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DOMESTICS, THE:
The G.D.P. E.P.: 7
Im a sucker for big words used appropriately and not pedantically, so when the Domestics rhyme dont come near me with existential ennui, you know Im in. And what better way to sum up the benefits of going to hardcore shows than this line: The all-pervasive blandness of this turgid modern life can be kicked into the long grass if only for the night, with some raw noise! Time to break out the dictionary and do the smart mosh. –mp (facebook.com/thedomestics)


CIRCLE JERKS:
Group Sex: LP
From its brevity to the sheer velocity of its tunes, this is one of the gold standards of Californias punk scene, and rightly so. Its one of those records that many, including me, have spun so many times and that the subtleties of both recording and performance have become embedded in the brain. Its a veritable laundry list of classic hardcoreI Just Want Some Skank/Beverly Hills, World Up My Ass, Whats Your Problem, I Dont Care, Live Fast Die Youngfrom beginning to end. Sure, a good portion of the music was appropriated and/or outright pilfered from the likes of the Angry Samoans, Black Flag, and Red Cross, but somehow that has never seemed to tarnish the sheen of this twelve-inch slab of mayhem, nor has it aged poorly in the thirty-plus years since it was originally released. If you missed the boat the first, or hundredth, time around, here it is again, this time in blue vinyl glory, for the gettin. –jimmy (Frontier)


DOMESTICS, THE:
The G.D.P. E.P.: 7
Nice bit of racket here. Hammering, mostly mid-tempo U.K. hardcore-type stuff, with subtle nods to older bands like Conflict and Discharge embedded into the sound as their singer howls about different aspects of modern society, the stupidity of bigots, evolution, and the culture marines we allow to process and interpret it all for us. –jimmy (Runny Bum, hobopope.com)


DIRT DRESS:
Donde La Vida No Vale Nada: LP
This record is heavy on floor tom beats. The opening song, Stray Cats,sets a pace that starts with a Cramps-style party beat. Its a jumpy song that sounds like it would come across fun live. The album moves into slower fare like Religion/Drugs where the dreamier pacing allows the guitars to shine a little more. The repetitive vocal patterns and drumbeats get tiresome. As the album keeps going, it travels along a narrow speed scale. –Billups Allen (Recess)


DEMANDS:
Piss on Your Wounds: Cassette
Some current DC hardcorefast and earnest and angry. Every song an epithet lashing out at falseness and weaknessin personal life and broader humanity alike. It owes a lot to classic hardcore with its slam pit-centric, speedy riffs and pounding drums. Id like to see them change it up a bit and add a few more elements to their songs, but if you just want fast and angry, youll find a bunch of that here. –Craven (self-released, jamesdoubek@gmail.com)


DEATH CAMP:
Teenage Nightmare: 7 EP
NYHC type stuff, though these guys dont get sucked down into the duller aspects of that sound. They keep the urgency and razor-sharp sound of hardcore intact. Plus they have a more sinister sound in their metal influence, as you can hear in Punch/Line, with the slower, crunchy riffs, screaming guitar, lurching tempo, and feedback towards the end. The lumbering opening of Curtain Call is a killer. It gets nice and darkwith thundering bass lines, and a percussion kicking hardthe guitar comes in for a measure or two, then they open the gates and go for broke. Pretty damn good record. Hope to hear more! –Matt Average (Black Rebel, blackrebel.bigcartel.com)


DEAD YUPPIES / STAN OSKARŻENIA:
Split: CD
Ten songs of Polish punk rock split evenly between both bands. Dead Yuppies are up first. They play upbeat, political punk rock with melody and power, with the bass guitar taking a prominent place in their songs. They rail against racists and the government and do it with aplomb. Stan Oskarżenia also play upbeat punk rock with political lyrics, but are even more melodic. They have slightly more gruff-sounding lead vocals and gang vocals aplenty, and guitar solos are sprinkled throughout their songs. These two bands really complement one another on this split, with a nice flow from one band to the next. The winner for me was Stan Oskarżenia, but it was close. The lyrics are in both English and Polish. Rick Ecker –Guest Contributor (Pasazer, pasazer.pl)


