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LOST TAPES - Lost Tapes {Rockstar} There’s a lot of bands doing this kinda Post-Punk stuff at the moment and while Germany’s LOST TAPES certainly hold the attention, they don’t reach the standard set by of the likes of SPECTRES or ESTRANGED. The main fault is in the guitar sound - it’s like the fucking Edge outta U2... So much so I kept expecting to hear a cover of ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’. Positive points though are some good moments of drama and a vocalist that has a decent range and variation about his voice, being equally effective with dour introspection and a soaring sneer (check ‘Out Of Sync’). Highlights among the eight tracks are ‘Gross National Product’ that saw less of that U2-esque guitar, a disjointed but effective rhythm (almost FUGAZIish in parts) and great double tracked vocal, the JOY DIVISION-esque ‘Bomb Drop’ and ‘Touch The Void’ that’s driven along by a powerful bass line and sees the guitars going off a’la John McGeoch (SIOUXSIE, ‘Album’ era PiL). Lyrically interesting too, just wish the guitar sound that dominates a lot of the album could have been a little more... bruised. (20.01.18)

LOUDMOUTH - Easy Tiger {Boss Tuneage} PODCAST  PLAYED First time I’ve come across this band outta Sunderland, UK comprised of some scene veterans from bands like HDQ, RED ALERT and ANGELIC UPSTARTS. Of those, it’s most definitely HDQ where the sound of LOUDMOUTH has most similarities. Add on some LEATHERFACE, a bit of ‘77 vintage a’la THE CLASH and you’re there. You get 12 tracks that have enough class about them not to bludgeon but all of which remain resolutely Punk Rock. Highlights are plenty be it ‘Groundhog Day’ that has a SOCIAL DISTORTION vibe, ‘Thick And Thin’ that’s powered along on a neat Rockabilly beat and Swamp Rock guitar lead, both ‘Square One’ and ‘All We’ve Ever Known’ feature absolute killer choruses while ‘Never Say Never’ starts with effective dub-Reggae before throwing in a little bit of Ska and some anthemic Punk Rock. Disc highlight though is a battle between ‘The Last Farewell’ that’s BAD RELIGION-esque, and ‘To The Grave’ that’s gritty, thought provoking and a tad Strummer-esque. Closer is a STOKOE cover in memory of the late, great Dickie Hammond too. Solid stuff, well constructed and produced with aplomb. (28.03.18)

Hit HERE for material review before 2018 including:
LAGWAGON, THE LEE HARVEYS, LEFTOVER CRACK, LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS, L.I, THE LICKS, LINE CUTTERS, LOST BALLOONS, TIM LOUD (2 reviews), LOW CULTURE and LUCKY MALICE/ DANGERMAN split