New album: Pkew Pkew Pkew || Open Bar

The music of Pkew Pkew Pkew (Toronto) is tailor made for the weekend. It’s loud, it’s fun and perfect for hangouts and singalongs with your friends. In terms of songwriting, the band has made quite the leap from the sheer bluntness and obnoxious of their debut LP – which I absolutely loved. On the band’s latest record (Open Bar), and helped out by Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Pkew Pkew Pkew succesfully incorporates classic rock influences in their powerful punk sound. In that sense, Open Bar shares several of the strengths of last year’s excellent Sam Coffey And The Iron Lungs’ Real One: anthemic punk rock that will set smaller venues on fire but will also work on a larger stage. It’s Pkew Pkew Pkew at their boldest and most creative yet – the result of a lacking hard deadline and a producer (Jon Drew) down to trying new stuff.

Open Bar is out now through Dine Alone Records. It’s a new Pkew Pkew Pkew record! It’s the weekend. All is good!

Add to wantlist: Dine Alone Records

New album: Coco Jumbo || Misbehavin’

The great thing about surfing Bandcamp is that every click on a new release has the potential to trigger a wave of enthusiasm. Usually this ain’t the case, but the discovery of Coco Jumbo‘s debut full-length Misbehavin’ caused a tsunami of emotions. It turns out to be a trio from Melbourne, Australia – the band members aren’t visible in the striking cover photo, which accurately reflects the album title – that swam in the same wild ocean as ATW favs The Chats, Dune Rats, Amyl and The Sniffers, Bad//Dreems and Skegss. Edward Sims (guitar), Christopher Jordan (bass) and Seamus Latto (drums) play an über-catchy combination of dirty garage rock and gnawing punk. You’ll hear 15 short but powerful and energetic songs that will make every live audience stage dive and crowd surf. Cool stuff!

Misbehavin’ is out now digitally and on vinyl LP (self-released).

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Coco Jumbo

Reissue: Antler Joe And The Accidents || Go Commercial!

41 years ago, Fort Myers (Florida) punk collective Antler Joe And The Accidents released their first and only EP, the three song Go Commercial! 7″ single. According to Break My Face “The EP was greeted with the expected enthusiasm: the drummer quit and locals didn’t give a shit.” But things change. By now it’s one of those single that is as rare as it is wanted – only 300 copies were pressed. To provide some stats, 265 Discogs users currently have Go Commercial! on their wantlist, and it’s been selling for prices between $500 (!) and $1200 (!!!).

Sufficient reason for Almost Ready Records, Last Laugh Records and Feral Kid Records do to a reissue of the record. It’s a no-brainer, if you love punk music this one should be part of your collection. Apparently, Antler Joe And The Accidents were inspired by the Sex Pistols, but I’ll take this single over anything Sex Pistols. Killer stuff!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs

New albums: Coruscants || Invasion Utapau & Krykna

Coruscants return for the fourth and fifth installment of their ramonescore mashup of Star Wars and Riverdales. Both records were recorded last month at The Bonus Room in Columbia, TN and are already available for streaming. The idea behind Coruscants is straightforward: take the songs from Riverdales, rewrite the lyrics towards Star Wars geekyness, change the song titles, and repeat for every LP The Riverdales ever recorded.

This time, the trio (Kylo Ben, Dan Solo & Dan Dodonna, who you may know under a different name in bands such as Parasite Diet, The Barariettes, Classic Pat & The Putz!) tackle The Riverdales’ Invasion USA on Invasion Utapau and transform Tarantula into Krykna. I have no idea what Ben Weasel thinks of Coruscants, but I think they are pretty fun!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Judy And The Jerks || Music to Go Nuts

Are you in the mood for a “drop everything you do, clear out your living room, play it loud and have a private pogo party” kinda record? Look no further than Judy And The Jerks’ Music To Go Nuts.

On their latest album, Judy And The Jerks (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) strike the absolute perfect balance between sounding authentically punk, moving at hardcore speed, and having melodies that will make the pop kids blush. Music To Go Nuts is a 16 minute hand grenade of sheer awesomeness and joy. Have a taste of Buford, one of the most exciting tracks I’ve heard lately, and try California as well – arguably the poppiest track on the record.

Available for streaming now, vinyl expected in September through Thrilling Living. WANT!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New EP: Future Girls || Year Long Winter

After a 3 to 4 year hiatus, Halifax punkrockers Future Girls return with a new EP on Tarantula Tapes and Dirt Cult Records. Future Girls currently are a four-piece – Matty Grace (Guitar/Vocals), Heather Grant (Guitar/Vocals), Becca Dalley (Bass/Vocals), and Dewayne Shanks (Drums). Year Long Winter was written in the early stages of the pandemic, and recorded after Becca Dalley (a bandmate of Matty Grace’s Cluttered) joined the band. The five songs on Year Long Winter are powerful sad bangers, catchy despite their sad undertones. One particular strength of Future girls is that three quarters of the band take on vocal duties, each with their own unique sound. After listening to all five songs, I can’t help but exclaim: Yeah, this is how you do punkrock!

