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The Corps kick
things off with “All My Money”, which is spent on whiskey and women. There is a
certain element that will take this as their anthem!
This 10” is
for fans of punk with a US Southern rock flare, such as the masters of the genre,
Nashville Pussy. This is also for fans of good old rock n roll with guts, such
as bands like Rose Tattoo. I swear I did not know The Corps were from Sydney
Australia before I made the Rose Tattoo reference! I swear I also did not know The
Corps had a song called “Snake Eyes” before I made the Nashville Pussy
Speaking of “Snake Eyes”, The Corps sound like Nashville
Pussy doing a Gang Green (“Alcohol” era) cover on this track. Top the whole sound off with the punk snarl
of Anti-Nowhere League and you are all set to fall in love with The Corps.
released in 2010 on CD/LP, “Bottle of Rock N Roll” is The Corps’ sixth release
and first in the US. The non-US version has The Corps covering Motorhead’s “Ace
of Spades” and obviously, Rose Tattoo’s “Nice Boys”, two of the greatest songs
ever written by any band. So I don’t have those songs at this moment, which is
extremely disappointing and will set me searching.
Not only does
The Corps have good taste in music, but they channel their influences with all
the “charm” of their influences, nicely done gentlemen.
Check out this video for "Know The Code", the title track off The Corps most recent LP.
I love this video featuring Sharpies. I had to look up the definition of "Sharpies" too. Makes sense: "Sharpies" were members of suburban youth gangs in Australia, most significantly
from the 1960's and 1970's. They were particularly prominent in Melbourne, but
were also found in Sydney and Perth to lesser extents. Sharpies were known for
being violent, although a strict moral code was also evident. The name comes
from their focus on looking and dressing "sharp".
“New Order” is the
debut album from Swedish street punk/oi band Prins Carl, which has been released on CD in 2011 by the band. This is the vinyl release, finally coming out on Noise of Sweden and in the US on Black Hole (250 copies on white vinyl).
Prins Carl play straight forward, good time, hard drinking, late night / early morning rowdy punk rock. Musically, I keep hearing the Wretched Ones if they had a guy from Sweden singing. Actually, this would fit nicely in the Headache Records camp.
The thirteen songs on "New Order" are melodic, with plenty of punch and dare I say, deliver a happy (uplifting) sound. After hearing each track I was inclined to change my mind on my favorite song. That is a good sign for the strength of any album. Each song is similar in that they are in the street punk / oi vein, but hit the listener a little differently.
Black Hole is also distributing Prins Carl's 2012 LP "No Mercy". Smart move gentlemen.
Milwaukee’s Enabler wasted no time putting their revamped
lineup to work. The cast for the “Shift of Redemption” 7” includes founding
guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber and bassist Amanda Daniels along with a new
lead guitarist (Eric Dunn) and drummer (Dave Mann). Don’t worry, Enabler still
Enabler's album from last year, “All Hail The Void”, made it
to number 21 on my list of the Best of 2012. I am sure this 7” will find it’s
way into my list of favorites from 2013.
These four tracks will be available as a digital download
and 7”; the first pressing limited to 1,000 copies, with 350 copies pressed on
gold wax and 650 on clear.
“Live Low” is a unadulterated embodiment of Enabler’s attitude of “the world is f&#ked and this is the
soundtrack to its demise”. It is the
perfect release for just about any circumstance, with the chorus “F&#k you, f&#k you, f&#k you forever" leaving nothing left to chance. There is no misunderstanding.
entered the darkness that is Batillus fairly late. Actively releasing material
since 2009, their discography includes full lengths, eps, and 7”s. Follow the link and experience some of the gloom for yourself.
“Concrete Sustain” provided an on ramp for my experience. I would love to see Batillus perform these tracks in some dark, cold club with a crowd of like minded enthusiasts.
travels on the road that was paved by Black Sabbath, expanded upon by the likes
of Neurosis and Godflesh and stand powerfully alongside any of Hank III’s doom
Sustain” contains brutal, morose and heavy music that entices you to come along
for the horrid ride. You’ll enjoy yourself. Yes you will.
This is a collection of Toxic Holocaust non-album tracks over
the last decade. "From the Ashes..." gives you early demo sounding tracks that bring to mind
vintage Destruction (I love vintage Destruction).
"From the Ashes..." also brings you material from extremely hard to find
compilations such as “Outbreak of Evil” and “Don’t Burn the Witch”.
From the splits, you are granted access to the track from the Toxic Holocaust / Midnight split
and the Municipal Waste split tracks, but you don’t get the Inepsy split or the
Oprichniki split material.
So while there are twenty-two tracks on “From the Ashes of
Nuclear Destruction”, it is not the complete B-sides compilation you may be
salivating for… we would need a box set to put all the oddities and splits
together (that would be nice). Until the box set comes out (vinyl please?) this is mandatory
thrash from the Toxic Holocaust vaults.
Thee Oh Sees manage to combine garage rock,
post-punk and psychedelic influences and not come off sounding boring or jaded
Thee Oh Sees photo by Kristin Klien
Start anywhere in Thee Oh Sees rapidly growing
discography (“Floating Coffin” is as good a place as any) and you will be
greeted with the same, amazing results.
Brigid Dawson’s female vocals add an element to
Thee Oh Sees lead vocalist John Dwyer’s style that puts the compositions over
The level of creativity and simultaneous ability
to make that creativity enjoyable is rarely achieved. Thee Oh Sees make it look
easy. The Butthole Surfers and The Flaming Lips are two great bands that took the same type of influences (garage, post punk, psych) and created something unique. Thee Oh Sees are just as creative and genuine as the Butthole Surfers or Flaming Lips and are just as successful in their craft.
Take a listen to "Toe Cutter Thumb Buster" and enjoy the ride. Here’s to another great Thee Oh Sees record!