WOMPS – Live A Little Less review

Born from the remnants of Algernon Doll, Glaswegian two piece WOMPS headed into the arms of legendary producer Steve Albini at the back end of last year to forge their debut album. The garage rock duo have now laid claim to sharing a stage with the likes of Speedy Ortiz, PAWS and Honeyblood, as well as having received support from NME Online, Rock Sound and BBC Radio 1, and are set to release their debut double A-side 7″ single in mid September on Damnably.

Premiered on Consequence of Sound and available to stream below, Live A Little Less is a raucous three and a half minute blast, with a punky wildness immersing itself in the riff and cymbal laden instrumentals. These instrumentals die into a waterfall of noise to support the skeleton of the track; distorted, determined vocals that keep themselves strong through spiraling, compelling, ear worm lyrics. There’s method in the madness.

You can stream Live A Little Less below.

White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again review

tumblr_nmi6zt6bUo1txpsn4o1_1280It’s been a while since a decent blend of post-punk and garage rock appeared on the scene. Thankfully though, July 17th will see Kentucky-based punk outfit White Reaper release their infectious debut album, White Reaper Does It Again, via Polyvinyl Records. Having recieved some acclaim (from both NME and The Guardian) for their self-titled EP last year, you almost can feel the anticipation in the air as the release date closes in. Needless to say, White Reaper do not disappoint.

Opening track and lead single, Make Me Wanna Die, takes the form of a psychedelic track with bubblegum-punk vocals, similar to that of the infamous Joey Ramone. It’s a great start, kicking off the album with a Pistols-esque vibe and some riveting basslines, followed shortly by second single I Don’t Think She Cares. This doesn’t stray much from the first track, but has a much more commericalised presence on the album, playing the middle-man between classic punk rock and that Arctic Monkeys signature sound we’ve all come to either love or hate.

Pills and On Your Mind, on the other hand, has a remarkably distinct 21st century indie rock feel to it, with vocal work that could easily be matched with that of The Killers’ Brandon Flowers. But if that’s a turn off, I wouldn’t worry too much – Last 4th of July stays true to those infectious riffs, blasting us back into the late 70s, while Alone Tonight is more like a Ramones track than anything else on the record.

Unfortunately, almost every record had that one track you should probably avoid. In White Reaper’s case, this is Candy, with its melodies sitting closely next to various rock-does-Christmas songs – perhaps a little too cheesy for this record? However, Sheila soon makes up for this though, with vocalist Tony resembling something close to Johnny Rotten. Either way, we’re not complaining, and it’s bloody good to hear a voice like this again.

Next up, and probably the best track on this record (and perhaps one of the best track I’ve heard so far this year), is the fantastic Friday the 13th. I mentioned that ‘Brandon Flowers meets punk rock’ vibe earlier, but this track takes it to a whole new level. Friday the 13th takes verything you could possibly expect from a massive Killers track, and smashes it together with some gritty vocals, anthemic riffs and messy drums. Impressive work.

Wolf Trap Hotel takes us back to the Pistols-esque atmosphere or classic, 70s punk rock, while Don’t You Think I Know sees the White Stripes meet The Undertones with chanty vocals and catchy indie riffs. The record closes with BTK, the track that occupies the middle ground between the Ramones’ grungy bubblegum punk and today’s heartfelt pop punk. Good and bad point combined, White Reaper Does It Again is exactly what the punk scene needs right now.

Listen to Make Me Wanna Die here:

Argonaut – Try Review

Channeling all forms of 90’s grunge and rock influences from Sonic Youth, Hole and The Pixies, Argonaut are releasing their sophomore album Try through Criminal Records after taking a long time in the making.

Guitar-driven music that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World soundtrack, songs like third track You Guys deliver The Blue Album era Weezer garage rock guitar work, that carries on rolling out the punches opener TV subjects the listener to.

Channelling Metric-like vocals while still keeping a firm hold of that Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) punk attitude. The vocal duties shared between main vocalist Lorna and guitarist/backing vocalist Nathan is nostalgic of Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation album and the vocals shared by Gordon and Thurston Moore, but are still free to experiment with their emotive brand of charming post-rock grunge.

Try follows on from big hitters on the debut, Garbage and The Pixies-influenced Touch Electric and More Life bleed into songs like Seven; Lorna’s presence gives the band a ‘Riot Grrrl’ atmosphere that is easy to tap into and enjoy the adrenaline kick.

Yawn experiments further the emotions and sound of Argonaut’s style, slowing down the tempo but not losing attitude as a perfect intro to seven-minute super-song September which is almost like listening to a completely different band. Lorna and keyboardist Abbey harmonious their voices together to a youthfully high standard lauded with dreamy passion and shoegaze-influenced amounts of guitar effects. September is grander and more atmospheric than many of the songs on the album; further proof of the diversity of Argonaut’s music.

Never Sleep is calmer, slowing down the youthfulness of the record and producing a maturity in the songwriting that is unexpected. Stylishly mixing strings underneath fuzzy guitars finishes the album on a high note.

You can stream or pre-order Try on Bandcamp.