Failing Up

CHARGER: Summon the Demon: 7” flexi

Motörhead meets Mercyful Fate. So f’ing good! One song to lure you over to their debut LP, Warhorse. Very effective. –Matt Average (Pirates Press, piratespressrecords.com, charger-eb.bandcamp.com)

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CHARGER: Warhorse: LP

There was a time when no self-respecting punk would admit to liking metal music, let alone playing it without being mocked, or worse, getting beat up for it. Thank goodness those days are over. Charger is a metal and rock’n’roll-influenced project spearheaded by Matt Freeman of Rancid. The band’s roots are deeply seeded in Motörhead […]

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CHARITY CASE: Police They Came They Shot Her Baby: CDEP

The title song is an alt-rock-sounding meditation on police violence based on the repetition of four lines of lyrics interspersed with a simple riff and audio from protests. The rest of the cuts here are assorted mixes of the main song, with the “Disperse Ye Rebels Mix” being the most pointed, with samples from assorted […]

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CHRISTIAN BLUNDA: Funky Punks in Space: LP

Mean Jeans’ Christian Blunda has filtered the Jeans’ driving and often humorous punk sensibilities through a catalog of space-age keyboard sounds to produce an album of songs featuring Hi-NRG and punk hybrids. The album kicks off with “Hyperblaster,” a Ramones-paced mover staying mostly in the punk realm with some space age keyboard popping in for […]

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COMTAC / TURD MERLIN: Split: CS

ComTAC is poppers-inspired weirdo space music with samples galore over laser beam jams, self-recorded in a squatters flat—or, you know, a childhood bedroom you haven’t left in five days because you’re twenty-three and lost your job… or the will to live. Air out that “Ded Cell”! Turd Merlin is also (sincerely) fucking weird, which is […]

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CONVERT: Saves: CD/LP

I’m not usually a huge fan of electronica or goth rock, but Convert walks a fine line between the genres—and adds in enough post-rock—so that it appeals to me. Musically, the band is reminiscent of the dark, brooding sound of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, Joy Division, or Pornography-era Cure. Vocally—and I realize […]

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CRANFORD NIX: Drinkin’ with Some Angels: LP

Who is Cranford Nix? The Mitch Hedberg of acoustic rock’n’roll. Immediate, impactful, and honestly written songs, all performed very directly—and with a real comedic edge—by a troubled man and his guitar. A man who tragically died way too young. It seems that this is the only official recording of Cranford Nix’s songs: a 1990 live […]

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CRIMINAL OUTFIT: Time to Get Crucial: 7” EP

Three songs and a cover of the Strike’s “Skinhead” from an L.A.-based band. Sound is gruff vocal mid-tempo punk with a smidge of rock thrown in. –Jimmy Alvarado (LSM Music, piratespressrecords.com)

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CRIMINAL OUTFIT: Time to Get Crucial: 7” EP

Criminal Outfit is in the tradition of the hard American oi that was developed in Atlanta in the mid-1980s by bands like Anti-Heros and Moonstomp. Taking skinhead tropes and applying U.S. hardcore elements, those groups are way more of an influence on this new Los Angeles band than any of the classic British boot bands. […]

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CRIMINAL OUTFIT: Time to Get Crucial: 7” EP

Thugged-out oi from the beaches of Cali. No mess, no fuss, boots and fucking braces. Makes sense this is on Longshot, but would have been on Vulture Rock back in the day. It’s got the Bruisers meets Negative Approach vibe where the oi doesn’t plod. Any fans of Japanese bands like Blade and Sledgehammer for […]

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CRISIS ACTOR: False Flag: LP

From the dog-eared pages of We Got the Neutron Bomb, the pilgrimages to Headline when no other punk record store existed in town, an adolescence spent with an ear to KXLU, and eventually having your own show; I love Crisis Actor because it feels well-researched by people whose interest comes from a lifelong passion. It […]

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DA GROINS: 100% Groin: 7”

Look who we have here again. Yes, the omnipresent James Domestic is in yet another band. Here it’s four tracks of basic garage punk with Domestic’s vocals snarling away over a rollicking soundtrack. I’ll hold my hands up and admit it took me a while to realise that all songs have the word “public” in […]

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