Black Years – Black Years II

There’s something incredibly engaging about Black Years, stretched over the three tracks on offer on this 7″ EP – they’re not afraid to mix up their sound, catering for all on this brief, yet memorable slab of punk rock wax.

En Garde – Weekenders

En Garde are a punk rock band channelling the exquisite berserk rage of Gallows, mixed with the hardcore fury of Blowgoat (RIP) and the scathing bile of Golden Tanks. The raw, untamed energy that pulsates from Weekenders is breathless and infectious in equal measure.

Ex Wives/MADEINCANADA – Split 10″

No stranger to these ears – Glasgow merchants of hate Ex Wives are back, frothing at the mouth like Cujo with a broken baseball bat buried in his head. Horror dressed up as music – that’s MADEINCANADA. Hailing from Paris, this noise-rock trio are just as, if not nastier than Ex Wives. It’s as if both bands are trying to be the out-do each other in being foul, depraved purveyors of gnawing, blood-spitting derision.

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

The elephant-trunked duo of bassist/keyboardist Jesse F. Keeler and drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger have returned with the follow up to their furious 2004 debut, You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine and it’s fantastic that they’ve patched up their differences and more importantly, back to making a pachyderm-sized racket.

USA Nails – Sonic Moist

There’s an anti-hero hostility to USA Nails – they marry contempt with discordant punk rock in a way I’ve not heard before and it’s both creepy and refreshingly original. The ten tracks that make up Sonic Moist are laced with defiant and antagonistic bitterness, with a trace of deep arrogant humour punching through the other side.

Bare Bones – Cut Throat Living

I’d put money on Bare Bones enjoying the occasional drink or 17. Hailing from Sydney, this is a five-piece ultimate party train, hammering at your door, brandishing several kegs of beer, wondering why the fuck has someone not put Motley Crue on the stereo yet. What hits you about Cut Throat Living is how abrasive and breathless these six songs are.

Do You Remember Us? The Blood Brothers are back

So…good news it would seem. The Blood Brothers have decided that staying split up isn’t for them and have got back together. Yes, Seattle’s art-punk-hardcore-splatter merchants are to return; playing FYF Fest in Los Angeles, in August.

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

This is bound to divide opinions and at the risk of pigeon-holing; Cloud Nothings really are nailing pop-punk to the floor and jumped up and down on it, with sweaty, furious abandon. Here and Nowhere Else is a brief and brash affair, clocking in at just over 32 minutes and is a pithy eight tracks long and is an absolute riot of blistering energy, wild joy and scuzzy delight from start to finish.

Brawlers – I Am A Worthless Piece Of Shit

It’s scary how some things enter your consciousness so quickly. After only 2 playthroughs, the superbly titled I Am A Worthless Piece Of Shit has set up a permanent shop inside my head and is proving difficult to budge. Not that you’d want to, because this is fucking brilliant; from the jerking pop-rock of Mothers and Fathers to the anthemic rant-a-thon of the EP title track, this is an absolute blast from start to finish.

The Instigation – No Way Out

Punk rockers The Instigation have no off switch. Even if you tried to calm them down (holding up photos of kittens, administering some kind of knock-out gas) you’d probably be rewarded with a beer to the face, some cackling laughter and being immediately ordered to stage-dive off a stack of amps.