Best New Music
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.
Hot Fruit [EP]
Featuring members of Downtown Boys and Gauche, Washington, DC’s Clear Channel play propulsive post-punk that is equally likely to be dead serious as it is full on whimsy. Yet, in either mode, the band seems to bite back against “normal values” through example in lieu of bold declarations.
Take “Hot Fruit” as an example. A warped, almost sinister sounding dance number, the band calls out “I’m looking for bananas, show me your bananas, I wanna see bananas, two big black bananas!” It
Perhaps, for the first time, Adam Davis is being Adam Davis. The former road hog now kickboxing instructor earned his bones in a later day version of Link 80, touring with that band incessantly and adding a sort of big man aggression, but also playing to the third wave virtues. After that, he took to the decidedly more post-punk DESA and played into a form of rock that, at the time, was very new. After that fell apart, he got married and became a full grown adult. The reaction of whic
Blow Off the Omens
Child Bite has been thrashing around the greater Detroit area for almost 15 years. They’ve always been interesting, but they really started hitting their stride with 2012’s Monomania. Since then, the quartet has been cranking out consistently weird, wonderful, aggressive, genre defying music. Even a recent major lineup change could not slow down this rock and roll juggernaut. Blow Off the Omens is their latest installment of punk, metal and noise. It’s their third release of 201
In a lot of ways, The Restarts feel like the British version of The Casualties. (Minus The Casualties’ baggage.) For more than 20 years, they’ve been spreading their fiercely political message through harsh, metallic hardcore punk. I’m most familiar with them from the excellent split LP they did with MDC a decade ago. 2019 sees the release of Uprising, their 6th full length, and first for Pirate’s Press Records.
The Restarts tackle all the hot button topics of the day: climate c
Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers
It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the first decade of Red Scare with Red Scare Industries: 10 Years of Your Dumb Bullshit. Somehow, five more years have passed, and it’s time to recognize another milestone. This time it’s called Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers. Like its predecessor, it brings together a bunch of unreleased songs from many of the label’s past and present artists.
At 10 years, Red Scare was already one of the bigger and more
Screaming Females are the best kind of band. They’re the best kind of band because their new compilation, Singles, Too is ostensibly a stray track round-up, but instead of being a junk drawer of tracks, it tears your head off. And to boot, somehow it serves to show the evolution of the band from scrappy college-kid punks to epic rock heavy weight champs (though, they’re still kind of scrappy punks, still).
Starting with their first single, “Arm over Arm” and continuing
Do You Dream [7-inch]
Heralding their anticipated third record, Dark Thought’s “Do You Dream” gives us a two track taste of what’s in store. As always, the band is influenced by the three chord Ramones blast. But, interesting, the A-side here, while it is 78 second stormer, has an almost Replacements style rawness. Singer Jim Shomo still maintains his Joey-ish croon, but there’s a certain hot fire in his voice that we haven’t heard before. That’s not to say that the band is abandoning their mandate, but they’re show
The Spine the Binds
The Spine That Binds might be the darkest sounding victory record of the year. No doubt, the band was facing an uphill battle before even stepping into the studio. First of all, it was their first record in 15 years and it’s no secret that comeback records are always brimming with promise, but rarely deliver upon the same. Second of all, long running vocalist Agent M was no longer in the band, replaced by new singer Kate Jacobi.
But, an uphill battle is just that- a ch