Sunday, August 21, 2016

THIS MEANS FUCKING EVERYTHING!


So, on 20th August 2016. (well, it was 21st actually, because the midnight already passed while we started our set) UGLY FUCKS played the last show, fuck you very much! I will say more about this show, the whole THE TRUTH/UGLY FUCKS Summer Tour and I have some more stuff to write about, as soon as I rest for few days. I wanted to write about some shows I went to in last few weeks, but I haven´t got the time to write before the tour because I was all into preparing for the tour with the usual dog watching and spending enormous time with my new roomie CursedXD in front of the computer, partly because of the booking LEFT TO STARVE/RULES September Tour and partly because of watching a load of crap on the Internet, haha! I kind of missed my pal Henry and my Kabala room but I´m ready for another tour and I´m glad that another tour starts in less than two weeks. So, this post is something like a teaser for another few posts coming soon, uuuuuu spooky! Anyway, until then, enjoy in few UGLY FUCKS photos from our last show in Mulj, Duga Resa, Croatia. All the photos were taken by PopeyeXXX, thanks bro!

The Snake 


Friday, July 29, 2016

RECORDS YOU NEED TO HEAR PART 2

OK, last time in "RECORDS YOU NEED TO HEAR" post I wrote about 5 fast and pissed off hardcore punk records from the 2000´s but this time it is something different. This time I will say something about 5 pop punk bands/records from the 90s. If you are into punk rock, melodic punk or pop punk, call it whatever you want, you need to hear these 5 records. If you are into metalic grind or some other boring shit, then skip this post and go listen to some extreme metal, I could not give a flying fuck. But if you are into good pop punk, stick till the end with this post. Of course, I could easily choose some more obvious choices of great 90´s pop punk bands/records like Descendents or ALL but I choose to rather write about some bands that are not so well known as some other pop punk bands from that era. Also, I will probably write about Descendents and ALL in some other posts in near future. All 5 of these records are pretty great Summer music, so there you go. 

The Snake   

BROWN LOBSTER TANK – Tooth Smoke LP/CD (1995. Dr. Strange Records)


Brown Lobster tank was a great melodic punk rock band from Orange County, California that recorded one of the best pop punk records in the 90´s and you probably never heard it. Line up was consist of Ken Conte on vocals, Travis Buchanan on guitar, Guy Julian on bass and Steve Sanderson on drums. They existed from 1994. to 1996. if I´m not mistaken, at least during these years they released their records and in 1996. they changed the name to The Tank and continued to play great pop punk. Ken also later sang in Implants and Guy and Steve played also in Gameface. Tooth Smoke is kind of their second album, because in 1994. they released a tape called Our First Album on their label called Boring Records. That tape has pretty much the same songs that Brown Lobster Tank re-recorded for Tooth Smoke album in 1995. that was released by well known pop punk/punk rock label Dr. Strange Records from Southern California. Besides that, they also released couple of solid 7 inches in 1995. and 1996. Two of those has mostly the same songs that are also on the tape or Tooth Smoke album but their last 7 inch called Overflow before they changed the name to The Tank has 4 songs that I haven´t heard yet, so I would love to hear this EP (anyone can help with that?). OK, let´s talk about the Tooth Smoke album. There are 14 songs on the album, 13 originals and an X cover – Los Angeles which is a X classic song from their first album Los Angleles from 1980. Production is cool, not too slick, just the way I think that pop punk band should sound. I also love the wacky cartoonish cover. As for the sound of Brown Lobster Tank, I would say that they were definitely influenced by Descendents and Big Drill Car. Luckily, they didn´t brought any metalic rifs into their sound like Big Drill Car has in some songs, Brown Lobster Tank „borrowed“ the poppy and melodic side of the Descendents and Big Drill Car and made a perfect blend of a melodic punk rock. Lyrics are mostly the love themes and they are not too serious pus there are few kind of jokey songs. I must say that I´m not too thrilled with the first song on the album -  Ripe, because it is kind of too long in my opinion and not the best choice for opening song. But, the rest of the record, I can´t get enough of it. The seconds song – C. H. I. X. should be the opening song of the album, in my humble opinion. This song is so good and it is also the fastest song on the album and kind of different than the rest of the songs, just listen to this perfect fast and melodic punk tune. As for the rest of the album, I like more the love songs (F. U. B. B., Bebo, Sunshine, Bah...) than their jokey songs (Homebrew, Ron Jeremy...), but they all flow pretty cool through the album. I like the ending of the album, it is a instrumental song called Joy that reminds me of Descendents a lot, very nice, laid back and slow California sounding Summer punk rock tune. Lots of these songs ended up on compilations that I did for me and my friends and I strongly recommend you this album if you are into melodic punk rock. 





