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.
At the time, the name of Antagonizers ATL’s 2016 debut LP, Working Class Street Punk, really summed up the Atlanta quartet. Since then, the size of the band has increased, as has the scope of their sound. Impressively, the now six piece band has been able to evolve without sacrificing one ounce of their blue collar credibility. Ultimately, Kings, Antagonizers ATL’s second full length, is a tour de force from beginning to end.
Opener, “Worries”, has a driving wall of sound
Ghosts of Old Detroit
The third Bad Assets full length, Ghosts of Old Detroit, suffered the same fate as a lot of records in 2020. The Motor City street punk stalwarts started recording in the spring, then everything went sideways. They were finally able to finish in August, and the digital and CD versions arrived late in the year. As much as I was looking forward to hearing it, I held out until the vinyl showed up on my porch in early 2021. I must say, that is the proper way to hear a punk album for the fi
That's the Breaks [Digital Single]
"That's the Breaks," which appears to be a stand-alone digital single, is one of the Descendents most immature releases. It has no nuance. It has no ambiguity. It has no room for interpretation. The sole point is to kick Donald Trump in his ass on the way out the door and to say he has small hands and a small weenie. So basically, it's a fantastic song.
While Milo Goes to College was coated in first (or second wave ) punk grime, by the time 1985's I don't want to Grow Up r
Scumdogs of the Universe [reissue]
Scumdogs of the Universe is an album about a platoon of intergalactic, hyper-developed creatures known as GWAR that have been banished to the backwards mudhole of Earth because they dared to defy the rules of their creator. Though they are well versed in space travel, war, science, and anatomy, instead of conquering the earth, they are sidetracked by sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The result is that instead of destroying earth and freeing themselves from the blue planet’s gravitational p
Dale Crover’s second album, Rat-a-tat-tat is both a love letter and a hate letter. For the release, the Melvins drummer assembled a band of punk/rock veterans including Steve McDonald of Redd Kross (and the Melvins), producer to the alt-stars Toshi Kasai, and LA secret drummer weapon Mindee Jourgensen. Crover has clearly built his band around these people because they are veteran musicians that are able to easily take rock landmarks and bend them around Melvin-style weirdness.
ODCPP is, or was, the straight-up punk band that included Cassie Ramone of Vivan Girls, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls, and OJ of X-Ray Eyeballs. Their sole release was the playfully named 7” LP, which of course, was EP length. Let’s hope the band records more, or at least does a physical version of this, because it rocks.
The band is fairly dedicated to first wave US punk. “Takin’ Shots” is basically a one line songs about tequila, but like all the great Dangerhouse bands, there is
Messengers of Deception
This might be the most difficult review that I have ever written. You see, Messengers of Deception is Tau Cross’ fourth recorded album, but only the third one released, and the second bearing that title. Confusing? Here’s the refresher course:
Amebix was founded by Rob Miller and Stig Miller. Essentially the band that created the concept of crust-punk, for many, many punkers, Amebix was the band. Their seminal Arise album is a masterpiece (and so is the follow