Feelings: 7"EP
Skinny ties used as nooses. Amphetamines instead of cocaine. Mr. Plastic has one foot in the new wave (keyboards, excited robot vocals) one foot in the rock (a human drummer, slashy instead of bouncy guitars). In a good way, this EP takes cues from Dirtnap’s deep roster; a modern twist in an alternate universe where musicians learn equally from both The Adverts and the Vapors, utilizing the technology of today. Think along the lines of a mix of The Triggers, The Charming Snakes, and The Briefs, all about the get into a nasty wreck, speeding down a wiggly freeway. Not bad. –Todd Taylor (NMG)


DEREK LYNN PLASTIC:
The Smell of My Room Volume Three – Wicked Bad: CD
I have to say I don’t think I’ve ever been so confused by a CD sleeve. There is a dude standing in front of an Arby’s sign on the front cover and a photo of beer bottles, a bong, and a pile of weed on the back cover. Doing my homework, I found out that Derek Lyn Plastic was the culprit behind the disc. Turns out, nothing could prepare me for what lay inside: thirty tracks of garage-tinged, punkish pop plus another twenty-nine tracks of demo versions of the same tracks in the same order. Even though it’s a fun listen, one version is certainly enough. “30 years,” “You Need Money to Love Me,” and “Worlds Are Burning” were probably the disc’s most compelling tracks for me. –Garrett Barnwell (NMG, no address)


DERIDE:
Self-Titled: LP
Flawless Japanese thrash in the rich, gushing vein of Assfort, Gauze, and Gism. Like sports photography, if you look at it in a millisecond and capture it in mid-leap, you can appreciate how precise, how finely tuned, how on-target, and how incredibly difficult a feat Deride’s pulling off. The result’s a nuclear bomb made out of thousands of meticulous motions, from the drums which oscillate between making a metronome jealous to how the Tasmanian Devil would attack, to the sharpened guitars that have more speeds than a blender, to the words spit out like bullets and unspooled like barbed wire, it’s quintessential thrash. –Todd Taylor (Mad at the World)


DERITA SISTERS, THE:
Whore Stories: CD
Fans of Dead Lazlo’s Place or the Badtown Boys might be interested in this one. Gizz, a member of the latter bands, is in this one. This ensemble is more loose than the previous mentioned bands. Old school, in the vein of the early eighties. Silly lyrics over sloppy three chords of punk fun. Twenty songs to fill up some time when you need some messy pleasure. –Donofthedead (Big Lizard)


DERITA SISTERS, THE:
V-Boy Riot!: CD
Skip past the pointless introduction, and maybe just go on to track four, “Tomorrow Was Yesterday,” and let the disc play through from there. Recorded live in Germany sometime last year, the DeRita Sisters play punk in the style of the Buzzcocks, and later period Dils. Really good stuff. Imagine they must be fun live. Wouldn’t mind seeing them play here sometime. –Matt Average (Ralf Hunebeck)


DERKS, THE:
Slack Jawed Hussies: 7"
Four mid-tempo punk rock songs with a somewhat standard sound to them, although I really, really, really like the last song, “Truck,” which had a bit of a country feel to it musically and lyrically. The other three songs are good, but not holy-shit-you’ve-got-to-hear-this-record-good. Overall, the record rocks, but it a very familiar way—kind of like the Zero Boys played at a slightly slower tempo. –The Lord Kveldulfr (No label listed)


DEROZER:
Mondo Perfetto: CD
blastin' a mindblowin' montage of mayhemic melodicore magnificence! The impressively flashy musicianship is a blistering blitzkrieg barrage of steady, precise, and relentlessly furious instrumental mastery: fiery staccato eruptions of frenzied guitar wizardry, thunderous godlike bass rumblings threateningly looming larger than the big ol' bouncy balls of King Kong on a rapturous pussy-seekin' rampage, thick brick-bashin' chunks of deliriously hard-driven drumming madness, and smooth but somewhat gravelly spit-spewin' vocals dramatically drenched in emotion, energy, and everlasting elation. And I'll be delightedly damned, even though the lyrics are sung entirely in Italian, the resiliently sapid songs contained herein are universally appealing and aurally all-encompassing... indeed, they're immensely engaging enough to traverse the seven seas, cross the seven continents, and cozily find a home deep within your inner ears. After just one life-altering listen to this distinctly dynamic disc, I euphorically felt compelled to rocket to the moon and back again while loudly lauding the soul-stirring sounds of Derozer... it's that damn good, folks! –Roger Moser Jr. (KOB, Via N. Mazza 65/B, 37129 Verona, Italy; kob@bbk.org)


DEROZER:
144: CD
Decent enough melodic Italian punk originally released as an EP in 1993. There’re at least three other releases out there and, based solely on this listen alone, I can think of worse things to waste your money on. –Jimmy Alvarado (Derotten)


DEROZER:
Di Nuovo in Marcia: CD
Average mid-tempo, melodic punk rock from Italy that is more fun if you are in the band than not. –Donofthedead (Derotten)


DEROZER:
Di Nuovo in Marcia: CD
Average mid-tempo, melodic punk rock from Italy that is more fun if you are in the band than not. –Donofthedead (Derottten, no address)


DEROZER:
Chiusi Dentro: CD
This is an Italian band that I truly believed would either be a skinhead band or street punk based on the band pictures. I was surprised to hear this band sound like a So Cal band that sings in Italian. Melodicore is the best description for this band. They could easily jump on a Warped Tour and feel very much at home. –Donofthedead (Mad Butcher)


DEROZER:
144: CD
Decent enough melodic Italian punk originally released as an EP in 1993. There’re at least three other releases out there and, based solely on this listen alone, I can think of worse things to waste your money on. –Jimmy Alvarado (Derotten)


DEROZER:
Mondo Perfetto: CD
Derozer are an upbeat Italian equivalent of the best of Bad Religion brashly blastin' a mindblowin' montage of mayhemic melodicore magnificence! The impressively flashy musicianship is a blistering blitzkrieg barrage of steady, precise, and relentlessly furious instrumental mastery: fiery staccato eruptions of frenzied guitar wizardry, thunderous godlike bass rumblings threateningly looming larger than the big ol' bouncy balls of King Kong on a rapturous pussy-seekin' rampage, thick brick-bashin' chunks of deliriously hard-driven drumming madness, and smooth but somewhat gravelly spit-spewin' vocals dramatically drenched in emotion, energy, and everlasting elation. And I'll be delightedly damned, even though the lyrics are sung entirely in Italian, the resiliently sapid songs contained herein are universally appealing and aurally all-encompassing... indeed, they're immensely engaging enough to traverse the seven seas, cross the seven continents, and cozily find a home deep within your inner ears. After just one life-altering listen to this distinctly dynamic disc, I euphorically felt compelled to rocket to the moon and back again while loudly lauding the soul-stirring sounds of Derozer... it's that damn good, folks! –Guest Contributor (KOB, Mad Butcher)


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