Tag Archives: Post-Punk

Lost and Found: A Vital Live Recording From Argentinian Cult Band Los Pillos

Los Pillos

It starts like this: a kick drum reverberating in what sounds like a large open space, while a collective murmur becomes louder. There is the crackling of microphones, the sound of breathing, and then the toms start off the first song, “Conversaciones con la hierba.” This is the live recording of Argentinian rock group Los Pillos’ show opening for Siouxsie and The Banshees in December 1986—a console recording that remained unreleased for 32 years. Siouxsie’s visit was a milestone for shows in Buenos Aires, a connection to the thriving post-punk underground. Lesser-known bands like The Bolshoi, or poppier acts like The Police, had come through—but nobody on Siouxsie’s level. The show took place at the Obras Sanitarias basketball stadium, a covered arena that can fit just under 5,000 concertgoers. A show of that size, for a band of this scope, was a rarity.

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On “Honey,” Lungbutter Breathe New Life Into Montreal’s DIY Scene

Lungbutter

“There’s a lot of creativity here that’s able to flourish in ways I think would be challenging in other cities,” says Joni Sadler, speaking about the freedom that living in Montreal has afforded her post-punk band Lungbutter. “The cost of living is a bit easier, and I think that’s facilitated a pretty longstanding creative energy.” It’s that very climate that the three-piece credits with the space they needed to write and record their debut album, Honey.

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Certified: Pinch Points’ Speedy “Turbo-Punk” Questions the Norm

Certified is a series on Bandcamp where we spotlight artists whose work we think is worthy of additional attention.

In 2017, when the numerous bands Adam Smith played in all decided to take a break at once, the Melbourne singer and guitarist found himself with a sudden pocket of downtime. He decided to use the extra hours to do something he truly enjoyed: form another band. He noticed a spare, ominous warning on the flatbed of a passing pickup truck—“pinch points”—and wondered, “What kind of music would ‘Pinch Points’ be?” The answer was a stack of short, jerky songs about ominous machinery.

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The Best Punk on Bandcamp: May 2019

Best-Punk-May-1244Bandcamp has long been a home for DIY punk and hardcore from around the world, touching all of the myriad subgenre styles and helping to translate the simple effectiveness of cut-and-paste to the digital age. For May’s edition of the best punk releases on Bandcamp, Kerry Cardoza features the experimental hardcore of Urochromes, the classic punk EP from Chicago’s Primitive Teeth, the abrasive cacophony of the U.K.’s Scrap Brain, and much more.

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Album of the Day: Nots, “3”

Nots’ third full-length opens with a steady bass riff and tight drumming, high-pitched guitar notes meandering in and out of the repetitive, dizzying track. Then Natalie Hoffmann enters with straightforward vocal delivery, painting a picture of despondency. The song’s subject feels lost, eyes looking down, staying “low on the sidewalk.” It brought to mind the obsessive psychosis of the protagonist of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” where a shut-in woman circles her bedroom so many times she creates a “long smooch around the wall” where her shoulder fits right in. Continue reading

Album of the Day: Drahla, “Useless Coordinates”

On their debut full-length Useless Coordinates, London-via-Leeds trio Drahla take post-punk’s characteristic noisiness and find a way to make it even harsher. The strained drum roll that opens the album serves as a terse processional. The songs that follow—the bellicose call-to-arms “Gilded Cloud” and “Serenity,” both of which are pierced by screeching electric guitars and dissonant bass—make good on that stentorian opening. Drahla have plenty they want to champion on Useless Coordinates, beginning with their own growth. “I will make no apology for slipping into serenity,” says singer-guitarist Luciel Brown. Later, she turns that phrase into an order, shouting it as if she’s standing in front of a mirror, demanding she cut herself some slack.

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The Best Punk on Bandcamp: April 2019

best-punk-april-1244Bandcamp has long been a home for DIY punk and hardcore from around the world, touching all of the myriad subgenre styles and helping to translate the simple effectiveness of cut-and-paste to the digital age. For April’s edition of the best punk releases on Bandcamp, Kerry Cardoza features the vinyl debut of Judy and the Jerks, the experimental punk of Mecca Normal, the perfectly disjointed post-punk of M.A.Z.E., and much more.

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Album of the Day: Patio, “Essentials”

The Brooklyn trio Patio favor ground-zero post-punk: the kind that percolated in the late ’70s, buoyed by simmering basslines, charred riffs, and ascetic arrangements. However, their debut full-length, Essentials, demonstrates the infinite possibilities afforded by such minimalism. That’s partly because the album is a giant leap in fidelity from Patio’s 2016 debut EP, Luxury; the production is cleaner and crisper, the sonic equivalent of creases on a freshly ironed shirt. At the same time, Essentials‘s arrangements are also taut and deliberate, and geared to maximize emotional impact.

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