The Raging Nathans/Rad Company-Split 7″ Review

Earlier this year (2/10/17), The Raging Nathans and Rad Company released their Split 7” EP via Rad Girlfriend Records. The split is The Raging Nathans’ first release since their split with Wonk Unit in 2016 and its Rad Company’s first release since their Jukebox Single Series EP in 2013.

On this split, two of Ohio’s best punk bands serve up four new songs and seven-and-a-half minutes of pure, unfiltered punk rock. Both bands deliver some of their best work on these songs, so whether you are an old fan or a new one, this split is perfect for you.

First up, you have The Raging Nathans. The first track on their side is a brand-new song called “Say Why”. “Say Why” is a fast and dangerously catchy song that will have you tapping your foot and humming along before you know it. Their next track is a cover of the DEVO classic, “Gates Of Steel”. The Raging Nathans did an excellent job with this cover, and the song translated very well from new wave to punk rock. So, DEVO fan or not, you can’t help but enjoy it.

On the flip side, you have Rad Company. It’s been four years since the last time Rad Company released any new songs, but it sounds like they haven’t missed a beat. They absolutely rip through their half of the split with two new songs, “Blood Bath” and “Eat Crow”. Both tracks are fast-paced and perfectly crafted punk rock songs, proving Rad Company have still got it, even after four years without releasing anything new.

With a new Raging Nathans full-length on the way, and hopefully some more new Rad Company music soon as well, now is the perfect time to start listening to both bands, making this split is a great place to start.

Fans of bands like The Dopamines, Dillinger Four, The Murderburgers and The Lillingtons should be sure to check out both of these bands and this split!

Album Score: 4/5

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V/A-4-Way Split Vol. 2 Review

Are you looking for some new music for the summer? Well, Rad Girlfriend Records has you covered! The label recently released the second installment in their 4-Way Split series. The premise behind the splits is simple: Choose four bands, all from the same area and each band contributes a song. The first split was made up of bands from Chicago, the second split is made up of four South Florida bands. The bands that contributed songs to 4-Way Split Vol. 2 are Chris Barrows Band, Armageddon Man, No Fraud and F.

The first band up on the split is Chris Barrows Band. For those unfamiliar with the band, vocalist Chris Barrows was originally the singer of legendary punk band Pink Lincolns. The band contributed a song called “Born Old”. The band combines a street punk sound with Chris Barrows’ signature snarky vocals to produce a fast paced and highly entertaining punk rock song (and one of my favorite songs on the split!). It serves as the perfect start to the split.

Next up, hardcore band, Armageddon Man. Armageddon Man’s contribution to the split is a song called “Total Blackout”. “Total Blackout” is a no-holds-barred, two minutes of hardcore glory, making it a very welcome addition to the split.

Next, is No Fraud’s track, “Trendy Fuck”. “Trendy Fuck” is 44 seconds of explosive hardcore. It’s one of the fastest tracks the split, combining aggressive vocals with loud, driving instruments and providing fans with a visceral listening experience.

The final track on the split is F’s track, “Good Day For A Gun”. This track is my favorite one from the split, both their instrumental sound and their singer’s vocals sound reminiscent of classic punk rock bands such as FEAR, Black Flag and The Circle Jerks, making it an excellent way to conclude the split.

Album Score: 4/5

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Yardboss-We Wish We Were Dead ’92 Review

Earlier this year (2/14/17), Ohio punk band Yardboss released their debut EP, called We Wish We Were Dead ’92. We Wish We Were Dead ’92 is now available for digital download through Rad Girlfriend Records’ Bandcamp page.

To put it simply: We Wish We Were Dead ’92 is a strong debut from a band with a very unique sound. Each song on the EP is better than the previous song. Yardboss takes full advantage of their three guitar players to create a sound that is mesmerizing when combined with bass, drums and vocals.

The first track is called “Back From Baghdad”. It’s the shortest song on the EP, but what it lacks in length it makes up for by being just genuinely fun to listen to. It’s up-tempo, catchy and it’s a great start to the EP.

