Sunday, 17 December 2017

Top 50 Records Of 2017 Pt. 11 (30 & 29)

Album No. 30 (Idles - Brutalism)

Brutalism as stark an album title as it is, still doesn't do this album justice, there simply aren't words sometimes to describe an album like this, sometimes you just need to sit down and take it all in. In time to come i'd hope this album would be as revered as Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' another album that took punk rock to a new level. If you need a soundbite it's like listening to Joy Division, Sex Pistols and The Fall all at the same time and that still doesn't do it justice.

Single  / EP No. 30 (Estrons - Strobe Lights / Glasgow Kisses 7")

Welsh aliens Estrons have been garnering attention for the last two years, improving each time with massive chorus' but not compromising on the rock. These latest two slabs of pop noise are sure to propel them to even greater heights, coming out on the Flying Vinyl boxset, who are rapidly becoming the fierce panda of this age.

Album No. 29 (The Cribs - 24-7 Rock Star Shit)

No one expected a new Cribs album so quickly after the excellent 'For All My Sisters' yet all of a sudden there were games to find a new 7" then the Albini album was announced, and it's exactly what you'd expect, big chorus harmonies but the music is much harder this time around, but with a title like '24-7 Rock Star Shit' what did you expect, mines on lovely pink splatter.

Single / EP No. 29 (Drahla - Faux Text 7")

I told you Drahla were having a good year, this is the 2nd of their 3 releases to make the list, more of the same as last time but this one seems to have an even bigger Sonic Youth comparison, they don't sound like carbon copies it's just the vibe, a relaxed way of playing per se. This one came out on the excellent Too Pure singles club.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Top 50 Records Of 2017 Pt. 10 (32 & 31)

Album No. 32 (Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?)

Okay so we all kind of thought Royal Blood would hit a sophomore slump, there was just way too much hype on their debut and in fairness it was fucking excellent, which is why it's so nice to be proven wrong for once. 10 slabs of searing rock in 35 minutes, just what the doctor ordered, there's almost too many varieties of vinyl to choose from, get one of the fancy ones, treat yourself.

Single / EP No. 32 (HMLTD - Satan, Luella and I / Kinkaku-ji 7")

Wow, i really liked this band's debut 7" 'Stained' but this is a real step forward, bringing to mind bands like The Veils and Strangelove (especially the vocals) and with so much going on, soaring choiresque vocals over crooned vocals leading into a massive chorus, this is amazing stuff indeed.

Album No. 31 (Buildings - You Are Not One Of Us)

Buildings are here and they're taking no fucking prisoners, having already crafted a masterpiece in 2011's 'Melt Cry Sleep' they're back with 12 more slabs of brutal noise rock, imagine Foo Fighters 'Wattershed' being jammed on by a Jesus Lizard/Shellac supergroup and you're somewhere close to the opening track, it's just glorious fucked up noise. You can have plain black or white with black splatter.

Single / EP No. 31 (Pale Lips - Should've Known Better! 7")

'Don't Take Your Switchblade To New York' good advice on the first song from this canuck garagypowerpoppy four pieces new 7", backed by the equally thrilling 'Old Flame' Pale Lips have picked up perfectly where last years 'Wanna Be Bad' LP left off, available in purple and black.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Top 50 Records Of 2017 Pt. 9 (34 & 33)

Album No. 34 (The Regrettes - Feel Your Feelings Fool!)

There wasn't a finer way to kick off the year than with some catchy as fuck punk rock full of wit and energy, Lydia Night has crafted an albums worth of songs you can singalong to, and that never outstays it's welcome. I love it when an album comes out of nowhere and impresses me like this.

Single / EP No. 34 (Drahla - Fictional Decision 7")

It's been a amazing year for Drahla, 2 releases under their belt and all are belters, this 7" fizzes with post punk energy, also bringing to mind a slight sonic youth vibe when they go hell for leather between staccato vocal delivery's, b-side is just as good and is called 'Dog Collar Guillotine' they should make the list for that alone.

Album No. 35 (Jamie Lenman - Devolver)

I wasn't too enamored with Jamie's first solo album, the hard stuff was too much and the softer stuff lacked the songwriting prowess that he was famous for with his previous outfit Reuben. So i approached Devolver with trepidation, Didn't need to, this is a true return to form, the first track is almost more an intro to the rock that follows, it's so good to hear him back on form, there's clear, red and black to choose from.

Single / EP No. 35 (At The Drive In - Diamanté 10")

2017 saw the long awaited welcome return of At The Drive In, Mars Volta were good (to start with), Antemasque had some decent tunes but nothing exhilarates like an ATDI album, this is an EP of either outtakes or new songs since the album, not 100% which, 2 of the tracks could have easily made the album, 'Despondent at High Noon' probably is the weakest of the 3, but it's in no way shit, 2017 has been a good year to be an ATDI fan.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Top 50 Records Of 2017 Pt. 8 (36 & 35)

Album No. 36 (Miraculous Mule - Two Tonne Testimony)

90's Rockers Dream City Film Club were one hell of a band and mainman Michael Sheehy spent most of the 00's releasing solo stuff, but this decade he's mostly concentrated on the driving blues rock of Miraculous Mule, 2013's 'Deep Fried' which featured one of the creepiest albums covers I've ever seen, was a game changer showing how hard a blues rock band can be, Ten Tonne Testimony pushes that even further. Lovely blues drenched rock n roll, highly recommended.

