THE BAD ASS EXECS.

24 10 2020

The Bad Ass Execs is a rowdy group of pals from South Africa, who make insane Garage Rock music with some obscure twist. There’s no point in trying to figure it out though, you might as well just listen to the music and let it freak you out a bit. Or a lot. I was meant to go for an eye test today but it’s pissing it down so I decided to cancel. Listen to music, write about it and probably then play FIFA because what else can I do!

Yet again KKR have put out a phenomenal record, but let’s be honest they’ve never put anything bad out. I think I have some strange goal to write about everything they release. Am I obsessed with the label? Probably. They just keep on giving us such great music, and you can’t help but love everything they release. There’s a strong DIY ethic on this label, and it definitely is reflected in the bands they work with.

The Bad Ass Execs sound like a hangover from a really great night at a dive bar. They are so loud and chaotic; they make you wish you could make music this strange and powerful. It’s totally off the wall and feels like you’re invading someone’s private thoughts. There’s a brilliant Punk attitude going right through their music, and it’s that attitude that keeps you hooked. If I listen to a band, and I can hear that they make music for them and to not please the masses and they don’t care what you think- I’ll probably love them. Nothing here is polished or refined. Nothing is perfected to the point where you’re in disbelief a band can sound SO good. It’s all raw and unfiltered, and for me- that’s exactly what makes The Bad Ass Execs perfect.

Their slick new record is a great example of gnarly Rock ‘n’ Roll that needs to be played SO loud that you shake the universe to its core. With so much shite happening in the world, we need to find the good where we can. I always have to lean into music because for the most part, I think it keeps me going. These 10 new songs are just an exceptional listen, and if you’re wanting something tame then you’ll love Long Lonely Road but if you want something more rowdy then you;ll probably be obsessed with Bad Time. The songs all feel like they were fun to make, so it’s no surprise that this record is SO good. Play it as loud as you want to, and really soak up these songs.

Songs like Shackle Up have a little Blues feel to it, but it dips in and out of this fuzzy Psychedelic sound, and just keeps on getting heavier and heavier. It’s one of my favourites for sure, but to be honest the whole record does consist of 10 effortlessly brilliant songs that you cannot get enough of. I think this record could be the underdog of 2020, you know? I love how the record ends on this road trip vibe that is West Coast, and the whole record just takes you on this weird and beautiful journey through the minds of the band. 

We need bands like this because they aren’t afraid to make music that is off the wall and completely out there. Like I mentioned earlier, you can really tell that they aren’t here to please other people with their sound or whatever- and that’s what makes them such an exciting band and a real joy to listen to, and write about.

If you feel one record isn’t enough (it isn’t, I know) then you can listen to their previous releases here: https://thebadassexecs011.bandcamp.com





EX-WHITE: Stalker.

12 09 2020

You know when you want to listen to something that’s so loud and obnoxious, then you realise it’s pretty late so you better keep quiet? So your only solution is to play it through your headphones and basically deafen yourself? That’s pretty much what’s happened with the new Ex-White record. It’s a proper unapologetically loud and raw record. The snarly sounds will make you want to trash a room or 3, and you’ll probably collapse in the midst of euphoria, then gently fall into the chaos that will take over.

I know nothing at all about Ex-White but I can tell you this, I know that their new record is a noisy and sleazy treat for the ears. There is something about German lo-fi Garage Rock that just sounds totally different to anything else you can get your hands on, and Ex-White have created something really great on this record. There’s a familiar sound on this record- meaning there’s a solid amount of reverb, the vocals are beautifully chaotic and the production is so tight! It’s the kind of record you find yourself going back to, and finding different things to love about every song with each listen. I know it is such a cliche thing to say, but this record fully backs that up.

These 12 songs will make you move, and it’s best enjoyed at 11pm on a Saturday in your bedroom through headphones. Like I am doing right now. There is so much going on, it’s like listening to someone inhale a shit load of sugar and have this huge sugar rush with no hints of coming down. It’s hyperactive and all over the place. There is a taste of calm moments on Rhythm Is A Cancer, but for the most part this is a hyperactive piece of art, that’s a masterpiece in its own beautiful way.

If like me you’ve never listened to Ex-White before, then this is the perfect record to start with. Stalker is such a fantastic listen and the songs will make you feel like you’re at some secret show with bodies cramped in a small space, sacrificing themselves just to live in the moment of an Ex-White show. Only a couple of songs tip the 3 minute mark, and of course you keep wanting more- that’s natural when you hear something this great. At times this record reminds me of VIRALS, TV Crime and The Cavemen. There’s this huge energy to the record that makes you yearn for live shows. In time…in time. We have to cling on to that to keep ourselves sane. But this record is most certainly one that has the power to cause chaos in a live capacity. There’s this beautiful feeling to this record that just makes you forget all your troubles; during these 12 songs nothing matters and sometimes, you need that. Actually, all of the time.

