Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Dangits Come Alive Self Released August 2014 12" LP and Digital format

The Dangits formed in January of 2009 at Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Ft. Worth, Texas over a few fish tacos and several beers. Mike Noyes and Branden Smith were part of the vibrant Dallas music scene in the 90's; Mike in (REO) SPEEDEALER and Branden in THE SOUP. 

After years of extensive touring, both took some time off of music and met up later thru their mutual admiration for European motorcycles as members of the local 59 Club. Playing live, writing and recording is the band's chief objectives. Within a year of formation In 2010, they began recording their first batch of songs for the full length CD release “Greatest Hits Vol. I”. With that release and their growing local fan base, The Dangits were bestowed the Best New Artist Award from The Ft. Worth Weekly in 2010. Over the next few years and a few members later The Dangits were able to cultivate a strong local following along with a 7” record release in the fall of 2012.

With a solid lineup that now includes on drums Russ Genders who joined in early 2012.

The Dangits play local bills and have also played along side great touring acts such as THE SUPERSUCKERS, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, ZEKE, AGAINST THE GRAIN, THE DWARVES, DIXIE WITCH, THE MURDER JUNKIES, ELECTRIC FRANKENSTEIN, THE HOOKERS, GUTTERMOUTH and THE QUEERS to name a few but to them, a show is a show and bring the same intensity for the music, a blistering live performance and a sense of fun knowing that this is all just for shits.

Few bands actual play real rock and roll these days. The Dangits do! These boys play the ever loving shit of rock and roll and they do it the only way it is supposed to be done, Loud, Loud, and Loud! This new 12" LP is no exception to their tried and true formula of playing loud, fast, hard rock and roll. If you're a pussy, this isn't the record for you. If you like to wear your sisters pants, step back this album isn't for you. 

If you dig drinking beer and rocking the fuck out, this is your god damned record right here!
3 spins in and this record is still kicking my ass so hard I can't even make a solid sentence that doesn't include the phrase "rock the fuck out" I'm kicking my self in the ass for not living in the DFW so I can throw my hard earned debits as these dudes every time they step foot on a stage.

Point of story - this is a damn good record - don't be a fuck - go buy it! 
listen to it here - click the link - give these guys your money. 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Officer Down - Dead Lands - Released July 2014 on TNS Records

Leo  here with Podunk Radio to review Officer Downs newest album Dead Lands. 

I'd like to start out by letting you know these guys are a 3 piece Melodic/Hardcore Punk Trio from Evesham England but if no one would have told me they were from the UK,  I would have thought they were from Chicago all day because they're right up my alley!

 Dead Lands  was put out through TNS Records, its Officer Down's 4th  release following their last ablum entitled "Thrown To The Water" which was reasleased in sept of 2012, check it out when you get the chance.You can also hear these guys on the latest comp from Willful Wreckords entitled "Willful Wreckords Presents Music For The Sonic Skitzoid" which was just put out earlier this year.

Anyway Back to their DEAD LANDS album for now.

THE ALBUM IS SICK! It has all the key elements I personally look for in a melodic hardcore punk band, crisp punchy guitar work complimented by a smooth bass with great tonality (what are you playing through dude an Ampeg?) and relentlessly fast intricate drumming with Gang vocals in all the right places. This is definitely a must hear band for 2014! If you like Strike Anywhere,Leftover Crack,Bad Religion, Morning Glory,Dead To Me,The Swellers,The Revision Plan or Rule 22 You'll love Officer Down!

Track one is the self titled track of the album right off the bat these guys tell you what they're all about. "Bring on tomorrow and hope for the change that we all strive for, Tomorrows a different day" kinda says it all in my opinion.This song is filled with cool tempo changes, Hard hitting drumming,Big Gang vocals, head bobing palm mutes and of course strong lead guitar riffs and bass lines. I was totally taken back when I put this on today as soon as the first words of this song were belted out I was consumed by memories of scene I was a part of a few years ago that has long sense faded away. All the instruments in this song come out super clean and the vocals are spot on. Overall I liked this song alot.

