16 August 2015

Album Review: The Decline: Resister

The Decline
'Resister;
(PEE RECORDS)
Some frenetic rabble rousing fury and nostalgic chaos from the Australian skate punks

Skate punk is a sub-genre that combines the breakneck pace of melodic hardcore with the catchy youthful bounce of pop punk, giving it that very solid wall of guitar riffs and powerful drumming. It's not a new concept of cross-genre music by any means and it's a much used, overcrowded one thanks to the popularity of bands like NOFX, Suicidal Tendencies, Pennywise, Sick Of It All and Lagwagon who, through various personal adaptions of their own interpretation, generated the global reputation of skate punk music and, in turn, inspired a million other bands to follow suit. Some of those bands became really good and some became really not so. Australian band The Decline (with this album being the reference point from where my opinion is based) seem to be of the former.

Things here really couldn't begin any better than they do with the short but powerful opener NEW AGAIN, a song that lasts less than two minutes yet manages to hammer out a formidable entrance, bristling with energy and utter immediacy. It's quickly followed by the effective stop/start/stop guitar work that begins recent single GIVING UP IS A GATEWAY DRUG, a great song with little flourishes of inventive brilliance - with its change in chord pace and sudden vocal dips. It's a showcase for incredible drumming on faster paced THE BLURST OF TIMES pounding a symphony of melodic and frenzied skate punk percussion that ends with a clever guitar solo.

There's a heavier sounding hardcore launch for frenetic CAMBERWELL STREET, the ever restless punk rock urgency is skippered by some well pitched melodic partnering....again that ever present intuitive musicianship gathers things up and brings it together with a slick competence.WRECKING BALL has pace and it punches and snaps its way forward with aggressive punk energy, the crunching guitars and fiery attitude are intermixed with melodic vocal combinations...similarly the malevolent YOU'RE NOT THE WAITRESS and final track START AGAIN.

This may not be the album that will go on to inspire a new direction, but I'm pretty sure that is something this band are well aware of anyway. They seem genuine enough for what they do to ever care for or need such bloated accolades of superficial wank egoism....and it's a pretty good album nonetheless. Awash with neat guitar chords and huge rabble rousing bursts of sound it's kept mostly simple concise and to the absolute point....utilising their skilled musicianship at precise moments to suddenly steer things in a different direction...delightful bodyswerves you didn't see coming that completely change an entire song in that instant.  Far from being some copycat fraudsters of a work already made they are a band delivering a perfectly executed homage to their  influences with plenty of their own originality on view....just to prove their point.

http://www.thedeclinemusic.com/

15 August 2015

Video Playlist: Back Street Hangout


A 15 TRACK VIDEO PLAYLIST OF THE FINEST SLEAZEBALL GARAGE PUNK ROCK LO-FI TRASH SCUZZ ROCKABILLY SURF POP.... THAT WILL LEAVE YOU IN THE DIRT!

THE BLOODY HOLLIES: I DREAM OF BEES
Rollicking guitar-driven big sound punk and blues

OBLIVIANS: CALL THE POLICE
A stomping fuzz-punk holocaust of raw garage trash blues

DEMOLITION DOLL RODS: GET IT ON
Primitive bluesy punk sex rock and roll

THE DETROIT COBRAS: CHA CHA TWIST
A self assured rock and roll guitar/drums meandering giant

SPEEDBALL BABY: PIN UP COWBOY
Fractured rockabilly/ gutter blues hybrid

REVEREND BEAT MAN: JESUS CHRIST TWIST
A one-man blues trash scuzz rock band

URBAN JUNIOR: MAN ON THE RUN
A rollercoastering swill of electro clash garage synth disco punk monstering

DADDY LONG LEGS: DEATH TRAIN BLUES
Late night alehouse harmonica rock and blues

JC SATAN: DRAGONS
Garage punk/thrash insanity cranked up to full power

GOLDEN TRIANGLE: NEON NOOSE
Catchy art/garage rock noise monsters

WOVEN BONES: I'VE GOTTA GET
Scuzzy, snarling, blissed out noise-pop

FUNGI GIRLS: GLARE
Surf-fused lo-fi garage punk rock

COACHWHIPS: EXTINGUISH ME
Stripped back rock and roll distortion

NO BUNNY: GIVE IT TO ME
One man, hook laden, pop/punk onslaught

THE COATHANGERS: HURRICANE
Tuneful, all female garage punks



4 August 2015

New For Tuesday;

The new single from Fidlar...is called West Coast.

Happy fucking Tuesday!
xx


2 August 2015

Cilla Black R.I.P


Cilla Black sadly died today at her holiday home in Marbella, Spain. She was 72.  Best remembered for her successful television career hosting two of Saturday nights biggest shows Surprise Surprise and Blind Date where she quickly established herself in the hearts of the nation. Previous to her TV fame Cilla Black was a 60's pop star after being signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1963. Her debut single Love of the Loved was written by Lennon and McCartney. She had two number one hits the following year with You're My World and Anyone Who Had A Heart. Cilla went on to release 14 albums throughout her successful pop career before moving into television in the early 70's. Rest In Peace.


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