Friday, April 15, 2011

Tommy Gun - Always True Wolverine
Street punk straiht out Austria's anthemic avenues, this debut doesn't deviate too dramatically from the hand on heart woah-woah-woahing casually strewn around the genre's tuneful boulevards but lyrically & in its full-bore fervour it largely avoids those gaping pitfalls of empty posturing. It's hard to knock the rallying positivity (or the juggernaut rhythms, put to best use on the serrated riff-rattle of Life Long Hated) such tales of struggling against the knock-backs, kicking back & staring detractors down, conjuring defiance in defining yourself & making sense of those little scars life secretes in your psyche with psychotic aplomb - & anybody who's ever carried a song or album round like a best mate or lover can't argue with the line 'This is more than just a song, this is my home where I belong' on Purpose & Decay.

Stu Gibson
Red Red Red - New Action Big Neck
Further lashings of furiously off-kilter Rock'n'Roll frolics from the almost too trustworthy to be true BN label. Make no mistake, these Michigan miscreants got the Damned, Dead Boys, Heartbreakers sleaze-addled discordance in its ascendancy but intrinsically it's the electrifying tension they've got in which they catch all manner of idiosyncratic rhythms & structures on their tenterhooks. Anything else they may have should be got with gluttonous regularity, like their habit of frequently flaunting a dazzlingly dissolute line in gonzoid guitar scuzz so squalid, insensitive &, well, stupid, as to be sublime enough to induce superstition. That they most often churn out cement mixer boogie & psych-ward skronk that'd make Zeke come over all quivery means that this is yours ever Stuly's favourite mess of dishevelled blues & fuckscuppered news since, well, Tractor Sex Fatality. Same label, go figure.

Stu Gibson
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