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Metronome: The Heck "Who?!"

The hippest Dutchmen in the last 50 years are back on the Dirty Water label giving themselves aneurysms sautéed on a bed of 3 chord guitar with their cool new full length. You get the previously reviewed single, “For Cryin’ Out Loud” and “Panic Attack” as well as the frantic opener “Waiting In Line” which we missed earlier.

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Musos Guide: Les Bof! "Voila"

The much anticipated second LP from those ferocious francophiles Les BOF! has finally arrived, following a break of no less than 8 years. I for one was delighted to hear that news, and being an Edinburgh resident, I’ve been lucky enough to see them play live locally more than a few times over the last couple of years, and of course headline at last year’s Beatwave away down in sunny Hastings

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Louder Than War on Dirty Water (18 May 2017)

Louder Than War: You’ve come a hell of a way since then. How did the rest of the Dirty Water gang get on board?

“Well, another regular at the club night who became a friend, Paul Manchester, who was originally from Boston, USA, but had been living in London for years already by then, loved the idea of being part of a record label. He also desperately wanted to see a 1979 single by Boston band Lyres re-pressed (which became DWC1003). And I figured that without a helping hand or two, I’d only get around to putting out two, maybe three, records a year.

At his suggestion, pretty much straight away, Diego Dominguez came on board too. And more recently, two or three years ago, PR & publicity supremo Matt Hunter joined us. All of us come from very different backgrounds and our varied skills seemed to fit together quite well, while our similar, but not completely overlapping, tastes in music sees us all doing a bit of A&R, discovering bands that another of us might inadvertently pass by or never even come across in the first place.

Without the huge input from the other three guys I’d probably just be doing two or three releases a year. It’s a big job to do by yourself. Especially as I was still doing weekly gigs when the label started. With a team like this working together we’ve made amazing strides, I think. They’ve helped to develop the label and make it into something bigger than I could have ever done by myself.”

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Metronome Magazine: Weird Omen "Surrealistic Feast"

This French band’s last single barely stopped spinning, and they have already followed it up with a full length album. Though this is a different take from the single, “A Place I Want To Know” still has the trademark sax taking up the bass duties, and then some, in order to take you into a strange and magical world to get lost in. Still, Weird Omen’s psychedelia is quite subtle in the way their words and repetitive rhythms rather than effects alter your thoughts on “Wild Honey,” until they let the cat out of the bag at the end.

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iyezine.com: Weird Omen "Surrealistic Feast"


No, it's not a compilation, it's the list of WEIRD OMEN songs that appear on their new LP.

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musicstreetjournal.com: The Chocolate Watchband "This Is My Voice"

It's still very early times in the year, but I will be shocked if this album doesn't make my "best of 2019" list. It's just such a strong set. In fact, as it stands right now, this is my favorite album of the year. Like I said, it's still early days, but this should rank high by the time the year is over. This band got their start in the 1960s, and there is plenty of that sound here. The ethos of the ‘60s is represented, too, in part because there is a lot of protest music here, and in part because there are quite a few covers from that era. All in all, if you like killer rock and roll with a ‘60s edge, give this a try.

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Fungal Punk: The Scaners "The Scaners"

From Lyon, France we have The Scaners who swoop in via unidentified airwaves and bring to the table a Triple-X-Century sound that comes from dimensions disturbed and only traversed by the most hardy, experimental and idiotic sonic souls. The band, I suspect, are under surreptitious investigation from authorities on high, are destined to be 'watched' via a governmental microscope that will make sure the planetary invasions are kept in check. Somehow I suspect the band have other ideas? Here we have 12 tracks to get through, I best get me rear in gear:-

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Fungal Punk: The Scaners "The Scaners II"

Miscreants from times advanced come back and scuzz-fuck like mad and deliver a synthed up shithouse of sound to rattle the bones of those stuck in one time, one place! I reviewed the bands previous CD, I was in a state of indecision and thought there was more to come - here is what I believe to be an upshift in sound and a better attempt at fulfilling potential tapped. These French adrenalin travellers test my mettle; I sit back, get transported and spit back with an overview that goes like this.

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rpmonline.co.uk: The Scaners "The Scaners II"

The Ramones, The Dickies, The Briefs, Tubeway Army, Parker From Thunderbirds all spring to mind if your wanting reference points to describe the sound of Lyons The Scaners. IT’s upbeat rapid punchy in your face hooks galore with guitars, bass, drums and synths. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell like being punched in the gob by some wackos with dayglo shades and a shit-eating grin across their faces.

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Spill Magazine: The Scaners "The Scaners"

From Frank Sinatra crooning about being flown to the moon to David Bowie, the man who fell to Earth, popular music has had an on-and-off fascination with space and life beyond our planet. For The Scaners, France’s latest punk sensation, the question of extra-terrestrial life isn’t actually a question, but rather a fact; one they are not only comfortable with, but, after listening to their debut self-titled record, they may even be co-conspirators with the little green men themselves.

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