Having been persistently tempted by the lures of Reprobate Media for quite a while attention always keenly lingers when an introduction of a new artist or release from them comes our way. They are “a full-service relationship agency offering publicity for artists, bands, record labels, venues, film producers, promoters and wild, weirdos!” The last of those aspects especially sparks our intrigue and ears have been rewarded with some fine and often untamed treats like the recently released Nasdaq EP. Right now they are driving a rich handful of irrepressible and varied singles so we thought let’s collect them in one place and introduce them to you.
The Cavemen is a band you can rely on to ravage the ears with insatiable rock ‘n’ roll and nothing has changed with Am I A Monster?, their latest 7” single. The New Zealand ghoul punks unleashed a certain high with the Euthanise Me EP last year and the new two track single follows in the same voracious graveyard wandering garage punk vein.
Am I A Monster? instantly uncages its sonic infestation, guitars stroking ears with an eager raw hand as rhythms pounce and proceed to jab with a just as esurient appetite. As vocals contemplate the song’s prime question and reasons for it, the track continues to swing and harass; its touch magnetically caustic and breath wildly infectious.
The song is prime and familiar Cavemen incitement but stamps its individuality down with exasperated relish, just as B-side Schizophrenia does with its own deranged rapacity. 0-60 in a single breath, the song unleashes a sonic cyclone and agitated holler sonic, guitar hooks and a just as compelling bassline seeding swift addiction even as beats fly with energetic ferity.
Out now via Pig Baby Records, both tracks of the single plundered the spot in quick time as The Cavemen yet again with their uncivilised rock ‘n’ roll had us barbarously bouncing.
Also just released by the label on 7-inch red vinyl is the debut single from New England’s Killer Kin. It offers up two sonically scorched slices of the band’s schizo garage-punk, tracks which make you stop and pay keen attention before flinging everything around in tandem with their own physical animation and emotional irritation.
Formed by New Haven hailing Mattie Lea and Chloe Rose in 2018, Killer Kin seed their own aberrant rock ‘n’ roll in familiar sounds but quickly breed their own ferocity driven, argumentative individuality across two tracks making up their striking first single. Sonic Love shoves that unique character down the throat, a sonic mist soon the spark for rabid rock ‘n’ roll which openly embraces sixties/seventies nurtured contagion. Like a fusion of The Sonics and The Pirates, the track quite simply made ears greedy for more.
The single’s B-side proved just as potent and feral, Narrow Mind almost sizing up the listener for its first half before uncaging its rue ire and urgency. Though maybe not emerging quite as addictive as its companion has grown to be, the track probably reveals the rich craft and inventive texturing of the band’s sound more than its virulent partner and its thick ball-busting quality. Together though, they make for a single and debut which definitely should not be ignored.
Punk rock is the fuel for the new Sick Thoughts 7” single out through Goodbye Boozy Records; punk with a great ’77 breeding. The two tracks making up its rousing body provide a mix of nostalgia and hungry freshness, a punk ‘n’ roll fusion which hollers in your face and defies you not to join its crabbily contagious stomp.
The one-man punk band of Drew Owen, Sick Thoughts unleash Poor Boys on a Ramones-esque canter, keys courting its raw riffs and just as untamed rhythms. Instantly its infectiousness envelops ears, that old school punk air as immediate in persuasion and appeal as too a similarly bedded power pop catchiness. Even so, there is a web of classic rock wiring and garage punk zeal at play which only adds to the track’s irresistibility.
Drug Rock instantly boils with a classic rock meets Generation X pop punk collusion, it too tenaciously consuming ears and an already firmly established appetite for the Sick Thoughts sound courtesy of the A-side. Like a terrier the song continues to nip at the senses as it incites and completing an excellent release in rousing style.
Lastly we suggest checking out a new irrepressible EP also out through Goodbye Boozy Records and lustily pushed by Reprobate. The Carport EP is the sonically incensed uproar from Detroit trio, The Stools; a four track surge of the band’s distinctive blues tainted garage bred warped punk rock. It is an encounter which has provoked an itch which we cannot scratch enough to find relief from its addictiveness.
From the moment opener Life’s Hard Lover teased with a juicy if acerbic riff ears were hooked, the swift surge of strangled vocals, band chants and manipulative rhythms which join it unstoppably escalating the bait and slavery brewed. Though not even nudging the minute and a half mark the track absorbed and commanded attention, all the while directing neck and body muscles to do its bidding before passing over its victim to the following Hedge Witch.
The second track nips at and jabs the senses from its first breath, The Stools again effortlessly gripping ears if this time with a more controlled but predatory intent. Sinister and virulent, the track is the kind of devilry to give garage punk a bad name and is soon joined in similar character by the equally outstanding Multiple Maniacs and its 68 seconds of anomalous, body battering rock ‘n’ roll.
Completed by the deviously catchy and keenly sinful End Up There, another track of inescapable rhythmic orchestration and delicious sonic causticity more than matched by the ever magnetic frenzied vocals, the Carport EP springs a punk rock trap from which, once caught, there is no escaping.
All of the above deserve checking out and you the rewards and in some moments thrilling violations they offer.
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Pete RingMaster 12/02/2021
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