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POPULATION REDUCTION:
At the Throats of Man Forever: CD
I am guilty of buying stuff for my personal collection and not making an effort to review it in this here mag. I saw PR back in early December of last year. They’re a two man grind, death, metal, punk margarita blender that truly impressed me. Straight-up guitar and drums with dueling vocals was a hoot. Also included in the mix was their great sense of humor. I was sold. I bought the tour 7” and the CD and for some reason (I think I ran out of money) I didn’t buy a shirt. Got to try and support the touring bands! Well, anyway. This is some damn good stuff if you like your cookie monster and rectum ripped screaming vocals. Drums that blast away with double bass drums with cymbals and drum heads pounded with power and precision. I witnessed it first hand and he was barefoot too. The guitars have the requisite chunk and heavy riffage. Nothing soft here. This is coming from two guys who were super nice and friendly when I met them and they morphed into this madness once on stage. –don (Tankcrimes)


POPULATION REDUCTION:
At the Throats of Man Forever: CD
I am guilty of buying stuff for my personal collection and not making an effort to review it in this here mag. I saw PR back in early December of last year. They’re a two man grind, death, metal, punk margarita blender that truly impressed me. Straight-up guitar and drums with dueling vocals was a hoot. Also included in the mix was their great sense of humor. I was sold. I bought the tour 7” and the CD and for some reason (I think I ran out of money) I didn’t buy a shirt. Got to try and support the touring bands! Well, anyway. This is some damn good stuff if you like your cookie monster and rectum ripped screaming vocals. Drums that blast away with double bass drums with cymbals and drum heads pounded with power and precision. I witnessed it first hand and he was barefoot too. The guitars have the requisite chunk and heavy riffage. Nothing soft here. This is coming from two guys who were super nice and friendly when I met them and they morphed into this madness once on stage. –don (Tankcrimes)


POPULATION REDUCTION:
At the Throats of Man Forever: 7"
The music on here is ruling. Great riffs and drumming, with excellent production. Unfortunately, the vocals are just too low and guttural for my taste. Fans of early Napalm Death and other early death metal/grind will love this! First three hundred are on green/black splatter vinyl for the scum. If you love those low vocals, this is gonna be about as good as you will find. –frame (Tankcrimes)


POPULATION REDUCTION:
Each Birth a New Disaster: LP
If you haven’t heard the magic of this guitar and drums duo in person or on recording and you are a fan of metal, grind, death and such, you are missing out. This is the band’s first full-length, showcasing their brand of death metal, grindcore, and thrash attack which continues on the greatness of their At the Throats of Man Forever EP that came out a year or two back. Heavy riffs, blast beats, and everything in between are thrown out at you. There is no lack of heaviness and speed from these two men from the Bay area. The music will make you bang your head, mosh, slam, and, for stoner types, maybe smoke one. It makes you feel like they are taking you for a ride; first going slow, then fast, and finally even faster, about to crash but still in control. Interested yet? But on top of all that, they have humor. Make fun of the Amish? Old people? SUV owners? Black metal fans? All of the above. They don’t seem to narrow themselves to what topics they cover in their lyrics. Overall, this LP has shown me how much I really do like this band. After seeing them live and hearing them recorded before, they surely raised the bar on this one. –don (Tankcrimes)


POPZILLAS, THE:
The Incredible Adventures of Pandora Pop: CD
This is really unique and interesting. As far as I can tell from the translated-from-German one sheet, this is a German band playing a concept album that I think is supposed to be a soundtrack to a Japanese manga story. It doesn’t make any sense, but I like it. It’s really pro-produced sounding pop with ethereal female vocals. It’s nice, I could listen to this a few times for sure, I just don’t really understand what they’re trying to do. –ben (Wolverine)


PORCELAIN BOYS:
Away Awhile: CD
This is up to its neck in All worship—noodley guitar playing, thumping bass, and hooks galore. While not quite as proficient or complex in delivery as All, or the Descendents, the band is catchy in its own right and the songs are well made and well played. If yer into the pop punk thang but prefer a bit more sophistication than the average Queers/NOFX Xerox clone is dishin’ out, this’ll definitely hit the spot. –jimmy (SP, sp-records.com)


