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Fast  Eddy — Take A Look

Fast  Eddy
Take A Look
Spaghetty Town Records
Released:01/21/ 2022

At long last Denver’s notorious rockers Fast Eddy have released their sophomore LP, Take A Look. Within it’s grooves are soul studded sounds of power pop driven rock n’ roll. It’s their debut LP on Spaghetty Town Records and was produced by Tuk Smith (Biters). Admittingly, there are familiar themes of the music for rebels without a cause. However, Take A Look represents an evolution into a refreshed approach to this ageless genre. Not surprising then that this is perfect for the longings of the hopeless leather jacketed romantic of today’s desperate age.

This record starts off strong with the signature track “Take A Look.” This song is groovy to the ears. It kind of reminds of something that The Booze could boast, but with a style distinctly enmeshed in punk twisting with roguish power pop notions. This song sets the tone for the record by playing a sound that fills the room with illuminating brilliance. If one needed something to kick off the day with, “Take A Look” is that track.

Those who got their hands on the Toofer One 7” in 2018, will already be familiar with “Milwaukee.” It’s the kind of tune to eat your heart out with. This song tells the tale of the trappings of a lifestyle of the iconically decadent ,and will resonate with those succumbing to the affections of rock n’ roll. So open a cold one and sing along to the easy to follow chorus. For those still plugging away at three chords with long lost hope, its for you.

Another track following in this vein is “Frankie Died.” Although upbeat, It’s a tragic song about the demise of Frankie. The subject of this song has unfortunately died, and while a tragedy, it doesn’t seem to be a surprise. Those hoisting the banner of rock n’ roll have all known a “Frankie.” Be sure to listen carefully.

On the other “Help Me” displays Fast Eddy’s superb swagger. It’s a kind of soulful song that gives of the feel goods. Listen to this one to conclude the evening on a high note.

Those more comfortable with Fast Eddy’s punk roots need not fear. Tracks like “Hurricane Alley” and “Lost” perfectly capture their signature approach to unabashed punk n’ roll. They are loud and fast. Play these with impunity.

The magic on Take A Look are with tracks “Game of Love” and “Sunflower Bank.” These two tunes demonstrate Fast Eddy’s ability to blend elements of glam, rock n’ roll and punk into something more than typical projections of head numbing sensations. They are songs that project definitive passion by taking playful rock n’ roll and stretching it toward operatic sensibilities. As such, they should not suffer the limitations of low volume. Rather, they must be given the chance to fill the halls of any dive bar or punk flat.

Fast Eddy know how to deliver stunning rock n’ roll tunes. Their previous material is a testament to is fact. While this record plays on the recognizable and it also shows remarkable range. To miss out on Take A Look would be poor choice to say the least. It’s well worth the listen and should be played on repeat until the needle wears out. After all, its music like this that remind us that rock n’ roll is still breathing, and it seems this is in part due to Fast Eddy. Now, pick this up.

For more Fast Eddy visit their website or at Spaghetty Town Records!

The Sloks — A Knife In Your Hand

The Sloks
A Knife In Your Hand
Voodoo Rhythm Records
Street: 09/21/2022

Wailing from the depths of the damned in Turin, Italy are The Sloks. They are Ivy Claudy, Tony Machete and Buddy Fuzz. In September 2021, they released their new album A Knife In Your Hand on an unsuspecting world. Within it’s grooves are the deranged trash of garage punk from hell. Listening to this album is akin to being lured by sirens from the crypts of depravity. The result being succumbing to wretched madness of a spiraling mental decline. Not surprisingly, this record has been released via the infamous Voodoo Rhythm Records.

A Knife In Your Hand starts out with the track “Dillinger.” The result of hearing this tune is like being dragged unto the depths of the unhinged. It’s a track that blasts out with heavy distortion and combines a stomping beat to match. In comparison, the second song “No Make Up” boasts primitive garage punk at it’s near finest.

