Various Artists: Our Voltage was released this week on Girlsville Records. The proceeds will benefit legal aid for anti-racist activists and a new community self-defense gym in Chicago called Haymaker. Our Voltage features new and previously unreleased tunes from Damaged Bug, The Buzzards, The Myrmidons, Germ House, Mr. Airplane Man, and more.
“This has gotta be the best label I’ve never heard of til now (…) Most reminds me of low fi mid 80’s bands experimenting with punk, garage, new wave and (fill in the blank) using low fi equipment, cassette quality. John Dwyer (Castle Face Records, Thee Oh Sees) has his hand in at least one of these bands. (…)Every track completely awesome”
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“Opening with the comically titled “Off Duty Nuns,” an edgy punk banger with a drunken swagger from UK GOLD, Our Voltage dives headlong into an oasis of modern and vintage punk. “Off Duty Nuns” stands as an exceptional track that fits a vast array of influences from the ’70s to modern punk, and will leave you immediately looking into UK GOLD’s discography.”
“(…)part of a new batch of unreleased Germ House tracks. Hubbard has a real knack for transmitting the immediacy of his inspiration into songs animated by their spontaneous energy. Both tracks harken back to the DIY aesthetic of 4-track recording with some degree of analog tape grit adding to the character of these cuts.”
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UK GOLD: Olympia, Wa Post-Punk trio featuring veteran budget rocker Matt Murillo (Ka-Nives, Jewws) Forrest Peaker (Wisdom Teeth), and Vadi Eredal (Pitted Youth). Their debut single was recorded at High Command with Captain Tripps Ballsington, and Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic Studio. This is their latest, “Off Duty Nuns”.
THE BUZZARDS: Detroit Garage sensations comprised of Joe Burdick (The Dirtys), Maribel Restepo (Detroit Cobras) and twins Nancy and Leslie Paterra. “Tennesee” was recorded by Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, and is seeing the light of day for the first time on Our Voltage.
THE MYRMIDONS: Ted Ottaviano and Lauren Johnson from first wave electronic pop group Book of Love join forces with vocalist Lori Lindsay (The Prissteens, Purple Wizard) on a gothy synth pop reworking of Siouxsie and The Banshees classic, “Christine”.
DAMAGED BUG: Damaged Bug is a project by John Dwyer that we’re excited about. It’s John tinkering around with synths and making freaky and beautiful weirdo tunes when he is burnt on all the guitars from his band Oh Sees.
VIRVON VARVON: VIRVON VARVON are a London-based post punk band comprised of vets from The Jazz June, Black Time, and Candy Highway. At times tuneful and catchy, cacophonous and riotous at others (sometimes in the same song).
FREAK GENES: Experimental and poppy weirdo diy punk from England featuring Charlie Murphy of Red Cords and Andrew Anderson of Hipshakes. Debut LP on Alien Snatch Records, and a follow-up coming out later this year on Drunken Sailor.
BEASTII: Chicago based diy psych/pop trio take on The Violators anti-fascist punk classic “Summer of 81” and got the thumbs up from The Violators themselves.
MR. AND THE MRS.: From deep within the Midwest garage punk scene comes Hillsdale, Kansas Mrs. and the Mrs. They contributed a Cramps-ish fuzz monster called “Do the Octopus”.
THE PRISSTEENS: NYC Punks The Prissteens shone brightly for a few short years in the late 90’s. Originally comprised of Mighty Joe Vincent of The Devil Dogs on Drums, and Lori Lindsay, Leslie Day, and Tina Canellas on guitar and vocals. They released a one-and-done major label debut with The Strangeloves Richard Gottehrer at the helm (Go-Go’s, Blondie, Holly & The Italians) and they turned Joey Ramone into an obsessed superfan. They had a song in the 90’s teen movie Jawbreaker, and they began to demo material for a second LP before disbanding. If you are a fan of the The Prissteens Demos & Rarities (2016) you’ll want to take note of this unissued cut, from the sessions recorded post-Scandal, Controversy, & Romance This is a first-class psych-fuzz jammer called “Stupid Nothing”
ATOMIC SUPLEX: London garage punk noiseniks with impeccable record collections comprised of obscure Japanese garage punk and Bo Diddley records. This is a cover of Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”
BUMMERS EVE: Cincinnati garage fuzzsters turn in a garage/beat murder ballad about 3-year-old autistic boy who was murdered by his foster parents.
MR. AIRPLANE MAN: Dreamy-Los Angeles-by-way-of Boston psychedelic blues punk duo contribute new tune “Believe”. Recorded with Justin Hubbard (Germ House). Drummer Tara McManus takes on lead vocal duty. Mr. Airplane Man are prepping a new LP for Sympathy for the Record Industry.
Girlsville is a DIY label started in 2015 in Chicago with the release of a mixtape called Stupid Punk Boy and releases by Coachwhips, The Prissteens, Purple Wizard, and Mr. Airplane Man. Girlsville also puts together novel and collectible mixtapes that feature bands like Damaged Bug, Zig Zags, The Primitives, Black Time, The Darling Buds, & UK Gold. FFO: Garage Punk. Post Punk. Synth, Pysch, & Lo-Fi Trash Pop.
The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, Country Teasers, Black Lips, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers, The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The 22.214.171.124's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.
Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.