MATT ELLIS – Full Moon Fever

Throughout the first Covid-19 pandemic lockdown of 2020, Canadian musician Matt Ellis used his time very constructively. He recorded a series of demo quality EPs in his bathroom, showcasing lo-fi punk music that borrowed heavily from the Ramones’ back catalogue. What those EP releases lacked in sheen, they made up for with a lot of spirit, and for those concerned about their lack of audio fidelity, they served a great purpose in that all monies earned from Bandcamp sales was subsequently donated to various charities.

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The Hellfreaks share vaguely NSFW video for ‘Tabby’

Hungary’s The Hellfreaks have gone through a few musical changes throughout the past decade. Their early work showed an affinity with the classic psychobilly sounds of Necromantix and Long Tall Texans; by the mid ’10s, they’d refined themselves as a punky/metal hybrid and albums like ‘Astoria’ saw their fanbase grow. By the time of 2020’s ‘God On The Run’, the metallic edges had been bolstered further and tracks like the Marilyn Manson-esque ‘Witches Heal’ showcased a band with a lot of power.

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Grab a mega punk bargain from TNS Records on Bandcamp Friday

It’s another Bandcamp Friday! That means fans of independent music can pick up physical and digital music from various bands and labels without Bandcamp taking a commission. A bigger cut of the profits going to the music makers means you can feel good about spending a little extra money.

For today’s Bandcamp Friday, Manchester based punk label TNS Records have an unmissable deal for you. Valid for today only, here’s your chance to check out some of the labels wares for a giveaway price. The label are offering boxes of “mystery items” on CD and vinyl from their back catalogue for the equivalent of mere pennies!

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K7s – Mondo Bizarro

When K7s debut album ‘Take 1’ appeared in 2018, it presented itself as an instant classic. In the middle of a pandemic of emo inflected punk, and a bunch of pop punk releases that had too much focus on the pop, the US/Spanish combo gave everyone a perfect reminder of the punk sounds they loved in the 90s. Its half an hour packed in riff after riff, drawing from Ramones, Screeching Weasel and The Apers, quickly setting itself up as an unmissable disc.

The world waited for ‘Take Two’. …And waited. Then, finally, at the beginning of 2021, the band returned with a new work, but fans would still be left waiting for a new disc of self-penned bangers.

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