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PINT LIFTER:
Delusions of Grandeur: CD

 

This most definitely feels like what most punk music sounded like when I was a freshman in high School in 1998. Sounds, vocally, like early Avail and, musically, like Jugheads Revenge. Somewhat formulaic, but a sound a lot of people seem to miss. Fast-paced, late ‘90s, circle pit punk.

–Rene Navarro (Self-released)


PIONEERS OF SEDUCTION, THE:
The Universe Is Setting Us Up: CD
Generic garage-y rock and roll with a good sense of pop sensibilities. Also included are distorted vocals that remind me of Cris Cordero but the music isn’t crunchy enough for my interest. Perhaps the universe is setting this band up for their suckage. Or it just might be that they’re just not that interesting to begin with. –kurt (Doom And Bloom, doomandbloomrecords.com)


PIONEERS, THE:
White Walls: CD
If you need a shot of Jesus in your punkabilly, you could do a lot worse than the Pioneers. The band plays a potent mix of the devil’s chords (think Link Wray, the Cramps, the Trashmen, you know, the usual suspects) and chases it with some craaaaaaazy lyrics about laying rubber on the way to the house of the Lord. Conceptually, it might sound about as aurally satisfying as Christian death metal, but anyone who prizes their mom and dad’s Kitty Wells and Ernest Tubb records (or Mahalia Jackson and Curtis Mayfield) understands the man upstairs has, perhaps inadvertently, inspired some pretty good music. Songs like “Me and My Lord and My Hot Rod Ford” and “Cruzin’” pay as much allegiance to fat fenders and white walls as they do the old rugged cross and that’s where most listeners will want to leave it. Preachy tracks like “Battle Cry” are strictly for the initiated. Feel like testifyin’? Drop in on the Pioneers at the Hot Rod Church for Sinners in Mission Viejo, CA where they’re the house band, performing free (‘natch) every Sunday morning. –eric (Self-released)


PIPEDOWN:
Enemies of Progress: CD
Thought provoking. I like it when a band does some research and instigates people to seek additional knowledge. Opening up the insert, I see that they have a sizeable list of websites and books that they recommend. I think too many punks don’t read. Old geezers like me who don’t go out as much tend to read more to get stimulated. The lyrics here are not too preachy but do ask people to look and question what this society has become compliant to. Me, I have a lot of anger towards this generic, conformist society we live in. I live for anger-based music that questions. This fits into my cup of tea perfectly. But followers of my writing might be saying that you don’t always listen to hardcore. That is true because my emotions go all over the place, including my musical tastes. But one thing for sure is I listen to punk rock and all its sub-genres 80% of the time. Before popping this in, I thought I was going to get another mediocre melodicore release. Boy, I was wrong. The singer reminds me of the singer from Sick of it All and the music is a blend of Good Riddance meets Sick of it All. Serious as a family death. Nothing excites me more when I can truly tell that a band is serious and not into it for the money and fame. The music and lyrics are well thought out and truly make them standout. I am impressed and this is going straight into the car for ongoing listens. If it means anything to you, this is on Anti Flag’s personal label. –don (A-F)


PIPEDOWN:
Mental Weaponry: CD
I still have a copy of their Enemies of Progress CD that I reviewed awhile ago. Let’s see what I notice here after slapping this puppy into the player. First off, a maturity is showing in their song writing. The songs are so much stronger than their previous release. Kind of like modern day AFI meets the Refused in how they are approaching their musicianship. A lot of riffing, changes and vocal interplay while still maintaining a melody is what’s going on here. It’s hard to believe they recorded in the same studio as their previous release because the production is so much stronger here. I think this one is going into the CD changer in the car now. I like what I’m hearing. –don (A-F)


PIPSQUEAK:
Fowl Hymns: LP
Pipsqueak is two people, a cellist and the vocalist from Snuggle playing guitar. I do like me some Snuggle, and the vocals and lyrical content have a lot to do with that. And those are represented well here. The cello is pretty decent, too. All the parts seem great, but, as a whole, this just ain’t doing it for me. Sounds like it should be on Fat. Sorry. –Vincent Battilana (Repressed Issues)


PIRANHAS:
Self-titled: 7”
Loud, FUCKED UP punk rock with keyboards to add to the din, making the whole thing sound like Richard Hell jamming with Le Shok. If this doesn’t make your neighbors circulate a petition demanding your immediate eviction, you need to move on your own, ‘cause people like that are way too jaded to be living next to, man. This rocks. –jimmy (Rock’n’Roll Blitzkrieg)


