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NEW ROCKET UNION - s/t {Ruzicka} Hot rockin’ slab of Garage Punk from this duo outta Minneapolis that evokes a fusion of ‘Raw Power’ era STOOGES, SCREECHING WEASEL and HEARTBREAKERS (Thunders, not Petty). The duo are augmented with some select moments of Sax/ Trumpet, while the absence of a bassist is far from noticeable - especially on ‘Dynamite’ where the toms have a distinct bass tone about them. Highlights are plenty be it the high energy opener ‘Off My Feet’, ‘Don’t Lie To Me’ that steals a few chords from ‘Chinese Rocks’, the slower lurching record collectors’ new favourite track ‘78_33_45’ that’s got a riff bombastic enough to break down a wall and the frantic ‘Get Down’, while pick of them all is the tom-heavy beats and riff barbarism of ‘Be My Girl’. The vocals have a great gum-chewing sneer about them (think Thunders with added Eddie Spaghetti) and the drummer is inventive enough to compensate for the lack of a bass. Sure, this is stuff that has been done before by a myriad of bands but it still captivates when done this well. Minneapolis rarely lets us down and this joins the town’s pantheon of quality. (16.03.18)

NIGHTMEN - C’est La Vie {Rockstar} PODCAST PLAYED Neat little 4-track EP of JOHNNY THUNDERS style Rock ‘n’ Roll. Opener, ‘Ahahahah (Oh No)’ in particular evokes ‘Diary Of A Lover’ era. Of the remaining tracks, ‘City Of Fun’ has a Dirtnap/ EXPLODING HEARTS vibe, ‘Last Time’ could easily fit onto PAUL WESTERBERG’s solo debut while closer ‘Dreaming My Days Away’ reverts back to a fragile THUNDERS-esque croon. First time I’ve come across this quartet outta Sweden and apparently the band has released a couple of albums prior to this - and I like it a lot!! They take influences from all those mentioned but play ‘em with enough of their own identity to be much, much more than simple rip-off merchants. To quote Gerry and the Pacemakers, “I like it, I like it,” - I like it fucking lots!! (15.02.18)

NUMBER ONES, The - Another Side Of The Number Ones {Sorry State} PODCAST PLAYED Four track 7" from this band outta Dublin and, although new to me, they have previously released a full album three years ago. Quite a different release for Sorry State as this falls more in the Power-Pop realms of STEVE ADAMYK, early WHO, Irish Punk progenitors PROTEX and a de-countrified LONG RYDERS. All tracks are crackers, be it ‘Long Way To Go’ with its jerky, stop-start riff, opener ‘Lie To Me’ that kicks off with a drum hit before the band is off and running with more of a direct melodic Punk song (and very similar to the sound Dirtnap Records is reknowned for) while the flip kicks off with ‘You’re So Happy I Could Cry’ could be one of the best, most rocking songs a solo JAY REATARD ever (should have) recorded followed by closer ‘Breaking Loose’ that’s laden with ringing Rickenbacker guitars, a solid bass and could vie with ‘Lie To Me’ as the EP standout. While this is decidedly more melodic than the sound Sorry State is well known for, it retains a garage vibe and an energy that renders it perfectly at home. This has been a huge player here at the House Of Scanner and, if this is a taster of THE NUMBER ONES, I sincerely hope another album is imminent. (21.04.18)

Hit HERE for material reviewed prior to 2018 including:
THE NASTIES, NATTERERS, NERVOSAS, NERVOUS TREND, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, NIGHT BIRDS (2 reviews), NOFX (3 reviews), NO IDEA, NO MORE ART, NOT TONIGHT AND THE HEADACHES, NO USE FOR A NAME, NOWHERE and NUCLEAR SOCKETTS