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WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? You've forgotten about Fear already? What's that you say? Oh yeah, I forgot; you weren't born when Fear was raising hell in NYC and elsewhere, including tearing up the Saturday Night Live stage with John Belushi and Ian MacKaye. That don't matter, because some of the best Fear material has just been released: the Paradise Studio 1978 Demo LP (on Paradise Records). Bruising and in your face, this shit plain kicks ass--even the weird "Three Blind Mice" song on there. Essential in the you-are-a-loser-if-you-don't-like-Fear kind of way ... Got the new self-titled Impediments LP (on Happy Parts Records), and it is a full frontal rock 'n' roll assault: guitars loud and up front, in the vein of early American punk like the Dictators or even the New York Dolls (without the cross dressing) stuff, They've got a trashy and sleazy side, but it's all balls to the wall. The fact that these guys are fresh outta high school gives me hope for the future of real rock ... Whoa fuck me Jesus: Today's noise comes by way of a stupendous split single on Murder Slim Records. It don't get much trashier than Slim Limbs: super lo-fi primitive rock with growled vocals and some organ thrown in for good measure. Don't look for anything cleaner on the other side, as Beast with a Gun spits out some up-tempo trash stompers ... Heavy and psych-laden is the Buzzer 7" "Disco Kiddz," on Douchemaster Records. These three guys hold it together with one foot deeply in late '60s dirty proto-psych, but tie it all together with some wailing guitar--and I swear I hear some early Sweet in there too. How'd that get there? ... On the straight up speedy punk rock side is the Psyched to Die "Scatter Brained" 7" on Dirtnap. It sounds like early SoCal punk before it turned into metal-tinged uber melodic inspirational snowboard rock. This is some great shit ... Speaking of SoCal punk, TKO just released Channel 3's To Whom It May Concern. the 1981 Demos, and you're chumpy if you pass this one up. Having just weaned themselves from Clash and Ramones covers, CH3 cranked out aggro punk rock with enough hooks to get under your skin. "You Lie" and "I Gota Gun" are classics; don't sleep on this ... And another in the list of SoCal projects, BYO records just release Let Them Know, a double LP enclosed within a huge scrapbook chronicling the BYO scene from the early days to the present, and with a photo discography. The records are a cool idea, with bands covering songs by other BYO bands that date from 1982 (the Briefs covering the Adolescents, NOFX covering Battalion of Saints), to more recent stuff (Nothington covering One Man Army and Krum Bums covering Alkaline Trio from 2004). As with any comp of this magnitude there are bound to be a few duds, but listening to the records and going through the book is like stepping back in time ... The Raw Nerves' "Murderers Among Us" 7" (on Poisoned Candy) is some of the finer hardcore that I've heard lately, brutal and heavy. They're from Portland, OR and feature members of bands such as Ass-End Offend and Forced March ... And if you want to take it up a notch to even speedier HC, check the Product of Six Cents comp. Ali speedy and to the point, with songs from skate HC band No Comply, Spazz, Palatka, Asshole Parade and more, all crammed on a 7" ... Although you could be forgiven for thinking it was a blast from the past, the new JFA CD To All Our Friends (on DC-Jam Records) was recorded live this year--and it shows the intensity of a JFA show. It's mostly older material that will forever remain in the skate rock classics pantheon. Throw it on and burl some frontside grinders in the backyard bowl to the tune "Nude Bowl!" ... Speaking of the stonier side, the Damage Pants self-titled LP (on Bombay Cove Records) is heavy, but a little more up-tempo than your typical stoner dirge. Think of it as Sleep on 45, I guess, but however you wanna slice it, this one will get listened to... Summer is long over, but the new Visqueen CD "Message to Garcia" (on Local 638 Records) is like a perfect soundtrack to a day at the beach with beers and friends. Finely hewed power pop that rocks (and ain't wimpy), it's almost a guilty pleasure--but it's too damn good to think of it that way. And their drummer Ben skates ...

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Title Annotation:ZOUNDS
Author:Lundry, Wez
Publication:Thrasher
Date:Dec 22, 2009
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