By the summer of 2020, the year had totally gone off the rails. The world had been almost blindsided by a global pandemic; cases of the bubonic plague were being reported in the far east; Australia had already been ravaged by bushfires; a strain of killer hornets had been discovered in the US and, by the end of July, Donald Trump was spoiling for a war with China. He’d already failed to have one with various other countries under dictatorships and – still running the country as if he were a sheriff in a TV western and the planet were his plaything – was obviously getting desperate. 2020 was dogged by so many disasters that it seemed nothing could actually surprise us any more.
Sheffield duo Get The Fuck Outta Dodge are one of the best two piece garage punk outfits ever. Their fuzz heavy debut LP ‘Climbin’ Higher Than King Kong’ valued heavy fuzz over almost everything and by combining intensive riffs with a dual vocal attack, their barrage of crashy noises and shouting made an instant impression. It wasn’t especially original, but between some massively sweary hooks and lo-fi sounds it managed to be the best hardcore influenced noise since Mongol Horde unleashed their debut LP in 2014.
On the heels of their debut single ‘Fuck Cyclists’, The Owen Guns return with a new track, the blistering ‘It’s Too Late’. Continue reading
With a sound that carries influence from the legendary Madball and Hatebreed, California’s These Streets know their way around a classic hardcore riff. Their current single blends elements of classic hardcore with a sledgehammer, metal-infused bottom end, leading to a satisfyingly hard-edged sound.
At the beginning of 2020, Capra only had one release behind them, but that was already enough for the band to have shared stages with hardcore champions Today Is The Day and sludge/doom legends Eye Hate God. Their ‘Unholy Gallows’ single showed them to be a hardcore tour de force; a band capable of mixing metallic riffs with the kind of punk-oriented intensities you’d find on a World of Pain or Gallows disc. They already sounded like they were heading for a great future.