Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chinga "Digging A Hole"

CHINGA!
"Digging A Hole" video
Born of Chaos Records
Released: October 28, 2014

If you are familiar with Up To No Good Radio, you know I love metal in addition to hardcore and punk. Reds and Johnny tolerate my love of metal and allow me to mix in some metal ("scrappy tune of the week") to our usual assortment of punk and hardcore nasties.

Whenever I play some death, thrash or grind metal, Johnny Generic always comments that it has an impact on his bowels. Well, the Lehigh Valley PA's own Chinga! have released Johnny Generic's theme video and the bowels are moving!

bow·el
noun
plural noun: bowels
the part of the alimentary canal below the stomach; the intestine.
synonyms: intestine(s), entrails, innards, small intestine, large intestine, colon; informal guts, insides, viscera

The song is from their upcoming CD which hopefully will be released on Born of Chaos records as their last disc, "Relentless Culinary Assault" (http://frankfoe.blogspot.com/2012/09/chinga-relentless-culinary-assault-cd.html) was... New album is titled "SLAPPED INTO OBLIVION", due for completion before new years and release shortly thereafter! 

The video for "Digging a Hole" was done by Chudward Squillace, and it is amazing both in subject matter and musically. The video stars someone with really bad teeth as well as some other REALLY bad issues.. I'll let Chinga! explain the rest:

Digging a hole: chapter 1, book 2 of the chilling, beyond belief, true life stories the blackenedgrindthrashdeathrockgroupband, Chinga! weave. This is a tale of a special man, and the family who exploit him for his paycheck as well as, his disability money. This gentle giant comes home from work to find locked doors and cabinets and must relieve himself the only way he knows. 

Chinga's sophmore album SLAPPED INTO OBLIVION will be released early 2015. The band decided to unearth this song and video so the world can all...well, you can know what to do when the bathroom is locked.

Check out the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=756n75G_gfM





Cheers,
Frank FOE


Chinga! Reverb Nation: http://www.reverbnation.com/chinga1




Sunday, October 26, 2014

7 Seconds "Leave A Light On" LP

7 Seconds
"Leave a Light On"
Rise Records
Released: May 27, 2014


I am writing about the latest 7 Seconds LP, "Leave a Light On", five months after the release date, because, well, I always have my doubts about what to expect from 7 Seconds. 

I was all hands on deck when 7 Seconds started. Purchased the early 7"s via mailorder when they came out, joined the 7 Seconds fan club, got letters from Positive Force and saw them live whenever they came within 75 miles or so. I think Positive Force even took out an ad in FOE way back in the 1980s. I know BYO Records supported FOE zine tremendously. 

  • "Skins Brains Guts" 7"
  • "Committed For Life" 7"
  • "Blasts From the Past" 7"
  • "The Crew" LP
  • "Walk Together, Rock Together" 12" EP


These records ruled my world. Still love them. Those records were all released 1982-1985.

 


  

1986-2004 I stayed away from 7 Seconds and Kevin's solo material. I don't own any of that music. Not that I actually listened to it or bought it, just heard it wasn't my cup of tea. So I neither endorse, nor condemn it.

2005 saw the release of "Take It Back, Take It On, Take It Over!" LP. I didn't get that one when it came out either. After five reliable sources let me know that this was indeed a record I should get, I picked up the vinyl LP on SideOneDummy. I am very glad I purchased that record and glad my friends insisted I would like it.


The new 7 Seconds is on Rise Records, a label that releases a lot of music that I know nothing about. OK, I know about Acacia Strain, Issues and of Mice and Men. I do also have the Face to Face, Hot Water Music and Bouncing Souls records on this label. 

Anyway, I love "Leave A Light On". So if you are one of those, like me, who is waiting for five reliable sources to tell you to check it out, check out "Leave a  Light On". Hopefully I am the fifth person to tell you this, cuz you shouldn't wait.

Great blend of melody, speed and relate-able lyrics. Easy to love. Fun to listen to. Even the pop material.

If you doubt me, check out this youtube video for the song "I Have Faith In You" from "Leave A Light On"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okvHzLOtzh4&feature=youtu.be . The video was just released October 18, 2014, so I don't feel so bad about waiting 5 months to pick this LP up and let you know I dig it.





I also suggest you obtain:
  • "Alt.Music.Hardcore" LP which collects the "Skins, Brain & Guts" 7", "Committed For Life" 7", and the "Blasts From the Past" 7"
  • "Hardcore Rules 1980-82" LP which collects three demos; "Drastic Measures", "Socially F&cked Up" and "3 Chord Politics" from 1980, 1981 and 1982.


