dimanche 14 juillet 2013

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Listen - Hunx And His Punx - Street Punk - Full Album

Hunx And His Punx have returned with ‘Street Punk’, a new album filled with the catchiest and most hateful punk songs heard in eons. 

‘Street Punk’ is an unrelenting tour de force, echoing early 80s hardcore, 90s grrrl sounds, Darby Crash on helium, and the female answer to The Misfits. 

After members dropping like flies and moving around the country, Hunx And His Punx are now led by Seth Bogart and Shannon Shaw, who split songwriting and vocal duties. 

In the years since their last album, 2011’s ‘Too Young To Be In Love’, Seth recorded a solo album called ‘Hairdresser Blues’ (2012) and started a homemade TV Show called ‘Hollywood Nailz’, while Shannon released ‘Dreams In The Rat House’ (2013) with her other band Shannon And The Clams. Somehow during all of this Seth and Shannon managed to secretly meet in Los Angeles and Oakland to sort out ‘Street Punk’. 

Recorded in just a couple of days by Facundo Bermudez (who has produced albums by Mika Miko and No Age), ‘Street Punk’ includes a cover of Beastie Boys’ early hardcore anthem ‘Egg Raid On Mojo’, and songs about bad skin, teen angst, social wimpery, trash, isolation, schizophrenia, peroxided delusion, rat parties and vengeance.

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samedi 13 juillet 2013

Listen - Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold - Full Album

The last few months have seen a wildly accelerated trajectory for Austin Brown and Andrew Savage, aka Parquet Courts. Formed from the ashes of bands such as Fergus & Geronimo and Teenage Cool Kids, Parquet Courts are a glorious encapsulation of everything NYC punk should be; a frenzied and frantic ramraid on the history of garage rock but with more whip smart intelligence, cutting humour and – crucial to the band – emotional honesty than most other bands muster.

Parquet Courts initially released their debut LP “Light Up Gold” on their own label Dull Tools in July last year, but the resultant buzz and excitement (with the tastemaking likes of Spin, Pitchfork, Village Voice and many others joining the ranks of the converted) has seen the album get an official release in the US in January and in the UK on April 15. From start to finish, this is a full throttle experience which you have no choice but to dive in to headfirst, with ridiculously infectious melodies and propulsive guitars which grab you as Brown and Savage (with assist from Max Savage and Sean Yeaton) spin their short, sharp tales of quarter-life ennui (“Borrowed Time”), weed-induced inertia (“Stoned and Starving”) and job anxiety (“Careers in Combat”) with concise, laserlike precision.

“5 stars - Parquet Courts have produced a debut that’s both instantly addictive and lastingly rewarding” – Guardian. 

“9/10 - Goddamn great…a powerful, personality-heavy record” – NME. 

“8.0 - A gel-capsule-sized dosage of distilled NYC punk rock: vinegary smarts, reeled-off quotables...It's maximum-attitude, minimum-patience: not just smart, but frantically smart, blurting out everything it might have to say before the time clock expires” – Pitchfork