Melt Citizen is Mike Peregrino and is from El Paso in my home state Texas. The EP ‘Dullard’ has a mixture of the Reatards, Sonic Youth and The Beach Boys and will without a doubt have you feeling FUZZY
My favorite thing Mike has done with this release a video for each song and then a live video series called PARTY POOPER! It’s kickass, enjoy!
Osees, formerly known as Thee Oh Sees, The Oh Sees, OCS, Oh Sees and others) is led by John Dwyer who does not only release an incredibel amount of music with his band Osees but has side projects like the recently released Bent Arcana and his solo project Damaged Bug. ‘Protean Thread’ is album number 23 for the band! The new album, released under their very onw Castle Face Records, starts if fast paced with ‘Scramble Suit III’, Gets a little more funky with ‘Dreary Nonsense’ and from then on the tracks seem to switch between a bit more funky and hypnotizing and enegrgizing garapounk. ‘Red Study’ is again in your face loud garagepunk together with ‘Mizmuth’.
With ‘Scramble Suit III’ and ‘Gong of Catastrophe’ my favourite tracks this new album ‘Dreary Nonsense’ sure is good, I don’t think this band will ever release something bad, they keep slowly shifting in their own genre, sometimes more punk, somethimes more kraut, … and this is what makes em great. Still I think I have to listen some more but it leaves me a bit underwhelmed. Maybe I was hoping for some really outstanding track like I felt with ‘The Axis’ or ‘The Lens’ or a more riff fueled one. But it does not really matter, It is a great listen.
$hit & $hine’s on the ever incredible Rocket Recordings have just dropped ‘Devil’s Backbone’ a mind-altering cacophonous chasm taken off of the forthcoming album ‘Malibu Liquor Store’ set for release October 9.
‘Devil’s Backbone’ is like drinking a cocktail of Les Rallizes Dénudés & Place to Bury Strangers whilst being strapped into a rocket and fired into the furthest regions of space itself at lightspeed. Murky acid-like electronica delving into noise and space-rock, ‘Devil’s Backbone’ sounds it’s constructed by a beastly colossus from another dimension.
Absolutely glorious and exhilarating stuff from $hit & $hine, be sure to pre-order the album here as it’s going to be a good one for sure.
Anyway, I’m off for a run as I feel I need to do something with this nervous energy after listening to this maniacal banger…
Mint Field have been dropping a number of ethereal, cacophonous stunning gems in the run up to their second album ‘Sentimiento Mundial’ out 25 September via Felpe records and the Mexico City based duo have just released another great new single with ‘Aterrizar’.
A chunk of frothy shoegaze stew with faint touches of psychedelia, ‘Aterrizar’ – actually recorded in London, is a dreamy ballad that mollifies the current anxiety-fuelled environment that we’re currently living in with its sonic escapism.
Be sure to check out the single below ahead of the album which looks to be an album of the year contender.
Karkara is a French band, and it gets me thinking a bit of Slift, who are French too I believe. Karkara has a really strong, fuzzy and heavy psychedelic sound with Middle Eastern vibes. Their first track is called ‘Failing Gods’ and is taken from their upcoming alvum ‘Nowhere Land’. Check them out and pre-order the album.
The second track ‘Scramble Suit III’ by O Sees (Thee Oh Sees) is out. Only a short while ago they released their first track ‘Dreary Nonsense’ and ‘If I Had My Way’ taken from their upcoming album ‘Protean Threat’ wich will be released September 18 on Castle Face Records ofcourse.
The psych/garageband Osees is for a reason top of the food chain and on these three tracks they prove it yet again, it seems we will get a marvelous album again. Seems 2020 is not all bad.
Only a short while ago the Australian psych pop/rockers Aux Portes released their EP Mountains. Now they already return with a new double track called ‘Phobophobia/Audioliced Nightmare’. This gorgeous hazy summerpsych that is necessary to listen to when the sun is out.
At the end of May, BIN (Lys McInnes, Cal Shortal (Murlocs, Orb), Lachie Baulch, Tim Fluker, Mick Byers, Jasper Jolly (Tiny Giants, Bones & Jones) & Will Bowers), released their second album with 8 tracks that are guaranteed to have you missing live shows. Their post-punk roots and mixture of that Australian sound we all love has me wanting more and I’m sure it’ll have you feeling the same way!
Texas Metalpunk Expander released their new album ‘Neuropunk Boostergang’ and it is sure something, the album is made of 10 explosive riff feuled tracks with a agressive and energetic vibe. Balancing nice between thrash metal and noise punk is Expander, deliviring something fresh and loud for your ears. Released August 21. Listen now.
