Fantazmaz: Punk Rock, London, UK
Someone call Tony Hawk, we got a hit here. “Fantazmaz are a statement as much as a band. Vocalist Thamilla has a commanding and powerful voice that soars with sass whilst providing those irresistible melodies. This is the sound of anger and attitude conveyed with a modern grunge-punk grittiness and rarely does something come along sounding so fitting for the times.” Bandcamp. –HN
Shopvac: Punk Rock, Toronto, Ontario
Canadian punk rock a la Cloud Nothings for the win. “Recorded, mixed and mastered 2019 by Sean Pearson at Boxcar Sound in Hamilton, Ontario. All songs by Shopvac. Artwork by Lacasa.cauce. Bust Never Sleeps 002.” Bandcamp. –HN
Shih Tzu: Punk Rock, Evansville, Indiana
When your demos sound more interesting than most “indie” bands. Reaches for that Perfect Pussy fuzz bliss but cares more about melody. Short, sweet, and to the point. “Softy” pushes the comp from good to great. Bandcamp –HN
Bankrupt: melodic punk rock from Budapest
There’s a lot to like in Hungarian punk rock band Bankrupt, from the driving beat of the drums and guitar to the English dub-like keys and horns. You can hear a lot of the Ramones, the Descendents, NOFX, and the Misfits in these melodies and lyrics. Long live hooks!
“Inspired by the best moments of punk rock history, [this] Budapest based three-piece delivers a unique blend of old school and new school melodic punk rock, tinged with some punkabilly, rock and roll punk, and garage rock. Regardless of what hype is going on right now on what was earlier called the punk rock scene, [they] stick to the music they like, and continue writing songs that sound the way punk rock was meant to be. This is the sound of Riot City and it sweeps you away with the speed of a rocket.”
Today the last two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, the Russian punk band that openly protested Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church, were released under a sudden Amnesty Law. The Russian government claims that the law is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Russia’s post-Communist Constitution, but it’s important to note that the Winter Olympics are near, which takes place in Sochi, Russia.
Below is the music video Pussy Riot made for their song “Punk Prayer – Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away”. This video was a protest performance directed at the Orthodox Church’s support of Vladimir Putin and took place in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. It was after the release of this music video that three members of the band were imprisoned for religious and political Hooliganism and were all sentenced to two years in prison.
Below you can watch the HBO documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which follows the radical Russian punk band from the day of their formation (which was on the same day of Putin’s return to power) through the incarceration of its three band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich.
Surprise 1: Ryan Adams loves punk music
Surprise 2: Fall Out Boy loves punk music
Surprise 3: Ryan Adams and Fall Out Boy hang out with each other
And yet here we are, listening to PAX AM Days, the Ryan Adams’s produced Fall Out Boy punk album. And this is a true punk album mind you, not the emo music that FOB is usually associated with. The album might not be particularly strong, but it’s interesting to hear something totally unexpected from the guys who gave us “Dance, Dance”.
PAX AM is the name of Adams’s studio btw