PUNK FACTION : BHP ’91 to’95 by David Gamage

Punk Faction, BHP ’91 to ’95, is a 280-page book collecting together the articles, interviews and reviews from the punk music and alternative lifestyle fanzine.
It contains interviews with Goober Patrol, Angus Bagpipe, Pseudo Hippies, Green Day, Hard-Ons, Ramones, SNFU, Quicksand, All, MTX, Sugar, Alloy, Samiam, Compulsion, Down By Law, Rancid, Shelter, Jawbreaker, Pennywise, Civ, Riverdales, as well as Daniel Clowes and Steven Jesse Bernstein. It also contains tour and scene reports, and articles on everything from censorship to prejudice, hunt saboteurs to third world debt, vegetarianism and the environment, as well as hundreds of live and record reviews.
Now collected into one book, with an introduction from the editor/author and a foreword by Frank Turner.

David Gamage says in his introduction that some of the things he wrote back when he was doing this zine that some parts were a little naive on his being so young, but it is a snapshot of what was going on in his area and in his heart and mind back then. The book is a collection of the complete zines from this time period, warts and all, and in the case of the first few issues… a lot of warts. The first few issues while interesting, suffer from being hard to read because of the poor fonts, bad printing from the time period, small size and the confusing and jumbled layout. As time moves forward, things start to improve and it becomes a lot clearer and easier to read everything. Even though it seems like a complaint, it is cool to see the zines in all their glory. The writing is pretty good, lots of info in the articles, interesting and humourous interviews and cool reviews of shows and music. Some of the political articles sound preachy, but that’s how most of them still sound today. While not agreeing with everything written in these zines, it’s easy to skip over the things that I don’t care about, just like reading the originals and focus on the more interesting, at least to me, stuff. I can see the hard work that was put into these when they were originally done, and for that, I salute you and all the effort put into them.

A great snapshot of bands that have gotten bigger, gone away, or just forgotten, and a scene that didn’t get a lot of press in the larger zines of the time. Of course, it’s always sad to see zines go away, but at least this one will not be forgotten with this fantastic collection that everyone interested in punk and hardcore should get.

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BPM: ​Oh Fuck, Axl Rose

This secret member band from Texas has done it again, on Halloween 2018, they released another masterpiece of mayhem on the masses. Seven more short, to the point brutal songs for the punters.

With a mix of shouted/crazed vocals and throatier moments, the band rips through their new collection of songs with all the energy of a nuclear bomb. One kick in the balls after another coming at you with no rest between…awesome! I can never pick one song that stands out since they are all great, no fluff at all, just powerful tunes. The band is still playing a bit sloppy, but it works so well and you know that this will sound just as good live…if they would ever play live that is.

This is real deal punk/hardcore, the kind of stuff that I never get tired of hearing. I’m glad that they sent me the info so I could listen to this devasting collection of songs.

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BPM: ​Now You’re A Cop

Here we go…this secret member band from Texas has seven super short songs that come at you like a psycho chasing you down the street.

This kick in the nuts album has some George Carlin samples on the first song “Shangry Torando’s Win Again!!!” “Now You’re A Cop” is even better than the first with the Ice-T sample and the great chorus. This is so in your face and sloppy, but damn…I just love that they keep the punk rock going and going. For those sick of over-produced punk, this reminds me of the good old days when you could find cool stuff on tapes. The shouted, sometimes growled vocals, the crazed drumming, the guitar that seems to be playing its own song different from the rest of the band and the bass keeping up, make for such a fun listen, plus the lyrics are cool as well.

Definitely worth checking out and supporting these guys because they do this for the love of the music, not for corporate crap-fests. Download this and scare the animals in your neighborhood.

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DEAD FRIENDS 46: Hardcore

The band was formed back in 2015 by hardcore/punk rock lifers Don Mazza (vocals) and Jason Dovalina (rhythm guitar), who quickly recruited close friends Andy Spraker (drums), Sean McGuire (bass), and Shaun Andri (lead guitar). True stories from members’ lives and salutations to fallen friends drive the writing and influence of the album. Each band member has overcome their own significant obstacles, including incarceration and addiction, and it shows in their lyrics, activism and commitment to doing everything they can to educate, but not preach.

Originally self-released on CD format by the band as Athletes to the Front which sold out immediately, Hardcore contains two additional tracks (“Mass Hysteria” and “Blood Clot”). The album also features a cover of Peter and the Test Tube Babies’ “Banned From The Pubs” and Social Distortion’s 1982 classic “Mass Hysteria.” The album is a punch in the gut and a kick in the ears that will make you shout…not in pain, but in complete joy, because someone gets it! Hardcore without the metal wanking and bullshit lyrics that too many bands seem to have nowadays. These guys are taking the old school sound, before metal crept into hardcore and taking a step back, but pushing the format ahead at the same time. Since this is not metal, it’s like a blast from the past, but maybe others can get their shit together and join in what they are doing and start more bands that are pure hardcore…maybe the start of a new trend…of doing it right. Gruff vocals, buzz-saw guitar playing, thick bass, and drums pounded within an inch of their life, plus awesome lyrics make for an album that is pure gold for these old ears. Short, to the point songs with no filler, and yes…all killer…sorry. The last song is truly powerful, listing their departed friends at the end of the song, a hardcore version of Jim Carroll’s “People Who Died” in a way.