Don’t have a lot of info on this one, just came across it on while bandcamp surfing. This is pretty intense noisepunk that is perfect with you morning coffee, it gives you an instant bolt of energy, nervousness and semi mental breakdown. Listen to the EP ‘ Sweaty Mouth’ by Funnyface.
Everyone knows the cramps I guess and if you don’t then some googling is needed fast. There is a cover album from various artist from this garagepunk label called Kafadan Kontakt that i wanted to share with you. You probably know this too but there is alse this really good cover album by various artists released by the epic label Three One G. Check it out.
John Dwyer from (The(e)) O(h) Sees formed a new band called Bent Arcana. The band is Ryan Sawyer, Peter Kerlin, Kyp Malone, Brad Caulkins, Tom Dolas, Marcos Rodriguez, Laena “Geronimo” Myers-Ionita, Joce Soubiran and Andres Renteria. All these artist have played or are playing in the most diverse and incredibly cool bands. Now they form Bent Arcana and they have come together for five days of electrified & improvised sessions recorded at Stu-Stu-Studio, edited down to 40 minutes for your ears.
These tracks are incredible, some of them jazzy tracks others more heavy kraut but all of them are truly amazing. It is clear that this album is made by so much experienced and talented artists. These 40 minutes will be playing over and over at my place. Tune in for some brain melting kraut.
Ho99o9 is a band that fuses hardcore, punk, noiserock and hiphop and excellent mix. Ho99or is one of the fzew bands that can do this and to this with such ease. Their new mixtape including features from Eyehategod’s frontman Mike IX, Pink Siifu and N8noface. Tune in now for ‘BLURR’.
One of my favorite psych/fuzz bands, Raw Optics, has released a new single that absolutely rips. ‘The Deceiver’ is filled with heavy psych grooves and a heavy handed pour of fuzzy noise. Check it out below.
The second track ‘If I Had my Way’ by O Sees (Thee Oh Sees) is out. Only a short while ago they released their first track ‘Dreary Nonsense’taken from their upcoming album ‘Protean Threat’ wich will be released September 18 on Castle Face Records ofcourse.
The psych/garageband Osees is for a reason top of the food chain and on these two tracks they prove it yet again, it seems we will get a marvelous album again. Seems 2020 is not all bad.
It’s been a long four years since Chichester’s finest ever export Traams (Stuart Hopkins – vocals & guitar, Leigh Padley – bass & Adam Stock – drums) have released any music. Since the trio’s ‘House on Fire’ that was released near the tail end of 2016, the world has started to fall apart and thus, there is probably a good argument to be made that one of the finest bands from the UK were in fact holding it all together.
The outfit though after quite sometime, and to much delight have returned with ‘The Greyhound’. Produced and mixed by Public Body maestro Theo Verney, Traams have returned with a glorious cacophonous near-10 minute odyssey. Cataclysmic pulsating krautrock with explosive post-punk, the trio have returned with a hypnotic yet adrenaline fuelled riot that also features Lewis Evans of Black Country, New Road on saxophone duties.
The sound of anxiety during this claustrophobic lock down, Traams like their contemporaries Girl Band, black midi and the aforementioned Black Country, New Road have created a whirling labyrinth of gloriously visceral sounds.
Check out the video the ‘The Greyhound’ right now and let’s hope we don’t have to wait so long for new material next time…
Let us take a closer look at this very interesting band. Conan Neutron & The Secret Friends was formed by, who would have thought, Conan Neutron. He formed this band in 2015 with Dale Crover ( Melvins drummer and his solo project) and Tony Ash.
Conan Neutron himself is not really a person that sits still, he has a weekly podcast on Radio Nope called Protonic Reversal that invites guests from the world of noiserock, punk rock, post-punk and experimental genres.
Next to the radio show Conan played such bands like Replicator, Victory and Associates, Mount Vicious, Household Gods (with David Pajo of Slint and Vern Rumsey of Unwound) and ofcourse he plays in Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends wich I will share music from.
Now The band Conan Neutron & Friends has been making music since 2015 and have released some albums together and recently the Protons and Electrons Compilation. A gatefold double vinyl compilation of all of the Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends singles, and Electrons: A compilation of the various artists that were on the other side of the 7″s.
To start of you can listen to the latest single (not from the new record) called ‘We Were Wolves’ (it is on the Quarantimes Vol 1 NIVA Benefit on Learning Curve Records too,), this is quite a lot of music to work through so in the meantime you can read some questions I asked Mister Conan.
