CAIRO JAG.

16 01 2021

Right out of Indianapolis we’ve got Cairo Jag. They make straight up Heavy Psych style music that will have you blasting their sounds out ridiculously loud. They’re not for the faint hearted or for those who can’t handle some heavy shit. There’s only three of them in the band, but they sound like there’s about ten of them. Of course, the best way to enjoy their music is as loud as you can possibly stand, but if you’re wanting to really hear how great they are; stick some headphones on and play their music right in your ears. Get super close to it, and really take it all in. Regardless of how you choose to listen to this band- make sure you REALLY listen to them.

The Wasted Priorities EP that came out in 2019 is such a great record; it is the perfect introduction to the band, and the six songs are a clear indication of how great they are and how exceptional they will become. If a band can sound like this with just one EP to their name, then there’s no telling just how phenomenal they will become. You are catapulted into an obscure world when you listen to Cairo Jag; you’re not on planet earth when you listen to them at all, and the way they lure you in with their hypnotic grooves and killer sounds just absolutely grips you. Fever Inducer could well be their greatest song to date, and you don’t feel like you are listening to a current band when you play this one. There’s something really 60s Psych Rock about this band. Think a heavy take on The Pretty Things; then it will click. Death Boogie has a killer bassline intro to it, you really won’t find anything better.

There is something quite nostalgic about their sound, and I know it is such an overused phrased but honestly, Cairo Jag really do have that sound. But by no means does it sound like a rip off or fake. It is such a joy to listen to, and you can’t help but close your eyes whilst listening to songs like Death Boogie and really take in just how incredible they are.

They make the ideal music to just lose your shit to. You can throw things around if you feel that way inclined, you can move your body round in questionable ways, head bang or just sit there and zone out- it’s all on you. There is so much to take in, but the main take from Cairo Jag is that they are exceptional musicians with such a joyful passion towards what they do. I adore their sound, and again, they are another band that have you longing for shows (note: tomorrow (17th) they’ll be putting three live songs up on their Instagram/YouTube page, so check that out!)

Cairo Jag recently released a split single with Hyper Tensions which is the heaviest they have sound. There’s this slight Stoner Rock feel to Eternal Nightmare, and you guessed it- you need to play it loud. You also need to check out the demos they released in 2018 which includes a great cover of The Witch by The Sonics. When you listen to these demos, then head right into Wasted Priorities, you will definitely hear just how solid their sound is. They’ve not been around long, but there is something about them that gives off the vibe that they’ve been around for decades and decades. They have such a great sound that they have evidently perfected; I’m just really excited to hear what’s next from them.

We’re all frustrated and sad that we can’t see our favourite bands play at the moment, and bands like Cairo Jag just heighten those frustrations because they are THAT good. Imagine being in a cramped venue with them playing so loud you are left a bit deaf for a few days after. Constant ringing in your ears for a few days, and an aching body from moving in your own sweet way to the sounds. Perfect, right?





THE BAD NEWS: Take It Out.

13 01 2021

I’m pretty sure most of the bands I write about are from France; but by no means is that a bad thing. They sure know how to produce some exceptional bands and musicians, and a band that can happily be added to that list are The Bad News.

Their new record, Take It Out came out today and on first listen, it is safe to say it is a really exciting record from start to finish. These three pals sure know how to make delightful noise. Make that ADDICTIVE, delightful noise. They’re the real deal. You don’t know where in the world you are when you listen to them, and where they take you is some place really far out. Better than what’s going on right now. They make you feel like you are right there with them- whether it be in a dingy bar or in their studio. You feel you are right there with them as you listen to this record.

This twelve song record is perfect for any blues you may have or if you just want something loud to play to drown the world out. Whatever your circumstance, The Bad News are the band for you. You want a band to make you feel like your heart is going a hundred miles per hour with the intense drums? The Bad News have got you. You want to hear riffs that make you feel like an electric shock has got right to your soul? They’ve got you. All of this and more; The Bad News have got you for sure.

There’s no other band or record for me to liken The Bad News to, and just like the other bands from France I have written about; The Bad News are just a sheer joy to listen to. There’s something about this record that just sticks with you. You feel like you’ve found your new favourite band, or you’ve found something to really cling on to. We don’t know if this year is going to be good or fucked up again, but when we have bands like The Bad News putting records out, that sense of dread falls away slightly.

