// Category Archive for: Punk

Music Review: The Hollywood Brats, Sick On You: The Album/A Brats Miscellany

Published on August 12th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Punk, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Hanna


The Hollywood Brats are really an anomaly; difficult to place and more difficult to analyze the longer you listen to them. While they don’t quite have the almost intellectual artifice of the New York Dolls and Heavy Metal Kids, they do share the same deep sense of bad taste and irony. The defining characteristics of their music are a tendency to shock and a rather cutting irony, combined with a deliberately simplistic style of music which can be seen as a precursor of punk. For a short space of time they were shouting obscenities into the void of American glam rock, before disbanding in 1974. But right now, they’re having a moment of revival after singer Andrew Matheson’s book came out last year out and he’s been playing again, so it’s a good time to have another look at their actual output.


Music Review: Masked Intruder, Love and Other Crimes

Published on August 2nd, 2016 in: Music, Music Reviews, Punk, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg


Who needs time machines when throwback bands like Masked Intruder exist? The band’s latest effort, an EP titled Love and Other Crimes, sounds like a direct callback to pop-punk’s heyday in the early 2000s, but perhaps a little too much. Although still a fun listen, a lack of originality removes much-needed substance from the album.


Music Review: The Twinkeyz, Alpha Jerk

Published on June 15th, 2016 in: Music, Music Reviews, Punk, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Hanna


The Twinkeyz are the kind of band that record collectors delight in, artistic and obscure enough to have little material, but not so obscure that there is no material available. And more than that, they have a definite and interesting style of music. The Twinkeyz are recommended in particular for fans of protopunk and the Velvet Underground, or even of neo-psychedelica. The Twinkeyz can be seen as part of the development of glam rock into punk, when the parts of punk had emerged, but not yet coalesced into a set of rules or expectations. By the time Alpha Jerk was released, punk had moved on into new genres, but The Twinkeyz were still being different.


Music Review: Grindmother, Age Of Destruction

Published on April 28th, 2016 in: Canadian Content, Current Faves, Feminism, Metal, Music, Music Reviews, Post-Punk, Punk, Reviews |

By Tim Murr


Last year Windsor, Ontario’s Corrupt Leaders unleashed a sick grindcore EP called Grindmother, named for vocalist Rain Forest’s mom who provided guest vocals on the album. A video of this wonderful 67-year-old woman singing grind core went viral, leading the Grindmother to record a single and now her debut album, with guitars provided by her son and Tyson Apex on drums.


Movie Review: Green Room

Published on April 26th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies, Music, Punk, Reviews |

By Brian Baker


At one point, during the film Green Room, “Welcome to the meatgrinder” is uttered.

No other phrase can sum up the misadventures of an out-of-town punk quartet—with left-of-the-middle politics—as they take on a last-minute gig at a white supremacist roadhouse outside of Portland, Oregon.

Green Room is director Jeremy Saulnier’s third full-length feature and much like his cult favorite Blue Ruin, it’s a lovely shot of adrenaline directly into the scrotum called fear.



Music Review: Shark Toys, Outsider Sect

Published on April 5th, 2016 in: Music, Music Reviews, Punk, Reviews |

By Brian Baker


I don’t know who you are, but I know I can cruise with your surfer punk rhythms like Johnny Fain carving the California coast, Shark Toys. (more…)

Music Review: Eureka California, Versus

Published on March 24th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Punk, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg


Making a lot of music in a short amount of time can result in one of two very different outcomes: slapdash garbage or effortless fabrication. Versus is Eureka California’s third release in three years, and demonstrates the latter. The record has a sense of urgency that showcases the band’s hunger, rather than just being an outpouring of unnecessary noisy drivel.