Crack Cloud is a mixed-media collective based out of Vancouver, BC. Modelled around harm reduction philosophy, the collective operates as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada. They sound like no other band going at the moment, delivering rhythmic art / post-punk that could be compared to early Gang Of Four and Wire. This LP compiles both their demos (s/t from 2016, and Anchoring Point from 2017) on one record. This is hands down one of the most interesting bands Canada has to offer at the moment. New album scheduled for 2019.
After concocting a batch of 7-inch singles that leaked from various Twin Cities basements, here is the debut LP from Color TV—speedy punk rock that slaps with tight bursts of melody and quirk, filled with the sardonic musings of living in the sci-fi dystopian hellscape that is the now. Heavily influenced by early UK punk and USHC with subtle underpinnings of bands like Sparks and Ultravox, this is punk music clearly made by lifers obsessed with the underground counter-culture. Come, children, time to gather around and drink the electric Kool-Aid of C-TV.
“After two EPs (React! and Deranged Records) and a self-released demo, comes Spiritual Cramp’s debut 12-inch. Combining Sandinista-esque experimentation with modern alternative rock might be something that scares away the leather and spike crowd but that’s only if you’ve been pretending The Clash didn’t write some of the best rock ‘n’ roll songs the world ever knew. A merging of classic UK punk with some modern aesthetics manage to create a sound that is a welcome American take on classic UK punk. They’re even bold enough to exploit the reggae influence that was moving through bands like the aforementioned [The Clash] and Stiff Little Fingers. This new 12-inch catches you up by repackaging the 7-inches with a set of new tracks including a Sex Pistols and Billy Bragg cover. The influences are worn on their sleeve and brings to mind the kind of bands that would have gotten me into punk in the first place. It’s accessible but still smart and still aggressive. The vocals sound like they’re crooned from a ghost lamenting a wasted life or shouted like Malcolm Owen knew he’d die young. If you were a fan of those Libertines / Dirty Pretty Things albums you’ll find something here to chew on. Likewise, if those Sievehead records were a breath of fresh air for you, this might be the band you’ve been waiting for.” —Joshua Nickel, Neon Waste
“The fastest band on six legs.” This an accurate description of Vancouver’s Sore Points, whose rhythm section was phoenixed from the ashes of Nervous Talk after they decided that the drummer for local post punk act, Spectres, would look good playing guitar. They didn’t care in the slightest that he had barely started playing six strings, because mastering Ramones-esque guitar playing quickly was simple with people of like-minded prowess. It helped that he fit the bill— all members stand over six feet tall. Fashion over function works for most bands but there was something special right from the start with this three-piece. This is punk rock based in it’s classic formation, with a modern edge to it like The Carbonas. Relentless, Rocket To Russia-buzzsaw at an amphetamine pace with shouted, frantic vocals pushed over top of a hurricane distortion. Just enough bent-note leads to compliment the overall package without taking away any of the impact. The band has opted for cleaner production on this new full length, which succeeds in showing just how tight they’ve become without stripping the grit from their nails or the blood from their pickguards. Twelve songs in twenty minutes is not some exceptional feat for modern punk. But when the songs ring with the same hooks and aggression that made Dangerhouse the best label in America, well then—it’s worth paying attention.
It’s perhaps cliche to speak of a new band bursting upon the scene, but in the case of Toronto’s CENTURY PALM, such a claim is entirely valid. This collaborative project between five veterans of Canada’s underground rock scene has amassed no small degree of interest from the informed and attentive. Century Palm is a new group with ambitions far beyond their rawer formative endeavours, and the extent of that shared vision is becoming clear. ‘Meet You’ is the band’s second release on Deranged.
Stuck somewhere in the middle of Florida is UV-TV. Rose Vastola, Ryan Hopewell and Ian Bernacett write melancholy pop songs with jagged, abrasive edges. Combining strong hooks with chainsaw guitars and blissful treble, comparisons to Black Tambourine, JAMC and The Shop Assistants fit best. It’s shoegaze stripped of its fat and fluff.
After a well-received demo (High Fashion Industries) and seven-inch split with LA’s Shark Toys (Emotional Response) in 2015, Glass is the band’s first long-play record). The eleven burning cuts were self-recorded over two days in a retired Gainesville train station with a couple borrowed microphones and a Tascam 388. This is UV-TV. You should listen loud.