PORCELAIN GOD:
Home Taping Is Killing Music: CD
Super-homemade CD of “anti-hardcore psychedelic punk” recorded in 1982, that sounds like some kind of sub-Beefheart twenty-somethings with a $25 budget for instruments and recording. Historically valuable, perhaps, but not in a Killed By Death way. And entertaining, but not in a 72-minute way. –Cuss Baxter (Slutfish)


PORCH GHOULS:
Self-titled: 10” EP
Down’n’dirty, lowest of the fi, dirt-dragged gospel swamp boogie blues. They’ve got their arms around quaalude sorrow and amphetamine burns, meaning they’ve sizzled through the highs and embrace the lows (or at least sound like it. They may be upright citizens). It’s also the first band I’ve ever heard that plays the suitcase; a 50’s dealie with a hole for a mic and a foot pedal and a tambourine attached. This slab is mostly covers and who they pay homage to is telling: Hound Dog Taylor, Willie Dixon, Little Richard, and R.L. Burnside. Listen to this long enough, and I feel my teeth start loosening and I keep reaching for an unmarked mason jar to swallow my fears and troubles away. The Porch Ghouls are in the same base camp as The Oblivions and the Gibson Brothers; lost souls drowning for your salvation. Good stuff. –todd (Orange)


PORCH GHOULS:
Self-titled : 10" EP
Down’n’dirty, lowest of the fi, dirt-dragged gospel swamp boogie blues. They’ve got their arms around quaalude sorrow and amphetamine burns, meaning they’ve sizzled through the highs and embrace the lows (or at least sound like it. They may be upright citizens). It’s also the first band I’ve ever heard that plays the suitcase; a 50’s dealie with a hole for a mic and a foot pedal and a tambourine attached. This slab is mostly covers and who they pay homage to is telling: Hound Dog Taylor, Willie Dixon, Little Richard, and R.L. Burnside. Listen to this long enough, and I feel my teeth start loosening and I keep reaching for an unmarked mason jar to swallow my fears and troubles away. The Porch Ghouls are in the same base camp as The Oblivions and the Gibson Brothers; lost souls drowning for your salvation. Good stuff. –todd (Orange)


PORCH MOB:
Can of Worms: CD
I thought I liked this until I realized it just kept putting me to sleep. I needed the sleep though. –megan (Self-released)


PORCH MOB:
Can of Worms: CD
I thought I liked this until I realized it just kept putting me to sleep. I needed the sleep though. –megan (Can of Worms, no address)


PORCHARITAS:
Get Wasted With…: 7” EP
The tiger-striped fruit of the perennially-fertile Bobbyteens tree blooms once again in the bendy-straw-enhanced form of this three-girls-and-a-guy-drummer Hunstville quartet. Song topics include—not particularly surprisingly—pillow fights, drinking, and love’s labors lost. For some reason, the band is unable to sell me on attitudinal claims like “IT’S GONNA BE A MAKEOUT NIGHT!” with full sincerity; “Get Wasted,” however, beams forth with full authenticity. I’ll drink girlie drinks to that! BEST SONG: “Get Wasted” BEST SONG TITLE: “Pillow Fight” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Record comes complete with Porcharita drink recipe and conveniently attached bendy straw. –norb (Vertical House, theverticalhouse.com)


PORCUPINE:
I See Sound: EP
Really enjoying this EP. Porcupine is a tight three-piece band from Wisconsin. Their sound reminds me of Queens Of The Stone Age if Queens recorded live as a three piece and didn’t layer their songs. They also bring to mind a lot of the classic indie bands of the ‘90s, like Sebadoh, Fugazi, and Shellac. The songs have super catchy vocals and the music goes from a pop structure to these angular parts that jam for a bit. It keeps all types of attention spans interested. Well worth checking out. The LP is limited to five hundred on white vinyl.  –Ryan Nichols (Riot House)


