@@@ The Freaky Baby Daddies: Feed Your Ego (N/A, 2018) I saw on the Line of Best Fit there is another black punk festival besides Afropunk. It’s called, simply enough, Black Punk, and these guys are the first band listed. There is most definitely some rocking going on here but I’m not sure how punky fresh it is. There’s a lot of melody, and higher end production, and guitar shredding but I will not be a genre bitch. This is more like Living Colour than Bad Brains. Very high energy power trio playing even comes with tambourine at the end of the tune when it blows out.
@@@ Howling Star: GIN (North Elements, 2016) Another track from the black punk festival. This is punkier for sure with some metal sounds thrown in. Black female singer which I’m totally into, and a thick wall of guitars blasting away. The tune is about gentrification and she’s giving gentrifiers what they deserve. This outfit is from Atlanta but it could be Brooklyn of San Francisco getting the shout out. I like the energy, the topic and the singer does really solid work here.
@@@ Red Arkade: We don’t sing too Pretty EP (N/A, 2018) Here we go some straight up pogo punk out of Queens NY. Singer sounds like Ice T and I’m sure Donald Trump flings his pumpkinhead hair to this kinda shit. After he burns a cross out on the White House lawn. The second tune is called ‘Fuck that Shit’ and I don’t think they could be more direct or straight ahead in their sentiment. The production is not super shiny by any means but it’s not dirty crusty punk style either. The longest tune is 2:44 so it’s get in and get out commando style anti social punk. I dig the drummer, you get a walloping bucket of distorted guitars and plenty of sing along hooks. If you’re looking for a blast of hostility to get your week started turn away from the Trump Toilet Tweet Tirade and get some from Queens.
YTD recordings listened to: 483
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 251
Not good music: 202
Honorable Mentions: 5
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