Sunday, 17 November 2013

SOLPÄÄTOS - 7" - 2013

By now there is quite an established tradition of punks taking being inspired by a scene in another place and/or time to the extreme; not only copying the sound, but even singing in the same language, often one very different from their own. A wonderfully crazy, fun and life-affirming thing if you ask me. Don't you just love the human race and establishly the subspecies called "punk"?!  The practise appears to be especially popular in Japan and like LAUKAUS and POIKKEUS (1st ep & Konton Damaging Ear Massacre-era) before them, SOLPÄÄTOS take their cues from the 80s Finnish hardcore punk scene. Don't be lulled into thinking this is somehow some throw away sub-par copycat excercise though. This is absolutely top tier hardcore punk and while the influences are definitely worn proudly on their (studded jacket's) sleeves, they are being dragged into 2013 with impressively devastating effect.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

ENEWETAK - The Easyrider Sessions Vol 1 - 7" - 1996

Enewetak's classic 1996 7". I've been digging this out a lot again the last few weeks. Still raging. Fellow travellers of the likes of Unruh and Gehenna so if you can hang with the more metallic waves that started hitting the hardcore punk shores in the 90s, have a listen.