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Ugh, he rhymed 'gutter' with 'mother'... lol And the title of this album is terrible. Reminds me of Overkill's song Hello From The Gutter. I mean, most of these guys in this band live in posh houses in swanky well to do neighborhoods. They're about as gutter as Trump is honest. 😅
This debut album from Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Talent, called Sweet Dreams (From The Gutter) is basically the second Naked City Romeos release, without the swagger of Eric on vocals and Cory's creepy fingerwork on bass. Either that or it's the whatever numbered release from The Vermin, with an added second guitar and minus the vocal work of whiskey grizzled goofball Senor Rob Ruckus, who's a THC master extraordinaire of sorts nowadays. This sounds like everything Dirk Vermin has done before musically. I mean, having a sound is not a bad thing. Dirk Vermin has a sound, a recognizable style about him with everything he does musically, same with Lee Ving, Glenn Danzig, whoever, and this release has Dirk's DNA all over it's pretty face for better or for worse. Production wise it sounds great, it's mixed well, the "all-star" lineup of musicians assembled for this project all shine in their collective instrument spotlight, but I dunno, minus a few exceptional songs - Hey Rockstar, Middle Finger, this sounds like some ham fisted glammy shit from back in the 90's when the Punk Rock dudes from the 80's let their hair grow long and joined Rock 'N' Roll bands and did major amounts of blow and then rode their Harley's up and down Melrose looking for underage teenage chicks to impress with their musical coolness. Think Steve Jones Fire And Gasoline era and Brian Baker's stint in Junkyard and you'll get the reference. 😎 That's what this release reminds me of. Wasn't expecting a reinvention of the wheel but was hoping for something better than this. Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Talent have a tee shirt that says 'your Dad's Punk Rock', and it's a pretty apt description of the band: it's slow, it's old, it's drunk, cranky, and probably up way past it's bedtime. Meh. And speaking of the Naked City Romeos, why did the band redo that Kill The Rat song by them, which the Naked City Romeos's do better, BTW, as well as a few other kind of obscure Vermin cover songs? I guess it's because that's what old Punk guys do - they re-record their earlier catalog because they can play it better now or because they no longer own the rights to said early material and are looking to cash in... hee hee hee I love my friends in Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Talent but this release is pretty much relegated to background music for guys having a midlife crisis while working out at the gym. Dad Punk. I'll Pass.
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Ahhhhhhhhh, the Dwarves. Now here's a band that you can set your Punk Rock watch to. Unapologetically punishing in their delivery, the Dwarves are a non-PC breath of stale beer cigarette tinged air, and they rarely, if ever, fail to deliver the goods when given the chance to, and on this, their 13th full length release called Take Back The Night, the Dwarves stomp and swagger like the Punk Rock titans that they are, although maybe not as angry as they used to be, and definitely not as fast and sloppy as they used to be either, but still, just as mighty. 17 songs in 26 minutes. That's pretty Punk Rock. Not bad. This is the "going back to their early sound" release that established bands are forced to put out, an album where every song, every riff, sounds vaguely similar to something the band had put out years early when they were in their prime. Nostalgia Sells. Songs like Safe Space, Down And Dirty, Here's Looking At You, The Giver, and Nowhere Fast, are all brutally great stuff, don't get me wrong, but if you're a longtime Dwarves fan you'll hear where they copped the lick from an early classic tune from. Not a bad thing just an observation. It's hard to keep up with who's in the Dwarves nowadays, but as long as Blag sneers and snarls and croons away as the ringmaster to this demented Punk Rock 'N' Roll circus, then it really doesn't matter who's in the band, now does it? This CD sounds fantastic. Kudos to Andy Carpenter for mixing this shit and making it sound as good as it does. There's 4 clean versions of songs from the album tacked onto the end of the CD for some reason, versions of the songs without the cuss words in them, but you can just ignore them all. Imagine that, the Dwarves pandering to radio stipulations hoping to get airplay. What has the world come to? LOL This is a pretty good release from the Dwarves. Certainly not their best, but definitely not their worst. I dig it.
Available on beautiful colored vinyl from Burger Records by clicking here. It's also available digitally via the Dwarves Bandcamp page, which you can go to by clicking here. It's also available on dwarves.com (click here), Amazon.com (click here), Spotify (click here), and wherever else Punk Rock is packaged and processed and made all nice for profit.
