Tag Archives: 70’s Punk

Suicide Helpline – Self-Titled EP

Suicide Helpline
Self-Titled EP
Self-Released
Street:05.28.2016

Creeping through the airwaves out of Edmonton, Alberta, Suicide Helpline has the sounds that invokes excitement and originality in this oversaturated age. Suicide Helpline initially come across with catchy rock n’ roll that speaks of ‘60s garage rock, but then maintain a firm, raw attitude that harkens on socio-political stances found in that of ‘70’s punk mentality. Unlike others who profess the genre , this four tracks on this EP deliver with a certain and charming diversity in style. The EP is admittingly a little rough around the edges, but after listening to there will be no trouble being inspired to jump about. The opening track “Living is A Curse” serves to wake the listener up with an up-tempo sound that would rouse the dead.

“The Future Looks Bleak And If You can Tell Me Otherwise You Have Five Minutes Go” is a groovy number that sparks a feeling of foreboding while also giving you something to move to. “I don’t Care” is that simple defiant garage punk number that every album needs. However, the magic that holds this EP together is found within the fuzz laden track “More Than Just Friends.” It’s jumpy with a strong back beat and slick fuzz filled riffs. “More Than just Friends” is easily the mover and shaker on this EP. If this is what I can expect from Suicide Helpline, then I’m eager to see what comes next from these lads. Please send more. — Nick Kuzmack

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ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS: JAKE BURNS OF STIFF LITTLE FINGERS

Stiff Little Fingers’ tour is going “Fantastically well,” according to frontman Jake Burns. Photo: Ashley Maile

It’s been busy year for Stiff Little Fingers—they’ve completed their latest album, No Going Back, toured the world, played the Rebellion Festival, and are about to hit the salty shores of Salt Lake City as a part of Offspring’s “Smash 20th Anniversary” tour. How are things going for the gang? Well, according to Jake Burns, “Fantastically well, actually. Everyone’s been incredibly helpful—very, very friendly. We started at a bit of a disadvantage, in so much as our backline guy had a problem with his visa. He’s actually still stuck in England. We haven’t managed to get him across. When we turned up, in our first show in Florida, suddenly the guys from Pennywise, who we know (we had toured with them earlier this year in Australia), their crew just all jumped in and said, ‘Oh, we’ll help out.’ In fact, every night, I’ve been in the slightly bizarre position of having my guitars tuned by Jay Bentley of Bad Religion, which is kind of weird….”

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CAN YOU DIG LA PESTE? INTERVIEW WITH PETER DAYTON

La Peste blasted through the Boston punk scene, left their mark and retired from the field all too early.

La Peste was perhaps one of the most underrated bands from the first wave of punk (1976-82). They blasted through the Boston punk scene, left their mark and retired from the field all too early. During this brief career they released the single “Better Off Dead” (b/w “Black”). Though the single has been long out of print, making it a rarity, it is being given new life. On April 19 this single was rereleased on 7” vinyl by Wharf Cat Records and yours truly wasted little time getting his hands on it. The number “Better Off Dead” is well worth any rock n’ roll fan’s attention, as it is a perfect example of the raw energy that punk unleashed on the unsuspecting world in the 1970s…

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