Archive for Punk Rock

The SoapGirls – Elephant in the Room

Posted in CD, Pop Punk, Punk Rock with tags , , , , on 22nd September 2019 by mickbirchy

The SoapGirls

Elephant in the Room

Punk Rock, Grunge

Released: 12 July 2019

Self Released

If you’re not acquainted with The SoapGirls, then you’re in luck because neither am I. This is my first real taste of what they are about.  The Debray sisters, Noemie and Camille, have been around for a little while now, bringing their own brand of punk rock to the masses. From what I hear and what I’ve seen, they are an interesting and divisive band that deliver hard rocking tunes. Since their first album back in 2015, they have been pretty consistent release-wise and have garnered a decent fan-base. I say they’re divisive because, when I see conversations about them online, it almost always ends up in squabbling between the quality of their music. From what I can tell, the people that like them, really like them and visa versa.  So, where do I stand? Well since this is my first real exposure to them let’s take a listen and see what the crack is with these punk rock gals.

Pretty much from the get-go Elephant in the Room is a pretty entertaining listen. Not too aggressive or edgy and nothing overly produced. It falls somewhere in the middle of that. The production is clear enough and the music is well written. The melodies just flow so well and the harmonies are well integrated. This is nothing particularly fancy about the instrumentation, it’s all quite serviceable. The guitars are nicely toned with that typical hard rock tone and the drums are tightly locked into a decent rhythm on pretty much all of the tracks. The vocal performances are nice too. Again nothing overtly edgy or aggressive. In fact, they carry a tune really well. There are quite a few songs that really get stuck in your head as the choruses are quite catchy and leave a little bit of an ear-worm. 

However, my biggest problem with the album is the length. Whilst there is nothing bad per se on the album, there really isn’t enough of an incentive to keep listening to 19 songs straight. It’s not like this is a prog-rock opera with massive changes to the tunes. It’s just well played and well-performed punk rock. Yet, a punk rock album should get in and get out as quick as possible and this just drags on for a long time. Even though there is nothing explicitly wrong with the quality of any of the songs, there is just too much here for one sitting. 

This was fine. Though not something I feel I need to return to any time soon. The SoapGirls just aren’t necessarily my thing. I would have preferred it if their music was more intricate, unpredictable or if there was more an over-the-top personality to their character as a band. However, as is, this is just okay. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination, but not enough to keep me invested in their music or justify the sheer length of this album.

6/10

Mick Birchall

Bullets and Octane – Waking Up Dead

Posted in CD, Punk Rock, Rock with tags , on 3rd June 2018 by izaforestspirit

Bullets and Octane
Waking Up Dead
Released 25th May 2018
Hard Rock/Punk-rock
Released via Bad MoFo Records/Cargo Records

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‘Waking Up Dead’ is the latest album from the American hard rock band Bullets and Octane. These guys have been around since 2003 and they have had several successful tours all over the world supporting bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Korn and Deftones.

This is my first encounter with their music. I have to admit that I chose to review this album because of the amusing cover art and the band’s name. They are allegedly a hard rock act but the cover screams punk rock to me. So, let’s see what we have here…

From the opening track Bad Mother Fucker and lyrics such as “I live life for the rock n’ roll…”, it’s pretty evident that these guys don’t take themselves too seriously. Perhaps I wasn’t far off with the punk rock tag because there is definitely a certain angry, angsty punk feel to the music. It’s catchy, energetic and fun to listen to. The vocals also have that punk rock edge and the same can be said about the lyrical themes. Some of the tracks, particularly the ones at the start of the album reminded me of mid-career works by The Offspring.

Others such as Fuck You Song and more mellow-sounding ‘Hostage’ have more of a hard rock feel. There is a greater emphasis on the guitars while the vocals take more melodic tone; the lead vocals that is, there’s still some shouting in the background. Murder Me Baby is another good hard rock tune, simple but very catchy thanks to the guitar work.

Overall, ‘Waking Up Dead’ is fun to listen to even for someone like me, who has had very little exposure to punk rock since high school. Genre-wise it’s probably sandwiched somewhat between punk rock and hard rock. There’s no deep philosophy to be discovered in the lyrics but the music sure is entertaining.

4/5

Iza Raittila

The Treatment: big in France

Posted in News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 4th April 2014 by Pieni

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Following the release of their second album “Running With The Dogs”, British rockers The Treatment have been making quite a fuss in France: several “Album Of The Month” reviews, a live appearance on L’Enorme TV and also on the French number 1 music TV show Taratata. The performance at the latter consisted of “I Bleed Rock + Roll” and their cover of AC/DC‘s “Hightway To Hell” and it can be seen on the following link: http://live.mytaratata.com/emission/taratata-n488

Given all this, it comes as no surprise that The Treatment have now confirmed a headline show in Paris, at the famous Bus Palladium. The show will take place on the 28th of June and a French tour, also headlining, is planned for later this fall. The band had played in France before, supporting Alice Cooper in 2011, but this is their first time as headliners. Singer Matt Jones says: “To visit another country and be part of an established show like ‘Taratata’ was something really special for us. And now we’re going back for headline dates – it just goes to prove the power of rock music. When we struck the first chord to ‘Highway To Hell’, everyone in the studio knew what was coming!”.

