Skip the Use – Little Armageddon (2014)

Skip the Use – Little Armageddon (2014)

Skip the Use – Little Armageddon (2014) While I’m drowning in a sea of absolutely boring music day after day, this pretty British sounding French band made my day and Monday. It’s a cool mixture of reggae, funk, punk-rock and accidentally some electronica. Smooth, groovy and nicely done. And genuine in a world of fake and plastic. Simply it feels right. Maybe it’s not revolutionary, it will not turn your world (and pity life) upside down, but it will keep you going. And although by default I would reject any mixture of punk with pop, this “Little Armageddon” sounds more convincing then most of the modern American self-declared punk products.
Mat Bastard (vocals), Yan Stefani (guitar), Jay Gimenez (bass), Lio Raepsaet (keyboards) and Manamax Catteloin (drums) at their third album just simply nailed it. Read more Skip the Use – Little Armageddon (2014)

Green Day -Tre! (2012)

Green Day - Tre (2012) Why I bother to write about this? Well, probably because I get into this trilogy and after two bitter pills, the deadly strike it’s unavoidable. While “¡Uno!” was not so convincing, and “¡Dos!” was even worst, “¡Tré!” it’s definitively the most forgettable Green Day release ever. And one by one, even some of their most devoted fans are starting to give voice to their disappointment. Honestly, really don’t get it why Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool and Jason White get so stubbornly ambitious to release a trilogy while they hardly had enough songs for a barley mediocre simple album? And who actually expecting stupid (piano) ballads from – even a Pop – Punk band? And after all, who needs a soft and sweet Green Day these days anyway? Not even my 5 year old son. He prefers Rammstein.
Green Day announced that ¡Tré!’s released date had been pushed forward to December 11, along with the cancellation of the rest of the year’s tour and a postponement of their early 2013 arena tour dates. They also announced that Armstrong will probably hit the rehab while he’s seeking treatment for his serious alcohol issues. Read more Green Day -Tre! (2012)

Green Day – Dos (2012)

If “¡Uno!” was not so convincing, “¡Dos!” it’s even worst. Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt in an interview stated that “¡Dos!” was going to have a “more garage rock — a little dirtier, like you’re in the middle of the party” sound. Well, honestly, this is pretty bubble-gum and Beatles flavored teenager-punk. Party maybe, garage and rawness definitively not. Nowadays Green Day are on urge to cashing-in, but their songs are less inspired then the most cheesy Beatles song ever, while “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” sounds like a Grindcore butchery versus “Fuck Time” for instance. This is (over) washed, perfumed, radio and media friendly prepared and packed, harmless, boring American subterfuge culture product like the cheeseburger, the Coke and president Obama. Very nice, but completely tasteless, fake and forgettable.
“Rubber Soul”, “Revolver”, and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, the Beatles albums from the mid 60’s were more Punk then this. Read more Green Day – Dos (2012)

Green Day – Uno (2012)

Green Day has sold over 65 million records worldwide with 25 million in the US alone. It’s almost 65 million reasons to hate Green Day. They also has won five Grammy Awards and two years ago (2010), a stage adaptation of “American Idiot” debuted on Broadway. This is “iPhone Punk”? Maybe. But I’m too old, to tired to hate, and Green Day are one of the very few bands around who are still capable to write songs, even further, from time to time, deliver great albums. “American Idiot” it’s a huge album. The follow-up “21st Century Breakdown” sounded more like leftovers, but it still won for second time the Grammy for “Best Rock Album”.
In February, Billie Joe Armstrong announced that they are in the studio recording a new album. He also said: “We are at the most prolific and creative time in our lives… This is the best music we’ve ever written, and the songs just keep coming. Instead of making one album, we are making a three album trilogy. Every song has the power and energy that represents Green Day on all emotional levels. We just can’t help ourselves … We are going epic as fuck!” Armstrong suggested making a trilogy of albums like Van Halen’s Van Halen I, Van Halen II and Van Halen III. He stated in an interview that, “The songs just kept coming, kept coming. I’d go, Maybe a double album? No, that’s too much nowadays. Then more songs kept coming. And one day, I sprung it on the others: ‘Instead of Van Halen I, II and III, what if it’s Green Day I, II and III and we all have our faces on each cover?'”
And here we go, the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! trilogy, a series of studio albums will be released from September 2012 to January 2013. “¡Uno!” is set to be released on September 21, 2012 in Australia and Europe, September 24, 2012 in the United Kingdom and the next day in the United States through Reprise Records. “¡Dos!” comes out on November 13 and “¡Tré!” is due January 15, 2013. Read more Green Day – Uno (2012)

Man Overboard – Self Titled (2011)

It is not very clear when the term pop punk was first used, but pop-influenced punk rock had been around since the mid- to late-1970s. In ’77 in an article title published by New York Times appeared “Cabaret: Tom Petty’s Pop Punk Rock Evokes Sounds of 60s”, but regarding the merging of sounds between pop/new wave and punk were all over the 80’s and several bands merged pop melodies and catchiness with speedy punk tempos, chord changes and dirty guitars. In the mid-1990s, the California pop punk bands Green Day and The Offspring set the new trend and ever since even new sub-genres – eventually labels – rose: “happy punk”, “faux-punk”, “mall punk”, “pseudo-punk” or “bubblegum punk”.
I admit it unconditionally, I’m an old – stubborn – hardcore punk fan, even mentioning pop and punk in the same phrase sometimes I might consider it at least a deadly sin, but I’m old – and hopefully wise – enough not to generalize, not to reject “by default”, not to hate anything or anybody and I know for sure, every genre has its diamonds and pearls, just like its dirt.
And it’s the Holidays season, Hanukkah, Christmas – or any other pick – , and if your looking for some free downloads and cookies, definitively you will find some taste stuffs on these guys web sites. But for some good stuffs always worth to pay. 🙂 Read more Man Overboard – Self Titled (2011)

