In The Red Records

One Punk Goes to the Movies: The Beautiful Brutality of “Mad God” or Phil Tippett: The Most Creative Person in Hollywood You’ve Never Heard of By James Rosario

From the mind of one of Hollywood’s most important yet unknown special effects geniuses comes Mad God, a disturbing yet poetic journey through a world gone insane.

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SAVAGE REPUBLIC: Africa Corps-Live at the Whisky A Go-Go: CD

Once again Independent Project Press has outdone themselves with this one. Before they were known as Savage Republic, the band went under the name Africa Corps (The German occupying force of North Africa during WWII), but decided they “weren’t happy with the connotations” of that name. The live recording here is straight from the board, […]

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SAWCHUK: Modern Love: LP

I’m a weird multiracial dude who likes a lot of stuff, so sometimes I get jealous of people with simple identities, who are like “I’m baseball guy” or “I’m ska lady.” They have a clear direction through life, and are probably easy to shop for on their birthdays. But I can’t shake the feeling that […]

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SCRUNCHIES: Feral Coast: 12” LP

Minneapolis’s Scrunchies is ever-so indie grunge, with sophisticated riot grrrl, that’s undeniably Sleater-Kinney/Heavens To Betsy-inspired. Their overlaying tag teaming on diverging, slicing, and overlying vocals is spot on. And if any of those said things appeal to you, then you will LOVE this. With thoughtful lyrics, fast-paced and fierce guitar with softer, bent edges, Feral […]

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SELF-INFLICT: Self-titled: 7”

If you’re looking for a new straightforward hardcore punk band to get stoked on, look no further than Self-Inflict. This 7” is a re-release of their four-song demo from 2020 with the addition of two new songs, “Self-Inflict” and “Get in Line.” Based out of Virginia, the relatively new outfit describes their sound as “keeping […]

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SICK THOUGHTS: Heaven Is No Fun: LP

Listen: Drew Owen is a fucking genius. The dude has been churning out records—all recorded himself—for over a decade (and he’s only twenty-five). Using multiple monikers, this dude pumps out records at alarming rate. Easiest comparison is Jay Reatard, both sonically and for the output (let’s hope not for the extracurricular activities) alone. Sick Thoughts […]

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SIDETRACKED / MAXXPOWER: Split: 7”

I was already stoked about Sidetracked after discovering them, thanks to their split with Peace Test. The eight tracks on this split have only cemented my position as a die-hard fan. Montreal’s Maxxpower are another new discovery that has already made me a huge fan. They bust out five tracks of blazing fastcore in two-and-a-half […]

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SLACKERS, THE: “New York Berlin” b/w “Tell Them No”: 12”

The Slackers are super-pro ska veterans who cannily mix elements of funk and soul into their feel-good, singalong songs. They seem to drop a picture disc single to coincide with the release of every issue of Razorcake, and this one’s got a kinda shitty photo of graffiti on a NYC subway car and (the Berlin?) […]

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SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS: Vicious: LP

Listen, few things beat Cranked Up Really High. Stone cold classic. Do I need a reissue of a 1977 band’s 2016 LP? Well, the answer is no. Lackluster pub rock at best. A butchered T-Rex song and a track called “Hollywood Whores.” I’m old as fuck, so not being ageist, but with all the killlller […]

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SLOW DEATH, THE: “See You in the Streets” b/w “You Can Live in Your Mind”: 7”

Like the last Slow Death single I reviewed, this one is ragged, melodic, and catchy, though they seem to have moved into modern rock-ish territory. Both songs are neighborhood bar anthems, or maybe slice-of-life rock jams. Do you ever feel like the ’90s are never going to end? Anyway, this is fine. –Matt Werts (Rad […]

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SLOW DEATH, THE: Casual Majesty: LP

I started this record out at 45 rpm. I thought that “Is There Anything Left?” sounded like decent power pop, but the vocals sounded a little goofy, like they were pitched a bit high or something. I switched the turntable speed to 33 rpm and started it over, but the drums were so low-sounding and […]

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SLYTTER: Et Slytter Liv: CS

Handmade art and 4-track radness, folks. That’s all you need when you’re this good. You can hear the warmth of the tape as this album starts, then some noise, then full-on encore punk. The album starts how most bands finish their shows. The recording sounds live and I’m always a fan of bands who sing […]

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