Just over the last year or so, Glasgow based four-piece The Van T’s have been… well everywhere. Including opening up The Jesus and Mary Chain in Amsterdam! Much like these fellow pioneering Scots the Van T’s mix blistering guitars with coaxingly sweet vocals. That combined a bewilderingly blood-soaked video, it’s really an experience that you’ll have to take in.
Blood Child bring out the pure unadulterated post-punk sound of the late 70’s in their new live recording of the song “Suicide Boy”. Tight in all the right areas while the free floating pain-filled lyrics drift into another dimension. Definitely a band I’m curious to hear in a studio setting.
Whispering Jackie’s “Breaking Up This Time” is an interesting song that is thematically timeless, while also being completely inscrutable if the song was recorded any time since the late 70’s. With tight performances from all three members of this Sydney based garage punk trio, it has the sunshine but also the bite and wit of So-Cal punk.
If you’re familiar at all with the wake of homespun garage pop the 77″ punk movement left across Europe in it’s wake, you will have a great head start placing the sound of the marvelously shambolic Freak Genes’ “Playtime”. Nostalgic without a hint of being derivative “Playtime” is timeless and infectious.
Straight outta the Netherlands, The Heck’s “Waiting in Line” 7″ is a raucous piece of 60’s influenced proto-punk straight out of a Pebbles compilation, and then cranked up to 10. Out soon on Dirty Water Records.
This album was sent to me months ago and somehow I overlooked it until now. These New York City, surf-punk weirdos know exactly how to pull off killer but off kilter riffs that will get stuck in your head for days.
Featuring our previously reviewed “Dead End Doll”, Lucy Gucy has just released their latest EP “Down Down Down” these lurid, melodic garage-pop gems make melancholy sound appealing. Why are you reading this rather than listening?
While metal isn’t entirely outside of the scope of Pop Occulture, I believe that Smoke Mountain might be the heaviest thing that we’ve ever featured on the page. Their song “Demon” should be featured in every mid-70’s to late 80’s horror movie where the kids are sitting around getting stoned right before someone gets stabbed through the eye. Heavy, but not marred in the growl-laden incomprehensible tendencies of the last 20 years of the genre. Smoke Mountain is currently working on their next release and if this EP is any indication, it should be fantastic!
Ramonda Hammer is back once again with their own brand of hi-fi emotionally raw 90’s alt-pop. “Bender” was written while binge watching Shameless, and the grit might have rubbed off as this is one of the most angsty songs I’ve heard so far from the Hammer. The new EP is shaping up to be something really special!