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POISON BOYS: ‘Out Of My Head.’

This is so very liberating, running LOUD HORIZON on a purely selfish basis.

I said I’d keep the blog open and write what I fancied, when I could be arsed to do so.

And so here I am, day #3 of the re-resurrected blog …. and writing the third post. And buying my second album via Bandcamp.

Poison Boys are another band I’ve just discovered, and know very little about. They are a punk / sleaze rock band from Chicago and look to have been making and releasing music these past five years. Sadly have been touched by tragedy, with the death of founding member Mike Lippman and friend Jenna Carlisle who both passed away following an accidental drugs overdose. This album, ‘Out Of My Head‘ is dedicated to them.

If you like your music, loud, scuzzy and in your face, then these lads are for you. Mixing garage with punk, pub and sleaze rock, they come across as a mix of The Pretty Things, New York Dolls and of course, a little bit of The Ramones – because, well, it’s the law, isn’t it?

There are twelve tracks on this album, covering roughly forty minutes, I’d say. So, great value, for sure. Being a bit of a boring old punk traditionalist, my first reaction was that a few of these tracks could perhaps outstay their welcome, so to speak. Both ‘Empty Heart,’ and ‘Up to the Sky’ run to over five minutes. But as I listened through on subsequent plays, and got over myself and my preconceptions, I realised my feet were still tapping away at the end of the tracks – the riffs are so strong and interspersed with rocking guitar solos. Five minutes flash by!

Track #7 on the new ‘Out Of My Head’ album.

Desperado,’ features a beefy saxophone backing which adds further depth to the sound – I’d like to see / hear more of this actually. Closing track ‘Been Here All Night,’ dare I say, sounds like Oasis backing The Dead Boys. And at various points throughout the album, vocalist Matt Dudzik reminds me a little of Mick Jagger … just the way he hold on to that final nasal note in a stanza. Probably Johnny Thunders is more accurate though. (I could argue with you about the Thunders / Jagger comparisons as well, if you like?)

This one one really strong album – not a ‘filler’ in sight, with powerful, uplifting riffs to get your fist punching the air and your feet stomping the floor.

Thoroughly recommended, this one!

Taken from the ‘Poppin’ Eyes and Flashing Feet’ EP

DOLLHOUSE: ‘Demo.’

I found, and bought, this when skipping through Bandcamp. Explosive and sounding slightly unhinged punk from New York. Other than featuring members of Mommy, Hank Wood, LOTION, and Pharmkon. I know nothing about Dollhouse.

This demo was just released at the end of June there, so hopefully there is more to come soon.

WACO: ‘Levenshulme Lover.’

I love it! There’s so much collision of styles, sounds and ideas within less than four minutes of video, that right now I bear the expression of a labrador asked to solve a rubik’s cube puzzle.

Firstly, the title attracted my attention. For a few months back in the day, I stayed in digs within the village (small town really) of Fallowfield which bordered Levenshulme, a larger suburban town in Greater Manchester, England.

That’s just ‘FYI’ as they say.

Waco are a London based four-piece punk band though I think I may detect a north-western accent in the vocals.

They have so much going on in their music. They have been described as ‘cosmic punks,’ whose music is ‘ … laced with metaphysics, conspiracy theories and spirituality.’

Work that one out, if you will.

Me? I’m a bit more shallow and uncomplicated and in this particular single, I hear: a big shouty, sing-a-long ‘Oi’ styled opening; street punk; gypsy punk and all delivered with a distinct sense of fun. So let’s just say they are are fun-loving punk band, eh?
And I’m tempted to say, no I’m going to say (and it’s mean’t as a compliment) the spoken word piece at a minute and a half sounds like sumat from The Lancashire Hotpots’ book of song presentation.

These guys look a riot to be around, and I get the feeling their shows could be wild. My kind of band!

Waco’s new full length album, ‘Human Magic,‘ will be released through Standby Records, on November 1st 2019. The following track, ‘The Jersey Devil‘ will also appear on that LP.

WILMETTE: ‘Anxious Body.’