GAMEFACE – Three To Get Ready LP/CD/CS (1995. Dr. Strange Records)


Gameface were/are another pop punk/emotional punk rock band from Orange County, CA. They formed in 1991., broke up in 2003. and then reunited in 2013. There were various line ups of Gameface through the years but, vocalist/guitarist Jeff Caudill and guitarist Todd Trout are the only remaining original members of the band. Three To Get Ready is their second album and my favorite Gameface record. This album, their first album and few first EPs are the ones capturing pop punk sound, later Gameface brought some more emoish influences into their punk rock, but remined pretty cool melodic and emotional punk rock band. On Three To Get Ready, the line up was consist of Jeff Caudill on vocals, Todd Trout on guitar, Paul Martin on bass and Phil Hanson on drums. I´m not sure in what bands the rest cof the line up also played but Jeff was also in Ice, March, Collateral Damage and Your Favorite Trainwreck. There are 14 songs on Three To Get Ready album, 13 originals and Time After Time which is a cover of Cyndi Lauper and it is kind of a hidden song at the end on the album. I like the very thick production, even though this is pop punk, the record sounds very powerful. As for the sound of Gameface on this album, I could go again with Descendents influences but, those influences are not that obvious here and unlike some other pop punk bands of that era, Gameface were much more faster. The opening song Start Me Over is a perfect to be the first song on the album and the second song Ten Blue Sticks is even better and it is my favorite song on the album. Not that other songs are bad, far from that, but I do have some more favorites on this album that I like little better, like: Guess What, June, Gibberish, Undone... Those are all great songs! Only Chance We Get has some more emoish slower parts and kind of reveal in what direction will the band take on their later albums. Lyrics are mostly personal, about relationships and themes like that. Anyway, this is a great melodic punk rock record and you should give it a listen if you like fast and melodic driven punk rock. 





G-WHIZ - ...Hook LP/CD/CS (1994. Medical Records)


G-Whiz was a pop punk band from Chandler, Arizona, USA that existed from 1989- to 1994. and they had some reunion in 2000.´s I think, but I´m not really sure when exactly, there are not that much information on the net about G-Whiz. ...Hook is their second and the last album and they also released few seven inches and split sevens that were later in 2002. re-released together with the first ablum on a compilation called: The Pop Punk Singles Collection 1989. – 2002. on Boss Tunegae records. ...Hook was also re-released in 2000.´s together with few unreleased old and new songs on a compilation called: She Has That Plastic Alternative Indie Emo Punk Rock Mannequin Look! ...Hook is my favorite G-Whiz record although they have some great songs on their other records too. The line up on ...Hook was: Ed Richards on vocals, Kevin Carl on guitar, Greg Gleason on bass and Angel Nevarez on drums (except for the Run song where Jimmy Kurnutt played drums). I honestly don´t have a clue if these guys played in any other bands. There is 11 songs, actually 10 songs and one 23 seconds joke song on ...Hook and these songs make this one of the best and unique pop punk records. G-Whiz was also under heavy influence of Descendents, ALL & Big Drill Car, but didn´t actually sounded like those bands, mainly because G-Whiz was much slower which is one of the reasons why it takes quite a few listens of their songs to get into their sound. But, when you get used to G-Whiz hooks and melodies, you´ll want to hear them more and more. Anyway, from these 10 great songs, few were also released on some of their seven inches but in different versions and I gotta say that I love more these album versions. Production is great, nothing much to say here and lyrics are of course love themes. Don´t know what more to say about these great pop punk songs except that Run is total hit and the fastest song on the album, sounding very ALL-ish, can´t get enough of that song. So, get this but prepare yourself for more than just few listening, as I've said before, it takes some time to get into the G-Whiz unique punk rock tunes. Oh yeah, I put the download link of their re-release with bonus tracks because the sound is much better on that one than the rip I have of the original album. 