Single / EP No. 36 (Bleached - Can You Deal? 12")

Lovely pop infused rock, not quite powerpop and not full on rock, somewhere nice in between, Bleached have been showing themselves to be quite the formidable trio for the last 7 years or so, this latest EP shows they should be getting bigger audiences and even better is still to come.

Album No. 35 (Creeper - Eternity In Your Arms)

Got to admit, i wasn't expecting this one to be as good as it is, it's theatrical rock that probably appeals to fans of bands like Black Veil Brides but unlike that band this is actually really good, with great hooks and real songs, if you fancy a surprise hit it ticks all the boxes, and there's a lovely purple version out there to boot.

Single / EP No. 35 (King Nun - Hung Around 7")

Relatively new and unheard of with just one previous 7" under their belts, King Nun have a future brighter than a car coming at you with full beam on, both singles so far show a youthful exuberance with a knack for punk rocky melody, here's hoping we hear a lot more and soon.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Top 50 Records Of 2017 Pt. 7 (38 & 37)

Album No. 38 (Darlene Shrugg - Darlene Shrugg)

Pieced together from various too many to mention bands, Darlene Shrugg are a pure unashamedly rock'n'roll band with emphasis on the rock, relatively short and sweet at just 9 tracks, every one of them is a killer and worthy of your time and attention, clear vinyl too, nice.

Single / EP No. 38 (The Darts - The Darts EP II 10")

Two EP's and a full album in less than 2 years, The Darts aren't hanging about, vocals remind me of Karen O when she first started out but with a more trashy garage backing full of organ akin to early Horrors, what's not to like.

Album No. 37 (Danko Jones - Wild Cat)

The world's always a more fun place when there's a new Danko album, no tricks just fist pumping anthems a plenty of pure rock 'n' roll fuckery, 'I Gotta Rock' kicks things off as they mean to go on and perfectly sums up the next 10 songs.

Single / EP No. 37 (Static Eyes - The Thaw 7")

Three short sharp shock slammed in your face 2 minutes at a time, why fuck about when you can get straight to the point with a bit of stooges/sonics but heavier than both mess, not for melodos, more for noiseos.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Top 50 Records Of 2017 Pt. 6 (40 & 39)

Album No. 40 (Left Lane Cruiser - Claw Machine Wizard)

Ashamed to admit but i'm a little late to the Left Lane Cruiser party, about 10 years late by the looks of it, nevermind, i'm here now and bouncing around like a motherfucker to their blues soaked rocking tunes, vocals remind me a little of Neil Fallon, which is obviously a good thing, your choice between black or try digging out the limited to 200 Starburst vinyl, yes i said starburst, it looks as good as it sounds.

Single / EP No. 40 (Baby Shakes - Turn It Up 7")

A six year break seems to have been just what Baby Shakes needed, returning in 2015 with the excellent 'Starry Eyes' and bettering that furthermore this year with the 'Turn It Up' this 7" is one of the best tracks on the Garagy powerpoppery spectrum and amazing b-side to boot, available in black, red and blue.

Album No. 39 (Bully - Losing)

Bully have upped the ante this time, 2015's 'Feels Like' was a good album that hinted at a band full of promise, Sub Pop obviously felt the same way and snapped them up, not surprising considering that they have a sound that harks back to some of the label's finer moments, 'Losing' definitely is a huge improvement and shows the band developing into a formidable beast, if you like stuff like Hole, Bikini Kill, Babes etc.. you'll love this, as it's on Sub Pop you get a variety of colours to choose from, go with Turquoise.

Single  / EP No. 39 (Shame - Tasteless / Visa Vulture 7")

Spending most of the year on a seemingly never-ending tour must have done wonders for Shame, they are one of the most formidable live acts in the UK at the moment which proves that just playing constantly works. Tasteless and Visa Vulture showcase whats is so good about this intense punkyish band, they're pretty hard to define, just check them out.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Top 50 Records Of 2017 Pt. 5 (42 & 41)

Album No. 42 (Sløtface - Try Not To Freak Out)

I remember hearing 'Shave Your Head' when the band were still called Slutface, right from the word go it was obvious this band were going to put out something special, we had two amazing EP's before they finally got round to dropping an album, and it was worth the wait, Haley Shea's vocals immediately grab you and drag you into Sløtface's world of pure melody, your choice of black and yellow on this one.

Single / EP No. 42 (Baby Strange - Extended Play 10")

Another prolific band, Baby Strange had a steady set of singles out before last years 'Want It Need It' album, then they slam out the aptly titled 'extended play' red 10" this year, with more of the same big chorus rock they are so good at.

Album No. 41 (Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life)

I like Wolf Alice, they're an exceptional band with great songs that range from quiet melody to venomous attacks like 'Yuk Foo', i also kinda pity them because the whole NME hype machine thing that will likely end in the usual backlash, if that is the case don't let it distract you from how good they actually are, available in a range of colors and some with a bonus 7"

Single / EP No.41 (Eat Fast - Public Display Of Affection 7")

Wow, this is messy rock, reminds me of the early garage energy of Hoggboy but with the melodies of early Sunshine Underground, shouldn't work, should be mental but it does, it's a wall of sound with catchyness swimming around inside, both tracks are amazing, and it's on purple as well.