Tag: Punk

Ramonda Hammer “Too Much, Too Recently”

Probably the most consistently great bands to grace Pop Occulture, Ramonda Hammer’s “Too Much, Too Recently” is just as emotionally raw and amazingly blistering as their last single “Bender”. “Too Much…” has about as much drama and emotional gravity as

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Blood Child “Suicide Boy”

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

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Whispering Jackie “Breaking Up This Time”

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

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FREAK GENES “Playtime”

FREAK GENES – Playtime by ALIEN SNATCH! 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

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The Heck “Waiting in Line”

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. Waiting in Line by

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Thee Creeps “Gave Pop”

Grave Pop by Thee Creeps A few months late on my part, but here is the new EP by New Yorkers Thee Creeps! This EP is full of fuzzy energetic garage punk that is sorely lacking these days! Out now

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The Mad Doctors “No Waves Just Sharks”

No Waves, Just Sharks by The Mad Doctors 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

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Lucy Gucy “Down Down Down”

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?

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Smoke Mountain “Demon”

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

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Ramonda Hammer “Bender”

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

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Narco States “Wicked Sun”

For those of you out there who are obsessed with organ heavy proto-punk, there’s no better example of bands doing it right as Minneapolis, MN’s Narco States. Their album Wicked Sun came out a few years ago, and really has

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Ema “Down and Out”

Ema’s “Down and Out” finds former Gowns front-woman, and indie-rock’s own William Gibson of dark futuristic visions, stripped down and vulnerable in the most inimate that she’s ever presented herself in song. The truth is I’ve never heard anybody depression

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Winter “Jaded”

In recent years Burger Records has had a great undercurrent of great bands that evoke that great 90’s flavored woman-centric pop punk, and Winter’s “Jaded” is another shining example. The song finds Samira Winter writing solid pop hooks, with just

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Foxholes “S/T”

Foxholes make the kind of unadulterated power-pop / post-punk that is only made to to be catchy and undeniably enjoyable. Following up their 2013 LP “Can’t Help Myself”, “Foxholes” finds the band that is more comfortable in their skin and

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Vahnevants “Criminals”

Any time these “Back from the Grave” inspired rockers release anything it’s a time to celebrate. Their third full length release in just as many years, “Criminals” find the band refining their wobbly and raucous music into a singular vision

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The May Company “Hair, hair (is heir)”

One of my personal favorites The May Company came to me and asked if we wanted to share with all of you the video for their new single “Hair, hair (is heir)” a video featuring Sasquatches (or possibly Yeti’s, forgive

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SLOWKISS “Pink Death”

On the lighter side, here is SLOWKISS’ new single “Pink Death” with breathy 90’s harmonies, the band reminds me of a few of the super obscure bands from the 90’s LA scene that were criminally overlooked, but let’s not let

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Hearken “Sure Shock”

With a vocal delivery that’s half Peter Murphy half Nico, Hearken’s brand of churning post-punk is both harrowing, poppy and hypnotic. It’s a song that goes off into unique and amazing areas, definitely a band worth checking out. carte blanche

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Field Trip to the Moon “Half Married”

London’s Field Trip to the Moon has swagger and attitude in abidance. Half Married is an attack on a nameless adulterer that pulls no punches. The guitar and bass sound straight out the more surf inspired early west coast punk,

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Horace Bones “Stranger Danger”

While the song sometimes narrowly misses the Rob Zombie territory vocally throughout the chorus, it is an interesting sound that brings a new texture in their traditionally horror punk vibe. Australia’s Horace Bones are a tight unit that drive the

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Think Tank “Krautrock”

Brooklyn’s Think Tank departs from it’s more experimental sound with this pretty straight forward rocker “Krautrock” an oddly catchy track straight out of an “Experimental Jet Set” vibe. The song quickly finds it’s groove and it’s snotty 77 punk attitude

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Starcrawler “Ants”

There is something undeniable about this 1:45 song about Ants. Starcrawler’s Arrow de Wilde comes across as the love child of Alice Cooper, Freddy Mercury and Mick Ronson, while the band bashes out some of the most unrepentant 70’s pop

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Loco Ono “Black Hole”

Despite winning the 2017 pun band name competition (as chosen by me), London’s Loco Ono’s new single “Black Hole” finds them mining 90’s alt-pop and cranking it up to 11 and adding a breakneck drum beat. The song has a

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Bravery Cat “Fractal”

Toronto natives Bravery Cat’s “Fractal” sounds like the meticulous cross-breeding of Post-Punk and Power Pop. It’s a stone-faced rocker with a ghostly presence you’re not going to be able to ignore. Their new EP Apocalypse Meow is streaming on their

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Maadwest “Dirt Lyfe”

“Dirt Lyfe” of of MAadwest’s 2016 debut “I Can’t Believe We’re All Idiots”, is a buzzy infectious poppy (but not pop) punk song from these Cleveland natives. Definitely that needs further inspection.

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Hunx and His Punx “Baby of the Band”

If I have to explain to you why a new (old, unreleased) Hunx song is the best news I’ve heard in a long time, you’re on the wrong page.

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Lucy Gucy “Dead End Doll”

Lucy Gucy is timeless in the best sense of the word. There isn’t a point in the song where you can tell if it was recorded in the 50’s or yesterday, with a unstated yet solid hook “Dead End Doll”

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Traitrs “Hand of Holy Fingers”

First track off of Traitrs’ “Speak in Tounges” Ep out on Pleasence Records. This is the type of gothic post punk that makes the 16 year old inside of me dance by himself in the corner. It’s we well produced

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Kilo Tango “Don’t Bring Me Roses”

With classic garage pop hooks, and a memorable melody. Kilo Tango’s “Don’t Bring Me Roses” will hook you so deep you’ll be singing it in the middle of the night.

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Eliza & The Delusionals “Salt”

Eliza & The Delusionals’ single for the song “Salt” really spearheads the zeitgeist of what’s happening in garage pop these days. With sunshiney angst the song has more hooks than anything on the radio today, while retraining a feeling of

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