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Black Light Medusa-The Demos

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Being a fan of  Jenny & The Felines, I was excited to hear that Jenny Cat’s new band, Black Light Medusa had recently released a 3 track album. Simply called The Demos, this New Jersey all female band’s first release did not disappoint.

The songs are well written, with wonderful melodies woven through an insanely cool pop vibe with punk undertones. It is simplicity perfected, with subtle nuances of sweet guitar riffs and solos, and dynamite vocal tracks while the rhythm section pushes the album along. There is a wonderful intro on ‘Don’t Want To Be Your Baby’ that leads into a bass line that drives the track through its pop-punk vibe, while ‘Brenda’ offers a pure pop feel that surrounds a simple, yet unforgettable guitar riff. Our favorite track, ‘Can’t Shake It’ delivers a great guitar solo, and an unforgettable hook.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jenny Cat (Jenny & The Felines), along with drummer Kat Daville (Tightlipped, The Bloody Muffs), and bassist Cathy Berg (Devil’s Bubble Gum, The Infamous Lost Cause) deliver a powerful trip into insanely good melodies that layer 1960s pop sentiments atop a punk backdrop, creating infectious and habit forming songs. It is wonderfully done. I only wish that there were several more tracks to listen to. You need to get yourself a copy or two, but to do that you need to attend a live show. Check out the band’s facebook page for information on where the band is playing and where else the album will be available for sale.

 

MARINOL NATION-hell’s ditch

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The latest album from Sarnia’s Marinol Nation, is about to be released. I had the opportunity for a pre-release listen, and I am impressed. ‘Hell’s Ditch’ flows with rock, blues, country, and punk vibes, across themes of life after death, and heaven and hell, told as only Eli Martin could tell it. There are wonderful melodies, highlighted by sweet harmonies, wonderful guitar, as well as mandolin, saxophone, and lap steel guitar. The changes and transitions are exceptional, (check out the transition from “Hell’s Ditch part 2 ” to “Hell’s Ditch part 3“), and the arrangements give the album a theatrical rock musical feel. The album is edgy and raw, with insanely good riffs and solos, and some dynamite bass lines. There is no pretense here, just the band doing their thing. And it is exceptionally good. Favorite tracks include “Serenade“, a wonderfully melodic track, with a full sound, and some dynamite steel guitar; “Song 4 Amy“, a terrific rock track, filled with cool riffs and solos; and “Jesus In A Jar“, a rock and roll tune, that incorporates a punk edge, some cool harmonies, and hand clapping. An all around great time. The album is set for release this summer, on the band’s own Musicwhore Records label, so keep checking the release date on the bands page, and grab yourself a few copies. Share them with your friends. Have a party. Turn up the volume to number 11.

 

 

 

 

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SIDEWATCHER-Otra Vez

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sidewatcherDetroit based pop-garage-punk band, Sidewatcher, has come up with a novel idea for the release of their new album, Otra Vez. The 14 track project will be released as 7 color coded singles. The 1st 2 singles are out, released in January and February, 2016 respectively, and I like what I hear.

Keys To Your Heart‘, and ‘I Really Like You‘ appear on Otra Vez l. While Otra Vez ll, contains the songs ‘ Hey You‘, and ‘Have Love Will Travel‘. There are wonderful melodies, cool changes, and sweet vocals. I heard dynamite piano and organ, and nice riffs. The songs are pop, with a punk edge and elements of surf, garage, and psych rock. The sound is excitingly addictive. A very cool band with a very cool sound. Looking forward to the next single release! You can check SideWatcher out for yourself on their bandcamp page. 

 

 

 

 

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CRASHDOLLZ-‘Punks In Amerika’

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crashdollzI had a chance to listen to the new CrashDollz cd, ‘Punks In Amerika‘, several times. The Detroit rockers deliver 11 tracks of hardcore, High Octane Punk, that incorporates elements of both metal, and garage. The songs are filled with captivating melodies,  dynamite riffs, and a way cool rhythm section. There are wonderful changes, some cool effects, rocking vocals, and blisteringly sweet guitar licks and solos.  The album is a powerful, guitarcentric trip through anarchy, and anti-establishment sentiments, delivered with wonderfully angst riddled vocals. CrashDollz offer some insanely exciting, in your face, power punk. Its good to know that there are Punks In Amerika! Favorite tracks: “Murder A Go-Go“, and “Activate“. You really need to check this out here, and buy a couple of cds. And, if you are ever see them playing in your home town, go and see them live. Really.

 

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WATERSHED HOUR-From Your Best Friend

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WH4The recently released album by Watershed Hour, the Peterborough, Ontario alternative band, contains 6 uniquely original tracks. Filled with elements of garage, punk, and rock, From Your Best Friend offers cool melodies, nice changes and transition, and some wonderful riffs. The angst ridden songs deliver driving rhythms, pounding guitars, and wild drumming, highlighted with sweet guitar and bass solos, cool effects and dynamite vocals. There is a wonderfully dark and disturbing vibe that will pull you in. A punked up garage sound, with each track a musical free for all, a sort of well constructed jam. Favorite tracks include ‘Kristi Is My Drinking Buddy‘ , and ‘The Lone Paraders‘. Check them out on their bandcamp page, and then buy yourself a digital download, or cassette. Go on, take a walk on the wild and eerie side.