By the way, together with Year Long winter, Tarantula Tapes released Matty Grace’s solo EP I Was A Fat Stupid that I recommend checking out as well.

Add to wantlist: Tarantula Tapes || Dirt Cult Records

New album: VISION 3D || Hypnose

The Belgian/French rockers of VISION 3D have released their new album Hypnose, featuring eleven savage songs that are somewhere between garage-trash and post-punk. These are musicians who are well attuned to each other, and who have managed to capture their live energy wonderfully. The tempo is very high, but it’s amazing how much musical variation the tracks – sung in French – hold. The vocals are intense and sincere, the guitars sharp and persuasive, the drums and bass deliver great rhythms. This is an overwhelming LP, and its title – translated: Hypnosis – isn’t an over-promise.

Hypnose is out now digitally and on vinyl LP, co-released by Six Tonnes De Chair Records, Rockerill Records and Belly Buttons.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: The Christian Family || The Raw And Primitive Sound Of…

Holy shit! You would think that punk and gospel are opposites, but Cherie Cherie’s Ann Seletos aka Sister Ann (vocals, drums, screams) and The Freaks of Nature’s Daniel Shircliff aka Brother Daniel (vocals, guitar) prove that these can be combined very well. As The Christian Family they mix influences from Sister Rosetta Tharpe and The Staple Singers with the sound of mid 60’s garage punk and girl groups. On their first full-length album The Raw And Primitive Sound Of… you can hear eleven tracks of lo-fi rock ‘n’ roll trash – devil music with an edifying message – that is indeed raw and primitive. Although there are references to a higher power in songs like Who’s Gonna Catch Me, Time To Pray and He’s Comin’ Down, most of the lyrics are about everyday worries. This is a record that will appeal to fans of raucous outsider music, regardless of whether they are believers or not. If gospel punk is a genre, this is how it should be played.

The Raw And Primitive Sound Of The Christian Family is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Voodoo Rhythm Records. It consists of ten original songs, and one cover – of The Jiants’ 1959 hit Tornado, written by Andy Anderson & Jerry Hedges.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Voodoo Rhythm

New EP: Cosmit || It’s Cosmit

Two years ago, Bristol’s (UK) scrappiest and poppiest punkrock band Cosmit entered the scene with a three-song single – I liked it so much it made my singles of the year list. Its follow up, the five-song It’s Cosmit EP, is finally here.

Two years and 8-songs in, I’ve yet to hear a Cosmit song I don’t like. Go Go Go alone makes this EP worth the purchase. On the song, Cosmit sounds like the Northern Soul version of Marked Men, and their harmonies provide an absolute dopamine rush. Or what about Bad Luck, a song that sounds upbeat with sweet backing choirs, but actually is kinda dark. “I’ve seen it all before || It never rains it pours || If it wasn’t for bad luck i wouldn’t have any luck at all.”

In addition to Northern Soul, Cosmit cites Motown and ’60s pop as major influences on their brand of punk rock. This could have resulted in a mess in less capable hands, but in the case of Cosmit (featuring members of RVIVR, Austeros, Toodles & The Hectic Pity, and the co-owner of Specialist Subject Records) it’s an exciting blend of HITS! HITS! HITS!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

Album premiere: LARAIGNÉ || The Brightside Of It All

We are very proud to premiere The Brightside Of It All, the sophomore studio album from Toronto-based folk-punk musician Greg Laraigné, now exclusively under his last name as LARAIGNÉ. The LP will be out this Wednesday (May 11), digitally and on limited edition smokey clear vinyl, through Snappy Little Numbers (North America) and Shield Recordings (Europe), but you can already stream it in its entirety here. I don’t know what music you expect based on the impressive cover art by Gian Andrea Signorell, but this has an Americana kind of sound, honest and heartfelt. [Post continues below]

Singer-songwriter Greg Laraigné released his first full-length Story Tellers, True Believers in 2012. Although he has toured extensively with his songs, he has focused more on his second passion as a widely recognized tattoo artist. Luckily for us, he managed to record this new album – at the end of this post he shares how the record came to life, but let’s start with our early impression of The Brightside Of It All. Ten years in the making, the seven tracks are well thought out and well produced. The sound is bright, and the beautiful instrumental accompaniment functional, melancholic and expressive. The powerful vocals and personal lyrics take the spotlight though: stories that hit hard. For example, listen to Thirty-Nine, which is intense both musically and lyrically, magnificent in all respects.

This is roots music but with a punk rock feel – a combination we really like, but this release excels in the genre. It’s convincing, timeless music with its heart in the right place.

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Shield Recordings: Bandcamp || Web Store
Snappy Little Numbers: Bandcamp || Web Store

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