After being around for ten years, label Easy Action puts out a sampler that encompasses their label and how eccentric, eclectic and wonderful it can be. They have a lot of buried treasures from bands that you know, but they also keep their ears out for newer bands to promote as well.

With a great mix of the old and the new there are so many tracks to tempt and new bands that you can become fans of as well. You get an amazing alternative mix of
“I Got A Right” by Iggy & The Stooges that just kicks ass to start off the collection, you go into heavy tunes from Amebix, Moriaty, The Red Cords, The Hydromatics, and so many more. The cool part of this is the unexpected things they give you like “A Quick Thing” by Rowland S Howard & Nikki Sudden, Lost Dawn with their 60s sounding “The Fall,” the blues of “Mamma You Got A Daughter” from John Lee Hooker, the fun new wave of The B-52s’ “Lava,” the folk king Bob Dylan with “Baby Please Don’t Go,” and an early shot from the Alice Cooper Group’s “Nobody Likes Me.” This really shows off the label and the amazing and varied bands available.

There will be something on here that you love, some you like and some that you won’t, but it will give you a real idea of the amazing music out there that you have been missing from some new bands, and the great stuff you’ve never heard from your favorites. I love these kinds of things, an inexpensive taste that I love and it keeps me hungry for more.

THE SKUZZIES: Self-titled: CD

THE SKUZZIES are mates with Pete Doherty from THE LIBERTINES / BABYSHAMBLES and have him featured on the last track “On The Corner”. They play a mix of garage punk and punk circa ’76 – ’77 and put a lot of energy into their songs.

The band really has a definite love for their music and puts a lot of feeling and power into this album. The album has the sound of Britain all over it, from the accents, the lyrics and the influences that are mixed into this delicious melange. A hint of THE CLASH, MC5, and THE KINKS creep into the songs here and there, but all the while they keep the reins pulled tight to keeping their own identity. The album features hooks and big, catchy choruses, manic playing and snotty vocals mixed with slightly aggressive vocals to great effect. The songs that stood out were “Hungry As A Hound”, “More Than This”, “Dissatisfied”, “Shotgun Romance”, “Rich Girls” and “On The Corner”.

A great album filled with songs that will get you rocking as well as singing along with and will get stuck in your head. Nice job with the slightly sloppy playing, it really made it sound like you are in the studio with the band, not sterile and cold sounding at all, but full of life.