RELEASE: DARK THOUGHTS - MUST BE NICE
RECORD LABEL: Drunk Sailor Records (UK) / Stupid Bag Records (US)
RELEASE DATE: 12 Dec 2019
BAND ORIGIN: Philadelphia, PA, USA
REVIEWER: Coffee Punx
CONDITION: Coffee is cool
This will be not an impersonal review, because i really love this band, i know the members of the Dark Thoughts a little bit and it had already appeared on may top 10 of 2019. Still think all 3 LPs and 7" are just great from start to the beginning. I still love watching their live videos, they're full of energy as well as their live shows as well, check out this one: LIVE AT LOVEJAIL (FULL SET), December 1st, 2017.
I know everybody are comparing Dark Thoughts with Ramones, and Jim (guitar/vocals) said in one of the interviews to CLRVYNT: "The Ramones are the only band that we’re all interested in and that we think about.". I love this statement actually. Anyway it's not the same, or, if Ramones were active right now i wish they were at least the same as Philly's three-piece. Anyway, they have their own sound, which i will recognize in any situation.
Let's go to the release, i decided to rate releases with different categories, which are stupid, so i won't name them, this is how the rating is made in the end. Let's start with cover, it's simple as well as on first release, but it still attracts your attention from the first moment. For me, personally, the first song is almost always really important and it's just great choice to put "Hesitate" there. It's really fast almost as all releases by the band, but not as fast the first one, which is cool, they're mixing fast and slow songs, i mean there's nothing new, but still cool. I assume all the lyrics are about love, and reflecting about what's happening with a person who feel it. It's quite cool, it's still nothing new but i love those songs, they're matching with me in different periods of my life, but i guess many people would say it, people need those songs all the time. The songs order is awesome, i didn't feel that there can be anything on the different place, but i still don't know if i can say something rational about this, it sounded round and complete, that's all. And yeah, every song is a hit, at least for me, but i would highlight "Imaginary Lines" for the part "driving in the north at night", it's so fucking cool, "Do Yo Dream", "Scan The Radio", "I Can't Remember" and the last one, "Must Be Nice" is just top, i could listen to it on repeat and did it few times already.
I personally love all songs on this record and i'm already listening to it at least once a week since it came out, so, it's really top record for me. Best thing to hear in the morning with coffee to get your mood up and reflect on your life a little bit.
IT'S 10/10 CUPS.
P.S. Oh, yeah, i forgot to say, i made a podcast with Amy and Jim last summer, check it out:
RELEASE: CHUBBY AND THE GANG - Speed Kills
RECORD LABEL: Static Shock Records (UK)
RELEASE DATE: 17 Jan 2020
BAND ORIGIN: London, UK
STYLE: Punk, Garage
REVIEWER: Weedy Punx
First sounds are punching right in ya face. It's already a really great record, i've heard it few times before, but it wasn't so comprehended. First song, wow, with some "oi" elements, like Sham69 or so, or i'm just too high. Fast, like Ramones on maximum, with lot's of classic punk sounds i really love. I've heard some Clash or Joe Strummer in the slow songs, it's cool, it's a new way to deal with classics, you can't be wrong, pub rock. Oh, i guess i need a beer. Guitar solos in between are fucking amazing. 3rd song is just great! oh, wow, there were some harmonica sounds. Texts are cool as well, sometimes funny, sometimes hard, sometimes they're really matching with me, they're great for what they play, speed kills haha. OK, i see where it's all coming from, they're from London. It explains many things right now. And yeah, come to Moscow, this is cool song.
The release is really catchy, i had a moment i was a little bit bored, but it was may be only half a song or so and then back with the attitude you just wanna dance with till the end of the record, so called pub rock. At least more than half of the songs are just fucking great with a really great ending. It's probably worth it and i'll take it to the list when i will think about tops of this year. I haven't heard their previous releases if they were some, i really should... ok it was their debut, thanks pitchfork...
I still don't know how to rate right, i've just made a stupid scale with categories and i'll try to do it with it. It's a secret scale no one will ever see, weedview, buuuh.
IT'S 9/10 WEEDS
RELEASE: SHANTIH SHANTIH - Someone, Anyone?
RECORD LABEL: Wild Honey Records (IT)
RELEASE DATE: 8 Nov 2019
BAND ORIGIN: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
STYLE: Indie Rock, Garage Rock
REVIEWER: Weedy Punx
This is my first review and i hope it will be not the last one. Don't know where to start, i'm writing this in a strange time, corona virus is spreading out all over the world and it looks really bad, even though i couldn't think about this like that about a week ago, but it is as it is. Anyway it's cool time just to relax and enjoy things like listening to music and reading something cool. But supporting people is cool too, don't forget it, in these times it's really important.
Let's start, the record is already rolling. It's remembering me many bands right now, who are using surf rock elements in their sound, but it doesn't sound exactly like any of them, at least not all songs. It's a little bit "surfy", but just in some places and not in all songs and it makes it good. I like surf rock, especially, if it's mixed in the other style, even though, indie rock, as it is written at discogs, is not far away from that. Can you imagine crust-surf for example? I don't really, but somehow it sounds right now really cool, oh, this will probably be a thing soon, try it, it's free:). OK, back to the record, I even fell some motives of The Beatles in one song, it was strange. What is really cool, there're some hits on this release, at least 2, i won't name them, haha, try to find your own. This really is quite a good record, the songs are on the place where they should be, i think, but may be i'm just writing this to fill the place, no, i'm not, but it looks like i already wrote some more words, yay. I'll probably listen this one some times more.
I'm really trying to deal with rating, don't like to rate such things, but why not to make it in this way.
IT'S 7/10 WEEDS
It's 2020! We decided to ask our friends to introduce their tops from 2019. Check it out, we think it looks really great!
If you want links, you can find them here:
Part 1. Hamburg - Berlin - Moscow
Part 2. Bucharest - Hamburg - Philadelphia, PA - Saint Petersburg - Cologne - Toulouse
Part 3. Antwerp/Ghent - Bielefeld - New York, NY - Moscow - Hamburg
Part 4. Saint Petersburg - Seattle, WA - Helsinki - Lyon - Nottingham - Hamburg - Berlin
Part 5. Berlin - Philadelphia, PA - Hamburg - Parma - Kiel - Moscow
Part 6. Oakland, CA - Novi Sad - Berlin - Boston, MA - Moscow - Kharkiv - Eisenach - Palma de Mallorca - Hamburg - Leipzig