REVIEW: MXRCXL – All About Tomorrow

MXRCXL – All About Tomorrow
CD/LP 2020 DIY

On October 4th The Alternative rock/metal band MXRCXL from Rotterdam, Netherlands is going to present their new album in The Baroeg, Rotterdam. ‘All About Tomorrow’ is the fourh piece in their discography after the ‘Dump’ EP form 2011, ‘A laughing Matter’ EP from 2013 and ‘In Alarm’ from 2015.

Mxrcxl is one of those alternative bands that keep music interested. Where in the past their sound combined elements of 70’s punk, garage rock, stoner, grunge, industrial, classic rock, ballads, … I now have the feeling that on ‘All About Tomorrow’ they found a more stable sound in their own stubborn way. A groovy sound that combines rock ballads, garage rock, stoner and grunge. A sound like a intimate babbling brook that burst out at times in a devastating waterfall or like a swollen river meandering loudly through the landscape.  A sound where Soundgarden and Nirvana are echoing through and Metallica comes peeping around the corner (Who’s The Richer).

It may sound as a cliché but for me ‘All About Tomorrow’ is their best work so far. 9/10

Track list:

  1. Stir up some drama
  2. Colorful Balloons
  3. I love words more than you can say
  4. Out of the high
  5. Tomorrow’s sun
  6. Who’s the Richer?
  7. A Grave Danger
  8. The dream is dead
  9. (untitled end song) everything’s gone wrong

https://www.facebook.com/mxrcxl

NEWS: New Rebellion Records releases

When I started with Out Of Step Fanzine back in 2003, Rebellion Records was active for 2 years so I’m practically following them since the beginning. With a constant flow of high quality Oi! and Streetpunk releases from bands all around the world and with a shop offering a large selection of Oi!, Punk, Streetpunk, Punkrock, Rock ‘N’ Roll, Hardcore, Rock, Metal and associated genres, Wouter and Co. are one of the driving forces of the streetpunk scene.

If you are more into Doom, Death and Black metal check out his other firm Cosmic Key Creations, a vinyl-only record label putting out limited cult, classic and rare re-reissues and an occasional new release.

Rebellion Records have some new release out, or on the way:

Strike First – Wolves

When DDC (Drink & Destroy Crew) called it a day, this new band rose out of the ashes of DDC and they released their debut 12″ with seven originals and a surprising cover: Bring It On Down by OASIS. Wolves is packed with 8 massive rough around the edges, raw but melodic streetpunk rock’n’roll anthems with an impressive tight sound.

Still Defiant – s/t

This is the first LP release by Still Defiant for Rebellion Records and it combines the ‘five-track debut demo, the EP “Till The End”, 2 brandnew tracks and a BLITZ re-arranged and totally remastered. So 10 tracks in total for the fans of rebellious, razor sharp, working class punk rock with a nostalgic 70s and 80s vibe. You can pre-order it at Rebellion Records.

The Reapers – Kill ‘Em All

Also The Reapers from Utrecht/Rotterdam are back with a follower to their 2019 Rip It Up LP for another round of savage brickwall street rock’n’roll. The album has a nice cover of CCR’s Fortunate Son. You can pre-order it at Rebellion Records.

Get them at: https://www.rebellionshop.com/

NEWS: first Rekklus (Indonesia) EP out.

2020, Rekklus from Tangerang – Indonesia has released their first EP. This Hardcore Punk band offers 6 fast, raw, and heavy tracks packed in a cassette format and in a 3 inch CD format by Roaches Records. 

REVIEW: Cause A Riot – Final Broadcast

Cause A Riot – Final Broadcast
LP Shield Recordings / Stupido Records

Hardcore punk band ‘Cause A Riot’ from Finland is around since 2011.  After releasing a couple of EP and 1 LP they released their second album ‘Final Broadcast’ on the 15th of May 2020 through Shield Recordings and Stupido Records.

Their melodic hardcore punk is rooted in the 90’/00’s and has the power, the energy, the sound of bands as Endstand, As Friends Rust, Strike Anywhere, Kid Dynamite and even some of the desperate screams of Modern Life Is War echoing through. A must have if you like all the above mentioned bands.

Track list:

  1. Remind Me
  2. Our Resignition
  3. Bombs Away
  4. New Control
  5. Final Broadcast
  6. Counting On You
  7. Hating Realm
  8. Babyn Jar
  9. Goodbye

https://causeariot.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/causeariot/

REVIEW: Stealers – Never Enough

Stealers – Never Enough
LP 2020 Rebellion Records / Stolen Stereo Recordings

After four years the Rotterdam City Rockers ‘Stealers’ are back with their long awaited third album ‘Never Enough’. With Jesse on both lead-vocal and bass guitar duties the Stealers are now reduced to a three-piece but without losing any strength.

These new powerful tracks proof that the Stealers are still head of the savage hard hitting rock’n’roll game. Combining the best of Rose Tattoo, AC/DC, The Sweet, The Ramones and Turbonegro you get run over and over again by a generously greased and thunderous rollercoaster while screaming for more.

If you want your rock’n’roll to be greasy, dirty, savage and heavy, I’ll promise you that you will never get enough of the new Stealers album. This one comes highly recommended.

