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Gutter poet: Mick Neely, Graves reviewed

Mick Neely – Tiger King The original, famed, US, and UK punk-contingent used to hint at violence while performing their three-chord blitz-rock to a terrified audience. The Birthday Party and the Pop Group performed their music while audaciously suggesting violence…
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Drastic Park - Work of Art (Review)

It’s the pathway of most pop-punk bands to one day, hopefully, after a few fun-filled records, try their hands at more serious subject matters. Usually, they lean towards goth acts like the Cure for inspiration.  That only makes sense since Robert Smith’s…
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Terror power-pop: New music reviews - September 2020

Pseudo Cool – Wrong 1977 power chords, fast beats, and lyrics about daily struggles are the punk rock formula that has never really been bettered as far as many are concerned. Pseudo Cool pour their impressions of the local dating scene into a two-chord ditty a la…
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In Theaters Friday - Lightly (Review)

Pop music has always been the more willing to please relative to rock in all of its various incarnations. Most often, when handled superficially, it leads to jingles, poor imitations, or, at best, a quickly outdated fad. When done right, it’s one of life’s most…
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All In the Nothing - It's Killing Me (Review)

With quirky vocals reminiscent of John Lydon in his Sex Pistols days, and a riff plucked right out of the 1970s, All in the nothing sound like Punk rock purists. And, if there’s any doubt, check out the guitar solo, a pure exercise in distorsion and blues scale…
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Gay Baseball - Gingerette (Review)

If they were hiring actors for a punk-rock version of the Monkeys, and only needed two members, they might as well get the folks from Gay Baseball. That’s in no way a criticism on their overall abilities. Rather, while they do sound as lo-fi as you can get without…
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Our Escape - Stolen Desire (Review)

“I would rather choke than eat your bread” seems to be the mantra of post-hardcore single Stolen Desire. The architects of this monument to righteous protest, Our Escape, sound like a modern Refused whose “Shape of Punk to come” defined the sound of an era. In…
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Cold Weather Kids - Sorry For Yourself (Review)

The Los Angeles quartet, Cold Weather Kids, are emo optimists, folks who outgrew a tiny world, and toxic environment. Sorry for yourself is a tune about a person looking to use their hardships as a tool to manipulate others. Musically it’s energic, it contains big…
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Nice Try kid - Gray (Review)

Every skater/pop-punk kid has to grow up eventually and face some of the more uncomfortable questions about life. Nice Try Kid sound like they’re going through one of those states. And, while their punk-rock/hardcore contemporaries will likely have started writing…