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I opened the gatefold sleeve of the 2013 offering from Motorhead as if I were a 5 year old child on Christmas morning rather than a 47 year old man on October 22, 2013. I carefully separated the black sticker from the shrink wrap around the LP. The sticker, boldly stating that what I held in my hands was "14 new tracks of crunchy, greasy, punky, bluesy, gutsy rock'n'roll" was as important to the experience as the first drop of the needle on the vinyl. I took in the art, the photos, the lyrics, the weight of the vinyl, the smell. A new plastic sleeve ready to encase this masterful work of art. I suppose I took the same complete sensory examination of the entire "Aftershock" LP just as a wine taster would examine and enjoy a vintage wine. A sommelier is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. I suppose I could be classified as a sommelier of records at this stage of the game.
Why should the purchase of yet another LP instigate such a response? You see, Lemmy is God.
I have been a fan of Motorhead since the first time I heard "Ace of Spades" in 1980.
I love the imagery.
Lemmy worked with Wendy of the Plasmatics. You really have no idea how much I loved Wendy O.
Motorhead worked with Girlschool.
I got to see Motorhead with Overkill and Slayer on the World Sacrifice tour at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem PA on October 31, 1988.
I got to name my son after Lemmy (my sensible wife convinced me that naming our son "Lemmy" was out of the question, so I then offered "Ian" - Lemmy's real name, and therefore my son IS named after Lemmy).
Lemmy also drinks a bottle of whiskey every day. I tried this for awhile, but I had to stop 22 years ago, because, well, I am not Lemmy. Lemmy is the exception to the rule.
So. Yeah, even after all these years, after all this music, after twenty other studio albums (I am pretty sure "Aftershock" is the 21st studio LP), I will tell you that if you buy one album in 2013, you should buy this album. Yes. All 14 tracks of crunchy, greasy, punky, bluesy, gutsy rock'n'roll are instant classics. Completely solid release.
I will not pretend that Menace "Too Many Punks Are Dead" is better than the mandatory, classic Oi that the band released in the late 70s. I spent many days searching in record stores for Menace's hard to find releases. For some reason back in the early 80s, I had a hard time finding the Menace records and Mau Maus records too. Two bands I loved and needed everything I could find. If you are unfamiliar with Menace, give their songs "GLC", "Screwed Up" and "Last Years Youth" a listen. Classic punk from the early years of the genre.
"Too Many Punks Are Dead" was released in 2011 on CD. Rebel Sound reissues the music in the preferred vinyl format here in 2013. The packaging is a nice gatefold sleeve and is available in three different vinyl colors: 200 black, 200 red and 100 on white vinyl.
I will also not pretend that Menace "Too Many Punks Are Dead" is a bad record. Quite the contrary. In fact, I do love "Too Many Punks Are Dead". Morgan Webster doesn't sing in the band anymore. Charlie Casey (bass) and Noel Martin (drums) are still in the band. Realistically, the new material doesn't sound like the old Menace. There is an unrefined sound that those early punk records had, that bands like Menace had, that is nearly impossible to recreate in 2013.
Songs like "Party Animal", "One Two One Two", "Busy" and "My Very Good Friend" are new Menace classics. Precision punk, with hooks that stick. Down to earth lyrics and a lively feel make me wish that Menace was playing down the street tonight so I could go see them live.
If you are an old punk looking to expand your Menace collection, don't be shy. "Too Many Punks Are Dead" is a worthy investment!
You might know Doug, the vocalist of Bedlam Knives, from his previous vocal duties in Schleprock and The Generators. In April of 2012 Doug Kane and Mike Snow (who was also in The Generators) teamed up with drummer Mike Clark, bassist Chalon Kashey and guitarist Chris Loya (The Toughskins) to form Bedlam Knives.
Bedlam Knives has a cool, rockin' edge (think Devil Dogs and X) that meets the driving, high energy, crisp, punk rock that brings to mind vintage UK Subs.
"Here Comes Trouble" is limited to 300 on black vinyl and 100 on green vinyl (available through Dr. Strange only). This is an instantly enjoyable record and as a debut, leaves me wanting a full length record as soon as possible. Nice tease. Looking forward to more from Bedlam Knives.
Man Is The Bastard remains one of my all time favorite live bands. Their releases are amazing.
Bastard Noise is a side project of Man Is The Bastard that brings to mind my favorite industrial noise album "Dry Lungs" which was released in 1985 on Placebo Records. This was my first introduction to the likes of Merzbow, Controlled Bleeding, Sleep Chamber and Maybe Mental.
The horrific collages of noises, industrial scraping, violent, scary outbursts that Bastard Noise creates is the best I have heard since that "Dry Lungs" compilation. In the right situation, this will create havoc with your blood pressure and pulse rate. Not meant for a summer's car ride with the windows down.
