Elvis Jackson are legendary punk ska band from Slovenia and they are celebrating their 20th birthday with gigs all around. This time they played in Brežice, Slovenia and our own Irina was there to see the celebration first hand.
The support for this gig were Viperstone, rock band from Slovenia, who did a fine job warming up the cheerful crowd with their material.
Then, the time came for birthday boys to step on the stage and start their celebrate birthday set. This gigs are special because Elvis Jackson plays regular set and also acoustic set during their time on stage. They played hits from all parts of their existence and some rarities, couple of songs regular, then couple acoustic songs and drummer Soršak walked his way from one drum set to the other. Brass section was also present on stage to perform in already great songs. Every time I have seen them they finished their set with a capela Smokin Ganja song like their trademark. This time, for the first time, they came back on stage and did two more songs as an encore. All of the usual trademarks of their shows were also here like rubber boat, confetti, toilet paper rolls thrown from the stage….Great band, great show, we wish Elvis Jackson, at least 20 years more!
UK melodic hardcore punk heroes Dead Neck united with Italy´s Actionmen to create this split record called Defections which will be out in April via Mud Cake Records. I listened and reviewed it for our zine.
Both bands give 5 songs to their respective sides of this record. Actionmen side offers fast, melodic hardcore. The songs are okay, melodic, fast and energetic, but I didn´t really like the vocals. Somehow, the vocals are too low and too quiet for the music and in my opinion should be shouted or more energetic. Reminded me a bit of the more quiet version of Adam from the legendary Rome´s band This Side Up. Favorite Actionmen song: C´est Dada.
UK´s Dead Neck I have seen play live for the very first time last year at Punk Rock Holiday´s Beach Stage and they were great with their ultra fast melodic hardcore punk. Andy´s vocals on this record and the musicianship of the band as unit is tighter than ever. I love all five of the neckbreaking fast songs but my favorite is Seven Shades Of Shit. This is an awesome split record.
Usually I am not too keen of compilations, cover albums, tribute albums(only Tony Sly tributes are exemption from that rule hehe), but this little record by Uncle M Music is for the good cause benefit compilation for Sea Shepherd for the third time and I listened and reviewed that record for our zine.
The record contains 9 songs that vary in genre and style, mainly staying in some punkrock, melodic punk and ska/reggae style. There are some bands I liked more than others like Satanic Surfers´awesome rendition of Iron Maiden´s classic Sanctuary or French melodic punks Hightower´s version of Suzanne Vega´s Luka, but there are some songs on this record which are just not my cup of tea. But, this record is for the good cause and nice effort so go get your copy.
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Hans Roofthooft is known in the punk scene as the singer of F.O.D. but also as solo musican delivering great music. I listened and reviewed for our zine his new solo record out via Morning Wood Records.
The album contains 15 songs in now recognizable Hans´style being a mixture of acoustic and standard instruments played melodic punkrock. There are almost folk punk influenced songs, at least they sounded to me like that for example in Misses Moody. One of the highlights of the album for me is sad trumpet and the sad vibe of Apprentice. The lyrics of the songs are personal and pretty mournful but still give hope for better tomorrow to me, the listener. Prudence and Passion has one of the sweetest backing vocal harmonies that I have listened in a long time. Almost pop dreamy melody of Nothing Like The Sun made me go out and feel the warmth of the Sun on my cheek. Beautiful. New York is also one of the most beautiful songs on this album for me, I listened to it over and over again. But, not to reveal every song to you, my hungry reader and eager music lover, you will have to listen to the album and find out the other beauties for yourself. Awesome record!
“Hardcore used to be followed by the word punk and that’s what we originally wanted to create”. What emerged is a refreshing mix of punk, oi, hardcore and rock & roll with melodic yet raspy vocals and a new approach to underground music. Famed NYHC drummer WILL SHEPLER (formerly of AGNOSTIC FRONT, MADBALL) and SICK OF IT ALL bassist CRAIG SETARI (also formerly AGNOSTIC FRONT) had an idea for a hardcore power trio. Will called longtime friend, guitarist/vocalist SCOTT ROBERTS (formerly of BIOHAZARD, THE SPUDMONSTERS, BLOODCLOT!, CRO-MAGS) who had just left BIOHAZARD only weeks before. It was perfect timing for SCOTT as he wanted to move on and create something new from the ground up with complete creative freedom and passion. Soon after, SCOTT and WILL began working on what would become THE TAKE´s self titled debut record. CRAIG was busy with SICK OF IT ALL´s hectic touring schedule so SCOTT recruited friend and oi veteran CARLOS CONGOTE (ROYAL HOUNDS, formerly of 45 ADAPTERS, URBAN NOISE, LEGION 76) to complete the lineup. “Elitist” was directed and produced by noted filmmaker – legendary in his own rights – DREW STONE in a collaboration with JEFF PLISKIN (RAISED FIST PROPAGANDA). STONE directed “The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film” as well as “Who The Fuck Is That Guy?” The Fabulous Journey which is now on Netflix. He also directed videos for SICK OF IT ALL, AGNOSTIC FRONT & MADBALL.
Expect their debut record via DEMONS RUN AMOK in June/July 2019
Dark and promising. Here is the music video by Liars & Thieves about the new single “Maelstrøm”, which deals with the topic of suicide, both textually and figuratively.
The Video was produzed by Marius Kamp and Max Grüttefien, main artist is Sami Falk Taha.
“Maelstrøm” is the first single from their debut album „Thaumatrop“ which was produzed in Pitchback Studios and will be released on 26.04.19 via Bastardized Recordings.
Punk Rock Holiday is still for us the best festival there is every Summer, so join us in Tolmin this Summer to enjoy great music, friendship and have a beer or two! Check out the line-up for Tuesday:
Awesome, isn´t it? The other day splits are also out there, so check out the official festival page and Facebook event There are less than 400 tickets left, now even less, so make sure that you grab yours while there is still time to do that. See you there!
The complete line-up: