REVIEW: The Beatersband – Vol Uno

The Beatersband – Vol Uno
CD / digital 2019

If you are into them 50s and 60s american rock and roll songs, you should check out The Beatersband. These Italians rearrange early rock and roll songs in a punk rock vibe without losing the original sound. Listening to Vol Uno, “The Baseballs” come to mind but without the famous hits, it also reminds me to the punk Chartbusters compilations. I certainly love me some old 50s and 60s rock and toll tunes and I do love me some punk rock. So this should be a match made in heaven. Love the tracks, love the vintage vibe but I miss a little of extra punk to make it more punk rock and roll. Nevertheless nice tunes to get you going. 7.5/10

Tracklist:

  1. C’mon Let’s Go
  2. The Girl Of My Bestfriend
  3. Donna
  4. Then He Kissed Me
  5. Baby I Love You
  6. Diana
  7. Do You Wanna Dance
  8. Surfin’ bird

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

 

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REVIEW: Rich Widows – Love

Rich Widows – Love
10” 2019 Nosebleed Records / Tape 2019 Lost Youth Records

Earlier this Year Rich Widows released a new mini album/EP called “Love” as a limited edition 10” vinyl and tape. The album got recorded mostly live at the legendary Studio 195 in the Netherlands. It is the follow-up to the “Half-empty Glasses & Despair” EP that got released through Nosebleed Recs in 2018.

“Love” offers us 5 songs that show us the other side of the love/life medaillon. 5 desperate screams of rejection, inperfection, lonelyness, hopelessness and pain packed in a sustainable packaging of punk and rock with a dash of Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music, … 8.5/10

Tracklist:

  1. A Good Day
  2. Underachievers
  3. Big City Dreams
  4. The Sickness
  5. All Hope Is Gone

FACEBOOK: https://nl-nl.facebook.com/richwidows/
BANDCAMP: https://richwidows.bandcamp.com/album/love

REVIEW: Hard Wax – This Is The Sound

Hard Wax – This Is The Sound
LP 2019 Rebellion Records / LSM Vinyl
Rebellion Records has two upcoming releases out. First there’s the new EP “Mad In England” from Crown Court, three years after their debut LP “Capital Offence” and following the path of their previous work such as “Trouble From London”, “The English Disease” and “Ruck And Roll”.

But I’m most excited about the new Hard wax LP “This Is The Sound”, straight outta Bovver Rock City. Since I got to know them through Rebellion Records I always love what they put out. Is it because 50s rock and roll was one of my first introductions to music. Is it the punk that got me through the nineties and still charges my batteries when they are down. Is it my interest in 80s Oi! or my love for Slade. I think it’s just all the above because Hard Wax can integrate the best of rock and roll, punk, Oi! and glam rock in their sound. They even get away with adding keys and horns. I love it! There’s no bad song on “This Is The Sound”. The album is loaded with razor sharp anthems for a good time. 9.5/10

Track list:

  1. Welcome To Bovver Rock City
  2. Living The Dream
  3. This Is The Sound
  4. Razor Part Rebels
  5. Days Of Glory
  6. Have A Good Time
  7. Boys Of A Saturday Night
  8. Not Just A Pin-Up Girl
  9. Stomp All Over The World
  10. In For A Penny

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

INTERVIEW: This Means War – Het is gewoon oprecht!

This Means war is een vrij nieuwe streetpunk band met leden van Convict, Backfire, Discipline, …. niet de minste binnen het punk en hardcore landschap van de lage landen. Op groezrock had een gesprek met het sympathieke gitaar duo Robbie en Dave.

