17 March 2022
The perfect combination for Saint Patrick’s Day
17 March 2022
The perfect combination for Saint Patrick’s Day
2 March 2022
Seems like the times never changed at all.
The masters of war still rule the world.
To hell with all the power-greedy criminals.
MASTERS OF WAR – 1963
Come you masters of war
You that build the big guns
You that build the death planes
You that build all the bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks
You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly
Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain
You fasten all the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you sit back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
While the young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud
You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins
How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
That even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do
Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul
And I hope that you die
And your death will come soon
I’ll follow your casket
By the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead
No, when it comes to war, the times didn’t change at all…
24 December 2021
Who: Noise punk tandem – Blake Bickel and Garrett Yates
from Kalamazoo, MI. – producing a percussive dissonance
that refuses to be ignored.
References: Metz, Sonic Youth, Fugazi,
and KARP among others.
More info about the band here.
If you like vociferous noise you’ll dig this two-man army and vice versa. If you
never heard of this mean manic machine than this EP featuring their 5 singles
so far is a spot-on, loud and clear introduction for your ears.
Wait. One more thing before you put your earphones on. These guys are not only
about noise. Their jams are constructed like the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral
(before the fire). Sturdy, solid, and sizable.
Characteristically for Blake Bickel and Garrett Yates is their appetite for building up
and breaking down, for throwing metallic punches, for testing your new speakers’ resilience with ruthless baritone guitar riffs and cast-iron drum diabolism, for being
Don’t miss this towering tandem, don’t miss this TOSSER collection.
Perfect to say goodbye to this surreal pandemic 2021 with a big bang.
Release the bats here…
BRONSON ARM: Facebook
24 June 2021
Artist: AB TOBLER
Who: Annapurna “AP” Tobler is a 16-year old multi-instrumentalist musician,
singer, and songwriter based in San Jose, CA. Often described as a “grunge poet.”
AP writes music with heavy riffs and complex themes, holding mental health topics
as vital influences in her songwriting. AP aims to share her experiences with anxiety
and depression by crafting songs rooted in grunge and alternative rock, with hopes
that these thematic elements will speak to listeners who are going through similar experiences.
New single: EYE FOR AN EYE
About the experience of realizing that you’re in a toxic friendship. AP uses
the song as a way of releasing the negative emotions after ending things with
her best friend. A flaming banger from her upcoming EP ‘Alternate Vision’.
Score: An Eye For An Eye rattles and rolls from the riff-driven kick-off. Full steam
ahead. Imagine Joan Jett fronting Green Day with Courtney Love in the production chair. Pretty wild, right? This thunderous corker smells like teen spirit. Open-minded, crystal grunge clear and undismayed. AP sounds cool, looks cool and plays cool. Power to the youth! Damn right!
Go nuts right here…
AP TOBLER: Facebook
Debut EP ALTERNATIVE VISION out this summer
1 June 2021
Band: EMPTY HEAD
Who: Up and coming hit team from Liege, Belgium. They cultivate the contrasts
and hold both the visceral intensity of Seattle’s grunge and the bewitching fever
of California’s desert rock. The resulting blatant firepower is then used by singer
Simon Galloy as a support for his dark and intimate lyrics, which evoke topics such
as dreams and delusion, introspection, and the anxiety of the passage of time.
EP: Self-titled 4-track debut released on 14 May.
Warning: Alert your neighbors before you press
play and Empty Head starts torturing your speakers
with these four highly turbulent haymakers.
Here we go…
COSMIC RAVE – Supersonic prog-punk-rock-hammer with schizophrenic
guitars and a smashing powerhouse finale with delirious vocals…
MIRROR – A quiet/Loud/quiet metallic(a) trip fueled by towering primal
screams and psychedelic axe riffage. Terrifying passion in motion…
HUNTED FROM BELOW – Sonic madness, mind-crushing paranoia and
muscled tumult all rolled into one mad motherrocker of an electro-shock
wallop. Queens Of The Stone Age are just around the corner…
SUFFOCATED DREAMS – Heavy mood swings fervidness going forth and back,
again with hair-raising guitars, a stairway to heaven fragment, and a sizzling singer
about to go insane. The Mars Volta meet Kyuss at the dark side of the moon…
EMPTY HEAD: Facebook
25 May 2021
Band: THE LINDA LINDAS (Los Angeles)
Who: Awesome female teen band Half Asian/Half Latinx
featuring Mila (10), Eloise (13), Lucia (14) and Bela (16) who
play together since 2018 (!) and already opened as support
act for punk icons like Bikini Kill and Best Coast.
