Why don't you do yourself a favor and get this through your moldy rind ASAP: Future Punx are punk.
Punker than the Tragedy tattoo you got in 2006 and try to forget about. Punker than your "transgressive" Soundcloud-noise-wankery and the fascist imagery you childishly borrowed for the logo. Punker than your dangly earring and your stupid switchblade that you will literally never use, and yes dear reader, punker than YOU.
The members of Future Punx have all taken the traditional punk trajectory; playing in crust, garage, weird-punk, hardcore punk bands, and by virtue of thinking for themselves becoming what they were always meant to be: FUTURE PUNX.
For far too long the Punx have been a well-kept New York secret. The band, formed in the aftermath of FERGUS & GERONIMO, have become a well-oiled live machine over the last three years. Near-constant gigging at New York institutions like Baby’s Alright, Palisades and Silent Barn have found them fiercer than ever, evidenced in 'This Is Post-Wave', their first full length LP.
On the self-produced album, Future Punx solidify their vision of a genreless approach to musical creation, finding a focused, diverse and open-hearted approach to exploring the astral planes of punk. Both sonically and conceptually, 'This Is Post-Wave' takes the group to new places. It shouldn't be surprising that the title reads like that of a manifesto, as the opening, titular track is just that. Telling both the bands' cosmic origin-story and ideological agenda, the song ends with an exciting refrain: “Liberate at any rate, don't hesitate, THIS IS POST-WAVE”
Tracklisting: 1. Post-Wave 2. Endless Growth 3. Travel with our Minds 4. Manhattan Loverboy 5. Any Other Way 6. We'll Play 7. Grand Scheme 8. The Punchline 9. The Joke 10. I've Been Wrong Before 11. Ever You Go 12. How to Dance 13. No Safety Net 14. Ahead of Yourself 15. Pre-Wave
You might have previously chanced upon Artefact if you’ve got your ear to the ground of the fertile, exciting DIY punk circuit in the UK. Equally, they might be brand new to you, but there’s no shame in that game. Release-wise, the four-piece have gone straight from a demo to a debut LP – a step-up that, ‘Votive Offering’, the long player in question, justifies in a half-hour blaze of elegant, alluring gothic punk grandeur. (Noel Gardner).
Artefact assembled in the Welsh capital, Cardiff, around late 2014 and debuted in early 2015 with a seven-song demo cassette. Featuring Hannah Saunders on vocals, Matthew Green on guitar, Jon Mohajer on bass and Danny Parsons on drums, members’ musical CVs span indiepop (Joanna Gruesome), post-hardcore (Facel Vega), emo (Plaids), garage punk (Twisted) and slowcore (Mars To Stay).
This collective experience has certainly informed Artefact, in terms of how they operate and conduct themselves, but it should equally be seen as a clean break, and a chance to indulge their tastes for postpunk, goth, deathrock and the darker side of the tracks in general.
Saunders – the only one of the quartet to be playing in a band for the first time – is a great and mercurial presence at the microphone, ramping up the drama and emotion running through ‘Votive Offering’. Her lyrics are suitably, poetically intriguing, heavy with alliteration and wordplay and spiked with literary and historical references. They meet their perfect match across these ten songs: rolling rhythms built from tom-heavy drums and punchy basslines, waves of ear-ringing chorus-pedal guitar, an ability to switch tempos from a brisk clip to a funereally slow march.
‘Votive Offering’ is boosted by a recording (at North Wales’ Foel Studios) which gives each sonic element the spotlight it deserves, while retaining Artefact’s serrated edge, and mastering by prolific punk platter polisher, Daniel Husayn of North London Bomb Factory. The striking sleeve art comes from inside the mind of Scott Young, an American artist who has also fashioned covers for bands including Gag and Strutter. And it’s being released by German punk label Adagio830 (Diät, Dark Blue, Ranx/Xerox, Rat Columns) as a result of label owner Robert Schulze stumbling on an Artefact live set while on tour, and falling in love.
Anyone whose tastes include foundation stones of goth such as Siouxsie & The Banshees or Bauhaus; The Mob, Part 1 and other names from the gloomier end of 1980s anarcho punk; or contemporary burners of the flame like Belgrado, Arctic Flowers or Anasazi… Artefact have made an album for you to fall in love with too. (noel gardener / the quietus)
Tracklisting: 1. Siren 2. The Morrigan 3. Deja Vu 4. Sacred/Sacrilege 5. War 6. Witching Hour 7. Styx 8. Libracide 9. Boudicca 10. Votive Offering
Musically The Black Heart Rebellion have evolved into a tribalistic beast. Guitars lower in the mix, drums and additional percussive elements compliment Pieter Uyttenhove’s impassioned vocals.
Opener ‘Avraham’ demonstrates this beautifully. Chimes, bells, cello and percussion blending until Uyttenhove’s breathless vocals begin. Then the feeling of being chased through the woods by an axe-murderer takes over.
Something about TBHR reminds me of the much missed The God Machine, but more in the grandiose delivery rather than a direct musical comparision perhaps. There is also a shared vibe with fellow Belgian titans Amenra but without their crushing heaviness.
Indeed the friendship between them extends to a collaborative sharing of artistic and musical philosophies and mutual appreciation.
Tracklisting: 1. Avraham 2. The woods I run from 3. Circe 4. Animalesque 5. Crawling low and eating dust 6. Ein avdat 7. Gold and myrrh 8. Into the land of another
Pitchfork (8.1) - "The Brattleboro, Vt., duo of Sarah Smith and Zach Phillips released several alien-sounding pop records as Blanche Blanche Blanche last year, of them the great and bizarre Wink With Both Eyes via Night People.
Now they've got a new 7" single, "Scam" b/w "Press Dumps" (video here), out via Berlin's Adagio 830. The A-side treads further into the esoteric reaches of their surreal language, recorded to four-track cassette with all instruments triple-tracked.
It's completely devoid of the skeletal keyboards that comprised much of Wink's foundation, instead pairing an anxious, drowned drum march from Phillips with Smith's monotone mantras.
It's guest-guitarist Graham Brooks, though, whose haunted, blown-out solos make the track most peculiar and cinematic-- no doubt emphasized by his closing bit of spoken word, "The best thing about music is all the stuff you can buy."
A follow up to 2012's widely-praised Tempest, Olympia, Washington favorites BROKEN WATER’s new album was recorded and mixed with STEVE FISK (Nirvana, Soundgarden) and features a mix of noisy, fuzzed-out guitars and melodic vocals.
Features a guest appearance from LORI GOLDSTON (EARTH) on cello.
Tracklisting: 1. High - Lo 2. Wasted 3. 1984 4. Choice 5. Psycho Static 6. Love and Poverty 7. Set Free 8. Close 9. Stone 10. Beach 11. Boyfriend Hole 12. Mother 13. Normal Never Happened 14. Faux king vogue 15. Seaside