Posts Tagged ‘punk

BOUNCING SOULS – Ghosts On The Boardwalk

June 21, 2010

Eighth full-length studio album from this band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Last year, the band celebrated 20 years together by releasing a new song every month. This album collects those 12 songs so you can keep them all in one place. It’s hard for me to believe that the band is actually that old […]

AGAINST ME – I Was A Teenage Anarchist EP

May 3, 2010

As a prelude to the June 8th release of their latest album, White Crosses, Against Me! give us this four-track EP. Two of the songs, “I Was A Teenage Anarchist” and “Rapid Decompression” are from the album and the other two, “One By One” and “Bitter Divisions”, are B-Sides. I love the energy of this […]

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM – American Slang (single)

April 3, 2010

“American Slang” is the title track to The Gaslight Anthem’s third album, due to be released in June of this year. These New Jersey boys have found the formula for producing a sound that you could expect if Bruce Springsteen fronted a punk rock band. Upbeat rock and roll with heartfelt, slightly ragged vocals and […]

BLINK 182 – Blink 182

November 15, 2009

Yes, I know that this album was released in 2003. However, recently, it’s been playing a lot while I’m at home so I figured I might as well write about it. I don’t know what it is about Blink 182 that makes me like this album so much, but I love it. It might be […]

FRANK TURNER – Poetry of the Deed

October 2, 2009

Born in Bahrain, the London-raised punk rock troubadour presents his third full-length album. He’s released several other solo EPs and compilations and has played in the bands Kneejerk and Million Dead as well. He plays punk rock with mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation and meaningful lyrics. The sound is similar to that of Billy Bragg. […]

LEFT ALONE – Left Alone

April 30, 2009

California 3-piece gives us their fourth full-length. Fun, upbeat punk with ska influences. Recommended if you like new-school punk and The Clash (“Sad Story” even seems to have a reference to the Clash). http://www.myspace.com/leftalonepunx http://www.leftalone.net

DUSTY RHODES AND THE RIVER BAND – Palace and Stage

April 29, 2009

Second full-length for the Californian band. They might be on the Side One Dummy label, but they’re far from your average punk band; they combine elements of folk, country, classic rock, punk, and more to create a highly enjoyable sound. They have toured with bands like Flogging Molly, Dirty Pretty Things, and Gogol Bordello. Their […]

THE RIPPERS – Why Should I Care About You?

April 27, 2009

Ripper I, Ripper II, Ripper III, and Ripper IV are from Sardinia, Italy. Their newest album (to date) packs twelve songs into thirty-three minutes of kick-ass garage punk/rock, a bit of harmonica for some added awesomeness, and Ripper IV spewing out lyrics that are difficult to decipher. They seem like the kind of guys who […]

VOX JAGUARS – Vox Jaguars EP

March 18, 2009

This is the debut EP from these four Californian boys, two of which are still in high school. They’re a very young band and have a lot of room to grow, but their first release shows them as a band that should definitely be watched. It’s fuzzy, rough around the edges, lo-fi garage/punk/rock. The singer […]

THE TAKEOVER UK – Running With The Wasters

March 17, 2009

The boys from Pittsburgh (who have a British name, sound, and album title) present their first full-length album. Upbeat rockandroll/power-pop with a bit of a punk edge makes up most of the album, with a few slower tracks as well (including one that has a noticeable country influence to it). They’re fun and seem like […]

NEW FOUND GLORY – Not Without A Fight

March 9, 2009

They’re from Florida, and have been around since the end of the 90’s. Not Without A Fight is their sixth proper studio album, following the release of Tip of the Iceberg/Takin’ It Ova!, which featured an EP billed to NFG and a full-length by NFG masquerading as the International Superheroes of Hardcore. Not Without A […]

FAKE PROBLEMS – It’s Great To Be Alive

February 26, 2009

This is the band’s third full-length album and first for the SideOneDummy label. They’re from Naples, Florida, so the comparisons to Against Me!, who are also from Naples, are inevitable. Fake Problems plays poppier punk rock than the aformentioned Against Me!. Some of their stuff has an acoustic, folk-punk influence. All in all, it’s a […]

Frank TurnerLove Ire & Song

February 4, 2009

He used to be in the English hardcore band Million Dead, but now he plays acoustic punk rock. Love Ire & Song is his second solo full-length though he has released some other EPs, a DVD, and a compilation as well. Imagine a more punk, angrier Billy Bragg and you’d have this guy’s music. http://www.myspace.com/frankturner […]

