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.
After The Fall
Albany's After The Fall are a band that whenever you hear they've got new music out, even if it's just one track, stop what you're doing and soak it in ASAP. Albums like Unkind and Dedication show why they're one of the best melding skate punk and melodic hardcore, and Resignation sticks true to their core once more. In just under 13 minutes, you get breakneck jams on politics, the shitty world we live in and also, some self-introspection that goes way beyond angry thoughts
Trash Knife is a new-ish band out of Philadelphia. They play raw, ragged punk that is as influenced by the Germs as it is the Avengers. What makes the band particularly interesting in that they show the complexity of ostensibly simple concepts all while making it look like they just want to party. Also, they totally rock.
EP/EP collects the band’s to main 7-inch EPs and adds on a newly record bonus track. On both sides, the band is wonderfully West Coast loose. There
According to Clear Channel, “God created bass - and of the bass, God created Mary. Mary was lonely, and so she asked God to sculpt Carson and Awad out of a kick drum and a pair of bongos, and then Don joined and all was right with the world. This is their first record together.”
The statement might be silly, but it’s also accurate in that this band worships the bass- rightfully so. Mary Relagado’s low, steely bass is front center for all of these tracks. She plays with the massive, cold
Classics of Love
World of Burning Hate [EP]
In a few interviews, Jesse Michaels has alluded to the fact that he doesn’t like to claim total credit for writing his music due to the fact that it just comes to him from the ether and he often feels he doesn’t have too much to do with the actual song creation. Well then, perhaps its due to the chaos that is storming around the world, but Calliope and Euterpe have once again chosen to whisper in Michaels’ ear after eight years of keeping mum.
Classics of Love now consists of Michaels,
Danbert Nobacon / Kira Wood Cramer
Mesmerica - Expect a Circus
Mesmerica – Expect a Circus is a full circle release for Danbert Nobacon. The Chumbawmba co-founder has always kept a certain whimsy in music, and that whimsy is usually contrasted by dreadfully serious topics. Yet, over the decades, Danbert has drifted from straight up punk to cabaret to pre-war folk to dance music to everything in between. Since leaving Chumbawamba in 2004, his work has mostly trekked in acoustic folk and folk-punk.
And that’s why Mesmerica, wh
Nightmares of the West [EP]
So there's this obscure band called Strike Anywhere and I heard they're not too shabby. And whaddaya know.... it's true!
My asinine attempts at humour aside, I always enjoy a good Strike Anywhere debate, mostly because it's never really about the band's quality, but which of their amazing discography stands out most. Exit English is the gold standard for me -- hey, I'm a sucker for "Infrared" -- but I must say Iron Front also has a very personal space in my heart. It
The Pain, The Blood and The Sword
I’m continuing in my quest to give some non-English speaking bands a fair chance. (I’m a big lyrics guy, so it can be difficult.) This time, I turned my attention to France’s Lion’s Law. They’ve been around since 2012, and The Pain, The Blood and The Sword is their 4th LP. They’ve also amassed a decent pile of splits, singles and EPs. Although I was totally unfamiliar with the Paris quintet, it didn’t take long for them to win me over. It certainly helped that the majority of the songs