COOL MUSIC spring/summer 2014
I wrote this for Nuts! #14 but turns out there’s no room fo it! So here ya go.
NUTS! #14 out July 25th!
New S.H.I.T. 7” on Iron Lung Records is really good. I’ll show you a stagedive during “Nobody Knows Anybody.” - For real - the last time I saw S.H.I.T. play that song I dove hard, straight in to the concrete floor. I knocked myself out and fractured my shoulder ha! The A side, “This is Hell” on the ASPECTS OF WAR 7” is insane! A soul stomper for sure! The other songs are cool too, but ASPECTS OF WAR knew the hit goes on side A! From London, GOOD THROB, have a LP out called Fuck Off. The vocals and lyrics are awesome. I know what they’re saying when in “Mummy I’m Ugly,” she’s yelling, “Friday night on payday I’m starting to feel good / ten gin and tonics I’m feeling supersonic / reach out for someone to tell them the good news / but I spoke too soon / I see my face reflected in a spoon / and It’s mummy I’m ugly.” But my favorite track on the album is “No Taste.” The build up to the chorus feels triumphant. Like, “Hell yeah I’ve got no taste!” Jason from BLOTTER bought a big bag of Tootsie Pops so that before his band played he would eat a blue one and then during their set while he was singing he could stick out his tongue and it would be blue. But in actuality, I think Jason bought the lollipops because he likes candy. Why is the BLOTTER 7” called Under Armour ’77? Whatever it means, this record rocks! It’s muddled and intense - but makes you feel fucked up - but it’s still punk hardcore rock’n’roll. DAMAGES from LA have a new EP called Reality Disease and my song on it is “What’s Left For Us.” Damn it’s so good. It’s punk, sad and catchy. I feel it.
CRAZY SPIRIT’s new demo is awesome. They’re so unique and the new songs further the sound of music into future punk expression, in a way that I want to be a part of, ya know? And their lead singer sounds like a baby pirate. Cream of the Crop is a cool tape comp made by Best Before 84 from Portland, Oregon. So many great bands, and lots of them contribute to this tape with previously unreleased songs. It’s got big huge plastic packaging with a punk-ass hand-screened colorful poster inside! LA’s got the coolest tapes right now. The new BLAZING EYE tape is deep and tough. Not for wimps. There’s a song where it sounds like he’s yelling, “I Will Kill You I will kill you I will kill you!” The TOZCOS tape is great too. It’s bouncy and urgent. The parts that make up the songs are thoughtful and interesting. LA is the coolest also because of GRIMA, DAMAGES, SADICOS, and now GUN OUTFIT! GUN OUTFIT has a cool new tape too. Keeping it real forever with mellow jams that are stoned, soulful and groovy. Like sitting in a rowboat in an algae filled pond just drifting around in the sun, smoking weed and watching fish.