Ampwrecked 13: New music for your ears

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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. A Much Larger Ocean is …

’68 – Two Parts Viper

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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 fail if he (the man) …

USA Nails – Sell Sell Sell EP

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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 recorder; Sell Sell Sell is raw….just raw. …

USA Nails – Shame Spiral

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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) seem content to continue morphing …

Idles – Brutalism

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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 answer, staggers into your house, …

Ampwrecked 12: New Music For Your Ears

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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 in places (seriously, a lot …

Ampwrecked 11: New Bands For Your Ears

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 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 ’em, because Show Yourself, is …

Japandroids – Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

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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, this is a band that …

Guest Post: Jack Murray’s Top 10 albums of 2016

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Always on a quest to find out if they’re “doing the hits” or playing “This is a Call” or wondering when Jimmy Corkill and the Go-Go Sex Dolls are touring – Jack Murray chainsaws his way through the opposition (he had to split) to deliver his top 10 albums of 2016. You can find out what he had to say …

Lizard Hips’ Top 10 Albums of 2016

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I’m sure in many, many, MANY years, 2016 will be studied as the “what the fuck happened in THAT year?” as a history module. 2017 has got to be better, right? Thankfully, there was some good music this year, amongst all the badness (Ken McCray dying was a total bummer and you know, the other stuff) so, what better way than …