Hope Show 77 the lowdown
As usual a mix of old, new noise and pop tonight
1. winnebago deal – Maximum Overdrive
2. The offenders – Impact
3. Excel – Split Image
4. Dope Body – Repo Man
5. Perma War – Czlowiek
6. TV Smith – I Delete
7. Martha – Lost Without You
8. Anchor Bends – Still Casting Shadows
9. Two Pin Din & GW SOK – What Is Your Name
10. Goober Patrol – One More Time
11. Skizzwhores – Home Away From Home
12. Ace Bushy Striptease – Minor Toe Operation –
13. Le Butcherettes – Moment of Guilt (Henry Rollins)
14. Last Ex – Neils Theme
15. Weakerthans – Utilities
16. Protomartyr – Pagans
17. Purple 7 – No Fun
I reacquainted with Winnebago Deal last year when Dry Heave brought out a record. I had missed them first time around and their Plata O Plomo album completely passed me by in 2003. Thankfully there are some good charity shops in Dublin and I scored a winner recently picking up this album (and the levellers on the same day)
The Offenders have seen a renewed lease of life too. The are from Texas and had sad news when their guitarist, Tony Offender, passed away. Southern Lord have released their original music and hopefully a new audience will become aware of their hardcore sound.
Southern Lord have also released Excel , still skate punk with a slightly more metallic sound. Some great releases on that label.
Dope Body have been going since 2008 but I have just been introduced to them by their new album, Lifer, out on Drag City records.
Perma War are a punk band from Poland. Not too unlike Dezerter who are playing Dublin at Hallloween but they can make some racket.
TV smith can make all the racket he wants. The new album is out now and is great. Acoutsic mainly with some backing instruments for added effect. He just writes great songs and has been doing so since 1977.
Being vegan I always find it heartening to coma across bands that have members with a smilar diet. it’s a certain bond we hold together, our secret handshake if you will. Of course it helps if the band play good music and Martha certainly do. Very much diy, very pop folk and well deserving of your time.
Speaking of DIY (and when I talk about music, diy isn’t far away) Anchor Bends may be spread over 2 countries with Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean between them but they show that they can somehow make that work
Having a band that mixes people who were once in the ex, nomeansno and dog faced hermans is almost like me being asked to put together a supergroup. They did it without my prompting and have released a double 7″ . What is Your Name deals with the demoralisation of someone seeking to gain entry into a country, be it the land of their birth or not.
Ace bushy striptease are no longer a band. Maybe it had something to do with doigy interent searches but they do leave behind some fine diy recordings from Birmingham, UK.
Goober Patrol have no such songs but the Norwich bands album on Fat Wreck is one of the may good releases on that label
Skizzwhores are a punk band from Iowa in the US.; Their exploding ovaries album is worth your attention in much the same way as Sissy from Dublin demand notice.
Le Butcherettes are the first band from Mexico I have played and play Garage Punk. They believe in performance and have got Henry Rollins to do some spoken word on their new record
I move onto a Canadian Double Bill with Last Ex and Weakerthans. Last Ex are from Montreal and are on Constellation Records . It takes 27 hours to drive from the home of Last Ex to the Weakerthans in Winnipeg. Their indie rock sound is a lot different to their fellow stateband of Propogandhi but it’s no less intelligent.
I hopped on over the border to Detroit for the post punk sounds of Protomartyr, their new album is put now on Hardly Art
i had just about time to finish with Purple 7 . Sure you can’t beat a bit of diy pop eh