PIRANHAS:
Erotic Grit Movies: CD
GodDAMN, is this one glorious mess. Imagine the Flesh Eaters having being served a serious beat-down by the unholy tag team of a coked-out Pere Ubu and meth-addled Stooges and you ain’t even close. This is music to get ugly by, music that will encourage you to tear shit up and go hog wild, music that prolonged listening to might actually result in a lengthy prison stay. Don’t believe me? Just give a listen to “Isolation” and tell me you don’t feel like kicking the neighbor’s annoying fucking cat for a 75-yard field goal.
–jimmy (In The Red)


PIRANHAS:
Self-titled: 7"
Loud, FUCKED UP punk rock with keyboards to add to the din, making the whole thing sound like Richard Hell jamming with Le Shok. If this doesn’t make your neighbors circulate a petition demanding your immediate eviction, you need to move on your own, ‘cause people like that are way too jaded to be living next to, man. This rocks. –jimmy (Rock’n’Roll Blitzkrieg)


PIRATE LOVE:
Black Vodoun Space Blues: CD
This self-described black punk band from Oslo, Norway comes correct on their debut album. Tracks range from ragged Birthday Party-influenced grooves to more surf’n’roll oriented tracks. It never falls victim to outright homage or camp; there’s an authentically dangerous vibe here. Lyrics deal with love gone murderously bad, to outright insanity. If this band was stateside, there’s no doubt that they would be huge right now. Seek this out! Evan Katz –Guest Contributor (Voodoo Rhythm)


PIRHANAS:
self-titled: CD

This, apparently, is a re-release of their first album with tracks from a single and a radio ad tacked on for good measure. The music is crazed, chaotic trash rock that causes headaches in all the right ways.

–jimmy (On/On Switch)


PIRX THE PILOT:
Self-titled: CD EP
As I listen to this, I think about what later Government Issue would’ve sounded like if they’d stuck to the thrash beats and stopped taking the anti-depressants. No, I didn’t think it was all that pretty a thought, either. –jimmy (New Disorder)


PIRX THE PILOT:
Famous in 47 States: CD
Done right, an overblown, operatic voice in punk rock can be a mark of distinction. Tilt, the Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Fleshies all have or had folks who could belt it out. Unfortunately, that’s the main hurdle I have with Pirx the Pilot. The main singer, Ernst (who also runs New Disorder Records and is a really nice guy) is so high up in the mix, sounds like a less nasal Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, and the instruments almost always watershed around his vocals. Regrettably, his voice – the instrument that most often dominates the music – is my least favorite part of the band. If Erica took the mic more, or they did more change offs, like in “Patriotism” and “Cloud Factory,” the equation might change a little bit. The music, sans male vocals, reminds me of early ‘90s college rock like Love and Rockets with dashes of the Pixies, and scrapes of late period Bauhaus (they’re arty and a little doomy, and have a fixation on Fozzie the Bear dolls) but more straightforward punk, which is nice. So, it’s personal taste, which all hinges on liking a type of voice. Comes with two home-made videos, which is admirable. –todd (New Disorder)


PIRX THE PILOT:
Self-titled: CDEP
As I listen to this, I think about what later Government Issue would’ve sounded like if they’d stuck to the thrash beats and stopped taking the anti-depressants. No, I didn’t think it was all that pretty a thought, either. –jimmy (New Disorder)


PISS ANT:
Your Best Sucks: CD
From the band photo in the CD insert, the band looks like a good group of people. The band is comprised of Josi on vocals, Amy on bass, Dave on guitar, and Jeff on drums. However, right off the back, the album rubs me the wrong way. The first song, "Monkey," starts off with a Korn-like, dark, dramatic riff, and then it goes very rock'n' roll. The vocals are not bad. I enjoy Josi's voice when she is singing, as it is raw but feminine. I do not, however, enjoy her vocals on the choruses or the band's back up vocals, especially on "To Think I Thought," "Devil in My Backyard," and "Enemy." The choruses are higher pitched screaming that sounds forced and then electronically subdued. I can't get into it. I can say the latter part of the CD doesn't seem to be as formulaic as the first couple songs. –jenny (Malt Soda)


