Catbite/Omnigone – Split 7”

There is something about the bringing together of bands through whatever connection which for us makes split releases one of the most fascinating and so often rewarding propositions especially when it breeds a real treat like the 7” outing between Philadelphia soul-ska outfit, Catbite, and East Bay hailing ska-punk trio, Omnigone. Each band had a remit of sorts to follow and both have uncaged songs which swiftly left an indelible mark on our imaginations.

Inspired and released by California indie label, Bad Time Records, the Split 7” for us was the introduction of a new band to ears in Catbite and the return of one which had already ignited our appetite with the release of their album No Faith last year. Each of the band’s tracks on the new release are covers; one being a version of one of their companion’s songs and the other of choice.

Side one of the 7” sees Catbite leap on ears with their take of Omnigone’s Horizontal Aggression, a track off of the latter’s impressive last album. Straight away the band infuses and twists the song with their ska, rocksteady, and punk bred invention, the quartet of Brittany, Tim, Ben and Chris immediately unleashing aural contagion upon ears. Brittany’s keys and voice flirt and dance within the more imposing nature of rhythms, the track burrowing under the skin like a viral infection in no time. With a touch of The Jellycats meets The Mo-Dettes to its stomp, the song proved swift and unshakeable addiction.

Their second contribution is a cover of White Riot, The Clash classic injected with almost mischievous energy and touches without defusing its feral heart. Instinctively no punk can resist barking and hollering with the song’s call and imbued with Catbite’s devilry here it makes for a lure the body could not idly ignore.

The B-side sees Omnigone get immediately stuck into the Catbite song, Scratch Me Up. Riffs erupt with a growl to their contagion, rhythms a matching trespass even before Adam Davis’ vocals bring even greater magnetism and belligerence to the quickly riveting encounter. The band’s hardcore nurtured instincts only seem to accentuate the virulence of the song as well as its untamed clawing at the senses and more than add to the incitement seeing our baying vocal chords and flying limbs eagerly engaged.

For their second song, Omnigone have picked a track renowned as part of Davis and bassist Barry Krippene’s previous band Link 80 though apparently it actually goes further back to an earlier band the latter was in, Blast Bandits.

Nothing New instantly tapped into instincts with its rhythmic enticement placing an even firmer grip with its subsequent ska punk saunter. With something of a Farse meets Face To Face lining to its stroll, the song quickly became a thick manipulation which had us bouncing and again hollering along. Even it’s more aggressive hardcore hues added to the inherent catchiness of the song, the only downside meaning its inevitable conclusion bringing the end to one great release.

We love checking out a split release here and this Catbite/Omnigone union gives all the reasons why.

The Catbite/Omnigone 7” is available now via Bad Time Records @ http://badtimerecords.limitedrun.com/ and https://badtimerecords.bandcamp.com/album/catbite-x-omnigone

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Pete RingMaster 25/06/2020

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Battalion Zośka – Self Titled

Like all instinctive punk fans seventies punk and eighties hardcore will always fuel the passions no matter what major moments which have and will continue to follow that defining moment in time. There is no doubting that it is the same for Philadelphia hailing Battalion Zośka; all the evidence raising and roaring aggressive irritation within the band’s self-titled debut album. But there is no mistaking that its 13 slices of sonic and defiant belligerence are far more than echoes of inspirations and other’s glories. The album is a fresh breath and striking protagonist embracing the seeds which fired up us all decades past.

Formed in 2018, Battalion Zośka features members of hardcore punk outfits Violent Society and Combat Crisis and their sound provides a politically charged trespass as aggressively catchy as it is emotionally dissonant. Rhythms unapologetically bite as riffs harass and curse alongside similarly tetchy vocals, the hooks and enterprise conjured just as fractious and irresistible within one magnificent, rousing debut.