The songs don’t make the three minute mark, and they have this solid Punk feel mixed with something spooky and a bit sordid- it’s great! This is what we want, this is what we need! Take Drugs With You sounds like something The Cramps could have done. The way these songs just hit you is incredible and such a pleasure to listen to. You just want to spend your days listening to this record, and do nothing else. There is something magical about a record that you accidently stumble across, and I really get that from this record. What the band give us on Take It Out is something to really treasure. Of course we want to go to shows, but this record puts you in that environment quite easily.

Every song on this record gives you this raw energy, and like I mentioned, it really does make you feel like you are there with them. I Want To Get High is the main song on the record that makes you wish you could see this band live. It’s got that rowdy energy to it, and you can just imagine a bunch of sweaty bodies jumping along to this, and screaming the words back to the band. Utter bliss. Then it goes right into Rock City Baby which is a right face-melting bop. The whole record is made up of songs that could fill stadiums. This band deserve to be massive, like really HUGE. Take It Out is such a great listen, and every song just blows you away.

I can’t possibly pick a favourite on this one. I’ve played the record a few times today, and the more I listen the more I love the band. That’s when you know you’ve found something special, and something you will keep going back to. Every song on this record is made to be played loud. Every song on this record deserves to be seen live, but until we get there again- just buy the record, and play it as loud as you can.





MILKDONALD.

11 01 2021

There are times when you listen to a band/singer, and you wish you could find out more about them. But it turns out that they are elusive, a mystery. Adds some romance to the experience, if you like. Yet again Kafadan Kontak Records have given us a new release to lose ourselves in.

Milkdonald is from Carbondale (Illinois) and it’s a one-man Punk riot (with some help from local bands). It’s everything you could want from gnarly, lo-fi gritty Punk band, and more! These four songs were created during quarantine and were recorded on an iPhone- pretty neat right?! I’m in love with the sheer noise on this record, and the song I Eat Pig feels like someone screaming their frustrations out because they are so pissed at how the world is. I think that’s something we can all relate to. This may be the one you need to play louder than most. I think we all need a moment (or five) to just open the window and scream. Let out all that sadness, rage, confusion, despair- whatever it is you’re feeling. Let it all out. Or do what Milkdonald has done and record some noise on your phone, then share it with the world.

The magic of these songs is that they were done in either one or two takes. You can hear that raw energy in every single song, and that pent-up fury is so great to hear. Sometimes you’ve just got to lose yourself in a loud Punk record and fuck the world off for a bit. There’s something really comforting in this, and it just makes you want to trash your room or something.

Life would suck without music, and it’d be even worse without bands like Milkdonald who are evidently unafraid to just let it all out and share their frustrations with the world. That’s how you get through. I don’t even think this record lasts 10 minutes, so even if you have a shitty attention span like me, then this record will be perfect for you.

I know nothing about Milkdonald, but I do know this- this is a record that will unleash all your fury and whatever else it is that you’re carrying around. It’s a real gritty Punk record that has a great DIY feel to it. You just want to keep on playing it until your ears can’t cope with the loudness anymore. Play it loud and let Milkdonald lure you into their world. Scream along to the songs, let it all out and do it daily.





BABY CANDY.

9 01 2021

We know that Australia has given us some amazing bands, and Baby Candy are another band you can cite as being exceptional. They are everything you could want from a Stoner/Psych Rock band, and more. If you want loud sounds with some good ol’ fashioned reverb; then Baby Candy are the band for you. They’re for everyone.

They’ve just released two new singles (She’s Melting and What’s Inside) and these songs are not to be ignored at all. They are to be blasted out as loud as possible. Tell everyone you know about this band. Then we can all cry together until bands can tour again. They definitely give off that vibe of being a band that you HAVE to see live. This kind of music isn’t made to just be heard in bedrooms or through headphones. This band definitely need to be seen live. It’s bittersweet in a way because you can hear just how great they are but at the same time- you just wish you could go to a show.

Baby Candy have been going since 2018 (I think) and up on their Bandcamp page there is a song from 2018, some demos made last year and the two singles that came out this month. Although we do not have many songs, what they have given us so far is a clear indication that this band are really great. They sound like everything you could possibly want from a band that are unafraid to be loud and really delve into creating their own sound. The demos they made last year (titled Pandemos) are four songs that really hit you in the gut. There is so much going on, and so much to appreciate. They are brilliant musicians, and with just a handful of songs they have most certainly created something to be treasured.

That solid Garage Rock sound is there, but it’s mixed with this heaviness that just makes you zone out in the most magical way possible. You feel like you’ve gone back to the 60s with these songs (the Pandemos) but stepped into the future at the same time. I just love what they do, and I love their sound so much. There are a few bands I could liken their sound to (as in bands I love) but when you keep listening to them, you can’t help but think “I’ve never heard anything like this before!” There is something familiar yet brand new about them, and that’s what I adore about them so much.

