Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Special Duties "77 One More Time" Jailhouse Records

SPECIAL DUTIES
"77 One More Time"
Jailhouse Records
Released: August 12, 2014

If you like street punk, UK82, oi or dirty US punk rock, I would imagine you already have at least one of the following versions of this Special Duties record:

"77 in 82" LP on Rondelet
"77 in 82" LP on Captain OI
"Distorted Truth" on Get Back


Whether you were around in the early 80s, or got into punk in the 90s, 00s, or 10s, Special Duties has been one of those bands that was mandatory, once you dug in beyond one of those introductory punk bands. This is real deal material. 


Rondelet released the first album in 1982, then Captain Oi and Get Back (also included 7" tracks on the LP) did their reissues in 1997. So it looks like every fifteen years or so, it is time to reintroduce Special Duties to the punk masses. Thank you Jailhouse Records. And I understand from Special Duties fb page that the records are moving fast, "First lot of vinyl is pretty much sold out, so re-press is out again in October...". 


So, if you don't own this on LP yet, please, please do not wait another 15 years for someone else to release this album. Get one of the October pressings!


As for the "remastered" and "restored" don't worry, you can't pretty this up. This is as raw as the day it was recorded. But I will tell you, whatever "restored" and "remastered" means, this sounds fantastic and fits right in with so many of the bands playing this style today. I have the Captain Oi and Get Back records for comparison and this new version rips. I was around in 1982, but even then, it was difficult to score this record, as evidenced by my reliance on a Maxell tape version until 1997.


Classic, mandatory street punk. So many great songs. Blunt, simple, to the point and legendary. I love this record. It makes the blood flow faster, makes the brain electricity rev and activates the crazy, unhinged feelings. Inspiring, pounding and energetic. 

VIOLENT YOUTH

You go town on a Saturday night 
You just ain't happy till you've been in a fight 
You have too many, get out of your head 
You don't know why but you wanna see red 

VI..I..I..OLENT YOUTH 
Who you looking at that's my bird 
How many times has that been heard 
Excuse for trouble, excuse for a fight 
Happens all the time, every night

Special Duties Bandcamp:



Cheers,
Frank FOE










Sunday, September 21, 2014

UTNG September 20 2014


SEPTEMBER 20th 2014


This show marks our first broadcast from Red's basement.

We no longer edit out the cuss words. So you know. 




Rancid "Up To No Good"
Peter and the Test Tube Babies "Oral Annie"
Transplants "Silence"
Social Distortion "Lude Boy"
X "We're Desperate"
Black Flag "You Bet..."
(chatter)


Wayne County and the Electric Chairs "F*#$ Off"
TFD "Hate Mongering Pig Pandemonium"
Roget Miret and the Disasters "Kiss Me Kill Me"
Exploding F&%$ Dolls "Some Other Day '92"
Lars and the Bastards "1%"
JFA "Blatant Localism"
(chatter)


Lords of the New Church "Dreams and Desires"
Dr. Know "Fist F*$&"
Jerry's Kids "Uncontrollable"
Ism "I Think I Love You"
Agent Orange "Bored of You"
Freeze "Broken Bones"
Replacements "Careless"
TSOL "Property Is Theft"
(chatter)


Fear "Drink Some Beer"
Cock Sparrer "Take Em All"
Dropkick Murphy's "I'm Shipping Up To Boston"
(chatter)

US Chaos "Last Call For Alcohol"

Enjoy.
Cheers, 
Reds, FOE and Generic



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lilac Daze "Sedated" EP on Black Numbers

Lilac Daze
"Sedated" EP
Black Numbers Records
Released: July 8, 2014

The Lilac Daze bio reads: Lilac Daze is an indie punk band from Frederick, Maryland. Formed in December 2012 out of a mutual love for bands like the Pixies, Weezer, and Superchunk, Lilac Daze consists of three best friends who spend most of their time in a moldy practice space writing music and drinking good beer.


Saying you love Superchunk, Pixies and Weezer is easy. I love Superchunk, Pixies and Weezer. I can't make any music that sounds anything remotely as good or even remotely similar sounding. 


The six songs on "Sedated" blow by in 13 minutes and remind me of vintage Superchunk; full of driving, rhythmic, blistering pop punk that makes you want to keep turning it up louder and having a great time.


I have seen Superchunk live about a dozen times in my life. They always took me on a aural, life affirming journey. I would love to see Lilac Daze. If "Sedated" is any indication, I am sure this three piece can wreck a hall/club/basement, leaving everyone a sweaty, smiling mess, just like Superchunk. 


Loving the energy, the realness, the honesty, the all out rockin', the joy of the whole EP and the freakin' blistering "Life Scout". 

I'm in love with this EP.

Give "Sedated" a listen at Lilac Daze's bandcamp page: http://lilacdaze.bandcamp.com/

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Black Numbers Web: http://www.theblacknumbers.com/

Antagonizers ATL and Drink & Destroy Crew split 7" Rebel Sound

ANTAGONIZERS ATL
DRINK & DESTROY CREW
SPLIT 7"
Rebel Sound Music
Release Date: September 19, 2014



A few things that tend to hold back Oi releases are sloppy musicianship, lack of energy or the opposite extreme - overproduction. Antagonizers ATL and Drink & Destroy Crew have no worries. This is tight, fierce, energetic oi. No nonsense, full of piss and vinegar street punk that is tough sounding and is the kind of music that riles the blood. In other words, they live up to their band names and the lyrics add the exclamation point.





Check out this video for DDC's "Victory" track.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrVn41w22aw




Check out this video for Antagonizers ATL "The Crew F.U." (explicit).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11O-WB1_dCs&list=UUe2EWCKWUtFKklA_wB13lNw





It really isn't necessary to mention as a selling point that the roots of Antagonizers ATL wander through the likes of Anti-Heros, Condemned 84 or The Glory, as these tracks stand strong on their own merit without any added hype.


Top notch 2014 Oi!. Limited pressing of 200 Black vinyl, 200 Red with Black Splatter or 200 Half n Half Red and Black. That is why I am publishing this review thirteen days before the release date on Rebel Sound. You need to get in on this great record before it disappears.

Cheers,
Frank FOE






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