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"5 & dime" 45
RELEASE DATE: MAY 16th 2006
NB-08 Track Listing
Side A 5 & dime
Side B heartbreaks
3 TEST PRESSINGS
250 BLACK VINYL/ STANDARD B&W SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -BRAND NEW
East Bay Ca is the place. The Sore Thumbs is the tunes. Thank the rock god that these dudes are bringing it back to the bay area! Its been quiet around here for a few years. Not anymore, with a debut on RADIO that should win record of the year, a 45 on PIRATES PRESS, and now their NOMA BEACH debut, I think everyone will be relieved to hear this. TST are playing shows everywhere this summer, so go out and see them damnit. If you loved the early days of TKO records like ONE MANY ARMY, BODIES, and classics like SOCIAL DISTORTION, or California punk rock then this is for you!
"so sick" e.p. (on 5 top ten lists in this months MRR!)
RELEASE DATE: DEC 6TH 2005
NB-07/RDR-01 Track Listing
Side A So Sick
Side B Shop Fronts, Polish Hammer
25 DOT DASH TEST PRESSINGS(these were pressed in a hurry for the DOT DASH fest in NYC) -sold out
100 HANDNUMBERED PINK VINYL/ STANDARD COLOR SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -few left!
300 BLACK VINYL/ STANDARD COLOR SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -still available!
Brooklyn NY's Shop Fronts are Jami(ex-ZODIAC KILLERS), Paddy Bullocks(ex-F-HOLE), Alessandra(ex-TIE REDS_ and Tom Dash(ex-PRIMATE 5). Shop Fronts have a total of three seven inches out and an upcoming full length on RIP OFF RECORDS! Here is an interview with the SHOP FRONTS.
1st REVIEW:These guys really grew on me. After two and a half singles, a split CDR, and a couple live shows I am ready to officially anoint them best current NYC band, but now it appears they're all done. At least for awhile, as it seems Jami Wolf has fled NYC. They do the plain-jane Rip Off styled punk thing with a huge amount of charm. Man, Lowery should have released one of these singles. "So Sick" is a great punk shit, but the B-Side really pours on the affability, with "Shop Front" which isn't so much a theme-song as it is about calling someone a shop front, apparently a piece of slang not yet in my vernacular. Paddy, please explain. "Polish Hammer" totally makes this record worth your money, a sharp blast that I don't think is dedicated to former WWF superstar Ivan Putski, but wins me over anyway. Warning: both songs contain wicked guitar solos. Scums stats: official press not know as of yet, but there are 25 test press copies with photo-copied sleeves that were sold at Dot Dash Year 3. Rule #1: check the merch tables before you get shitfaced and you won't miss this stuff. Me, I got records AND I got wasted.(RK)
2nd REVIEW: Holy shit. I love poppy, garage punk with female vocals. This is fucking awesome. It's like a crazy mix between O LEVEL, the FLATMATES, and the GYMSLIPS. To top it all off, there's a subliminal message on the back of the pic-sleeve, "Horizontal Action." Seriously, this is played punk rock that's got a poppy edge without being overly polished. Excellent.(KK)
CROOKS "City of Rats" e.p.
RELEASE DATE: JULY 15TH 2004
NB-06 Track Listing
Side A 12oz Curls, City of Rats, White Collar
Side B Stalker Bitch, 2069 A Sexy Odyssey
100 HANDNUMBERED TRANSPARENT YELLOW VINYL/ STANDARD COLOR SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -few left!
400 BLACK VINYL/ STANDARD COLOR SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -still available!
024 BLACK VINYL/ DWARVES SLEEVE/ HANDWRITTEN AND DRAWN INSERT(given out in SF's Cherry Bar during a performance. Originally 25 made, Abe Bodies threw one down the drain!) -sold out
featuring The Bodies Drummer Harley.
REVIEW:There’s not much that needs to be said about this record. It’s real fuckin’ good, and you’ll either “get” it or you won’t. On their debut EP, Crooks let loose some boisterous storming racket for the blue collar crowd. You know what I’m talking about: fierce, ass-kicking hardcore punk with screaming, pissed-off vocals; shout-along choruses; and dumb, politically incorrect lyrics. The rhythm section races like a rocket, and the singer sounds like a candidate for anger management training. Rarely do I hear bands that manage to pull this style off convincingly, so it’s damn great to hear Crooks revisit such territory so effectively. These fuckers can play! And they bring it with genuine ferocity! Songs like “White Collar” and “Stalker Bitch” come at you fast and furious, radiating unadulterated rage. This is the kind of music you crank at full blast when you’re driving home after a shitty day at work and you wanna tell the whole damn world to fuck off .
There’s a little bit of a metal feel here as well, but in a good way (a la mid-to-late ’80s thrash and skate-punk). This is a record for punk devotees of all ages: the kids can skate or mosh to it, and oldsters like me will dig it because it recalls the sound and spirit of Reagan-era hardcore.