Baby Candy are the kind of band that you don’t just half heartedly listen to. You really invest your time into their music- there is so much to love and appreciate about their music, and I think that is part of the charm. It’s totally fine to have bands that you listen to in the background or whatever, but sometimes you want something that just gets you right in the gut. If you want to really experience this, play their song Have You Lost Your Mind. You will see what I mean. It’s the kind of song that makes you stop what you are doing, and all you can do is focus on this song. Everything on this song is just golden and beautiful. I can’t get enough of it, and it’s easily my favourite song by them so far.

The sheer ferociousness in the songs, the production, everything- it is just impeccable. We need bands like this. They really do make you feel like you’re going into another universe with them. Shut your eyes and silence your mind when you listen to Baby Candy and let them take you on a trip. Go as far out as possible, and don’t come back down to earth if you don’t want to. Live in the world they have created and be free.





VIAGRA BOYS: Welfare Jazz.

8 01 2021
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Weiner dawgs! It is finally here- the new record by Viagra Boys! Is it going to be the best thing to happen this year? More than likely. The only thing to top it would be if bands could tour again. We can only hope.

Anyway, the record is obviously brilliant because it is Viagra Boys. They just don’t have it in them to do anything half arsed or boring; they are truly one of the most exciting bands around and does anyone else sound like them? Absolutely not! They are one of a kind, and they are just exceptional. This record is one you won’t just play once and be done with it. It’s the kind of record that you become obsessed with. You’ll talk about it to anyone who will listen, and even if no one listens- you’re still going to let them know about it. Right away you just know it is going to be a remarkable record, and the opener Ain’t Nice just smacks you right in the face. Beautiful!

I love how the record sounds like it was made to be played so loud, and often. I love every single sound on this record and that Blues-like feel that is in Sebastian’s voice is just fucking divine. They have all gone above and beyond with this record. In some parts, when I listen to this record, I feel like I am listening to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds for the very first time. There is so much going on and so much to take in, which is why you need to just keep on playing this record.

I’ve played it a few times already and I can safely say that I am obsessed with Toad. There is something about this song that reminds me of Suicide mixed with Nick Cave and Captain Beefheart. It is a masterpiece, and it’s probably going to be one of the best things I’ll ever listen to. Probably. It feels like something you’d get from one of the Beat Poets- there’s a lot of soul, trouble and passion in the song, and I think that’s what just keeps me going right back to it. Then it goes right into This Old Dog and before you know it, you are lost in the sounds of Into The Sun. For me, the way this flows is just impeccable. Some like to listen to a record in order and some don’t. Regardless of your preference, listen to this record in full and in order. Do not skip anything, do not assume you need to change up the flow of the songs. Just soak it all up in order. After that, do what you will. But honestly, listening to it in order is the best way.

Into The Sun will break your heart. The honesty and the vulnerability in the vocals and lyrics are just beautiful. It is so painful and heart-breaking but my god it is so beautiful. If anyone ever doubts the talent of this band, then show them the lyrics to this because it is just so fragile and open. This is the same band that opened the record with the face-melting Ain’t Nice- remember that!

Every single song on this record needs to be heard, and if you’re looking for one to play a bit louder then you need to make it 6 Shooter. Play that gem as loud as you can. It is was made to be played loud. I think the whole record was, but this one needs to be turned up a little louder. There is one song on the record that I need to mention, because it features one of the best vocalists around- Amy Taylor from Amyl & The Sniffers.

The record ends with a cover of In Spite Of Ourselves, and Sebastian and Amy’s vocals together are just beautiful. It works so well, and to hear their voices calmer than what we are used to just shows us how incredible they are. It’s such a gorgeous song, and I could happily listen to a record of them both together. It is just so beautifully sung and put together; I could listen to this forever and not get bored.

I could happily write thousands of words about why this record is sublime; there is so much to love about this record. I’m in awe of how they have gone from Street Worms to Welfare Jazz; you can hear the growth, but you can also hear that same rugged sound that we all love and treasure. I’m slowly getting better from having that pissing Coronavirus, and I’ve had next to no interest in listening to music let alone write about it. Welfare Jazz was exactly what I needed today. It’s more than a Punk record. It’s more than just 13 songs. It’s something else, something that goes beyond my words or anyone else’s.

Is it their masterpiece? Of course, it is. Street Worms was too, and everything they will do will more than likely be a masterpiece. I just really love this band. That’s all this is really. A declaration of love for a band that I am obsessed with.