Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Arteries - Brought Up Not Dragged Up (No Label, 2005)

Hey, I'm still alive! Are you? You don't have to answer that.

Sorry about the long delay, gentle readers. Since my last entry I moved back to the US, got married, trained and competed for the World's Fastest Tator Tot Eating Competition (got 5th place), had 10 babies, finished my musical adaptation of "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" and overhauled the tranny in my Z-Roc 524.

Okay, the first 2 are true. Now I'm just a lazy American again who never updates my blog. Until now!

And boy do I have a humdinger for ya! So anyone remember a little punk outfit out of Swansea a few years back called The Arteries? They raged it something fierce with their hard rockin' style of punk. They put out a bunch of eps, some limited 10"s and 2 albums. Dead Sea was probably their highlight with melodic hardcore vocals over bulldozer rhythms, but tempered through a pop/skate punk sensibility.

Well, it turns out these guys were hiding a couple old releases, one of which I luckily learned about and then won on "the ebay." That CD I present you is actually their 2nd release entitled "Brought Up Not Dragged Up." They have one other release that I'm still trying to track down called, I believe, "More Books, Less TV." (If anyone has this, holla at ya boy. Yeah, I'm bringing that back.)

This album isn't far off from their next offering, "Blood, Sweat And Beers," just not quite as well recorded. It's not bad at all though. 8 songs of driving punk with a touch of metal that owes from the early days of Fat Wreck and skate punk without sounding like a copycat. There's even some weird horn playing on a track or two that's, uh, interesting.

The members have since gone onto Pale Angels (meh) and Hot Mass (whee).

The Arteries - Brought Up Not Dragged Up (R) (vbr 0)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Best Of 2016

Well, it's February 8th of 2017, so this list is a bit overdue. As usual in part to do with my laziness. But partly because I can't be arsed (yeah, I have British friends) to come up with descriptions of a bunch of albums that I'm not sure I'll be listening to in 3 years time. Yeah, not to be a killjoy, but 2016 didn't have a huge musical impact on me. Maybe I haven't let some of the albums sink in yet, but there wasn't too much that bowled me over besides maybe 5 of the albums listed below. Wild Animals was definitely my fave of the year though. And of course I missed seeing them a couple weeks ago because I preferred getting drunk with my friends than sitting through a hardcore fest with 3 decent bands. So jaded, man.

So this year I present a list. Then I'll get back to posting way better bands from 20 years ago.

Did I mention jaded?

* Albums *

Accidente - Pulso

Bad Future - Bad Future

Bob Mould - Patch The Sky

The Celetoids - Pupal Stage

Chestnut Road - LP2

Dark Thoughts - Dark Thoughts

Death Pedals - Meat House

Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Direct Hit! - Wasted Mind

Duncan Redmonds - Honkypingpongseijinattack!!

Ekebuba - Rat Bite

Hot Mass - Nervous Tensions

Lumpy And The Dumpers - Huff My Sack

The Montell Jordans - Sweater Puppies

Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are

Nerf Herder - Rockingham

Not Scientists - Leave Stickers On Our Graves

Tiny Moving Parts - Celebrate

The War Goes On - The War Goes On

Warsong - Control

White Lung - Paradise

* Eps *

Bikini Cops - Two

Dag Nasty - Cold Heart

Dangus Tarkus - Binky Boy

Pizzatramp - Two Quid Ten Minutes

Red Death - Deterrence

Red Hare - Lexicon Mist

Rendez-Vous - Distance

Shoplifters - Believe

Silent Era - Silent Era

Snuff - No Biting

* Reissues *

Dow Jones & The Industrials - Can't Stand The Midwest 1979-1981