The quintet of Pat, Jim, Johnny, Jonas, and Milo set down the tone and character of the album from its first breath, opener A Country Divided rhythmically teasing attention before being entwined in alluring wires of guitar. The song soon hits its stride, threat and disobedience lining every note and subsequent syllable as inbred catchiness equally shapes its rousing incitement. With a great whiff of Angelic Upstarts meets The Lurkers to it and featuring the first of two guest appearance from Black Flag/ Misfits guitarist Dez Cadena, the track lone tells you all you need to know about the band’s sound and album, both swiftly compelling assaults.

Arm Everyone follows bringing an even thicker dissent and trespass to the senses; its hardcore breeding hungry and ill-tempered in its uprising while the album’s title track thrusts forward with rampant muscle and uncompromising resistance as an Exploited meets UK Subs hued subversion arouses. It is fair to say that together the three tracks had ears and appetite enslaved but the third truly sealed the deal.

Next up, Heather was no light weight in that union either, its strands of melodic wiring a delicious itch in the rich infectious nagging of the track. The song brings another guest to the release in the ever potent craft of Neil Newton, the Angelic Upstarts guitarist also giving fiercer flaming to Moral Coward two encounters later, that song a dirtily cantankerous seventies ripe invasion. In between the equally outstanding Island of the Lost Souls stamped its commanding authority on ears, every rhythmic swing an enticing bitch slap and chord a caustic tempting as it builds towards a chorus which just had body and throat bounding forward.

The subsequent assails of Oi! By Numbers and Sold & Bought did nothing to lessen the album’s grip; the first, an undisguised attack within a familiar yet unique sonic pillory with its successor a virulent Crisis-esque transgression. Each simply pummelled the spot before being rapaciously matched by the esurient assault and arousing of 80’s Kid, the song sharing the second ear grabbing appearance of Cadena.

A pop punk essence helps blossom even greater temptation within Once Again, its untamed Vibrators meets Adicts breeding an anthemic tonic for the spirit while the equally galvanic rallying of No More and Scum of the Streets with its feral indeed predacious stalking and sonic hounding only accentuated the impressive and inspiring body and disagreement of the album.

Completed by the carousing punk ‘n’ roll of The Beer Song, the Battalion Zośka album is simply punk rock at its most honest, uncomplicated yet imaginatively bred best. Expect to hear a lot more of the band as once its full-length stirs up a punk uprising of attention and lusty support they will have little choice but to submit to demand.

The Battalion Zośka album is released this June via Violated Records; available at http://www.violatedrecords.com/ and https://battalionzoska.bandcamp.com/album/battalion-zo-ka

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Pete RingMaster 03/06/2019

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All This Huxley – Comrade II

With a new EP due for release in a few short weeks, Philadelphia based All This Huxley recently gave anticipation a potent lure to its body and heart with lead single Comrade II. A slice of calm but emotively fuelled melodic indie rock, the song nestled with ears like a familiar yet previously unknown friend, the instinct to embrace its serenade inescapable.

All This Huxley consists of multi-instrumentalists Trevor Serine, John Corcoran, Josh Mayer, and Alex Marlys. Formed by the first pair as a jazz-fusion project, the band soon gained a dedicated following with the latter two subsequently joining up in 2014 when as their bio says, All This Huxley was born and has continued to grow and flourish as their sound similarly blossomed in its eclectic and adventurous character.

As mentioned, July sees the release of the Home Stockholm EP, a release sure to beckon keen attention especially if Comrade II has its way.

The single simply caresses the senses from its first touch, guitar strokes on the imagination an alluring creative hand more than matched by the slightly darker rhythmic stroll which swiftly emerges. With vocals and melodies sharing the emotive intimation of words and heart, the track provides a warm at times almost fiery embrace with hope and melancholy hugging seductively.

A blend of indie pop, folk, and melodic rock, Comrade II is a light for ears and thoughts and a potent beacon to the potential of the Home Stockholm EP.

Comrade II is out now @ https://allthishuxley.bandcamp.com/ with Home Stockholm released July 5th.

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Pete RingMaster 04/06/2019

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