I actually wished Brutal Truth would have blasted out some chunky Brutal Truth thrash, as their typical sound is as harsh, industrial and noisey as a metal band can create. Same chaotic insanity, but through a different style. Here Brutal Truth experiment with the "Control Room" noise that wrapped up their "End Time" CD. This is more atmospheric, haunting and less violent than both the Brutal Truth norm and Bastard Noise. It would have fit equally well on "Dry Lungs". Not for the faint of heart.
Dutch, Mugsy, Sean and Roger, I consider friends. I've actually been in several bands with bassist Mugsy dating back to the mid 80s. Mugface and Forthright were my first two bands and Mugsy was in both. We had some great times. That said, even if I wasn't friends with these gentlemen, I'd be raving about this record.
I've been pushing this Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem PA based band for years. Telling them they had to release an album on vinyl. Thankfully others like Skinflint saw what I saw and helped Maddog Surrender get a classic Oi / Punk record out there. Seeing this record, dropping the needle on this record, memorizing the lyrics, enjoying the energetic and original songs makes me proud and brings an uncontrollable smile to my face.
There are 250 on clear vinyl and 250 on black vinyl. The ten songs are the real deal. No one sings like Dutch. The lead guitar on "Soul Survivor" is classic. The hooks, the structure, the drive, the passion all comes through. I have literally, already listened to this record a hundred times.
If you are new to Maddog Surrender, they have been doing this for more than a decade and you should try to find some of their other releases!
While this is being pushed as an oi/punk record, I do think this has the ferocity to appeal to hardcore and metal audiences as well as the rock precision and melodic impact which should appeal to anyone who loves the guitars/bass/drums set up!
"Nagasaki Bang", "Soul Survivor", "Grapes to Wine", "Rip Down" and "Hey Little Brother" are among my favorites on the ten track LP. There are no clunkers. A great listen start to finish.
Dave and Sean
Congrats to my friends in Maddog Surrender for putting out one heck of a record!
As of December 17, 2013 Skinflint is offering a nice discounted package deal on vinyl /t-shirt.
01. Harrington Saints – XMAS
02. Suckered In – Whiskey & Keilbasy
03. Hooligan (Dublin) – Punk Rock Christmas
04. Lion’s Law – He Never Came Around
05. Immoral Discipline – Fuck Your Christmas
06. Roadside Bombs – Christmas in California
07. Chem D – The 12 Steps of Christmas
08. Maddog Surrender – All I Want for Christmas is the
09. Sniper 66 – 7 Years
10. Stranglehold – Another Night Alone
11. BOY – Party Time
12. On The Job – Merry Christmas & Short Cropped Hair
13. The Bad Engrish – Ho Ho Oh Noo!
14. Monkish – Santa’s On the Register
15. Bishops Green – Christmas in New York
16. Splodgenessabounds – You’ve Got to Have a Dream
17. Prins Carl – Cut The Wire
18. Angry Snowmans – North Pole
19. Evil Conduct – Silver Bells
20. Missile Toads – Christmas Ham
21. Hooligan (Dublin) – Punk Rock Christmas (Extended Version)
"Cashing In On Christmas 5" is a quality release that goes beyond being a novelty record. As with the other records in this series, you'll want to listen to some of these tracks beyond Christmas-time. A good song is a good song, no matter the time of the year.
Splodgenessabounds has a video for their track at this link.
As a result of this record, I now have to find more music by BOY (never heard of them before this record) and The Bad Engrish.
First listen to "New Blood", the first track on T / T / T's second EP and there is no doubt that they know what they are doing. I didn't know who was involved in this band before I clicked play, didn't read the press kit. No google. No cheating. No preconceived notions.
Obviously on "Analog Weekend" T / T / T compose precise emo, skillfully executing their pop smarts, with enough energy and feedback (expertly inserted) to hook the listener. Think Cap'n Jazz, American Football and vintage Superchunk in a blender.
So then I do the research and it goes something like this... Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It.), Mike Kinsella (Owen, Owls, Cap'n Jazz, American Football), and Matthew Frank (Loose Lips Sink Ships).
I'm not going to proclaim to be some sort of emo expert, but I may be considered conversant on the topic. I consider Samiam, Jawbreaker, Rites of Spring, Sunny Day Real Estate, Cap'n Jazz, Jimmy Eat World, Get Up Kids and At The Drive In as bands I really like that are somewhat to very related to the emo genre. Are Gray Matter and Shudder To Think emo? Whatever. The bands I just mentioned are some of my all-time favorite bands. What I certainly do know, is a good song when I hear it. I recognize that three times on this 3 song ep. Damn this is a good record. Hopefully we see a lot more from this band and I can add T / T / T to the list.