DEAD ENDING:
DE II: 12 EP
Vic Bondis revisitation of his hardcore roots continues on this second EP. As with the first, he and his cohorts playing hooky from Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, and Noise by Numbers come on strong, tempering double-time tempos and hollered vox with melodic nuggets buried in the songs structures. On Speed of Lies, the sole slower tune here, they opt not to go down the almost poppy route on similar tempo tunes on the previous installment and instead offer up a churner. Its political without being overtly preachy, intelligently angry, and direct without sacrificing poeticism or creativity. All the best ingredients for rock-solid punk/hardcore are in evidence. –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)


DANCER:
On the Run: 7 EP
The A-side is comprised of two KBD-styled punker gems that sound like they cant possibly date later than 1978. The flip is a spot-on power pop ditty along the same lines. Limited to 300. –jimmy (Daggerman)


CREATIONISTS:
Holy Wisdom: LP
Its as though Joy Division mated with The Gun Club, and then their offspring had an affair with Mission Of Burma. Creationists are the result of all that. Post-punk, but not the dour kindmore into getting in your face than sulking in the dark. They do have the prerequisite dark side, but theres also a good bit of rock and roll (Tunnel Rat for example) and the windswept, lonely sound from the driving and jangling guitar (this is where The Gun Club comparison comes in). For the most part, the songs move at a fast pace, with a ton of urgency. Even when they slow down a smidge, the urgency is still at a boil (The Enlightenment). The whole record is solid, but what really knocks me on my ass is their song Saint Stephen. This song is so damn good, especially how it follows three loud and in-your-face type songs. Nice switch of pace. You can hear the Joy Division influence loud and clear (the main riff reminds me of Shadowplay), and yet they throw in other influences to where it blends seamlessly in. The way the song changes towards the end is great. It goes from something slightly clangy to something more melodic and even more tuneful and introspective. –Matt Average (Super Secret, supersecretrecords.com)


TWO MAN ADVANTAGE:
Dynasty: LP
Hockey. Alcohol. Punk rock. Mix in equal parts and get ready to hit the ice flailing. Long Islands own are at it again with Dynasty, and no, its not a hockey-themed tribute to the horrible 1979 KISS album with the same name. No, this is straight-up NY hardcore, high-sticked deep into your face until its wiggling around inside your frontal lobe. This latest lineup of songs from TMA sit nicely alongside my The Hanson Brothers rekkids (Nomeansnos alter ego hockey band) and Id still love to catch one of TMAs rollicking live sets that theyve been giving their audiences the last sixteen years or so. Limited to 250 copies of 150 gram colored vinyl, including a CD of the rekkid and a pint coaster with the bands logo! Gloves off, volume up! –dale (Drug Front, drugfrontrecords.com)


TV EYE:
Working Bee: 7 EP
Kinda embarrassing that some of the finest proponents of early Southern California punk-influenced bands arent even from Southern California. This is quite true of TV Eye, a Swedish band that knocks out track after zippy track of ADD-length tunes steeped in Dickies, Simpletones, and other SoCal institutions with a seeming ease that makes those of us who hail from the western edge of the North American continent both seethe with envy and gleefully bop our heads along to tuneage as tasty as the best from those from who they draw influence. Ten tracks here. Not a bummer in the bunch. –jimmy (Just 4 Fun, j4f.dk)


TUTU AND THE PIRATES / HOTLIPS MESSIAH:
Get Weird: Split 7 EP
Tutu And The Pirates: Two new tracks from what is arguably Chicagos first punk band. Debbie Debbie Debbie (and Her Prison Baby) is the Pick to Click here, with lyrics like got knocked up while she was locked up/its like immaculate conception that would make early Sloppy Seconds envious. Hotlips Messiah: No slouches themselves, these relative new-jacks more than hold their own here, with a couple o fun, punchy punk ditties that fit in nicely with what their vinyl mates have laid down. –jimmy (Sexy Baby)


TUNNEL, THE:
Sultry Daggers: CD
A few years back I had the privilege to review An Eternity of Blood by Jeff Wagners Tunnel Of Love. Whereas that incarnation leaned more towards a singer/songwriter sensibility, The Tunnel is a full-on band version of the same project in terms of both provenance and performance. That said, I described the music in the earlier review as Tom Waits meets Rob Zombie with some German expressionism thrown in, and that still stands. And I still love it. This is dark and spooky and weird, and this manifestation as a band now compels comparisons to The Birthday Party, sans the really bizarre imagery that NickCave could come up with at times. This would be my soundtrack to sit brooding in a dimly lit room late at night, plotting the gruesome demise of all my enemies. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Glorious Alchemal)


