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The Lumes – Envy

Band: The Lumes EP: Envy Label: CrazySane Records Release date: October 2017 Sounds like: Drenched in feedback, coated in mud. “I wish I was nice for a while. I wish I could walk around with a smile.” Whether the guitar at the end of third track (Discharge) on this new EP from Rotterdam’s The Lumes is being […]

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PABST / Autisti – Split 7″

Bands: PABST / AutistiEP: Split 7″Label: CrazySane RecordsRelease date: 1 SeptemberSounds like: Pedal-stamping, slacker-grunge shred. Surely one of the best kept secrets in the underground music scene is CrazySane Records, right? This little Berlin-based label, run by Chris Breuer of ear-bothers HEADS. has been quietly releasing some great records, split 7″ and EPs over the last […]

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Ampwrecked 13: New music for your ears

High Signs – A Much Larger Ocean (?) The sudden and shocking rasp of vocalist Sam Hargrove from Toronto’s High Signs is more than enough to wake you from a slumber. His cutting, Chuck Reagan-esque bark has the snarl of the Gainesville punker – ravaged and raw and suits their danceable post-punk shuffle to a tea. […]

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’68 – Two Parts Viper

Band: ’68Album: Two Parts ViperLabel: Cooking VinylRelease date: 2 JuneSounds like: Amps/drums/guitars/pushed to the limit. A ’68 Camaro launching itself into your face. “I could have been anyone from anywhere, but I chose to be me, right here.” When a man in a suit approaches you in a dream and tells you that you will […]

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USA Nails – Sell Sell Sell EP

Band: USA NailsEP: Sell Sell SellLabel: Sad Tape RecordsRelease date: Out nowSounds like: NO FRILLZ/THRILLS/THRILLHO What do USA Nails minus the frills sound like? Well, USA Nails really, but fighting one of those dance DJ machines in hell. Recorded partly in a rehearsal room and partly in vocalist Steve Hodson’s home on a Yamaha MM30 cassette […]

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USA Nails – Shame Spiral

Band: USA NailsAlbum: Shame SpiralLabel: Bigoût Records / Hominid SoundsRelease date: 16 JuneSounds like: A kitchen full of rats. R2 D2 flipping you off. A vinyl cassette covered in piss.  Immersing themselves almost completely in a different spectrum of reality, USA Nails (the family fun time band from London – as they like to call themselves) […]

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Idles – Brutalism

Band: Idles Album: Brutalism Label: Balley Records Release date: March Sounds like: Getting a medal. Rachel Khoo. Vomiting on art. Loss.   “GET ON YER BIKE SHE SAID! LET THEM EAT CAKE SHE SAID!” Subtlety doesn’t really exist to a band like Idles. Brutalism, their debut album, opens the door before you’ve had time to […]

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Ampwrecked 12: New Music For Your Ears

Mutoid Man – Melt Your Mind (Sargent House) It’s Mutoid Man! Twirling a guitar around your head, air-drumming until your wrists fall off; it’s all part of the experience spliced together by Koller, Brodsky and of course, the master that is Nick Cageao. Melt Your Mind is just over 2 minutes of speed-thrash-excellence, that’s hella melodic […]

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Ampwrecked 11: New Bands For Your Ears

 Mastodon – Show Yourself (Reprise) I don’t know about you, but I love that Brann Dailor is slowly becoming the frontman of Mastodon. Okay, so he’s not really, but ever since he started singing from Crack The Skye onwards, I’ve found their stuff utterly terrific. Remission/Leviathan purists are going to HATE this then, but fuck […]

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Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Band: JapandroidsAlbum: Near To The Wild Heart Of LifeLabel: Anti-Release date: 27 JanuarySounds like: Young hearts sparking fire on the edge of Gastown.  “But I got no plans at all, except a drink as soon as possible.” Five years since Celebration Rock and there’s murmurings in the Japandroids camp. If you think about it though, […]