JOHN – God Speed In The National Limit

Being able to find stuff is overrated anyway. JOHN (comprised of John on drums and vocals and John on guitar) are, I’m guessing, more deadpan than a churchyard full of deceased cooking pots. They know the joke and are sticking with it and why should they crack a face to please you?

METZ – Strange Peace

METZ hit the ground running, or rather, absolutely demolish all barriers with the teeth-rattling barrage that is Mess Of Wires. This is more a freight train continuously building in speed and chattering noise, as the drumming of Hayden Menzies is an almost direct parallel to the sound of clattering wheel rails, chewing to pieces everything in its path.

Perturbator – New Model

France’s Perturbator is a tricky customer. In a world that now seems dominated by night-driving, synthwave soundtracks, it’s refreshing when that genre is altered somewhat. Like smearing perfectly applied make-up – it turns from something pristine and elegant to a distorted and chaotic smear. Oh, it can still look good, but the alteration will leave a lasting impression.

’68 – Two Parts Viper

When a man in a suit approaches you in a dream and tells you that you will fail if he (the man) isn’t two parts viper, then I guess that’s a sign, right? That’s what Josh Scogin, vocalist and guitarist for improv-noise bastards ’68 thinks – either that, or he needs to seriously cut down on the Twin Peaks marathons.

V/A: Cultural Vandalism: A Young Person’s Guide To Riot Season

Riot Season – an undiscovered gem in the underground world of noise, punk, hardcore and general destruction to eardrums. For those uninitiated with this label, there’s good news for you – they’ve put up a compilation of the majority of their bands (past and present) up on their bandcamp page, hurrah!

The Display Team – Shifts

The Display Team are a sextet of macabre carnival characters, driven by wild, hectic, frenzied energy and are a fiery and exhilarating rush from start to finish. Shifts is their second record (it’s been 7 years since their first, Drones) and proof that the band isn’t dead.

Girl Band – In Plastic

It seems Girl Band have been a bit quiet of late. I know from their somewhat sporadic updates that there’s been a few health problems in the Dublin camp, (cancelled shows) but it would seem things are getting back on track now, which is excellent news. In Plastic is the next single from the acclaimed, food-obsessed 2015 debut, Holding Hands With Jamie. Yes, it’s once again directed by Bob Gallagher

Ampwrecked: New Tracks For Your Ears #6

Welcome to Ampwrecked. In this issue, John and Big Business prove that duos make the loudest noises, Brand New continue to be cryptic, USA Nails are the funniest band on the planet, MSTRKRFT make harrowing chaos, METZ team up with the Swami and Zack Lopez brings the riffs in a huge truckload.

Britney – Britn3y

Not ones for conforming to naming stereotype, Edinburgh’s Britney are far removed from the pop princess. The arrangement of sounds (and that’s what I’m calling them) on Britn3y, that stretch over the brief and brutal 22 minute running time are truly maddening, destructive and horrifically chaotic.