The next track is the (sort of?)  title track, “I Wish I Was Dead ‘92”. It kicks off with a cool guitar intro and features some of the best guitar work on the EP. The song itself tells the story of how 1992 was apparently not the best year for at least one of the guys in Yardboss (hence the name).

Next up, the third and final track (and my personal favorite), “1000 Beers”. There’s just something about this song that I couldn’t get out of my head. Both musically and lyrically, the song has this kind of quiet intensity that slowly builds up throughout its run time. It also serves as a great ending to the EP.

With We Wish We Were Dead ’92, Yardboss delivers a terrific, very well-rounded debut, and I can’t wait to see what they do next! Fans of bands like Frank Iero and the Patience, Fidlar and The Dopamines should definitely give Yardboss a listen!

Album Score: 4/5

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Svetlanas-This Is Moscow Not LA Review

Last month (6/2/17), Russian hardcore punk band Svetlanas released their fourth full-length album, titled This Is Moscow Not LA via Rad Girlfriend Records. This Is Moscow Not LA is the band’s first new release since their split with The Dwarves in 2016 and their first full-length since Naked Horse Rider in 2015.

The most dangerous band in the world is back, and this time they’re out for blood! Combining forces with bass player Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age and The Dwarves), Svetlanas effortlessly unleash a barrage of ten hard hitting, politically charged punk rock anthems.

Wasting no time getting going, the band starts off the album with “Putin On Da Hitz”, a scathing criticism of the Russian government and its leaders (the band was exiled from Russia in 2014 because of their controversial political ideas and are considered enemies of the state).

From there, This Is Moscow Not LA continues to pick up speed and it doesn’t slow down until the final notes of “People Suck” (the album’s final track). Even party songs like “Let’s Get Drunk”  and “Vodka N’ Roll” are played at a breakneck pace, packed full of driving drum beats, face melting guitar solos and explosive choruses.

All of that combined with frontwoman Olga’s aggressive and in-your-face vocals make This Is Moscow Not LA an unforgettable musical experience that even the pickiest of hardcore fans can’t help but love.

This Is Moscow Not LA easily stands out as one of the best hardcore releases of 2017. Once it’s over you can’t help but listen to it again and again.

Fans of bands like Agnostic Front, F-Minus, Victim Culture and Petrol Girls will love Svetlanas. Several notable tracks from This Is Moscow Not LA include: “Negative Approach”, “Speed Freak” (a Motorhead cover and a very nice touch), “Put Your Middle Fingers Up” and “Where Is My Borscht”.

Album Score: 4.5/5

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Sketchy-Heck Review

Brooklyn punk rock band, Sketchy, will be releasing their second full-length album, titled Heck on August 4, 2017 via FTLP Records. Heck will be Sketchy’s first new release since their split with The Burnt Tapes in 2016, and their first new full-length since their debut album, 2015’s I Wanted This To Go Different.

There’s no other way to say it: Sketchy hits all the right notes with Heck. Heck’s twelve tracks cover an array of different musical styles and lyrical topics, making it Sketchy’s best release yet.

The first track on the album immediately caught my attention. It’s an energetic, wicked fast and aggressively catchy song called “Tight Six”. It’s not a one off either, songs like “Rorschach” and “Wastoid” are also clearly hardcore influenced, sounding reminiscent of bands like Destruction Made Simple. These songs add an awesome energy to the album and easily set it apart from some of the other albums coming out this summer.

Of course, not every song on Heck is fast and aggressive. It’s on some of the slower, more melodic songs that Sketchy really show off their talent as musicians and songwriters. Heck is packed full of catchy hooks, bold singalong choruses, and lyrics that cover subjects such as mental health issues and insecurities that many of us suffer from. It’s these things that make the album not only an extremely enjoyable listen, but also a very relatable one as well.

Heck delivers everything a great second album should. Each one of the album’s twelve songs could easily stand on their own. Regardless of whether you’ve listened to Sketchy before, it’s almost impossible to listen to Heck and not enjoy every single second of it.

Fans of bands like The Menzingers, Aerial Salad, Rayner and Pup will not want to miss out on Heck. Notable tracks from the album include: “Normal”, “Wastoid”, “When I Mattered” and “On The Run”.

Album Score: 4.5/5

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