Sand Witches- A Stranger Broke My Finger, But You Broke My Heart
Punk trio from Bloomington, Indiana. While they may have a song about their adoration for the finer things in life (pizza) this track has a bit of a different turn. In fact, there’s something really melancholic about its sound. Punk rock is typically a lot of fun, but everybody gets down on themselves sometimes. It’s nice to hear about it outside of your more typically acoustic fare. This is still full of shouty, pissed off vocals, but it’s got a lot more guts to be this personal.
Taken from their cassette release, Take Me Too Your Pizza Leader.
This band is relatively new, having only formed at the tail end of last year. I had heard of them, but I never got around to looking them up. Meanwhile, for some reason I haven’t been getting any inbox notifications, so I checked it today to find a message recommending them.
I am tempted just to mash the keyboard in all caps due to the fact that it’s what usually happens when someone gets excited about something on the internet.
The vocals! I am so in love with the vocals here. I can’t immediately think of a good comparison for them, which can only be a good thing. The rumbling drums make such a great pairing.
I am so happy that they’re from London, too. Hopefully I can see them play a show sometime soon. I look forward to finding out how their live performance is shaping up.
The Coathangers started out as a joke a few years back, as some of the best bands do. They’re a really fun hybrid of both punk and garage, marrying growly vocals with a 60s style organ. They’ve also adopted the tradition of changing their last names to match each other, with one calling herself Rusty….
Like I’m sure I said the first time I mentioned Plumtree on here, it probably wouldn’t be the only time they would pop up. Predicts The Future is one of my favourite albums, probably ever. I’m slightly disappointed that the only version of this song I can find online doesn’t even have their name in the video title, BUT Scott Pilgrim VS The World introduced a lot more people to Plumtree than anyone could have expected. Also, I totally love this movie.
Anyway, this is the last song on PTF and is probably… the least Plumtree sounding? There’s certainly a Pixies/Frank Black thing going with the chorus (wait for it). It’s definitely a sea change and certainly a hint at what the band would grow towards on their latter material.
Zoëtrøpe are a London based three piece no wave band, who formed last year. They have been consistent on the local gig circuit since their formation, slowly but surely building a cult following. As a special bonus to their first single, they gave away free pairs of personalized pants with giant “Z“‘s on the butt. D.I.Y lives.
This is the release in question and is available to download here.
All girl hardcore punk from Malmö, Sweden. Hands down, Sweden has the best output when it comes to this sort of music. Admittedly, I only know three different Swedish phrases and all of them are quite rude. This is an English speaking track, but they switch from song to song. It doesn’t actually matter all that much, as it all sounds awesome either way. This band is on my list of acts I need to see live.