Bikes and Nightfall are 2 of my favourites right now, but with a record like this you definitely cannot have solid favourites. It’s just such a wonderful record, and although it will have you missing live shows, you’ll also fall in love with your new favourite band. The songs on this record are bold and like a smack to the face. They are hard-hitting and rebellious. So if you’re wanting something to awaken your soul and put some life into you- get hold of this record.

High Society Punk and Love Battle will have you moving your body around in no time. It is such a joy to listen to, and you cannot help but play it loud to the point where you’re probably damaging your hearing slightly. It’s alright- get your kicks when and where you can!

Stalker is out right now!





THE YOU GO GIRLS: Teeth.

29 08 2020

By now it is fairly clear that Kafadan Kontak Records keep on putting out exceptional records by bands that will just blow your mind so brutally and so beautifully. The You Go Girls are another band that KKR have taken on. If you’re looking for something to free your mind, then Teeth is the perfect record to do it to.

Teeth is a hyperactive record from start to finish! Every song is a delight for the ears, a proper Garage Rock treat for you. Every song will make you want to move and it’ll make you think you’ve supped 6 beers,and can’t stand up without even touching a drop. It’s a proper rowdy record and you feel it right in your bones.

These 9 blistering songs never hit the 3 minute  (apart from the closer, Red Planet which hits around the 6 minute mark)they have that fast-paced sound us Punks love so much, and the way they just ruin your hearing with the sheer loudness is insane. You know when you just hear something so loud and powerful, and you start questioning what the fuck you did before you heard this record? That’s how I feel about The You Go Girls.

The record opens with Eaten Alive which sounds like The Doors on the strongest acid imaginable- even the Lizard King himself couldn’t handle this one. There’s a real 60s Psychedelic feel to this record, especially on Eaten Alive. It’s spooky, creepy and it sounds like an anthem for a cult that is trying to lure you in. Hey, if they make music like this then I think a fair amount of us would sign up!

Teeth is a wild record, and it has this beautiful energy to it that you just can’t get enough of. You want to keep it on repeat, you want the band to just keep on putting record after record out. I have no idea how long this band has been going or how many records they have put out, but trust me, this is their best work and most certainly one of the best records KKR have put out.

It’s everything you could possibly want from a gnarly Rock band who have all this energy that they just need to unleash. They are definitely a band we all need to see live- can you imagine how wild their shows are?! You can just imagine it now- a venue that has questionable liquids on the floor so your shoes stick, covered in sweat and warm beer, the band diving into the crowd trying to keep themselves upright and everyone just having the best time. I miss gigs so much, and bands like The You Go Girls make me miss it way more than I anticipated. However, the record does make you feel like you are at one of their shows so if you have the same hankering as me for a gig, then just close your eyes and play Teeth super loud and go nuts!

The You Go Girls cannot be tamed. Their sound cannot be defined. Their songs are drunken anthems to lose yourself in. They are just a really exciting band, and Teeth is by far one of the most energetic and wild records I’ve heard in a while. Take songs like Street Party and Skeleton Baby- they are just off the wall. This isn’t a band who care for making music to please anyone, you can tell they do it to release this pent up energy they have and in turn, they help the listener do the same. That’s why it works and that is why they sound so good!

Take joy wherever you can. Take it from this record. Take it from this band. Let yourself go as wild as possible!





PANCAKES.

22 08 2020

There are many brilliant things to have come from Japan, and Punk is definitely one of them. There are so many incredible Punk bands from Japan. There’s one in particular that I’ve become obsessed with, and they are called Pancakes.

Pancakes are a real underground gnarly band with songs that have the same attitude of the greats we all know and love. The snarliness of Stiv Bators flows throughout every song on their newest record, released via the always exceptional Kafadan Kontak Records. This is a proper raw record that sounds like they did it in one take in someone’s bedroom or basement. That raw sound is what makes you become obsessed with the music. Every song sounds like an anthem, and every song makes you wish you could go to Osaka to catch one of their shows, and live in that moment forever.

There’s no soppy love songs here thank god! Just a real ferocious bunch of Punk songs that you need to play loud. This is the kind of music that makes me miss going to gigs, and feeling like I’m part of something. This is the kind of music that makes you lose your mind in the most freeing way possible. You can just imagine beers being thrown about, bodies jumping around and into walls of people as the music kicks in. Pancakes are one of the most underrated bands around, but that’s okay because to the 5 of you who read this- I hope you buy their music!

