By Lizard Hips

METZ – Strange Peace

Band: METZAlbum: Strange PeaceLabel: Sub PopRelease date: Out nowSounds like: Wires wrapping around your neck. Being encased in cellophane. In a hole.  “Like the cannibal silence, dragging on for so long…” The words “you are rolling” (uttered by producer Steve Albini) open Strange Peace, the third album from professional angry nerds (thanks Liam Gallagher) METZ and […]

By Lizard Hips

Ampwrecked 14: New Music For Your Ears

Death From Above – Never Swim Alone (Last Gang) The comments below Death From Above‘s latest single are certainly interesting. Content to continue dividing opinion, Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F Keeler push the boundaries of their minimal set up, especially on Never Swim Alone; which, sounds like a wrestler’s entrance music. Seriously. Don’t read this […]

By Lizard Hips

Ewen Friers talks CATALAN! Axis Of, Travelling and avoiding Love Island!

Those of you may remember from last year a feature on Axis Of, celebrating the release of their most recent live album, Companions. Whilst the band have been quiet of late, things have been bubbling below the surface for one of their members, bassist Ewen Friers, who is currently working on a new project, titled CATALAN! Taking […]

By Lizard Hips

Ewen Friers talks CATALAN! Axis Of, Travelling and avoiding Love Island!

Those of you may remember from last year a feature on Axis Of, celebrating the release of their most recent live album, Companions. Whilst the band have been quiet of late, things have been bubbling below the surface for one of their members, bassist Ewen Friers, who is currently working on a new project, titled CATALAN! Taking […]

By Lizard Hips

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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Mutoid Man – War Moans

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 […]

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Christian Fitness – Slap Bass Hunks

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 […]

By Collin Brennan

The 50 Albums That Shaped Punk Rock

Where does the story of punk rock begin? Wash away the blood and spit and piss and vinegar of half a century, and you’ll end up … well, nowhere in particular. You might land inside a cramped Midwestern garage with The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” crackling through the radio, in a gutted London loft reverberating with […]

By Lizard Hips

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) […]