Monday, September 1, 2014

Phobia "Grindcore" EP Deep Six


PHOBIA
"GRINDCORE" EP
Deep Six Records
Released: September 9, 2014

To be a grindcore band and name your EP "grindcore" is a very bold step.

Then again, no one would have had a problem had Negative Approach called their debut EP "Hardcore". I seriously doubt anyone is going to have a problem with Phobia naming this EP "Grindcore", 24 years or so into their career.

For giggles, I went to dictionary.com to see what they thought about "grindcore":

grindcore
noun
a subgenre of heavy metal music that is very fast and harsh, often with combative riffing, thrashing drums, and detonation blasts; also written grind core


For me, Phobia's "Grindcore" EP is mission accomplished. Cram as many blurred guitar riffs into as short a time period as possible and just explode. I have always loved the genre, as the best of the style is played so fast it sometimes slows down time. So fast it sounds like the beats per minute is that of doom sludge rather than as fast as you can say 1-2-3-4. That is how I perceive it, how my brain processes it. I don't expect anyone else to understand. The best bands do this for me. "Grindcore" does this for me. Hardcore + metal + punk + blender at highest speed. 


Phobia, "Grindcore' and grindcore in general, makes my legs twitch in a spastic blur and the head automatically bangs. Cause / effect. 


Simply stated, everything about these 8 songs rips. Ten minutes of bliss. 

I also think these are some of the best tracks the band has ever put together. 

Cheers,
Frank FOE


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Old Firm Casuals "This Means War" LP Oi The Boat

THE OLD FIRM CASUALS
"This Means War"
Oi The Boat Records
Released: July 29. 2014

Just letting you know that this is out. Seriously. I was cruising online and when I saw it listed, I ordered it. If you know Lars Frederiksen (& the Bastards, Rancid) you are doing the same thing right now or already have "This Means War".

"This Means War" LP is magic. 

The desolate "Eternal City" is perfection. Just a great song that musically captures the bleak and dismal emptiness that the lyrics relate.

"...It's the end of the golden road
It's the end of all prosperity
It's the end of an empire the fall of Rome
Too late for justice It's dead and gone
Stuck in the gutters where we belong..."


The fury of the track "This Means War" is up front and blunt. As is "Off With Their Heads", "The Dear Leader", "Election Day" and "Wolves of War".

The pure joy of dropping the "Needle on the Record" with a tasty beverage.

"Put the needle on the record and a drink in my hand
If you've never had the feeling then you'll never understand
When the needle hits the groove of your favorite song
Nothing else matters when you're singing along..."


"Victory" is majestic, epic punk.

This is one of those timeless punk records. Put it alongside all the other classics. Pissed at the state of the world, ready to fight, loving the things they love. The spirit is evident and alive. 

Check out this youtube video of "Perry Boys" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjHe-nibT3A#t=119





Very glad Lars teamed up with Paul Rivas (drums/vocals) and Casey Watson (bass/vocals) for the Old Firm Casuals. 

US version of the LP (Oi The Boat) is the wolf, German version (Randale Records) is the snake.

Cheers,
Frank FOE



Electric Frankenstein / The Cheats Split LP Screaming Crow Records

Electric Frankenstein vs. The Cheats
"Rockamania #1"
Screaming Crow Records
Released: July 8, 2014

This is an absolute no-brainer, mandatory LP.

Electric Frankenstein are one of my very favorite bands ever. Punk rock, high energy rock n roll. I have so many records by this band they rank in my top ten - by actual weight of the record collection - alongside the likes of Slayer, Beastie Boys, AC/DC, Johnny Cash and Depeche Mode. The songs on this split are not just completion-ist, for the sake of having everything type of filler songs, they are true classics. The originals and the cover of "Son of Sam" all rule. 

