ALEX FACE Smell Likea Woman CD
BluesExplosion-style garageblues from Gothenburg. Not really a hit but itstolerable. Theyre falling into the typical traps with boring music, over thetop vocals and trying to make it hard but it ends up sounding more metal thangarage. Nope, not really anything special. Too bad..
(Thomas) Alleycat Records
DEAN DIRG …Raus LP
Great new record from this band that just keeps getting better. 14 songs on 45rpm with enough speed and energy to keep ten bands going. Great songs, catchyas all get out.. especially the titletrack, Dean Dirg Raus is gonna fill alot of dancefloors.
(Thomas) Wasted Sounds
DISCONVENIENCE Umeå punk City CD
VICIOUS Alienated CD
Two of the seemingly endless supply of new punkbands outta Umea. Disconveniencedoes it pretty much old school style. Ten fast punkers and also including theirdebut 7. Theyve got some flair and pretty good female vocals and hardhittingpunk thats more punkrock than hardcore. The Vicious got ten new songs andtheir two singles on Wasted Sounds and Feral Ward. The Vicious sound has, forme at least, more to to with bands like Lost Sounds than the rest of the Umeascene. Theyre pretty cool actually. Maybe nothing that really slays me buttheyve got a cool sound and could very well make it big time.
(Thomas) Wasted Sounds / Ny Vag Records
FE FI FOFUMS I Just Wanna Boom Boom Girl 7
The Fumsare one of my fave bands these days, keeping their spirits high and dry. Thisis another cool one from them even though it doesnt have the hit of theirrecent singles. The b-side is a fucking great ballad style love song. Awesome!I Just Wanna.. is
(Thomas) Robs House
HARLAN TBOBO Im Your Man CD
New onefrom under the bed, and follow up to the oft-times great debut Too Much Love.Im not getting into this one as much as the first one, there were some realkillers on Too Muchh.. that really won me over, and those hits are whatskinda lacking on Im Your Man unfortunately. Theres some good stuff but itsmore anguish taking over, in the form of some noise and experimental styles.Its good, but not as breathtaking as the debut.
(Thomas) Goner Records
JACK-O& THE TENNESSEE TEARJERKERS FlipsideKid LP
New onefrom Jack Oblivian and of course its a good un. Pretty moody, but theressome dancenumbers on here too. Some stuff might not be up to snuff but thegreat stuff far outweighs the mediocre, as with all his post-Oblivians stuff(except for the Cool Jerks, which I didnt like that much). Great stuff for thecar, great stuff for listening to at night. Get this!
(Thomas) Dirt CheapDate Records
JEFFREYJAMES & THE IDIOTS Hotsy-Totsy CD EP New Finnish band made up of members from bands like Larry & the Lefthanded,20 Minuters and Phantom 409. Two originals and two covers, theyve got a prettycool sound but it doesnt take me by storm, kinda like a Finnish Cramps maybe.Pretty cool anyway..theyve obviously have the right influences, I think itsthe production that takes it down a bit for me. I think its a little too bigand clean for this kinda stuff. Makes it sound a bit too pscyhobilly-akin. (Thomas) Trashcan records
LAMPS S/t CD
A littlebit of a letdown for me, I loved the first record. This new one is still new tome and might not have sunk in yet but its lacking the great sound and songsfrom the first, also self-titled 12. I love their sound but it just seemstheyre going in another direction than the Necessary Evils-noise delivered ontheir debut. Still its good stuff and anyone liking bands like A-Frames,Intelligence, Brainbombs, Necessary Evils will want to check this out. I justhope theyre back at good old (and more garagey form) next time.
(Thomas) In The Red Records
LOVER! One in aBillion 7
Whoa, great fucking debut single from Rich Crooks (Reatards, Lost Sounds,Knaughty Knights) new Memphis outfit. Actually this is mostly Rich by himselfand calling in some friends when he needs em. This single kicks the lps asstoo, the sound and energy and songs on this here lil disc is awesome! Youcould say this is his continuation of where the Knaughty Knights left off. Highin energy and with hooks galore. Id kind of put this in the same vein as theMarked Men but with a Memphis-vibe. Dont miss Lover! On tour in Europeoctober-november 2007.
(Thomas) Solid Sex Lovie Doll
MANS High 7
Stompinbluespunk in the same vein as Ape City R&B (whore great!), in that kindaGories way. Cool as all get out actually. High is awesome. Their Stockholmshow was a spectacle which lasted way too long and had way too much vomit butwhat else to expect when you put those two freaks up on stage. Bad For YouBaby on the b-side isnt as great but a cool trashy punky thingie. Real coolsingle get this!
MARY WEISS DangerousGame LP
Mary Weissof the Shangri-Las backed up by the Reigning Sound and with songs by (amongothers) Greg Cartwright..sounds like it could be really cool. But its mostly aletdown, it sounds like it couldve been okay but its just lacking in everydepartment; songs, energy, production.. Mediocre at best.
(Thomas) Norton Records
MOTORAMA Dirttrack Specialist CD
Not theItalian band with the same name (bad name btw, why two bands would want itbeats me). This is an American band citing bands like Ramones, Motorhead, AC/DCand others as their inspiration. Not very much my cup of tea as I dont hear alotta good stuff in there anywhere. Hard and annoying..
(Thomas) Last ChanceRecords
THE NAGZ WrongDirection 7
Secondrelease from cool new Stockholm label, Radio Obligato. The Nagz are also fromStockholm, featuring members from the Maggots, Voladoras, Henry Fiats OpenSore etc. They lovepowerpop, and this is powerpop.. very nice production, sweet songs. I findmyself wanting them to cut loose. Never was a big fan of powerpop though. Thisis pretty good anyway. Bit too nice for my primitive tastebuds, but coolanyways. If youre a PP-fan, then by all means check this out. Better than mostof what Ive heard in the genre.
(Thomas) Radio Obligato Records
STUPIDITY I Need You… Like a Hole In My Head CD
Heavily80s garagerock inspired, think Nomads, Fleshtones etc. They do it fairly goodbut lacking some originality. Better than a lot of stuff in this genre latelyanyway..but nothing that really captures me. Starts out pretty good then goesdownhill with a few stinkers, and it doesnt really pick up from thereunfortunately.
(Thomas) Go FastRecords
V/A RAWMEAT LP
Fuckingfantastic rockabilly comp. This totally got me back into rockabilly again afterbeing pretty tired of it for a good may years. The musics on here, all totallyunknown for me, is just plain and simple amazing. Its packs a lot of emotion,the songs are varied but sticks to that same overall feel. I must say that theguy that put this together did a beautiful job with it.
(Thomas) Hog MawRecords