On December 1st 1976, UK TV history was made. On Bill Grundy’s Today show, the Sex Pistols and a couple of their associated chums shocked a nation. Their behavior was quickly seen as inappropriate for most of the 1970s public and by the time their interview concluded with Steve Jones calling Grundy “a fucking rotter”, things had moved from merely “inappropriate” to “causing outrage”.
In 2016, Scandinavian garage rockers Nightmen dropped one of the greatest musical surprises of the year. Exploring various elements of garage rock and proto-punk, ‘Fifteen Minutes of Pain‘ delivered a short and sharp aural assault of a record that was not only loving of the past, but also keen to bring such sounds kicking and screaming into the present. It was also the kind of debut that sounded like the work of a band who might burn themselves out too quickly. For this second release, the band could’ve decided to churn out more of the same and that would’ve been great, but being smart cookies, they’ve avoided that inevitable burnout and adapted their previous sounds to allow for growth. Amongst various garage rock and proto-punk staples, this time around, they also show more of a talent for classic power pop.
It may have been a while since the release of the last Posies album (‘Solid States’, released on Lojinx Records in the summer of ’16), but the legendary power pop band are still on the promotion trail.
Posies mainstays Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow – along with the rest of the band – have a few Spanish live dates confirmed for May 2017.
The dates are as follows:
- May 24 Porta Caeli Valladolid [tickets]
- May 25 La Iguana Vigo [tickets]
- May 26 Mardi Gras A Coruña [tickets]
- May 27 Super 8 Ferrol [tickets]
- May 28 Escenario Santander [tickets]
In 2015, singer songwriter and power pop champion Kurt Baker capitalised on his escalating popularity in Europe by teaming up with a bunch of Spanish garage rock and bar band heroes…and Bullet Proof Lovers was born. Not so much out of necessity, but from fun, and the resulting mini-album (which had a belated US release in 2016) saw Baker tackling some of his punkiest tendencies since his days with The Leftovers.
At the end of March, the second release from Bullet Proof Lovers hits US shores. We got to hear it early at Real Gone and can confidently say it’s an absolute belter of a long-player. Everything the previous mini-album promised comes through big style: punky workouts, big chorus hooks and even more of the new wave aspects usually associated with frontman Kurt Baker’s solo career. It’s got a little of everything needed for achieving that feel good factor.