Anchors are a five-piece punk band from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The band formed sometime in 2008 and have since released some great material. A three song demo, Songs for Lily, features some speedy technical punk tunes in the tracks, One Man Wolf Pack, Molly Kurth, and Drinkin Druggin Fightin Huggin. It's available for free on their last fm page. Their most recent release, Bad Juju (2010) is nine tracks of faster and more aggressive material. The album opens up with the track, Stay Frosty, a steady rock track that acts as a prelude to the real opener, The Feelgood Hit of the Summer. Other stellar tracks include Year of the Bastard, We are Oscar Mike (download the track for free on their facebook page), the title track, and the updated One Man Wolf Pack. The track featured on this podcast is Ill Glory off Bad Juju.
2. Unit 101
Unit 101 has been a part of Hawaii's music scene since the 90's. Although they aren't active anymore, in recent years, they have made a few guest appearances at some special shows. During their active years, this four-piece has been featured on numerous compilations by Hawaiian Express Records and also released a demo tape of 11 tracks which was later re-released by the same label. A handful of those tracks were also later re-recorded for a full-length CD. The album underwent a few different release designs and later settled on its current cover with the title, abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz. The song featured on this podcast is titled, Cartoon, off of abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.
3. Tear the Place Apart!
Coming from Spokane, Washington, Tear the Place Apart! is a new and upcoming punk band, playing music since the beginning of 2010. Their debut record, Live Together or Die Alone, features 10 original songs in just over 18 minutes. The album is a nice balance of punk and rock tunes with the inclusion of a couple upbeat ska jams. It's a solid debut by a new band. Pick up the album here or the band's webstore. Also, some newer demos can be heard here. The song featured on this podcast is titled, Messages in Bottles, off of Live Together or Die Alone.
4. She Likes Todd
Chicago based punk band, She Likes Todd, have been writing and playing music for more than 10 years now and show no signs of slowing down. Since their formation, these Chicago locals have released a few albums including The 600 Club, Falling Much Too Fast, and A Story Still Untold. She Likes Todd's most recent effort, A Story Still Untold, has 13 tracks of fast paced punk songs with a thick layer of metal influences (best heard on the track, Another Starless Night). There are a lot of great tunes on this record that have both great vocal and instrumental melodies and not once does the album take a break until the end. The song featured on this podcast is titled, Too Poor To Pay Attention, off of, A Story Still Untold.
5. Mr. Orange Undercover
Originally from the island of Maui, Hawaii, Mr. Orange Undercover relocated to Oahu before making the big move to San Diego, California in 2001. During their time in Hawaii, this three-piece (Jamie, Max, Chris) released one album through Hawaiian Express Records, titled, Go Punk Yourself! They were also featured on a number of compilations through the same label with the inclusion of a live split record with fellow locals, Grapefruit. In San Diego, the band recorded a new album titled, the White Album, which featured both new material and updated versions of previous songs. Later, Justin joined the band on bass with Jamie concentrating full-time on vocals. This completed the band. Since then the band recorded, Is This What You Came For?, along with a music video for it. Mr. Orange Undercover is no longer active, but new projects have formed since then in Brave Monster, Lands on Fire, and 82Fifty. In September of 2010, Mr. Orange Undercover played a reunion show in San Diego. The song featured on this podcast is titled, Is This What You Came For?