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.
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
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
The Raging Nathans/The Reaganomics
Midwest Duress pairs up two bands from the minor league metropolises of Dayton, OH and Joliet, IL. Even if the cities they call home suffer from an inferiority complex, the bands should not.
Dayton sits on the west side of Ohio, about two hours east of Indianapolis and an hour north of Cincinnati. It’s the home of an impressive aviation museum, and the ever prolific Raging Nathans. 2020 has seen The Raging Nathans put out an ambitious full length, three splits and a live EP. All
The Raging Nathans/Dead Bars
Dayton, Ohio’s The Raging Nathans haven’t slowed down much, despite the disaster that has been 2020. (The same can be said about Rad Girlfriend Records, the label run by The Raging Nathans’ Josh Goldman and his wife.) Just this year, The Raging Nathans have released a well received new full length called Oppositional Defiance, a live EP, and two splits.
Dead Bars are a newer band from Seattle, WA that have been deserving some more attention. They followed up their two full lengt
Boots N Booze [graphic novel/7-inch]
Boots N Booze is an autobiographical graphic novel about growing up as a traditional skinhead in Santa Cruz in the ‘80s. Its title is an homage to, or maybe just borrowed from the long-running ‘80s skinhead zine of the same name. It’s slightly oversized at 8.5” by 11”, and has 44 pages. It also comes with a bonus 7” from Johnny Peebucks & the Swingin’ Utters. The record includes two early live tracks from the Swingin’ Utters recorded at a party written about in the comic.
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Paint My Memory
Somerset Thrower’s Paint My Memory sits in the crosshairs of ‘90s alt-rock and the more driven side of ‘90s emo, inhabiting the same gritty but ambitious space of bands like Samiam, Gameface, Seaweed and Farside (maybe even Jawbreaker at times?). Like those acts, Somerset Thrower have a bit of strain and gravel in the vocal department, but they also have a bold and big sound despite the smaller label budgets. Paint My Memory sounds so big sometimes with its unrelenting en