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 …

Mutoid Man – War Moans

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Band: Mutoid Man Album: War Moans Label: Sargent House Release date: 2 June Sounds like: A bone chain bandaged around your mind in the afterlife. I’m not surprised to hear that Mutoid Man brew their own beer; 6.66% apparently. It’s the logical beverage to accompany anything surrounding them and their music -a bottle really should have been included with a …

’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) …

Christian Fitness – Slap Bass Hunks

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Band: Christian FitnessAlbum: Slap Bass HunksLabel: PrescriptionsRelease date: 20 AprilSounds like: Beads. BEES? Beads. BEADS? Gob’s not on board. They don’t allow you to have bees in here.  “Nobody likes a snitch.” Staring at the cover of Slap Bass Hunks, (the fourth album from the ever-prolific Christian Fitness, aka, Andy Falkous) I’m convinced that it’s some kind of ‘Black Mirror’ …

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. …

Yagow – S/T

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Band: Yagow Album: S/T Label: CrazySane Records Release date: 16 June 2017 Sounds like: Space rock Staring at Yagow‘s album cover and you still won’t see a sailboat. This is less a magic eye and more of the opening of a portal to a new dimension. You see, this space-y trio from Saarbrücken, Germany, are the latest edition to CrazySane’s …

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 …

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 …

Closet Disco Queen – Sexy Audio Deviance for Punk Bums

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Band: Closet Disco QueenEP: Sexy Audio Deviance for Punk BumsLabel: CrazySane RecordsRelease date: 7 April Sounds like: Ultimate slam dance instruMENTAL grooves right into your face.  Now, that’s a great EP title, seriously – well done the lads from La Chaux De Fonds. Closet Disco Queen are on some kind of bizarre quest to make sure you’re dripping in sweat. No, not through …

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 …