A similar regard can be made for “Burn Baby Burn” and the title tack “A Knife In Your Hand.” The former is a rabid tune. While the latter sounds as though the possessed child from the Exorcist is serenading the listener with a certain malevolence. Both a perfect for a band that toes the line for uncompromising music found amongst a rock n’ roll massacre.

“Bad To The Bone” and “Last Grave” stand out in the album. They both celebrate an overwhelming noise backed by The Sloks garage punk method. This is due to slow build up around a chaotic distortion and harsh haunting vocals. The main distinction between the two is “Last Grave” prominent doom blues leanings.

 “Crank It Up” also shares some unique qualities in A Knife In Your Hands. While other tracks take on a gradual build up approach, “Crank It Up” raises dramatically the tempo. This track betrays a style both fast, raw while offering a desperate notion of eagerly circling in for a kill.  Like-minded songs are “Ruin It All” and “Exotic Store.”

Overall, A Knife In Your Hand lives up to menacing potential of noise driven garage punk. This is not a record for the faint hearted. Rather, within it’s grooves is music for demented and cursed. If that doesn’t deter you, when playing this record don’t hesitate have the volume dangerously high. Afterall, A Knife In Your Hand might as a well be a degenerate séance, and it demands to be heard. So, drop the needle at your risk.

The Beatersband — “Love I Can B W You”/ My Mother Plays Rock N’ Roll” 7”

The Beatersband

“Love I Can B W You”/ My Mother Plays Rock N’ Roll” 7”

Self-Released

Street: 11/03/2021

The Beatersband hail from Italy. They are Donatlla Guida ( lead vocals/guitar), Leonardo Serrini (bass) and Enrico Vanni (Drums). Since their formation in September 2018, they have been on a mission to celebrate the vocal music of ’50 and ’60s rock n’ roll music. To do this the seek to modernize it, while retaining it’s classic soulful essence. The result is their signature approach of infusing their songs with the infectious and sentimental sounds of punk infused rock n’ roll. With the release of their latest 7”, it is evident that they manage to do this quite well.

Musically, the Beatersband play with a style that nods toward groups like The Russians and Pale Lips. It is an approach that can be particularly heard in “Love I Can B W You.” This track blends punk sensibilities by adding rock n’ roll with a definitive power pop flair. The magic is with Guida’s vocals. In this song they emerge as a soulful power house from behind the wall of sound instrumentals.

“My Mother Plays Rock N’ Roll” is a slightly mellower and nostalgic tune. The theme covers remembering times growing up listening to the vocalist’s mother playing the likes of Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger or The Ronnetes. Overall, it’s a fun listen that grows on your with a gradual charm. Like the A-side of this 7″, it’s Guida’s soulful range that stands out and defines this track. “My Mother Plays Rock N’ Roll”is fun and simple, but short and sweet. It edges nearer toward a groove that captures a more ’60s girls in the garage angle, but with an indie twist.

In terms of modernization of vintage rock n’ roll styles, The Beatersband can play covers like “Hang On Sloopy” and absolutely show off some retro glamour.  That said, it’s with their original material that allows The Beatersband to shine on their own. Musically they blend rock n’ roll with power pop sensibilities that produce a distinct soulful flavor.  After releasing this 7″, The Beatersband certainly proved have the ability to play tight, energetic tunes. I’m looking forward to what comes next. Now, go give this ditty a spin.

For more about The Beatersband check out their Bandcamp!

Brad Marino — Looking For Trouble

Brad Marino

Looking For Trouble

07/29/2021

Spaghetty Town Records

Brad Marino certainly has a lot of swagger. Previously known for his work with The Connection, Marino’s solo material stands on it’s own. It’s perfectly displayed in his latest LP Looking For Trouble. This record was released by Spaghetty Town Records. Not surprising then that it’s an LP that shows off Marino’s affinity to blend the power pop style of The Nerves with an infusion of Rolling Stones-esque rock n’ roll. Looking For Trouble is the kind of listen that grows on you after each spin. It has it’s gems and they ought to be heard.