PORN STARS OF HORROR:
From Love Letters to the Morgue: CD
Any band that can seriously sing the lyrics “We are the Porn Stars of Horror! We are blood drunk!” is cool in my book. This straightforward horror hardcore band with dual male and female vocals covers all the usual territory: Bride of Frankenstein, zombies, murder, etc. When the horror half of the band’s moniker is set aside in favor of the porn half, the digressions into gang rape and blue balls ballads get a bit tedious, and I could do without the occasional ham-fisted acoustic bit, but those are thankfully outnumbered by the more exciting, rocking tunes. –mp (1332)


PORN STARS OF HORROR , THE/ POTBELLY / SKEXIES, THE:
This That and Some Other Shit: 3-way split: CD
The cover of this CD’s glossy one-panel digipack looks like art that was lifted from some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan fiction that my roommate would blog about. It’s some Quincy punk male vulture and male warthog with female werewolf and female fish creature hanging on them. This looked like complete shit. In conjunction with the bands’ names, I was expecting complete shit. I don’t give a fuck if I come off like the PC Police on this, but the artwork, some of the song titles, and the band names, to a certain extent, reeked of reinforcing gender roles and stereotypes—and the lyrics on some songs reinforced this: these three bands that seem to revel in being shit, with a desire to be offensive. All three sections of the disc begin with malicious statements about the proceeding band, with a declaration about the whole disc being shitty at the outset. PSOH: Horror punk with hardcore punk songs, both male and female vocals. One of the male vocalists has a hankering to sound like Glenn Danzig. I hafta admit that their sexual juvenilia in the song “Touch” made me laugh, with its words of butthole touching in something of a romantic context. Perhaps the worst “love” song ever. Skexies: Male- and female-fronted Violent Society type ‘90s crap of a lower tier with metal bits. I thought it was harmless until the song “Sweet Tits.” The song’s chorus has the remarkable refrain of, “Slut, Slut, Dirty Slut, Dirty Whore Go Fuck Yourself,” sung by both vocalists. The song also has a line about shoving “black cocks” in one’s ass being a “blast.” Maybe I’m being sensitive here, but I’m calling racism based on the fact that the line is meant to offend whomever the song is about. They could just be the thoughtless words of a jilted meathead, but that shit is fucking too much for me. Potbelly: Pretty sure this is a live set. All male band. Shitty, unmemorable drunk punk hardcore bullshit. “Jaimee the Cock-Blocking Lesbian” is one of their songs. “Monkey-Fuckers from Mars” is another one. Don’t forget “Alcoholicide.” Come to your own conclusions on that one. –Vincent Battilana (PB / P.I.G.)


PORN STARS OF HORROR / STUPID IN STEREO:
Split: 7”
For a band with one of the worst names ever, the Porn Stars Of Horror are surprisingly rad. Straightforward horror hardcore that gets bonus points for doing something so mind-blowingly obvious that I can’t comprehend how it has never been done before (or how, if it has been done before, I’ve missed it): they turn the “verata clatoo nicto” chant from Army of Darkness into a song. Of course, they lose major points not only because they did not use the official spelling of the chant (which originally appeared in The Day the Earth Stood Still), but because they chant the three words in the wrong fucking order (should be “klaatu barada nikto”). If you’re keeping track, that puts them into negative points. If you’re going to mess with nerd stuff, you best do it right. Stupid In Stereo’s side is a match thematically, even if their pop punk sound doesn’t mesh. They pay tribute to Ash and the evil dead with a song called “Tree Love.” And they spell everything correctly. –mp (Unrepentant)


PORN STARS OF HORROR, THE:
Sex, Drugs, Violence and Sodomy: 7”
The Porn Stars Of Horror continues to perplex me. I hate them and I love them. Thematically, they have two sides. The side I love is the rad, anthemic songs about horror flicks. On this particular record, they do a super fast jam about the movie Child’s Play. The combo of throat-ripping female vocals and deeper, more sing-songy dude voice is used to perfect effect. I’m way into this kind of thing. But then there’s the thematic side of this band that I hate: the puerile, porn side. I’m not against sex songs, I just require that they either make me laugh or arouse me or outrage me or something, not just make me groan, which is what the song “Touch” did. It’s about butthole touching. To make matters more complicated, the band also has two sides musically: the straight-up punk rock side and the acoustic side. I really wish someone would steal their acoustic guitar.  –mp (1332)