When Ghost Of Blackened Days came on I thought I'd stumbled upon an unrealsed BSide from Strike Anywhere. G.O.B.D definitely picks up the tempo and has very Strong Back up vocals. This song would easily be fun to pit or crowd surf to. And once again a very strong sense of comradery is felt in this song, I mean the opening line of the chourus is "We're All In This Together" and you kinda get that feeling like hell yeah we are! G.O.B.D has really clean stops and starts and smooth transitions in between the verse,chorus and bridge parts. I'd just like to point out that about 2 minutes  into this song theres a slow build up to bass drop that is followed by a pretty sick guitar melody that carries the song to it's inevitable end but the reason I bring this up is because thats not easy to do!...acutally its not easy to do well and these guys pulled it off without a hitch.  Good Song!

Short and sweet just the way I like it! This song is all of but a minute long and hits you with the quickness like a classic 80's hardcore song. Melodies linked up with fast drumming strong gang vocals and cool title make me a happy dude. This song kicks ass and if you're there when they play it live so will you.

Pull The Last Punch
First off this song is fast pretty much right out of the gates which I really liked! Theres just something about that galloping drum beat that whips people into a frenzy when your at a show. This song is super uplifting as well,"From the start you will lay your weapons down. A slave to your past.Sit back and watch yourself burn up, All you get is ashes." Really hit home with me. Gang vocals of course  were sick. Also the time changes in between parts are super clean and really pull you into this song and what it's all about. Theres also a very brief but sweet break down in this song also. I'd say over all this song rocks!

Has an Ambient  intro into a neck stapping hard punk rock style that I haven't come across since Much The Same was still playing shows! The fact that all the lead and back up vocal parts are super spot on,Harsh yet also very clear combo'd with a catchy chorus leads me to believe this song is sure to do very well both live and on the album. 

Light The Torches
Is one of those songs you hear at the show and as soon as it starts you immediatly punch your neighbor in the face and start the pit. Needless to say this song is full of that UK Evesham style and energy we've all come to know and respect or at least me through hearing this album. Unite and fight is the main message I got from "Light The Torces" Once again its super fast, gang vocals are spot on and the guitar and bass parts are massive...When are these guys coming to the state???

Stray Dogs
Is one of those songs with super fast verse parts with that 2 second pause in between which is just enough time to do something cool in the pit before the beat picks back up again. Theres also a plethera of cool break downs in this song. A definite crowd pleaser, Officer Down even put a very well thought out slow building bridge part in the song that speeds back up into a highspeed chase, like if you slow down you may just get trampled to death by the people behind you type feel if you know what I mean?Definitely a strong song on this album.

Waiting On This
This song gave me that upper Michigan Melodic Hardcore feel forsure! And if you've been to a show or two up that way you know what I mean!  Those guys go hard and apparently so does Officer Down! This track is catchy and hard. They even snuck in a harder throw down type break down towards the end over all I'd say this is a good song.

Stay Your Hand
Is Both a lyricly and musicly up lifting song. The guitar, bass and drum parts are pretty sick too theres alot of stops and starts. Everythings got really solid tone and oh yeah the gang vocals are spot on but what else is new? The split between the lead and rhythm guitar parts are super sick but I don't see how it can be done live but I'd love to. If Sunset on 32nd street and the To the World by Strike Anywhere had a baby that baby would totally hangout with this song. Over all I like it.

Haunt These Streets
The Last song of the album. It seems like Officer Down picked it for a reason....It's really good and very different from all the other songs on the album. They really whiped it out and threw it on the table with this one the drums are Punchier, Fast The guitar and bass parts are bigger and man oh man the lead singer killed it on this one. "Haunt These Streets" is definitely a great anthem to end on for this album. Because from what I can tell Officer Down isn't going away anytime soon. Each album these guys put out gets better and better each time I listen to them.