Track: RACIST, SEXIST BOY
A song inspired by a real-life racist incident as the utterly cool
10-year old drummer Mila explains: “A little while before we went
into lockdown a boy in my class came up to me and said his Dad had
told him to stay away from Chinese people. After I told him I was Chinese
he backed away from me. So Eloise and I wrote this song based on that
The school teens premiered their new punk anthem in the Los Angeles
Public Library, which has been hosting a TEENtastic Tuesdays Series of
concerts, celebrating AAPI (that’s Asian American and Pacific Islander)
Score: This is awesome. I love this. Young kids standing up and making a
sharp-cutting, alarming statement about racism and sexism with a spot-on,
in your face, punk anthem à la Bikini Kill. This clear-cut, and totally fun, riot
grrl ripper is fueled by young spirits saying ‘move over, adults, rock and roll
belongs to the young generations, not the old ones and definitely not to
the racist ones and the sexist ones.’ You betcha!
Plug in, Lindas…
THE LINDA LINDAS: Facebook
20 May 2021
Band: THE HACIENDAS
Who: Fresh formed indie rock quartet from Manchester
New single: THE HACIENDAS
Score: Who said that guitar rock is dead? Actually, a lot of people. Actually, the ones
who never listened to guitar rock anyway and never will. Whatever. The Haciendas rattle their butts off on their new roaring ripper The Joker and prove loud and clear why guitar rock still rules. They submerge a tornado tune, as sticky as first-class glue, in an electric-powered riffs-hooks-and-licks bath, they turn up the decibels and peak with a blistering chorus. Say no more!
Guitar rock is dead! Long live The Haciendas…
THE HACIENDAS: Facebook
14 May 2021
Band: BIG TIME KILL
Who: A blazing electro-rock duo formed in Boston, back in 2014 by
multi-instrumentalist and producer Adam Schneider and his friend,
multi-instrumentalist Ben Caccia. Until now they made stormy waves
with their 2018 debut LP and two EPs.
New EP: RECOVERY
Press info: The new Recovery EP is a genre-twisting collection of songs exploring existential anxiety. Taking inspiration from eclectic industrial and electronic art-rock pioneers like Fad Gadget and Peter Gabriel, the album’s four tracks blend into a fever dream of melodic pop-influenced hooks, chaotic synths, orchestral flourishes, and mangled post-punk guitars.
Adam Schneider: “Like many, I unfortunately experienced a lot of heavy personal losses
this past year, and I found myself feeling very distraught with both life and music. This EP
was my way to finally reconnect with my love for music, and it’s ultimately about embracing being yourself and that it’s ok to feel weird or different than others.”
Turn Up The Volume: In a normal world Big Time Kill should be know wide and far.
Their massive wall-of-electro-rock-shock is titanic, overwhelming at times, served with
a gigantic gusto to blow roofs off dance floors. Steamy synths, manic guitars, big beats, and intense vocals. Add the tandem’s heart and soul passion and their spot-on views on humankind and you can figure out why BTK deserves to be know wide and far along with experts like NIN, LCD Soundsytem and The Prodigy among others.
Don’t be a shallow cliché, hip-shake
to your dreams, recover and restart.
Right here, right now.
BIG TIME KILL: Facebook
New sonic impulses…
12 May 2021
New single: HEAT – third piece from the upcoming LP
Score: After one spin it’s crystal clear. This is the best Whispering Sons song
my ears ever heard. Heat takes you by the throat from the kiss-ass kickoff.
Haunting, chilling, and catchy as bloody hell. This is a mad motherrocker with
charismatic frontwoman Fenne – vocally sounding like a female Scott Walker –
rushing as mysteriously as ever. The intensity grows slowly but surely towards
the frenzied guitar climax. Legendary post-punks Gang Of Four crossed my mind
but speeding it up like a hot rod on the run. Brilliant stuff!
The heat is on, right here…
WHISPERING SONS: Facebook
SEVERAL OTHERS out 18th June via PIAS