The Minni-Thins describe themselves as “…a loud hodge-podge of nineties indie rock, punk, folk, and even country…. think: the Butthole Surfers doing LSD with Connor Oberst and having a bad trip while trying to write an album in the style of The Pixies.” I can’t top that. Give their burner “Apparent” (below) a spin, it’s a sure thing to clean out your sinuses.
Their album, That Old Kentucky Blackgrass, has finally been unleashed upon the masses after being shelved for 10 years. You can get a hold of it now on their Bandcamp page. Enjoy.
New York trio, birdbird, blasts some heavy, noisy, ear drum melting, lo-fi, punk rock on “Corporation Setup” (below) from their debut EP, Corporation Setup. They describe their sound “…sounds exactly like a fire at your niece’s birthday party.” Pretty spot on. You need to give this a spin.
Corporation Setup is available now from birdbird’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.
Brooklyn garage rock trio, Sharkmuffin, punch you straight in the mouth from the needle drop and don’t let up on their excellent debut LP Chartreuse. Sharkmuffin is made up of Tarra Thiessen (vocals/guitar), Natalie Kirch (vocals/bass) and Janet LaBelle (vocals/drums), however Patty Schemel (of Hole fame) played drums on the album while LaBelle was recovering from an injury.
Give the pummeling title-track, “Chartreuse”, a spin (below), it’s a great sample of what do expect from the rest of the LP. Chartreuse is out now on cassette and vinyl from Little Dickman Records and State Capitol Records. Enjoy.
Atlanta powerhouse trio, Omni, throw it down on their hook-filled, power-pop release Deluxe. The chugging bass, angular guitar and frantic backbeat of opener “Afterlife” (below) not only make it one of the best songs on the album, but one of my favorite songs so far this year.
Deluxe is out now through Trouble In Mind Records. It’s one of my favorite records so far this year and a great one to crank up and pogo around the house to. Enjoy
Lisa Prank is the Seattle-based solo project of Robin Edwards. Armed with an electric guitar, a Roland MC-505 drum machine, guest appearances by members of Tacocat, Chastity Belt and The Trashies – Lisa Prank’s newest album, Adult Teen. is an addictive pop-punk gem packed with 11 catchy earworms that will burrow themselves deep into your brain.
Check out album opener “Starting Again” for a taste. Adult Teen. is out now and available in most formats from Father/Daughter Records. Enjoy.
Cincinnati, Ohio’s Knife The Symphony have been destroying speakers for the better part of 10 years. They’ve performed with Mission of Burma, 7 Seconds, The Bomb and many others. They have several releases under their belts, including their newest split 12 incher with Smoke Signals….
KTS’ drummer/vocalist, Jerry Dirr, also runs Phratry Records and has been putting out releases from bands like Swear Jar, A.M. Nice and Kelley Deal since 2004.
KTS’ newest release is the aforementioned, 12″ split, with Smoke Signals…. KTS’ three song contribution are blistering, punk/noise rock blasts that are sure to get any fan of Drive Like Jehu to take notice. They also remind me a lot of the, now defunct, SLC band Form of Rocket. Check out the face-melting opener, “Causation” (below), for a taste. You will like it.
The Knife The Symphony/Smoke Signals… split 12″ is available now in most formats from KTS’ Bandcamp page. Enjoy.
Cedar Spring Motel are a snotty, heavy, in your face punk rock trio out of Hamilton, Ontario. They describe their music as “… the feeling you get on your teeth when you forget to brush them.” How do I top that?
Give their spazztic, Refused-esque, scorcher “Smoke Break” a spin below – it’s a neck breaker. Cedar Spring Motel’s debut self-titled EP is out now and available on 7 inch vinyl or digitally from their Bandcamp page. Get it!