hahahahahaha I don't know why I even bother reviewing new releases from Suicidal Tendencies. I guess it's because I have so much time and amazing memories associated with the band, for better or for worse. It can't be anything else. I keep hoping for a "return to greatness" kind of thing from the band, not necessarily the greatness of the self-titled classic first album, but greatness more along the lines of 1999's Freedumb release maybe? I dunno. Songs like Ain't Mess'n Around (originally a Cyco Miko solo song) Get United and SED sound tired and forced, Authority sounds like a rejected Infectious Grooves tune, and the most criminal act on display on this album is the hugely underutilization of drum god Dave Lombardo's drumming skills. They are entirely wasted on this petri dish of bad musical bacteria. Brooks Wackerman was a better drummer for Suicidal Tendencies than Dave Lombardo is, but I guess you make the best musically with what you're given. Phooey. I don't know why there's 4 different versions of the title track Get Your Fight On on this EP but there is, one acoustic, one bass instrumental, one guitar instrumental, and then the original track from their World Gone Mad release that they put out a few years ago. AND, just to pile onto the musical mediocrity that this EP release is, they throw in a cover of Iggy And The Stooges classic I Got A Right - the first official cover song ever done by Suicidal Tendencies, so there ya go! 😁😁😁 Unless you're some sort of a Suicidal Tendencies junkie that needs to hear everything that the band has ever done, you can skip this release without missing out on a thing. Musical mediocrity at it's finest. Pass.
Oh man... L7 are back and thriving... that's a scary thing! ha ha
This digital only single was just released by the band last month I think, and it's a fucking scorcher. Little bit Stooges, a little bit Nazareth, a little bit Buzzcocks, and a whole lotta attitude, something they've always had in droves. They were gone for a while, and I guess they're back now, all original members, and if this release is a teaser for a new album from these L.A. stalwarts, then L7 has one Hell of an album up their tattooed, tattered and torn sleeves. The 'A' side, I Came Back To Bitch, sounds like classic Bricks Are Heavy era L7, full of crunchy guitars, snotty vocals, hooks galore and plenty of cowbell - YES! ha ha ha Loved that line in the song "You may stun me in the first round / But I'll kick your ass boy". 👍🏽 And the 'B' side of this single, Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago, is a direct jab at the pompous Cheeto in Charge, and it's definitely the better of the 2 songs on here. It's catchy as all gets, a bouncy bass riff powered pop song seeped in 60's girl group harmony vocals that will be stuck in your head for days. "Hey Bro / It's getting real at Mar-A Lago". hahahaha Fuck yeah! The bridge part or whatever it is on here is pretty fucking good. Well played. The production on here is fantastic, the guitars are loud, the bass is thumping, the vocals drip with venom, and the drum are hard hitting - what more do you need from an L7 release! LOL And it's only $2! I mean come on! A buck a song is not bad for 2 fresh L7 songs. Cool stuff. Looking forward to hearing more from the band real soon.
It's hard to differentiate between Alice Bag the band and Alice Bag the person, of Alice Bag then versus Alice Bag now. Of course in a way they are all interchangeable, one in the same, and in other ways they couldn't be more different if they tried. This latest release from Alice Bag shows all that and more about her. This, the third album from the Legendary, mischief making, boundary pushing musical entity known as Alice Bag is called Blueprint and it's an eclectic urban mish mash of styles and sounds and palettes, much like the ex-elementary school teacher Alicia Armendariz, aka Alice Bag, is, and much like her hometown of Los Angeles is as well.
There's nothing really "Punk" about this album, and that's a good thing. To try to contain Alice Bag into such a constrictive limiting musical bind is ridiculous. She's much too smart and much too good to fall for that trap. Her musical diversity is on full display here, everything, her roots, her influences, her upbringing, her everyday interactions, y todo, and musically it all sounds pretty good and it's really interesting to listen to. It's a refreshing change from the same regurgitated "more Punk than thou" BS going around nowadays. Opening track Turn It Up is a super poppy, uplifting, Riot Grrrl type of song, if you're into that sort of thing, and then the following track, Invisible, is a super lush, slinky, mesmerizing song that sounds like something off the latest Blondie album. Alice Bag has an incredible voice. She sounds fantastic on here, whether shouting out some angry feminist rhetoric about unfair wages with Kathleen Hanna and Alison Wolfe on the tune 77, or crooning like an exotic torch singer in a Vegas lounge on a lonely Tuesday morning on the tune White Justice. The band she has backing her on this release are no slouches either - they do a great job of conveying the musical mood that Alice Bag is conjuring up on each individual song, whether it's the funky riffs in Shame Game, the sugary sweet Pop of the title track Blueprint, or Stranger, or the Geza X style of Quirk on the song The Sparkling Path. Well produced, great sounding, yeah, this is a really refreshing release from Alice Bag. Give it a listen. I'm pretty sure you'll like it. It's good to have her back. 😀
This release was put out there by Don Giovanni Records. Available on blue vinyl by clicking here. You can also buy Blueprint from the Alice Bag website (www.alicebag.com) and at every gig she plays, which is a lot. Also available digitally on Spotify (click here), Apple Music (click here), Bandcamp (click here), Amazon (click here) and everywhere else Punk music is marketed to the masses like the disposable commodity that it is.