Grit are from that community, one that thrives on interaction and belief in a better world. They proudly belong and this record is an important part of that community
The guitars jangle along and there's tunes and niceness layered throughout. The band's name translates as heart-joy which certainly suits the heart warming sounds here.
It’s easy to know 40 years later how relevant something really was when the needle hits the record and you are brought back in a time capsule.
There is a lot of Chicago punk rock DNA in here manifesting itself as aggression draped in burning, melancholic guitar leads and an unpredictable hazy melodic wash.
Toxic Waste wore their hearts in their sleeves and warzone eventually ended. So did the open conflict but the underlying reasons haven’t changed that much. The streets of Dublin and Belfast have more colours now. Things have progressed but still we look to Capital for direction when maybe there could be a better way.
Rudimentary Peni forced you to listen to them, always a little bit uncomfortable and unsure. Nick Blinkos art was always a joy as you could examine it while the music was on and find something new each time.
udge along during the day wondering about covid numbers I get a feeling of excitement knowing I’m coming home to listen to this. It has brought genuine joy into my life in recent times. Hop on the dance floor, enjoy and remember that world still needs changing.
Quicksand have returned to our record stores and turntables A swift 4 years after their first album in 22 years. With a gatefold album full of colourful artwork Distant Populations is a continuation of that post metal post hardcore sound the band are famous for. It stops it starts, the guitars sway and make layers of sound. Walter's vocals are layered too and it helps with the overall feel. This is a band still on top of their game 31 years after they first chugged onto our radar.
Coming off at times like their label mates, Dark Thoughts, Cheap Whine are a fast power pop punk blast of freshness.
Packaged like an exploding eyeball with splattered coloured vinyl this is a work of art both on and off the vinyl.