Violent Soho :: Hungry Ghost :: Side One Dummy
 
Violent Soho is an Australian band who is carrying on the tradition of grunge/indie/alternative in their home country to sold out tours. We here in the states seem to just be hearing about them thanks to Side One Dummy. Their latest release, Hungry Ghost, is a furry filled record that will accost American fans.



 
Violent Soho shows such range on Hungry Ghost. The album starts off with Dope Calypso which progresses from ethereal and slightly creepy to edgy and indie with a great snotty gravely voice eventually devolves into layered vocal chaos. Lowbrow is gritty and distorted, Covered In Chrome just oozes attitude, Saramona Saidis almost new wave, Okay Cathedral is slow and trippy. These tracks really run the gamut.

Hands down, my favorite track is In The Aisle. It is loud, fast, and thrashy with strained vocals. It is so raw and sweaty (yeah I swear this track sounds sweaty) that it evokes a visceral reaction. It is just so fucking good. 

Violent Soho :: Hungry Ghost :: Side One Dummy

 

Violent Soho is an Australian band who is carrying on the tradition of grunge/indie/alternative in their home country to sold out tours. We here in the states seem to just be hearing about them thanks to Side One Dummy. Their latest release, Hungry Ghost, is a furry filled record that will accost American fans.

 

Violent Soho shows such range on Hungry Ghost. The album starts off with Dope Calypso which progresses from ethereal and slightly creepy to edgy and indie with a great snotty gravely voice eventually devolves into layered vocal chaos. Lowbrow is gritty and distorted, Covered In Chrome just oozes attitude, Saramona Saidis almost new wave, Okay Cathedral is slow and trippy. These tracks really run the gamut.

Hands down, my favorite track is In The Aisle. It is loud, fast, and thrashy with strained vocals. It is so raw and sweaty (yeah I swear this track sounds sweaty) that it evokes a visceral reaction. It is just so fucking good. 

Sunken Monkey :: Party Scars 
Sunken Monkey is a straight forward pop punk band and Party Scars is an album full of super catchy and fun tracks with a heavy guitar and drum combination. They are not afraid to sing out or get a hook stuck in your head most times in under 3 minutes.  That’s What She Said may have the catchiest use of “fuck you” that I have ever heard, Too Old For This Shit was made to sing along to, and After All shows a more serious side of the band (though never too serious). I am usually not a fan of the random acoustic track on an album, but Til Death Do Us Party is actually pretty damn good, it has a great gruff raw quality to it (and it is just as unsentimental as the title would lead you to believe).
 As I was trying to boil down the virtues of this record, I went back and forth, trying to put my finger on exactly what drew me to it. It ends up it is something underneath all the music and all the lyrics, what makes this album appealing, is that you can tell that they are just having a damned good time. The album is personal, but in a not too serious, I don’t fucking care what you think sort of way. Excited to see where these guys will grow.

Sunken Monkey :: Party Scars 

Sunken Monkey is a straight forward pop punk band and Party Scars is an album full of super catchy and fun tracks with a heavy guitar and drum combination. They are not afraid to sing out or get a hook stuck in your head most times in under 3 minutes.  That’s What She Said may have the catchiest use of “fuck you” that I have ever heard, Too Old For This Shit was made to sing along to, and After All shows a more serious side of the band (though never too serious). I am usually not a fan of the random acoustic track on an album, but Til Death Do Us Party is actually pretty damn good, it has a great gruff raw quality to it (and it is just as unsentimental as the title would lead you to believe).

 As I was trying to boil down the virtues of this record, I went back and forth, trying to put my finger on exactly what drew me to it. It ends up it is something underneath all the music and all the lyrics, what makes this album appealing, is that you can tell that they are just having a damned good time. The album is personal, but in a not too serious, I don’t fucking care what you think sort of way. Excited to see where these guys will grow.

MUSIC ASKS these are actually pretty hard but why not.

