Archives for the month of: May, 2012

The War Goes On-“This Shitty Life” EP (NDA 006)

“This record has taken quite awhile to see the light of day, but as always, it was worth the wait. For those of you who know the demo this will be no big surprise but there are a few things changed here. First off we have an additional guitar track added, it has been re-mixed by Lasse Ballade at Planet-X, and has been properly mastered for vinyl by Hajji Husayn. The three songs on this are seething with depression and rage which comes off great with the raw delivery of the band. The closest thing I can compare TWGO to is Ronni’s last band No Hope for the Kids but less melodic, and without every song being about war, . There is a distinct introspective element to the lyrics for sure. Another great band from K-town with members of all the bands you already like. This record was also done with limited hand-made covers. Thanks to the band for playing a great record release show here in Hamburg!

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Rarely does an unsolicited emailing of tracks from Europe even raise an eyebrow but No Accent and Pick A Line really knocked us over. Expertly tight catchy drumming, cold as ice monotone pitch perfect post-punk vocals and a rhythm section that would make James Brown mush-mouthier with jealousy. Sorta sounds like “Mesh & Lace” MODERN ENGLISH playing CRISIS covers but with smarter lyrics. We heard a rumor that DIÄT formed with the sole (and lofty) purpose of playing with TOTAL CONTROL in Berlin, where they’re from. I could believe the story since 2/3 of the band are actually Australian but I choose not to because the songs are too good to be so casual about. This band will do great things starting now.
ILR is proud to debut this power trio to the world.



Review in Maximum Rock and Roll May 2012 :


This band is from Berlin but if you told me they were from Milwaukee, I would believe you. They play crisp, clear, melodic, thoughtful punk along the lines of RED DONS and the OBSERVERS. There’s something about it that reminds me of a more punk SMOKING POPES as well, which is not a bad thing. Bands like these can be a dime in a dozen, but BLANK PAGES gives it something extra and stands out from the pack. Maybe it’s their knack for a pop hook, their superior songwriting skills or the badass drum fills (I’m a drummer – I live for these things). I don’t know. What I do know is that there are four songs on here and they all fuckin’ rule. Get it. (GH)
(Taken by Surprise)”



Yes, that’s right, I’ll be out on tour with thee Spivs. Come out and say hi at one of these fine shows.

This coming week Thee Spivs extensive European tour kicks off in Antwerp supporting Rocket From The Tombs.

Here is the full list of dates…

Wednesday 9th – Trix – Antwerpen – Belgium

Thursday 10th – DB’s – Utrecht – Netherlands

Friday 11th – Pacific Parc – Amsterdam – Netherlands

Saturday 12th – De Vinger – Den Haag – Netherlands

Sunday 13th – The Move – Arnhem – Netherlands (Afternoon show)

Sunday 13th – Charlatan – Gent – Belgium (Evening show)

Monday 14th – Ramones Museum – Berlin

Tuesday 15th – Hafenklang – Hamburg – Germany

Wenesday 16th – The Tube – Dusseldorf – Germany

Thursday 17th – Wild At Heart – Berlin – Germany

Friday 18th – Immerhin – Wurzburg – Germany

Saturday 19th – Sonic Ballroom – Koln – Germany

One notable change to the tour is that the show in Groningen has now change to Den Haag.

See you at the shows!

As it’s been rumoured I’ll be playing with thee Spivs. Catch us this friday at the Horatia!

Also playing will be the Ricky C Quartet which will be the record release show for their 1st and brand new 7″ (No Front Teeth Records) also mastered here.

Click here for the facebook event with map and details.




Mastering another new 7″ for Mother’s Children.

They will also be on European tour throughout May with Mondo Ray, another wonderful band mastered here.





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