Looking For Trouble starts out with “ Even The Score.” A kind of feel good, southern rock n’ roll meets power pop tune. Think of The Booze twisting with Jordan Jones. It’s am approach that sets the musical tone for this record. Following in this line, albeit a bit faster, is “Taillights Fade” and title track “Looking For Trouble.”

For me, the track that comes across as remarkably clever is “Local Show.” If anyone has ever tried to woo their friends in vain to support their performances, this is your new anthem.  It’s a catchy tune that takes on a music scenes ever so relevant self-deprecating view of the hurdle’s groups try to make it on their local circuit. May it be folks wanting guest list status or discounted merch, it’s absurdity is mentioned in “Local Show.”

Another stand out track is “Tripwire.” This song breaks out as rock n’ roll tune that could be found in a spaghetti western. Cool and calm, this track superbly demonstrating Marino’s diversified musical talent.

On the B-side of Looking For Trouble is “False Alarm.” This track sounds like it could have come out of Paul Collins’ book of tricks. This theme is true for the rest of this records b-side. It’s particularly evident with like tracks like “Take Your Time” and “Fell In Love Again.” Both of which perfectly capture the power of Marino’s pop driven harmonies.  

“What Do You Know” stands out as a more pop driven punk number. This track is decidedly upbeat and easy to sing along to. In addition, this songs sound has a kind of a Beat-like flair. If this one doesn’t inspire some pogoing, then rinse and repeat by playing it again until you start to feel some life again.

Overall Looking For Trouble is a fun listen. The prevailing theme for this LP is it’s infectious charm. Marino knocks it out of the park with a distinct style punk rock n’ roll infused power pop. Top tracks for immediate consideration are “Local Show,” “Tripwire” and “What Do You Know.” For a good time check this one out.  This is a record meant to be played. So,  drop the needle on Looking For Trouble and boost your receiver.  

For more from Brad Marino check out his Bandcamp!

The Monsters —You’re Class, I’m Trash

The Monsters

You’re Class, I’m Trash

Voodoo Rhythm Records

Street: 11/12/2021

Blasting out of the chaos of the covid-ridden world are unlikely saviors The Monsters. Recorded in two weeks during the mind-numbing lull of the pandemic world, they have wrought into the world their new album You’re Class, I’m trash. This is a record that doesn’t disappoint. Impressively, the lyrics making up Your Class, I’m Trash only contains 120 words. Making the lyrical volume short, sweet but devastatingly precise. Not surprisingly then that Your Class, I’m Trash still lives up to the raw and savage sounds that only The Monsters can deliver.

Your Class, I’m Trash stays true to their style of teenage-primitive rock n’ roll chainsaw massacre garage trash.  Within it’s simplicity is head bashing excellence. Think along the lines of the Germs meeting the Circle Jerks but with an overly garage punk feel. This is evident it tracks like “Gimme Germs” or “Get Drunk On You.” Both tracks ought to inspire one to throw themselves into a tantrum of destructive fury. 

Other tracks like “Blasphemy” and “Stranger To Me” give way to The Monsters obvious rockabilly from hell leanings. Fast and wild, these tunes will get the blood pumping even the most decayed of postmortem veins. This is rock n’ roll and it surely meant for the dementedly damned.

The crème de la crème in You’re Class, I’m Trash is in “Dead (Mortem Batkovic).”  This song—originally “Dead”— was rewritten by the Swiss composer Mario Batkovic. The original version of “Dead” falls in line with The Monsters garage punk. In contrast, the rewritten version is it hauntingly beautiful. By capturing Beat-Man’s feral vocals with and horror operatic-like instrumentals, “Dead (Mortem Batovic) strikes an overwhelming sound meant to ravage tortured the covid-lockdowned soul.

Another favorite is “Devil Baby.”   Sitting at 4:29, this is the longest track on this record. Following along the theme of apocalyptic heaviness, this song delivers an awesome spectacle of fuzz-laden distortion. It’s drawn out wall of sound doom pounding punk ought to swamp any unwary mind. Be sure to play this one loud.