 

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PROPELLER-Fall Off The World

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propellerThe January 2016 release of “Fall Off The World“, by Propeller, has me wondering why it took me so long to find this California band. This insanely good album, filled with 10 tracks of perfectly crafted Powerpop, has me made a fan. The melodies are wonderful, blanketed in sweet harmonies and backing vocals. The riffs and solos are dynamite, and the hooks, unforgettable. There are great changes, some way cool effects, and amazing vocal tracks. I heard exciting bass lines, and a way cool punk vibe in ‘Turn On The Radio‘, a tribute to The Ramones. The songs are 2-3 minutes, and are destined to be Powerpop classics; simple & basic, but they just don’t leave your head! At times, I am reminded of The Romantics, and The Knack. The album is insanely cool, like a 1980’s Powerpop dance party. You can stream it & buy it on the band’s bandcamp page. I suggest you get 2 or 3. It is that good. Clearly headed for a place on the 2016 I Can’t Believe My Earz 2016 Indie Album Of The Year. Favorite tracks: ‘The Things You Say‘; ‘Its Kinda Why I Like You‘; ‘Can’t Feel These Things‘.

 

 

 

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KISS MY ACID-Individuality

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kmaAnother kick ass Dublin, Ireland band, Kiss My Acid, released their debut ep, Individuality, in September, 2015.  The 5 tracks are wonderfully powerful, with cool melodies, and dynamite changes. Exciting bass lines, and dynamite vocals enhance the blistering power chords. There are some cool vocal effects, and the drumming never lets up. There are no frills here. No bells and no whistles. Just cool songs filled with angst & anger. Hard driving, this is pure raw energy. Pure power punk! Favorite track: ‘Revolution’, with its cool vocals, nice changes & transitions, and an in your face vibe, could be a new punk anthem! Check it out here, and then buy yourself a copy. You won’t be sorry!

 

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SEDGE-Selective Reasoning

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sedge1So, there is a way cool Toronto band, Sedge, who released ‘Selective Reasoning‘ in August 2015. The pop, punk, and grunge elements of this album are wonderfully interwoven. The songs deliver great melodies, way cool guitar riffs and solos, and dynamite changes & transitions. There are nice harmonies, layered over dynamic bass lines and drums that just don’t seem to quit. The use of feedback is wonderfully reminiscent of psych-rock, while the bridges, choruses and hooks are delightfully pop.

sedgeThe album is melodic as hell, filled with tracks that  incorporate several genres and themes into 1 song, and make it work incredibly well. Wonderful album. Wonderful band. Favorite tracks: ‘Running For Days‘, ‘On My Own‘, and ‘Up All Night‘ with its insanely good Beach Boys feel. Check it out here and then order yourself a copy or 2. A contender to be in  the top 10 Indie Albums on the I Can’t Believe My Earz Indie Album of 2015.

 

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THE EASY OUTS-Desolate Row

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easyouts2The long awaited new album from New Jersey’s The Easy Outs, is just about here.  And, after listening to Desolate Row, set for a mid October release, it was well worth the wait.

The 12 tracks rock from beginning to end. Not just rock, but Jersey Rock. The kind of rock that hits you in the face, with wonderful riffs, great changes, and a kick ass rhythm section. Sounding like The Beatles meet The Ramones, Desolate Row blends wonderful melodies with unforgettable hooks and way cool harmonies, with high octane garage rock.  I hear great changes, cool drum shots, and some wonderful bass lines. Bruce Ferguson‘s vocals are exceptional, and Kurt Reil‘s production is right on!

 

 

easyoutsThe Easy Outs have struck gold. The sound is insanely full, but there are no gimmicks here, just straight ahead rock and roll. The kind of rock that you take on a road trip, top down as you barrel along some coastal highway! Desolate Row is simply a wild party, and you’re invited. You just need to get a copy, crank it up, and hold on tight! Definitely in contention for I Can’t Believe My Earz Album Of The Year for 2015!! Favorite tracks: “Good Old Days“, “Noreese“, “Can’t Remember A Thing“, and “Come On Come On“.

 

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THE CONTACTS

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While there isn’t a recent album out there, The Contacts have some way cool music floating around cyberspace.

the contacts32003’s Black & White Days is an insanely good body of work. Despite being recorded in a small home studio, the album rocks. At times I hear shades of Pink Floyd, The Kinks, and Zappa. There are jazz, pop, punk, and rock vibes throughout. The songs are melodious pokes at life, uniquely written and arranged, incorporating wonderfully played organ, some way cool bass lines, and interesting vocal tracks. The harmonies, borrowed from 1960s Brit Pop, are as perfect as one can get in a basement. The changes are great, the hooks standout, and the vocals are wonderfully raw, as they deliver some bizarre thoughts. Pop-Rock, kissed by Punk. A wonderful sound. A wonderful time. Notable tracks include ‘Rain, Rain, Rain‘, ‘Road Rage‘, and ‘Have A Biscuit‘.

 

 

 

the contactsThe band’s Soundcloud page has a truckload of other tracks as well. There is the 1980’s electro pop style ‘No Way Out‘, that reminds me of Love & Rockets. ‘If You Only Knew‘, offers a dynamite melody, electric piano, and way cool organ. You need to check this out. Head over to Soundcloud, and check them out on facebook. I have heard through the British grapevine, that there are thoughts of heading into a studio and working on another album. Could we really be that lucky? I hope so. The Contacts are unique, and interesting. The music is simply a good time!

 

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