Well – that’s a relief! There I was, sweating over what suburban Chicago band Wilmette would think if I mentioned they sounded like a band born too late – and I then read on their Facebook biography that ‘ … they aim to bring back the 2010-esque angstiness and raw energy that made pop-punk what it is today.’

And that is indeed what they do with their ‘Anxious Body‘ EP, the band’s first release since signing a deal with the iconic Mutant League Records.

There’s something warm and reassuring about re-visiting the past. Not everything has to be ‘new’ or ‘experimental’ to be cool. Good tunes, well delivered with confidence and the right amount of attitude, does it for me.

The five tracks on Wilmette’sAnxious Body‘ EP blend power pop-punk chunky riffs, with screamo type shouts and irregular time signatures. There are also little snippets of pained emo vocals – and all along, they remain melodic and not too brash.

Sort of like the crazy, mixed-up progeny of a Four Year Strong and Neck Deep liaison.

Just as importantly too, I think, is that the band’s sense of humour and fun comes through in the video below. Yes – it’s all in there, folks.

And it works brilliantly!

BANDAID BRIGADE: ‘Travel Light.’

Bandaid Brigade are a new band out of somewhere, USA. The press bio doesn’t say. Not that it matters. But given the band’s instigators are Zach Quinn, of hardcore punk band PEARS fame, and Brian Wahlstrom (ScorpiosGods of Mount Olympus) then I’ll take a punt on New Orleans and California.

The band’s makeup is completed with Paul Rucker (Street Dogs) on drums and Chris Fogal (The Gamits) on guitar.

Now, given the pedigree, you, or at least I, would expect any such collaboration to result in something, well, punk based.

But see, that’s the trouble when writing of bands with connections to the American punk scene of old – and especially any who have had connections to Fat Wreck Records and worked with the likes of Lagwagon. They just didn’t seem to take life too seriously. You could never be sure what to expect next.

And so it is with Bandaid Brigade. With the release of their debut single, ‘Travel Light,’ the band seem determined to laugh in the face of genre convention. See? Even with something serious like releasing the lead track from their forthcoming album, ‘I’m Seperate,‘ they’re still laughing.

Details of the album are scarce at the moment, and given what I’ve written so far, I hesitate to suggest the following video is typical of what to expect.

The humour of the video, yes. Song style? Who knows?

Travel Light’ is about as far removed from the hardcore punk of PEARS as you can get, but you don’t have to listen too hard to pick up on some delightful pop punk vibes mixed in amongst the 80s disco beats.

The video is of course, both fun and excellent. But I listened to the track a few times without the ‘distraction,’ and you know – this song is catchy as f***!

I do tend to think Bandaid Brigade are more making some kind of ironic comment on the state of mid-80s, commercial music than seriously hinting they are headed off in that direction.

But if they are going that way, I think I’ll join them. It could be a right laugh.

DISTRICT MOTION

District Motion are a four–piece rock / pop outfit from Lincolnshire. They came into formal being around 2009 and have to date released twenty-five ‘singles’ and received the backing of BBC Introducing.

Their music styles are varied. Like the new single to be released at the end of June, ‘Faded Away,’ is a slow burning, indie anthem. I can just see the phone torches sparkling for as far as the eye can see, slowly waving to and fro in time with the music as the Festival crowd join in the chorus!

I know it’s irritating for bands to read comparisons, but it’s what we bloggers do – for this track, which I’ll add when it becomes available,, I get a sense of Embrace mixed with one of my long time favourites, Theatre Royal.

District Motion have in earlier interviews counted Coldplay as one of their influences, and I can see that being the case based on this track. However, they also quote a former chippy server from my neck of the woods as another who inspired them. I’ll be honest, much as I like him, I’d never before heard a band say they were inspired by Paulo Nutini.

Then I came across this video made by the band from October 2018. This has Paulo Nutini written all over it – and I love it!

The band may not thank me for this, but just to illustrate my point at the start of this piece, here’s another couple of videos from a few years back showing more of a punk / rock sensibility.

I do hope they have kept all these songs in their live repertoire. But even if they haven’t it’s an excellent audio / visual record of a band’s musical development.