Posts Tagged ‘punk’

Go Go Harlem Baby (1991, Sky)

Introducing the Flat Duo Jets (1995,Norton)

Over the past decade, rock n roll music in the good old USA has had its few standout artists and albums. Ultimately, though, it has truly left a whole heck of a lot to be desired. While the mainstream has been force-fed sterile, tame, and safe garbage such as John Mayer, Nickelback, and Coldplay, the underground has been dominated by restrained and posturing acts masquerading as “metal”.

Across the big lake in the land of the Swedes, there has been a renaissance  of sorts in rock n roll. Whereas we have had a few bands over the years carrying the torch of “sleaze” ( D Generation, pre-sellout Buckcherry, Black Halos,etc), Stockholm has been the scene of a full fledged second coming of the genre. Bands like Hardcore Superstar, Backyard Babies, Gluecifer, and Hanoi Rocks (ok ok, Finland,Sweden…tomato, tomato) have been the flagship acts and have paved the way for an abundance of new and fresh bands who piss and sweat right out of the Motley Crue and Stooges playbook.

Babylon Bombs came onto the Stockholm scene in 2001 with their debut LP Ten Things You Can’t Live Without. Since then, the band  toured Europe extensively and released three LPs; Cracked Wide Open And Bruised (2005), Doin’ You Nasty (2006), and Babylon’s Burning (2009). Unfortunately, the last update in regards to the Bombs, posted on the band’s myspace in August of 2010, is that they are on hiatus – possibly permanently.

For those who haven’t been exposed, here is some quality, balls to the wall, no bullshit rock n roll. If you can get past the ridiculous hair, you’re in for a treat.









First off, thanks for everyone’s patience. The blog has been updated a whole lot less regularly than I had intended and/or would like.

That said, the first couple LPs I have for you are  some bluesy, dirty, and badass rock n roll pieces of goodness. Enjoy.

HONKEYFINGER : Invocation Of the Demon Other (2008 Hoarse)

If you were casually pondering what the demon child of Captain Beefheart, Muddy Waters, and Gibby Haynes would morph into if given the task of creating a one man band, then look no further. Though Honkeyfinger could easily blend in with the contemporaries of the Memphis punk/blues scene, the guy is actually from the United Kingdom. No shit.


HOWLING DIABLOS –  Carwash (2005 Alive)

Next, we have the cool and gritty 2005 album from Detroit’s Howling Diablos. Taking the blues heavy cues from their city’s forefathers, MC5, the Diablos inject a slick bar rock sort of twist into the sound.  What results is a bopping, catchy, and muscular collection of songs that will stay stuck in your head for a few spins.