HUFFY – No High Five CD (1997. Metoo! Records)


It is a bit of a stretch to call Huffy (from Burlington, Vermont) and this album a pop punk, but this band is so good, that I just have to put them here. And to be fair, there are lots of pop punk hooks and melodies on No High Five album, the only thing is that Huffy was such a great band that you can´t just say that they were influenced by some particular band. Huffy made their own version of pop punk and they did it so great that you don´ t need to hear any modern music after you hear this awesome record, haha. I´ve carried away a little bit here, butr really, since I've first heard this record, it remained on my playlist non stop. Huffy existed from 1994. to 1998. and they are one of those bands with not much information on the net. I don´t think that their line up changed, Tim Lauben was on vocals & guitar, Jeff Brown on bass and Nate Wells on drums. All I know that Tim Lauben also played in Snowplow, My Own Sweet and The Red And The Black, I don´t know where other members played. There is 11 songs on No High Five album, the last song is actually unlisted, so let´s call it the Untitled song. From first song - 50-Yard Dash to the last Untitled song, you will experience one of the best summer souding punk rock albums ever recorded. There is no bad song here, Tim voice is great for these songs, sounding like more punk rock J Mascis. Some slower songs (Boil, Splinter, Untitled song...) kind of give of Dinosaur Jr influence, but as I´ve said before, Huffy is more on the melodic punk rock side. There are some emo-ish influences also on few parts on the album, like great So Yeah song which I assume is a love song and I could argue with you that it is one of the best punk rock love songs ever written. The rest of the album is consisted of faster more up beat songs and Chopper Pilot is definitely my favorite one. The song California is actually recorded in 1995. and was first released on their demo cassette called Sunny Drive Time. Except that demo, Huffy also released a seven inch in 1995. with two great songs from that demo. Both the demo and the seven inch are also worth finding. If you like this album and want to hear more Huffy, let me know and I will supply you with more Huffy music. I don´t know what else to say except to go get this great melodic punk rock record!

Get it here: Huffy - No High Five




PARASITES – Rat Ass Pie LP/CD/CS (1998. Go-Kart Records)


Parasites originally started in Livingston, New Jersey in 1985. but didn´t released much until the early 90´s and after that they recorded and released bunch of records, including numerous 7 inches, splits, live, six full leghts and two compilations. Later the band relocated to Berkley, California and the band is still active, they still tour and they released their last album in 2013. Over the years Parasites had many line up changes and the only remaining original member is Dave Parasite (vocals & guitar). I´m not sure who is in present Parasites line up, but on Rat Ass Pie album that was released in 1998. on Go-Kart Records, except Dave, the line up was: Scotty R. Cofer on bass and his brother Daniel Cofer on drums. It is possible that these guys played in some other bands too, but I don´t have any knowledge of that. Anyway, Ratt Ass Pie is fourth Parasites album and in my opinion their best, although I highly recommend all of their other records because they are filled with great pop punk songs. There are 14 songs (and one hidden short and fast punkish song) on this album that has a pretty cool production. The band on the record sounds tight and their fast but emotional pop punk is just perfect here. I can´t compare their sound to any particular band, but on some Parasites records you can hear some clear 60´s pop influences, but not so much on this album. Still, as I´ve said already, This album is full of great hooks, melodies, tight musicianship, great clean and melodic vocals and of course, most of the songs have love theme in their lyrics. This album just have everything that a great pop punk band should have. I wanted to single out some of the songs as my favorite, but the thing is that this album doesn´t have a one bad song or even an average song, every song here is a pop punk hit. Only song that is different from the rest of the album is the last song Carve Your Initials that is more emo-ish acoustic song, but it is still a very good emotional song. So, it seems that I don´t have much to say for this album except that you get it and listen to it, especially in the summertime and of course, if you like good melodic punk rock. 

