Inspired by the early 80s US hardcore and 90s Swedish hardcore bands such as Refused, the metal riffs of Mastodon and the discordance of key underground bands such as Swing Kids, and JR Ewing, Gallows’ premiere goal was to wrestle punk back from the fashion police. “Rolling With The Punches” if off The Gallows break through first album, Orchestra of Wolves.
“Rolling With The Punches“ (play/download mp3)
Sometimes referred to as Mike Patton’s “other band”, Mr. Bungle was formed in Eureka California when all the members were still in High School. In typical Mr. Bungle fashion, “The Girls of Porn” takes you from power pop riffs, to skanking horns, to lo-fi experimentation, and to the old faithful, just stop and start playing something completely different. Now don’t get scared off too easily. These guys can actually take you through the juxtaposition of sounds while they make you dance.
“The Girls of Porn“ (play/download mp3)
A newspaper article about a man arrested for shooting his lawnmower when it refused to start becomes, in the hands of the Dead Kennedys, a rant about the idiocy of the “don’t take no shit” attitude. This short (under a minute), angry blast is typical of the DK.
Dead Kennedys – “A Child and His Lawnmower” (play/DL)
I love this woman’s voice so much it makes me do crunches and take my vitamins. She rocks mieces to pieces. I just recently was reminded of The Peels, when I read Superfan’s post, of Robyn Miller’s new record under the name of Big Eagle. This only child epic is a fine taste of what Miller and her four piece band of rockerz sounded like. So much indie new wave punky anger bliss. From their eponymous debut CD. Water, I need water.
The Peels – “Only Son” (mp3)
Pop ska from a rocking band. This song is fun.
“Look What Happened“ (play/download mp3)
After listening to Me First’s take on this song, I can see the fun filled roller coaster ride involved with the punk mentality.
“Wild World“ (play/download mp3)
Dubya’s least favorite punk band, Austin, Texas’ Dicks, tell it like it is.
The Dicks – “No Fuckin’ War“ (play/download)
The US Bombs have been through every disaster a band can experience and still live to tell the tale. I can totally relate this sentiment.
US Bombs – “Lunch In A Sack” (play/download)
Shrieking hysteria reminiscent of Gang Of Four and other post-modern collapse vendors grates like quadruple espresso on guitar slabs falling like crushed cars on miles of identical drab apartment blocks.
Beep Beep – “I Am The Secretary”
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Beep Beep on Saddle Creek
Neurosis – “Burn” (play/download)
Neurosis’ The Eye of Every Storm, showed a combination of folk, metal, ambience and naturalism in one vast experimental record. A band that came from a very American hardcore beginning, its astonishing what musical exploration Neurosis has achieved over the course of a few decades, all with some obscurity. Whether you’re a “heady” music listener or a knucklehead thrasher.
Visit Neurosis’ official website, and their label, Neurot Recordings.