  • 1: A song you like with a color in the title
  • 2: A song you like with a number in the title
  • 3: A song that reminds you of summertime
  • 4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
  • 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
  • 6: A song that makes you want to dance
  • 7: A song to drive to
  • 8: A song about drugs or alcohol
  • 9: A song that makes you happy
  • 10: A song that makes you sad
  • 11: A song that you never get tired of
  • 12: A song from your preteen years
  • 13: One of your favorite 80’s songs
  • 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding
  • 15: A song that is a cover by another artist
  • 16: One of your favorite classical songs
  • 17: A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke
  • 18: A song from the year that you were born
  • 19: A song that makes you think about life
  • 20: A song that has many meanings to you
  • 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
  • 22: A song that moves you forward
  • 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to
  • 24: A song by a band you wish were still together
  • 25: A song by an artist no longer living
  • 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
  • 27: A song that breaks your heart
  • 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
  • 29: A song that you remember from your childhood
  • 30: A song that reminds you of yourself
  • _________________________________________________________
  • 1: A song you like with a color in the title - Girl In The Green Jacket
  • 2: A song you like with a number in the title - Revolution No. 9
  • 3: A song that reminds you of summertime - I'll Get There
  • 4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about - Ultimate Devotion
  • 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD - My Right
  • 6: A song that makes you want to dance - She's Automatic
  • 7: A song to drive to - He Who Laughs Last
  • 8: A song about drugs or alcohol - High
  • 9: A song that makes you happy - Silly Girl
  • 10: A song that makes you sad - Tell Tale Heart
  • 11: A song that you never get tired of - Shreen
  • 12: A song from your preteen years - Basket Case
  • 13: One of your favorite 80’s songs - Nothin' But A Good Time
  • 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding - Talk Dirty to Me
  • 15: A song that is a cover by another artist - The Rainbow Connection
  • 16: One of your favorite classical songs - Joplin is as classical as I get
  • 17: A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke - Wish Me Well
  • 18: A song from the year that you were born - Mommy's Little Monster
  • 19: A song that makes you think about life - Moonpies for Misfits
  • 20: A song that has many meanings to you - Motorcycle Drive By
  • 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title - Andrea
  • 22: A song that moves you forward - A New Tomorrow
  • 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to - Less Than Nothing
  • 24: A song by a band you wish were still together - Heavyweight
  • 25: A song by an artist no longer living - Francis Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle
  • 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love - Marriage
  • 27: A song that breaks your heart - Smolder
  • 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love - Something In The Way
  • 29: A song that you remember from your childhood - Closer to the Heart
  • 30: A song that reminds you of yourself - True Believers

Somehow, Beach Slang is the perfect fall band. This new record is going to be killer. 

super fun track from Hostage Calm. A Thousand Miles Away From Here.

The Great Explainer :: Defeated

I don’t even have to say anything. 

I can’t wait for this album. 

The Dirty Nil :: Cinnamon / Guided By Vices :: Fat Wreck Chords
So I don’t usually review two song 7”s just because how much can you write about two tracks? But man, these two tracks were just so damned good I didn’t care. Go buy this 7”.
The Dirty Nil have recorded two solid punk rock tracks that are played loud and fast and aggressively. But they are so fucking fun. I don’t know if it is the unique vocals or the tempo but this 7” instantly gets me moving. Cinnamon is distorted and catchy and scratchy and is filled with feedback. Guided By Vices is also fast and scratchy, but has a cool classic crooning voice, as if he may start crooning or screaming at any moment. And he does. 
More. I want more. 

The Dirty Nil :: Cinnamon / Guided By Vices :Fat Wreck Chords

So I don’t usually review two song 7”s just because how much can you write about two tracks? But man, these two tracks were just so damned good I didn’t care. Go buy this 7”.

The Dirty Nil have recorded two solid punk rock tracks that are played loud and fast and aggressively. But they are so fucking fun. I don’t know if it is the unique vocals or the tempo but this 7” instantly gets me moving. Cinnamon is distorted and catchy and scratchy and is filled with feedback. Guided By Vices is also fast and scratchy, but has a cool classic crooning voice, as if he may start crooning or screaming at any moment. And he does. 

More. I want more.