Get it here: Parasites - Rat Ass Pie



Thursday, July 28, 2016

THE TRUTH - TENZIJA 7 ˝


Here is a very bad photo of  the new The Truth 7 ˝ that just arrived at my parents place. Soon these nice seven inches will meet with the even nicest covers and the record will be finally completed. Gde si ti? Gde sam ja? Dijagnoza nam je tenzija! 

The Snake

Saturday, July 23, 2016

NUMBER ONE WISH


It´s time for a post where I´m self promoting the bands where I play at the moment. So, the news are that RULES recording is finally finished. The mixing took a while but it was worth it, we´re all in the band very pleased with how the recording came out. You can check out Rules demo on: https://fyourules.bandcamp.com/releases and also download it for free. This demo will be released first as a tape by ourselves and later after we come back from the tour, the plan is to release it on vinyl as a split 12 ˝ with ILL WIND, a punk rock band from Zagreb (https://illwindpunk.bandcamp.com/releases). We are still looking for some DIY labels to help us with that split release, so if anyone wants to help, let us know. Also, we are still „booking“ the September European tour that we will share with our friends from LEFT TO STARVE (https://lefttostarve.bandcamp.com/) and we are still missing lots of dates, so if anyone can help us, check out what dates we´re missing: https://www.facebook.com/lefttostarve/


RULES

THE TRUTH & UGLY FUCKS August European tour is almost booked, we´re still not sure about the first date, but it will be all sorted out very soon. You can see how that tour looks here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1772650773021158/

It was pretty frustrating to book some dates because of the heavy Summer period, but more about that later. The Truth 7 ˝ vinyl is finally done, it took us a while, but we finally finished the record. There are 6 songs on the record and they are now kind of old, although we still play them on our shows, but we also have quite a few songs that we are playing live that yet have to be recorded. Anyway, more info about the The Truth 7 ˝ EP, soon on The Truth blog: https://thetruthbanda.wordpress.com/

Ugly Fucks pretty much still have no merch, haha!


THE TRUTH 7˝ EP COVER ART  

Sometimes it gets pretty frustrating to be in a band where everyone are eager to play shows but the Summer period here is pretty fucking dead. It´s all about festivals and it´s time when people leave cities to go on vacation to the sea and what not. That´s why it´s great to play tours, especially in the Summer time so, you don´t feel this void of not playing more local shows. But then again, as I´ve said before, booking the tour for August is a fucking nightmare. People are everywhere around and the shows on tours in Summer period (August especially) sometimes doesn´t drawn that many people. So, it´s like, if you are not playing in popular or hype or whatever is cool today bands like me, you either can tour in the Summer and prepare yourself for losing lots of money, not all the shows will be filled with people and so on. Or you can not tour at Summer but you will not play any local shows in the Summer because as I´ve said before, you are into not popular or hype band and you hate festivals, haha. Yeah, I don´t like festivals that much, at least the festivals in Balkan area. And usually people who play in bands with me are also not too excited to play on Balkan punk festivals. This Summer at least I go on two tours and I´m very excited because of that. These are also one of the most stressed times for me that I ever had before going on some tour and I´m not even talking about the tour „booking“ here. But, I won´t bore you here with my personal problems. So, no matter how I like chilling out in the Summertime with dogs, I´m also slowly starting to get anxious to play shows and I need my hardcore fix. So, it´s pretty much like this for me: I live to play and I play to live and that´s my number one wish.