The album is a definite blazing collection of songs that will get you up and slamming along to, but take a listen to the lyrics too, feel the pain and emotion that the band puts forth. Having some people close to me die from drugs and bad decisions, this album not only was a punk rock fest for me, but it also meant something to me. Thank you for this great album guys.

Also posted at: http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2018/12/dead-friends-46-hardcore.html

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THE LONG DARK ROAD: Self-titled

Influenced by Deafheaven, The Long Dark Road’s four-song self-titled EP is the result of a series of events in Toronto musician Jeremy Cavan’s life, including debt, homelessness, and a divorce. The mix of black metal, punk and hardcore on this album gives into a touch of prog-type songs, at least in length with the title track alone surpassing the ten minute mark, and the shortest track is just shy of seven minutes long.

The lyrics are more geared toward political and societal topics than most metal bands and luckily even with the gruff and occasionally less than clean singing, you can still hear the words and see the anger and disgust that is being spit out. The songs are as heavy as the weight of the world’s problems on their shoulders, but melodic and interesting, with the length of them not being a factor that impedes your enjoyment, in fact, the length seems perfect for each song, like a complete argument that needs to be heard. The mix is a bit dirty and gritty, but it suits the music and tone perfectly; who wants it all prettied up since it would take the intensity and immediacy of it away. The songs each have their own feel and have shredding guitar playing that really stands out, as well as the extended bits that show the more textured playing and at times softer sounds that the band can create and meld into a song that is both devastating and thrilling.

If you are looking for some straight-ahead metal, this may come as a shock, but the album has both beauty and anger that forge an alliance and make you want to come back to it time and time again. With only four songs, they have created an album that will become a constant player in your collection, and make you want to see what comes next.

Also posted on: http://ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-long-dark-road-long-dark-road.html

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THE ALIENATION: No God No Religion

This trio from Amos, Quebec have just released their second album of hardcore with songs in both English and French. The trio of Peet (bass/vocals), Dom (guitar/vocals), and Matt (drums) have put together eleven songs of charged energy and thought-provoking lyrics.

I always get excited when I get punk to review, since I seem to get a lot, and I do mean a lot of metal to review, when I am way more into punk than metal. As a fellow Canadian, now living in Texas, but still love to give props to my country men putting out music, also being someone who was forced to take three years of French and remembers none of it, it is cool to hear a band doing songs in their own language, not just in English. Of course, because I failed two of the three years and they were over thirty years ago, I have no idea what they are singing about on those songs, but the English ones are clear about what pisses them off and I love to read the lyrics and get an idea of where a band is coming from. The songs are angry, gritty and hard-hitting, which is such a great thing to hear with all the wimpy pop punk and emo crap passing itself off as punk. The gruff vocals are perfect for the bitterness being spewed, as is the blazing guitar playing, the thick bass, and the pounding drums which all create a sense of organized chaos that grabs your ear holes and drags you into the pit. Every song is another spit in the face of the craptastic society that we are force-fed and they are played with the verve and power that gets your adrenalin going and makes you get mad at the shit going on too.

This is a band that is sick and tired of bullshit around them and isn’t afraid to get in the face of the fools that stand in the way of what they believe. Fast-paced and a destructive force coming at you with the power of a hurricane, but with a message……destroy the shit!

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SHUT UP SIDNEY: Death…And Crime…And The Rage Of A Beast

 

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This band has been around for a while now and has kept up a standard of no misogyny, and no capitalism, and of course Dead Kennedys like punk rock. Ten more tracks of punk that will get you thinking and slamming at the same time.

The band has a Jello Biafra like singer who sings/shouts the venomous lyrics out like a foul flavor that is spat at the listener with energy to spare. The lyrics are thoughtful and insightful, which is a great thing with so much aimless garbage out there. The band is tight and plays with power and just on the cusp of total destruction of their instruments. The songs are great to sing along to, but also great to listen to as well. All of the songs are gripping and will sound amazing in a live setting, with the walls dripping with sweat and the crowd soaked too…just like the shows that I used to go to ears ago. The production isn’t crystal clear, it has a nice grit to it….it’s punk damn it! I hate the perfect little bands that clean it all up and suck all the guts out of the recording, these guys keep the grime in their to make sure you know that they are not a bunch of fakes. The punk is older sounding, more like the early 80’s and sounds great to these ears.My favorite tracks were “Welcome Home, Jesus(Sanitorium),””Wasting The World,” and “Consumer Culture.” Don’t think that the other songs weren’t good, they are, just that these three songs, all in a row, grabbed me the most.

An album for those who like to have something in their head as well as to play loud and slam along to. A great addition to their discography and to your music collection.

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