With a punk spirit and a take-no-shit attitude Hey! Hello! are an ultra-catchy noise pop group armed with a truck full of great tunes.
I wanted to start this review and end it in one sentence, “go and buy this, it’s f**king awesome”. Job done I said to myself as I switched the laptop off and went off to pour myself a very well deserved beer having written such a poignant commentary.
It has always been surprising that a well-respected, and frankly brilliant band like Therapy? do not play more shows on their native emerald isle. By their own admission, it’s not that they don’t want to
As I prepared to write up the review of The Wildhearts show at the Shepherds Bush Empire, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of seminal release ‘P.H.U.Q.’ , it was knowing that I would struggle to write anything but positive messages about the set and the band’s performance. These days, the Wildhearts are a safe bet. Not middle of the road, boring or even dull safe but safe in the knowledge that I’m always going to enjoy myself for the entire evening.
With a UK tour in full swing, support coming from Ireland’s own ‘The Amorettes’, Danko Jones took time out before the Dublin show to speak to MGM reporter Brian Boyle to discuss all things DJ and why it’s been a while since we’ve seen them on this side of the pond;
Outlaw Rockers Pig Iron sign to Off Yer Rocka Recordings Worldwide and are readying to release their 5th Studio album ‘Sermons From The Church of Blues Restitution’.
Though they may be better known for their omnipresent skull logo, which can be found on a copious amount of merchandise, than their music and some argue that the current incarnation of the band is little more than a tribute band. It’s hard for me to fault them from caring on earning a living if it’s as fun as the show was Saturday night. If this is a typical present day Misfits show, I’d gladly go see them next time they come through town.
In 1989 legendary punk rockers The Ramones found themselves at a career crossroads. As they began to record their 11th studio album “Brain Drain”, founding member and primary song writer Dee Dee Ramone left the band. Instead of packing it in they found themselves a new bassist in 23 year old ex-marine Christopher Joseph Ward, christened him C.J. Ramone and carried on recording and touring for 7 more years, finally playing their 2,263th and final show on Aug 6th 1996 in Los Angeles CA.
Old school Misfit fans will likely enjoy this album as there are plenty of hints of his legacy here, but I’m personally not able to love it as much as I likely would’ve 15 years ago or more. Was hoping to catch him on tour with Danzig soon, but the night they’re playing in my area I won’t be able to make, which is disappointing as I think these songs would transfer to a live setting much better than on album. Overall Abominator is a good album that has some great ups and a few downs, but after a couple listens I went from expecting to write a less than rave review to saying that it’s pretty decent.