The 6 songs on this record don’t hit the 3 minute mark at all- they’ve got that Punk sound nailed good and proper. It’s the kind of record that you just keep playing over and over, not because it is THAT good because it gives you everything you want from music, irrespective of the genre. These 3 friends make beautiful music, and to pick 1 standout song on this record is impossible. Which is why you just can’t help but play it over and over, almost religiously. The record opens with Trash which instantly makes you fall in love with the band. It is so loud, so obnoxiously rowdy- it is perfect. Honestly this is one of the best Punk records I’ve ever heard; I could happily put this record next to Rocket To Russia. It doesn’t sound like a record from now, or then even. It has something about it that defies time, and that’s what makes it so fucking cool!

If you’re in search of a band with fast, hard-hitting songs then Pancakes are the band for you. They’ve got something about them that just leaves your ears wanting more and more. Bands like this don’t come around often but my god when they do, it is a blessing! I Say Shit and No Future Boy are such great songs, all you can do is play them as loud as you can and just throw your body around. Seeing as we can’t go to shows at the moment, just trash your room and throw drinks around to get the experience of it all! Such a fantastic record, and I’m so excited to hear more from them.

They are noisy as fuck, and that’s part of the appeal. They have this real DIY feel to their songs, and you feel like you’re listening to a band go at in their rehearsal space- there’s that unfiltered sound that just makes you crave this kind of music. As I mentioned earlier, Japan is home to some pretty cool things and people.; Pancakes are probably the coolest. And best.

So if you’re looking for something to blow your mind and to play loud, then Pancakes are the band for you. Who knows if the band will ever make it to the UK with how things are at the moment, but for now, buy the records and enjoy.





GRAVEST TRIBUTE TO THE CRAMPS.

15 08 2020

If you’re reading this, hopefully you too regard The Cramps as the greatest band of all time. There is something about The Cramps that just pisses over everything and anything you have heard, and will ever hear. What they created will last for an eternity, and to hear bands cite them as an influence is so great. What’s even better is that one of the most exciting record labels around have put out a tribute to The Cramps, and it features a  hell of a lot of exceptional bands.

Gravest Tribute consists of 24 wonderful covers, and they are done in such an effortlessly cool way. If you didn’t know they were songs by The Cramps already, then you’d be even more impressed by what you’re hearing. Every single band has captured everything that The Cramps were about. The best part is that not every song is sung in English- it’s just the coolest tribute record ever! Thing is, after you’ve played it in full you start to think of other bands that could cover songs by The Cramps too. I’ve got a bunch of bands floating in my head that I would LOVE to hear do a song by The Cramps, but this record is stunning. It is the perfect tribute to the greatest band of all time.

Right now I cannot pick a favourite cover, because every band has just blown me away with how great they are! I love how each band have captured that beautiful snarl that Lux had at certain moments and how certain songs had this raw attitude to them (bands like Duende! Morons Morons- they totally nailed this.) Charm Bag have made their version of I Was A Teenage Werewolf just as smutty as the original and slowed it down slightly but they have completely and utterly got down Ivy’s sound. They’ve really gone beyond with this version- it’s a close favourite for sure!

Los Crveles and Shawnis And The Shimmers are two bands you just want to hear cover songs by The Cramps all the damn time. I want Los Crveles to do all of the A Date With Elvis record- that would b magical! No Valentine have also done something truly great on Can Your Pussy Do The Dog, and you cannot help but think that Lux would love this cover and the whole damn record. It’s just such an exciting collection of songs, and it makes you appreciate the legacy of The Cramps even more. See, I’m not someone who is a huge fan of cover versions at all, but when someone takes a song and makes it theirs- then I’m likely to be sold. What every band on this record has done is pay a beautiful tribute to a band that have evidently influenced them in their own way. It’s such a lovely thing to hear. Every version of the songs on this record are a respectable nod to The Cramps, and I like to think the members of the band that are no longer with us would appreciate this tribute.

I think this record will even sit nicely with those who are precious about cover songs (worse than me) and aren’t into a band that are sacred to them having their songs covered. Each band on this record have done something truly impressive, and maybe it will turn fans of these bands on to The Cramps!





KILLER KIN: Bad, Bad, Minds!

8 03 2020

 

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Sometimes you need some pure smutty Garage Rock to get stuck in your brain and to seep into your bones, and just move you. I think… no, I KNOW that Killer Kin are that band. Earlier this year they released the exceptional Bad, Bad Minds! record and it everything you’d want from music and beyond.

