While Lucy is clearly the brains of the operations, guitarist Joey gets his contractual George Harrison moment at the microphone with a couple of bratty punk pop tunes where “True Romance” credibly competes with the legendary Undertones’ “Teenage Kicks.”Read More
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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.Read More
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 HastingsRead More
Look no further to satisfy your 1960s French-language garage-rock needs than this sharply attired combo from Edinburgh, fronted by the super suave Laurent Mombel and featuring members of cult beat revivalists The Thanes and Preston Pfanz & the Seaton Sands.Read More
Everything about Les Bof! is a surprise and real pleasure; great rewards found in our introduction to them courtesy of the guys at the ever welcome Dirty Water Records. The reason for it all is new album, Voila!; a collection of songs which got under the skin like a mischievously voracious itch.Read More
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.”Read More
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.Read More
"A PLACE I WANT TO KNOW" - MIRACLE WORKERS / "WILD HONEY" - MORLOCKS / "PLEASE KILL ME" - BLUES MAGOOS / "EAR WORM" - LIME SPIDERS / "SURREALISIC FEAST" - SYD BARRETT / "COLLECTION OF REGRETS" - YARDBIRDS / "THE GOAT" - CRAMPS / "TROUBLE IN MY HEAD" - BEGUILED / "OUT OF MY BRAIN" - COUNT V / "I WILL WRITE YOU POETRY" - SYNDICATE OF SOUND.
No, it's not a compilation, it's the list of WEIRD OMEN songs that appear on their new LP.Read More
Suicide Generation were founded in 2017 in London. "Last Suicide" was released in 2018, but we only recently received the promo material. However, the sound on the debut album of the British sounds more like punk of the late ‘70s.Read More
The Chocolate Watchband were already founded in 1967 in California. The psychedelic punk legends delight with a very varied album. In sum, very psychedelic and rarely really punk, but just for the two real cracker "Secret Rendezvous" and "Trouble Everyday" it must force a rocktip.
Proto punk/psychedelic band Chocolate Watchband began in the heady mid-’60s with the release of their first album No Way Out in 1967. Two more releases followed; The Inner Mystique in 1968 and One Step Beyond in 1969. Then the band called it a day. The band eventually reformed and released Get Away in 2000.Read More
Since this band had its heyday some 50-years ago, you might think that this album is a collection of vintage material or a long lost effort. But surprise, This is My Voice is newly recorded material featuring founding vocalist David Aguilar, who also penned about half of the material here.Read More
Who: French gonzo-synth punks and intergalactic scuzzball house band, The Scaners return just a year later after their debut with II.
Sound: Synth punk rock that has both the intergalactic connections of Man Or Astro-Man? and the 1,2,3,4 of the Ramones.Read More
Intergalactic French space punks, The Scaners, second full-length LP, Scaners II, has the same catchy lo-fi space-age garage punk sound as the band’s first release. The songs are somewhat cleaner and it seems like they’ve put more thought into how their heavy use of synth can add different feelings to their songs.Read More
Long-overdue return to form from original psych-punks who refuse to go out without a bang.Read More
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.Read More
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:-Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More