Question 1: Are Dale and Tony really your friends or do you like add them to the band because they are good with musics? and which one is your bestbest friend.
First of all: how dare you?!
Secondly: we are actually friends as far as I know.
Thirdly: why, what have you heard?
I know both through music, and both are amazing world class players. One of them is (justifiably) very well known for it.
But yeah… music, that’s really how I know most of my friends. Whether they play with me or not.
It’s my lifeblood and my culture. i’m in a weird place where it’s way more than a hobby, but less than a career, but the people i’ve met along the way and formed these lasting and deep connections with are the best thing about it.
Which one is my best friend?
I love Dale dearly, but Tony is my ride or die.
In music and probably in life.
Question 2: All these people you have met, interviewed, wich conversation or anecdote stayed with you the most?
For Protonic Reversal, speaking with Jerry Casale of DEVO was a pretty big deal. They pioneered so much stuff and were such a defining part of my ethos. It’s really crazy, so just talking to him at all was a big freaking deal to me.
They forged a path for a lot of us weirdoes. The fact that he enjoyed it so much he invited himself back from a second part kind of blows my mind. I treasure that.
Tad getting incredibly real about his depression and being in a place where he considered taking his own life blew me away.
Same with Dave Pajo, being very up front about his suicide attempt.
Both of those fellas have done so much, but they didn’t have to be that open and honest and I think it’s valuable that they did. The world is dark as hell, you know?
I really admired Steve Albini talking about the legacy of choosing the band name Rapeman. I found his forthright explanations to be very refreshing. “I have not been held to account” will always stick with me.
Kind of a masterclass in accountability. He can’t take it back. Even with the rationale explained he made it very clear that people should be mad about it. That struck me as important.
On the rare times that i’ve had people on that don’t play anymore, hearing about the moment where they just knew they were done always hits me pretty hard.
Question 3: You need choose one product to live on + water, you get nothing else, what do you choose?
Is this space? An Island?
Some new game show?
I guess a really varied Trail Mix?
i’m thinking about vitamin deficiencies and scurvy and stuff.
If that answer doesn’t work, or is considered cheating, then I guess i’ll go with potatoes.
I heard some dude lived off of potatoes for a really long time or something.
Question 4: If you were in a fight to the death against Dale and Tony, who would win.
So violent! I suppose it would depend on if there were weapons involved?
Maybe Dale will be so pissed at my answer in question 1, he’d come at us with big Crover energy?
Plus he’s a powerful drummer. Sure, let’s say Dale. With the drumstick, in the conservatory.
Question 5: What are your favourite books? if you think books suck, what is your favourite movie.
I love books!
The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Man In the High Castle by Philp K. Dick
1984 by George Orwell
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Cash by Johnny Cash
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Surely You’re joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman
I am Legend, by Richard Matheson
The Shining, by Stephen King
I guess that’s 11.
My favorite movie is Paddy Chayefsky’s Network
Question 6: Can you say 5 of your favourite bands.
Of course! Will omit Melvins (because, Duh!)
The Birthday Party, fugazi, Wipers, Unwound, DEVO
Question 7: Best live show ever?
Three way tie: 3rd to last Unwound show at Justice League in San Francisco (3/2002), fugazi/the Ex/Shellac at the Congress Theater in Chicago (6/2001)… 2nd night, Tom Waits, paramount theater in Oakland, California. (02/1996)
I took away something very special from all three of those.
Weird that the most recent one is 18 years ago I guess, but there you go.
Skin Graft Records is an amazing label. The stuff you can find on there is out of this world. The new stuff is always original and are always really cool finds and the rereleases or specials like comic books and stuff are just out of this world. Lately they have been releasing some really special things. And I made a big post about it.
So their are three more releases again by tghe label! and I will post them here.
Strangulated Beatoffs – Porky The Pig and Bess (Double Single and Comic Book Set)
This was the second release on Skin Graft Records and has been remasterd and made digital for the first time by Skin Graft. Strangulated Beatoffs is post hardcore sludge from Stan Seitrich (Ex- Drunks With Guns) and Fritz Noble with special guest Mike Deleon (Drunks, Fruitcake).
pairing Zeni Geva and Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy aka Palace ____ was originally released in 1997. A copy of the original one-sheet is included as a bonus feature in the PDF booklet. Here is the original solicitation…
TERMS -Asbestos Mouth
‘Asbestos Mouth’ is the debut album of Terms on Skin Graft. They released the EP ‘Hoarder of Operations a while ago on Skin Graft too and now we get the first track from the upcoming album. Tune in for a wild ride.