The first new album in 15 years from ska punk powerhouse Suicide Machines dropped on Friday! It’s really fuckin good! Been stoked on the single Awkward Always which is a solid ska track takin me back to the 90’s. Yet again these guys are one of the bands who most remind me of Op Ivy because it’s ska punk with a message. There’s a few straight punk (not ska at all) tracks that are fuckin gnarly. My stand out track is Babylon of Ours, just a message and organ driven ska banger. I can’t wait till there’s a record store open to buy a copy. Note to future readers: March through April 2020 we’re on lockdown for a pandemic but at least there’s great music to soundtrack the real time societal collapse. So stream this shit loud and hopefully we all make it till we can see em tour
– C Fish
RVA hard core band Ghouli just sent their lates EP entitled Nothing against my desk this week. This was my first hearing of them. And holy shit it’s gnarly! Amazing female led hard core that rocks like F Minus and Witch Hunt. The breakdowns and instrument work is amazing! I’m stoked to have heard this band and hope to catch em live some time. Follow em and band camp and blast it loud!
– C Fish
Anti-Flag’s now album 20/20 Vision dropped today. Most who know me kniw I haven’t shut up about this album since I knew it was coming out and heard the the singles repeatedly. So yeah, I’m stoked! Let’s start with it’s fuckin amazing! It opens up with a ripper of a track Hate Conquors All. A tale of where America presently is. The intensity continues through It Went Off Like a Bomb and Christian Nationalist. From here it gets hopeful with 20/20 Vision followed by the rallying cries of Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down, Unbreakable( ’cause we fuckin are) and We Are The Disease. After this we turn it up to 11 with A Nation Sleeps followed by You Make Me Sick, which is an amazing break up with your oppressor song. Next track is Un-American which questions what is un-American set to an Americana folk sound (I’m sure Woody Guthrie os dancing to this in paradise). The albun closes with Resistance Frequencies, a ska punk track displaying the band’s undeniable Clash influence and serves as our call to arms to stop the ball resist this dystopian state of reality. So play this loud enough for your whole block to hear! Also get a hard copy as the liner notes are amazing just like every Anti-Flag album.
Bad Religion dropped their latest a week ago. Age Of Unreason. Quite the apt title. Much like True North this moves at the quick pace of their older releases. This album is fuckin solid front to back. I’ve been stoked on each listen. I know a number of people botched about the first single Kids Are Alt-Right. Well that’s the punk puritans or dumb motherfuckers in the alt-right So who cares? Buy and stream this loud enough for the neighbors to sing along!-C Fish
The A-F Records debut from Pittsburgh Punx Late Comer dropped today. Thoughts like a buzz bomb of straight ahead punk! The vocals sound like a cross breed of Propagandhi and Hot Water Music combined with pulse pounding music. Stream and buy this one! Punk ain’t fuckin dead!
Millencolin’s new album dropped last week. Another solid release from these skate punk veterans. Not as heavy on social commentary as True Brew. It’s more the feel of classic Millencolin though these guys have never put out a bad album. This is still on their home label of Epitaph Records. The title track would be at home on any Punk O Rama comp. So pick this one up or stream it at your skate sessions. More proof that punk is becoming great again.
Tellin ya bout an awesome local record store. Toxic Toast in Long Beach, CA. They sell an amazing amount of punk and ska vynil. The store also specializes in rare and first pressings, particularly Japanese. Owner Andy actually takes a couple painstaking trips each year to Japan to dig up good shit. Also they have some amazing pins. Both sled made And known good stuff. And not living local is no excuse to not check em out. They have a website, Facebook and Instagram.
The new Specials’ album came across my desk and I was excited as a ska fan. So excited that I was let down actually. This one kinda falls flat. The music is barely ska and kinda uninteresting. The lyrics are so on the nose that it sounds more like angry teenage liberal social media posts. This is upsetting as I recall this band being quite clever and musically innovative. Maybe age caught up to em. The 4 year recording process sounds more like a knee jerk recording circa NOFX’s Bush era records. No I didn’t quite dig it.
Alice Bag who is already a legend in the LA punk scene has a new album out entitled Blueprint. Of course this came across my desk. The whole thing is solid. There’s the gnarly riot grrl track 77 which features Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill. Also White Justice which is an amazing protest track that sounds more like something out of a musical. These decades later Alice Bag still has it! Get a copy of this and turn it up!
The first publishing from long time punk site punkonline.co.uk came across my desk. It was a great read packed with a large amount of info from the pioneers of anarcho punk. This book consists of interviews with the bands covering their founding andbthe road to these seminal debut albums such as Crass’s Feeding of the 5000 and Subhumans day the country died. It was freaking great. 20 years ago when I got into punk those were 2 of my first albums. It also covers Zounds and Icons of Filth. The book is fairly cheap or free to read on Kindle unlimited. So get a fucking copy already and read it. Also do be kind enough to review it on Amazon. It means a lot to the author and bands who put this time capsule together for us.