“This Means war is allemaal begonnen met de broers Bert en Dries Van Dyck. Zij waren met Convict op tour samen met Agnostic Front en in de tourbus werd er vaak old school punk gespeeld, je weet wel: The Business The Bruisers, Cock Sparrer, … De broers wilden muzikaal ook graag die kant op gaan want daar lag hun passie. Daarom zijn ze in de Belgische en Nederlandse hardcore en punk scene gaan kijken wie er mee wou doen en zo zijn ze bij ons (Dave, Robbie en Carlo) terecht gekomen. Ik (Robbie) ken Dave al jaren maar Bert en Dries niet, het klikte direct en zo is This Means War ontstaan”, lichten Robbie en Dave toe.

Dat de jongens van This Means War praktisch ingesteld zijn zorgt ervoor dat de samenwerking vlot verloopt. “Wij repeteren in Eindhoven, dat ligt centraal voor ons allemaal dus dat valt mee. Nummers schrijven lukt ook aardig omdat de weg die TMW wou inslaan voor iedereen duidelijk was. Iedereen komt met ideeën voor nummers, die nemen we thuis op en in het repetiekot maken wij daar een TMW nummer van”, vertellen Dave en Robbie.

De melodische hardcore van Convict, de old School hardcore van Backfire, de streetcore van Discipline het zit allemaal in This Means War. Waar het ene nummer bol staat van de melodie en catchy hooks, ramt het andere er lekker hard op los. “This Means War is hard en melodisch tegelijkertijd. Sommige nummers zijn meer hardcore andere meer punkrock of whatever … alles klopt in het plaatje. Het is gewoon oprecht”, verteld Dave.

Dat het voor This Means War lekker gaat is te merken aan het feit dat ten tijde van dit interview de nieuwe plaat ‘Heartstrings’ al 13 weken in de top 20 van de best verkopende platen op Coretex staat. “als je dat als nieuw B/NL bandje weet te realiseren, dan weet je dat de nummers aanslaan”, vult Robbie aan. Ook hebben Demons Run Amok Records en Pirates Press Records, niet de minste labels in punk land, hun schouders onder de band gezet. “Pirates Press Records waren de eerste die laaiend enthousiast waren om onze eerste EP te releasen toen wij hem uitzonden naar een paar labels. Het zijn oprechte punk gasten die achter dat label zitten”, vertellen Dave en Robbie.

Een voorlopig hoogtepunt voor TMW was hun net afgeronde tour met Cock Sparrer (The best known band nobody heard about zo leerde Dave Cock Sparrer kennen door de ‘worldwide tribute to the real Oi! albums (I Scream Records)). TMW speelde 8-9 shows op 2.5 maand tijd, de mannen van Cock Sparrer zijn al op zekere leeftijd waardoor non stop toeren niet meer tot de opties behoren). Ondanks het feit dat iedereen komt om Cock Sparrer te zien was het een mooie kans voor TMW om een groter publiek aan te spreken. Ze werden enthousiast onthaald.

Hun passage op Groezrock zal mij altijd bij blijven, ondanks de regen gaven zij het beste van zichzelf. Hun versie van Backfire’s klassieker ‘Still Dedicated’ met gastbijdrage van Backfire frontman Pat himself was toch wel het hoogtepunt van de set. “Het nummer is anders dan wat wij met TMW doen maar het omvat alles … wij zijn ook al meer dan 25 jaar in deze scene en met deze muziek bezig. Wij kunnen er niet mee leven maar ook niet zonder …Still Dedicated”, besluit Dave.

REVIEW: Total Defeat – s/t

Total Defeat – s/t
Demo cassette 2019

Total Defeat is a hardcore punk band from Perth, Australia who recently released their demo as cassette and digital. The band plays 80s old school styled hardcore punk: up tempo straightforward music such as Poison Idea, Antidote, Neg FX, SOA … What you get is no mess, no Fuzz but just pure punk impact. The sound quality of the demo could be better but nevertheless 80s hardcore punk fans should check it out. 7.5/10

Tracklist:

  1. The Loop
  2. Circles
  3. Paralysed
  4. Waste Away
  5. Medicated Mess
  6. Dying To Live
  7. Living Dead

BANDCAMP: https://totaldefeathc.bandcamp.com/releases

REVIEW: Latte+ – Next To Ruin

Latte+ – Next To Ruin
CD Phocomelic Music 2019

Latte+, straight outta Florence! These Italian punkrockers and Stanley Kubrick fans (think ‘Korova Milk bar’ and its ‘Moloko plus’) are around since 1997.  8 albums, several splits, compilates and hundreds of shows later they just released  a self-produced album called ‘Next To Ruin’. Its released by their own label Phocomelic Music and distributed in Europe, North America and Japan.

