Best New Music
Suburban Delinquents’ story started out like so many other bands. They were four kids who got together to make some punk noise in the mid ‘90s. They played a bunch of shows, made a couple albums, and developed a pretty good local following. Then they started to grow up and went their separate ways. Years later they all found themselves back in metro Detroit, and started playing again. If that’s where things had ended, it would have already been a pretty good story.
It turns out that wa
Humungousfungusamongus [Millennium Edition]
Despite my love of the first Adrenalin O.D. full length, The Wacky Hi-Jinks of Adrenalin O.D. (1984), I somehow never got around to digging into its follow up Humungousfungusamongus (1986). In this case, it was definitely better late than never. As they did with Wacky Hi-Jinks, Beer City Skateboards and Records have reissued Humungous in a definitive, Millennium Edition. It shares its two main traits with Wacky Hi-Jinks: it’s fast as hell and funny as hell.
Peace Meter is Marissa Paternoster’s “Stevie Nicks moment.” If we refer back to the one-two punch of Bella Donna and The Wild Heart, Stevie kicked out two mega-hit albums that somehow jumped between dance music and singer-songwriter folk all while still being in one of the biggest bands in the world at the time. Paternoster is doing a similar thing here, except replace “biggest” with “best.” (Also, hopefully we can assume that the famed Fleetwood Mac inner-turmoil and ba
Keep on Truckin'
By their very existence, Surfbort subvert the band-gets-hype-and-then-bombs-out-on-drugs cliché because, well, singer Dani Miller formed Surfbort on the day she got off drugs. And while the first album kind of hissed and scowled at the world, the band’s second proper LP, Keep on Truckin’ looks at the positive side of life.
And of course, Miller’s perspective of “positive” means that the album opens with an answering machine message from the police stating that Miller i
Dealing With Damage
Ask the Questions
Dealing With Damage is a band made up of UK punk veterans, and led by vocalist/guitarist Ed (Shred) Wenn. Wenn has been involved in the English punk scene since the early ‘80s as a guitarist, singer, producer and even visual artist. His various credits include bigger names like Billy No Mates, Stupids, Shudder To Think and Hard Skin, plus a bunch of things you’ve probably never heard of. Ask the Questions is the London band’s first full length.
The most obvious musical influences
How Flowers Grow
Flowers are nice and pretty and brighten out day and they are also quietly engaged in non-stop violent combat to ensure survival. Any horticulturalist will tell you, underground, roots race to grab up space, often strangling other plants out of resources. They emit faux-pheromones to distract bees and other carriers away from the competition. Many of them literally grow claws to fuck up anything that might come along and try to uproot them. Some of them have even developed mouths full of acid
I may be in the minority, but I didn’t think that much of the last Ministry album, 2018’s Amerikkkant. Some of Ministry’s best and most vicious records were inspired by the George W Bush era, and I expected more of the same from the Trump era. To me, Amerikkkant was rehashed, tedious and uninspired. Lowered expectations might have helped, but Moral Hygiene feels like a bit of a return to form.
Musically, it hits the sweet spot between The Land of Rape and Honey
RIP The title of Abi Ooze’s newest release suggests that it’s the last in the line of the Abi Ooze project. If it is indeed the end, that’s sad as the latest release really does have some real power, but at least it’s a high note. Since the dissolution of Philly’s Posers a number of years ago, singer Jade morphed into Abi Ooze and has been quietly releasing cassettes here and there, with no social media presence whatsoever.
The goal might be to let the art speak for itself an
Stupid Music for Stupid People
Hawkbaby are weird and wonderful. The band sees the world through a sort of wide eye, but damaged, naivety. Stupid Music for Stupid People is charged with the frantic ADHD mindset of Geza X’s You Goddam Kids and the earliest era of Devo. These songs are spiky and spastic and at once silly and serious.
Singer ”Hawk Cock” warbles and spits out shrill proclamations throughout. “He Said She Said” has a part where the song breaks down and Hawk Cock does vocal gymnastics tha