TOMBOY:
In the Fucking Band: Cassette
Building on their two-song debut, this all-female trio out of Boston build a bridge between sugary twee and garage. With lo-fi acoustics and adorable school girl vocals, Tomboy brings up shades of Bratmobile and Tiger Trap, best heard in their cover of Nirvanas Sliver. Here, sans the thrum of bass, they turn an angsty homesick plea into a passive-aggressive wish. I Can See switches to lazy Sunday, Mazzy Star dream rock circa She Hangs Brightly while Too Bad, their thrashiest track, hits a tight rhythm and drops to a beefy metal strum. While this is only the beginning for the three, their amalgamation of post-punk stylistics, minus the riot grrrl snarl, keep me curious to see what else they have up their sleeves. –Kristen K (Trashy Tapes)


TOM GRRRL:
Even When Shes Losing, She Is Still Winning: Cassette
Tom Grrrl is, Im pretty sure, a one-man band (at least there are a suspicious amount of drum-machine-sounding bits and bloops here) in the vein of Michael Jordan Touchdown Pass, if that rings a bell with, oh, five of you. Obscurity aside, sweet Jesus, this is great. Spring-loaded, ebullient pop songs with just the right amount of velocity and distortion. The sound collage/radio bit that begins and ends the album is a bit annoying, but the ten songs in between? Painfully catchy and totally, totally awesome. Ive been playing the hell out of this. –keith (Lauren)


TEENAGE GLUESNIFFERS:
Chinese Demography: Cassette
Ive given up attempting to shame the youth into abandoning their romantic fixation with the cassette format. I mean, if i cant talk them out of peeling the sizing stickers off the brims of their baseball hats, i surely can have no legitimate impact in shaping their view of magnetic tape. Despite their being both Italian and pop punka combination fairly notorious for producing senselessly imitative resultsthe Teenage Gs are actually fairly cool. Instead of providing another unrequested dose of Queers/Weasel/Riverdales clonage, theyre actually more reminiscent of a few German bands: The slightly-higher-pitched-than-usual vocals and layered guitars evoke sensuous whiffs of Gigantor, whilst the rhythm section is more evocative of the Richies ((who sounded just like Animal Boy era Ramones anyway)). I can say with some assurance that this is the cassette of the year thus far! BEST SONG: Sick of You. BEST SONG TITLE: Back from Pasalacqua. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Recorded in Milan; mixed in Denver. A meatball with a nosebleed! –norb (Teenage Gluesniffers, teenagegluesniffers.bandcamp.com)


SYMBOL SIX:
Self-titled: LP
I can easily prattle on about the extras that have been included with the reissue of this seminal L.A. hardcore bands criminally overlooked and ultra-rare initial 1982 salvo, and yes, the inclusion of rehearsal recordings, live tracks, and a new tune or two is definitely ice cream on some o the best pie youre ever gonna eat. Lets be real here, though. The fine doctor couldve released only the original Posh Boy EPs four tracks (plus Box of Bones, which was on one of that labels later compilations) here and this would still be one of the best purchases one could wish for. Everything that made early Southern California hardcore so goddamned influential is etched into every single groove that make up the opening five tunes heremelody, aggression, and attitude melded into a perfect blend of beach-tinged thug pop that made bands like the Adolescents and others household names. Fuggin stoked as hell to see this available again, and I highly recommend you pick up a copy before youre again paying outrageous sums for a copy of your very own. –jimmy (Dr. Strange)


SWINGIN UTTERS:
Poorly Formed: CD
Ah, the old trusty Swingin Utters back in the game with what I believe is their seventh studio album and their second in two years after an eight-year absence of new material. Just like with every album that succeeded their monumental first and second (The Streets of San Francisco and A Juvenile Product of the Working Class) the Utters are using progression to their advantage by giving two shits to the wind as to what is popular or sells. The country and Pogues influences are still very much intact, though this time were also treated to something I myself had yet to hear in previous recordings by way of the clean toned guitars. Fuck me if this doesnt work perfectly for a band whose track record consisted of a strict diet of feedback and crunch with the obvious exception of those songs where the amps were intentionally turned off in favor of some steel guitars and mandolins (which are also present on some of the tracks here). This album is sure to please even the most die-hard Utters fan with plenty of fist pumpers (The Librarians are Hiding Something, Pour Beans, Dreadlock Dread Reggae) and whiskey glass relaxers alike (Im a Little Bit Country, Sevita Sing). A second full spin of the album is not recommended, its mandatory. The day the Swingin Utters stop making good music is the day I pack up my bags and move to Zimbabwe. –Juan Espinosa (Fat, fatwreck.com)


