Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Bar Stool Preachers "Grazie Governo"

The Bar Stool Preachers
"Grazie Governo"
Pirates Press
Released: August 3, 2018

  • "Grazie Governo" means "Thank you government" (Italian)
  • The  Bar Stool Preachers are from the UK and meld anthemic punk ala Dropkick Murphys with an uptempo punk-ska drive. The mix is both classic and modern punk and ska influences with a precision that is rarely matched with this kind of success.
  • This is a smooth, well-crafted and pro sounding record.
  • Check the video for the title track:

  • Aimee from the Interrupters provides guest vocals on "Choose My Friends". I am sure this song brings the house down every time it is played live. Check the video here:

  • While you are at it, check the video for "Warchief":

  • This is the band:

  • Pressing information looks like this:
    • 1,500 pcs. - 12" Black Vinyl (Retail Version) 
    • 250 pcs. - 12" Milky Clear with Black Smoke & Black, Bone and Blood Red Splatter Vinyl w/ 3 Flexis (PPR Mailorder Version)
    • 250 pcs. - 12" Bone Vinyl w/ 3 Flexis (PHD Version) 
    • 250 pcs. - 12" Oxblood Vinyl w/ 3 Flexis (Band Version) 
    • 100 pcs. - 12" Gold Vinyl w/ 3 Flexis (Randale Version) 
    • 100 pcs. - 12" Silver Vinyl w/ 3 Flexis (Coretex Version) 
    • 550 pcs. - 12" "Lava" Colored Vinyl w/ 3 Flexis

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Restorations LP5000

Tiny Engines
Released: September 28, 2018

  • Restorations are a five piece emo/alt/punk rock band from Philly PA.
  • This is their first album in four years.
  • The first three albums were entitled "LP1", "LP2" and "LP3". 
  • I do not know what happened to albums 4 through 4,999.
  • I've not heard any of their music other than the seven tracks on "LP5000".
  • Others have referenced the following when describing this album: "Springsteen fronting Fugazi", Sunny Day Real Estate, Modest Mouse...
  • This is their video for "The Red Door"

  • This is their bandcamp for "LP5000" so you can listen and order a copy.

  • As of October 13, 2018, there were only 20 copies of the 1,000 copies available on vinyl.
  • They are currently out on tour, ending up back in Philly at the First Unitarian Church on October 21, 2018

  • These Philadelphians know how to write a song. Out front grabbing the attention is the husky, raspy vocals, the emo (not pop punk emo) sound and making this all relevant and noticeable is that Restorations know how to create a sound that includes enough flair but not so much as to overwhelm (aka this is very listenable, creative with just enough of a challenge).
  • This is what they look like:

Frank FOE

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

FOD "No School No Core" Pre Order

"No School No Core"
SRA Records
Pre-Order Cassette, LP, CD, digital

F.O.D. is a band I have joyfully witnessed live more than any other band on the planet. Weston and Russian Meatsquats are the next closest in quantity. 

I've also yelled "F.O.D." at shows almost as much as I have yelled "Slayer".

I have seen F.O.D. in the 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s. 

Their sound makes my blood travel through my body faster than any other band.
F.O.D. nourishes my soul. 

F.O.E. loves F.O.D.!!!

Below, in the embedded player from SRA Records, you can listen to the two pre-release, streaming songs 

  • 10. "We Can Be Stupid" and 
  • 14. "I Grabbed the Broken Part" 

Head on over to SRA and pre-order "No School No Core" (LP, CD, cassette)!!!
Pre Order F.O.D. "No School No Core"

While you are at it, you might as well order any F.O.D. you may have missed over the years SRA Records Link !


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Monday, August 27, 2018

Tile Change the World Video from LP "Come On Home Stranger"

"Change the World"
Official Video from "Come On Home, Stranger" LP

See album review here:


The Morlocks "Bring on the Mesmeric Condition"

The Morlocks
"Bring on the Mesmeric Condition"
Hound Gawd
Release date: August 31, 2018

I don't know The Morlocks.
First album was released in 1985. 
They had LPs on Voxx and Epitaph.
I know a million bands... seen thousands...
I know the Motards, the Mortals, Mono Men, Marked Men, Monarchs, Mortal Micronotz, Moxy, Mud City Manglers, Mudhoney, Muffs, Mule, Mummies, the Makers and Mutants.

Up until a couple of years ago I didn't know I missed out on Sonny Vincent and the Testors. Sometimes you just miss things and then get to fall in love with an entire discography!

Not sure why I don't know the Morlocks. 

Maybe you know the Morlocks. Maybe you already are drooling over the release of "Bring on the Mesmeric Condition".

