Pummeling Punker from NOTS

notsIt only takes a second for the pounding rhythm section to push this track right into your face. Natalie Hoffman tosses off her punk scowl in the best manner possible, biting and indifferent, aiming straight for the song’s message of ‘depression and loss.’ NOTS made waves with their first release, but they seem more confident and headstrong, aiming to take the rest of the world head on. I fully expect their new effort, Cosmetic, to be full of like-minded songs, with no bullshit rock n’ roll begging to be played over and over. Look for it on September 9th via Goner Records.

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Epic Rocker From NOTS

unnamed (4)We’ve talked about Memphis based NOTS on this here website in the past and they are one of those bands we eagerly wait to hear more from. Today our thirst for new music is quenched with this epic new single entitled “Entertain Me”. Prepare yourself before hitting play because this thing is an epic, 7 minute long, punk rock jam session. It’s full of grit, wailing guitars and vocals, and all things badass.

NOTS will release new album Cosmetic on September 9th via Goner Records.

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Old Track from Angry Angles (ft. Jay Reatard)

angry-angles-cover-5x5I miss Jay Reatard. There was something pure and powerful in everything he wrote, and while it’s unfortunate that one has to go back and revisit his old projects before his fame broke, at least we can be grateful that they get to see the light of day. Angry Angles was his final project before going out wholly on his own, featuring Alix Brown of the Lids, and it definitely serves as the final notice to what was coming. There’s that distinctive guitar tone; there’s also a quality of evil and anxiety that fits in his lyrical work at this time (and in future works). I love the fact that this also displays his ability to go completely off the rails, yet have control of everything around him at the same time. Goner Records will be releasing a compilation of every piece of recorded material Angry Angles was able to put together in its short span; it comes out on May 20th.

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New Old Tunes from Angry Angles

angryAngry Angles was one of the many projects touched by the late Jay Reatard, and while many of the songs have been heard, they’re getting a good compilation effort from the folks at Goner Records. It’s just another thing to cherish in my JR collection, and remind me of the great songwriter we lost. I’ll probably go back and listen to some of his hits today, probably starting with that Matador Singles Comp; I loved that work. The compilation will be out on Goner on May 20th.

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Powerful Punk from Nots

notsThe ladies in Nots have been fleshing out their sound as of late, moving from a two-piece act to a four piece.  With that move, the group completes their sound, filling in the furious pounding rhythm section with a bit of synthesized noise.  In the end, the group is left with this rash rocker that’s as infectious as it is forceful.  But, like all great punk shorts, the song comes in under 1.45 minutes, giving you a glimpse of the work, but not overstaying its welcome.  Look for the debut from the band, We Are Nots, coming your way on November 11th via Goner Records.

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So Cow – The Long Con

so cowRating: ★★★½☆

We’ve posted a bit lately on Irish act, So Cow, but in case you missed those blurbs, and still haven’t heard of this group, here’s the scoop. They started out back in 2005 as the solo project of front man Brian Kelly, and then evolved into a three-piece outfit that’s put out four LP’s up to date. Back in July the band signed with Goner Records to put out The Long Con, which makes for their fifth full-length record of DIY guitar and lyric-central indie rock.

They begin the album right off with their funky, off-kilter rock with a single “Barry Richardson,” which kicks in immediately with electric guitar that squalls and around the vocals and drums. This, along with the vocals from Kelly gives out a very meandering-post-punk vibe, but then the song manifests itself into a different animal for the chorus. Here, we see a switch to the straightforward chorus as the group joins him to repeat the title characters name. This switch is interesting because it creates a fairly large distinction between the off-kilter opening to the song and the more direct and harsh sound of the chorus. So Cow traverses this fine line for the majority of the album, constantly switching between the quirky and straightforward.

Another track that really draws on this concept is “Guess Who’s Dead,” which has a drum beat that’s all serious business, while the guitar juts out at angles at the end of lines to begin. Again, the chorus gives out a more direct notion of indie-post-punk with the grit of a tinge of metal on the guitar. All the while, Kelly’s lyrics are the very opposite of serious, discussing the going-ons of people around town; the balance here is what’s so intriguing about the sound that So Cow is all about.

My biggest qualm, albeit still fairly small, with The Long Con is that it seems to stretch on just a few songs too long. If you look at each individual song, track-by-track, you can see that this band really pulls off some interesting takes on indie-rock via their style, but it is difficult for a collection as long as this to hold your steady attention for the duration of a forty five minute long album. The last song kind of fizzles out when it comes to the energy of the record, leaving you on a slightly flat note; it makes you question the organization of the album and the incorporation of some of the tracks.

That being said, The Long Con, minus a few minutes, is a quirky and enticing album. Fans of the band will enjoy the twang of not only the lyricism that Kelly brings to the table, but also of the more direct pieces of rock-n-roll.

 

 

Top 5 Bands at Goner Fest 11 – An Insider’s Guide

gonerI’ve been intrigued by the festival fascination of the world as of late, but as most of us know, the idea isn’t a wholly new one. For example, Goner Records is hosting their 11th Goner Fest this year on September 25-28 in Memphis.  I love the label and the things they’ve been putting out, so I reached out to our friend Madison, who handles press and bookings at Goner, to see who the Top 5 Acts of the festival are.

If you’re looking to get your rock n’ roll fix, and are willing to travel, this is the place to be.  You can still get your hands on tickets HERE. Thanks again to Madison for the time, and the advice on who to check out.

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The Blind Shake Bring on Furious Rocker

blindboysofalabamaThe pace of this track is immediate, pummeling you with lightning-quick drums from the moment you press play.  Guitars fuzzily swarm around the beats, leaving room for the vocals to hit you with their own shouted bit of echo.  As the feedback rings out in the background, the group keeps the pace, blasting away for nearly three minutes.  The Blind Shake has just announced that they’ll be releasing their new album, Breakfast of Failures, via Goner Records on October 28th.  Those of you searching for some noisy rock n’ roll today are going to have this on repeat all day long.

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Ausmuteants Ready New Album

ausI’ve talked about my appreciation for Australia’s Ausmuteants on these pages before, and they’re back again with a new single, readying a new album.  I love the spastic delivery on the vocals here; it works in and out of step of the guitar chords that ring out, while a nice darkened synth line pushes the moody attitude up a notch.  Personally, I love how the band often feel out of control, yet it all is perfectly fitting and actually a rather tight ship.  Goner Records will be releasing Order of Operation on September 30th, and the band will tour the States through September, including a show at Beerland on the 23rd.

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Sorry I Missed It: New So Cow Single

socoI can’t wait for the new LP from So Cow, so I’m sorry that in my slew of madness I missed the latest single from the Irish act.  It was all over the net last week, illustrating a calmer sign of the band.  While the song’s not rushing through with the band’s typical brash attitude, it’s nice to see them tossing some new spins on their style for their forthcoming LP, The Long Con.  You’ll be able to hear the entire LP this September via Goner Records; it sounds like it might just be the record that brings them hordes of fans.  If not, at least I’ll have another bad ass record from the band to add to my collection.

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