You may notice that I don’t post reviews as frequently as I used to (I have a ton coming though as I receive many submissions). There are various factors at play for why this is, but one of massive significance is that I have started a new punk project called Amherst Drive. I don’t call it a band because it isn’t, everything you hear is sung or played by me much like early Nine Inch Nails records. I have been at this music thing a long time, and while punk was my first love musically (from bands like Social Distortion and Pennywise), I never released punk until now.
I’d appreciate you checking it out and seeing what you think.
I like my punk rock aggressive, fast, and melodic. A lot of this has to do with where I grew up. In Southern California, a lot of the punk bands played music much like what I described. There was aggression and speed, but there was also a strong focus on melody. Pennywise, Bad Religion, and The Descendants were great examples of this.
I mention all of this because France’s Bare Teeth reminds me of these groups with their newest release First the Town, Then the World. Throughout the record you have pounding drums and bass, strong melodic lines with multi-part harmonies, and fantastic guitar lines. The album from start to finish is heavy, with some screaming that reminds me of early Thrice back in their post-punk days (especially their record Identity Crisis).
For a band from France to bring me back to the golden era of SoCal punk, whether or not that was their intention, is truly something special. I loved every second of listening to First the Town, Then the World, and when it drops on May 19, I think you will too.
Anybody that stupidly declares “PUNK IS DEAD” is clearly ignorant of Round Eye. This rag-tag band of misfits who are currently ex-pats living in Shanghai make some of the most avant-garde, subversive, aggressive, and incendiary punk out there. Making history or making enemies (both of which they have done in spades), Round Eye is a fearless example of pure artistic expression.
Their newest release Monster Vision is a psychedelic freak-out punk fest that drips with political commentary and just an overall satire of just how insane our society is. Some of the last recordings of legendary Stooges saxophonist Steve Mackay can be found on this record. His sax is a massive force that drives the band’s unique punk sound into the stratosphere.
Whether the band is making the first ever punk music video in the DPRK or pissing all over the concept of Trump’s America, Round Eye’s Monster Vision is punkest shit I’ve heard in a while.
Get Monster Vision at https://roundeyeband.bandcamp.com
You may remember the PR firm for punk bands What Happened To Your Band due to the music featured here or the interview I did with WHTYB?’s founder Valentine Klp. Thanks to her recommendation I got pointed in the direction of the awesome French punk band Adversity.
Their video, which I am sharing with you, has recently won KROD Records’ “best video” award for 2016. It’s easy to see why this video won. First of all the song “Living Now” is a personification of what great punk ought to be. It feels like a cross between the Bouncing Souls and Rise Against, and the results are fantastic.
The video itself personifies the independent punk spirit that draws its fans and musicians toward the genre. If you want to know more about Adversity and their music feel free to visit the following urls:
I reviewed an EP by punk band Trash’N’Clean a while back. Since then they have released a remixed and remastered version of their song “Old Times.” The song has grown so much in quality it’s crazy. All it takes is a little studio magic sometimes to make something good great.
Hey guys, you remember my review of the awesome Italian punk group Trash N’ Clean? Well the guys have released a new video for their song Razorblade. It features the great punk sound you expect from them, as well as their sense of humor.This is definitely in the vain of early blink-182 videos like What’s My Age Again and Josie. You’ll see what I mean 😉
Here is some background on the video:
“The video was shot completely live at a big private party called Lord of Spring. These crazy party monsters hired us to perform live at their event, and when we looked at the videos of their previous years’ parties, we thought that it would be absolutely sick to shoot the music video for our song Razorblade there
Razorblade is an absolute dumb song that talks about a stunning woman, who only needs some extra trimming down there for being simply perfect. We love the song for what it is, and only an even more stupid music video could have been appropriate for it.”
What is so great these days about punk rock is that it is a global phenomenon. Every part of the world is producing all different types of punk music and this is so encouraging. Enter Trash’N’Clean, a punk band that hails from Milan, Italy.
Comprised of Fabio – Vocals, Danny – Lead Guitar, Mark – Rhythm Guitar, Marchino – Bass & Backing Vocals, Mario (The Horseman) – Drums; this group is carrying the torch of making great punk for a new generation. Their newest EP, Wetness Delivery, is a catchy and strong showing from this band.
The guitar riffs are heavy and melodic, the drums are crisp and powerful, the bass lines are driving, and the vocals are harmonious and infectious. As a guy that grew up in Southern California, I hear a great deal of influence of SoCal punk like Yellowcard, NOFX, Pennywise, early Thrice, and Bad Religion in Trash’N’Clean’s sound. Hearing the Wetness Delivery EP gave me such a surge of nostalgia and joy. I was in love with this band’s music in a couple of minutes.
The only shame about this EP is that it is rather short (clocking in at only three songs), but at the same time maybe don’t mess with perfection? There is enough here to know what the band is about, and also to be left wanting more.
Give this band a chance if you love melodic punk, you won’t regret it.
Trash’N’Clean can be found at: