“I`m very happy to welcome another outstanding band in our cacophonyc post punk rooster! After Synthetic ID and Cold Circuits, the Berlin based 3 piece PRETTY HURTS got my attention with their demo recordings and with this new EP they blew my mind away!
Cold, dark and icy post punk hits noisy, nervous and insanely driven punk. Disappointment, irritability, alienation, teen-angst, nightmares and hypnagogic hallucinations, packed on a 7″. Cold and bleak, but bouncing in defiance, with sporadic tinges of fear. While other bands of their ilk go for a more sullen approach, PRETTY HURTS harnesses their aggression to power through each song like a well-oiled machine.
There’s a sense of urgency and neurosis that’s ever-present throughout Escapement, which makes this one of the better EPs to surface this summer. If there was any EXPECTATION for this 7″ PRETTY HURTS can answer with a shy, cold but defining YES! get this EP or listen to the boring other stuff out there…”
“Formed in winter 2013 out of frustration at the banality of the local Vienna music scene, these three young upstarts make snotty 70’s punk into the soundtrack of their own dysfunctional lives. Now based in Berlin they’ve just released a classic of heavy thud, rotz-riffing and above all catchy P fuckin R recorded by Toby from the MODERN PETS (the other PETS guitarist Alvar now helps the boys out live giving the sound even more whallop. NEEDLE EXCHANGE play the english way of 77’Punk mix with a good dose of REATARDS KBD! Fine you may ask yourself but IS THIS MY PROGRAM? Check it out for yourself you lazy fuck and find out!”
Mastering Piss Test “EP 3” on Jonnycat Records.
Recorded by Evan “Maus” Mersky at Red Lantern Studios.
“Piss Test are an Andy Rooney-like figure in the Portland scene. Their music—a paean to the good ol’ days of proto-punk by way of Killed by Death compilations—refuses to adhere to what’s in vogue. Their subject matter, however, almost always reacts to their environment. Piss Test’sST EP2 dresses down punk superficiality with “Leather Jackets in the Heat,” while the recent PT ST EP 3 gripes against the economics and commodification of music with “Better Pay Your Publicist.” “Vegan Coffee” sneers at the tedium of monogamy and “Methamphetamine for Cocaine Prices” pokes fun at the trendiness of crank (I think). MAC POGUE”
“The Mirror Men, manned by Aksel Tórgarð on drums and Sigmund Zachariassen on vocals and guitar, is a few years old with 2011 perhaps their most prominent year, reaching second place in the Sement finals and being invited to perform at the celebrated G! Festival amongst other places.
The band’s new 7″ vinyl contains the single “Out of Tune” – a loud and thundering one – in addition to the b-side recordings of “Tea is Served” and an acoustic version of “Out of Tune.”
-It’s about making the right choice at the right moment,” says frontman Sigmund Zachariassen.”
“Debut album by London’s leading Pyschedelic Groovesters sees the band bring all their influences (The Music Machine, The Carrie Nations, The Seeds, Shocking Blue, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Os Mutantes, The Creation, Iron Butterfly, The Remains, Barry Gray, Link Wray, The Zombies, The Byrds, Pentangle, The United States of America, Silver Apples, Booker T and the MGs, The Ventures) to their music and create an album full of late ’60s references mixed with a sound that is totally unique on today’s music scene.
The beautiful tones of vocalist Ellie will bring obvious comparisons to that of Grace Slick and rightly so, whilst the band behind her bring a wealth of different instruments to the collection of songs that add more to a straight forward Jefferson Airplane link. The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Mojo Men – a wealth of Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Garage, early Rock ‘N’ Roll and Progressive Rock are all evident in making the ….Is Thinking About It album a leading contender for album of the year, certainly in the ’60’s crowd spectrum.
A string of live dates including Le Beat Bespoke and Brighton Untouchables Weekenders have raised the profile even higher.
Do you have a Magnetic Mind – you will after listening to this beauty.”
“Disco Lepers- Sophisticated Shame LP. Totally diggin the stink these guys are throwin’ out there. Like a stab in the ear, London’s most putrid, bile-spewing snotbags are back with another depraved, dose of debauchery. DISCO LEPERS continue to hit that tattered, festering vein rattling the same snotty, thunder-punk nerve as the GAGGERS eargasm to heaven. DISCO LEPERS brilliantly spew 11 rabid scuzz-punk rippers like the the nastiest elements of the Vomit Pigs, Satans Rats, The Victims, The Dickies and The Lewd while totally carrying their own sound and doing it better than most. Nasty stuff as expected here from members of THE GAGGERS and MISCALCULTIONS! As long as Terminal Gagger and Co. continue to puke out cruddy blasts of homemade genius like this, count me in! Tuff lookin’ cover art by Jackie Sudden.”
Mastering Cold Callers “Alright Girl/ Spying On Me”on Wanda Records.
Taken from Faster and Louder:
“Supergroup alert! Cold Callers feature Marco from No Front Teeth Records, The Gaggers, Miscalculations, Disco Lepers, etc. teaming up with members of Los Pepes (one of my five favorite bands of the moment!). The band recently released its debut single: “Alright Girl” b/w “Spying On Me”. I continue to marvel at how Marco can have dozens of projects going at the same time and still manage to have them all sound a little different. Cold Callers are one of the most unique bands I’ve heard in a while. Essentially they’re playing ’60s inspired jangly power pop, but there are hints of post-punk and psychedelia coming through as well. The A-side takes it back to the roots of power pop – bringing to mind early to mid ’60s Who and Brit-obsessed American garage bands like The Choir. I dig! “Spying On Me” is in a somewhat similar vein but more overtly post-punk influenced. I’d describe the mood of the song as alluringly creepy. It’s haunting yet quite beautiful. This could almost be a Miscalculations song!
All in all, this is a fantastic debut single from Cold Callers. Both songs are really sticking in my head. Get the vinyl from Wanda Records!”
“7 tracks or rock’n’roll infested hardcorepunk , with some tracks faster than others, catchy mid tempo jams and rocking licks here and there to mess your hair up. 4 new tracks plus 3 previously released as a limited-to-50 lathe cut record for Manic Relapse Fest.”
Mixing the Rhubarb Triangle “67 Guilford Street (I Feel Alright) / She’s A Demon” on Rhubarb Records.
“The second single from UK three-piece The Rhubarb Triangle. Limited to 300 copies, this double flexi disc (on red and green plastic) comes housed in a hand cut, screen-printed gatefold sleeve. “One of this years most effective, and affecting spins”. ~Shindig! Magazine, Issue #53. “A psych-rock shimmer frothing with sexual tension, otherworldly echo and good old rock’n’roll. It’s a perfectly packaged 7-inch that really does scream ‘Look At Me’! Recommended” ~Jumbo Records, Leeds.”