Not surprisingly, The Monsters deliver the goods with You’re Class, I’m Trash. It’s a stunning mix of crass, trash induced garage punk with untamed hardcore noise meant for a rock n’ roll massacre. Since this was recorded during the lock downs the Covid 19 Pandemic, this album bares a certain brilliant creative nature that emerged from the disaster that was 2020. It’s loud, raw and a totally world-ending mind shattering listen. So, drop the needle and enjoy.

For more about The Monsters check out their Bandcamp!

Bambies — Summer Soon

Bambies

Summer Soon

08/20/2021

Spaghetty Town Records

Bambies have released their new record Summer Soon. This album plays at the blistering speed of 45rpm. Featuring 12 solid tracks, this is a record that demands to be played loud. Which is perfect for this no holds bar punk rock n’ roll band.  This group is a based in Montreal, Canada and are made up of tri-national (Canada, France and Costa Rica) degenerate rebels-without a cause.  If you are fan of The Briefs, The Spits or Les Lullies, then Summer Soon will be up your alley.

The first track “Dirty Taint” is a rowdy sonic blast of power pop infused punk at it’s finest. It brilliantly sets the tone for this album.  Think of the Nervous Eaters playing with their definitive rock n’ roll swagger but at the break-neck speed of the Ramones. Next up title track “Summer Soon” follows suite in a similar vein. It is a perfect blend of snotty defiance and catchy sing along fun. 

For me the magic on Summer Soon is with ” Echo.” This song is infectious and wild. Much like “Dirty Taint” it carries a Ramones-like quality to it, but with snot filled quality worthy of The Spits.  “Echo” the kind of tune meant to bounce around like a speed-freaked idiot. So don’t mess around when playing this one, make sure to boost the receiver. You might make friends with your neighbors or roommates—or not. That’s the risk of playing volatile power pop infused with mutinous punk for the masses. Some get it, some don’t.

The B-side of this record also boasts it’s fair share of gems. Tracks like “Teen Engine” help root Summer Soon’s angsty punk theme. “Teen Engine” has plenty of infectious energy that is easy to get behind. Listening to this should inspire one to fly off the walls as if on a high voltage wire.

Other tracks like “Human Sake” and “RnR With You” capture Bambies superb ability to mix the angst of 70’s punk with garage rock rooted power pop. “Human Sake” is fun and rambunctious. It’s the kind of tune to bash about to. Listen for pure undulated fun. On the other hand, “RNR With You” lives up to it’s name. This track is fast and throws all caution to the wind. Like other track’s it’s got a signature power pop element that is infectious to the ears.

Overall, Summer Soon is an album worth dropping the needle on. Based off sound on this record alone catching Bambies live would be an unforgettable experience.  This trio demonstrate an excellence in blending fast paced punk with power pop.

If you the reader needed an album to kick them into an overdriven frenzy, then Summer Soon is for you.  So, be sure to pick this up. The result of playing this should be pogoing about like an absolute madman. Anything less will require adjusting to volume to the appropriate levels flashing lights of translucent red.  Now dig this.

For more about Bambies visit their Bandcamp!

The Sellwoods — Demented Planet EP

The Sellwoods

Demented Planet EP

Release: 06/25/2021

Chaputa Records

Since 2012 The Sellwoods have hoisted the black Cuban-heeled flag of garage rock revival.  Based in Portland, Oregon, this group pounds 1960’s garage punk  by blending it with hot rod, sizzled out fuzz driven rock n’ roll.  Fans of The Fuzztones, The Gruesomes or The Cynics with find the Demented Planet EP well among like-minds. It’s not a surprise then that The Sellwoods have found a home with Chaputa Records. Like previous releases, this EP comes via this label which is renowned for garage punk catalogue. So, readers beware. this EP’s lives up to it’s deranged potential. It’s not be handled lightly.