Speacial Thanks to PoDunk Radio for Letting me Review this album
- Leo Sanders

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Soto St. - Lies - Released June 2014 B.H.J. Records

The Orange County Skate Punk scene was vastly improved back in 2011 when Soto St. formed. Influenced by heavyweights such as Adolescents, Social Distortion, The Parasites and more, Soto St. blend the sounds of their influences quite well.

Lies is a follow up the their 2012 release GO!, which was a stand up album in it's own rights.

Soto St. have a fast-paced, aggressive style, typical of southern California hardcore skate punk. The band consists of Jeff - Voxxx/insults,  
Dane - guitar/vox/ intensity, Pat - Percussive beatdown, Cody - Groove smashing. Lies is 10 track, full length that fucking rocks out no mater what angle you check it from. Lies asks a lot of good questions that need a lot of better answers. The only real issue I have with this album is that I don't feel it is loud enough. - I keep turning this fucker up but i can't get it to be loud enough. I love how Jeff's vocals keep dipping in and out of Mike Nessness throughout the album. If you need a good album to have playing while you skate or hang our with your buds drinking beer in the backyard while charring the meat of a critter this is the album.  It's a great album - I can listen to it on repeat all day and not get bored with it - and I think that makes an album worth it's dollar value. Check it out here and grab a copy for yourself. Stand out tracks for me are Police Brutality, Johnny Law, Going Nowhere, and Two Party System. Regret is the track that everyone will most easily identify with - let's face it - we all have it Jeff just put it into the right words. 

Bottom Line - Great album  ☆☆☆☆1/2 of these stars


Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Fuckers - The Last Album Before We Change Our Name And Sell Out - Released on Blank Face Records - May 17, 2014

The claim is that this is the most fun band in Chicago. Its been a while since I've been to Chicago, but I'm willing to bet that this assertion is probably the most true thing I've read so far this year.

I've enjoyed the hell out of these guys for years now and naturally jumped at the chance to review their newest release The Last Album Before We Change Out Name And Sell Out, which shall henceforth be referred to as TLA...  due to it being too fucking long to repeatedly type - thanks Fuckers! 

The Fuckers are two dudes named Mark, a guy named Phil, and a Luke, just like in the bible, and just like in the bible, these guys know how to drink beer, fart, and day dream about one day getting a righteous piece of ass.... Just like in the bible.. All hail the Flying Spaghetti Jesus.

Being familiar with this band and their lyrical content I couldn't wait to get to my office today and crank this thing up for my unsuspecting coworkers. I got the response I had been hoping for, a proper mixture of disgust, revulsion, and noticeable looks of disdain from pretty much everyone around. Score point one! Okay, headphones on now, fuck the top-buttoners around here - I have work to do and this is just the kind of music to get work done to. This album is so good it can make scraping dog shit off the bottom of your shoe fun.

TLA.. starts off as a vulgarity laden assault to common decency and finishes much in the same way.  9 tracks, 19 minutes. Just enough time to beat off, clean up and eat that burrito you were warming up in the 7-Eleven microwave. Thanks for the memories Ashoka. TLA... really takes off on track 4 I'm in a Band, Do you Wanna Fuck Me. Rarely has a band written a more honest song and rarely has this actually ever worked for any band - ever. Give Us $$$ continues on with the rockstar mentality theme, I seriously hope these kids didn't genuinely expect to get slathered in cash and poontang when they aspired to be punk rockers. Has Glen Danzig taught them nothing? Mark's Magic Dick is another standout track mainly for the speedy little guitar riffs and vocals that sound like they were forced through a throat that had just been burnt.

Wagon Wheel follows suit in terms of speed and vocal smoothness, lyrically, I'm not sure what the fuck is happening, I just know I need a stiff drink.

The closing track on this album is one that I can most relate to, being that I was raised in a home  that attended the great Southern Fire & Brimstone "Let's bring on the Apocalypse!!" churches. I was promised an apocalypse! Jesus Ate Christmas, bring it the fuck on!!!