Jeff Lamm's artwork graces the cover. Jeff rules. Whether it is his art or his time in legendary Pittsburgh band Half Life, Jeff rules. (Follow this link to an interview I did with Half Life in the 80s after they played a gig with the Meatmen - my god how many times have I seen the Meatmen - in State College PA http://www.foe.firstpress.net/halflifeissue8.pdf )

The Cheats are from Pittsburgh and combine the hooks of power pop, the drive of punk with the aggression of Antiseen. So there. 

Plus, I ordered the "Limited Edition" - "Stone Cold" vinyl version. Grey and black swirl vinyl, plus a full color 11x17 poster of the Pittsburgh LP release party (art by Jeff Lamm) and a beer coaster that includes the album artwork.

Check out the promo at this youtube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbM-estedPU#t=24





Cheers,
Frank FOE


Dismemberment "Embrace the Dark" HPGD CD

DISMEMBERMENT
"Embrace the Dark"
Horror Pain Gore Death Productions
Released: April 29, 2014

Going to keep this real simple. 

I love vintage thrash metal bands like Kreator, Destruction and Carcass. 

I would suppose that the members of Dismemberment (although much younger than I) also love these bands. 

I suggest you check out Dismemberment's "Embrace the Dark" as they are greatly influenced by the likes of Kreator, Destruction and Carcass, and successfully channel these roots into something exciting.


Give a listen to their track "Archaic Wisdom" at this youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3Stp-mBi0c#t=275



Dismemberment are a four piece from Ohio who execute the 80s thrash metal style with perfection. When I first heard Destruction in the mid 80s my mind was blown wide open. The nine tracks on Dismemberment's "Embrace the Dark" take me back there with a big smile on my face.



Cheers,
Frank FOE



Saturday, August 16, 2014

Angelic Upstarts / The Prowlers


ANGELIC UPSTARTS / THE PROWLERS
Split 7"
Aggro Beat (Netherlands) / Insurgence (Canada)
Released: June 30, 2014

Every punk knows the Angelic Upstarts. The band began in 1977 in England. I respectfully (and with great joy) drop the needle on a regular basis on the 13 Angelic Upstarts albums that are in my collection. This latest 7" split with The Prowlers was issued in celebration of their first Canadian tour dates in over thirty years (since 1982). The Prowlers are from Montreal Canada.


The Angelic Upstarts song "King of the Rats" is an alternate version, which got me wondering, "why is this news to me that I don't know the regular version"? It certainly isn't on any of the 13 albums I possess. Turns out I missed a split release of the then new material in 2011. I suppose I need to locate this split LP with Crashed Out (on I Hate People Records) in a hurry!



"King of the Rats" wholly serves as evidence why the Angelic Upstarts have survived in the hearts of many punk fans for so many decades. The attitude is always evident, the musical execution is so perfect it has inspired bands to head back to the garage to work on their chops and the songs simply rip.

The Prowlers began in 1999, over 20 years after the Angelic Upstarts. But The Prowlers get it. Check out their video of the song from this 7" "Voisin De La Terreur" which features guest vocals from Martin from Impact.




THE PROWLERS
"Voisin De La Terreur"

Ils vivent leur vie comme on vit la notre
Dans une rue, dans quartier
Ou les pires massacres ont pu être vues
Comme si c'étais pas assez pour eux
Ils choisissent la meilleur place, celle la plus près
Pour être sur de vivre a fonds cette misérable expérience

Voisin de la terreur
Comment peuvent-ils dormir
Comment peuvent --ils vivre

Élevé sur les ruines d'un camp de la mort
Sans même chercher a s'en éloigner
Une ville construite au dessus des corps
Excécutés, gazés, massacrés
Sans aucun respects pour leurs mémoires
Ils vivent leur vie comme si de rien n'était
Un mémorial pour leur seul gloire
Déculpabilise ces enculées

Sachsenhausen tu es le cauchemard, le reflet de la bêtise humaine



They live their lives like we live ours
on their streets, in their town
where the worst massacres have ever happened
As if that was not enough for them
They chose the best place, the closest place
To be sure to live in the depths of this miserable experience

Neighbor of terror
How can they sleep?
How can they live?