They are also booked for some European summer festivals such as Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park (Germany), Rock The Ring (Switzerland) and Graspop (Belgium), and Download back in their homecountry.

A new single/video will be released later this month, along with three previously unreleased acoustic tracks, so make sure to stay tuned.

www.facebook.com/TheTreatmentOfficial
www.twitter.com/TheTreatmentUK

Zebrahead release new video and announce a couple of shows at The Barfly

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 14th September 2013 by Pieni

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Punk rockers Zebrahead, who have released their tenth studio album “Call Your Friends” last month, have a new video for the rap/rock/punk track “I’m Just Here For The Free Beer”:

On November 2nd, the Californian band will pay a visit to London and play two shows at Camden Barfly: an 18+ evening show (that’s already sold out) and a matinee show for 14+ (under 16-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult).

Zebrahead online:
http://www.zebrahead.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Zebrahead

Rude Records online:
http://www.ruderecorz.com/

Sister annoucned additional UK shows, plus appearance at Hard Rock Hell VII

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 12th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Swedish sleaze punks Sister have announced two additional shows at the end of their European tour with Wednesday 13 in November. The Swedish outfit will play an intimate London headline show at Upstairs at The Garage on 30th November. Tickets are available from this location.

After the amount of success the band had in March, Sister are more than eager to return. The band stated:

In November it’s time for the UK again. The tour last March with our new friends in Wednesday 13 was a truly great time and the crowds really made a big impact on us. It was two memorable weeks for sure so it’s awesome that we got the opportunity to return once again this year!

See ya in November! /SISTER

Sister will also make an appearance at Hard Rock Hell VII which takes place at Hafan Y Mor in Pwllheli between 28th November and 1st December. They’ll join Black Star Riders, Airbourne, Nazarath, Michael Monroe and a host of others. More info and tickets here at this location.

Sister online:

http://www.sisteronline.net
http://www.facebook.com/sisterband
http://www.youtube.com/sisterofficial
http://www.twitter.com/sister_official

 

Death Wolf reveal album artwork and track listing for

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 5th December 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Death Wolf, formerly known as Devils Whorehouse, the horror death rock project spearheaded by Marduk guitarist Morgan Håkansson, are set to release their new album II: Black Armoured Death globally in February 2013. The band have unveiled the artwork for their new album which beautifully captures the spirit of the band: pale, horrid and stripped down black punk.

II: Black Armoured Death will include 13 tracks with a huge variety in sound. Besides the Danzig-influenced material in the vein of the songs of Death Wolf’s self-titled debut album you also get some thrash-induced wrecking balls like the in-your-face cover song with its super-catchy chorus, Sudden Bloodletter or World Serpent. II: Black Armoured Death offers a huge and wide musical spectrum in its entirety and will surely be worth a listen for every fan of dark sinister punk rock with that certain metal edge.

II: Black Armoured Death tracklisting:
‘Noche De Brujas’
‘World Serpent’
‘Lord Of Putrefaction’
‘Darkness Of Hel’
‘Sudden Bloodletter’
‘Malice Striker’
‘Night Stalker’
‘Luciferian Blood Covenant’
‘Black Armoured Death’
‘Death Wolf March’
‘Little Black Angel’
‘Snake Mountain’
‘Rothenburg’

Also, on December 17th a limited edition 7" vinyl, entitled Bloodscent, including two brand new tracks will be released. It will be limited to only 500 hand-numbered copies worldwide.

Bloodscent tracklisting:
Side A:
Snake Mountain
Side B:
Sudden Bloodletter

More info on Death Wolf can be found at this location.

Band of the Month: Low Culture [04/2012]

Posted in Band Of The Month with tags , , , , on 1st April 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Breaking away from tradition for a second time of metal acts winning the Band of the Month, Low Culture have been crowned this month’s Band of the Month. They beat the likes of Alice In Thunderland and Wolfcrusher in the poll and came out on top. According to their Facebook, the band are a mixture of blues and punk rock, which certainly does ring true with their music. There’s a hint of good ol’ fashioned, take no prisoners rock n roll mixed into their songs as well. Either way, Low Culture have a truly unique sound and are certainly a band to check out.

Low Culture are:

Peaches Jones – Guitar & Vocals,
Doc Ashton – Drums,
Morley Adams – Lead Guitar
Ryan – Bass

You can check out the band’s music by clicking here.

Don’t forget that Low Culture are supporting Severed Heaven at The Lamp in Hull on 29th April. Tickets can be purchased here.