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. …

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 …

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 …

Sect Mark – Demo

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Artist: Sect MarkTitle: DemoRelease: Tape / Digital Year: 2017 Label: Hidden Hands Records From the mighty city of Rome we get 6 songs of frenetic, raw and distorted hardcore punk. The sound reminds of some Japanese bands, especially the vocals. I don’t get the lyrics at all but song titles such as “Medical Reich, “Kissing Rats”, or “Nipples” sound promising. This is exactly the …

The story of Vision, pre-Praxis Records

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Without a doubt Praxis Records is one of the most important lables in the history of European electronic music history of the past two+ decades. It was founded in 1992 by Christoph Fringeli in London and  since then having been operated from Zurich and Berlin, the latter being where it’s based now. Recently Fringeli posted a translation of a very interesting piece …

Stream Orphan Swords’ side project Raum’s debut release

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Following a live release on Berlin-based label Instruments of Discipline, and a US tour, Orphan Swords member and Idiosyncratics label founder Yannick Franck is releasing his debut record under the RAUM moniker. Photo by Krysztoff Dorion The tape, NN SRVM 179 conveys a dense atmospheric dystopia through the soundscapes of side A’s track Nothing Will Prevail and side B’s fierce and seductive Exhaust and Feed. …