I know I am loving it!

This is garage punk. Part psychobilly, part punk rock, part garage, all energy. 

The Düsseldorf, Germany based band reminds me of all my favorite parts of the Flesheaters. I love the Flesheaters. I think if you are like me and you've ever liked the NY Dolls, Vibrators, New Bomb Turks, Cramps, Stooges, Devil Dogs or almost anything on Estrus or Crypt records, you will dig. 

Currently based out of Dusseldorf, vocalist Leighton Koizumihas has gathered a lineup that will ring a lot of bells... including bands even I know...  Rob Louwers - drums (Fuzztones, Q-65, Link Wray), Oliver Pilsner - Bass (Fuzztones, Cheeks, Montesas, Magnificent Brotherhood), Bernadette - Guitar (Sonny Vincent, Humpers ) and Marcello Salis (Gravedigger V, Hangee V).

This will be released on CD, digitally  and on vinyl (with download cards), with a limited edition of 100 copies on violet vinyl (how the hell am I gonna score this one!).

"Time To Move" was released as a single elsewhere awhile back. Give it a listen and love.

Nice to finally meet you Morlocks!

Hound Gawd Morlocks
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The Droogettes "Clockwork Girls" LP Violated Records

The Droogettes
"Clockwork Girls"
Violated Records
Released: August 2018

The Droogettes are an all-female punk band from Philadelphia. "Clockwork Girls" is their debut LP after plenty of EP and split releases. 

I have had the pleasure of watching The Droogettes evolve as a band from their beginning in 2012. They've already played Rebellion twice and have a split EP with Vice Squad. That is legendary.

They are the real deal. This is no swindle. No put on. Jenn is one of the toughest lead vocalists of any identity. Rachel is a punk rock legend (here, around the world). Elija rips that guitar with style and power. Ginger pulls double duty, also playing drums in the Ramoms (all-female Ramones tribute band).  

The songs are tough, roots punk and oi, with hooks that stick and a UK early 80s feel. 

Check the videos for "No Apologies", "Bitter Old Man" and "Teenage Nights". If the video and song "No Apologies" doesn't sell you on this band, I would think you are possibly reading the wrong blog. The video/song is a classic.  

As a record nerd, I purchased both colors of vinyl... and just so you know, I don't do that often. One copy is usually good enough for me. I love this band. Feel they deserve my support and I walk around with their songs banging around the inside of my head. Give them a try, I suspect you will love them too.

Pressing Information
200 Hi-Lighter Yellow 
300 Purple Splatter 
also on CD

My son recommends the "gatorade lemon lime" (hi-lighter yellow) color vinyl. 

Looking forward to seeing The Droogettes as the open for the Vibrators in the Lehigh Valley PA and wish I could see them on the cruise!


The Blankz "(I Just Want To) Slam"

The Blankz
"(I Just Want To) Slam" b/w "Baby's Turning Blue"
Slope Records
Released: August 10, 2018

This is 7" #2 in a series of nine from The Blankz.

Follow this link for the write up of the first 7": The Blankz "White Baby" / "Sissy Glue"

I love how Tommy Blank explains why they wrote a song called "(I Just Want To) Slam"; "We wanted to capture some of the nervousness and unpredictability of our early experiences at punk shows". 

Yes, The Blankz are not teenagers and neither am I. But I certainly do remember the excitement of being a teenager and how excited I was to join in and/or start a circle pit. Skanking, slamming and just releasing all of that energy. 

Check the lyrics video here: (I Just Want To) Slam lyric video

There is a lot to be said for keeping things simple and remembering your roots. A fun energetic song that brings a smile to my face 36 years after stepping in to my first pit. 

The Blankz vantage point from the pit is a little different than one of my other favorite songs about the pit, from "This is Boston Not L.A." by the band Decadence. The Decadence version of "Slam" includes the lyrics "I'm gonna bash my brains out, I kill people I don't know, I'm gonna kick and scream and crush, I'm gonna hit him from behind", while the Blankz are trying to "dodge those fists". 

"Baby's Turning Blue" is a quick point (1:42 to be exact) about our Opioid fixated society. Tommy Blank is a sober man and the song paints an image of young punk facing addiction. 

I love the infectious, bouncy, new wave, meets vintage punk of the Blankz. Think the Dickies meets the Briefs at a Buzzcocks show in Los Angeles. Looking forward to all the 7"s. 

I also want to point out that Slope records has some other amazing releases. Hop on over to their webstore and check out releases by N.D., U.P.S, U.S. Bombs, Feederz, Exterminators and many others.

Frank FOE