Record Reviews

AMAZING GREY: Burning Daylight: 7”

With contributors spread between Munich and Vienna for recording during the pandemic, this record by Amazing Grey offers two slices of power pop-inspired rock’n’roll. Sometimes you can just tell by listening to a recording that the members weren’t in the same room together, the results being somewhat disjointed, as was the case here. But that […]

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AMOS PITSCH: Acid Rain: LP

Amos is an amazingly talented dude. His skill set is broad and deep enough that he could obviously just fuck off to Nashville or someplace and get a music industry job of some sort, were he so inclined. Instead, he hangs around the Fox Valley, playing in bands, writing songs, putting out records, running a […]

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ANTISEEN: Live from Quarantine 2: LP

I remember going to see the Ramones on their twentieth anniversary tour when I was nineteen years old and marveling at the fact that punk had been around for so long. 2023 marks the fortieth anniversary of ANTiSEEN, with time moving quickly. One of the more distinct troupes to emerge from the hardcore era, ANTiSEEN […]

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APATIA: Bog, Honor, Ojczyzna—Faszysm: LP

Originally released in 1992 on cassette only, it’s making its vinyl debut thirty years later. There’s something about them that reminds me of early Seein’ Red, who themselves were drawing influences from late-’80s Dischord bands like Ignition before going back to their (Seein’ Red) past. Apatia mix up the tempos and play songs with a […]

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ARMA X: Violento Ritual: LP

Let the beatdown commence! Outrageous metallic straight edge out of Spain from one of Europe’s premiere labels. Along with La Vida Es Un Mus, Quality Control is one of the standard bearers of world hardcore (most notably European). This Spanish lot goes straight for the jugular with Clevo-styled straight edge metalcore. Need more of what […]

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BAD ACTORS: Black Static: LP

Big guitar, swaggering rock. Brings to mind images of late nights in a smoky bar, with a slightly punky-lookin’ Patrick Swayze working the door. –Jimmy Alvarado (Sioux, siouxguitars.com)

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BARAKA FACE JUNTA: Test Systemu: CD

Kind of angular Polish punk with a tootling saxophone that blows a bunch of quarter notes and deftly fills out the sound so that the guitars don’t have to do all the heavy lifting. Vaguely reminiscent of anarcho punk with a whole lot of math rock influence. I liked it, but it didn’t set my […]

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BATTALION ZOŚKA: New Blood: CD

I really, really liked this record. Battalion Zośka have a sound akin to a successful breeding program that crosses the DNA of G.B.H. and the Dropkick Murphys. And if there were a sonic equivalent to giving the finger to all the shitheads and fascists of the world, this would be it. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Violated)

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BEEX / L’AMOUR: Split: LP

New recordings from two old Richmond bands. Beex: While on the surface it sounds like a markedly different band than the one responsible for songs like “He Obliterates Me”—and I guess is largely a different band (different singer, many different members)—you can hear similar sensibilities underlying these “new” songs. A bit more swing in delivery […]

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BILLY AND THE BAD PEACH: Juiced: CS

Great frenetic art punk from Philadelphia. The songs have a lot of dissonant chords but don’t get lost in a bunch of chaotic noise. Think SST Records—a bit of Black Flag, Saccharine Trust, Minutemen—but with a new take along the lines of Smirk or Jay Reatard. –Ryan Nichols (Painters Tapes, [email protected])

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BILLY BOBOLY: Time Time Time Time Time: CD-R

Man. Jason Budjinksi—aka Billy Boloby—fronted a number of pop punks bands, most notably the Mute-Ants, who released a fair amount of stuff throughout the ’90s. Budjinski died in 2015 of an exceptionally brutal gastrointestinal disease. Mutant Pop—who had put out a few of the Mute-Ants records back in the day—recently did this short-run CD-R that […]

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BINGE KINGS: 25 Song Demo: CS

Twenty-five songs of insanely raw and primitive garage punk from Homewood, Ill. Recklessly guitar-driven with little or no regard for proper recording methods (sounds like they recorded the guitar straight to a 4 track). There are drums but sometimes the combination of the barked-out vocals and the flurry of the guitars drown them out to […]

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