Punk-Rocklamation of the steadyrock easy groove council!
Panthers - Stroke My Genius - I remember, back in my earliest days of college radio, a CD showed up on the rack from this band called Panthers. The liner notes were full of somewhat asinine political slogans, but the Similar Artists mentioned intrigued me and my Co-DJ, and he, (an Orchid fan), decided we could give it a shot. I thought my ears were going to bleed. It was TERRIBLE. Just... really really bad. See, Panthers is a frankenstein outfit, with alums from a number of bands, with members from all sorts of musical backgrounds. And then, something strange happened. Panthers started getting all sorts of good buzz, and hanging out with bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs... Turns out, they had produced another EP. And this one was good. Let's Get Serious made waves by turning the blistering intensity of members past hardcore projects into full throttle garage rock, full of screeching riffs, fist pounding lyrics, and drum work that people can actually dance too. So of course, I was wary when I got an email from Vice Records offering me the chance to hear panthers new album. Would we be getting the shitty hardcore poseur panthers? Or the thrilling garage rock outfit? On Stroke My Genius at least, we definitely got the latter, but it seems that Panthers have begun to reconcile thier two sides. The rhythyms here are definitely more reminiscent of orchid than anything on the EP, as the song opens with a slow pound before exploding into a somewhat milder take on the chaos that was the trademark of past bands like The Red Scare and Orchid. The song stomps and thrashes for another 3 minutes, unrelenting.
[Buy Things Are Strange from Insound.com!]
Hepcat - Open Season... Is Closed - I haven't posted a ska track in ages. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Ska needs to ditch the bad rap it's gotten over the years. In my mind, it's aged better than most of the mid 90's fads that come to mind (does Bush have fans anymore? I can assure you that bands like Ednas Goldfish and The Slackers still do...), and I make no bones about having come to music as a Long Island skakid. Hepcat were some of the best that the 90's boom had to offer, hailing from Southern California, and playing a variety of ska so thoroughly retro, I can segue between Hepcat and my collection of old Studio One tracks, and not blink an eye. This isn't the Ska-Core of Big D, or, hell, in spite of being on Epitaph, this ska has nothing to do with punk. Smooth swinging horns, velvet vocals, rhythyms - I can't remember a diss track ever having been this smoothe.
[But Right on Time from Amazon.com!]
P.S. - a note to people that send me things: I DO get them, and I DO often like them. It's just that I have a terrible memory/tend to lose things. Obviously, this is bad, and I'm going to try to get a little better in the future/start clearing the backlog of great music people have sent me. Please do keep it coming, be you a label, an artist, or merely a fan of a band I've never heard of.