PORNO POP-UPS:
Self-titled: Cassette
Talk about a Google search wormhole… deal with looking for a band and label whose primary words are “porno” and “fuck.” The Porno Pop-Ups hail from Finland and keep warm by pushing “Record” on a boombox and wailing away in an echo chamber. The groove is repetitive, loud, and barely held together by their shambolic drum beat. It’s refreshing in its pure brattiness—in a genre that has been overwhelmed with Guitar Center clerks playing psychedelia… maybe someone will pay their way to Gonerfest.  –Matt Seward (Fuck CDs)


PORNSTORE JANITOR:
Porn Again: CD
Really good musical melding of the Dwarves and early Poison Idea, but their weak attempts and shock value are unnecessary and boring. Damn good thing they were smart enough not to include a lyric sheet. –jimmy (Scooch Pooch)


POSER DISPOSER:
You Don't Count: CDEP
Fast, thrashy Canadian hardcore with metal flourishes around the geetars and the burpy vocals kept at a tolerant level. –jimmy (www.100percentwild.com)


POSEY AND THE PARTY PIRATES:
Silly Songs for Fancy People: Cassette
Snotty punk tinged with vague pirate themes and songs about drinking and degeneracy. It’s like Jake and the Neverland Pirates (yes, I have a kid) hit the booze and became dicks. In most ways, this is a typical No Breaks release: straightforward punk, not terribly flashy, but always solid. Good stuff. MP3 download included. –The Lord Kveldulfr (No Breaks)


POSITIVE NO:
Automatic Cars: 7”
Odd change-ups keep you on your toes on this single. Positive No’s EP is a release off of Negative Fun’s Singles Club, a label out of North Carolina, in a series with Bad Daddies, Hot Dolphin, Midnight Plus One, and Positive No. The vocals undoubtedly sound like Björk, and even the song title and chorus (“Automatic Cars”) on Side A sounds like an oddball topic that Björk herself might sing about. With a bit of controlled chaos and noise here, a bit of a disco beat drumming there, and a whole lot of bass drumming all over, Positive No creates a unique sound all their own. B-sides “Slumber Sequence” is notably less odd and a bit sweeter. Keep it coming. –Camylle Reynolds (Negative Fun)


POSITIVE NO:
Negative Fun Singles Club 2014: 7”
Kinda sounds like some sort of clash between At The Drive-In and Kim Gordon, but no screaming. Goes a variety of different ways but remains cohesive and well executed. Not sure if I’d wanna listen to much more than two songs of this, but that’s all you get here. Despite the name, I don’t think you hafta join any sort of subscription club to get this two-song 7” of art school indie rock.  –Vincent Battilana (Negative Fun)


POSITIVE NO:
Glossa: CS
Another Positive No release from Negative Fun, this time on cassette. Everyone has a cassette player in their car, a Walkman, and two tape decks as part of their everyday lives like I do, right? No? All grievances aside, cassettes are easy and cheap to produce, and are by far one of the best DIY tools to get your music out to the masses… or a lucky few. Positive No steps it up to the plate with twelve songs. There is no escaping that the lead vocals sound like Bjork. Coincidence or not, it adds a little quirkiness to their indie, Silversun Pickups punk sound. Positive No is sweet but not syrupy, with simplistic but catchy melodies. Pleasant tunes for these tired ears. Just buy a damn tape player already.  –Camylle Reynolds (Negative Fun)


POSITIVE NOISE:
2008 Hardcore Punk: Cassette
From the state that gave us Negative Approach, Michigan punks Positive Noise compiled all of their up-to-date released output onto one convenient blue cassette. Musically, they’re as fierce as they come. Straight-up hardcore with nods to Youth Of Today and R.A.M.B.O. As far as the lyrical content is concerned, so much of it is nothing you haven’t already heard before: cries for social, political, and communal activism with concern for the betterment of punks and humanity as a whole. Though, after reading their mission statement and liner notes, I couldn’t help but feel being preached to. I eat meat but I don’t necessarily feel that it makes me less of a person. If the band’s members can get past their hang ups about other people’s personal choices I wouldn’t doubt that it would be fun seeing them live, and possibly moshing alongside them. –Juan Espinosa (Otherwise Dead)


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