DADDIES.

23 01 2021

Here’s another accidental find- Daddies. Straight out of New Jersey, this band are ridiculously good. Is it a crime to be this good? Daddies have just released their new EP (titled EP II) and let me tell you, it’s Garage Rock heaven. Five excellent songs to get you through the day, or maybe just through life. They make the kind of songs you learn the words to, and scream in unison in the comfort of your own home (because right now, that’s all you can do.)

They remind me a little of bands like Küken and Flesh Rag, both of which I absolutely adore to pieces. Daddies are brilliant musicians, and that really shines on this EP. I mean, it did on the first one but you know when you hear a new band and you can hear the growth in the sound? That’s what you get from EP II by Daddies. It is such a great record, and in times of uncertainty, it’s really comforting to hear something like this. You can just have it playing loudly, and you zone out. Or take a walk whilst listening to it. Again, they are another band who you just wish you could see live. I reckon a Daddies show would be completely off the wall and memorable. They just have such a tight sound, and reminds you exactly why you love music.

Daddies bio reads, “Catchy hooks, sexy rhythms, and lyrics you can’t help but get down with” which is extremely accurate. That sentence sums them up to a tee, and if that doesn’t sell you on them, then I have no idea what will. That raw and filthy Garage Rock sound is so powerful on this record, and it is the band at their absolute best. Of course, it’s a bit shit that this is only five songs long, but if like me you’ve instantly become obsessed with it- then you’ll just keep it on repeat. You want to stay in the world they create with their sound, and to probably join the band. They just make really great music to get down with. Daddies make it easy for you to become a fan of theirs; there is just so much to love about their sound. The song Dream sounds like it could be in some bizarre Thriller film as it comes to an end. There’s something really eerie about it, and it is such a huge sounding song. It’d sound perfect at the end of a film where everything comes together, and it then takes a twist and messes with your head.

Their debut EP came out in 2019, and much like EP II, the songs were made to be heard live. You can’t help but long to be covered in beer that has been thrown around by an overexcited crowd and throwing their bodies into each other, as you sing along to these anthems. I think I’m making it worse for myself by listening to bands like this, because I want to go to a show SO badly. But, I’m not the only one of course, and that makes it easier.

If you’re looking for a band to play loud to piss off your annoying neighbours, or a band to keep you sane whilst everything seems to be going to shit or if you just want something that makes you feel GOOD; then Daddies are the band for YOU. They are a joy to listen to. Two EPs aren’t enough and you will want more. I know I do, but I cannot wait to hear what’s next from them. Both EPs have differences and similarities, and it is safe to say both are incredible.

Daddies are your new favourite band. You’re welcome.





AXETONE.

14 03 2020

 

AXETONE

If I had the money to buy all the merch and records of bands that I love due to shows being cancelled, I really would. It breaks my heart to see them struggle because of the virus; their music is their life. It pays their bills; it keeps them going. Their music keeps me going. All I can do is write about them- all I can offer is words, and it just makes you feel helpless. Then you have absolute selfish fuckers buying everything in the shops that they clearly do not need, and other have to struggle. Not to mention the government vocalizing zero concerns for homeless people. But why would the fuckers start caring now? If it doesn’t make you angry, then you’re part of the problem. And with this anger, it brings me to the wonder Axetone from Miami.

 I don’t know anything about the music scene in Miami, but if the Punk scene sounds anything like what Axetone give us, then sign me up! There’s this gnarly sound that just oozes pent up aggression and I love it. They’ve got this wonderfully brutal sound- it reminds me of Bikini Kill slightly. There’s a nod to Riot Grrrl here, but at the same time Axetone just give us something so heavy and furious. You absolutely cannot help but play this so loud you’ll feel as if your ears are going to bleed.

 

 

 Axetone haven’t been going long, and with only a couple of releases up on their Bandcamp page (with one being demos that are incredible!)  you’d think it’d be tough to get something meaningful out about them. Thing is, when a band is this good, it’s an absolute honour to write about them. Their newest release came out at the start of March, and these handful of songs are so powerful and the sheer urgency in the songs just makes you want to trash shit and jump around in your room, and probably annoy neighbours with your stomping. Here For You Here For Me is such a great record, and it’s perfectly made up of angst filled songs that will get you right in the gut. This is not for the faint hearted or for those who want awful, sickly love songs. That shit isn’t welcome here; give us this beautiful and unpolished noise any day!

 Michi has such a distinctive voice, and the way the vocals are screamed out just make you want to scream them right back. There is so much power and determination here, you cannot help but let it consume you. Take the opener, Emotional Dishes; it touches on mental health in such an unfiltered way and it then goes right into Hot Pocket which exposes just how fucked society is. This is band that are hugely observant of what is around them and their community. A huge community feel is what you get from this band, and their unity with each other is what makes their sound. There’s this tightness but not in a polished way, but in a way that you know that the band totally get each other, and the bond goes deeper than music. For a band to get that feeling across so early one is something to really pay attention.

 

 

 With one listen, I just became obsessed. I love the Punk feel. I love the Riot Grrrl tones. I love the way that they are so brutally honest with the lyrics and how annihilating yet freeing the music is. I just love everything they give. The force on Toxic Womb and Wolf/Sick Head is vital, and just reinforces why we need bands like this, and thank fuck they exist.

 Here For You Here For Me is out RIGHT NOW!