Blink-182 – Neighborhoods (2011)

Vacation is over, time to wake up the neighborhoods. After a four-year hiatus this is their first album of new material in eight year. Two tragedies regarding the band – the death of the band’s frequent producer Jerry Finn by a cerebral hemorrhage on August 21, 2008 and a plane crash survived only by drummer Travis Barker and Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM – bring the band members together and they managed to work out their issues and reunite in 2008. “Neighborhoods” is the first Blink-182 album produced by the band members without the help of an outside record producer. And Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker did a great job.
Released on September 27, 2011 through DGC Records and Interscope Records, the sixth studio album by Blink-182 is another great collection of pop punk anthems. Maybe some of their new songs have a darker vibe, but still, this is so 101% Californian punk. Read more Blink-182 – Neighborhoods (2011)

Bomb The Music Industry! – Vacation (2011)

Bomb the Music Industry!’s sixth full-length sounds just like a fun summer album and I swear, I could kill for a vacation!
BTMI! probably have the most devoted fan base in the US. They do everything with enthusiasm and electrifying energy, while the “secret” of their success is the fun, intimate, and personal approach. From fun ska-punk to pop punk there’s maybe not a far way, BTMI! managed to stay between and delivered 13 new tracks of conscious feel good. And I’m envious for this while I’m admiring them for this. This is love/hate. Some people love them for their disregard for conventions, for their stupid lyrics, their shouted, silly gang vocals and sloppy riffs, others hate them for all of this. I’m caught between. Read more Bomb The Music Industry! – Vacation (2011)

311 – Universal Pulse (2011)

Being around for 23 years; released ten studio albums, one live album, four compilation albums, four EPs and four DVDs; achieved triple platinum with their 1995 self-titled album, which reached #12 on the Billboard 200 and achieved platinum with one more album and gold with other two; and finally, but not at least, selling over 8 million records worldwide, 311 seems to be a quite successful recipe. Generally labeled as an alternative rock band, they are also classified as rap rock, rap metal, funk rock, funk metal, ska punk, pop punk, reggae and even jazz fusion. Their ten, and up to date shortest album – only 8 tracks -, “Universal Pulse”, will not clarify further their style and genre, it’s another colourful album, while some might even say, this is the same 311 album they’ve already heard it nine times before.
This is a summer album. Read more 311 – Universal Pulse (2011)

A Hidden Agenda – Pussy, Punk Rock and Pop*Tarts (2011)

A Hidden Agenda. Spell it otherwise A HA. But not from Norway, they are Americans and plays quick and straight punk rock, adding some pop touch as it expected now days. It’s nothing unusual, not outstanding, not mind-blowing or something, but it’s  quite honest, full of energy and fun, much better than 9.99% of the same kind of stuffs you can get these days. And talking ’bout hidden agendas, some of us grew up with punk rock, we all want pussy – every man is a disguised lesbian 😆 – and most of us dreamed about being a pop star and quit our stupid nine to five jobs. Well, maybe once you bought a guitar but you never really believed it’s the extension of your soul, but a piece of wood with some strings on it, probably you did re-sell it long time ago or maybe you keep it in the attic, now you’re bold, you’re wife get fat and have mortgages to pay. What the fuck I’m talkin’ about?! Hopefully, Jerm and Danny-Boy will have the guts to go on this way and make their dream comes true. And well, we can have a beer (or two) and some fun listening A Hidden Agenda and maybe even dreaming sometimes. Read more A Hidden Agenda – Pussy, Punk Rock and Pop*Tarts (2011)

My Chemical Romance – Danger Days The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (2010)

Pe scurt: veselie mare pe noul My Chemical Romance, al patrulea album al băieţilor americani care făceau ravagii în 2004 cu al doilea lor album „Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” şi în mare parte au pus temelia la faima controversatul val Emo.
Albumul concept din 2006, „The Black Parade” s-a dovedit încă un succes şi între numeroase premii acumulate, solistul Gerard Way în 2007 a primit şi distincţia de „Eroul Anului” în cadrul NME Awards. Dar nu toată presa le-a fost favorabilă, băieţii sunt într-un război deschis mai ales cu tabloidele din Regatul Unit, The Sun şi The Daily Mail, publicaţii care le-au adus o serie de acuze vis a vis de sinuciderea unor adolescenţi etichetaţi a fi emo şi conexiunea lor cu muzica celor din My Chemical Romance.
Dar cum spuneam, „Danger Days The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys” este un material exploziv, dinamic, nici urmă de depresie şi deprimare, chiar dacă textele ating şi subiectele controversate amintite, abordarea este incisivă, muzica are vână Post-Punk, sclipiri Pop şi Alternativ, chitarele ţipă şi completările aduse de clape şi electronică la olaltă constituie un (Punk) Rock modern, solid şi colorat.

Ştiu, e la modă – şi uşor – să facem mişto de „generaţia emo”. Aş spune că Read more My Chemical Romance – Danger Days The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (2010)