garage punk

Artist: 
The Orwells
Label: 
Atlantic

The Orwells broke into indie mainstream with their 2014 album Disgraceland, and have just returned with their follow-up, Terrible Human Beings. This album isn't much different from their previous work, but the reasons why they ever became popular are still quite apparent. The album is full of solid riffs, but at 13 songs, the album feels pretty bloated, as there isn't much to differentiate the songs from each other, and by the end of it they all sound pretty same-ish.

Sounds Like: 
Radkey
Sounds Like: 
Twin Peaks
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
St. Tropez
Label: 
Self-Released

Self-described as "four guys making garage-punk in a former gay sauna by the canals of Amsterdam," St. Tropez is quite the interesting garage punk band. I can only imagine what spending a day in that former gay sauna is like which may be why there music is nearly maddening with the rough and powerful sounds they produce. While I'm typically not one to enjoy rough styles of alternative, St. Tropez's style isn't too violent to not be enjoyable.

Sounds Like: 
Foster Care
Sounds Like: 
GOGGS
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Hiroshima DeFX/ Spank
Label: 
Self Released

This split by Hiroshima DeFX and Spank is decent for a self released split. Personally, between the two bands, I preferred the first three songs who were by Spank. The songs had a more alternative rock sound, though rough. The first song "Youth in Ice" was the best of the three, with somewhat catchy guitar riffs. The second half of the CD, by Hiroshima DeFX was more rough and loud, which was slightly abrasive. It is not my style of music, and is a bit more hard than music that I listen to generally, but as what it is, it's not horrible.

Sounds Like: 
Garage punk rock
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2016
Artist: 
Red Tank!
Label: 
unsigned

Red Tank! and their

Sounds Like: 
Wire
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Youth
Sounds Like: 
No Trend
Sounds Like: 
Dogbreth
Name: 
Rina Nkulu
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2016

II

Artist: 
Fuzz
Label: 
In the Red Records

Yet another album with Ty Segall! He’s released 8 albums so far on his own, not to mention ones like this where he collaborates with other musicians. This album, II, the second album released by the group Fuzz, is a solid noisy garage rock album featuring Segall (drums, vocals), Charles Moothart (guitar, vocals) and Chad Ubovich (bass, vocals). Honestly I thought this album was super good.The name of the band says it all—the bass and guitar are very distorted and fuzzy.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Segall
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
10/28/2015
Artist: 
Shadow In the Cracks
Label: 
Goner

This is a side project of the band the Blind Shake. It’s their self titled debut album. It’s much more dark and psychedelic than their previous material. The baritone vocals and guitars create this post-punk/psych rock dark vibe. This record has a lot of reverb and distortion. It’s a good moody album to turn on really loud. Definitely worth a listen.

Sounds Like: 
The Blind Shake
Sounds Like: 
Acid Baby Jesus
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
10/23/2015
Artist: 
Pronto
Label: 
Slovenly

This Melbourne-based scuzzed out punk band supports what I’ve been saying for the last couple years: Australia is where it’s at right now in terms of interesting music. Most tracks on this album are scratchy and loud and full of energy like the Feederz, but there are a few lower-key, more melodious tracks reminiscent of Jay Reatard’s singles. You can expect mostly simple guitars, scraping vocals, and crashing rhythms. They don’t seem to be doing anything particularly unique, but they are just fun, attacking, and not trying too hard.

Sounds Like: 
Feederz
Sounds Like: 
Jay Reatard
Name: 
MTucker
Date Reviewed: 
10/04/2015
Artist: 
PWR BTTM
Label: 
Father/Daughter Records

Ugly Cherries, by PWR BTTM, a guitar/drums duo, is an album full of power punk songs about love, living, and the complexities of gender expression and how those expressions are received by the public. The songs are minimalistic but pack a lot of spunk, even when they’re slower songs. Both members sing for the album, and their sweet smooth vocals pair nicely with the heavy guitars and drums. It’s a real shame that track 2 (Dairy Queen) isn’t FCC clean because I think it’s one of the most fun songs on the album. 

Sounds Like: 
Dilly Dally
Sounds Like: 
Girlpool
Name: 
Zazil Davis-Vazquez
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2015
Artist: 
Meat Wave
Label: 
SideOneDummy Records

For those who have been patiently awaiting, Delusion Moon is finally here. This makes it Meat Wave's third album release, which is bursting with raw, energized garage punk. The album begins with the the track "Delusion Moon," which is possibly where the the name sake of the entire album comes from; the first tracks power chords reminded me of their song Brother, one of the more popular tracks that was featured on both of their previous two albums. Two of the most exciting new tracks are "Network" and "Cosmic Zoo".

Sounds Like: 
Broncho
Sounds Like: 
FIDLAR
Sounds Like: 
Together PANGEA
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2015
Artist: 
Various Artists
Label: 
Slovenly Records

This is without a doubt the dopest album I've ever encountered. Basically, there was this dude Jaime Paul Lamb who was huge in the 90's South West punk scene. He was in a handful of bands, recorded for some other ones, and just generally created an underground punk movement where there wasn't really one before. A seriously influential dude. Well, he recently teamed up with Slovenly Records to put out this double LP compilation of all of the different bands he was involved with back in the day.

Sounds Like: 
No specific bands, just think scuzzy punkers, head banging, violent mosh pits, dudes yelling in your face...
Name: 
Molly Ragan