Crooks are a punk band not for earnest political activists, but rather for rabid non-PC types who enjoy cheap beer and even cheaper women. Once again, someone has come along and proven just how vital punk music can still be when it’s played well. Turn up the volume, pump your fist, punch your boss, and give your asshole neighbor the finger!
---Josh Rutledge, opinionated asshole Now Wave Online
October 7, 2004
"The Glory Of Honour" L.P.
RELEASE DATE: MARCH 17TH 2004
NB-05 Track Listing
01) RED, WHITE & BOOTS
02) CLOCKWORK VIOLENCE, LEFTWING SILENCE
03) SHAVE FOR BATTLE
04) I GOT BILLS TO PAY
05) CRUCIFIED HAMMERSKIN
06) 77 CLOCKWORK BOOT JUSTICE
07) ON THE STREETS
08) SPEND MY PAYCHECK AT THE PUB
09) PROUD OF MY PRIDE
10) FUCK YOU
11) OIL! THEME SONG
12) UNDER THE BOOT
300 BLACK VINYL/ RED COLOR SLEEVE/ BOOKLET INSERT W/LYRICS,THE STORY OF Oil! AND INTERVIEW -still available!
200 BLUE VINYL(180GRAM)/ WHITE COLOR SLEEVE/ LYRIC INSERT -still available
075 HANDNUMBERED BLUE VINYL/ FULL COLOR CENTER LABELS/ FULL COLOR SLEEVE/ LYRIC,REVIEW INSERT/ Oil! BUTTON ATTATCHED TO COVER -few left!
REVIEW:Why aren't Weird Al or the Bloodhound Gang popular anymore? Maybe it seemed like their influence and pop culture currency was more widespread when I was younger because both had a target audience of adolescent boys with pre-adolescent senses of humor, but more likely they have fallen victim to an all to common form of comic hubris. They overestimated their sense of humor. After a while they figured as long as they stayed silly and stuck to the formula they'd produce comic bronze equal or greater to what they had done in the past. Well, comedy is a hard thing to pull off, and it's even harder when it's the crux of a group that doesn't have all that much going for it musically. If all of your music takes a back seat to lyrics that offers a window into your comic genius you'd better make damn sure that you're as funny as you think you are or you're gonna fall flat on your face. Luckily, the newest clown princes of punk rock goofiness, Oil!, don't have the same shortcomings and ego hang ups a other would be humor musicians. There are very few moments on The Glory of Honour that are fall down funny, and they know it. They're humor doesn't have you in hysterics, but rather it's humor based on such a comprehensive understanding of their subject matter that even when they travel deep into the realm of farce it seems plausible. And in this case that's a funny thing to bear witness to.
For those that don't know, Oil!'s whole shtick is that they are a stereotypical American skinhead band. I was explaining the concept to a friend yesterday who asked plainly, "Why is that necessary?" The reason it's necessary is because American skinheads have spent the better part of a decade making themselves the perfect target for this kind of send up. Sadly, there are now more fashion fixated, internet gossip generating, identity crisis having anglophile homebodies who are obsessed with the scores from overseas soccer games they'll never attend than the real deal 'heads who made the subculture infamous. Oil! understands these nitwits inside out and has produced an album so shockingly accurate, and delivered with such straight faced enthusiasm, that it could have been made by the dorks who live vicariously through Richard Allen novels and tell everyone they're Irish.
The music on this album reminds me immediately of The Bodies.(one of the members is in Oil!) The guitars are searing and rapid, the bass is elastic, the drums pound along efficiently and the robust vocals seem to soar in their limited range. However, the music isn't the main draw of this band and it shows. There isn't anything noteworthy or standout on this album as far as music goes. The music is just a backdrop to the band's lyrics and can be best described as capable and appropriate.
The lyrics are a quite another story though. While at first glance they aren't really sophisticated or well developed they play perfectly into the band's presentation. There are too many lyrical gems too spotlight them all but a there are a few that are too good not to mention. On 77 Clockwork Boot Justice they proclaim, "To these boots, I thee wed." On Bills to Pay they address the issue of upbringing, "My daddy was a skinhead, he raised me the right way/kissed my check with a baseball bat and said 'go out to earn your pay'/At 8 I was a carpenter." The best song title and lyrics of the record award definitely goes to Proud of My Pride which doesn't have a single "laugh out loud" funny line in it, but existing as a song that proselytizes the pride one feels in being proud basically sums up the band and the album.
These guys got it right the first time because they understand that it isn't necessary to crank out jokes and gags, all the while congratulating yourself on how funny you are. All you need is a inside-out comprehension of who you're satirizing and the ability to make it through a take without busting out laughing.
