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NATTERERS - Toxic Care {Boss Tuneage/ Serial Bowl} If the demo/flexi showed promise, this frantic six-track 7" just fucking rages!! Three tracks per side with with the first side including ‘Exist Or Live’ that really emphasises the DEAD KENNEDYS comparisons (check those backing vocals) while ‘Surf Off!’ features some very EB Ray guitar work. ‘Matter Over Mind’ slows things down a tad to close and is the highlight thus far. Flip the beastie over and any doubts of will they be able to follow the first side are dispelled as ‘Numb’ careers outta the speakers in a caustic blur with a vocal delivery as barbed and rapid-fire as any 80s Hardcore band could muster. ‘War Whoop’ could be the standout of the EP, bringing a distinct NAKED AGGRESSION feel while ‘We Are Their Cattle’ closes in fine style. Totally blazing stuff which has seen the band take all the good points from that initial demo, amp and crank them, and deliver something that has a lot of pointers (as in DEAD KENNEDYS yet equally SOFAHEAD and NIGHTBIRDS) but is unique, raging and fucking angry. Includes a neat lyric insert and fantastic artwork a’la Nick Blinko. Yeah - I’m off to play this again!! (19.06.18)

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)

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