While only four tracks, the Demented Planet EP boasts a furry of rabid, primitive punches. This is evident with tracks “Volcano Girl” and “Down In The Alley.”  “Volcano Girl” has a kind of vacant, snotty vocal presence behind a prominent organ heavy presence. The latter is thanks to the guest contribution of The Reverberations own Dave Berkham. In contrast, “Down In The Alley” vaunts a wild sound that grabs a hold of it’s listener with the drop of the first note. It’s a kind of thriller tune that is sung from the perspective of a creeper-like figure waiting for a kill.

“Goldstar 500” follows up with some raucous hot rod garage. It’s simple and straight to the point. The title track “Demented Planet” celebrates The Sellwoods ability to knock out the savage beat. It’s haunted caveman nature begs a nod toward fellow rockers Screaming Lord Sutch or The Graveyard Five. For this reason, this track is perhaps the most exciting track on the EP and ought to be played uninhibited by the constraints of volume control.

The Sellwoods do not disappoint. I’ve enjoyed their material ever since catching them opening for The Jackets in February 2020. It would be amiss not to pay The Sellwoods their dues. Their composition is tight and fun.  Furthermore, these rock n’ rollers know how to strip down that rock n’ roll down to the bare essentials and then turn around to seamlessly bash it into one’s skull.  The Demented Planet EP is meant for lovers of the primordial noise of garage punk. So, get this record and give it a well deserved spin.

For more of The Sellwoods, check out their Bandcamp!

RMBLR — RMBLR MF/EP

RMBLR

RMBLR MF/EP

Release: O6/14/2021

Spaghetty Town Records

RMBLR’s new record is one of the most anticipated releases for 2021. For good reason too. Within it’s grooves contains the savage speed of punk with the depravity of trash derived glam rock n’ roll. It boasts a style nodding toward Dead Boys by playing on a familiar sonic devastation coupled with an equally snotty attitude. This concoction delivers the much need adrenaline shot to the pandemic overdosed heart. Which, is not surprising for a band made up with members from The Heart Attacks and Biters.

My first exposure to RMBLR was through the Down South Spaghetty Accident comp from Spaghetty Town Records. On that compilation RMBLR kicked off things with “Next Time.” This song mixed an endearing rock n’ roll with a punk influenced power pop. Since hearing that track this is has been a band worth watching.

The first track on the MF/EP is “Machine Gun” and it is brutal in it’s excellence. Fast and heavy, it’s a song that leaves nothing but total devastation in it’s wake. It’s s got simple, yet catchy lyrics. However, what really exemplifies this tracks primordial nature is it’s Johnny Thunders-like riffs and Chase Tails Stiv Bators-esque snarling vocals.

Perhaps my favorite track on this is “Hurricane Kiss.” This track immediately grasps hold of the unwary listener with razor wire riffs and a stomping beat. For me it demonstrates RMBLR’s signature take on barbaric rock n’ roll. It’s a superb assault on the senses. “Hurricane Kiss” should be played with impunity.

“Main Muscle” is a catchy song about the tenderness of one’s heart. This track is a mix between fast spitfire punk and the warmth of power pop. Without fail, this is the one track that will inspire a drunken sing along. Play this one for the feels.

The b-side celebrates the tracks “Tal’m Bout,“Move Over” and “Get Ghost.” “Tal’ M Bout” infuses Atlanta’s punk rock n’’ roll with the Thunders-like glam style. Think of a mix between Streak and the New York Dolls. “Move Over” carries on similarly, but with a harmonious sound reminiscent of Biters meets The Black Lips kind of garage. “Get Ghost” concludes the album by bringing back the raw and raucous punk rock.

RMBLR are set to perform in Denver for RKR MTM RIPPER on the weekend on September 10th. This band lives up to the hype. They are a vital shock to the system that shouts out music ought to alive and well again. Fans of untamed, degenerate punk and rock n’ roll will easily find this record up their alley. This is not a release to dilly dally over. It should be picked up before it becomes scarce. The only other option to acquiring this release is to put one’s head through a window and bite bricks until they explode.

For more about RMBLR check out their bandcamp!

