A split 10″ with two grindcore bands, POWERCUP from Montreal, Quebec and PIZZA HI FIVE from Ohio. Both bands play intensely and have a great sense of humor on these tracks.
POWERCUP starts things off with thirteen crazed tracks that are played fast, loose and with abandon, but with a ton of power that sounds great cranked up loud. PIZZA HI FIVE give us twelve tracks of very similar sounding grind, but they have a little bit better production, and a touch more of punk mixed in at times.
If you are a grindcore fan and you have a sense of humor, because a lot of these bands take shit way too seriously, then you will love this. A very cool release that comes on colored vinyl.
Jesse Thorson (SLOW DEATH, FALLING ANGELS, LEGENDARY SAN DIEGO CHARGERS), is back with his new band featuring Paddy Costello from DILLINGER FOUR, Annie “Sparrows” Holoien from the SOVIETTES, and FALLING ANGELS guitarist Dan Johnson. This is the third single to come out in a series of six.
Starting off with “I Ain’t Gonna Beg”, a slower punk rock song in the SOCIAL DISTORTION vein with gruff lead vocals and a sense of melancholy, this was a terrific start to the single, it almost had a POGUES feel with the female vocals added, but without the celtic music added. “Running Back” also had a POGUES vibe and was every bit the equal of the first song.
A great two song single and now I need to go hunt all of them down, you need to do it too!
Two punk rock songs with a touch of country added, but not enough to take the biting anger away and turning it into mush. This had a feel of SOCIAL DISTORTION and that can never be a bad thing in my mind.
Gritty vocals, terrific guitar playing, thick bass and killer drumming, plus Annie “Sparrows” Holoien from THE SOVIETTES sings the second song and together, the single is just terrific. Both songs are played with energy and feeling and it almost feels like a split single, except it isn’t, it’s just a treat.
You can feel the excitement and fun that they are having on this single and it really turned into a nice mixture of both vocalists giving stellar performances. Definitely a release to look out for.
This punk band from Dayton, OH has put out seven short poppy punk rock songs with snotty vocals and hooks galore.
Lots of bouncing bass, nice leads, and driving drums on these catchy songs that will leave you wanting more. The songs are all under two minutes and don’t feel like they are rushed, but complete songs that will get stuck in your head for days. Basically, if you are a fan of THE QUEERS, you will love this, especially if you like the stuff that THE QUEERS put out before they really went into the pop pool.
A great single that got a ton of plays in my house and if you get it, you won’t be able to stop playing it either. I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.
These power pop / punk guys are from Halifax, Nova Scotia and play with intensity and a ton of hooks on these five songs. You get dual vocalists and a feeling that they are having a great time playing these songs.
As soon as you start playing the first song, you are hooked! One great song after another of flawless power pop mixed with enough punk to give it a nice bite without getting too heavy-handed. These songs will make you get up and start dancing around, or at least pretending that you are a rock star with your air guitar. The little bit of a British feel to this single really gives it a feeling of an older release that you just found out about from the good old days, but this is some brand new classic music being played here.
A fantastic single that I can’t stop playing over and over again. This is the kind of stuff that keeps me digging through the stacks of singles, hoping to find a band that I can’t get enough of. One of the best singles that I’ve heard in years.
Another split from RAD COMPANY, this time with DISCRETIONS as their partners in punk. This time we get DISCRETIONS from San Antonio, TX joining these Dayton, OH punk rockers.
RAD COMPANY kick things off first with two songs of their blend of punk rock and pop punk, but this time they mix in more punk rock than pop and the snotty vocals are turned down a bit as well. Both songs are energetic and lots of fun. DISCRETIONS are more straight ahead punk, mixed with a bit of hardcore, but the fit really well on this split, giving us two sides of a coin, one more rough and tumble, one a bit more pop, but both are good punk rock.
A very cool split that shows the range of both bands very well, giving us a single full of power and energy.
Two bands from Ohio go head to head in a punk rock fury fest. RAD COMPANY are from Dayton and play crazed punk rock on their five songs while SOK!, also from Dayton are more melodic and poppy.
RAD COMPANY have dual vocals, one being shouted, clean vocals and the other being more growled and deeper. Lots of heavy riffing, stop-start parts and lots of gang vocals added to their mix of punk, hardcore and thrash. They really put their anger out in front for all to hear and do a great job of creating a mix that really works well. SOK! plays more melodic punk rock with some poppy touches mixed in, as well as snotty vocals, but they still come on strong and give you a shot in the arm with the energy that they have created on their songs.
Both bands, although being from the same area, play different styles and strangely really fit together well. You really can’t go wrong when everything has gone so right on this single, so go out and grab a copy!
A two band, four song split EP between Boston, MA’s THE CREDENTIALS and Seattle, WA’s STEELHORSE. Each side features two unreleased tracks by each band and is the final release from THE CREDENTIALS and the sophomore release from STEELHORSE.
The two songs from THE CREDENTIALS are peppy punk songs with slightly gruff vocals and are catchy as hell, well produced and shining examples of this now gone bands talent. STEELHORSE’s two songs are not as well produced, but still really good. Snotty vocals and a nice straight forward punk rock sound that I love.
Two great bands, four great songs that make me happy when I listen to them and they play with energy and conviction. It’s a shame that one band leaves the scene, but another one thankfully comes in to keep the punk rock light going.