All-In-All this is one great fucking album! Rumor has it the album title is actually a true story, these guys plan to cease being the Fuckers. I'll grant you a moment to tear up or cum in your sock or whatever your need to do..

Its seems the Marks, the Phil, and the Luke were visited by an angel that told them that if they ever expected to get pussy from being in a band they needed to start a Gospel Quartet because church pussy is the best pussy because them girls are more comfortable on their knees.

Anywho! As usual, don't take my word for it - give this bitch a listen and grab a copy for yourselves and be sure to check the Fuckers out before they are gone for good.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mongrel - Evolution - To Be Released on Unable Records - May 20, 21014 on iTunes and June 3, 2014 everywhere else.

Mongrel is a female fronted aggressive rock band based from the Boston, MA area. Consisting of Adam Savage on  guitar, Jessica Sierra on  vocals, Michael Ariza on  bass, and Mike "Hoagie" Hogan on drums. Their sound is predominately metal, but has a hint of punk and good old fashioned rock that polishes a bit of the edge off, this otherwise aggressive sound. I have a couple of their earlier releases and can honestly say that they still appear regularly in my personal playlists. I've seen it debated often whether they are more metal than punk, more punk than metal or more rock than either. Truth is, when they make music this damn good, what the fuck does it matter what label you slap on it? These kids have been dubbed the hardest working band in Boston, in Massachusetts, in all of New England, they've won countless awards back to back and it's easy to see (hear) why. Hell we dug these guys so much we featured their track Declamation on our first compilation back in 2011. Their 2012 release Reclamation was a 12 track masterpiece and now that I'm sitting here listening to Evolution, I am simply blown away - These kids outdid themselves by miles. So say that they saw what they wanted and reached out and took it is an understatement. The production quality on Evolution is amazingly good. It was recorded by Jim Foster, mixed by Dave Fortman, and mastered by Howie Weinberg. These guys don't work with just anybody, they work with real talent.

Jessica's vocals range from angry to haunting throughout this release while maintaining that ultra sexy feminine rasp that I dig so much. Adam can really rock that guitar and make it do anything he damn well wants it to do while Michael and Mike hold it all in place on bass and drums.

Go ahead and preview the first track Snakes - while I tell you how good the rest of the album is.

Track 2 Oxygen Mask pretty much sums up how indefinite things are. "Uncertainty's forever, not diamond rings" this is a great song with a great message - at least what I took from it - live for today, reach for your goals, don't let a damn thing stop you. - I might be off the mark - but I'm a firm believer that all lyrics are subjective and mean what the listener perceives them to mean.

Track 3 Consumed has a nice quick pace to it, the guitars pretty much gallop along and Jessica's vocals really shine out on this one.

Tracks 4 and 5 Best Revenge and Over and Over are to me where Mongrels Punk/Metal hybridization really steps up front and center -

All in all this is a great fucking album. It hits all the right spots and can easily be set on repeat for a few hours without getting boring or sounding like you're just listening to the same album over and over. It's easy to slip into this one. Big props to these kids and congratulations to them for signing with Unable Records.

Be looking out for this album or suffer the panic that may set in when you realize it's too late to get a copy.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Timmys - Sangamon County Minefield 2012 - Self Release

Springfield is notorious for putting out neat little punk bands. Each poured in the same manner into the same mold. You know the kind the bands that are all up in your face non stop all the damn time. Kinda like that tiny, yapping, annoying ass furry think your girlfriend calls a dog. And then.. And then there's The Timmys. The Timmys are more like the guy that shows up to the party just to stand around like they don't want to be at the party but wind up becoming the party.

