Jul 28, 2016

WHIPPER Shit Love 7inch EP

     Like with what it seems with many Australian bands nowadays, Whipper are made up from some dudes from other bands (this time it's Cuntz, Bits of Shit and a couple others) forming yet another bad ass unit.
     Motor City via Melbourne street sleaze strut and Telecaster splattering garage rock/proto-punk riffin' get things off on the right foot and straight into in a dangerous place to be on "Shit Love." Oozing the Aussie swagger of Hoss and Powder Monkeys but sounding like their own thing, the swamp thick bass driven "White Glove" is a bloody lunged raver of a tractor trailer careening recklessly through mountain roads proportions. By the time the pummeling "Chase The Rainbow" declares "Drop Out Of High School" it's like being surrounded by an crowd of angle dusted bikers leaving you no other choice than to do exactly that.
aarghtrecords.bigcartel.com

Jul 26, 2016

NUMBSKULL ACTION Action & Reaction Cassette

 
     Numbskull Action are from Woking, Surrey. There's only two things I know about the place. One is that it was the first place the Martians decided to land in The War Of The Worlds. The other is that is where the Jam were from.
     For the latter, the comparisons stop after citing that both are trios with a penchant for songs of the 60's. The former though it is like they were beamed down to earth by waves emanating from Planet X. They were sent, if not to cause mayhem and panic, to at least destroy and annoy.
     Recorded live on a 4 track, the lo-fi crud licks the goo that oozes out of a corroded trashcan that sits in Supercharger's back alley on lunkheaded smashers like "Bad Advice (It's Not Nice)" and "I Don't Know Your Name". "It's Alright (If You Wanna Fight)" could probably send Billy Childish searching for earplugs while shouting "This is too loud and way ridiculous."
    When the band takes a break from desecrating Chuck Berry's grave (even though he's not dead yet) by mangling primitive rock-n-roll chugs and using a third chord only begrudgingly, their cutting bubblegum with buzzsaws with "Nothing Lost" and fashioning them into shivs or, like on "4 On 1" and "TV Commercial", writing some barking answer songs to a world that didn't know Oblivians needed any.
     Needless to say, this has lately become the soundtrack in the beat up, rust bucket of a van that I drive ONLY to work and back. Send these guys some money because I don't think they can hold down job because they're keeping busy with bathing in cheap beer and irritating the neighbors.
noteenrecords.blogspot.co.uk

Jul 19, 2016

HONEY Love Is Hard LP


      When hearing the names Psychic Ills and Amen Dunes, I usually think of laid back cats who listen to the third Velvet Underground record as church service and always wondering how high it takes to get Spacemen 3 high. Y'know, something shaggy for sure and a with a laid back sway most definitely.
     Opening track "Monk" (see above) quickly throws such assumption out of the window though. A battering thwack of sound, the song is quite akin to an agitated Volcano Suns crammed into a barbed wire lined pen and being poked at with sharp sticks. Next thing you know they've broke free, cranked up "Taking A Ride", stolen your car and seeing how well the suspension holds up as they aim straight into some molten pit. That kind of hair whippin' rock action/bad scene celebrating permeates like the skunkiest of bud on the record's closer "White City" too but instead of a kicked in the face boogie it's a freaky metallic moldering.
     For anyone out there awaiting another wave of RAWK bands Love Is Hard may be, thankfully to these ears, a bit askew. While a song like "White Noise" may have a fist pumpin' foundation and an orgy of wah-wah happening, it sounds like they'd be more inclined to kick holes in the monitors than they would be putting a foot on top of them and striking a pose so people can check out their crotch. Also, when the band takes off into a space trip like on "Born" and "Comes Down", the re-entry back to this atmosphere is rough and fiery.
http://thebandhoney.blogspot.com

Jul 14, 2016

Port Huron's Getting Bloody and Raw in August

Smashin' Transistors is freakin' pleased to announce an evening of thrills and chills on Saturday, August 13th at Port Huron's SchwonkSoundStead.

Photo by Maddie McGarvey

Heavily bowled over by the hot wired and high energy sounds of Detroit, Ohio's Bloody Show rumble like the MC5 and rattle like Death. Chrome plated rock licks and punk rock patina is all over the sound of this trio and already broke again right after payday belting of bassist Jah Nada really has something to say.


 Read our take on Bloody Show's EP Root Nerve.

To say that Raw Pony sound feral would be an understatement. Feral animals just have claws and teeth to attack with. These Ohio ladies have guitars and volume and sound like they listened to Gories records played on razor wire instead a stylus! Some consider the band's sound garage rock but they're more like a building engulfed in flames.
    


Read our take on Raw Pony's 7inch "Bo Diddley."

Though Screen Names are from the local area they sound like they were raised on the corner of Minor Threat and My Bloody Valentine. Hot off the heels of a gig that they'll have played earlier in the day at Brobecue, they'll set the night off with aural M-80's.


Though this show is "free" don't be a skinflint. Toss some bucks into the collection plate and buy some of the band's stuff when you get there.

Check the events page at ye ol' book of face for the latest developments.

Jul 2, 2016

Smashin' Podsistors: There's Sure A Lot Of Songs About Being Seventeen

     For this17th episode of the Smashin' Transistors fake radio/pretend mixtape we didn't play any of them. Instead, dig new sounds from CCR Headcleaner, Bloody Show, Lumpy & the Dumpers, Honey, the Wireheads, Mountains and Rainbows, In School, 75 Dollar Bill, Zig Zags, Useless Eaters and more.
     Hear some goodies from awhile ago like the Dwarves, T Rex, Flying Saucer Attack, The Triumphs and the Exploding Hearts too.
     Along with a few other tasty treats!