A bid late to the party but a few months ago I received news about the new ‘Two And A Half Girl’ single in my mailbox. Never did anything with it till now … I just can’t stay quite about it anymore.This 5-piece punk rock’n’roll machine from Utrecht (NL) released their debut record previous September and it should be picked up by, distro’s, promoters, zines, … and you.
‘Evidence Of A Broken Mind’ is a stunning, mind blowing album. A tight, strong and catchy debut full of heavy rock spiced up with the best emocore had to offer and furious punk tunes. Not afraid to speak their mind and sing about difficult and personal issues like uncertainty, loneliness or the fact that a lot of people struggle with their gender and/or sexuality and still can’t be themselves in 70 countries. They are more punk rock than Blink 182 ever was.
Check this band, pick up their album, give them some support. They deserve it.
Overlord is a band with members that earned/earn their strips in well known hardcore, punk and rock bands as The Setup, Born From Pain, Kickback, Diablo Blvd, Bear, Loud Love, Circle, …, and they should not need an introduction. But with a demo, a split 7” and now a full length under their belt, they are still one of the most underrated Belgium hardcore bands around. The band started out 15 years ago with a simple mission: write music they love, combining the intensity of the scene that shaped them with a hard metallic edge and no-frills attitude. After a hiatus, they resurrected an earlier this year they released a mind blowing hardcore masterpiece. A full-length album bulking with classic heavy hardcore tracks, straight forward aggression, breakdowns, … A release that makes many hardcore bands shiver and pissing their pants out of agony. This album should be a part of every self-respecting hardcore fan’s collection. 9/10
CD/LP 2022 Bearded Punk Records / Morning Wood Records
It’s five years since Steel Justice released ‘Neonlight Blues’, one of my favourite Belgium punkrock/hardcore releases. So I’m one big happy camper now, holding the new record in my hands on solid white vinyl. Steele Justice is not reinventing the punk rock wheel here, but they don’t have to. ‘The way the Cookie Crumbles’ is packed with uptight quality punkrock and melodic hardcore with a well-placed heavy touch here and there. For me there is no weak song on this album, no filler and without a doubt a must have for the fans of 90’s Fat wreck chords, 90’s Epitaph punk rock and Comback Kid alike hardcore. 9/10
The Way The Cookie Crumbles
Not Today (lyrics and vocals by Dries O. (Loud Love, Overlord))
Hard Wax (UK) and Savage Beat (NL) joined forces and released a split EP on Rebellion Records / LSM. It is a top notch release by two bands who are defining the underground rock and roll sound of today. Whether it’s the hardhitting punk’nroll sound of Savage Beat or the Bovver Oi’n’roll sound of Hard Wax. Recommend stuff for the fans but also a great way to get introduced to both bands. Pick it up, you won’t regret it.
Tower Crane Towers – II Cloudy Skies Clear Intentions
LP 2022 DIY
Melodic punk rockers Tower Crane Towers (NL) have a new album out for your listening pleasure. And a pleasure it is! When I heard TCT s/t EP for the first time I was hooked, and they became one of my most favourite bands of the last couple of years.
Their new album Cloudy Skies Clear Intentions reconfirmed that status with grandeur. Their overall straightforward, up-tempo tunes on a skatepunk foundation will appeal to a diversity of punkrock and hardcore fans (old fashioned and modern ones) who appreciate good musicianship, craftsmanship and/or poetic lyrics about life, love, loss, regret, … This is top 10 material for your 2022 yearlist.
The last couple of years it has been quite quiet around bovver rock outfit Suede Razors. Now, nearly three years after their last single ‘The Bovver & The Glory’, they are back with a new mini-LP. No Mess, No Fuss, Just Rock’n’Roll, sporting six razor sharp tracks of boot stomping and hand clapping rock and roll music. It has everything you expect and love about Suede Razors but a bid sharper and nastier giving it that extra touch of punk rock’n’roll. Another great Suede Razors release. Definitely worth the wait.
Dutch fuzz punk duo Hans and Patrick (from Studio 195) aka Ford’s Fuzz Inderno are back with a new limited 7” (45rpm) or digital (Bandcamp) EP called ‘Flog Yourself With Fuzz’. This is part two of a 7” triology that will be completed in April with the third 7” Fuzz The Universe. A CD with a selection of tracks of all the EP’s will be available too.
It is again a release with short high energy tracks in the Ford’s Fuzz Inferno punk tradition: unpolished DIY noisy punk rock’n’roll. It comes with a good sound quality and again with a simple white and black medieval artwork. Too bad its over before you know it. Check out their bandcamp and take a dive into the Ford’s Fuzz Inferno universe.
Headshrinker is a new Belgian heavy riffing socio-political hardcore punk band who released their first 3-track “Demo 2021” on October 8th 2021 as a through DIY project.
‘Erosion’ is and I quote: “a naïve lashing out at the state of this planet, of the defeatist outlook of its inhabitants, of the laissez-faire nature of everyday life.”. ‘If The Vaccines’ is targeting those who live in a by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, … driven alternative reality, fake news, faux hypes and the next boogieman. And if the money making rat race doctrine is up your alley, you should check out ‘The Mirror’. Guess you get the picture … This demo a must have when you are into heavy riffing hardcore punk and a good vaccine to get through these turbulent times.
EP 2021 White Russian Records / Kick Out The Jams.
When ‘Vox Populi’, the first single of the new EP was released, the expectations were set. ‘Rookie Nightmare followed’ and the expectations were met: the new Loud Love EP is going to be great. And it is.
With their first EP, Loud Love delivered a tight sound heavily inspired by late nineties emo, punk rock and post hardcore. A more fresh and modern Hot Water Music, Texas Is The Reason, … sound. On this second EP it all sounds even more powerful, more dynamic, more layered, more furious and more passionate then before.
Despite what the vox populi might think, these hardcore quichotes have rises out of the Covid shitstorm as a phoenix to showcase the world their rebellious lust for life even when you hit rock bottom. Embrace life … embrace music … embrace … Loud Love.
CD/LP 2021TNT Tunes (CD) / Contra Records (LP) / Tough Ain’t Enough (LP)
The ‘Lazy Class’ Warsaw punx are back with a new line-up and a new full length. Although the line-up change, nothing much changed and ‘Lazy Class are still bringing us some fine catchy and good rocking melodic street punk tunes. Well honestly something did change: it all sounds a bid more fierce, a bid more rough, a bid more sharp. But this suits the more socio political songs about senseless wars, refugees looking for a better life, working class heroes, revolutions, lying politicians, … well. This s/t album is another more than decent Lazy Class release. Pick it up and give these Polish punx some support. They deserve it. The CD version is out on TNT Tunes but vinyl fans have to wait a little longer, an LP version is on its way.