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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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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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BURNOUTS

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the burnoutsFrom Chatham-KentOntario, hippie-punksters BurnOuts released a wonderfully addictive Ep in May, 2015, as a follow up to their 2012 album, ‘Pause For The Cause’.  Simply titled The BurnOuts EP, the 7 tracks are wonderfully traditional punk, with nuances of pop throughout. The songs are raw and simple, with cool riffs and solos, wonderful changes, and sweet melodies. The drums and bass are consistently heavy, and the use of keys on “New Days Old Faults” is a wonderful addition. Favorite tracks: “Let Her Go“, with its Rockabilly vibe, and “Freedom Radio” which incorporates some nice harmonies. Raw and simple, The Burnouts EP is an album you should check out. Punk with more sensitivity, and less anarchy.   http://theburnoutsband.bandcamp.com/album/the-burnouts-e-p

 

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SIX TO EIGHT MATHEMATICS-Mental Melodies

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628Lying somewhere between The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, New Jersey’s Six To Eight Mathematics have reminded me what punk music is really about. Pure. Raw. Simple. Unadulterated. The 7 track ‘Mental Melodies‘ was released 2 years ago, but is just as fresh and relevant today. Pounding drums and driving guitars push the vocals. Loaded with energy.6282 Very cool album. Very cool band. Favorite tracks are “Beggar“, and “No“. Not for the faint of heart. A must for all punk aficionados! Six to Eight Mathematic$ also released a cover of the Christmas classic, “Silent Night” sometime in 2009. Probably the best cover of this song I have heard. Now, to really be happy, I need another album from this band!! You can check their music out by going here: http://sixtoeightmathematics.bandcamp.com/album/mental-melodies

 

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NEVERFRIEND-Evolve

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neverfriend1I had the pleasure of previewing ‘Evolve‘, the new album from Neverfriend, an Ottawa, Canada based band. Scheduled for for release in mid December, 2014, this disc simply kicks ass.

The album opens with “Coming For Me“, a dynamite rock song with wonderful changes, and cool guitar. “Hard To Breathe“, with its great melody, and strong vocal track, turns out to be a wonderful ‘punk’ ballad. The nice changes and effects give the straight ahead rock track “Don’t Want To Love You” , another dimension. The vocals, and wicked guitar solo are added bonuses. “Take A Stand” has cool effects, nice drum fills, and some sweet riffs. The chorus rocks with  harmonies, and the change in tempo, well, its a pleasant surprise. The hard rock feel of  “Pissed Off & Running” delivers a great bridge, cool changes, and a beautiful chorus. I like the production values in this track. “Tell Someone Who Cares” carries an almost metal vibe, yet offers a way cool melody, and sweet chorus. The vocals are terrific, and I dig the harmonies. There are more amazing neverfriend3changes in “Everything That’s Wrong For Me“, as it roars through powerful instrumentation, and a cool melody. There are 2 standout tracks. “Dear Daddy“, with its broody, melancholia, offers a wonderful riff, and sweet harmonies. The song utilizes vocals and guitars only, and the vocals simply rock. This delicately complex track is still playing in my head. And then there is “Don’t Worry“. With its unforgettable pop melody, way cool chorus and harmonies, great changes, and sweet guitar solo, this song reminds of what the GoGos would sound like playing punk. An incredible track.

 

 

neverfriend2Neverfriend delivers a raw, energetic, yet sophisticated album. Combining elements of pop, punk, and hard rock, the songs never seem to disappoint. Pop melodies with punk/rock instrumentation. Way cool. I like the sound. I like the songs. I like the band.  Get ready for the release, and get yourself at least 1.

 

 

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Psych’d Out In The U.K.

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The British Empire has always managed to export groundbreaking music that transcends not only international borders, but cultural barriers as well. After tracking the wonderful wave of British Pop for the past year, I have wandered into an amazing array of psychedelica that is guaranteed to blow your mind! Some of my favorite mind altering music makers are shared below.

 

 

l&lLois & The Love

This London band delivers a hybrid of rock, ska, and psych. There are great vocals, and way cool harmonies drifting across a driving rhythm section. The songs are well constructed, and wonderfully melodic, and there are way cool keyboards. Performing what they refer to as dirty, psychedelic sleaze, I really like this band. Check out “Eye Of The Storm“.   https://www.facebook.com/loisandthelove

 

 

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Best described as psych-funk, this band delivers an interesting take on the genre. The songs are uniquely wonderful, with heavy bass, nice guitar effects, great changes, and wild transitions between musical themes. The vocals are originally divine, and divinely original. A wonderful blend of psych and jazz influences. I am particularly fond of “How Do You Cope, Hope?”.  https://www.facebook.com/blondebunnyband

 

 