Tracklist:

A1. One Step Closer
A2. Shoot The Man Down
A3. Little Bit
A4. Situ
B1. I’ve Been Waiting
B2. Ride
B3. Free
B4. Game
B5. Crawling

https://www.facebook.com/stealers010/

 

New No Use For A Name Shirt in remembrance of Tony Sly

The tragic death of punk rock legend Tony Sly is 8 years ago and the memory of him seems to be unbroken by fans. In cooperation with Tony’s widow Brigitte Sly and his brother Jonathan Sly, Stefan Beham from SBÄM released an exclusive shirt design on June 15th.

The shirt is a multicolor print, which comes in 5 different shirt colors. The design is inspired by a true NUFAN classic: “What’s your name?” – “F*** you, that’s my name!” ant its a classic quote from the movie “Glengarry Glen Ross” that was used a lot by the band around Tony Sly. This new, colorful shirt reinterprets one of the band’s favorite motifs.

“As a visual artist, I loved No Use For A Name’s artwork as much as I loved the music,” says Stefan Beham. “A lot of time has passed since there was new merchandise, so I worked on this shirt with Brigitte and Jon”.

All proceeds from the sale of the T-shirt will be donated to the Tony Sly Music Foundation, which promotes musical education for children. According to the official memorial page for Tony Sly, a combination of music and the creative education of children would have been what the singer and guitarist wanted.

“So let’s keep the memory of Tony and No Use For A Name alive by giving children the opportunity to express themselves through music,” Stefan appeals with the campaign.

The advance booking started on 15 June at https://shop.sbam.rocks/.

About SBÄM: https://shop.sbam.rocks/

About Tony Sly Music Foundation: https://www.tonysly.org/index.php/musicfoundation

NEWS: Smokin’ Sam Babin

Fan of one-man punk bands?

If So check out Smokin’ Sam Babin, a musical act, a one-man punk rock band that has been in existence since March of 2019 located in Iowa City, IA. As of April 2020, Smokin’ Sam Babin has released 4 studio albums, which are available for free download on Bandcamp, and 3 music videos, which can be seen on YouTube.

Check out the links:

NEWS: latest Rebellion Records Releases: Fuerza Bruta, Cuttin’ Edge

Rebellion Records (NL) has been a driving force in the underground streetpunk, Oi, … scene for years and keeps on spitting out releases on a regular base.

One of their more recent releases is the CD-version of the Fuerza Bruta debut 12″ Verdugo in 2018 (European pressing). Previously only released on vinyl (European version by Rebellion Records) and cassette it is now released on CD with twelve (12!) bonus-tracks! For the fans of hard-hitting, brickwall Spanish Oi! from the windy streets of Chicago.

If you like bands as Motörhead, the exploited, … you might like Edinburgh’s Cuttin’ Edge’s loud and brute mix of Motörpunk and Oi! on their ravaging debut “Face Down”. Cuttin’ Edge is a brand new outfit that consists out of skin, punk -and metalheads! combining The Exploited’s “Beat The Bastards”, Böhse Onkelz, Motörhead and classic British punk.

Go check it out at https://www.rebellionshop.com/

 

REVIEW: March – Set Loose

March – Set Loose
CD/LP 2020 Uncle M Music

NL/B rock band March released their second full-length ‘Set Loose’ on March 20th 2020, the follower to their 2016 full length début ‘Stay Put’ and their 2014 EP ‘In The Air’. After a few line-up changes and with a new record under their belts they are more than ready to kick ass and conquer the world with their punk infused rock’n’roll.

On ‘Set Loose’ you can hear that Fleur van Zuilen trained her vocal chords to get them as gritty as they could be, strings are tuned for some high voltage rock’n’roll and the rhythm section is tearing down the walls.

Thanks to COVID-19, their plans to dominate the world turned out a little different. But never mind the lockdown, just go and listen to ‘Set Loose’. It is a powerful and divers, a raw and pissed off, a catchy yet grungy punkrock’n’hole album from the lovechild of Hole and the Bronx. It is ‘highly recommended’ by yours truly. 8.5/10

Tracklist:

  1. On High Heat
  2. Challenger
  3. Born A Snake
  4. Already Gone
  5. Fear Of Roses
  6. She’s A Hurricane
  7. Nothing Ever Really Dies
  8. Start Again
  9. Evil Kicks
  10. Reaper’s Delight
  11. The Surface

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/marchofficial/

REVIEW: Bezette Stad – s/t

Bezette Stad – s/t
Cassette/digital 2020 Lost Youth Records

‘Bezette stad’ is a new Belgium D-beat hardcore punk band inspired by bands as Disfear, Tragedy, … and composed of (ex-)members of Reproach, Sunpower, Forge, Rich Widows, The Struggle, Dead End Sin, Outline, Star Visitors, …

With ferocious red eyes, their blood boiling in their veins and possessed by the spirit of Priester Daens and Paul van Ostaijen, ‘Bezette Stad’ skipped the anger management workshop to furiously spit their bile on capitalism. Do I see some right tears fall already?

Their socialist activism got taped on a limited run of 29 hand stamped and hand numbered red/yellow cassettes but is also available as a pay-what-you-want download at https://bezettestad.bandcamp.com/.

Tracklist:

  1. Mutual Aid
  2. Aux Urnes etc.
  3. Greed

INFO: https://bezettestad.bandcamp.com/ / www.instagram.com/bezettestad/ / www.facebook.com/LostYouthRecords