(Adam Gonsalves GANG UP DOT NET)
"Shocker EP" 45
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 17TH 2003
NB-04 Track Listing
Side A Can't Run, Pyromaniac
Side B Pyscho Girl, Fuckin' Gone
50 HANDNUMBERED BLACK VINYL/ HANDNUMBERED GIRLIE SLEEVE/ HANDNUMBERED STANDARD INSERT -sold out
225 BLACK VINYL/ GUITAR SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -few left!
025 BLACK VINYL/ GIRLIE SLEEVE/ NO INSERT(advance given to band for a show in Oakland. The Girlie cover was intended to be the standard sleeve, but printers did the order backwards.)-sold out
REVIEW:Here’s another good one from Noma Beach Records. The Showoffs hail from Hayward Beach, California and play good, old-fashioned PUNK ROCK. Their four-song debut recalls both the classic “beach punk” of the early 80s and the rippin’ garage rock n’ roll of the best Rip Off Records bands. This is good stuff: fast, tuneful, kick-ass punk that’ll make you wanna shake your booty. Hearing the sing-along choruses, scratchy guitars, and bouncy, nimble-fingered basslines, you might remark that these guys sound an awful lot like The Bodies. Well, they do. And that’s a good thing! The Showoffs haven’t attempted to reinvent the wheel. They just wanna plug in, let loose, and rock the house. It’s amazing how well that formula works when a band knows how to write a decent song.
I’m especially fond of the lead track, “Can’t Run”.
---Lord Rutledge, opinionated asshole(Now Wave)
"Red, White & Boots" 45
RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARAY 14TH 2003
NB-03 Track Listing
Side A Red White & Boots, Bills To Pay
Side B Pulling On The Boots
100 HANDNUMBERED TRANSPARENT RED VINYL/ COLOR SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -sold out
400 BLACK VINYL/ STANDARD BLACK SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -sold out
feat members of THE BODIES, RADIO REELERS, TRUST FUND BABIES, THE MUGGERS, THE TRENDS, THE DIRTY SIDES, THE SHRINKS, WORKIN STIFFS, THE SPITES.
REVIEW:Oi parody by a bunch of locals, which is like most Oi parodies actually better than the bands they are poking fun at. Rough as fuck punk/oi, owing more to the WORKIN STIFFS than to the TEMPLARS. The A side sounds like the BASTARD SQUAD song on the ROMPER STOMPER soundtrack with hilarious dumb lyrics about skinhead pride, boots and being a working man. Knocks the shit out of 90% of the dirge that passes for Oi these days(TB)
—MRR #241 JUNE 2003
"Out In The Cold" 45
RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 8TH 2002
NB-02 Track Listing
Side A OUT IN THE COLD, NEW FUN
Side B FIGHT
104 HANDNUMBERED BLUE MARBLE VINYL/ BLUE COLOR SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -sold out
011 HANDNUMBERED BLUE MARBLE VINYL/ STANDARD SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -sold out
400 BLACK VINYL/ STANDARD SLEEVE/ STANDARD INSERT -still available!
NoMa Beach sent out 50 blue wax copies to the band upon arrival of pressing. Months later when talking to the band we learned that the band never got all their 50 copies. An ex band member lost maybe 45 or so. So the band only got a few, someone is sitting on nice stack, so there are only 60 or so in circulation.)
REVIEW:The second release on the new almighty Noma Beach Records. This may even be better than the killer first single on Hostage by this So Cal beach band. Enormous guitar sound, the walls of Marshalls can't hurt. Snotty Stitches-like vocals. 115 of these puppys on powder blue vinyl, and the singer has blue eyes clearer than Paul Newman's, with a beer belly to boot. Great sleeve photo of a young pre-wife's murder Robert Blake hauled away by the feds. You buy.
-Barry Red Devil, Section M #29
"Nevermind The Bodies, Here's"
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 20TH 2002
NB-01 Track Listing
Side A Tell Me A Lie, Population Destroyed
Side B Fire In The Hole
044 HANDNUMBERED BLACK VINYL/ WHITE ABE SLEEVE/ TOE TAG INSERT
030 HANDNUMBERED BLACK VINYL/ ORANGE ABE SLEEVE/ TOE TAG INSERT
026 HANDNUMBERED BLACK VINYL/ YELLOW ABE SLEEVE/ TOE TAG INSERT
400 BLACK WAX/SOLDIER COVER/INSERT long long gone
(Our first release! Pre-Bodies stuff with female back ups. The day these arrived from the pressing plant we sold them at a fully packed Phoenix Theater show w/The Bodies and The Briefs!!!!!)
members of The Bodies, The Itch, The Trends, The Muggers, Bunker Sound, CrookS
REVIEW:The first release on this brand new Sonoma, CA based label could in fact be considered as a modern-day Killed By Death release, as it digs deep into the secret vaults and proudly presents this three-track 7" by the Cadavers, already dating back to 93'. And boy, am I glad this resurfaced about 9 years later, cuz it needs to be heard!! Abe(v), Scott(b) and Harley(d) later on changed some members and renamed their band as The Bodies and since I'm a sucker for anything The Bodies put out it was obvious that I needed to lay my paws on this one as well. And let me be clear, any Cadavers songs could easily on a random Bodies record without even noticing it. It's the same powerful, topnotch punk that proudly carries on the punk spirit as it was done in the early years. If NoMa Beach keeps on putting high-class material like this they will definitely could become a quality control label like Hostage, Radio or TKO, whose stuff you can buy blindly. Can't wait for a second release!
-High Heel Slut Fanzine #5