The Sex Organs —I Hate Underpants 7″

The Sex Organs

“I Hate Underpants”/”Where Is My Dildo” 7”

Orgastic Records

Street: 04/23/2021

Hurtling back toward the planet Earth are fuzzy primitive garage duo The Sex Organs. The third rock from the sun hasn’t been the same since they released their phenomenally outrageous LP Intergalactic Sex Tourists through Voodoo Rhythm Records in 2017. It was a record that shook the fabric of decent society to it’s core. Unfortunately, over the last fours years, the Earth has seemed to lull into an era of un-sexiness. This is largely thanks to a pandemic that has wrought devastation to it’s four corners. Thankfully, The Sex Organs are back with their new 7” via their own label Orgtastic Records ,and they are here to stimulate the desperate lives of a post-covid world.

The A-side of this single does just that. This track is called “I Hate Underpants.” It’s a simple, fast and in your face. Possibly unabashed raw garage punk at it’s finest. This tune laments everything wrong with underpants. Whether it be because they never fit or even when these undergarments crawl up your ass. Clearly The Sex Organs hate them, and you the reader should too.

The B-side of this record is “Where’s My Dildo.” This song boasts the definitive reverberating vocals of thanks to miss Vagenta Dentata (Jackie Torea). Plus, it also invokes a nod to a Bo Diddly tune— who is aptly referenced in this song —thanks to the rhythm and bluesy riffs. “Where’s My Dildo” has a catchy chorus to sing along to. So reader, beware, soon you will have a song to help you find your lost your dildo — whether you have one, or not.

Fans of The Jackets or The Anomalys will find the Sex Organs next in line on their playlist.  This particular record blends the simplicity of hardcore punk sensibilities with the sensationalized rhythm of primordial garage rock n’ roll. This is music not to be played at the highest volume level possible. For within these grooves are enlightened sexcitment message of the intergalactic Sex Organs ,and it’s not to be ignored. So drop the needle on this wax, and succumb to the urges to to get down, get dirty, hate your underwear and find your dido. Now pick it up.

For more about the Sex Organs, check out their bandcamp.

Chinese Junk — Permanent Reduction EP

Chinese Junk

Permanent Reduction EP

Black Wax Records

Street: 02/14/2021

Chinese Junk is a punk rock super group formed by members of The Griswalds, The Ulcers, and The Unreleasables. They are Ben Nuthink, Steve Legend and Daz Reject.  Their debut release Permanent Reduction EP was recorded in during a short session in a practice room and it sounds adequately as raw. It’s fast, rambunctious, snotty and borders on the ridiculously simple nature of an early Ramones record. In other words, it’s the perfect noise to accompany the bashing about of guitars, bass and drums while guzzling budget pizza and beer.

The first track “Cheaper Than You” perfectly demonstrates Chinese Junk’s dedication to the affinity of rabid riffs and smug defiance. The tracks starts out the classic shout out with a “1,2,3,4,” before swallowing it’s listeners with their unabashed junk food rock n’ roll. Think the speed of the Ramones with the nihilism of Dead Boys or Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers.

The tracks “Best Before Date” and “Saturday Job” both capture a similar adolescent style. However, my favorite track is “Bargain Bin Girl.”  This one is fast and upbeat with a kind of flattery for the missed connection at the charity shop. So, if you ever needed a punk song that sums up falling for the thrifty girl at your local second hand shop, then this track is for you.

The Permanent Reduction EP is the first release of the newly established Black Wax records. This label was started during the tail end of 2020 and is seeking to put out new and exciting punk and rock n’ roll acts. It’s fair to say that Chinese Junk captures the quite familiar approach to punk rock. Their songs waste little time on formalities and get straight to the point—and that’s what makes them fun.

Although there are currently a lack of live performance to witness, playing Chinese Junk’s Permanent Reduction EP obnoxiously loud comes close and is recommended. Under the right conditions, listeners can thrash around the living room, dodging beer cans and greasy fast-food boxes, as if they were at a gig.  So remember the good times, pick this record up from Black Wax and give it a spin.

For more about Chinese Junk, check out their Facebook.