Purple Heart Parade

php2Hailing from Manchester, this shoegaze/psych/fuzz rock band professes Cosmic Love. There are great guitar effects, and I really dig the dreamy, distant vocals. The songs are beautifully melodic, with great changes and transitions. The guitar is cool, and the drums, heavy. Check out the organ on “Star**cker Blues“. A wonderful blend of psych with pop melodies! My favorite tracks: “The Room“, and “Painting Pictures“. Dynamite psych with pop melodies!   https://www.facebook.com/PurpleHeartParade

 

 

Loaded

loadedThis London band offers some very cool guitar effects, with great vocals layered beneath the insanely melodic instrumentation. There are nice changes and transitions, heavy bass and drums, and a free flowing jam at the end of the songs. A raw, edgy take on psychedelic rock, a kind of Velvet UndergroundLou Reed thing. Check out the reverb on “Little Girl” .  https://www.facebook.com/thebandloaded

 

 

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I was only able to find 1 track to listen to, but this London band delivered a pop song with punk-psych elements. Raw with nice changes and transitions, sweet guitar, and a wickedly great melody. “You Look Like Something I Killed” is a wonderful song. I really like what I heard, and can’t wait to hear more.  https://www.facebook.com/feelmytangerines

 

 

 

Black Market Karma

BMK1Another London band, these guys have recently released their 5th album on Flower Power Records (yes, even the label name is cool). “Upside Out, Inside Down“, self described as supersonic psychedelic, has great effects, and wonderfully musical melodies. The vocal effects are dynamite, layered beneath the instrumentation, and the guitar solos are amazing, with a whack of reverb. There are cool transitions and changes in tempo. I hear sitar and tabla. Not your traditional songwriting formula, a sort of psych free for all. A consistantly good psych album, heavy on the psych. Like being on an 11 track acid trip. Pay particular attention to “Semper Fi“, “I Am Life“, and “The Whites Of Your Eyes“.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Market-Karma/29367551190

 

 

 

So, there you have it. Way cool. Lay back, turn on, and tune in!!

 

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GREEN MONKEY RECORDS-Underground Seattle Rock

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There is a network of great music minds that I admiringly refer to as The 3 Wise Men Of The Pacific Northwest. Frank Gutch, Jr., Tom Dyer, and Howie Wahlen, Sr. have introduced me to more great music coming out of this region of The United States that I could ever write about. Green Monkey Records, as underground as my 3 sources, continues to amaze and entertain me with music indigenous to this area. I have yet to be introduced to one that I did not like! Really! There are a few, however, that are standouts for me.

gary minklerGary Minkler’s promo notes describe his music as garage rock, or underground. I listened to Little Trailer Ruby, and  suspect that Minkler’s music is best described as Minkler Music. The song writing follows no formula. It is unconventional, and unique. It is Gary Minkler. With a voice somewhere between Tom Waitts and Van Morrison, Minkler tells amazing stories within great melodies, sweet harmonies, and dynamite arrangements. There are wonderful changes and transitions, way cool organ, nice guitar riffs, and horns. Completely original, Minkler has created a wonderful collection of songs. Particular attention should be paid to “Red Hot Face“, “Where I Am“, and “Somewhere Between The Come & Go“. Definitely one for the collection.

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the queen annesThe Queen Annes released Something Quick in 1986. Thanks to Green Monkey Records, it has been remastered and released with a Space Needle full of bonus tracks. Recorded before the grunge movement, this album captures a raw, underground, power-pop sound. There are great melodies, wonderfully interesting harmonies, and great guitar riffs and solos. The songs are amazing, with way cool changes and transitions, lasting 2-4 minutes on average. There are elements of rock, psych-rock, punk, and 1960’s pop. The arrangements are simply perfection. The sound goes beyond guitar driven, entering the realm of guitar overdrive. Something Quick has the feel of a live recording, completed in one take. I was impressed with the drumming-a sort of Keith Moon meets Bill Bruford style. A standout track, “You Will Cry”, has a dynamite psych-rock feel, with wonderful effects on the harmonies and guitars. There is also an amazing cover of Little Richard‘s “Lucille“. This album is a free for all. A wonderful time. I have listened to it 3 times, and it gets better with each listen. Get your hands on a copy before it vanishes. It is that good. Wish I knew about this 30 years ago.

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thegpOriginally released in 1988, November, by The Green Pajamas, is a collection of 19 tracks recorded live. The album contains amazing songs, with cool riffs, great melodies and harmonies, and interesting changes/transitions. There are clear influences to 1960’s Psych-Rock, both American, and British. The guitar orientated sound brings with it some dynamite organ and fuzz guitar. Somewhere in this collection of songs I heard shades Bowie, and The Greatful Dead, among others. Very cool. Songs of noteable mention include “What In The World“, with its great vocal track, “Just Like Seeing God“, and “Green Pajamas“. This album is non stop 1960’s pop on hallucinogens.We’ll call it Psych-Pop.

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