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ONSIND Anaesthesiology

SAINT MAX & THE FANATICS

Self titled

There’s

a

lot

AMATEUR HISTORIANS

New Homes / New Hopes It’s

easy

to

Angular

spiky

to be said for

make a political

guitars

and

music that gets

album - it’s hard

obtuse

song

right to the point

to make a good

structures

and doesn’t dick

political album.

around and right

Luckily ONSIND

Pavement.

from the bat, Saint Max provides a

manage to make great political

looking past that obvious influence,

bombastic affair with retro-tinged

acoustic

remains

the biggest issue faced by ‘New

guitars and shimmering horns.

personal and never belittles the

Homes/New Hopes’ is that this

His Self-titled EP was recorded in

listener.

Anaesthesiology

seems

EP

his Scottish hometown on vintage

broader

in

matter

little spark or personality. Lyrics

analogue equipment. It shows too,

than

Dissatisfactions

are bland and insipid, and guitars

you can really feel the warmth in the

although their commentary on the

dissipate into choppy atmospherics

songs, partly from the melodies, but

political system, the prisons and

just as they threaten to spiral into an

just as much from Max’s wry and

immigration never becomes too

exciting rock ‘n roll kick. Overall it’s

homespun lyrics. It’s not exactly

formal and loses it’s human touch.

frustrating – Amateur Historians are

ground

boundary

Pokemon City Limits and God

clearly talented. There are nuggets

pushing, but It’s not a bad thing to

Hates Facts are personal highlights

of good ideas littered throughout,

be revisiting old sounds, especially

although there isn’t a weak song on

but the band holds back every time

when done this well.

the album. Long live ONSIND!

you want them to jump forward and

Self Released / Tim CM

Plan-It-X Records / Discount Horse

shake you. Joe Sullivan

THE BONES Monkeys With Guns

THE RIVER CARD

breaking

or

punk

which

it’s

2010’s

subject

sounds

so

far,

over-planned,

so But

with

HEAVY HANDS/BADLANDS Split

Momentum

Five years after

Something

Heavy

the

release

something

give away with

of

Burnout

Boulevard Bones

Hands

truth, something

their name they

The

something

go

return

BREAAAAK;

H a r d c o r e

with their fifth

repeat

for

an

for

sounds.

Heavy The

album, Monkeys With Guns. For

entire

discography/graphical

music is designed to mosh to and

anyone who’s unfamiliar with The

scene. I don’t know when Hardcore

get people moving and that’s about

Bones, they play Punk n Roll with a

from

West

it, the lyrics range from boring

fair size dollop of Motorhead thrown

decided to make all their lyrics

samey shit to just being downright

in for good measure. When they’re

about the truth/reality and people

stupid, nothing great and nothing

good, their very good - there’s a

not telling them/not acknowledging

exactly bad either. Badlands follow

hint of Against Me! in Wendy whilst

it but since The River Card haven’t

in a similar fashion, but just not

Burnout Boulevard’s intro wouldn’t

moved off the fucking subject for 7

playing quite as fast and missing

be out of place on any Off With

years I guess they must a lot of lying

out and putting in cowbell into

Their Heads album. At it’s worst,

& delusional people around there.

Hardcore. The vocals are harsh,

The Bones vocal style begins to

Musically it’s slightly more boring

and so are the songs, who knows

sound a little... farmer, although

than the lyrical subject, essentially

what they’re singing about, if you

this is still a rather enjoyable, if not

its music for people who don’t want

like heavy it’ll probably be up your

instantly memorable, album.

to move on with their stagnant lives.

street.

People Like You Records

Self Released / Jon Andrews

Pinky Swear Records/Jon Andrews

around

the

North

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