RÜCKWATER – Bonehead

Ruckwater-BoneheadCredited as “a three headed monster”, Finnish rockers Rückwater might seem like just another stoner band on the surface, but ‘Bonehead’ – their third release – shows them to be more than that. In fact, their willingness to take stoner rock roots and shake them up explains why they’ve shared stages with the expected (Karma To Burn, Truckfighters) and the less obvious (Anthrax‘s Joey Belladonna). ‘Bonehead’ not only rocks hard but also teases with chorus hooks, elements of dark psychedelia and even takes a foray into the kind of full throttle, four chord gutsiness that would make Zeke raise a collective eyebrow. In short, it’s more than worth an ear.

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BULLET PROOF LOVERS – Bullet Proof Lovers

coverSince the release of his 2012 full-length ‘Brand New Beat’, Kurt Baker’s career has gone from strength to strength. Having gained a rabid following in Europe, he attracted the attention of various Spanish musicians and, it’s with them, he formed the Bullet Proof Lovers in 2014. Not only a brand new beat for Baker, but almost a brand new suit, as here he (mostly) ditches the skinny ties and eighties fuelled power pop for something more hard hitting.

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DOT DASH – Searchlights

searchlights lp‘Searchlights’ is Dot Dash‘s fifth album in as many years. It’s hardly surprising the Washington-based garage rockers have been so prolific when you consider that this – their contribution to 2016 – was recorded in just two days. These fifteen songs musically hark back to the days of the UK’s burgeoning post-punk scene and the US’s college rock underground – and for fans of The Jam, The Vapors and middle period Replacements, this album should rattle a few memories and get the adrenaline pumping.

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MIND VICE – Humanimality EP

mind vice epIn the mid-90s, lo-fi producer Conrad Uno was a busy man. He put his name to various Mudhoney projects, produced the Supersuckers, Fastbacks, Zeke, The Groovie Ghoulies and countless other bands. He founded the PopLlama record label. In terms of commercial success, however, he’s probably best known as the man who produced the debut album by novelty rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, a record that spawned sizeable hits in ‘Peaches’ and ‘Lump’.

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