Vinyl notes on "Leave A Light On":

  • 100 - YELLOW
  • 300 - WHITE (INTERPUNK EXCLUSIVE)
  • 600 - GREEN
  • 2,500 - BLUE
7 Seconds is:

  • Kevin Seconds - lead vocals
  • Steve Youth - bass, vocals
  • Bobby Adams - guitar, vocals
  • Troy Mowat - drums, vocals


Cheers,
Frank FOE





Saturday, October 18, 2014

UTNG PORK DUKES INTERVIEW OCTOBER 2014


The Pork Dukes are one of my gateway punk bands. I first heard the Pork Dukes at the age of 14 in 1980. With the help of other gateway bands such as the Misfits, Ramones and the Dead Kennedys, I was hooked and my life was changed.

I had the privilege of interviewing Horrendous Styles, guitarist of the Pork Dukes in October of 2014. The interview was the first I have done using Skype, bridging the 3,500 miles between Horrendous and myself.

The show includes Pork Dukes songs, songs that Horrendous let me know influenced the Pork Dukes as well as a bonus track by F included with the interview.

There will be a Part Two of this interview. Stay tuned. I originally asked for a half hour interview but Horrendous was gracious enough to speak with me for over an hour! 



Tracking of the show:
  • Rancid "Up To No Good"
  • Intro
  • Pork Dukes "Loser"
  • Interview - Gateway Band
  • Iggy and the Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
  • Interview - Lyrics
  • Pork Dukes "Melody Maker"
  • Interview - Money
  • Pork Dukes "My Mother Gave Me A Gun For Christmas"
  • Interview - Real Names
  • Pork Dukes "Bend and Flush"
  • Interview - Bend and Flush
  • The Clash "London Calling"
  • Interview - Artist
  • Pork Dukes "Making Bacon"
  • Interview - Gobbing
  • Pork Dukes "Down Down Down"
  • Interview - Back Together
  • Pork Dukes "Soho Girls"
  • Interview - Holiday, Video Doc, F
  • F "Such Men Are Dangerous"


Catch The Pork Dukes live in 2014.

October 24 PORK DUKES Jabber Jaws 1327 W Chew St, Allentown PA 



October 25 PORK DUKES Kung Fu Necktie Philly - early show




October 25 PORK DUKES The Jacksonian Nazareth, 119 Main St, PA



October 26 PORK DUKES The Catasauqua Legion, 330 2nd St, PA



October 27 PORK DUKES The Low Beat – 335 Central Ave, Albany NY





October 29 PORK DUKES Cherry Street Station 491 N Cherry Street Ext, Wallingford, CT 06492

October 30 PORK DUKES French King Bowl, RT 2 Erving, MA



PORK DUKES WEB http://www.porkdukes.com/index.html
PORK DUKES FB https://www.facebook.com/porkdukes?ref=br_tf

Cheers,
Frank FOE

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Today is the Day "Animal Mother" Southern Lord


TODAY IS THE DAY
"Animal Mother"
Southern Lord Records
Released: October 14, 2014
2xLP, CD, Digital


"Animal Mother" is the tenth full length LP from Today is the Day.

It is the scariest Today is the Day album I can recall. After you listen to this a few times on your regular devices, I advise listening to this with a pair of good headphones, really f&c#ing loud, with the lights off, past midnight, with no else around. Check out this trailer of the album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPB88ASy-Qs



I was first introduced to Today is the Day via AmRep records when Today is the Day was leading the way through the AmRep noise (Unsane, Janitor Joe, Chokebore, Cows, Guzzard, Hammerhead - you can still hear nuances of all those bands influencing this new record too). 


If early Sonic Youth channeled Mastodon, the result might be pretty close to "Animal Mother". Brutal, haunting, evil, metal, noise with Neurosis damage, recorded in the woods in Maine during the middle of winter. The vocals are ridiculously villainous. The recording is as mentioned, headphone worthy. So much going on you really could study this record as much as just marvel in the heavy evilness. Even the acoustic based songs have a haunting, "Natural Born Killers" feel. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg2hszbaEgw

To release this as their tenth album is remarkable. 

Today is the Day plays Allentown PA, Saturday October 18, 2014. I think that will be the third time I've seen Today is the Day, first in probably more than a decade. Should be a blast!


Today is the Day 


Southern Lord web: http://www.southernlord.com/

Cheers,
Frank FOE

TODAY IS THE DAY
@ JABBER JAWS
ALLENTOWN PA
OCTOBER 18, 2014


Iron Reagan "The Tyranny of Will" LP


IRON REAGAN
"The Tyranny of Will"
Relapse Records
Released: September 16, 2014


This is going to be a real simple review.