Raised on the ruins of a death camp
without even trying to get away
A town built over the dead
Executed, gassed, massacred
Without any respect for their memories
They live their lives like nothing happened
A memorial for their only glory
condones these motherfuckers

Sachsenhausen You are the nightmare
The worst reflection of human stupidity
  
This is a great record. Only 150 copies are available on black/white vinyl with gold splatter, with the rest of the copies on black vinyl.

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Insurgence Records: http://insurgence.net/
Insurgence Records FB: https://www.facebook.com/insurgencerecords

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Village of Weedville LP Review

VILLAGE OF WEEDVILLE
"Village of Weedville" LP
Released July 4, 2014

Back in 1994, Sonny Joe Harlan: Village Idiot, focal point of Village of Weedville, ended an interview in my zine FOE, by providing his then band's motto: "Can't Win Em All, Can't Win Many, Having A Hard Time Winning Any."

Sonny Murder Junkie 
Allentown PA 2011
Photo by Frank FOE

Twenty years later, Sonny now plays in The Murder Junkies and has just released the first Village of Weedville LP. Read the FOE interview. Sonny (FAS) seems to have been winning all along, it's just a matter of perspective. Read about the then teen sneaking in to see the Murder Junkies before ending up eventually playing in the band.   



FOE 1994 interview with Francis Anthony Superstar at this link: http://www.foe.firstpress.net/francisanthonysuperstar.pdf

Murder Junkies write up and photos from the legendary 2011 Allentown PA show at this link:

Sonny Murder Junkie 
Allentown PA 2011
Photo by Frank FOE

Village of Weedville, released summer of 2014, draws equally upon straight up rock n roll, punk and southern rock. GG Allin, Nashville Pussy, Hank III, Molly Hatchet and Murder Junkies rolled into one experience. The song "Molly, Marshall and Lynyrd" should clue you in on what to expect. Women, whiskey and records.

"I WOULDN'T LIE"

My poor mama used to drink like a man
With no regrets
She dried out and straightened out her act
Just in time to drop dead
It ain't fair
I swear
I wouldn't lie
So come on!

Daddy worked 32 years in the factory
Breaking his back
Gave it all up just to live a little life
And had a heart attack
It ain't fair
I swear
I wouldn't lie
So come on!

Hey man, listen to me and live it up
You might as well
Cause god dammit, you're still gonna die
You're still gonna go to hell
It ain't fair
I swear
I wouldn't lie
So come on!

Village of Weedville is direct and to the point. Always honest, real and personal, Sonny wins again. It has been my pleasure following his musical path for the past 20+ years. Looking forward to the next 20!


Cheers,
Frank FOE
 
  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Detroit Punks Episode 1: John Brannon

DETROIT PUNKS EPISODE 1: John Brannon
John Brannon is someone I admire. I wasn't sure what word to use there. John Brannon is my hero? Idol? John Brannon is the man? I finally settled in on admire. 


ad·mire  [ad-mahyuhr]  
verb 
1. to regard with wonder, pleasure, or approval.

I truly admire John and all of his music. I draw tremendous inspiration from the music, attitude and experience. Respect.

Negative Approach is a band that helped transform me into who I am today. I always say I was lucky to be 16 in 1982. All roads led to hardcore for me. Sure, I liked new wave and punk before I stumbled upon hardcore, but damn I wore out those Negative Approach records in the early 80s. Something in my brain. 

The Laughing Hyenas were gods. As you can read in the Laughing Hyenas interview in FOE (link below), I never missed them in Philly. I once drove John to a record store in Philly before a gig... 

Easy Action should have been huge. 

John graciously gave UTNG the best radio ID (which he provided after an Easy Action gig).  

All of this is evidence that John, while creating some of the craziest music ever, is one of the coolest, most honest, nicest guys around. 

Check out this fantastic documentary from Detroit Punks. It is the coolest.


Interview from FOE in pdf format at this link.
Pdf is easier to read than the jpg below.



Detroit Punks on FB: https://www.facebook.com/DetroitPunksTV

Cheers,
Frank FOE