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.
Good Luck Everybody
For all intents and purposes, while AJJ may have tamed their name down for the sake of political correctiveness, the best way to describe Good Luck Everybody is a jihad on the Donald Trump administration.
I've enjoyed their style of indie/folk/punk and it's always nice to get something that doesn't sound too Front Bottoms-ish in terms of message. Sure, love, life, death and all the experiences in between make for a fun ride but this is akin to something Desaparecidos would
I want you to think of your favorite comfort food, maybe it’s something from when you were growing up or something you discovered when you moved out of your parent’s house for the first time. Nothing is worse than going to a restaurant and finding that item on a menu and it being disappointing. The exact opposite also holds true though, nothing is better than finding a restaurant that makes that comfort food well and adds their own little twist to it. When it comes to music, t
From the Grave [EP]
From the Grave further makes the argument that the band is aiming to rebuild their legacy, brick by brick. It’s not secret that despite the landmark status of Age of Quarrel, the band’s recorded history was hit or miss- even Harley Flanagan, who fronts the band now while handling vocals, was critical of some of the band’s releases in his autobiography. So, it was with some trepidation that people greeted the band’s first release in nearly twenty years, Don’t Give In.
You can take the punk out of the bay but you can never take the bay out of the punk. The Pathogens is the new-ish Bay Area punk band fronted by Tilt’s Cinder Block and Blatz’s Jesse Luscious... except that Luscious now lives in Merry ‘ol England while the rest of the band is mostly west coast-ish. Despite the chasm that now separates the individuals, their debut release is fully informed by the Gilman scene and its ilk.
We’re Catchy is fast, rowdy, and funny. “Rattle th
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