 Killer Kin are an incredible band. They are exciting and all kinds of bizarre- they make the kind of music that Lux Interior would get excited over. The kind of music that John Peel would have been in love with. They’ve got a New York Dolls bite about them, and this attitude is throughout the songs on the record. The record reminds me of The Cramps mixed with the New York Dolls, and for me that’s the ideal sound. There’s this Glam Rock and Psychobilly feel to the record, and the vocals are ridiculous. They are completely off the hook and you cannot help but wish you could sing like this! If you’re looking for a band to make you happy, you’re alive- listen to Killer Kin. It’s totally wild record, and I hope it makes them HUGE! They deserve it. I don’t know how long they’ve been around or how many records they’ve made. This might be their first? I have no idea, but I do know that is it out of this world. They have a sound that I absolutely adore, and I cannot get enough of it.

 

 

Bon Vivant is the one to really melt your brain; it’s such a heavy song, and for me everything on this song just shows us why this band are truly the ones to watch. THAT guitar solo on this from like the 2-minute 15 mark is mind blowing. You can’t help but feel you’ve gone back in time but also stepped into the future with this band. I love them, and I love this record. Can you tell? Bottom Feeder Blues and Bad, Bad Mind just show us how phenomenal this band are- they’ve got this gorgeous aggression in the sound. It’s the snarliness, it’s the smuttiness, the pure filth that’s in every single song that has you hooked. I want to live in the world they’ve created on this record. Killer Is King may be an ode to Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane? Forgive me if I’m wrong, but its sure sounds like it. You can truly hear the New York Dolls influence on this record, and to have something specifically for Arthur is beautiful. Like I said, I could be wrong but, in my head, it’s all for Arthur and I love that. Afterall, Killer Kane was a King!

 

 

With only 5 songs Killer Kin have made a lifelong fan out of me. With only 5 songs they have really made an impact that most try to do within 5 records of their career let alone 5 songs. They have this feel to their sound that makes you instantly know that their live shows are probably beyond description and unlike anything else you’ve seen or heard before- much like how they are on record. I really hope we get more from Killer Kin because they are so talented and unafraid to tamper with what most shy away from. This sheer decadent sound is beautiful and hypnotising; you just want to be constantly immersed in it. For me, this is the kind of noise that makes me love music so much and makes me want to write about it.

 All that’s left for me to do is urge you to get your mitts on this record and lose yourself in it. So far, this is one of my favourite discoveries of the year and I cannot wait to hear more from Killer Kin.

 





LOS CRVELES!

5 03 2020

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Get your ears round this- the new and completely unexpected release from Costa Rica’s finest Los Crveles! I wrote about them last year, and my obsession has never died down. It’s probably grown; in fact it has, thanks to this new release. It’s 6 noisy AF songs that will do everything in their power to leave you deaf and crying like a baby on the floor. It’s a real gnarly Garage Rock record, and it is loud in all the right places.

 The record came out yesterday and has been released via Istanbul’s Kafadan Kontak Records. They sure know their stuff, and it is worth checking out the releases on their Bandcamp page if you want more obscure and wonderful music in your life. These masked crusaders sure know how to wow you with their slick Garage Rock/Surfer feel, you can’t help but let yourself be thrown into the insane world they have created with their music. At times you feel like you’ve stepped into some Horror b-movie and you expect some odd creature with a slimy hand to grab you by the throat and launch you into the air. Basically, the creepy sound is incredible, and I love this band a lot. A hell of a lot. The scene in Costa Rica is something to really pay attention to, and there are several bands there who are making a beautiful noise and are worth devoting a lot of time on. Your ears will love you for it.

 

 

 These 6 songs were made to make you move, shake and throw things around. The instrumental songs on this record are completely off the wall and the songs where there are vocals? Even better. Even louder. The scream-like vocals sound like someone possessed and it just works so well. You step into this unknown world, and what you get from it is a lifetime of great music. There is no band out there quite like Los Crveles and they’ve this yet again on this release. They have a similar wild sound like The Mummies but there’s something else there, and it’s that something else that stops you in your tracks. I found this band by chance last year, and it was truly one of my favourite and best finds of the year. I just love everything they do, and how they have this unfiltered feel that makes you wish you could do it. But thank god we have Los Crveles doing it.

 Alvcarda Gogo sounds like it could be on a film- it’s such a perfect sounding instrumental number that has a Spaghetti Western feel to it, and you feel like you’re in that film and this song is the soundtrack to an important fight you’re about to take part in. As your enemy approaches in a cloud of sand and dust, you’re able to get a couple steps ahead and knock the fucker out- that’s what this song gives you, the attitude and freedom to be this tough person.

 

 

 

Get your ears round this ruckus record and play these heavenly songs as loud as you possibly can. And as often as you can, of course.