The Timmys are Brandon, Robbie, Tyler, Ian, & Gary. That's it.
Really, these kids have facebook, twitter, myspace, soundcloud, and a bandcamp and their names are all the information you can publicly find about them aside from their releases. And you know what? After listening to these guys you realize you don't need to know anymore about them at all.
I first heard about The Timmys on twitter - they were tagged in a post from some band about a show they had coming up so I figured I should look into them. I got hold of their 2010 release That'll Do and was instantly hooked. Are they Pop Punk? No. Are they Hardcore? No. They are just Punk Punk - the kind of punk that NOFX used to be. Party Punk - The kind of punk you want played at your house show. The kind of punk that has really a really tight composition, more than just three cords and asinine lyrics. OK, well, they have asinine lyrics. 

Enough chit chat - let's get to the business at hand.

Sangamon County Minefield is a 12 track full length that the Timmys released back in 2012.

Kicking off with with a track clocking in a a buck and quarter titled Nutshell, The Timmys set about quickly letting you know they know how to rock. The rhythm section is tight, the lead guitar is on spot and the vocals reek of young punk. Throughout the album they prove that harmonies aren't that hard to pull off. The whole album is track after track of well, oiled, properly channeled punk rock with the right mix of anger, idiocy, and crunchy guitars. It's difficult for me to analyze this album on a track by track basis as this is one of those releases that works so well as a whole. I will tell you that Life is a Game, IOU, Premature Intoxication, and Sangamon County Minefield are all stand out tracks very worthy of an EP release on vinyl.
I can't like this album enough and I think it is well worth your time and your 10 bucks.

Check it out for yourself and tell me if you agree, More importantly click the links at the bottom of this review and tell the band what you thought. AND more importantly than that - if you're in or near the Springfield, IL area get out and see these guys play live- they seem to like playing live more than releasing albums (they tend to have a 2 year gap between releases) Main Point of this review is this. 

and is highly deserving of your time, respect and money.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

UGLYBoNES - Wrong Goods EP Review Self Released January 2014

If the ominously plunking bass opening the title track to UGLYBoNES’ (their pretty particular about the casing of their name)  latest EP isn’t enough to get you interested, you my friend, are a straight-up fuck. This Chicago area 4 piece act never fail to bring justice to the term “punk”. It’s what these kids do. At a buck-twenty per song, this 5 track EP is just what you need when you’re getting ready to go out and fuck shit up. I follow these guys on facebook and for the most part their daily lives seem pretty humdrum and average - they put off an air of “regular guy” then they get in the studio and each morph into their own versions of Mr. Hyde. These guys are insane in their music - to say they play with ferocity is such an understatement. Wrong Goods is definitely their most polished  release to date, in terms of writing, performing, engineering and mastering. 

This EP seems to take a darker tone than their previous releases - all of which stand up very well. 

So here I am, sitting in the dark, the only light source being my computer monitor and the flashing green and red of the EQ on my soundboard listening to this EP on repeat and gaining more and more respect for UGLYBoNES with each passing minute. 

Wrong Goods immediately sets a dark mood and then front man LV opens his throat and us know how sick he is of her/him/us. The track bleeds out into Failed Attempt - Jesus Christ, these kids are pissed and suddenly I want to go seek out anyone that ever told me   wasn't good enough and punch them in the throat! Jerkin’ It pretty much describes every Tuesday for me, laying around stoned with my left hand in a bag of chips and my right hand on my dick - I am beginning to think these guys work for the NSA. About halfway through Where It Ends I have to ask myself why the dumb bitch is still around - kick a bitch to the curb already! Fuck! This track puts certain co-workers in mind. Co-workers that really just need to die. And then we roll into the final track Basement. I've been following this band since 2011’s 180 Proof EP and Basement pretty much tells me everything I have learned and inferred about this band. They dig house shows, they love audience interaction and communication but they are smart enough to know when you’re feeding them bullshit, they aren't here to fuck around, they are here to rock your face off, end of story. 

Everything about this band is right. The guys fit together and really shows in Wrong Goods. This EP has the feel of a band that has learned and grown from one another over the years and have hit that level of maturity in their career to write and perform really fucking great music. May the deity of your choice bless these kids for years to come.

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