Reviews

Issue 2: Record Reviews

Social Schism - A Conflicting Mass Of Media Misinformation Fuck yeah!  Straight up punk mixing up 80s US hardcore with some ferocious anarchist and anti-fascist lyrics across eight tracks in just over a quarter of an hour.  Thundering along at full pelt with a few samples and chunks from live performances until about half way through when suddenly, surprise dub reminiscent of Inner Terrestrials in the form of They Shall Not Pass (no prizes for guessing what that’s about), and then kicking back in with more of the same angry, no nonsense hardcore punk fucking rock. (Self Released) Beng Beng Cocktail, Atrocity...
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Date: 23 Aug 2012 18:03
Author: Chris
Tags: good lookin' south issue 2 punk reviews

Brighton gigs: September 2011 to January 2012

September then, as far as I remember it was warmer than the summer, and filled with amazing gigs in and out of Brighton.  Starting things off was an Brighton Anti-Fascists benefit gig at The Cowley Club headlined by China Shop Bull who were quite something.  Mashing up a bit of drum’n’bass with punk isn’t a hugely original idea, but it is one that few have done well.  These guys certainly know how to party anyway, coming up somewhere between Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Mouthwash - they even played a drum’n’bass cover of The Dead Kennedys, purists will complain, but I...
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Date: 23 Aug 2012 18:01
Author: Chris
Tags: brighton gigs good lookin' south issue 2 punk reviews

Richie Blitz - Protest Songs and Singalongs

It’s kind of weird being this into a friend’s record, but it’s just that good! Folk-punk about politics and drinking done so fucking perfectly. It’s a free download, but be warned, if you listen more than once, you’ll find the songs have well and truly burrowed their way into your brain. ‘We Shall Die Free’ has one of the best choruses I’ve heard in a long time.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: issue 1 punk reviews

Dimebag Jonnys - Ex-Teenage Rebels

Straight up punk with bits of fast distorted ska, and a Suicidal Tendencies influence. The vocals have that Tim Armstrong slur but they grow on you if you can get past that and the sometimes slightly dumb lyrics.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
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Anti-Venöm - As Soon as There is Justice

Incredible one-man crack-rocksteady outfit from Mexico, combining crusty ska with punk and a bit of melodic hardcore in there for good measure.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
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From The Cradle to The Rave - A Nightmare on Wall Street

This is going to have some mixed reactions, but I love it. Ex-My Own Religion go kinda ATR. Fast, angry punk combined with drum’n’bass and dubstep. Open your mind and give it a good a proper listen.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
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Union Jack - Tales of Urban Freedom

Angry French ska-punk group with dual-vocals doing something a bit different. I can’t seem to get into this, even though I really like it when I have a listen. Perhaps it’s the poppy ska-punk-hip-hop thing they’re doing?
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
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Resolution 242 - Resurgence

Remember their amazing first EP with that incredible dub-punk sound and intelligent political lyrics? It’s nothing like that, and seems to have picked up a pretty weak hip-hop sound from somewhere.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
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Brighton Gigs: May 2011 to August 2011

May kicked off with an Antifa benefit at The Cowley Club.  Thanks to an endless supply of Old Rosie, my memory is a little hazy, but I remember Half Boy/Half Rat being entertaining in a pretty terrible ska-punk way, and Primeval Soup being as good as always with their Culture Shock inspired anarcho-ska. A week or so later saw the inaugural Punk n Pasta night at The Hydrant.  Delicious free pasta and a punk show seems like a winning combination - I Saved Latin bored me senseless with their droney self-absorbed emo sound, but 95-C from France picked things up, sounding...
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: brighton gigs issue 1 punk reviews

Night Gaunts - Full Body Tourettes (pt II)

If 80s era Beastie Boys picked up a hammond organ and played ska-punk with a 2-tone influence and Big D style vocals, they’d sound like this, which is definitely a good thing. Gotta love that hat-tip to Leftover Crack on ‘Lo Fi, One Mic’ too.
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Date: 01 Sep 2011 06:00
Author: Chris
Tags: issue 1 punk reviews