PISS N BLOOD:
F.T.W.: CD
Debut release from this California four-piece. Singer Ron Anger was in Lost Cause back in the 1980s. Here we get a strict ration of Stooges/Dolls/Pistols playing. There is even a Stooges cover tacked onto the end. If you like any of those bands, more than likely this will be up your alley. Solid playing and intense lyrics. The spirit of ‘70s punk is alive and well here. Don’t miss out! –koepenick (Self-released)


PISS N’ BLOOD:
F.T.W.: CD
Great mid-tempo, pissed-off punk rock. I don’t know what else to say. If you like U.S. Bombs, the Pistols or The (Canadian) Subhumans, then you’d really like Piss n’ Blood. –ty (Piss n’ Blood, pissnblood.com)


PISS ON AUTHORITY / SLUG:
Echoes of the Past Reverberate into Our Future: CD
Piss On Authority: Crusty thrash taking on the cult of Obama, society, scene police, and so on. Not particularly groundbreaking work, but they’re effective nonetheless. Slug: Was half hoping the old L.A. noise band that previously used the Slug moniker had moved en masse to Tottenham. Alas, no. Ye get U.K. ‘82-influenced (or templated) punk/hardcore, also not exactly breaking new ground, but in possession with just the right amount of vitriol to sell it.  –jimmy (Riot Ska, riotskarecords.com)


PISS PISS PISS:
Never Heard of Amebix: CDEP
There’s been a solid trend of coming across releases that show little effort has been put into the layout, but recordings have clearly had some time (and money) put into them. In walks Piss Piss Piss. Who, given the minimal hand-drawn artwork of a fox (?) spray painting the name of the record on a brick wall, I assumed this was going to be a crud-punk record of some sort. Instead, it’s well-recorded, ripping metallic d-beat—probably better than a lot of popular bands of the same ilk. They wear their hometown of PDX on their sleeves, sounding strikingly close to Hellshock, with the token extra guttural vocals. Wasn’t expecting that all with the packaging, but I’m into it.  –Steve Adamyk (Sacred Plague)


PISS TEST:
Self-titled: 7”
I’ve been hearing a lot about this band lately, so I’m glad I finally got the chance to check this out. I just gotta say, “believe the hype!” This instantly perked my ears up. It’s got that jangly, snotty combination that seems to crawl out from the moss-covered rock up in the Pacific Northwest. I want more… I need more! –ty (Jonny Cat, facebook.com/pages/JonnyCat-Records)


PISS TEST:
Self-titled: 7” EP
At its core we’re talking about (mostly) mid-tempo punk stuff with a serious yen for early ‘80s hardcore. Something about the way the singer barks the lyrics, though, adds a bit of Proletariat to the proceedings, which is a nice additional dimension. Four tunes, not a clunker in the bunch.  –jimmy (Taken By Surprise)


PISS TEST:
Self-titled: 7”
Here is Portland, Oregon’s Piss Test’s second self-titled 7”. I reviewed the first one in these very pages and it quickly became one of my go-to singles. This one is no different. More seething anger and snotty humor up front while the rhythm section gets you grooving before you even realize it. This band is a prime example of why those “punk rock died years ago” types can go fuck themselves. If you don’t already have all of Piss Test’s records (there is a killer LP as well), you best get on it!  –ty (Taken By Surprise)


PISSED JEANS:
Don’t Need Smoke to Make Myself Disappear: 7”
A-side is a dose of the heavy, minimalist “Flipper after some musical lessons” sludge this label made its first million off of two decades ago, while the B-side takes on more up-tempo rock-meets-hardcore vibe. To be honest, I didn’t really expect much from this, so I’m kinda flabbergasted that it exceeded what low expectations I did have. –jimmy (Sub Pop)


PISSED JEANS:
Hope for Men: CD
Can I say that Pissed Jeans is one of the worst band names I’ve ever heard? Is that allowed? Their sound did nothing to win me over after that initial negative impression: thump thump thump thump scream scream scream. Yawn. –Guest Contributor (Sub Pop)


PIST, THE:
Ideas Are Bulletproof: LP
Does The Pist still hold up in a post-Fucked Up world? Coming from someone who’s spent very little time actually listening to The Pist and has absolutely no fond memories of the ‘90s hardcore scene, I’d say this record has its moments. Angry, oi-inspired, hardcore punk that tells tales of angry, hardcore punk life. “Street punks in the city / And street punks at the show / The kids are here and the kids are pissed / Yeah, the kids are ready to go.” Yeah like gang vocals? –Daryl Gussin (Havoc)


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