The Snake can´t fucking stand it!


Sunday, July 17, 2016

THE BEACH BOYS - PET SOUNDS

I don´t care what anyone says, Pet Sounds is one of the best albums ever and The Beach Boys are one of the best bands ever. After Tear It Up of course. Ono, nemoj me jebat! 

The Snake Sounds


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

BACK ON TRACK

Haven´t posted anything in a while. First my laptop died, then I was without internet for a few days and so on and so on... Before I get back on track, here are the videos of Ugly Fucks and The Truth playing in CPA squat in Firenze, Italy on April 30. 2016. This show was part of our mini tour that we did this past Spring when we played 5 shows in Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. It was a pretty fun tour and I wish that I will say the same for upcoming The Truth & Ugly Fucks Summer European tour that will happen this August. If anyone cares, I feel much better than I did when I wrote the last post and I´m enjoying the Summer, it is still my favorite season of the year. Just the sun, the dogs and hardcore in my room. 

The Snake





Saturday, June 25, 2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS (WELCOME TO MY WORLD)


Few days ago my laptop kind of died and I´m still not sure if I will manage to save the hard disk with all the music and stuff on it. I´m mentioning that here because my writing about The Truth & Ugly Fucks Spring mini tour is gone and I didn´t save it anywhere else (how smart of me) like I usually do when I write for the zine. So, at the moment, I don´t have the will or the energy to write the tour all over gain, so I´m not sure at the moment will I write it again for the blog or I will just put it to rest. This whole month was kind of strange for me, I spent a lot of time at my parents home because I had to watch over my sister´s dogs. Also, my both roommates are moving soon (and one of them was also my best friend these past three years) and the guys from Rules will move in and become my new roommates, so that will be interesting. I guess there was also some stress that I was dealing with lately, although I´m not even sure why I was stressed about. Maybe a little because of some personal relationships with some of my friends and also there was/is some stress related to the two tours I will be touring and the fact that the tours are still not all booked. I also felt kind of numb to some things lately, like I was some kind of numb zombie, I don´t know how to describe it. Then also rare rehearsals with the bands didn´t help much my inner state and also knowing the fact that I will not be able to see another TEAR IT UP reunion which is happening this September in New Jersey. At least it is a benefit show so it is for a good cause. I respect TIU guys for things like that, every reunion they did, they didn´t do it for the money or some other lame reason. It is interesting that on September 3rd when the TIU reunion will happen, it will also be the first day of Rules/Left To Starve tour. I´m gonna surely have that in mind when I´m gonna play the shows on said tour. There were few more weird and bad things happening this month, but let's not make this an depressive post, haha. Of course, there were some good stuff too, like getting Obedience tape which is a new hardcore punk band from Austin, Texas where Dave from TIU/Dead Nation sings, seeing Nailed In/Red Death/Protester show, then some people ordered a stack of zines from me which is nice to see that some people are still interested in zines and I don´t know, it seems that I can remember more the bad than the good things, oh well. Oh yeah, my birthday was few weeks ago. The more I get older, more I feel like out of step with most of the people and stuff around me. To some, „out of step“ is just a Minor Threat record/song, to me it´s my whole fucking life. I still pretty much feel like I´m misunderstood for most of the time and I feel totally like lyrics of Everybody Hates Me goes: „My friends hate me I see it in their eyes, it stays unspoken to keep up their disguise. My parents think my life´s work is a joke, try to legitimize it they try to make me choke. Everybody hates me! Kind words are never spoken to me, dirty looks and threats are all I receive. I think I´m worthless and I always will, no one can help there´s no emotions to heal. Everybody hates me, I know that you hate me too.“ The rest of the world is no picnic either, hate and misery is all I see and hear, so what can we fucking do? Don´t get me wrong, I´m OK, there are other people and animals that are having much worse time on this planet than me, but I can´t help feeling like shit sometimes and if you really don´t want to know how I´m feeling then don´t fucking ask me.

The Snake Can´t Stand It!