I don't know anyone who won't love this record or shouldn't already be in love with Iron Reagan's discography to date.


The facts: 

  • These guys have associations with other bands that might interest you: Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder and Darkest Hour.
  • These 24 tracks are the best non-D.R.I. hardcore/thrash metal /punk crossover you've heard since.... I dunno... "Animosity". 
  • Everyone loves D.R.I. Everyone should love Iron Reagan. 
  • The vinyl LP has a cool double sided poster. One side with lyrics the other with artwork. 

Check out Iron Reagan's video for the instant crossover classic "Miserable Failure" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhiBDQF_0HM 

This song/video is life-affirming. Rejuvenating. I've always wanted to jam at a public city park area overlooked by a construction site during the lunch rush and have a circle pit break out ("flash mosh" rather than "flash mob"). I've always wanted to mosh up a library/book store/coffee shop. Everything in this video, the shopping cart tip over at the end, the bikini girl at the fountain banging her head, the dude checking out a L.A.'s Wasted Youth LP in the record store, the lyrical content, the "Seasons of the Abyss" t-shirt, the SOD t-shirt, the "regular" people smiling and getting a kick out of this crazy band, the bathroom hand dryer used to blow the hair during the guitar solo, the Red Fang, Mudhoney and Toxic Holocaust cameos... F*cking Perfection.




And then check out the video for Iron Reagan's "Eyeball Gore" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_mTsuaOj4s if you can stomach scenes of eyeballs being sliced from living humans, pulled from the sockets etc... not for the squimish and just in time for Halloween.





Live it up and let loose and let Iron Reagan provide your soundtrack.


Cheers,
Frank FOE



Iron Reagan Bandcamp: http://ironreagan.bandcamp.com/



The Clap "Look Before You Leap" 7"


THE CLAP
"Look Before You Leap" 7"
Strain Records
Released: September 11, 2014


In order to be eligible for the 2015 Rock N Roll Hall of fame, artists or bands need to have released their first single or album in 1989 or earlier. So you know, Green Day is on the ballot this year. The Clap, the longest running punk rock band in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania, began in the fall of 1978.



The Clap's first single, "Don't Say No" was released in 1981. So if you ask Johnny, the Clap vocalist/bassist, and the only remaining original member of the Clap in 2014, if they should have been on the rock n roll hall of fame ballot eight years ago, anyone who knows Johnny already knows the answer. The b-side of the 1981 single, "Killed By Kindness" made it onto "Killed By Death Volume 22". So if you don't have the 33 year old 7", good luck, as the original press, along with the reissue on Dionysus are well out of print. Did I really just say that 7" is 33 years old?


The 2014 version of The Clap just got off a mini East Coast US Tour with Menace (yes, that Menace - "GLC" etc...). The line up is rounded out by Mike (Drums) and Art (guitar), two long time Lehigh Valley punk veterans... that maybe were just born a decade or so after Johnny... well, maybe Mikey is even young enough to be one of Johnny's kids... 

Johnny, Mike, Art

The three songs on the "Look Before You Leap" 7" / digital download were written and recorded by the new lineup in the summer of 2014. 

"Look Before You Leap" is the inevitable grandpa advice from well, the grandpa Johnny Loftus, complete with his best mid-song, Burl Ives impression of a father/son advice session... the only thing missing is the visual of the son rolling his eyes at crazy old grandpa, well, that wasn't missing from my brain, I saw it, that's why I wrote it. "Impersonal" provides commentary on society's fixation with handheld technology and the like. We do need to unplug. Johnny hits the nail on the head with this one and his vocals sound like he still has the vinegar of a 20 year old. "Impersonal" is a true standout song. "What I Saw In You" is a classic punk gem of questioning your judgement. Art's guitar rips things up on all tracks.


The songs are all melodic, driving, punk rock. Johnny, Art and Mike sound like they have been playing together since 1978. All three songs unmistakably pay tribute to the Clap's 1970s punk roots, fitting fluidly in the Clap discography, with solid hooks and pro-playing, creating an enjoyable record. 

Head on over to the Clap bandcamp page to check the songs out for yourself.

Check out the Clap web page and Johnny's Shut Up Store for other merch at: http://theclap.co/ and http://www.shutupstore.com/




Very glad the Clap decided to head out with Menace and to record these three new tracks. I personally wouldn't do with out this record. 

Cheers,
Frank FOE