STRIFE:
Witness a Rebirth: CD
Rising from the ashes, legendary 90s hardcore band Strife has returned with their first album since 2001s Angermeans. Strife was one of the flagship bands which built Victory Records as a label in the 90s, with two studio albums, a singles collection, and a split live release with fellow 90s hardcore titans Earth Crisis and Snapcase. With Witness a Rebirth, Strife finds a home on the excellent 6131 label, and embarks on a new era of their already storied career. The album, in many ways, is a literal rebirth for the band. Drummer Sidney Niesen is the only notable absence from the core lineup of the band, replaced by ex-Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera. Musically, the band has returned to the root of their sound with technical and aggressive playing, calling to mind their first two studio albums: 1994s One Truth and 1997s In This Defiance. The tracks Carry the Torch, from whose lyrics comes the name of the album, Show No Mercy, and The Distance were my favorite tracks because they captured so well what I think of as the essence of Strifes sound. A number of tracks feature guest performers, including Billy Graziadei on Never Look Back, Marc Rizzo on In This Defiance, and Terrors Scott Vogel on Look Away. Of all the guest appearances, Marc Rizzios guitar solo towards the close of Never Look Back was my favorite. Longtime fans will be so taken by Strifes return to form, theyll be checking their beepers and iphones trying to figure out what decade this is. –Paul J. Comeau (6131, joey@6131records.com)


STORMSHADOW:
Set on Destroy: LP
Stormshadow were an early 00s New Brunswick three-piece and this is their long-delayed final LP. They wrote short, shambolic songs that changed moods and vocalists every few measures. You get a guy bellowing from inside a half-empty soda full of cigarette butts, a woman with a snotty voice, thrashin breaks, swampy distorted bass, single note stuff where the drums hit with the guitar pick Im thinking Minutemen, Hickey, a skipping Dillinger 4 record, and how much I want to go to one of their shows and spill beer on myself. –CT Terry (Don Giovanni)


STOPS, THE:
Self-titled: EP
Easily one of the best records Ive heard in the past couple years. So damn good its unreal. Its driving and tuneful punk rock from out of Portland with a lot of soul. From the beginning of Wait for Today, you hear Stefanias voice youre hooked. The music has a bit of a dark vibe, and is kind of moody, but not bogged down in the dreary or bleak. In fact, the songs on the second side are a bit more upbeat, especially on the aptly titled Light Inside. They sometimes repeat lines over and over, and with great effect, as it works its way into your mind, and you can hear the passion in the delivery as well. I like the guitar sound on here, with a slightly distorted and jangly syrupy thickness. This is one of these records where, when you listen to it, its a reminder that its a great time to be punk. Im sitting here wondering what their live shows are like, and when the next record will be out... –Matt Average (Residue, residue-records.com)


STAT DAD:
Mominatrix: 7 EP
There are two great punk bands from Laramie, WY? Okay, they share the same bassist. But here Miguel Chen steps up to the mic and delivers. He seems upset. Two of the songs have shit in the title. But Im here to tell him its okay. Youre a Cop and the title track really thrash with abandon. Im not going to tell Miguel to give up his day job, but his moonlighting gig is pretty damn sweet too. –koepenick (Sexy Baby)


STAT DAD:
Mominatrix: 7 EP
Straight-ahead, punchy punk with an obnoxious lyrical bent. The outcomes are given that much more heft, courtesy of a Blasting Room mastering. –jimmy (Sexy Baby)


STACIAN:
Songs for Cadets: LP
This wasnt what I was expecting from the heavy metal font. Its a one-woman electro project. Cold, cold synth and drum machine with the occasional tweaked and subdued female vocal coming forth in the mix, echoed and chilling. Devoid of human emotion, it really comes off as eerie. It would work well as the soundtrack to an eighties b-movie, a horror film, or one of those sci-fi flicks with poorly-reproduced punks in them to symbolize a dystopian world of technology and squalor. And people being hunted by androids. Synth-pop this is not. Its an alluring, yet uncomfortable, listen that Im repeatedly drawn back to. –Craven (Moniker)


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