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1. Fools Rush
Fools Rush are a three-piece punk band based in Portland, Oregon. They formed in 2005 in the Florida Keys before making the move to the Pacific Northwest. Since their formation, Fools Rush have released two albums, It's Been a Long Week and it's Only Monday (2008) and Turns All Your Bad Feelings into Good Ones (2011), and a demo, Just the Tip (2010). Their newest album, Turns All Your Bad Feelings into Good Ones, was released in April, and delivers 15 tracks of some very raw punk-rock. The band also recently finished recording for a split with Abolitionist (check out a track from them on Episode 21). The featured song on this episode is titled, Cruel Jokes on Pearl Divers, off of, Turns All Your Bad Feelings into Good Ones.
2. Chimp Change
Chimp Change are a four-piece punk-pop band. A couple members were originally from Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan before finding themselves (and the rest of the band) in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. The rest is history. The band has been playing lots of shows throughout the year including ones with Booze Cruise, Sanity in Numbers and SNFU. Their newest album simply titled, Bruises, was released earlier this year by the band. It features an albums worth of punk-pop jams inspired by bands like Lagwagon, Screeching Weasel, and Propaghandi. On Bruises, it definitely carries with it that rough DIY quality to it. The featured song on this episode is titled, Harm, off of, Bruises.
3. Lipstick Homicide
Lipstick Homicide are a punk trio based in Coralville, Iowa. This band writes really catchy punk rock tunes reminiscent of Bangs, Lunachicks and Butchies. They recently did a West Coast tour making a few stops in Arizona, Texas, and San Diego, where they also participated in this years Awesome Fest. They have a couple releases that are up for free download on their bandcamp, which includes the Brainhole EP (2011) and Isn't it Glorious (2010). Also streaming on their bandcamp are songs from a split they did with Billy Raygun from New Hampshire. Pick up the record through John Wilkes Booth Records here. They also produced a music video for the song, Calling in Dead, from the split (check it out here). Also on the video is the song Relentless by Grism. The featured song on this episode is the title track from their Brainhole EP.
4. Voice of Addiction
Voice of Addiction are a three-piece punk band from Chicago, Illinois. The band plays a mix of punk, rock, and ska. Since their formation in 2004, Voice of Addiction has released three albums: Re-evolution, A New Religion and Reduce, Reuse, Resist! Voice of Addiction's newest album is, Reduce, Reuse, Resist!, and is available on both CD and vinyl formats. The band made a stop here in Las Vegas during their summer tour and I was fortunate enough to make it to the show, even though it was only the last few songs of their set. The featured song on this episode is titled, September Remembered, off of, Reduce, Reuse, Resist!. The song is also featured on Episode 21.
5. Dirty Filthy Mugs
Dirty Filthy Mugs are a five-piece punk band from Los Angeles, California. They've released a couple EP's (Half Pint and Another Round) as well as two albums, All Yobs In (2010), and Up in the Downs (2011), both released by DC-Jam Records. Their most recently album is Up in the Downs, released in March, which features 14 songs of pure punk-rock with some definite east-coast style influence in there too. They have a show coming up on Saturday, October 29, alongside Clash City Rockers and Thee Swank Bastards (check details here). They've also participated in this years Punk Rock Bowling here in Las Vegas. The featured song on this episode is titled, Bodkin Downs, off of, Up in the Downs. Check out the music video for that song here.
6. The Quintessentials
The Quintessentials are a four-piece punk band originally from Hawaii and are now based in Portland, Oregon. They play Ramones-style horror punk and pop music, very catchy stuff. The band has been around since 2000, with roots dating back to the days of The Catalogs, Crawling Chaos, and The Products. The Quintessentials have four albums out (The Horror Never Ends..., Pentagonal Revisionism, Legends From the Grave, and Sarah Alice is Dead), which are all available on their bandcamp and through Hawaiian Express Records. Most recenlty, the band released, Five Alive!, a five song EP of live songs, also available (digital only) on bandcamp. Their newest album, Sarah Alice is Dead, features new and unreleased material including two bonus tracks. One of my personal favorites on the album is, I Can't Stop Listening to the Ramones, just because it reminds me of the Catalogs song, Lost in my Head. The featured song on this episode is titled, Inferno, off of, Sarah Alice is Dead.
7. Fixit Kid
Fixit Kid are a four-piece punk and rock band from the United Kingdom. After eleven years together, Fixit Kid will be playing one final show on Thursday, December 8 (details for that show are here). They have three albums, The Easy Way Out, The Gracious Art of Breaking Limbs, and their most recent, Three, which is currently available for free on their bandcamp here. A couple singles were also released, one of which a music video was produced for, Dredge the Lake (check it out here). The new album features 10 songs of dark, garage rock and punk tunes. The featured song on this episode is titled, The Ballad of George A. Romero, off of, Three.