Latte+ did not get their mustard at Abraham’s, they tapped it out of the same barrels as the Ramones, The Queers, The Manges, Screeching Weasel, Travoltas, … So ‘Next To Ruin’ bulks with straight forward 1, 2, 3, 4 punk rock, pop punk and surf punk. Its a very enjoyable collection of fast forward and poppy 3 chords melodies. 8/10

  1. Next To Ruin
  2. Phocomelic Boy
  3. Cookie
  4. Waiting For You
  5. I Miss You
  6. Good Looking Girl
  7. She’s The Evil
  8. Everybody Likes You Wife
  9. She Cracks The Whip
  10. Sleepyhead
  11. Lost In Berlin
  12. Hey Hey It’s Dee Dee’s Birthday Today
  13. Very Abnormal People

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

INTERVIEW: Skin Of Tears – We are the biggest and oldest punkrock band … in our home town 😂.

Rammstein is probably for most their favourite German band … well for me they are not. I do like some Rammstein bangers from time to time but I prefer German bands as Wizo and Skin Of Tears. It turns to Summer when I put on Skin Of Tears. Skin Of Tears is around since 1991 and I met the guys several times over the years, gave them a stage, … At Groezrock 2019 we had a nice chat.

Skin of Tears played this years Groezrock festival on the Cockpit stage, a stage in a 600 capacity tent in front of the main entrance. It formed the heart of the 24h free zone, the zone between the camping and the festival zone. This area is at trip down Memory lane, It brings back the early Groezrock days with its intimate atmosphere.

20 years ago Skin Of Tears played Groezrock for the first time, they still remember it as it was yesterday. “Groezrock back then was one tent with what 7-10 bands playing? The stage was filled and packed with people. Afterwards we got some bad words from the promoter for that. Now they let people on stage regulary. We did this in 1999 and a big stage crew guy came to use and said with an angry voice ‘Don’t do that ever again!!!’. Nowadays everybody is doing it and it doesn’t mean shit”, SOT said.

The guys from Skin Of Tears are all born in the 70s. Growing up with punk rock in a small German town where a small amount of kids were cruising around, they found each other. “If you want to do music, short punk rock songs are easy. So we found each other, started a band and rehearsed in a small room at Toto’s parents basement. That were the good times and it was 1991. We are the biggest and oldest punkrock band … in our home town haha …”, the bands explain their beginning.

There was a point in the past that the band had to make a descision: quiting or going on. They had to descide if they were doing this because they love music or because they wanted to make money. Now making money was totally out of the sight so they decided not to split up and love music instead. “We love music and decided to go on to have fun. We choose to go DIY so we could have a better life and to broaden our horizon this way. You meet ohter people when you are DIY then where you are in ‘the music business’,” SOT says. “When you pick up a guitar you want to play and have fun. We once had a plan, don’t we all want to be the big band in the end? So sure we had a plan. I still believe we will get big haha… I (Toto) still am young at 44 😉 but most important we are always lead by fun”, SOT adds.

“For some reason Skin Of Tears and Belgium are a perfect match, don’t ask me why? But we have a good following in Belgium. You don’t play in Belgium because you ask to play in Belgium, you get asked and we get asked a lot to play in Belgium haha… It’s like the movie Cool Runnings and we are the jamaican team”, SOT adds.

FACEBOOK: https://nl-nl.facebook.com/skinoftears/