The Takeover UKIt’s All Happening

November 27, 2008

Four lads from…Pittsburgh! This is their debut EP. They are awesome. They play upbeat rockandroll that has powerpop influences and a sprinkling of punk thrown in for good measure. Great stuff. They remind me of Locksley. Spin this! http://www.myspace.com/thetakeoveruk http://www.rykodisc.com/thetakeoveruk/bio

The (International) Noise ConspiracyThe Cross Of My Calling

November 21, 2008

Their fourth studio full-length album. They’re Swedish so my review isn’t even necessary; put it on, press play, you know it’s gonna be good! But if you need more info, they play rock/pop/punk/garage-punk. Their sound is more polished on this record than it was in the past. Their guitarist is named Lars, the drummer is […]

Dead To MeLittle Brother EP

November 20, 2008

Good ol’ pop/punk from San Francisco. This is their second release; their debut, Cuban Ballerina, was released in 2006. They are fun and I like them. Good upbeat music. They are similar to their label mates of Fat Wreck Chords, which includes some of the big bands of the 90’s pop/punk scene – NOFX, Less […]

Tom GabelHeart Burns EP

November 13, 2008

Tom is the frontman for the Gainesville, Florida punk band, Against Me!. Though this is officially his first solo EP, Against Me! began as his solo project, so it’s not unfamiliar territory for him. He maintains the political and protest songs of his bands, offering commentary on the world around us. This release maintains the […]

Sebastien GraingerSebastien Grainger And The Mountains

October 29, 2008

This is his debut solo album. He is best known for his work with the drum-and-bass dance-punk duo, Death From Above 1979. He continues to play upbeat dance rock/punk on this album, but for the most part, it is less abrasive and more accessible than DFA1979. In fact, this album really rocks. It is recommended […]

The So So GlosTourism/Terrorism

October 28, 2008

They’re a quartet of young dudes from Brooklyn, and they play rock/punk/garage. The singer reminds me of The Hives’ Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist. They have a bit of a DIY/lo-fi feel to them. They are really cool but, unfortunately, the singer likes to say “fuck” so there’s not too many radio-friendly songs. Of course if you […]

Tom GabelAnna Is A Stool Pigeon single

October 23, 2008

He is the lead singer for Against Me! This is the single for his debut solo EP, Heart Burns, which comes out on October 28, 2008. The sound is different from Against Me! in that it is acoustic-guitar based, but it still has politically-charged lyrics and Tom’s trademark angry young man spoken vocals. It’s good […]

Jackson UnitedHarmony And Dissidence

October 20, 2008

Chris Shiflett has played with Foo Fighters, No Use For A Name, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and Viva Death, among other bands; this is the second album for his band Jackson United. Alt-rock with punk influences which are evidenced through the ‘political’ themes that are present throughout the album’s lyrics. Possibly if Green […]

Eddy Current Suppression RingPrimary Colours

September 12, 2008

They are from Australia and the band members have awesome names like “Rob Solid” and “Danny Current.” It’s always great when members take on names related to their band name – and even better when their musical chops are just as cool as their chosen names. And cool this band is. They play a mixture […]

Prima DonnaAfter Hours

September 10, 2008

They’re a five-piece from Hollywood. Lead singer/guitarist Kevin Preston also does guitar duty for Green Day’s side project, Foxboro Hot Tubs. Prima Donna is a glam/punk rock band, complete with dumb lyrics, big guitars, and saxophone that would make the Stones proud of the instrument’s usage in rock music. I like bands like this; they’re […]

Jaguar LoveTake Me To The Sea

September 8, 2008

Their debut; features Johnny Whitney, Cody Votolato (ex-Blood Brothers members) and J Clark (ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves). The vocalist, Johnny Whitney, continues on his Blood Brothers style of high-pitched screams, singing, screeching, and talking. The music is a less chaotic version of Blood Brothers. If you like the Mars Volta and hardcore, and want them […]

Die! Die! Die!Promises, Promises

February 6, 2008

Frantic, fast-paced rock with definite punk and hardcore influences straight outta Dunedin, New Zealand. Like a less-abrasive Blood Brothers that is easier on the ears, but still something I can’t see most people enjoying. Vocals are more spoken than sung, and reminiscent of At The Drive-In at times. http://www.myspace.com/diediedienz http://www.diediedie.net