Posts Tagged ‘The Saints’

This week’s special guest is none other than Canadian born San Francisco artist, Dirty Donny Gillies! If you’ve been keeping track at home, Donny was in issue 6 of the Long Gone Loser zine and now he is on episode 125 of the podcast 16 years later. Who’d ever have thought? But alas, here he is and he tells all about his art and getting involved with the guys from Metallica and his love of Ed Roth and what brought him to Australia and all that cool stuff. Hell yeah! Also, the music… he requested all Australian bands cos he loves Australian rock n roll so there ya go, that’s pretty exciting! You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy these tunes:
RADIO BIRDMAN – Burn My Eye
THE SAINTS – Know Your Product
POWDER MONKEYS – Persecution Blues
MUSCLE CAR – Not The Kind Of Attitude
MUSTANG – Girls On Pills
HARD-ONS – Walk All Over You
ASTEROID B-612 – I Just Don’t Know About Girls
BROTHER BRICK – See You Tonight

NOW GO AND BUY ALL THE RECORDS AND ALL HIS ART!

Recently received a couple new slabs of wax from German label, Lonestar Records. This is some quality stuff so let me talk about them in a bit more detail…

First up we have Markus Karlsson’s new project. He sang for Swedish rockers, The Turpentines.They had a song called No Salvation that the Hellacopters covered on their last album cos they were awesome like that.

REPUBLIKANS – “Republikans” LP (Lonestar Records)
Straight from the ruins of Scandinavian rockers, The Turpentines, hails another class act in the Republikans. Opening track Henry Vs Heroin is sheer punk power pop bliss with a chorus that is as infectious as it is ass-kickin’. In fact, this song alone is worth the price of admission. Seriously, it’s that damn good and you still have 13 songs to go. Upon hearing tracks like Never Get It Straight and Cramp My Style, it’s evident that there are equal parts The Real Kids, The Exploding Hearts and The Records all mashed together for catchy good time rockin’ goodness. The fun just doesn’t stop though and the quickish pieces of garage rock just keep on coming. Apparently some of these dudes are also in those crazed masked rockers, Henry Fiat’s Open Sore, and did I mention there’s a horn section? There is and it’s awesome, adding a very The Saints-esque vibe to tracks like The Suicide Look and Massmedia Attention. This was my first introduction to Republikans and I hope they don’t stop here cos this is the stuff rock n roll dreams are made of. Limited to 500 copies on “piss-yellow” vinyl, this album will restore your faith in punk rock n roll while you’re laying in the wake of Lemmy’s passing. This self-titled album is a mix of all things great and you need it in your life. File next to your records by The Hives and Sweatmaster. Still unsure? Just buy it or listen to the song below.

The nest record on offer is this incredible slab of party time goodness straight from some genius minds out there in sunny California…

THE BAYONETS – “Crash Boom Bang!” (Lonestar Records)
crashbangboom_albumcover_smAs soon as the needle dropped, an instantly recognisable tune filtered through the speakers. Rated as one of the coolest songs of 2014 by Little Stevie (of the E Street Band) on his Underground Garage station,  this LA power pop garage rock n roll band have dished up a solid release filled with catchy tunes reminiscent of every single one of your mum and dad’s great 70s albums. There’s blues, there’s pop, there’s psych, there’s garage, there’s country, there’s beat… none of it bad. This guitar twangin’ jam filled beat boppin’ rockin’ slab of purple wax is filled with ten songs of greatness. Catchy choruses, amazing playing, fantastic harmonies, The Bayonets certainly know how to pen a great tune. And they probably should by now considering chief song writer Brian Ray was part of Paul McCartney’s band and his cohort Oliver Leiber was born from rock n roll royalty (his father, the late Jerry Leiber of the songwriting duo of Leiber and Stoller gave you some pretty notable jukebox boppers like Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, Yakkety Yak, and Hound Dog). There’s a lot of awesome to be heard on Crash Boom Bang! and I can assure you that if you like decent music, this album is gonna find its way into your collections and onto your mixtapes. Seriously, don’t try and tell me the ballad Vagabond Soul (which, I’ll have you know, features Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler on wailing backing vocals) isn’t going to be on the next mixed tape you make for your highschool crush. It is what it is. Don’t fight it. This album might become one of my favourite records released in the last couple years and by the time you read this, the LPs might be all sold out as there are only 500 copies pressed but you can still try your luck by writing to Lonestar Records. I’d get on this fast because it’s sure to become a most sought after classic by record vinyl junkies the world over. This really is one of the hottest slabs of wax you’ll hear and you can thank me later.

Bust this for a tune!

You can grab both of these records right now directly from Lonestar Records but get in quick cos 500 copies sounds like a lot but when the bands are this good, they won’t last.

For more info:
info@lonestar-recs.de
www.lonestar-recs.de

Aussie Brazillian rock n roller scores himself a French release and kicks out the jams. This best of retrospective collects 15 of Simon’s best tracks from his solo career, post-Vanilla Chainsaws, and bundles them up with liner notes, bonus videos and the whole kit and caboodle. If you’ve been following Simon’s work, you’d know he’s prolific in his song writing; pumping out more albums in the last few years than most bands do in their entire musical careers. Pretty impressive stuff. So with a back catalogue as extensive as Mr Chainsaw’s, how does one narrow it down to just 15 songs? With great difficulty but it seems he’s done it and this album is a great collection of punk rock n roll should-be classics.

The album begins with my personal fave of his, a song called “Deaf Ears” that reminds me of Junk Records-era Dragons so I knew I was gonna be diggin’ this from the get-go. This is perfectly structured punk rock. Kinda like the song the Dead Boys never got around to writing, know what I mean? It’s good shit! “Be Your Drug” is both melodic and gritty and another catchy number that’ll be an instant fave. He slows things down on the track “Bruna” but they don’t stay slow for long as he shreds in the suckerpunchin’ “Born To Die”, which almost borders on late 70’s metal which I found quite surprising as after being on tour with Simon, I didn’t think he’d pull off such riffage being that metal isn’t really his forte’ no matter how much he was subjected to the likes of WASP in the van. The album finishes with Simon’s anthemic “One For The Road”; a song for those residing in Dumpsville. After 15 tracks, you’re not bored. You’re rocked… like a HUSH record. This album just keeps you boppin’, groovin’ AND kickin’.

Now, granted, I got around to enjoying the majority of these songs night after night on Simon’s 2010 European tour so my bias could be a little, if not totally, one-sided but don’t let that stop you from dabbling outside your comfort zone and judging for yourself. In fact, if that’s all too much trouble, and in this day an age everyone wants everything right here, right NOW! No waiting! Well, just click the link below for the 2010 tour video I made to the track “Deaf Ears”. Have fun! Support real punk rock.

“Eight Times Lucky” is out now through Kicking Records.

Simon Chainsaw’s Official site.
Simon Chainsaw’s Myspace page.
Kicking Records’ Myspace Page.